2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Profile - Luis Custodio '82
The 38th annual Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12. Eight individuals and two teams will be honored, bringing the total number of inductees to 253. Every day leading up to the induction, a different member of the Class of 2016 will be profiled on GoJaspers.com.
Luis Custodio ’82 (Men’s Soccer)
Sponsored by Bo Kucyna '81 & Anthony Azevedo '82
One of the most dynamic scorers in Manhattan College men’s soccer history, Luis Custodio, Class of 1982, still holds the program records for goals in a game and a season. He’s also second on the Jaspers’ all-time list with 29 career goals. And that total could’ve been more had he not missed his entire freshman year with a broken leg.
Upon finally taking the field for the 1979 season, Custodio quickly established himself as Manhattan’s “go-to” striker—despite coming to Riverdale as a central midfielder. On Oct. 16 of that season, he scored a program-record five times in a victory over NYU. Custodio ended the 1979 campaign with 11 goals, which earned him a place on the All-Metropolitan Conference first team.
He was named first team all-conference again in 1980 after tying the single-season program mark with 16 goals. Custodio also received All-New York State honorable mention recognition, as the Jaspers posted a 9-5-2 record and finished third in the conference. Manhattan posted a winning record again in 1981, when Custodio moved back to the midfield and saw his goal production go down as a result.
In the winter of 1979-80, Manhattan established its first-ever indoor soccer team—and Custodio starred on that squad, as well. He led the team with seven goals and eight assists, as the Jaspers went 13-6-1. Manhattan participated in three major tournaments (Marist Invitational, Pratt Tournament and the prestigious Kronenbourg Invitational) and earned two third-place finishes while also competing in one final.
Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, Custodio moved to Yonkers in 1976 and quickly became heavily involved in his adopted hometown’s soccer scene. He has been a coach for many years with the Yorktown Youth Soccer League and has held various board positions (including President) with the Yonkers Portuguese Soccer team. In addition, Custodio was the Portuguese Civic Association of New York State’s 1997 “Person of the Year.”
Luis Custodio’s accomplishments, both on the field and off, have always been a great source of pride. It’s a pleasure to welcome him to the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame.