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Bahij Kashou is the principal behind the construction and operation of the Greater Binghamton Sports Dome. The multi-million dollar facility is the largest indoor dome facility in the country and, in addition to hosting soccer play, the Dome hosts a wide variety of other sports including lacrosse, baseball, softball, golf driving range and Men’s and Women’s Semi-Professional football. In 2012 Bahij, along with minority owner Chris Riley, formed the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club and gained entry into the National Premier Soccer League. In its first season of play in the Midwest/ Great Lakes Division of NPSL, GBFC earned the only league-wide victory over first place Cleveland while qualifying for the division playoffs at Erie where they lost a close 1-0 match to the host team. 2013 saw GBFC’s success continue with our hometown team win the 9 team Keystone Conference Championship. GBFC went on to win the North East Region Semi-Final over the NY Red Bulls 2- 1. GBFC fell to the 2012 NPSL Champion FC Sonic in the Region Final 1-0 to complete a 10-2-2 season. Kashou has invested in building one of the few NPSL team-owned home fields on Dome property. The field was upgraded in 2013 to include a 1500 spectator bleacher seating. The team also owns its own logoed bus and has its own locker rooms on premises. Upgrades for the coming 2014 season include installation of a press box and two story pavilion that will include the concession area and a VIP viewing area. The pavilion will also host special social events at the field. Professionally, Kashou is owner of a medical supply business and coaches a youth girls team in his spare time. Married to Rose, they are parents of daughters Lila (23), Nicole (20) and Rene (18).
Bill ArnoGeneral Manager
Bill Arno has served the Binghamton soccer community in a variety of capacities over the last 30+ years. His first involvement was in 1985 when founded and served as president of the Chenango Valley Soccer Club, a role he assumed until 1994. In 1987 Arno served as New York State West ODP Select Coach for the Binghamton District, a role he continued until 1992. Bill also served as president of the Broome County Soccer Association from 1992-1995. He later became involved with FC Broome from 1996-2001 including roles as its president, premier coach, coaching director in 1996 and coaching coordinator in 2001. Arno became associated with the boy’s soccer program at Johnson City High School in 1996, serving as both as its head varsity coach (1999-2005) and junior varsity coach (1996-1998; 2006- present). While at JCHS, he continued his involvement with youth soccer serving as New York State West ODP Binghamton District Head Coach from 1994-1996 and in 1998. Other coaching stops included work with the Empire SC (1995), coach with the Johnson City youth program (2005-2010) as well as most recently, coaching in the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club program. Arno has honed his coaching experience by exposure to various coaching courses. He earned both the New York State West Soccer Youth Soccer Association’s F-License (1987) and D-License (1988). In addition he was awarded the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Regional Diploma in 1986 and United States Soccer Federation Coaching C License in 1999. Bill has served as GBFC general manager since its inception in 2012. Bill is currently retired and he and wife Linda have 2 sons, Brad and Brian, and 2 grandsons Hunter and Nicholas.
2014 COACHING STAFF
Al MydlinskiHead Coach
A native of Syracuse, Al Mydlinski is a graduate of both Wesleyan University (CT) and Binghamton Universities. He began his coaching career in 1978-80 as assistant coach at Binghamton University. In 1980 he began a 29-year career as head boy’s varsity coach at Susquehanna Valley High School where his career accomplishments included 309 wins, three Section IV titles, one Southern Tier Athletic Conference title and 11 STAC Division Titles. Beginning in 1982, Mydlinski served in several youth coaching capacities. Included in his resume are stints as: New York State West head state coach and director of coaching, 1985-1990; USYSA course instructor for its D, E and F coaching licenses; regional staff coach, 1985-1990; New York State West ODP coach, 1979-1990. Mydlinski also founded and was the first president of the Susquehanna River United Soccer Club in the early 1980s. He was awarded a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) A coaching license in 1980. Since 1980, summers have found the energetic coach heavily involved with the Vogelsinger Soccer Academy. Since 2001, he has served as the nation-wide Academy’s program director. 2013 was Coach Mydlinski ‘s first at the helm of the GBFC squad. He guided the team to the regular season Keystone Conference Championship with a record of 10 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties.
