The Waldorf School of Garden City is happy to announce that the Alumni Parent Association will be honoring Waldorf’s former Athletic Director, Mr. Paul LeSueur, for his years of dedicated service at the upcoming Golf Classic and Dinner Reception on June 15th.
A longtime Garden City resident, Mr. Paul LeSueur has more than forty years of experience in teaching, coaching, and supervising numerous athletics and physical education programs around Long Island.
Between 2007 and 2013, Paul served as Waldorf’s Director of Athletics. During this time, he also taught physical education classes and coached after-school athletics in soccer, basketball and softball. Along the way, he became a beloved member of the Waldorf community. He led Waldorf’s Varsity Boys Soccer Team to three IPPSAL Championships (2008, 2010 and 2012) and, together with Waldorf’s Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Joe McMahon, led an IPPSAL Championship in Varsity Boys Basketball in 2011. At his final Sports Night dinner at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, numerous members of the School community expressed their gratitude and thanks to Paul for his six years of dedicated service. Even though he stepped down as Athletic Director, Paul continues to be an active member in the Waldorf community – often taking part in alumni soccer and basketball events as well as advising and mentoring Waldorf’s current athletic program. And now as a proud grandfather, Paul enjoys learning about his grand-daughter, Tess’s experiences in Waldorf’s Nursery class.
Paul was an outstanding athlete at Garden City High School in the 1960s. After high school, he attended Springfield College in Massachusetts where he went on to be an All-American soccer player and was the NCAA Division II soccer tournament MVP in 1968. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s and master’s and is a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, the National Physical Education Honor fraternity.
Outside of Waldorf, Paul is a well-known and outstanding figure throughout the athletic community. In 1971, he was one of the first Americans to play for the New York Cosmos and was a member of the Cosmos first North American Soccer League (NASL) Championship team in 1972. After retiring from the Cosmos, he dedicated himself to his family and teaching the youth of Long Island his love and passion for the game of soccer. Along the way, Paul and his wife Liz raised their four children: Paul Jr., Sarah, and twins Peter and Bethany – all exceptional athletes in their own right.
Paul also went on to win several amateur national titles before serving in the front office with the New York Power in the Women’s United Soccer Association. He also ran the soccer program for the Garden City Recreation Department for nearly 32 years, coached and trained Garden City Centennial soccer teams, and continues to serve the Garden City community as the director of the Centennial Advanced Training Program and the hugely popular Centennial travel camp every August. In 2001, the Nassau County Coach-of-the-Year Award was renamed the Paul LeSueur Coach-of-the-Year Award to honor his contributions to soccer and years of service as the coordinator for Nassau County high school soccer. On March 9, 2013, Paul was inducted into the first class of the Long Island Soccer Player Hall of Fame.
The accolades are endless, but perhaps Paul’s greatest quality might be that he is a mentor and friend to so many. Those friendships and the Waldorf student-athletes for whom he coached will always remember him for his dedication to them.
For more information about Waldorf’s Golf Classic and Dinner Reception, click here. If you are interested in playing or volunteering, please contact Mrs. Marjorie P. Jean-Paul at (516) 742-3434 ext. 309 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.