FALL MEETINGS PROVIDES GREAT SPEAKERS & FOOD
The 2015 football season brought some excellent speakers to our chapter meetings in September, October and November. On average 60 members and guests attended the three meetings with the largest crowd coming to the meeting on November 24 when chapter coaches vying for the state playoffs spoke about their season and their Thanksgiving Day games. Those attending the meetings were treated to excellent meals by caterer Mark Lynch and his associate Kim Pirelli.
The first meeting in September brought old friend Peter Rossomando coach at CCSU who spoke about his Blue Devils, John Mancinelli the General Manager of the Connecticut Chiefs semi pro team and Dave Stevens a congenital amputee, the only athlete ever to play college football or minor league baseball without legs.
The meeting in October included Chris Pincince coach of the University of New Haven who spoke about his 'Chargers' and his brother Tom the Assistant Athletic Director for Communications & Media Services who talked to the members about "The Power of Social Media". It was also good to have former Yale coach and Wesleyan assistant Jack Siedlecki return and speak about his time with the Cardinals.
The final meeting the Tuesday before Thanksgiving brought 9 of the 10 chapter coaches, that either qualified, or are hoping to make the state playoffs. Retired West Haven coach Ed McCarthy, who holds the record for the most wins of any coach in state high school history, served as emcee. Sports Director Noah Finz of WTNH News 8 and sports producer and on air member Erik Dobratz interviewed several of our coaches about their season.
Coaches speaking at the meeting included Jeff Roy (Shelton), Tony Sagnella (North Haven), Mel Wells (East Haven), Tom Marcucci (Notre Dame), Tom Brockett (Ansonia), Tom Lennon (Seymour), Reggie Lytle (Hillhouse), Chris Anderson (Woodland) and Rich Boshea (West Haven).
Overall is was an enjoyable and entertaining fall.
CHAPTER CELEBRATES 55TH SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER
The Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter celebrated our 55th Anniversary scholar athlete awards dinner on April 11 2015 at Fantasia in North Haven. Prior to the dinner the scholar athletes and other award winners were invited to a reception at the Floyd Little Athletic Center in February where they were given information about the dinner including tickets, ad's, arranging for their tuxedo's and applying for scholarships Photos were also taken with the scholar athletes and their parents and coaches for publicity in the local media.
The dinner had over 300 guests and the award winners were in Black Tie. Twenty-seven scholar athletes were honored. Other award winners included well known football official Bill Schule who was presented the Official Recognition Award, long time chapter member Paul Sponheimer who received the Chapter Merit Award for his years of service, who unfortunately was ill and couldn't attend, Coach of the Year Anthony Sagnella of North Haven High School and star of television and the Broadway stage Dan Lauria. He is best known and recognized for his role as the father in the Emmy Award winning ABC sitcom the Wonder Years. Dan played football at SCSU graduating in 1971 and was presented the chapters Distinguished American Award. His alma mater also recognized Dan as well.
In addition Northeast Region Coordinator Howie Vandersea represented the National Football Foundation and gave greetings, Xavier was presented a plaque for winning the Class LL Small School Championship and $5000 were awarded in scholarships.
Team Nutmeg Defeats Team Constitution In Super 100 Classic
TEAM NUTMEG 44, TEAM CONSTITUTION 22
(at East Hartford)
Nutmeg 14 3 13 14 — 44
Constitution 0 14 0 8 — 22
N-Enyce Walker 5 run (Marc Mrozek kick)
N-Jelani Lucas 34 pass from John Nolan (Mrozek kick)
C-Khaleed Exum Strong 3 run (kick blocked)
C-Kaleb Lutton 61 pass from A.J. Consiglio (Khalil Patterson run)
N-Mrozek 21 FG
N-Chika Chukwu 31 pass from Matt Sanzaro (Mrozek kick)
N-Troy Gray 60 INT return (kick failed)
N-Tyshawn Walker 31 pass from John Nolan (Marc Mrozek)
N-Donevin O’Reilly 68 run (Mrozek kick)
C-Bailey Raymond 76 pass from Jalen Brown (Exum Strong run)
Team Nutmeg celebrates its 44-22 victory over Team Constitution in the CHSCA Super 100 Classic Football All-Star Football Game, Saturday afternoon, June 27, 2015, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford.
(Catherine Avalone/New Haven Register)
Scholar Athlete Photos From Gametime
"Vin Aitro was presented a congratulatory 100th birthday letter from Archie Manning and Steve Hatchell by vice president Paul Criscuolo at the 2012 Scholar Athlete dinner."
CHAPTER MEMBER VIN AITRO PASSES AWAY AT AGE 103
It is with heavy heart that I inform you of the passing of Vincent Aitro the oldest member of our chapter and maybe the oldest member of any chapter in the country. Vin, as he was known, was born on April 13, 1912 in New Haven along with his twin brother Carmen. He passed away on May 10 2015 at the age of 103. He had a remarkable sports life and met numerous sports celebrities over the years. His house was full of awards of all types and numerous pictures with the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzutto, Jim Brown, Tommy Lasorda, YA Tittle, Hank Aaron and Dan Marino to mention a few. Vin became a chapter member in 1960 when the chapter was first organized. Along with Donald Scharf and Rev Owen Sanderson, our Chaplin, they have brought over 150 years of continuous service to the chapter with their guidance and stewardship and have been Honorary Board Members for the last 16 years. The Aitro twins were presented with the Chapter Award of Merit in 1976 and Vinny was made a Lifetime Member in 2011 when he received a certificate from Membership Director Ron Dilatush in Dallas and the following year he received a letter from Archie Manning and Steve Hatchell celebrating his 100th birthday in 2012. For those wishing to see Vin's extensive sports activities I refer you the East Haven Memorial Funeral Home web site. You will be very impressed. RIP Vin.
SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER APRIL 10
LAURIA, SAGNELLA, SPONHEIMER AND SCHULE TO BE HONORED WITH 27 OUTSTANDING SCHOLAR ATHLETES
The Casey-O'Brien New Haven County Chapter will hold the 55th anniversary scholar athlete dinner on Friday April 10 at Fantasia in North Haven . Twenty-seven scholar athletes will be recognized and four award winners will be honored. In addition Xavier High School will be awarded a Chapter Class LL State Championship plaque. See the press release and list of award winners shown below.
CASEY-O'BRIEN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER
THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION
AND COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
March 6, 2015 Prepared by Bill O'Brien
The 55th 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 10 at Fantasia, 404 Washington Ave, North Haven. A reception will be held at 5:30 pm with the march to the head table at 6:30 pm.
Twenty-seven high school and prep school scholar athletes who play football will be honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship. "We have another outstanding group of young men the we are honoring this year", said Bill O'Brien chapter president. "All they have achieved on the field and in the classroom should make their family, school and community very proud."
In addition other award winners include acclaimed actor Dan Lauria a former SCSU all conference linebacker, who in the 2010-2011 season did over two hundred seventy-five performances of Vince Lombardi the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers in the Broadway production of the play 'Lombardi'. He also appeared in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty Movie of the Week productions. He is most recognized as the 'dad' in the highly acclaimed Emmy winning ABC television show 'The Wonder Years'.
Also being recognized are former coach Paul Sponheimer of Seymour who will receive the Chapter Award of Merit for his many years of service to the chapter, Anthony Sagnella of North Branford and the head coach at North Haven who will receive the Coach of the Year Award and Bill Schule of Hamden a well regarded football official who will receive the Official Recognition Award as selected by the New Haven Football Officials Association.
A state championship award will also be presented to Xavier High School for winning the Class LL championship in December.
Tickets can be purchased for $50 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. See www.newhavenfootballfoundation.com for further information.
CASEY-O'BRIEN NEW HAVEN COUNTY CHAPTER
NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION
AND COLLEGE HALL OF FAME
55th ANNUAL 2015 SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARDS
THE RECEPIENTS FOR THE 2014-2015 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.
MATTHEW ATTOLINO-AMITY CHRISTOPHER MAIORANO-EAST HAVEN
JOHN BERNARDO-PLATT A. J. MANSOLILLO-FAIRFIELD PREP
FRANCIS BONADIES-HAMDEN PAUL MARINAN-XAVIER
JARROD BUTTS-JONATHAN LAW MICHAEL MOSCATO-SHEEHAN
HUNTER COUGHLIN-NORTH HAVEN ANTONIO PENSA-GUILFORD
JULIAN FALCIONI-SEYMOUR MARK PICCIRILLO-SHELTON
BRENDAN FLAHERTY-HOLY CROSS NICHOLAS SAGNELLA-NORTH BRANFORD
WITOLD GUL-ANSONIA JL GOMEZ-STAFFORD-WILBUR CROSS
LANGSTON HEATH-HILLHOUSE CHRISTOPHER STANIO-NOTRE DAME
OWEN KARSMARSKI-BRANFORD SCOTT W. SWEITZER-DANIEL HAND
MICHAEL KREIGER-DERBY QUENTIN THOMPSON-HYDE LEADERSHIP
NOAH LISEWSKI-OXFORD ALEX VARHOL-WOODLAND
STEPHEN LONGLEY-FORAN JASON WILKERSON-WEST HAVEN
DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN-DAN LAURIA, STAGE & SCREEN ACTOR
CHAPTER AWARD OF MERIT-PAUL SPONHEIMER, SEYMOUR
CHAPTER COACH OF THE YEAR-ANTHONY SAGNELLA, NORTH HAVEN
OFFICIAL RECOGNITION AWARD-NHFOA-BILL SCHULE, HAMDEN
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD-XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS LL
THE SCHOLAR ATHLETE DINNER WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2015 AT FANTASIA
404 WASHINGTON AVE NORTH HAVEN. A PHOTO SESSION AND RECEPTION WILL BEGIN AT 5:30 PM AND DINNER AT 6:30 PM SHARP.
FOR TICKETS CONTACT DONNA LIMONE AT 203-481-8375 OR [email protected]
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE WWW.NEWHAVENFOOTBALLFOUNDATION.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
DAN MARTIN RECEIVES HIGH HONOR
CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AWARD PRESENTED TO DAN
CHAPTER BOARD MEMBER DAN MARTIN RECEIVED THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION CHAPTER LEADERSHIP AWARD ON DECEMBER 9 AT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION HALL OF FAME CHAPTER AWARDS LUNCHEON IN NEW YORK. THE AWARD WAS PRESENTED TO DAN AND FOUR OTHER REGIONAL LEADERS AT THE WALDORF. DAN WAS JOINED BY HIS WIFE CAROL AND DAUGHTER MARISSA ALONG WITH CHAPTER MEMBERS PAUL CRISCUOLO, TONY MORTALI AND BILL O'BRIEN. REGIONAL COORDINATOR HOWIE VANDERSEA WAS ALSO THERE TO CONGRATULATE DAN AND THE EMCEE WAS FORMER SYRACUSE ALL AMERICAN QUARTERBACK DON McPHERSON. TWO SCHOLAR ATHLETES HONORED AT THE BLACK TIE DINNER THAT EVENING INCLUDED TYLER VARGA YALE'S GREAT RUNNING BACK AND ARMY'S TERRY BAGGETT. CONGRATULATIONS TO DAN FOR WINNING THIS GREAT HONOR.