The Bunnell high school athletic department honored Robert Mastroni and the Wojnarowski family during a pregame dedication ceremony Friday.
The Bunnell turf field will now be known as Robert Mastroni Stadium Field.
Mastroni was the head coach of Bunnell for 23 seasons from 1977-2000. He compiled a 152-90-3 record and won four conference championships.
In November of 2016, Mastroni was inducted into the CHSCA Hall of Fame as a football and softball coach.
“This is an honor beyond belief,” Mastroni said. “I am honored and thrilled, but I realize something: I share this honor with a lot of people. This isn’t just me. A lot of people made this possible during my tenure here.”
Mastroni humbly thanked many of his colleagues throughout the years for all of their assistance during his speech before closing with a touching sentiment.
“The greatest thing is the players that I coached, Mastroni said. “They became my sons. I loved every single player that I coached. They are close to me, they are wonderful. I talk to them all the time and I love them dearly. That’s what it was about. I love my players and I loved my experience here.”
Bunnell lost its season opener 42-20 to Barlow.
The Wojnarowski family was honored as well, for its help and dedication to the Bunnell football program.
In 1983, Bunnell formed the All Sports Booster club with the goal of improving the Bunnell athletic facilities. The booster club secured funding to build a Field House, but the funding alone was insufficient.
“There were five of us at that meeting,” Arlene Wojnarowski said during her speech. “I said, let me see what my husband could do, and he told me never to volunteer him again, but it was wonderful because the people helped us.”
Jack and Arlene Wojnarowski, along with their family, dedicated much of their time and energy to making the field house a reality in 1985, and are credited as being catalysts of the project.
Both Mastroni and Arlene Wojnarowski were choked up at the end of their speeches in what was an emotional ceremony honoring those who have contributed to the Bunnell football program.