Smithtown resident and longtime Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL) volunteer Tim Bradbury is the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s (ENYYSA) Personality of the Month for August.
Bradbury grew up playing center midfield in Stoke-on-Trent, England, for youth club Trentham Romans. He also played for the Staffordshire County team, North of England Under-18, Borough Road and British Colleges plus semipro soccer with Hounslow FC.
He left Stoke to pursue a teaching degree in London in 1984 and then moved to New York in 1989 after being offered a full-time coaching role with Long Island Soccer Camps, which eventually became Noga.
Bradbury also coached the York College men’s soccer team for five years after arriving in the U.S. In 1990 he led the Cardinals to the inaugural City University of New York (CUNY) men’s soccer final, a 2-1 win over John Jay College.
“We are very happy to honor Tim this month,” said Richard Christiano, ENYYSA President. “He is a very well-thought-of coach and instructor who has done an excellent job in the very challenging and exhausting role as our Director of Coaching Instruction for the past decade.”
Bradbury has also served in various capacities at the youth level. From 1989 to 2004 he served as coaching director of Noga Camps. He also served as technical director of LIJSL, head coach of the Eastern New York ODP Girls Program, head coach of the Long Island Rough Riders Super Y-League teams and was a member of the US Soccer Grass Roots Design Group.
Currently, Bradbury is a staff coach with the LIJSL Coaching Academy, is a US Soccer Instructor, a United Soccer Coaches national instructor and an Eastern New York’s Director of Coaching Instruction.
He also coached Long Island native and 2019 World Cup champion Crystal Dunn for six years when she was a youth player.