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National Football Foundation Historical Video

Football Foundation 2014 Scholar Athlete Dinner Video

CT High School Football Record Book

 

SPEAKERS BRING LARGE CROWD

 

FOR THE SECOND MEETING IN A ROW THE CHAPTER MEETING BROUGHT A LARGE CROWD AND WERE ENTERTAINED BY MEMBER AND AUTHOR RICH MARAZZI, CCSU ASSISTANT AD TOM PINCINCE, QUINNIPIAC PROFESSOR RICH HANLEY AND FORMER NEW YORK GIANTS OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AND NORTH HAVEN NATIVE KEVIN GILBRIDE. ANOTHER FINE MEAL WAS SERVED BY MARK LYNCH AND KIM PERILLI AND THERE WERE LOT'S OF LAUGHS OVER STORIES SHARED.

 

 

GUEST SPEAKERS TOM PINCINCE, KEVIN GILBRIDE AND RICH HANLEY GET TOGETHER

CHAPTER CHAPLIN REVEREND OWEN SANDERSON REUNITES WITH COACH GIILBRIDE

DR LEROY WILLIAMS SPEAKS TO HIS OLD FRIEND

NORTH HAVEN COACH SAGNELLA AND HIS STAFF MEET NORTH HAVEN NATIVE GILBRIDE

THE LARGE CROWD ENJOYED THE MEAL AND THE SPEAKERS

COACHES TONY SAGNELLA AND TOM MARCUCCI SHARE A LAUGH

RICH MARAZZI SHARED SOME STORIES FROM HIS BOOK

TOM PINCINCE TOLD THE AUDIENCE HOW SOCIAL MEDIA CAN HURT A STUDENTS REPUTATION

PROFESSOR RICH HANLEY TALKED ABOUT THE MANY POINTS OF CRISIS THAT THREATENED THE EXISTANCE OF FOOTBALL

KEVIN HAD THE CROWD ROLLING IN THE AISLES WITH HIS STORIES ABOUT OILERS COACH JERRY GLANVILLE 

 

 

KEVIN GILBRIDE HEADS SPEAKER PROGRAM

 

The Casey-O'Brien Chapter of the National Football Foundation will meet on Thursday at the Knights of St Patrick 1533 State St in New Haven starting at 6:30 pm. Speakers for the evening include former New York Giants Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride, Quinnipiac University Associate Professor of Journalism Rich Hanley and Central Connecticut State University Assistant Athletic Director for Communication and Media Services Tom Pincince. Rich Marazzi will give an update on his book "A Bowl Full of Memories". A buffet dinner will be served at 7:15 pm. The cost is $15 and there will be free draft beer. The event is open to the public. For additional information call Bill O'Brien at 203-988-0241.

 

October 20, 2014                                                                           Bill O'Brien

 

 

DAN MARTIN TO RECEIVE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AWARD

 

Pictured above is scholar athlete selection committee chairman Dan Martin presenting the first "Dan Martin Scholarship" to Ansonia's Thomas Majchrzak at last year's scholar athlete dinner.

 

Long time board member Dan Martin of Shelton has been selected to receive the prestigious National Football Foundation Chapter Leadership Award in New York City at the foundation luncheon at The Waldorf on Tuesday December 9.  Dan was selected for his 40 year membership in the chapter serving as Chapter President in 1979 and as scholar athlete selection committee chairman for the past 36 years. He also won the chapter Merit Award in 1982 and Official Recognition Award in 2007.

In addition to the luncheon Dan and his wife Carol will be the guest of the foundation at the 57th Annual awards dinner that evening. Inductees into the Hall of Fame this year include Dre Bly, North Carolina, Shane Conlan, Penn State, Tony Boselli of USC and LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU among others.

Dan is the third chapter member to receive the award. The late Gene Casey was selected in 1982 and current president Bill O'Brien in 1999. "This is a great honor for Dan and the Chapter", said O'Brien. "Dan's long time service to the chapter as president, board member and chairman of the scholar athlete selection committee plus his noteworthy service to our country in Vietnam make him very deserving of this recognition".

Tickets for the luncheon at The Waldorf cost $125 can be ordered through chapter president Bill O'Brien at obrienwt@comcast.net or calling 203-988-0241.

Below is information about the award and what was written about Dan.

 

DAN MARTIN
Northeast Region
NFF Casey-O’Brien/New Haven (Conn.) Chapter

Dan Martin’s strong leadership skills have earned him recognition as the recipient of the Northeast Region Chapter Leadership Award.

Martin played football on a state championship team at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Conn. He went on to play at the University of Vermont, where he was elected team captain and named to the All-New England and All-Yankee conference teams. In 2007, Martin was inducted into the UVM Hall of Fame. After his stellar collegiate career, Martin enrolled in the Army where he served as an Airborne Ranger in Vietnam, earning three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Following the Army, Martin returned to Connecticut, and he took a job at Chromium Process Company where he worked for 35 years. He also became active with the NFF and started officiating football games.

Martin has been a member of the Casey-O’Brien/New Haven Chapter for more than 40 years. In 1979, he served as chapter president, and for the past 36 years he has been the chairman of the chapter’s scholar-athlete selection committee.

“Being the chairman of our chapter’s Scholar-Athlete Selection Committee, I have enjoyed the interaction with the high school coaches, school administrators, guidance counselors, parents and players,” said Martin. “I am amazed at not only the character of each individual but how outstanding these scholar-athletes really are.” 

The Casey-O’Brien/New Haven Chapter recently celebrated their 54th Annual Scholar-Athlete Banquet, honoring 30 scholar-athletes and distributing $10,000 in scholarships. Much of the chapter’s success can be directly attributed to Dan Martin’s leadership.

“Football has been instrumental in building my character and who I am today,” said Martin. “The game teaches many valuable lessons such as teamwork, self-discipline, sportsmanship and leadership. These traits are a requisite to a successful adulthood.”

Dan and his wife Carol have a daughter and reside in Shelton, Conn.

 

FIRST MEETING BRINGS BIG CROWD

The September 25 dinner meeting brought 47 members to the Knights of St Patrick for our first meeting of the fall. Well known football official Billy Riccio spoke about the latest rules changes, the always entertaining  Rich Marazzi talked about the progress of his book since it was published, coach Chris Pincince talked about his return to coaching at UNH and Dr Allen Sack, also from UNH, gave a informative talk about how college athletes are professionals and should be treated as such including being compensated. Caterer Mark Lynch served up his usual great meal and a good night was had by all. Next meeting October 23. See you there.

 

Our greeting party
Bill Santillo, Kevin O'Brien, Don and Brent Nielson get together
Vin DiLauro chats with Chris Pincince and Tony Mortali
Speakers Allen Sack and Rich Marazzi talk about Rich's new book
Football official Billy Riccio talks about the latest rules changes
Rich Marazzi talks about his popular new book "A Bowl Full of Memories"
UNH coach Chris Pincince invites members to come to a Charger home game
Dr Allen Sack talks about efforts to make changes in college football leadership
Dr Sack answers questions for the members about the NCAA
Len, Chris, Vin and Nick get together for a pix
Gridiron Club guy's pose with Chris

Vin, Al, Allen, Len and Nick talk about Allen's message

 

"A BOWL FULL OF MEMORIES"

RICH MARAZZI'S BOOK ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF YALE BOWL

 

CHAPTER MEMBER RICH MARAZZI'S BOOK, "A BOWL FULL OF MEMORIES", CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF YALE BOWL  IS NOW OUT AND AVAILABLE TO CHAPTER MEMBERS. THE PROJECT HAS BEEN IN THE WORK'S FOR OVER THREE YEARS AND HAS OVER 200 INTERVIEWS INCLUDING OVER 100 WITH FORMER YALE PLAYERS INCLUDING CALVIN HILL AND BRIAN DOWLING. THERE IS A CHAPTER ON YALE'S HALL OF FAME COACH CARM COZZA REFERRED TO AS "THE SHEPHERD OF YALE FOOTBALL". OTHER YALE GREATS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK INCLUDE AREA PLAYERS LEVI JACKSON, DR RICH DIANA, JOHN PAGLIARO, ALBIE BOOTH AND DR LEN FASANO AMONG OTHERS. THE BOOK IS 406 PAGES FULL OF GREAT STORY'S AND HAS OVER 350 PICTURES. RICH IS OFFERING CHAPTER MEMBERS  THE BOOK FOR $35. IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE BOOK CONTACT BILL O'BRIEN AT 203-988-0241 OR obrienwt@comcast.net.

 

 

FILIPPONE WINS NHSACA NATIONAL  COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD

Coach Filippone talks to his team after defeating  New Canaan 34-10 to win the 2011 Class L State Championship at Rentschler Field

CHAPTER COACH STEVE FILIPPONE OF THE HAND HIGH TIGERS WAS NAMED THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC COACHES ASSOCIATION NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR AT THEIR NATIONAL CONVENTION IN JACKSON HOLE WYOMING IN JUNE. HE WAS ONE OF EIGHT FINALISTS. STEVE JUST FINISHED HIS 25TH SEASON AS HEAD COACH AFTER 10 AS AN ASSISTANT. HIS CAREER RECORD IS A LOFTY 201-53-4 AND INCLUDES SEVEN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS.CONGRATULATIONS STEVE ON THIS GREAT HONOR. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.

 

 

54TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER

 

THE 54TH ANNIVERSARY SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER WAS HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014 AT FANTASIA IN NORTH HAVEN. THREE HUNDRED FIFTEEN WERE IN ATTENDANCE AND TWENTY-NINE YOUNG MEN FROM CHAPTER SCHOOLS WERE HONORED AS SCHOLAR ATHLETES. FOUNDING MEMBER AND HONORARY BOARD MEMBER DONALD SCHARF, WHO FOR YEARS WAS RELUCTANT TO RECEIVE THIS AWARD, WAS HONORED WITH THE CHAPTER AWARD OF MERIT, LONG TIME OFFICIAL BILL SLATER RECEIVED THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD, THOMAS BROCKETT OF THE ANSONIA CHARGERS, THE #1 TEAM IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT IN 2013, WAS THE CHAPTER COACH OF THE YEAR AND FORMER YALE LINEMAN JOE LINTA, A WELL KNOWN LICENCED NFL AGENT, RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD. FORMER SCSU COACH RICH CAVANAUGH WAS PRESENTED WITH A SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR HIS LOYALTY TO OUR CHAPTER OVER THE YEARS AND ANSONIA WAS PRESENTED THEIR THIRD CONSECUTIVE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD AFTER WINNING THE CLASS S STATE TITLE. AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE EVENING THE NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER AWARDED $4000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS.

 

PARENTS AND SCHOLAR ATHLETES MEET BEFORE DINNER AT FLOYD LITTLE ATHLETIC CENTER

SEYMOUR’S ZACK SIROWICH IS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND IS HEADED TO ST ANSELM’S

TYLER MACNEIL OF BRANFORD IS A MEMBER OF THE MODEL CONGRESS. HE’LL ATTEND BOWDOIN

IAN DIELI OF HAND VOLUNTEERED AT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AND WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT BOWDOIN

SHELTON’S MICHAEL ORTOLI IS IN THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND RECEIVED AN APPOINTMENT TO WEST POINT

NOTRE DAME’S SAL ESPOSITO IS PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND IS HEADED TO STONEHILL

 

BOARD MEMBER EILEEN MORIARTY PUT’S A BOUTONNIERE ON PLATT TECH’S ANTHONY PIZZOLA

HYDE’S JeVAUGHN BRODIE AND FAMILY POSE FOR A FAMILY PHOTO RECEIVING HIS AWARD

NICK CROWLE OF FAIRFIELD PREP ALSO A TOP WRESTLER WILL PLAY FOOTBALL AT YALE

BILL O’BRIEN WITH AWARD WINNERS BILL SLATER, RICH CAVANAUGH, JOE LINTA, TOM BROCKETT AND DON SCHARF

THE SCHOLAR ATHLETES LOOK SHARP IN THEIR TUXES AS THE POSE FOR A GROUP PHOTO

ALL THE HONOREES MARCH TO THE HEAD TABLE TO THE MUSIC OF “MR. TOUCHDOWN”

THE HEAD TABLE STANDS UNDER THE CHAPTERS 54 YEAR OLD BANNER THAT HAS BEEN UP FOR ALL SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNERS

NORTHEST REGION COORDINATOR HOWIE VANDERSEA COMES DOWN FROM MAINE TO GIVE GREETINGS

XAVIERS ANDREW MEOLI ANSWERS ONE OF SCHOLAR ATHLETE CHAIR DAN MARTIN’S QUESTIONS

WEST HAVEN BLUE DEVIL’S NYRELL MOORE PONDERS WHAT TO SAY TO DAN’S QUESTION

FOUNDING CHAPTER MEMBER DON SCHARF OF MADISON RECEIVES HIS AWARD FROM BILL O’BRIEN

RETIRING SCSU COACH IS PRESENTED A SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD FOR HIS LOYALTY OVER THE YEARS TO OUR CHAPTER

DAN MARTIN PRESENTS THE OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD TO HIS FRIEND BILL SLATER

ANSONIA CHARGER COACH THOMAS BROCKETT RECEIVES THE COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM BOARD MEMBER TONY MORTALI

CHAPTER VICE PRESIDENT PAUL CRISCUOLO PRESENTS THE DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD TO NFL AGENT JOE LINTA

STEVE NARACCI PRESENTS ‘THE NHFOA’S SCHOLARSHIP’ TO EDWIN RODRIGUEZ OF WILBUR CROSS

SAL ESPOSITO OF NOTRE DAME RECEIVES THE ‘FRANCIS ‘MIDGE’ MORIARTY SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM EILEEN MORIARTY

MIKE DEMARCO OF EAST HAVEN RECEIVES ‘THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM BILL O’BRIEN

TOM MAJCHRZAK OF ANSONIA RECEIVES ‘THE 2013 HALL OF FAME CLASSIC DAN MARTIN SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM DAN MARTIN

JAKE BONCAL OF WOODLAND RECEIVES ‘THE 2013 HALL OF FAME CLASSIC REV OWEN SANDERSON SCHOLARSHIP’ FROM REV SANDERSON

 

 

THIRTY CHAPTER SCHOOLS PLAY IN 2014 SUPER 100 CLASSIC

 

The 2014 Super 100 Classic all star game was played at Rentschler Field on Saturday June 28. Kickoff was at 4:30pm. Team Nutmeg, wearing blue jersey’s, was coached by chapter member John Ferrazzi of Sheehan High School and team Constitution in red jersey’s was coached by chapter member Sean Marinan of Xavier High School. The New Haven County Chapter was well represented with 18 member schools having a total of 30 players. Xavier, Woodland, Hillhouse, Platt and Sheehan led with three players each, Holy Cross and North Haven had two and West Haven, Fairfield Prep, Guilford, Oxford, Shelton, Notre Dame, Seymour, Derby, Amity, Wilbur Cross and Ansonia had one each. Four chapter players scored touchdowns in the game. Harold Cooper of Hillhouse and Andrew Meoli of Xavier for team Constitution and Brandon Gauthier of Sheehan Van Kamerik of Oxford of team Nutmeg who scored two. Gauthier won the Offensive MVP Award and Notre Dame’s Sal Esposito was presented the Coaches Award both for team Nutmeg.

