OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — Not only was Peter Antoniades a competitor as a member of the NYIT men's soccer team, his toughness cannot be questioned, either.
"He would do whatever it took to be on the field," NYIT men's soccer coach Carlos Delcid recalled. "I remember he dislocated his shoulder. And in the locker room he said, 'Don't worry.' He popped his shoulder back into place. He then went out there and scored a couple of goals. His competitive drive is what set him apart."
Antoniades continues to hold the program record for goals in a single season with 26, which he set in 2005, when the Bears reached the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. His 87 career points rank third in program history.
And now, Antoniades is among the newest inductees into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame.
Former soccer teammate Eduardo Anacleto, ex-Olympic sprinter Patrick Jarrett and former athletic director Clyde Doughty Jr. also will be enshrined during an evening banquet at the Woodside Club in Muttontown on Monday. Dr. Jerry Balentine will be presented with the Big Bear Award for his friendship to the program.
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In 2005, Antoniades was awarded New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. He also earned NYCAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year recognition. That same academic year he was named the Ryan T. Caulfield Award winner as NYIT's top male student-athlete.
Antoniades earned an MBA in business administration while on campus.
These days, Antoniades works with UNILINK Sports in his native London as an international student-athlete recruiter. He helps prospective student-athletes follow the same path he took from England to the United States.