Amity coach Paul Thees won his 500th career game in a 3-0 sweep of Lyman Hall Friday. His former players share their thoughts on the impact the coach had on their lives.
“Congratulation Thees! You deserve it! I am so proud to have been part of your achievement. Hope you get 500 more!”
— Debbie Stone, North Branford Volleyball 1983-1985, Junior Olympics 1985
“Congratulations on your 500th win and your hard work getting there! Thank you for instilling in me a drive for accomplishment through your coaching. It has made me a successful wife, mother, and professional. I am grateful for the influence you had on me.”
— Sarah (Polinsky) Monaco Amity Volleyball 1993-1996
“Congratulations Paul! I am so happy for you to receive this honor! You truly are such an inspiration to me and have always been a mentor and a friend. Although I had the privilege to play volleyball with you for four years, winning the Amity State Championship Title in 2003-2004 is a memory I will never forget. For that I want to thank you for all of my lifetime memories. Congratulations- you deserve it!
– Katie Riordan, Amity
“Congratulations Paul. I dare you to go for 1000.”
— Tracy (Correale) Catalanotto, Amity 1992-1996
Paul Thees was an incredible coach and mentor. He taught me the importance of teamwork and leadership- skills I was able to use on and off the court, and was able to take with me after my years at Amity. He also taught me that believing in something is the first step in making it happen. He always believed in our team and took us all the way to winning the state title my senior year. Congratulations Coach Thees on 500 wins!
— Katelyn Stevens, Amity 2000-2003
I played for Paul from 1994-1998 and I later played in the Big East conference for Seton Hall University. There are so many memories and so many aspects of Amity Volleyball that will remain a part of my life forever, but there is one staple, and one constant that helped make me the coach and teacher I am today: Coach Paul Thees. We won State titles and we lost at times too, but if there is one thank you I could send to him it would be: he never let good enough be enough. He never let our best game keep us from working hard toward the next one, and he kept it clear as to the rules and the structure needed for greatness. He is a tough coach with high expectations, but for those who are willing to ride the bus to the summit of success, one must be willing to weather the ride. I thank him for always believing in my success even when I was hard on myself and for being the tough-love guy we all respect(ed) and are proud to have played for. I congratulate him on this amazing feat of 500 wins and am honored to have helped be a part of the journey!
— Kimberly Nunes (Adamovich), Amity 1994-1998
Congrats, Thees! Glad to have been there when the legacy began!
— Julia Keller, North Branford High School 1981-1985
Read what his players had to say before 500 here.