|Date of birth||December 8, 1993|
|Place of birth||Kingston, New York, United States|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Midfield (association football)|
|2008–2012||Coleman Catholic High School||65||(17)|
|Winter '09–12||→ DiBella's Pizza Indoor||54||(123)|
|Summer 2010||→ Coleman (summer)||10||(8)|
|Summer '11–12||→ Americans FC||23||(12)|
|Winter '13||→ Coleman Alumni Indoor||12||(21)|
|Winter '14-'15||→ DiBella's Pizza Indoor||16||(56)|
|2014–||SUNY New Paltz||2||(1)|
|Summer '15||→ Cosa Nostra FC||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
I began contributing to Wikipedia in January 2008, and I opened this account on 25 July 2008. My specialty in Wikipedia is improving football (soccer)-related articles, and you can often find my edits on my favorite teams, leagues, and players. Most of my edits are either major, complete article rectifications, small formatting edits, and updates. I also like to create articles about lesser-known footballers. I am a member of the WikiProject Football and the Italian Football Task Force. Most of my editations and created articles tend to relate to the Italian Lega Calcio.
- 1 Favorite Sport
- 2 My Football (Soccer) Career
- 3 My Family Heritage
- 4 Family Buisness
- 5 Academics
- 6 External Links
My Football (Soccer) Career
Kingston Area Soccer League
I began my footballing career at the age of 8 in September 2002, with local club team KASL Kingston, and in my first season, I started every match and scored a 1 goal. Following 3 seasons of dilettante football in Kingston, I joined our city's major traveling club team, Kingston F.C., which was then coached by my dad, Renato DiBella. In 4 seasons with the new club, (three of which were with my dad as head coach), I managed to score 12 goals in 64 appearances. I was mainly utilized as both a central midfielder and as a wide midfielder in my early career.
John A. Coleman Catholic High School
In the summer of 2008, I began heavy training and focused on tactical improvement ahead of the 2008–09 season for my high school varsity soccer team at John A. Coleman Catholic High School. In my first season with the team, that was coached by my father and Mr. David Goho, I was immediately inserted into our starting line-up, and was the only freshman to do so. In 16 matches, I managed 6 assists, but failed to score–spending the season as our left midfielder. In my sophomore season, I was centralized and also one of two designated free kick specialists. I held down my starting place again, appearing in all 16 fixtures, scoring 3 goals and completing 8 assists. In my junior year of high school, I was assigned as co-captain, and appeared as a starter in all 16 games once again, scoring 5 goals and making 10 assists. My senior year proved very successful for our team, as we managed our best overall record at the school in over 10 years. We won the Hunter-Tannersville Central Tournament, beating Hunter 5-1 and Stanford 3-0. We also claimed first place in the Ellenville Trophy, beating Rondout 1-0, Tri-Valley 3-0, and tying the hosts 0-0. We lost 5-4 in sudden-death penalties in the NYSPHSAA Regional Final on 4 November 2011. I completed the season with 9 goals and 11 assists in 17 matches. I started as a central midfielder that season before being switched to left midfield midway through the campaign. In all, I made 67 appearances during my high school football career, scoring 17 goals, and assisting 35 others.
I am now a sophomore in college at SUNY Ulster, and have completed two full NJCAA Men's Soccer seasons with the Senators. During my freshman year of college, I served as SUNY Ulster's starting Right Back in the NJCAA, under head coach Victor Tobar Jr. and Assistant coach Andrew Ludwig. My first season was very positive; I started in all 14 fixtures, scoring one goal, and making two assists. Our season concluded on 5 November 2012, when we lost our Region XV quarter-final 3-2 away to Hostos Community College. My second season at SUNY Ulster had begun very positively–two goals and two assists in 2 Region XV games, however, we failed to qualify for the Region XV playoffs after a rather disappointing regular season. My final appearance for the Senators came on 19 October 2013, in a 2-3 home defeat against the Bronx C.C. I concluded my career with SUNY Ulster with 27 appearances, 4 goals, and 7 assists, serving as the team captain during the 2013–14 NJCAA Men's Soccer season.
