He retired as an 8th Grade Social Studies teacher at East Haven Middle School in December 2008, "The Coach" resides in North Branford with his wife Brenda. He has 2 sons, Matthew and his wife Debbie and their daughter Rebecca living in Old Saybrook, and Jeffrey, who lives in Wallingford with his wife Cory and sons Samuel and Nathan. The Coach received the Gold Bat Award from the West Haven Twilight League in 2005
On September 27, 2007, "The Coach" was inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club's Hall of Fame. In March of 2008, he was honored by the Connecticut Association of Athletic Directors with the Distinguished Service Award - Outside the Field of Athletic Administration.
On March 13,2009, the Coach will receive the Alumni Appreciation Award from SCSU and on March 29th, he received the Chapter Merit Award from the Gene Casey/New Haven Chapter National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.
Legion Winding Down While Little League Gets into Playoffs
The American Legion regular season is winding down as teams in their respective Zones vie for playoff spots. Forty teams will make the playoffs(top 5 teams in each Zone). Personally I think that is too many teams(32 seems to be a good number and is easy to bracket). Some of the 5th place teams and maybe even some 4th place teams could have records below .500. It seems mediocrity is being rewarded. But that's the format and such is life. The Road to Shelby, North Carolina will begin soon but many playoff spots are still up for grabs.
As for Little League, the Playoffs have already begun in both Baseball and Softball. The regular season has been over since late June and many youngsters were not even out of school and their baseball season was over. Does this make sense?
Fortunately, some leagues offer tournaments for teams and/or players that don't make the All Star teams so their season can continue. And shouldn't it? I can't imagine baseball fields with no games on them. There are so many fields today. I can remember playing pick up games all day long, stopping only for lunch, then returning for games all afternoon. Many times these games were on fields we made ourselves, no foul lines, no mounds but we had more fun than you can imagine.
Now there are fields galore and not enough games on them. Many boys and girls have taken to travel ball and play many games, mostly on weekends but you're travelling most of the time and it becomes the "lost weekend". But that's the way of life now. Ah, to bring back earlier times. When I played Little League, the regular season started on Memorial Day and ended in August and then we all went on vacation.
But times have changed and now it seems every sport is 12 months long. There is no rest for the athlete or the parents.
I guess the trend now is to play year round, specialize in 1 sport and work toward the scholarship, which may or may not come. Many times there are rewards, but over the years, I've also seen the disappointments and sometimes something worse --- the burnout --- and then it's over.