GASPARE DE MARTINO
A soccer carrier that began in his hometown of Sorrento, Italy and enjoyed tremendous success on this side of the Atlantic Ocean helped make Gaspare De Martino a very valuable member of the New Jersey soccer community for many years.
Before he arrived on this side of the Atlantic Ocean in 1950, De Martino had spent a busy career in Sorrento where he served as director of the Sorrento Soccer club.
After arriving in the U.S. he continued his dedication to the sport, joining the Hoboken Soccer Club in 1962. Later the Hoboken squad would become known as Bergen Kickers, one of New Jersey’s most successful teams.
While with Bergen Kickers from 1968 through ’84 Gaspare served on the executive committee of the club. From 1968-71 and from 1981-84 he was the Players Committee Chairman (General Manager).
During the 1985 season he became manager of Bergen Kickers’ first team, which won the championship of the Cosmopolitan League’s First Division.
While an active member of the Bergen Kickers, Gaspare De Martino also became an active member of the New Jersey Soccer Association, serving as vice president from 1962 through 1970. Later he would serve four years as the NJSA president and one of its most dedicated officers.
During his tenure as NJSA president Gaspare helped cement the fine relationship between the world famous New York Cosmos, who were playing at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, and the N.J. Soccer Association.
Through his close friendship with Steve Ross, CEO of Warner Communications and the parent company of The Cosmos, Gaspare De Martino was able to develop a solid working relationship between one of the world’s most famous teams and the New Jersey Soccer Association.
Following his career with the N.J. Soccer Association, Gaspare De Martino remained active in the sport as a USSF Referee Assignor in New Jersey.