Think Tank FC talks about running adult soccer clubs at the elite / semi-pro level in the state of Washington and the Northwest. David Falk is the Media Director for the Evergreen Premier League, Western Indoor Soccer League and Northwest Premier League. He founded soccer news website goalWA.net in 2011.
by David Falk
It’s beautiful when a plan comes together and many of us appreciated the moments back in 2013 when the Evergreen Premier League went from idea to reality. Right in there and leading the way at the first league meeting was Bellingham resident Peter Ostrovsky. As the first President of the EPLWA he led the gathering in Wenatchee on January 10th, 2014.
Right away it was clear that Peter was a soccer fan, a calm presence and a thoughtful and deliberate leader. He drew respect without asking for it. He listened before speaking. His heart was in the right place and for the rest he leaned on the talented and dedicated soccer people around him.
Over the four years of his presidency Ostrovsky was able to add some genuine touches to the EPLWA that have become traditions. The yearly league scarf. The swag like pint glasses, trucker hats, stickers. The Player of the Week socks. The beautiful plaques, medals and trophies.
He faced challenges in the four years. The league began with a club in Tri-Cities but that side never played a match. Instead, at that first meeting in Wenatchee, Ostrovsky turned to the club owners and in their first show of democracy that became his trademark, they voted to bring in Yakima United FC after the Tri-Cities bid faltered. It’s fitting that in his final AGM that Ostrovsky will be on hand to welcome the league’s newest side – Tri-Cities Alliance FC, on Friday in Seattle.
Bumps along the way included the folding of WestSound FC of Bremerton after just one season. That was smoothly transitioned into the Olympic Force, with many of the same players picking right up under the new crest in Bremerton the next season. Peter also tried to save Wenatchee FC in 2016, but the local issues were too extensive to overcome.
A hectic job, health challenges, and a family preparing to send two kids to college in the next year or so were enough for Ostrovsky to realize it was time to step away from leading the EPLWA.
The league has come a long way in just four seasons, from start-up to a dominant presence in premier men’s amateur soccer in Washington. From an idea to an elite national USASA league. Behind the scenes there are indications that there is much more to come in the next few years. Time will tell.
When Peter Ostrovsky takes the floor for the last time this Friday November 3 at the fifth EPLWA AGM he will have the duty of addressing issues from last season, and then guiding the clubs in a vote to choose the next president. After that has been decided, he’ll return to life as a soccer fan. He should rest assured that he is appreciated for a job well done.
Peter Ostrovsky will be honored with the President’s Award at the Washington State Adult Soccer Yearly Banquet in Bothell on November 4th.