Joseph "Joe" Bonchonsky, Sr., one of AYSO's earliest and most accomplished volunteers, is the 2010-11 inductee into the AYSO Hall of Fame. His outstanding contributions and dedicated service to AYSO, soccer in the U.S. and the youth of his community makes him more than deserving of this honor.
Bonchonsky has been a part of AYSO since the organization launched in 1964—he began when his sons, Mike and Joe Jr., played in the inaugural year of AYSO in Torrance, Calif., at ages 7 and 8. At the first-ever AYSO game-day at Jefferson Elementary School, Bonchonsky stood on the sidelines with AYSO founder Bill Hughes and the first AYSO president Hans Stierle to watch his sons take the field as one of the first players to don an AYSO jersey.
Since that day 47 years ago, Bonchonsky has been a vital part of the organization with his contributions, including becoming a pioneering advocate for the essential AYSO philosophy of Balanced Teams, conducting the first-ever AYSO coaching clinic, serving AYSO as a Regional Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner and as a coach, referee and president of AYSO's first South Bay Parents' Organization.
Along with Bonchonsky's accomplishments in AYSO, he was also a passionate contributor to soccer as president of two referee associations on the high school and college levels, an announcer for high school and professional soccer and a contributing writer for both local and national soccer publications.
Congratulations to Joseph Bonchonsky, Sr., for his induction into the AYSO Hall of Fame. His tireless efforts during AYSO's formative years have made it possible to provide world-class youth soccer programs that have enriched the lives of millions of AYSO alumni nationwide.