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.
Legion and Little League
Ah! Summer is upon us. The American Legion season is underway and thus far has been plagued by rain. I have never seen as many postponements as this year. But all the games will eventually be played and the Playoffs will commence. The Top 5 teams in each Zone will make the Playoffs, putting 40 teams in the Post Season. I personally think that is too many teams. Thirty-two is an ideal number and it makes the brackets easy to figure out.
But Legion is still, in my mind, great baseball. If you get a chance, take in a game. You will really enjoy it.
Little League regular seasons are over.(Imagine kids are still in school and their seasons are over - What?) Certainly, it's time for the Post Season - even Little League has a rigid schedule now and it must be adhered to.
The Road to....... now begins as the District Playoffs begin - the first step in the Road. The District Playoffs may be the toughest one to get out of - a lot of games then 2 out of 3 to win the Championship, then the Section Playoffs and finally the State Championships.
Then it's on to the Regionals before the World Series. So many games - it's like another whole season.
Thank goodness, there are tournaments for the players not picked for the All Star teams. I'm sure they want to play - I mean it's Summer - they should be playing. Every baseball field should be used and there should be games on every field.
So let's see which teams travel the Road to...., a dream that every youngster thinks about - I know I did.
School Year Over - Ready for Summer
Well the High School Season has ended, Spring Champions have been crowned, and it's time to move on to the Summer. I know I am ready for it. Warm weather, picnics, cookouts, vacations and American Legion baseball as well as Little League baseball and softball - although the Little League regular season is basically over and the Playoffs are underway since the District Tournaments are just days away(and you how I feel about that).
In my mind, there is nothing better than Legion baseball. I love going to the games watching young men play my favorite sport and think that maybe 1 day, I might see them on TV playing College or Major League Baseball.
But then I also love covering Little League, watching the young boys and girls learning to play such a great game, coached by volunteers, who give up their time to do this job.
We'll start talking about the "Road to" (city) where the World Series depending on the age will be played. Obviously, Williamsport, Penn. usually takes the spotlight but there are many World Series sites around the country where many of our athletes might be playing.
So bring it on, the sweat, dirty uniforms, cool beverages, air conditioners, etc., all the good things associated with Summer, because quite frankly - I'm ready for it.
State Tournament - Coming Down the Stretch
The State Tournament is winding down, teams are getting sent home packing and only the strong, the lucky have moved on. The Championships are a week away and yes the tournaments have had their share of surprises. Low seeds surviving to get to the Quarterfinals, maybe even the Semifinals, have already achieved more than maybe they even thought. But that is what makes these tournaments so exciting. Every time one tries to predict the outcome, more upsets occur. I'm sure there are matchups that people would love to see, but sometimes some bump in the road knocks a team out. Many times I think the Semifinals are more exciting than the Championships just because of the matchups. You hate to see certain matchups so early in the tournament because you don't like to see either team eliminated - at least that early - but that's the luck of the seeding. In any event, I'm sure as the tournaments head to the finish line - there will be excitement abound - no matter what teams are in the Championship - there always is.
It's State Tournament Time
It's that time of the year again - the State Tournament - everyone starts 0-0, 1 loss and you're done, so every team must play flawlessly or they are sent packing. The only thing I don't like is having to play a team in your own conference in the first round. If there is a tie between 2 teams, I'd like to see the CIAC make sure that they don't play another team that they have already played once, sometimes twice and somtimes even a third time in the first round. After that, in my mind, all bets are off.
I always wonder what surprises will occur in the early rounds of the tournament. Unexpected upsets, high seeds getting bounced - look it will happen but when and to whom?
But when the dust settles, there will be 8 teams playing for 4 Titles. Skills , luck - it's all part of the deal - which teams will put together a winning streak and survive - we'll know in 2 weeks.
Winding Down the Regular Season
It's hard to believe the regular season in softball is already winding down. I mean the day after Memorial Day is the first day of the CIAC State Tournament. But hold it, there will be some Conference Tournaments before that. It would be nice if the weather cooperated from now until June 8 to get all the games and Championships played on time. But we know, that will not happen. So we go with the flow and get the games in. The undefeated teams are dwindling, the parity this year is amazing. Don't be shocked if there are surprises in not only the Conference Tournaments, but also the State Tournament. This year, there is new blood among the usual top teams and I like it.
So as the regular season winds down, teams are still scrambling to punch their ticket into the State Tournament while others have already secured spots and are fine tuning their team. It is again an excitng time of the year - which teams have a post season and which will not. Either way, let's just enjoy the games - I know I will.