A graduate of the Class of 2000, Tim Trava was one of Patchogue-Medford’s greatest athletes, and has already begun to establish himself as one of our finest coaches. Tim was the most valuable player on the Raiders’ varsity basketball team, but it was on the soccer field where he has made his greatest impact. Scoring a record 19 goals as a senior, he was named All League and All-County while also carrying a 95 academic average. He could have accepted a scholarship from one of the many colleges that recruited him, but he decided to stay local and enroll at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. One big reason was his desire to play under coach Gary Smith, who founded St. Joe’s soccer program and had also been a Pat-Med soccer star. By the time he graduated in 2004, Tim held nearly every Golden Eagles scoring record, led NCAA Division IlIl men’s soccer in scoring, and was a two-time Metro Region All-American.
But the legend of Tim Trava was only just getting started. With post-college opportunities abounding, he still remained local, launching his teaching and coaching careers in the Patchogue-Medford and William Floyd school districts. In 2011, when coach Smith retired from St. Joseph’s, Tim became the second head soccer coach in the college’s history. He spent eight successful seasons there before truly coming home in 2019 – as the boys’ head soccer coach at Patchogue-Medford.
Of course Tim made an immediate impact. His 2021 team, barely making the County playoffs as a No. 16 seed, scored one of the greatest upsets in Suffolk soccer history by beating Brentwood, then top team in New York State and fifth-best in the country.
As great as he was as a player, it’s no surprise that Tim considers his greatest accomplishments to have come from his coaching, teaching and volunteering with organizations such as the American Cancer Society Kicks for Cancer, and running youth leagues and clinics for the Pat-Med, Connetquot and St. Joseph’s communities.