 

 

          

 

Rentscheler Field Home of this year's " Super 100 Classic"

The New Haven Board of Officials officiated the 2014 game

Dr Leroy Williams received the first Larry McHugh Distinguished  Service Award for high school football

Sponsor Jim Monico president of the Walter Camp Football Foundation speaks at the luncheon

UConn coach Bob Diaco speaks at the luncheon prior to the game

Harold Cooper of Hillhouse cut’s right for yardage

Nathan Gonzales 4 of Xavier breaks up a long pass

Andrew Meoli of Xavier scores on a 5 yard burst up the middle

Tarroll Stafford of Hillhouse, right, comes in for the takedown

Tony Fox 9 of Fairfield Prep and Antone Mack of Ansonia do battle

Duane Gary of West Haven 2 breaks up a pass

MVP Brandon Gauthier of Sheehan works hard for yardage

Joe Nault 12 of Guilford looks to grab Harold Cooper of Hillhouse

Chris Vankamerik of Oxford picks off a 74 yard TD pass in 4th quarter

Jason Thompson of Shelton outruns the defense around end

Sal Esposito of Notre Dame slows down a receiver

Ethan Suraci 33 of North Haven moves in for a tackle

Chris Slavin 34 of Woodland joins in on the tackle

Levi Fancher of Woodland takes the ball carrier out of bounds

Jake Sirowich of Seymour rolls off a block to tackle the runner

Mike Siwek of North Haven moves in to take down the ballcarrier

Alik Bures of Woodland provides interference for his receiver

Godfrey Harris of Hillhouse takes down the runner

Will Garrity of Xavier talks to a teammate about his interception

Brandon Gauthier of Sheehan receives MVP Award after the game

Sal Esposito of Notre Dame was chosen to receive the Coaches Award

Winning coach Sean Marinan gets championship trophy from game co-chairs Len Corto and Steve Filippone

Victorious Constitution  All Star team celebrates a hard fought victory

   

 

 

 

Constitution Team Beats Nutmeg Team  29-20

At CHSCA Super 100 All-Star Football Classic at Rentschler Field

 

Harold Cooper ran for two touchdowns and Jalen Ollie threw a touchdown pass to lead Team Constitution to a 29-20 win over Team Nutmeg in the Super 100 Classic All-Star Football game June 28 at Rentschler Field.

It was the second year of the all-Connecticut format, which was preceded by the annual Governors’ Cup matchup between Connecticut and Rhode Island all-stars.  Players for this year’s game were selected after a tryout session, which was followed by a “draft” to split the teams. Team Nutmeg was coached by John Ferrazzi of Sheehan High-Wallingford, and Team Constitution by Sean Marinan of Xavier-Middletown.

Team Constitution led 27-0 at halftime as Cooper, who will attend the University of Rhode Island after a strong career at Hillhouse High, scored on runs of 4 and 18 yards. Ollie, who will attend prep school after finishing at Glastonbury High, threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Ledyard’s Khary Carrasquillo-Childs to help make it 21-0. Andrew Meoli (Xavier) had the other TD for Team Constitution on a 13-yard run. Ollie was named Team Constitution’s co-MVP with quarterback Stephen Barmore (Southington/Yale), who was 11-for-13 passing for 113 yards.

Team Nutmeg made things interesting in the fourth quarter as Nick Roberts (Trumbull) threw three touchdown passes. With 5:30 left, Roberts hit Brandon Gauthier (Sheehan) with a 17-yard TD. Team Nutmeg received the ensuing kickoff because of an all-star game rule (winning team leading by more than 2 TDs) and made it 27-14 on Roberts’ 14-yard pass to Chris VanKamerik (Oxford) with 4:19 to go.

Team Constitution appeared to have put it away when it recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone for a touchdown. But officials ruled it was a muffed punt, and Team Nutmeg got the ball at its 20. That was followed by a Team Constitution safety when Team Nutmeg was called for holding in the end zone to make it 29-16.

Team Nutmeg wasn’t done, though. It recovered the onside kick after the safety, then Roberts hit VanKamerik again, this time for 71 yards to make it 29-20 with 1:03 remaining. After a failed two-point conversion, Team Nutmeg was unable to recover another onside kick, and Team Constitution ran out the clock.

 

MARINAN AND FERRAZZI PICKED TO COACH ALL STAR’S

 

Chapter coaches Sean Marinan of Xavier and John Ferrazzi of Sheehan have been selected to coach the teams in the second Connecticut High School Coaches Association all star game on Saturday June 28 at Rentschler Field. Last year proceeds of the game were shared with the New Haven and Fairfield chapters for scholarships. The draft for players was held on April 8 and many players from chapter schools were picked to play in the game. Best wishes to both our coaches. 

 

 

 

CHAPTER MEMBERS HONORED AT CSWA GOLD KEY DINNER

 

Several chapter members were honored at the 73rd annual Connecticut Sportswriters Alliance Gold Key Dinner at Aqua Turf on April 27. West Haven coach Ed McCarthy was presented with the prestigious Gold Key Award and Ansonia coach Tom Brockett received the Doc McInerney Male High School Coach of the Year Award. The Bo Kolinsky Special Recognition Award was presented to Coach Tony Sagnella and the captains of his 2013 North Haven football team for adopting 6 year old Matthew Jacques who suffered from a congenital heart defect. Matthew was made an honorary member of the Indian’s football team last fall and scored a touchdown in their ‘Spring Brawl’ intra-squad scrimmage.  Sadly Matthew passed away last September 26.

 

Ed McCarthy with George Albano CSWA President
Tom Brockett with wife Nicole

Tony Sagnella with his captains, Good Sport winner Fred Kelly and Matthew Jacques parents Melissa and Alphonse.

Tom Brockett, Hall of Fame Coach and Chapter member Larry McHugh, Ed McCarthy and Tony Sagnella

 

DR RICHARD DIANA’S BOOK RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC


AT OUR LAST MEETING IN THE FALL CHAPTER MEMBER DR RICH DIANA SPOKE ABOUT HIS NEW BOOK “HEALTHY JOINTS FOR LIFE”. RECENTLY RICH INDICATED THE BOOK IS DOING WELL AND HE HAS BEEN ASKED TO DO SOME BOOK SIGNINGS IN OUR AREA. THE FIRST ONE WILL BE AT BARNES AND NOBLE IN MILFORD ON SUNDAY APRIL 6 FROM 1:00PM - 3:00PM FOLLOWED BY THE BARNES & NOBLE IN NORTH HAVEN ON FRIDAY MAY 16 FROM 7:00PM-9:00PM. RICH RECEIVED THE CHAPTERS DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD IN 1994 AND HAS SUPPORTED THE CHAPTER OVER THE YEARS BY BEING ON THE SIDELINE DURING OUR HALL OF FAME CLASSIC ALL STAR GAMES AS OUR MEDICAL ADVISOR AND SPONSORING VARIOUS CHAPTER PROGRAMS. DROP IN AND SEE RICH ON APRIL 6 OR MAY 16.


 

 

54th SCHOLAR ATHLETE          BANQUET SET FOR APRIL 11

 

THE 54TH ANNUAL CASEY-OBRIEN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER BANQUET WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 11th AT FANTASIA, 404 WASHINGTON AVE NORTH HAVEN. A PHOTO SESSION AND RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 5:30PM WITH THE MARCH TO THE HEAD TABLE AT 6:30PM. TICKETS COST $45. SEE BELOW FOR NAMES OF AWARD WINNERS AND OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DINNER.

 

CASEY-O’BRIEN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER

THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION AND COLLEGE HALL OF FAME PRESS RELEASE

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

                                                                      PREPARED BY BILL O’BRIEN

                                                                      HOME: 203-488-7545 CELL: 203-988-0241

                                                                      OBRIENWT@COMCAST.NET

 

The 54th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien New Haven County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete dinner will be held on Friday April 11 at Fantasia Banquet Facility, 404 Washington Ave., North Haven. A reception will be held at 5:30pm with the march to the head table at 6:30pm.

 

Twenty nine high school and prep school scholar athletes will be honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. In addition NFL agent Joe Linta, a Branford resident, will receive the Distinguished American Award. A Yale graduate Linta represents 45 players in the NFL including Joe Flacco the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl MVP quarterback who signed the largest contract in NFL history following the 2013 Super Bowl.

