The 58th anniversary of the Casey-O’Brien Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete awards dinner is being held on Friday April 6 at Fantasia Banquet Facility 404 Washington Ave. North Haven. A reception will begin at 5:30 pm with the march to the head table at 6:30 pm.
Twenty-nine high school and prep school athletes who play football will be honored for academic excellence, leadership and citizenship.
“Once again we will be honoring an outstanding group of young men,” said Bill O’Brien, the chapter president. “Their accomplishments in the classroom, on the field and in the community bring honor and distinction to their parents, their schools and their community.
In addition the Chapters Distinguished American Award will be presented to Yale Athletic Director Tom Beckett who will retire in June.
“Tom Beckett has had an illustrious 24 year career at Yale. His achievements over the years at Yale are legendary,” O’Brien said. “New and improved athletic facilities, significant growth in athletic endowment, 128 championships, 73 Ivy League titles, 43 Olympic athletes and 337 All Americans in all sports are simply amazing.”
The Chapter Award of Merit will be presented to Yale Coach Tony Reno who led the Bulldog’s to the 2017 Ivy League championship, the school’s first outright league title since 1980. Yale finished with a 9-1 record with their only blemish being a one point loss to Dartmouth.
“We are very pleased to present the Chapter Award of Merit to Tony Reno,” O’Brien said. “What a great season he led the Bulldogs to, winning Yale’s first outright Ivy title in 37 years”. For his success he also earned Coach of the Year honors from the New England Football Writers and the Gridiron Club of Boston.
Other award winners include Richard J. Moran Jr. of North Haven, a 27 year member of the New Haven Football Officials Association who will receive the Officials Recognition Award and Daniel Hand football coach David Mastroianni who will receive the Coach of the Year Award for leading the Tigers to a 12-1 record, the Class L Championship and the No. 3 state ranking.
2018 Scholar Athletes
- Amity — John Benanto
- Ansonia — Michael LaRovera
- Cheshire — Michael Jeffrey
- Coginchaug — Kevin Cross
- Creed — Nicholas May
- Daniel Hand — Chris Iannuzzi
- Derby — Nick Picheco
- East Haven — Justin Fonacier
- Fairfield Prep — Austin Valus
- Foran — Matthew Cruz
- Guilford — Sean Russell
- Hamden — Christopher Mills
- Hamden Hall — David Spitz
- Hillhouse — Terron Mallory
- Holy Cross — Manny Diorio
- Hopkins — Quinn Schneider
- Jonathan Law — Andrew Paulus
- Lyman Hall — Andrew McClure
- North Branford — Jeff Jablonski
- North Haven — Mark Montano
- Notre Dame-West Haven — Frank Paine
- Oxford — Robert Sergivenko
- Platt — Aurelio Marinelli
- Sheehan — Will Terzi
- Shelton — Michael Casinelli
- West Haven — Mekhi Geter
- Wilbur Cross — Jayvon Freeman
- Woodland — Joseph Kmetz
- Xavier — Will Levis
2018 AWARD WINNERS
Distinguished American Award — Thomas Beckett of Guilford, Retiring Athletic Director Yale University
Chapter Award of Merit — Tony Reno, coach of the Ivy League Champion Yale Football Team
Official Recognition Award — Richard J. Moran Jr., North Haven, 27 year football official
Chapter Coach of the Year — David Mastroianni, coach of the Class L State Champion Daniel Hand High School football team
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD
CLASS L STATE CHAMPIONS – Daniel Hand High School