2020
20th Annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner

Sunday 26 January 2020 at the Turning Stone Resort


Chapter Award Winners


Distinguished American Award

CRITERIA
This award is presented on special occasions to an outstanding American, but not necessarily to a former football player. Ther recipient will be a person who has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who has, over a long period of time, exhibited leadership qualities and who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the United States and to thequality of life for all Americans.

THIS YEAR'S HONOREE - 2020: MICHAEL J. BRAGMAN

A prominent New York State elected official, Michael J. Bragman served in office for more than 35 years. Hgraduated from North Syracuse High School (1958) and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University (1963). While at North Syracuse High School, Bragman was a two year All County baseball player selection. He also played for the Canastota Genessees, in the semi-professional "Old State Baseball League.

Mike started his career in public service on the town council in his native Cicero, New York. He was elected to the Onondaga County Legislature, and became the first and only Democrat to chair that bod. Bragman was elected to the New York State Assembly in 1980. Widely respected for his leadership skills and dedication, Bragman served as Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly from 1993 to 2000. During his 21 years in the New York State Assembly, no member compiled a more extensive legislative sponsorship record, with the passage of 305 state laws. He obtained $208 million of state funding directly benefiting projects and programsfor Central New York.

His lifetime interest in athletics has brought about significant contributions, which resulted in the creation andimprovement of sports facilities and programs, from Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Football and youth soccer clubs to high school and professional stadiums/facilities. One of the major highlights of his career was the vision and leadership Bragman provided for the development of the Cicero-North Syracuse Athletic Complex (dedicated in his name), the Liverpool High School Stadium and other complexes across the state.

Bragman also, authored the Sports Facility Assistance Program (NYS Stadium Bond Act) in 1993/94. This program provided major funding for the creation and improvement of sports facilities across the state including Syracuse MacArthur Stadium (known now as NBT Bank Stadium and home of the Syracuse Mets), Rochester Silver Stadium, Buffalo Sabres Arena, Oneonta Soccer Hall of Fame and various others.

In addition to his involvement in major statewide issues, Bragman developed one of the most successful regional economic development models in state history. Key elements of the program included MacArthur Stadium, the historic Regional Farmers Market, the Regional Transportation Center, the Museum of Science and Technology(MOST)/Bristol Omnitheater and SUNY Institute for Human Performance. Bragman resides in Cicero with his wife, Suzanne, of 44 years. They have a son, Mike Jr, twin daughters, Heather and Leslie, and a granddaughter, Kensington. Together, Michael and Suzanne founded The Bragman Companies in 1986. Mike, Jr. joined the organization in 2002 and in the past 18 years, The Bragman Companies have become one of the largest developers of residential subdivisions in Central New York.

PREVIOUS HONOREES: 2019: JIM REDLON • 2017: BRENT QUIMBY • 2016: GARY JANIS • 2015: U.S. ARMY TENTH MOUNTAIN DIVISION • 2011: HONORABLE JOHN MCHUGH • 2008: HONORABLE JOHN CHERUNDOLO • 2007: E. DOUGLAS KENNA • 2005: LT. BRYAN TAYLOR, U.S.N. • 2002: HONORABLE NORMAN A. MORDUE • 2001: PERNE BILLINGS

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Chapter Award Winner

Football Official of the Year Award

CRITERIA
This award is presented to an outstanding person from the media who has made significant contributions toward advancingthe coverage and image of high school football in New York State. The selected individual should represent and support the National Football Foundation's fundamental creed of athletics in concert with scholarship and civic leadership.

THIS YEAR’S HONOREE
NICK LORE

Nick taught Math at Fayetteville-Manlius High School for 41 years, where he coached the boy's golf, boy's bowling and girl's bowling teams for over 20 years. He graduated from Hamilton College as a four year letterman, leading the Continental football team as defensive captain his senior year. In 1977 he joined George Mangicaro's coaching stall at his alma mater Bishop Grimes, where Nick was a three sport Varsity Athlete and in 1980 began his officiating caree, just finishing his 40th season this past Novembe. Nick currently serves the Syracuse Chapter of New York State Certified Football Officialas its Secretary/Treasurer and has contributed to the State Association as an Assistant to the Executive Secretary. In 2009 he received the Chapter's Larry Russell Memorial Award for outstanding service & dedication to the Syracuse Chapter of N.Y.S.C.F.O., and in 2014 received the Bernie Andrews Memorial Award for meritorious contributions to Section 3 scholastic football and the Syracuse Chapter. He has also been a recipient of the New York State Merit Award of CertifiedOfficials and has been fortunately rewarded with assignments to many memorable Section 3 and State semi-final and fingames.


