RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Brothers Barry Tsouhnikas, 23, and Anthony Tsouhnikas, 22, of Clifton, both former Felician College student-athletes, were recently inducted into the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton's Alumni Hall of Fame. The men were two of 14 honorees at BGC-Clifton's Eighth Annual Alumni Gala on Nov. 21, 2014.
The Tshounikas brothers have each been members of BGC-Clifton for the last 15 years. They were recognized for their many years of organizing, coaching, and officiating youth soccer for the club. They are both graduates of Clifton High School.
"The Boys & Girls Club of Clifton is proud to have installed Barry & Anthony Tsouhnikas into our Alumni Hall of Fame," said BGC-Clifton executive director Robert Foster. "They epitomize the work of our club. We are proud to have been a part of their journey in becoming productive adult members of our society."
Barry Tsouhnikas is a 2013 graduate of Felician with a BS in criminal justice. He was a four-year starter for the Golden Falcon men's golf team, and holds the school record for rounds played with 74. His career scoring average of 82.4 is second all-time at Felician. He is the program manager for The First Tee in Northern New Jersey, a youth golf training program.
Barry's first leadership role with BGC-Clifton was as an indoor soccer referee at age 15. The following year, he began volunteering as a coach, and currently coaches five teams for the club.
"Being recognized by the Boys and Girls Club is truly an honor," Barry said. "I love working with kids and will continue to try my best to be a positive role model."
Anthony Tsouhnikas is a senior at Felician majoring in management. He recently completed a four-year stint as a goalkeeper for the Golden Falcon men's soccer team. After beginning his collegiate career as a walk-on, he worked his way into the starting role for 2014. He posted six career shutouts in 34 starts. Anthony also represented Felician at the 2013 NCAA Division II Leadership Forum.
In his high-school years, Anthony transitioned from playing in the BGC-Clifton soccer leagues to coaching in and helping organize them. He remains an employee of the club and a volunteer soccer coach.
"This is a tremendous honor," Anthony said. "It is fun helping children learn to play the sport that I love so much. I never thought that I would be recognized for my help and accomplishments, especially at such a young age."
Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels