YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Ed Polchinski, coach of the varsity boys’ soccer team at Yorktown High School, has had quite a career. Included among his accomplishments is winning the League II-D title this fall and the Section 1 Class AA title in 2017, which was the Huskers’ first sectional crown in 27 years.
However, after 18 years of leading the Huskers on the pitch, he is stepping down as varsity coach.
“I am definitely dropping down from the varsity; I am not going to be doing varsity anymore,” Polchinski said. “I might coach JV to help out down there, just to keep the program going, keep the foundation of it strong. That remains to be seen, once they decide on the head coach.”
Polchinski said he enjoyed his run as varsity coach, but the time was right to say goodbye.
“All the years I did it, I had the energy, but I’m getting tired,” Polchinski said. “I’m 66 years old. I work in the fish market. I’m up at 3 in the morning. It started to take a toll on me physically, more than anything of not wanting to do it.”
Polchinski would like to see his assistant coach, Justin Huff, get the varsity head coaching job. Huff has been an assistant coach for Polchinski the last eight years.
“It isn’t concrete, but I figured it’s time to give Justin, my assistant, an opportunity to coach the team,” Polchinski said. “Hopefully, he will get the job. He has a lot more energy.
“He relates to the kids very well. He knows what we want from the program, because he was a player who I coached when he was in high school,” Polchinski continued. “It’s an opportunity he definitely deserves.”
Polchinski stressed that it’s far from a done deal.
“It’s not a given yet,” Polchinski said. “They have to post the job, so anything could happen. I’m pushing for it. Mr. Barrett (Rob, Yorktown’s AD) knows my feelings, what I think should be part of the program. Our ideal situation is to have him and Marcello (Spiniello) go up. Marcello is my JV coach, who played for me also. Let him be Justin’s assistant, and I would drop down to the JV. So, they have me there, if they need any knowledge. That’s what I would like to do; teach the younger kids to get ready for the varsity level. I can help the program keep going, without having to do all the other stuff with the varsity.”
Polchinski’s sectional crown came in the 2017 Section 1 Class AA title game against White Plains. Yorktown trailed 1-0 with just six minutes remaining, but a goal by Joey Carbone forced overtime. Sergio Spiniello scored the golden goal for the sectional title and a 2-1 triumph.
“That was a great group of boys,” Polchinski said. “There were no superstars, but they all just jelled together. They worked hard, were blue collar workers. I was very pleased with them.
“I saw a lot of resemblance with the team this year of doing that,” he added. “They really worked hard the kids and they jelled together. That’s important; more important than having talent out there, which they most certainly had as well.”