Personal: Nick currently resides in Liverpool, New York, with wife Teresa, their children, twins Maria and Nicky, and son Daniel.

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2019: BRIAN FINN • 2018: DAN PETRELLA • 2017: DAN MESSINA • DON VICARIO • 2016: DON VICARIO • 2015: STAN EVANS • 2014: FRANK MISURELLY • 2013: MARK MCANANEY • 2012: JIM VERRETTE • 2011: GARY JANIS • 2010: MIKE KERWIN • 2009: DON KRUTSCHITT • 2008: LARRY BYRNES • 2007: FRANK D’ORIO • 2006: BARRY LIPPENCOTT • 2005: DENNIS HENNIGAN • 2004: PAUL NOJAIM • 2003: JOHN SPENCER • 2002: MICHAEL ALBANESE • 2001: RICHARD T. RANUCCI

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Chapter Award Winner
High School Coach of The Year Award

CRITERIA
This award is intended to provide recognition to an individual who has shown outstanding and meritorious football coaching, in addition to dedication, leadership and service, to football on and off the field.The selected individual should represent and support the foundation's fundamental creed of athletics in concert with scholarship and civic leadership.

THIS YEAR'S HONOREE

JASON COFFMAN
Carthage

Coach Coffman began his coaching career at Carthage in the fall of 2000. After one year as a Modified assistant coach he moved up to arsity assistant. Jason spent the next 18 years coaching under Sam Millich and served as his defensive coordinator. A 1992 graduate of Carthage, Jason played football for his father Terry who was the Varsity coach at Carthage from 1971-1999.

Carthage football enjoyed one of their best seasons in school history this year. Coffman led the Comets to an 11-2 overall record. The Comets were 5-0 in Section 3 Class A regular season, Section 3 Class A tournament champions, NYS Western Regional Quarter Final Champions, NYS Western Regional Semi-Final Champions and NYS Class A finalists. The Comets were also recognized as a NYS Scholar Athlete team.

After attending Salisbury State University, MD where he enjoyed a successful lacrosse career, Jason returned to his home town of Carthage to teach Physical Education and pursue his love of coaching football. Over the past two seasons Jason has also had the opportunity to coach his stepsons Jake and Josh Demko which has added extra enjoyment to coaching.

Jason lives in Carthage with his fiance Nicole Virkler, stepson Josh and their dog Zoey.

PREVIOUS HONOREES: 2019: Brian Briggs • 2018: Joseph J Sindoni • 2017: Tom Schoen • 2016: Jay Steinhorst • 2015: Cory Marsell • 2014: David Kline • 2013: Joseph J Sindoni • 2012: Kevin DeParde • 2011: Tom Fears • 2010: Carl Sanfilippo • 2009: Bill Carinci • 2008: Steve bush • 2007: Dave Moskov • 2006: Paul Sealy • 2005: Joseph Cassamento • 2005: Calvin Mosher

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Chapter Award Winner

Outstanding Contribution To Amateur Football Award

CRITERIA
his award is intended to provide recognition to an individual whose efforts and activities have been in support of amateur football and the goals of the local chapter. Throughout the youth league, high school and collegiate playing fields of thiscountry, these are remarkable individuals who work tirelessly out of a pure love of the game and a desire to help our youth play it well. This award seeks to recognize some of these noteworthy contributors. Specific activities of the individualcould range from coach to trainer to league organizer or fund raiser, and not uncommonly all of the above. The selected individual should represent and support the Foundation's fundamental creed of athletics in concert with scholarship and civic leadership.