During the off-seasons, I enjoy playing a competitive indoor soccer league, in which I have scored 182 goals in 76 matches in six seasons of KASC Soccer. I also partake in a competitive, club summer league from June through August each summer.
My Track & Field / Cross Country Career
I also competed in both Cross Country and Track & Field for my high school and appeared at the NYSPHSAA State Meets in all three seasons of my Cross Country career, and in 3 out of my four track seasons. Despite growing up being purely a soccer guy, and never having even competed in competitive running prior to high school, I found even more success in running than I ever would have imagine. Also, more success than I ever have achieved during my soccer career. My senior year of track & field especially proved extremely successful as I was the Mid-Hudon Athletic League Champion in the 800m Run, and runner-up in both the 400m and 200m dash. I was Sectional Champion in the 200m, 400m, and 800m, while placing 2nd in the 100m. My overall state rank for the 2012 season was 13th following my 9th place finish at the NYSPHSAA State Meet in the 800m Run. I earned the MHAL Scholar-Athlete award (an award granted by the league to the league's most successful student in sports and athletics combined). I also ended my high school career with 7 school records in Track & Field, on my way to becoming the school's most successful track athlete of all time. I earned 8 MVP awards (Track-3 ; Cross Country-3 ; and Soccer-2), 2 Rookie of the Year Awards (Soccer, Track), along with the 2012 Senior Athlete of the Year Award.
- First Team– KASL Kingston
- High School Team– John A. Coleman
- College Teams– SUNY Ulster (2012–2014) & SUNY New Paltz (2014)
- Current Season– Summer '15
- Current Number– 7
- Other– SUNY Ulster Men's Soccer Captain; Designated Free Kick Specialist
- Primary Position(s)– Right/Left Midfield, Center Midfield, Right Back
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
My Family Heritage
Being of full Italian background, I have always been very proud of my family history and heritage. My mom's parents emigrated from a small town near Napoli, called Amorosi, in the Province of Benevento. Despite growing up in the same town, they were not always in such close proximity. My grandfather, Michele Tagliafierro had immigrated to the United States briefly and to Australia with his brother before returning to Amorosi, where he and my grandmother Anna Di Paola (Tagliafierro) were married in the Catholic Church of Amorosi. They moved to the United States of America in the early 1960s. My great-grandparents, on the Di Paola side, along with all 7 siblings to my grandmother also became American citizens, upon their move to the U.S.. I even had the luck to be able to meet both of my great grandparents on the Di Paola side, before they passed away in 1994 and 1999 respectively. My grandfather, who was also a former caribinieri, in Italy, was the only one in his family (Tagliafierro) to come across seas to the United States. On my dad's side of the family, my grandfather, Alfredo DiBella, was born and raised in Castiglione di Sicilia, a small town near Mount Etna in the Province of Catania, Sicily. His father, Giuseppe DiBella was a masonry contractor and was very well known throughout Southern Italy and Sicily, Argentina, and the United States prior to a permanent move to New York with my great grandmother, Carmella Stagnitti (DiBella) in the early 1950s, along with all three of my grandfather's siblings. My grandfather, who had originally been sent to the seminary in Rome to become a priest, eventually went on to obtain collegiate degrees in architecture (also in Rome), serve in the Italian Army for 18 months, and play professional soccer (calcio). His soccer career began locally with, what is now A.S.D. Castiglione, before being scouted by U.S. Siracusa. He then went on to register as a player for then-Serie B outfit, US Citta di Palermo]], though he never played for the club following his decision to immigrate to the United States in December 1955. He was the last member of his immediate family to come. After moving to the United States, where he met-up with his family members who had settled in Kingston, New York, he worked with his father and brother as a masonry contractor for DiBella and Sons'. before becoming a carpenter and mason himself, He met my grandmother in 1956 and they married in 1960. My grandmother, Lillian Colao (DiBella) was the only one of my grandparents to be born in the states, however her family background was from a small area in the city of Reggio Calabria in southern Italy. I was unfortunate to never meet any of my other great-grandparents aside from those on the Di Paola side of my family.
