Frank Minton Jr, Mike Leone, Amanda Minton
The Hicksville American Soccer Club is proud to present it’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award to Mr. Mike Leone. Mike has been an integral part of the Hicksville American Soccer Club for over 20 years. Mike’s dedication to the sport of soccer knows no bounds. He played for the New York Polet team, and his enthusiasm and love of the game is tangible to all those around him.
The HASC has been blessed to have had Mike as a part of the club for 21 years serving as a Long Island Junior Supervisor, Intramural Director, HASC Board Member, and most importantly a coach. Mike’s dedication to the children he coaches is second to none. Whether it was an academic, social, financial, or personal issue, Coach Mike has been there for his players through thick and thin. Mike has had great success as a coach, taking his son Matthew’s team “The Elite” all the way to a Region 1 Premier level team. The players from his team, many in college, still look to Mike for guidance. Mike’s current team, the 2005 Surge, have won the 2017 Sportsmanship Award to be presented this weekend. His care for the development of the player on an individual level sets him apart.
The players and families that have benefited by having Coach Mike in their life will tell you that they are beyond grateful for all his hard work and the attention he pays to each of his players. Those who are closest to him, especially his children Kristina and Matt, will tell you that soccer brings joy to Mike. It is a joy that you can see on his face after a great practice or game. The HASC is fortunate to have Mike Leone and is proud to recognize him as our Volunteer of the Year.
Congratulations Mike! And thank you on behalf of the entire Hicksville American Soccer Club.
Frank Minton (in memoriam)
The Hicksville American Soccer Club honors the memory of Frank Minton, who was an invaluable member of the Hicksville Soccer community for over 20 years. Frank is survived by his wife Catherine, daughters Amanda and Carleigh, and by his son Frankie.
Frank had a tremendous impact on those around him, from family and friends to members of the club and beyond. Frank began his career with HASC as an Assistant Coach on his daughter Amanda’s team, the G93 Hicksville Rising Stars. After that, Frank went on to serve as an Assistant Coach for his son Frankie’s B97 Hicksville Elite, where he remained for his final 10 years. Frank was a volunteer in every sense of the word. If a trip needed to be made to the league office, Frank was your guy. He served as the club Treasurer, could often be found running concessions, and served on numerous committees. He also worked tirelessly to make sure The Rob Cabrera Memorial Tournament and the Hicksville Intramural Tournament was a success.
Frank was a voice for the underdog, and was relentless and outspoken when it came to making sure the club and those associated with it were taken care of. His family remembers Frank for his big heart, his love or the game of soccer, and for the dedication he showed the children of the HASC. Although we can no longer find Frank walking the sidelines of a game, his memory lives on through stories shared and fond memories recalled. The HASC would say, without a doubt, that the world deserves more men like Frank Minton.