THIS YEAR'S HONOREE
CARL SANFILIPPO

Coach Sanfilippo spent his first 8 years coaching and teaching at C in Syracuse; he has just finished his 35th year as Head Coach of the Baldwinsville Bees with 215 careerwins. A veteran Section 3, Class AA coach, he oversees all aspects for the five teams thatcompromise Baldwinsville Football Program. Sanfilippo has led numerous varsity teams toLeague, Division, Section 3 and Regional Championships. He has been named Coach of the Year by the CNY National Football Foundation and the Post Standard. During his tenure at Baldwinsville, he has coached 5 Post Standard Players of the Year and one New York State Gatorade Player of the Year. Coach Sanfilippo ran the NFF Combine for 12 years,and has been on the Section III Football Committee for 30 years. Coach is a graduate of Salamanca (NY) High School where he earned All American Honors. Coach played for his father the late Joe Sanfilippo, and Syracuse University where he lettered in Football. A Master Dive Instructor, Coach enjoys his time diving and teaching SCUBA. He is very active in teaching Scuba for Children with Disabilities. In the summer on weekends you will find him on his dive boatThe Arrow on the St. Lawrence River. He resides in Baldwinsville with his wife Julie of 36 years. They have 2 daughters; Lauren and Justine. He is the proud grandfather of Gianna, Joey, Juliet and Jane.


PREVIOUS HONOREES: 2019: Inside High School Sports • 2018: Paul Sealy • 2017: Tom Neidl • 2016: Mike Welch • 2015: Dick Cerone • 2013: Doug Logan • 2011: Pete Sala • 2010: Henry Andrew Morgan • 2009: Thomas R. Tatham • 2008: Fred Dunlap • 2007: George Mangicaro • 2006: Dick Bader • 2005: Pat Testa • 2004: Bill Pawloski • 2003: John Smith • 2002: Al Vedder • 2001: Ed Ferrante

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Media Person of the Year Award

CRITERIA
This award is presented to an outstanding person from the media who has made significant contributions toward advancing the coverage and image of high school football in New York State. The selected individual should represent and support the National Football Foundation's fundamental creed of athletics in concert with scholarship and civic leadership.

THIS YEAR'S HONOREE
Nolan Wiedner

Nolan is in his 38th year as a journalist. Since 2013 Nolan has covered high school sports for Syracuse.com and The Post Standard. Previously he covered many different sports for The Post Standard, including Syracuse University football, high school sports, local and national auto racing, and the Syracuse Salty Dogs professional soccer. He joined the Syracuse Newspapers in August 1988, and has worked as regional bureau chief, night sports desk editor, and morning city desk editor.

Noaln has been recognized and honored locally, statewide, and nationally over the years – including First Place in New York State Associated Press sports story in 2011 for "Kicking Cancer" a multi-part story/video presentation on former Syracuse University kicker Rob Long's battle with Cancer.

He is a 1981 graduate of Kent State University and is joined today by his lovely wife Karen.

 

PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2019: STEVE INFANTI • 2018: MARK LARSON • 2017: NIKO TAMURIAN

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Scholarships for 2020

1 - $750 AL VEDDER SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been established by friends, family and members of the chapter to honor our first president. It reflectAl's passion for competition, the spirit of youth, and the lessons of life in sport. It is awarded annually to the highest ranking high school senior.

1 - $500 PAT TESTA SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been established by the Board of Directors of the Central New York Chapter of the National Football foundation and College Hall of Fame to honor one of our founding fathers. The scholarship will be awarded to a meritorious scholar-athlete from a member high school.

1 - $500 GEORGE MARCOCCIA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been established by an anonymous supporter of football. George graduated from Syracuse University in 1957. He began officiating high school football in 1962 and entered the college ranks in 1967 with ECAC. George joined the major independents in 1980. He officiated many of the major college football games played during the 1980s and culminated his career by officiating the Army-Navy game in the Rose Bowl in 1985. After George left the field, he became an observer and technical advisor for Syracuse University, the Big East and Conference USA. George owned and operated the Marcoccia-Donnelly Insurance Agency for 27 years. This scholarship will be awarded to a scholar-athlete from a member high school.

1 - $500 TONY'S FAMILY RESTAURANT SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been established by Tony and Michael Albanese to recognize the excellent efforts of an outstanding high school athlete.