Andy DavisAssistant Coach
Andy Davis has completed nine seasons directing the TC3 men's soccer program. He has led the Panthers to a record of 112-53-9 and nine consecutive regional playoff appearances. After spending 2004 as the top assistant, Davis took control of the program in 2005. His first year saw the Panthers win the MSAC title, advance to the NJCAA Region III semifinals, and finish the year ranked 14th in the nation. The 2006 campaign saw a return to the NJCAA playoffs and a national ranking as high as eighth. In 2007 the Panthers again claimed the conference title and played their way to the regional semifinals. In 2008 TC3 posted a win over nationally-ranked Genesee in the opening round of the playoffs to again advance to the quarterfinals. The 2009 season saw the Panthers win two playoff games to advance to the Region III Final Four. In 2010, after winning another MSAC title, the team made it all the way to the Region III championship game. 2011 saw the Panthers again advance to the regional title game, posting a seven-game unbeaten streak along the way. A fourth MSAC Coach of the Year award and another Region III final four appearance came last year. Coach Davis brings tremendous credentials to the program, both as a player and a coach. An all- state player at Binghamton High, he was an All-American and national player of the year while leading Herkimer County Community College to the 2000 national championship. He earned a full athletic scholarship to the University of Evansville (NCAA- Division I) before finishing his playing career at SUNY Cortland. As a Red Dragon, he helped the team to their first SUNYAC title in nearly a decade. Prior to coming to TC3, he served as an assistant coach at SUNY Cortland for two seasons, helping coach the team to SUNYAC titles both seasons.
Paul MarcoAssistant Coach
Paul Marco completed his 12th season as the head soccer coach at Binghamton University in 2013. Under his guidance, the Bearcats have been transformed from a team that won just two games the year before his arrival into an established program that has become a fixture on the conference, regional and national scene. Following the 2013 campaign, Marco has a record of 105-87-42 (.538) since taking over the helm of the Bearcats’ program. Marco has led Binghamton to two America East Conference titles (2003 and 2006), two America East regular season titles (2006 and 2007) and a conference-record six consecutive appearances in the America East championship game (2003-08). As the Bearcats have made their place among the elite squads in the conference, they have also gained attention in the national polls. In four seasons since Marco became the head coach, Binghamton has either received votes or been ranked in both the NSCAA/adidas and College Soccer News weekly polls. Furthermore, the Bearcats have been ranked among the top 10 teams in the Northeast Region five times since 2003. In 2007, Marco led the Bearcats to a 14-6-0 record as well as its second straight America East regular season title. In the process, the Bearcats became the first regular-season repeat champion in 13 years. Binghamton’s 14 wins was its highest total since 1993. Marco was named the America East Coach of the Year for the first time in his career. The previous year, Marco guided the Bearcats to their first-ever America East Conference regular season title as well as to their second tournament title in four years. Binghamton earned its second trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament and faced No. 17 Harvard in the first round. In 2003, Marco led the squad to its first-ever America East Championship after the squad was picked to finish eighth in the preseason poll. Binghamton stunned No. 15 Fairleigh Dickinson 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before losing 1-0 in overtime at No. 7 St. Louis in the second round. The Bearcats were the first team receiving votes in the NSCAA/adidas season-ending Top 25 poll and Marco was named the New York State Region Coach of the Year Prior to his arrival at Binghamton, Marco was the head coach at West Virginia from 1996-2001. During his tenure, he guided the Mountaineers to a record of 47-62-4. His best season was in 1999, when West Virginia went 13-5-1 and received the third seed in the Big East Championship tournament. That year, Marco was named the Big East Coach of the Year. In addition, Marco’s 1998 team also advanced to the conference tournament, posting an 11-8-1 mark. A former Division I player for West Virginia, Marco led the program to one of its finest seasons in school history in 1990. His 12 points steered the team to a 12-5-1 record—its best mark in 23 years. In 1991, Marco graduated cum laude from West Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He is teacher certified in grades K-12. Marco also received his master’s degree from West Virginia University in 1994 in physical education/athletic coaching. Besides holding a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “B” License, Marco has been a member of the NSCAA national staff for 14 years. Seven years ago, he was promoted to the NSCAA Senior Staff. In that capacity, Marco has taught various levels of the NSCAA academy curriculum courses, and has published numerous articles. From 1999-2001, he served as vice president of the Big East Soccer Coaches for three years. Marco and his wife, Sheryl, have two children. They reside in Endicott.
Jon ThomsonGoalkeeper Coach
Jon Thomson is a local product who has honed his playing and coaching skills in the Binghamton area spanning 14 years. As a player, Jon distinguished himself as an All-Conference Defender leading his Susquehanna Valley Varsity Team(Coached by GBFC Head Coach Al Mydlinski) to a Section IV Championship. . Jon continued playing in college by playing all four years at St John Fisher and in his Senior Year finished 3rd in assists in the Empire 8 League. Jon began his coaching career as an assistant camp coach with GBFC Head Coach Al Mydlinski, a relationship that endures to this day. Jon has been a camp coach in the Susquehanna Valley Soccer Camp, Northwest Soccer Camp, Seattle, WA, Hamilton College Soccer Camp, and Herkimer CC Soccer Camp. 2003 saw Jon start his High School coaching as the Assistant Coach for the Susquehanna Valley Varsity Girls In 2004 Jon took the role of Head Coach of Susquehanna Valley JV Boys, a position he held until 2008. In 2010 Jon was the Head Coach of the Binghamton Modified Boys Since 2011, Jon has been on the Greater Binghamton Sportscenter coaching staff as a trainer and coach for a variety of age groups for both Boys and Girls.
