Clifton Park Mike Campisi is stepping down, but he’s not stepping away.
The long-time boys soccer coach became the third Shenendehowa legend to announce he is stepping down this school year. Football coach Brent Steuerwald and girls basketball coach Ken Strube made their retirement announcements prior to the start of their respective seasons.
“As a good friend of mine says, ‘It’s time to go lay down,’ and I think it’s time for me to give up the reins and let someone else have the fun,” said Campisi.
Unlike Steuerwald and Strube, Campisi said he plans to remain active with the boys soccer program at Shen as a mentor to the coaching staff and the players.
“I still have the passion for [soccer]. I just don’t want to coach anymore,” said Campisi.
Shen athletic director Chris Culnan said that Campisi’s decision to remain on staff had been discussed for the past two years.
“When I first approached Mike about this almost two years ago, he expressed the desire to remain active with the program at some level,” said Culnan.
Campisi steps down as one of the all-time great soccer coaches in New York. He amassed 23 Suburban Council, 17 Section II and six state championships during his 32-year career. His final career record stands at 534-91-60.
“We could never have had the success that we’ve had without the Clifton Park Youth Soccer program,” said Campisi. “Without that program, our program would be nothing.”
Four of Campisi’s six state titles came during a four-year span starting in 1990 – a span that also included a 70-game winning streak that has not been matched since in Section II.
“I’m just amazed they did it because soccer is such a fickle game,” said Campisi. “One goal here or one goal there makes a huge difference between winning and losing.”