Joe Eldridge devoted 30 years to AYSO and created a legacy of admiration and gratitude with players and volunteers alike. Best known for his dedicated service and outstanding leadership transforming AYSO’s National Referee Program, Joe was a classic AYSO volunteer, beginning as an RC, then an AD, a National Coach and Referee, a National Instructor and the National Director of Officiating. His passion for AYSO continued as the NSTC Education Department Multidisciplinary Coordinator, which utilized his vast knowledge of our programs. Joe’s natural sincerity, frankness and desire to engage volunteers led him to collaborate using the talent and hard work of others and his own on the creation and improvement of several programs —CAP, Safe Haven and Introductory Management. He became National Referee Administrator and AYSO’s program grew to be considered by leading soccer officials the best referee development program in the world. Joe’s AYSO involvement had a positive influence on participants throughout the country. From his roots as founder of AYSO Region 322 in Shepherdstown, WV, to his most visible national roles, Joe is known for the size of his AYSO heart and dedication to his motto that “In AYSO, it’s About More than the Game”.