GOODBYE, GUS: LISFL president Xikis passes away

Gus Xikis was president of the LISFL since 2011. (Photo courtesy of the LISFL)

Long Island Soccer Football League president Gus Xikis passed away on Wednesday.

“Very hard to share this news, but LISFL President Gus Xikis has unfortunately passed away,” the league said on Twitter. “Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.”.

Xikis was hospitalized with an ailment on March 26 before entering rehab.

A driving force and a builder on Long Island and in Eastern New York State Soccer Association, Xikis was one of the longest serving LISFL presidents, having been president of the organization since 2011.

He also was second vice president of Eastern New York State Soccer Association and was registrar and cup chairman as well. Xikis is a member of three Halls of Fame — U.S. Adult Soccer Association, LISFL and ENYSSA.

Born in Náfpaktos, Greece, Xikis emigrated with his family to the United States and settled in Queens. He graduated from Thomas A. Edison High School and studied at Queensborough Community College.

You name the level of soccer and Xikis played a role in it, playing and coaching many local youth teams.

His endless resume included Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association ODP, the Long Island Junior Soccer League Select from 1999-2003, was the general manager and assistant coach of the New York Magic in 2008 (W-League) and was the director of operations and marketing of the Westchester Flames (Premier Development League, now USL League Two).

He also was an assistant coach at Suffolk Community College and was the Region I National Cups commissioner. Xikis also was the emcee at the annual ENYSSA Hall of Fame dinner in December.

And Xikis was just limited to the beautiful game. he also coached teams in Levittown/Wantagh Baseball, helping the squad winning a championship.

After working at Varig Airlines for seven years, Xikis decided to go into business himself in 1979, manufacturing cabinets and furniture to the present.

Xikis also was the emcee at the annual ENYSSA Hall of Fame dinner in December.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

Terry Uellendahl is LISFL first vice president, Carlo Bucich second VP and Willie Dempsey third VP.

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