Three members of the Long Island soccer community are among 30 individuals selected nationwide for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s 30 Under 30 Program.
Those chosen include Paul Cammarata, assistant varsity coach at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale; Salma Tarik, women’s soccer team head coach at St. Joseph’s College; and Sade Ayinde, women’s soccer team assistant coach at Stony Brook University and senior staff coach with the East Meadow Soccer Club.
Launched in 2013, the NSCAA said its 30 Under 30 program is a year-long education and mentorship opportunity for a handful of select up-and-comers who have made soccer coaching their career of choice. This program was created to support fledgling coaches and foster their growth at a crucial point in their vocation. The 30 winners — 15 men and 15 women — were chosen from 350 applicants.
Cammarata, who runs the website “The Coaching Journey,” has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Fordham University. In addition to his assistant coaching duties at Kellenberg High School in Uniondale, he currently serves as assistant coach with the men’s soccer team at Avila University and is the lead phase coach with Kansas City Prime.
According to information on his website, his coaching education includes an NSCAA Premier Diploma, USSF D License and NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma.
This spring, Tarik was named head coach of St. Joseph’s women’s soccer team. She most recently served as assistant men’s soccer coach at Mercy, a position she held for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Since 2011, Tarik has also served as a staff coach for East Meadow Soccer Club’s premiere club in the northeast region. With the club, Tarik would primarily create and execute team-training sessions with adherence to the US Soccer curriculum.
She played her college soccer at Hofstra University where she tallied 28 goals (4th all-time) in her three years and was an All-Colonial Athletic Association First-Team and NSCAA Regional All-American First-Team selection in 2009 and 2010. Additionally, Tarik was a two-time finalist for CAA Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010.
During and following her collegiate career, Tarik was a member of the Egyptian women’s national team from 2008-2014, making appearances in World Cup, Olympic and African Cup of Nations qualification matches.
In January, Ayinde was named assistant coach for Stony Brook University’s women’s soccer team. During her four seasons at the University of Maryland, Ayinde led the Terrapins to three NCAA Tournament appearances, scoring 16 goals and adding 19 assists.
Following her collegiate years, Ayinde played for the Long Island Rough Riders and New York Magic of the W-League and spent a season in Sweden.
Ayinde’s youth career in Long Island culminated in stints with the United States Youth National Team between the ages of U14 – U20. She was also a member of the Region One ODP (Olympic Development Program) Team, won three New York State Cup titles with the East Meadow Shooting Stars and was an New York All-State and Nassau County Exceptional Senior selection at W.C. Mepham High School.
Ayinde’s coaching experience includes a head coaching role with the Girls U10 and U15 first teams at East Meadow Soccer Club. She also serves as a Region I ODP coach in Rhode Island and is the assistant coach of the ENYYSA ODP team in New York State. She owns a USSF Class “C” coaching license and an NSCAA National Diploma.