The Connecticut High School Coaches Association will honor 24 coaches as Outstanding Coaches of the Year, an Athletic Director of the Year and Announce three special awards at the 54th annual Recognition Dinner on May 10 at 7 p.m. in Kay’s Pier at the Aqua Turf in Southington.
To be honored are Athletic Director of the Year Joseph Madaffari of McMahon; former Maloney softball coach Scott Aresco will receive the Thomas Monahan CHSCA Honor Award; Branford’s Bill O’Brien will be awarded the Joseph J. Fontana Distinguished Service Award; and Gina Simeone of Nfinity will receive the Joseph Calvanese Sponsorship Award.
The coaches to be honored are: Steve George, football, Newtown; Larry Kelley, boys basketball, Career; Ken Valliere, girls basketball, Windham; Matt Medve, indoor track, Weston; James Thompson, girls track, Windham; Shaun Ratchford, baseball, Danbury.
Chris Gamble, wrestling, Waterford; Tom Scarola, boys cross country, Shepaug Valley; Aaron Flamino, girls cross country, Ellington; Susan Murphy, softball, Platt Tech; Sam Barnes, boys soccer, Old Saybrook; Jeff Santilli, boys golf, Greenwich; Laurie Zrenda, girls tennis, East Lyme; Bill Howard, girls volleyball, Norwich Free Academy.
Paul Deon, boys lacrosse, Hand; Chris Raffone, boys tennis, Amity; Jim Brown, boys track, Bunnell; Juliette Givens, boys volleyball, Farmington; Susan Bridges, cheerleading, Newtown; Jenna Tucchio, field hockey, Stonington; Kristin Woods, girls lacrosse, New Canaan; Joseph Finocchiaro, girls soccer, Glastonbury; Ralph Russo, ice hockey, Guilford; and Damien Frassinelli, unified sports, Stafford.
Tickets for the event are $46 and may be purchased in advance only by contacting John Fontana at 860-628-4122.