Hristos DimitriouTechnical Advisor
Hristos Dimitriou brought 25 years of head coaching experience to the GBFC in 2012. His resume includes intercollegiate coaching experience (both women and men) at the NCAA Division I, II, and III levels of play as well as having coached teams and players at the high school, state and district youth levels. Hristos is currently head boys varsity coach at nearby Johnson City High School. In his eighth season as head coach, he has compiled a 86-33-11 won-loss record as Wildcat coach. Among his products is Dani Brkovic who is currently playing first division professional soccer in Bosnia. A standout player, Dimitriou captained the Rodiakos Soccer Club in his native Rhodes, Greece from 1976-1978 before emigrating to the United States. While playing at Broome Community College he was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association All Regional team in 1982. The following year while playing for the Binghamton Soccer Club he was named the MVP of the Syracuse District Soccer League Playoffs. He would also participate as a Binghamton SC, 1984. He was also a member of New York State Central Empire State Team in 1984-1985. Dimitriou began his collegiate coaching career in 1983 when he volunteered to coach the Binghamton University women’s club team. He was named head coach when the team was elevated to varsity status in 1985. He compiled a 51-37-13 record as women’s coach before assuming associate coaching duties with head coach Tim Schum in 1991. He assumed head coaching for the men in 1993 and led the BU to a 78-83-8 record as the program moved from NCAA Division play to Division I status in 2001. Along the way BU won the Upstate ECAC Title in 1993, was selected for NCAA DIII play in 1994 and, as a Division II team was selected for ECAC Tournament play on two occasions. He was named as State University of New York Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, SUNYAC in 1994. Dimitriou holds four National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Coaching Diplomas including the its Premier Diploma (1999); the Advanced National Diploma (1987); the National Diploma (1986) and the Regional Diploma (1985). In addition, the GBFC coach holds three United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Coaching Licenses: the USSF A-License (the only active A-License in Binghamton area) as well as USSF B and C Licenses. Dimitriou is a graduate of both Broome Community College and SUNY Cortland. At the latter institution he earned honors degrees in physical education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Married to Jodi, they are parents of daughter Stamatia, “Tia” 14 and Pipinos, “Pepi” 16.
Robbie DicksonReserve Team Coach
Coach Dickinson brings an exemplary playing background to the pitch for the Thunder. Coach Dickinson played youth soccer at BC United and completing his high school career as a two time all state player. He competed in the now defunct Empire State Games as team captain on the Gold Medal squad. He went on to Herkimer Community College where his honors included a National Championship, team captain, and all regional team selection. Coach Dickinson then received a soccer scholarship to American International College. He was an original member of the Greater Binghamton Futbol Club and is in his third year as a player for the Thunder. Coach Dickinson recently received his doctorate in physical therapy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in interdepartmental sciences with an associate degree in general studies and biology. He is also presently a staff coach at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex training and coaching several GBFC youth teams.
Dr. John K. KoniutoTeam Physical Therapist
John Koniuto is a skilled Physical Therapist and the owner of Oakdale Physical Therapy & Fitness based in Johnson City, NY, which specializes in out-patient, sports injuries, orthopedic and general rehab, and rehab services. Dr. Koniuto ‘s primary clinical specialty is sports and orthopedic rehab, focusing on mobility, stability, motor control and functional assessment while incorporating fitness strategies and their positive impact on the aging process. As a Certified Strength Training Specialist, Certified EMT and FMT Certified Level 1 & 2 RockDoc, he also has a special interest in injury prevention, wellness, and rehab using kinesiology taping techniques and corrective exercise. Dr. Koniuto grew up locally where he starred in soccer at Binghamton High School. He also played Division II soccer at Springfield College where he earned his BS and Master’s in Physical Therapy. He later matriculated and was awarded his Doctorate from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He has worked with semi-pro sports teams and has extensive experience in various clinical settings such as private practice, hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes, scholastic and industrial companies. Dr. Koniuto is also a faculty instructor for Medical Minds In Motion, a continuing education company based in New Jersey.
Jessica ReinartzTeam Physical Therapist
Dr. Jessica Reinartz is owner of Jump Start Physical Therapy, PLLC which specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with diagnosed conditions and developmental delays. She leads her staff of 12 early intervention specialists that include physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists and special education teachers to help children in Broome and Tioga counties reach their fullest potential.
Dr. Reinartz received her clinical doctorate of physical therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah where she specialized in pediatrics. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from Fonty’sUniversity in The Netherlands and a B.S. degree from the University of Delaware where she was certified in athletic training. She has provided athletic training for the Men’s Football and Lacrosse teams at the University of Delaware.
Jessica is a proud mother of two boys (10 and 7 years old) who are actively involved in developing their soccer skills at the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex.