COTY Winners

 1968 John “Whitey” Puirek, West Haven Baseball
 1977 Albert  Loeffler, Staples (Westport)
Donald Bates, Berlin
Soccer
Golf
 1980 Frank Crisafi, East Haven Boys Basketball
 1981 John McVicar, Rocky Hll
Lorraine Splain, Old Saybrook
Special Sports
Golf
 1982 Joe Folino, Staples (Westport) Golf
 1983 John Fontana, Southington
Terence Lowe, Greenwich
Baseball
Swimming
 1984 Ralph King, Brien McMahon (Norwalk) Soccer
 1985 Winifred Hamilton, Westhill (Stamford) Volleyball
 1986 Louis Astorino, Jr. , Hamden Special Sports
 1987 Nick Zeoli, Wilton
Art Crouse, West Haven
Athletic Director
Special Sports
 1988 William Baron, East Hartford Cross Country
 1989 Ken Kezer, New Britain Baseball
 1990 Rod Cyr, Wethersfield
Ed Ferrigno, Windham
Golf
Athletic Director
 1991 John “Laddie” Lawrence, Staple (Westport)
Joe Janush, North Haven
Joan Gauthey, Shepaug Valley (Washington)
Cross Country
Soccer
Special Sports
 1992 Charles Sharos, South Windsor
Vito Montelli, St. Joseph (Trumbull)
Steve Levinthal, Strafford
Paul Fako, Ridgefield
Joe Piazza, Southington
Jack Long, Bacon Academy (Colchester)
Athletic Director
Boys Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Softball
Girls Track
 1993 Jerry McDougall, Trumbull
Valerio Moretti, Hamden
Bruce Douglass, Ledyard
Football
Soccer
Girls Track
 1994 Catherine McGuirk, Branford Special Sports
 1995 Rick Osevick, Greenwich
Jim Dolan, Joel Barlow (Redding)
Eileen CRompton, Lewis Mills (Burlington)
John Pouzzner, Northwestern Reg. #7 (Winsted)
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
 1996 Roger Ratchford, Fairfield Prep
Dot Johnson, Granby
Jim Penders, East Catholic (Manchester)
Dan Sullivan, Windsor Locks
Golf
Special Sports
Baseball
Soccer
 1997 Guy Whitten, Wilton
Mike Zotta, RHAM
Special Sports
Soccer
 1998 Arlene Salvati, Cheshire
Gil LaPointe, Norwich Free Academy
Special Sports
(G) Cross Country
 1999 Cookie Bromage, Enfield
Mike Pitruzzello, Cromwell
Robert Haddad, Windham
Special Sports
Soccer
Track
 2000 Gil Varjas, New London
Jim Solomon, Hall High (West Hartford)
Baseball
Tennis
 2001 Bob Demayo, North Haven
Jim Ford, Guilford
Baseball
(B) Cross Country
 2002 David Strong, Masuk (Monroe)
Abe Breslow, Trumbull
Girls Baskeball
Girls Soccer
 2003 Jerry McDougall, Trumbull
Gary Makowicki, Norwich Free Academy
Baseball
Girls Track
 2004 Bruce Jaffe, Fairfield Prep Swimming
 2005 Robert Lehr, Southington
Mark Logan, RHAM (Hebron)
Athletic Director
Girls Track
 2006 Ed Aston, Cheshire
Gerry Chester, Griswold
Dan Borgmann, New Canaan
Swimming
(B) Cross Country
Tennis
 2007 Joe Tonnelli, Notre Dame, West Haven
Linda Dirga, Pomperaug, Southbury
John O’Connor, Branford
Athletic Director
Special Sports
Swimming
 2009 Jim Cotter, Norwich Free Academy Softball
 2010 Ed Lynch, Simbury High School
Jim Murray, Avon High School
Golf
Girls Soccer
 2011 Dave Johnson, Bunnell
Beth Sarnacki, Cromwell
John Blomstann, E.O. Smith
Athletic Director
Special Sports
Boys Soccer
 2012 Jeff Bramier, Darien Special Sports
2013 Jim Ford, Guilford (G) Cross Country
2014
Robert Orgovan, Amity
Steve Filippone, Hand
Steve Waters, Farmington               
Theresa Napalitano, Lauralton Hall
Carl Reichard, East Lyme
(B) Cross Country
Football
Boys Soccer
Softball
Girls Track
2016
Deb Petruzzello, Middletown
Girls Track
2017
Jeff Gee, Wilton
Laurie LaRusso, Darien
(G) Cross Country
(G) Volleyball

HOF Winners

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL COACHES
HALL OF FAME CONNECTICUT INDUCTEES

1996 Joseph Fontana
1997 Thomas Monahan
Larry McHugh
1998 Charles Sharos
Frank Crisafi
1999 Jerry McDougall
John Fontana
2000 Jean Hunt
Nick Zeoli
2001 Dan Sullivan
Whitey Piurek
2002 Lindy Remigino
Wally Camp
2003 Frank Robinson
Paul Kuczo
2004 Bob Saulsbury
Joe Folino
2005 Vito Montelli
Dot Johnson
2006 Arlene Salvati
Guy Whitten
2007 Bob Demayo
Ralph King
2008 Jim Penders
James Penders, Sr.
2009 Dave Strong
Irv Black
2010 Ken Kezer
John Hagen
2011 Linda Dirga
John Kuczo
2012 Jack Long
Ed Aston
2013

Bob Cecchini
Cookie Bromage

2014

James Buonocore 

Edward Lynch

2015

Laddie Lawrence

Jake Salafia

2016

Tom Malin

Edward McCarthy

2017

Chris Webster

Marty Roos

Dwight T. Keith Award

The Dwight T. Keith Award is given to recognize and to honor a person who has made an outstanding contribution to high school interscholastic athletics and/or the high school coaching profession. This award was created expressly to honor persons in a non-coaching role. The recipient may be an active coach, but the work for which he or she is being honored must be of a non-coaching nature.
Dwight Keith was a founding member and guiding light of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association through its early years and served as its Executive Secretary from 1965 to 1973.
Past Connecticut recipients of this award are:
• 1978, Tom Monahan, Bristol
• 1982, Joseph J. Fontana, Southington
• 1986, Larry D. McHugh, Middletown
• 1996, John Fontana, Southington
• 2000, Nick Zeoli, Wilton
• 2008, Gary Makowicki, Norwich Free Academy
• 2011, Doug Sharples, St. Bernard

Membership

Nearly 30 years ago it became apparent to the nation’s high school coaches that they were not being represented as a profession by the various associations with which they were affiliated. During those years in the 50s and 60s, high school coaches and athletic directors from around the nation were invited to annual sessions of the Division of Men’s Athletics (DMA) of the NEA/AAPHER group. Occasionally, special conferences were scheduled for high school coaches in Washington, D.C., but only as an adjunct of the college phuysical educator-dominated DMA.
It became apparent the high school coaches needed recognition and a national direction. This was in 1964. A key group of high school coaches named a steering committee, with instructions to plan another meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in July, 1965.
The Atlanta meeting in 1965 was intense in discussion and design as to the feasibility of organizing the nation’s high school coaches. Thus, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association was formed.

The Primary Goals and Purposes of the NHSACA
1.    To raise the quality and competence of High School Athletic Coaching and administration to the highest level possible through leadership development, educational programs, training sessions and in formative publications.
2.    To promote and publicize high school sports and its five million student/athletes through national, state and local award programs.
3.    To foster amateur sports programs for boys and girls with national-class skills in a variety of sports which provide social, educational, and competitie opportunities for the students.
4.    To promote Drug and Alcohol Prevention among high school students, teacher/coaches and parents in cooperation with the government, law enforcement agencies and educational groups.

Membership
When the NHSACA was formed in the 1960s, membership was about 5,000. From then to the present, membership is now more than 60,000 and continuing to rise. The NHSACA is a solid organization dedicated to the enhancement of the coaching profession.