- Alfredo DiBella (Born - October 16, 1930) (Born to Eternal Life - February 21, 2014) I MISS YOU SO MUCH POPPY! 
- Lillian Colao DiBella (Born - July 3, 1937) (Born to Eternal Life - December 29, 2010) I MISS YOU SO MUCH GRANDMA! 
- Michele Tagliafierro (Born - June 12, 1933)
- Anna Di Paola Tagliafierro (Born - January 7, 1938)
- DiBella's Pizza Shop: a small single-location pizza shop established in January 1998.
- DiBella's Ristorante: a ninety-seat Italian–American restaurant established in October 2014.
St. Joseph's School
I attended Saint Joseph's School in Kingston from grades K through 8, beginning in September 1999, and graduating in June 2008. During middle school (grades 6–8), I maintained High Honors in all 12 school-year quarters. High Honor Roll was achieved with a cumulative average of 94 or higher.
John A. Coleman Catholic High School
For high school, I attended John A. Coleman Catholic High School from September 2008 to my graduation on 9 June 2012. I succeeded both athletically and academically to very high standards. In the 16 curricular quarters, I achieved Highest Honors twice, High Honors thirteen times, and Honors once. (Highest honors ranged from a cumulative average of 97–100, High Honors ranged from 93–96, and Honors from 90–92). I graduated John A. Coleman Catholic High School with 11 college credits completed via SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Ulster, and Marist College, as well as 3 Advanced-Placement credits. I was also very fortunate to earn 6 scholarships between our baccalaureate mass and graduation in June of 2012. Athletically, I graduated Coleman having been named the 2012 Coleman Senior Athlete of the Year, the 2012 Mid-Hudson Athletic League Scholar-Athlete, (recognized also by the New York State Senate), and as an 8-time MVP amongst Varsity Soccer (2), Varsity Track & Field (3), & Varsity Cross Country (3). I was also named the 2008 Rookie of the Year in Soccer and Track & Field. I did not take part in Cross Country during my freshman year of high school. I captained the Varsity Soccer team for two seasons, as well as the varsity track and cross country teams for two seasons each.
I am currently attending SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge, New York where I am majoring in Business Administration. I completed my first semester with at cumulative 3.81 GPA which qualified me to make the President's List. I am also a member of our Student Advisory Panel, Business Club, and of our Men's Soccer team where I am currently serving as the team captain. During my first semester, I was also a part of SUNY Ulster's S.A.A. program, but I have since resigned from that post in order to focus on my other commitments. Instead, I joined Business Club in my second semester. I also represented SUNY Ulster in the 2013 New York State Business Plan Pitch Competition, which is a state-wide competition for a team of six business students to create a business plan and propose it to a group of judges made up of venture capitalists.
In March 2013, I was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa and on 24 April 2013 I was awarded The SUNY Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award. I was presented my award in Albany, New York by the SUNY Chancellor in honor of my academic and athletic achievements. I was one of six students state-wide to earn the award.
A Joke For Everyone
An Italian architect, comes over to America and wants a job, but the American foreman is hesitant to hire him. The American says tells the Italian that before he can be hired, he must pass a little math test....
"Here's your first question," the foreman said. "Without using numbers, represent the number 9." "Withouta numbers?" the Italian says.. "Datsa easy." and he proceeds to draw three trees. "What's this?" the boss asks. "Ave you gota no brain? Tree and tree and tree makes a nine," says the Italian. "Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99." The Italian stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a little smudge mark with his thumb on each tree. "Ere you go." The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?" "Eacha da trees is a dirty now. So, itsa dirty tree, and a dirty tree, and a dirty tree. Datsa a 99." The boss is getting worried now that he's going to actually have to hire the Italian, so he says, "Alright, last question." Same rules again, but represent the number 100." The Italian stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred." The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!" The Italian leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says, "You see, a little a doga come alonga and shita by the bottom of eacha tree. So now you gota dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, data makes one hundred."
So, whenna I start?
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