Paul Ciarcia

Paul’s athletic accomplishments and contributions started long before he moved to Windsor Locks in 1970.  He was born in Italy in the small town of Canicattini Bagni, Sicily.  He immigrated to the United States in 1955 at the age of 10 and settled in Springfield, CiarciaMA.  Paul graduated from Classical High School in Springfield where he played in two successive High School championship soccer games.  As a senior, Paul was co-captain of the 1962 Classical soccer team, scoring 12 goals while leading his team to the Western Massachusetts High School Championship and earning All-City honors.  He ended his two years of varsity soccer at Classical High School with 18 goals.

Paul played a major role in the establishment of the soccer program at Western New England College.  In 1965, he was one of two student-athletes to make presentations to the WNEC Athletic Department requesting approval and funding for a soccer team.  The responses were all positive and WNEC soccer was born.  Paul was selected co-captain of the 1965 inaugural WNEC soccer team that formed the foundation for the subsequent WNEC varsity soccer program in 1966.

In 1983, Paul helped to resurrect the defunct Windsor Locks Parks & Recreation soccer program, providing children in town aged 9-12 with an opportunity to once again play organized soccer.  Several years later, 13 and 14 year olds were added to the program.  He was part of the Windsor Locks Parks & Recreation soccer program until 2002, coaching teams, organizing fall soccer leagues with Suffield and Granby, and coordinating annual local tournaments and indoor soccer games.  In 1987, Paul expanded the soccer program in Windsor Locks when some quality players appeared ready to play at a higher level.  These Windsor Locks players joined the more competitive travel soccer program found in the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association where Paul served as the Windsor Locks Administrator for 6 years.  The players participated on CJSA teams in Suffield, CT, marking the return of Windsor Locks players to the CJSA for the first time in many years.  Paul served as a coach on these Suffield teams until 1990 when Windsor Locks, with a full complement of Windsor Locks players coached by Paul, permanently rejoined the CJSA.  These travel teams provided an outlet for players from Windsor Locks to improve their skills at a time when travel soccer programs were not available in town at every age group.  The players who emerged from this Parks & Recreation soccer program and matured in the CJSA leagues had a major impact on the soccer success of Windsor Locks High School in the 1990’s and made up the core of the two Windsor Locks High School State Championship teams in 1990 and 1994.

Paul served Windsor Locks youths in Little League baseball for eight years starting as a coach in 1983, moving up to manager, and ending as the umpire-in-chief.  In addition to coaching sports teams in Windsor Locks, he also coached East Granby and Hartford travel soccer teams for five years.  In 1992, Paul coached a team of U-19 soccer players representing Windsor Locks.  This team won the championship of the Summer Soccer Classic tournament, an annual event sponsored by the United States Soccer Hall of Fame, in Oneonta, NY.

Paul is a member of the Windsor Locks Lions Club, Mount Carmel Society of Enfield and two other Italian-American civic organizations in Hartford dedicated to promoting events for the well-being of the community.  He is retired from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut and continues to live in Windsor Locks with his wife, Barbara.  Paul has one son, Michael, and enjoys spending time with his granddaughter, Allyson.

est 2005