1 - $500 IBEW 43 SCHOLARSHIP
The Brothers and Sisters of IBEW 43 provide the best in Central New York's workforce. Our members recognize the importance of pride and excellence in their work. We wish to honor the youth that have also demonstrated pride and excellence in academics, athletics, and community service.

1 - $500 RANUCCI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The family of Tom and Julie Ranucci have established this scholarship in memory of their parents. Throughout their lives they taught us the creed of the National Football Foundation Athletes in concert with academic achievement and civic leadership. This scholarship will be awarded to a future leader.

28 - $500 CNY CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP
Recipients of these Scholarships, which are endowed by The Central New York Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, have distinguished themselves by demonstrating excellence in the classroom, on the field, and as citizens.

9 - $500 CNY CHAPTER COLLEGIATE POST GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP
This Post Graduate Scholarship has been established by The Chapter to honor and support our Collegiate recipients who have demonstrated that they embody the spirit of the mission of The National Football Foundation. Recipients will be deemed eligible if they enroll in an institution of higher education to pursue a post graduate degree within one school year of the scholar-athlete award dinner.

2- $500 KERWIN FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP
Established in 2011 by the Kerwin Family which annually awards a scholarship to the outstanding scholar-athlete from a Syracuse City High school.

1- $500 WM, (BILL) LEMON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The world of sports is our world. For over a half century Bill was involved in scholastic, collegeiate, and professional athletic endeavors. Bill published souvenir game programs for high school sports, for Syracuse University, and LeMoyne College, for the Syracuse Nats, the Blazers, the Chiefs, and the U.S. Olympic Committee. He served on the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, as vice president of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, a founding Board member of the S.U. Hardwood Club, a member of the Bud Coolican Cancer Golf Tournament committee. Sponsoring a scholarship for a deserving scholar-athlete is our way of saying "Thank You"!

2 - $500 FRANK BORER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS
This scholarship has been established by Haylor, Freyer & Coon to recognize the excellent efforts by an outstanding high school athlete. Established by the Borer family to recognize and honor the memory of a generous long time supporter of The Central New York Chapter. Frank was the founder and CEO of Express Mart and our friend! These scholarships shall be awarded to scholar-athletes who have excelled in the classroom, on the field, and in the communit.

4 - $500 CHERUNDOLO LAW SCHOLARSHIPS
Established to support The Central New York Chapter of The National Football Foundation in its endeavor to honor our areas outstanding youth. Cherundolo Law is committed to the ideal that tomorrow's leaders are developed on the football fields of Central NewYork.

1 - $500 PINNACLE FAMILY OF COMPANIES SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is established to recognize those individuals who share the core values that Pinnacle holds fundamental to their organization: teamwork, repuation, collaboration, and transparency. Consistently voted as Central New York's #1 place to work, the Pinnacle Family of Companies is proud to award this scholarship.

2 - $500 SEDGEWICK CAPITAL SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships are established by a supporter of The Central New York Chapter of The National Football Foundation who recognizes the value of competition and passion that is provided by sports.

1 - $500 JOHN A. MODY, JR. SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is established in memorial by John's friends and family. The game of football held a special place in John's life, John loved competition, the sacrifices and eforts necessary to ensure excellence, and most especially the bonds established with his teammates. This scholarship is awarded annually to an outstanding scholar-athlete who has demonstrated commitment and camaraderie.

1- $500 COACH MAC SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship has been established through the efforts and financial support of friends and colleagues of Coach Richard MacPherson. Coach MacPherson had a storied football coaching career; including head coach at the University of Massachusetts, Syracuse University, and the New England Patriots. He was nominated by the Central New Chapter of the National Football Foundation and subsequently inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2009. Mac was a beloved friend and family man and that spread to everyone who had the fortune to know him. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a scholar-athlete from a member high school.

11- $500 DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIPS
These scholarships are named in honor of those that have received our chapter's highest award.
• Brent Quimby
• Perne Billings
• Honorable Norman A. Mordue
• Lt. Bryan Taylor U.S.N
• E. Douglas Kenna
• Honorable John Cherundolo
• Honorable John McHugh
• Gary Janis
• U.S. Army Tenth Mountain Division
• Jim Ridlon
• Michael Bragman

 

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