Father Nick Smith, (Contributor, Class of  2018)


In the winter of 1967, three Warren men were looking to provide something for the kids to do indoors during the long winter months between the end of football season and the start of baseball season. Basketball was out because they wanted this to be an activity for kids from 6-12 years old. Soccer, as a sport, was gaining in popularity during this time frame. So Joe Jamiel, Jay Barry, and assistant pastor at St. Maryís Church in Warren, Father Nick Smith, formed the School Indoor Soccer League. They procured the use of the high school gym on Sunday afternoons.  Games were 30 minutes long and ran throughout the afternoon.

Father Nick served as the league president in 1968 and 1969. He also coached the Champion Hotspurs from 1968-1970. In the early 1970ís he put on another hat, serving as a member of the Warren Recreation Board-including a stint as recreation Board Chairman in 1971.  The Indoor Schoolboy Soccer League was organized as a way for kids to have fun on a Sunday afternoon in winter, but it became a feeder program for some very successful Warren High School Soccer teams. It would lead to State Championships, plus All State, and All Class berths for many of the players-most having learned the soccer basics in the winter program.







Warren would build a soccer legacy that would rival baseball, football, and wrestling-all because of 3 men, a businessman, a sports enthusiast, and a priest-Father Nick Smith.













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