 

The Chapter Award of Merit will be presented to Donald Scharf of Madison a founding member of the New Haven Chapter, and also the New York Chapter, who is a 55 year member of the National Football Foundation. He is a volunteer serving as Special Assistant to Athletic Director Tom Beckett at Yale. The Official Recognition Award of the New Haven Football Officials Association will be presented to long time football official Bill Slater of West Haven and former SCSU coach Rich Cavanaugh will receive a Special Recognition Award for his 29 years as head coach of the Owl’s and his service to the chapter.

 

In addition Thomas Brockett of Ansonia High School will receive the Chapter Coach of the Year Award.  The Chargers won 43 games in a row over the past three seasons including a 15-0 record this past year winning the Class S State Championship and being voted the

# 1 team in the State of Connecticut.

 

Tickets can be purchased for $45 by sending a check made payable to “National Football Foundation” to Donna Limone 10 Ludlow Court, Branford, Ct. 06405 or by calling her at

203-481-8375. Information about the chapter, including past award winners, can be found on our web site www.newhavenfootballfoundation.com.  

 

54TH ANNUAL 2014 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS

THE RECEPIENTS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS DETERMINED THAT THE FOLLOWING YOUNG MEN HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY MET THE CRITERIA OF SCHOLASTIC ACHIEVEMENT, EXTRA CIRICULAR ACTIVITIES, LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE IN FOOTBALL.

 

JAKE BONCAL-WOODLAND REGIONAL                        THOMAS MAJCHRZAK-ANSONIA

KYLE BRODERICK-HOLY CROSS                                     ANDREW MEOLI-XAVIER

JEVAUGHN BRODIE-HYDE LEADERSHIP                       MICHAEL MILLIARD-NORTH HAVEN

JOHN BURKE-NORTH BRANFORD                                   ANTHONY MILLS-HAMDEN

KYLE CHUDOBA-OXFORD                                                  NYRELL MOORE-WEST HAVEN

NICHOLAS CROWLE-FAIRFIELD PREP                          JOSEPH NAULT-GUILFORD

MICHAEL DeMARCO-EAST HAVEN                                JASON NELSON- O H PLATT

IAN DIELI- DANIEL HAND                                                  MICHAEL ORTOLI-SHELTON

MARK DIETRICH-CHESHIRE                                            ANTHONY PIZZOLA-PLATT TECH

SAL ESPOSITO-NOTRE DAME                                          EDWIN RODRIGUEZ-WILBUR CROSS

LUCAS FURGALACK-LYMAN HALL                               JOSUHA RUSSELL-DERBY

ERIC LAUGENI-AMITY                                                       ZACK SIROWICH-SEYMOUR

THOMAS ‘TJ’ LINTA-HAMDEN HALL                           GREG SUPLINSKAS-SHEEHAN

TYLER MACNEIL-BRANFORD                                        NICK WEISSAUER-FORAN

TIMOTHY MAHER-JONATHAN LAW

                       

AWARD WINNERS

DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN: JOE LINTA, NFL AGENT, BRANFORD

CHAPTER AWARD OF MERIT: DONALD SCHARF, MADISON

CHAPTER COACH OF THE YEAR: THOMAS BROCKETT, ANSONIA HS

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD NHFOA: BILL SLATER, WEST HAVEN

RICH CAVANAUGH SCSU SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD: ANSONIA HS RANKED #1 IN STATE

 

THE SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 11, 2014 AT FANTASIA, 404 WASHINGTON AVE NORTH HAVEN. A PHOTO SESSION AND RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 5:30PM AND DINNER AT 6:30PM SHARP. FOR TICKETS CONTACT DONNA LIMONE AT 203-481-8375 OR dpludio214@aol.com. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE CHAPTER VISIT OUR WEB SITE WWW.NEWHAVENFOOTBALLFOUNDATION.COM.

 

A RECEPTION FOR THE SCHOLAR ATHLETES AND THEIR PARENTS AND COACH WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20 BEGINNING AT 5:30PM AT THE FLOYD LITTLE ATHLETIC CENTER, 480 SHERMAN AVE (NEXT TO HILLHOUSE HS) FOR PHOTO’S AND INFO ON THE DINNER RE: TICKETS, AD’S, TUXES, SCHOLARSHIPS ETC.