This award is intended to provide recognition to an individual who has shown outstanding and meritorious football officiating, 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.
• EDUCATION:: Graduate of Solvay High School, 1979. Herkimer County Community College, A.S. 1981.
• OFFICIATING:: Syracuse Chapter, NYS Baseball Umpires Association, 1982-2000. Syracuse Chapter NYSCFO since 1988, just completing his 30th season. Officiated Semi-Pro foot-ball for six seasons. Served for several years on the Chapter Membership Committee. Current Chairman of the Chapter's Rating Review Committee. For the past 8 years, NFF involvement as anambassador and volunteer for the Annual Arcaro Senior All-Star game.
Officiated in eleven Section 3 Finals, two State Quarter finals, two State Semi-Finals along with the State Class A Final in 2000 and Class AA final in 2008.
Received the Syracuse Chapter Bernie Andrews Award for service to the Chapter and Section 3 Football, the Chapter's Larry Russell Award and New York State Merit Award.
• EMPLOYMENT: Engineer with the New York State Department of Transportation since 1984.
• COMMUNITY: Member of the Taunton Volunteer Fire Department since 1980. Currently on the Board of Directors. Past Fire Chief. Completed numerous firefighting courses through NYS. Received several firefighting commendations. Volunteer EMT 1979-2001.
• Personal: Volunteered in various capacities with the Seneca River South Little League and Cub Scouts. Past merit badge councilor for the Longhouse Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Taught Religious Education in the Confirmation Program at St. Cecilia's in Solvay. As a current member of Christ The King Roman Catholic Church in Bayberry, is involved with the liturgy serving as a Eucharistic Minister, Lector and leading Saturday morning Communion Services. Presently serves as Vice-Chair of the Pastoral Council.
Family: Has two children, Mitchell, SUNY Oswego Class of 2016 and Renee, Cazenovia College Class of 2018. Resides in Liverpool with Sharon, his wife of 29 years.
PREVIOUS WINNERS: 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
This 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 this country, 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 individual could 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.
Paul Sealy started his football career under legendary high school coach Al Merola of Solvay.. Paul has endured a long tenure in high school football from his playing days at Solvay High School, followed by playing at Syracuse University, then the Syracuse Express which led to coaching football in Section III. He has made many contributions to his sport from the coaching ranks to being on several football organizations.
Paul was a graduate of Syracuse University and had a 28 year career as a Special Education teacher in the Syracuse City School District. His coaching career included jobs at Solvay, Henninger, Westhill, ESM and Phoenix High Schools. He was on staff for ESM's Section III Championship team in 2011.
Paul has been a member of the Section III Football Committee beginning in 2009 and a member of the National Football Foundation since 2007. Paul has beena coach, an administrator and an advisor on many football events through out Central New York including the Upstate/Downstate All-Star Game.
Paul is responsible for the NFF Kickoff Classic in the Carrier Dome and the John Arcaro Senior All-Star Game. As a coach, he was named Coach-of-the-Year (2006).
Paul has also ventured into broadcasting as you can see him on Friday Night Lights on CNY Central with Niko Tamurian and occasionally on Colgate football games broadcasted by Spectrum Sports.
PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2017: TOM NEIDL • 2016: MIKE WELCH • 2015: DICK CERONE • 2013: DOUG LOGAN • 2011: PETE SALA • 2010: HENRY ANDREW (ANDY) MORAN • 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
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.
Having coached since 1997 at different levels, Joseph Sindoni just completed his fourth season asthe Head Coach of the Skaneateles Lakers. In 2017 the Lakers won the NYS Class C State Title. In doing so, they also won the Section III crown, the second won by Coach Sindoni during his tenure in Skaneateles, the other being in 2012.
In capturing the 2017 State Title, the Lakers had to come from behind to win in each of their last 5 games of the season, defeating 4 top 5 state ranked teams along the way. The team, which finished with a 12-1 record, had 9 players selected to the all-state teams. Included in those selected was Patrick Hackler, who won NYS Class C Player of the Year and broke Greg Paulus' record for touch down passes in a single season with 53. Hackler is the fourth Skaneateles QB tobe selected all-state under Coach Sindoni.
This season marks the second time Coach Sindoni has been honored as Coach of the Year by the National Football Foundation Syracuse Chapter (2013) and the third time he has been elected Coach of the Year in his division. Additionally, he was recognized by the Syracuse Media Group as their Small School Coach of the Year for Central New York in 2017.
When not coaching football, Coach Sindoni is the President of Briarwood Wealth Management in Syracuse, NY. He resides in Jamesville with his wife, Stephanie and 4 children: Isabella (13), John (10), Giuliana (10) and Natalie (6).
PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2017: TOM SCHOEN • 2016: JAY STEINHORST • 2015: CORY MARSELL • 2014: DAVID KLINE • 2013: JOSEPH J. SINDONI • 2012: KEVIN DEPARDE • 2011: TOM FREARS • 2010: CARL SANFILIPPO • 2009: BILL CARINCI • 2008: STEVE BUSH • 2007: DAVE MOSKOV • 2006: PAUL SEALY • 2005: JOSEPH CASSAMENTO AND CALVIN MOSHER
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.
Mark Larson joined the Spectrum News team as sports director in October of 2003 shortly before the channel launched marking his second tour of duty in Central New York.
This is the second time Mark has chosen to live and work in Central New York. From 1995 to1997, he was a sports reporter at WIXT in Syracuse.
The Wisconsin native was a sports reporter at WSYR (ABC) from 1995 to 1997 before hitting the Oregon Trail to become sports director at KEZI (ABC) in Eugene, Oregon. Mark started his career at WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wisconsin as a proud alum of the University of Wisconsin and the Badgers are one of his true passions.
Mark can be seen week nights on Spectrum News, anchoring our regular sports casts, plus Sports Night at 11:15 p.m. He also co-anchors our award-winning Friday night high school football highlights show "First and 10."
Mark is the play by play announcer for the high school game of the week, Section 3 and New York State Football Championships in the Carrier Dome. Career highlights include covering three of SU's six Final Fours ('96, '13, '16).
PREVIOUS WINNERS: 2017: NIKO TAMURIAN
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