Six coaches, two athletic directors, a legendary Connecticut athlete and a media member will be inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame at its 38th annual ceremony Nov. 20 at the Aqua Turf in Southington at 7 p.m.
Coaches Deborah J. Petruzello, Kathleen Mary Walling, Brian T. Crudden, Christy R. Hayes, William D. Mongovan and Marcello F. Petroccio, athletic directors Joseph Paul Canzanella and Paul Mengold, legendary Naugatuck Valley athlete Edmund W. Poscavage (posthumously), and media member Tom Yantz of The Courant will be inducted.
Tickets for the dinner are $46 and available by contacting the CHSCA office at P.O. Box 632, Southington, CT 06487, calling 860-628-4122 or e-mailing John Fontana at email@example.com. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Debbie Petruzzello: Started the girls outdoor track and field program at Woodrow Wilson High School in Middletown in 1977, then became head coach at Middletown when the schools merged in 1985. ... 248 coaching victories, one Class S title, CHSCA girls track Coach of the Year in 2008.
Kathy Walling: Has coached lacrosse for 17 years and field hockey for 13 at Hall High School-West Hartford. ... 451 total coaching victories, which includes three other sports. ... Her teams have won six league titles in three sports ... CHSCA field hockey Coach of the Year in 2002.
Brian Crudden: Coached football and wrestling, as well as boys track, at Windham High School beginning in 1977. ... 526 total coaching victories, 371 in wrestling, in which his teams won seven state championships ... His football teams have two state runner-up finishes, and he has a combined 15 league titles in both sports. ... CHSCA Coach of the Year in wrestling (1993) and football (2011).
Christy Hayes: Won five Class S football titles at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull from 1983-1997, after spending 10 years as an assistant at the school. ... Also won a state title in girls basketball in 1979 and recorded 150 victories, and won an FCIAC baseball title in 1997. ... As athletic director at Wilton from 2002-2013 he supervised a program that won 21 state championships. ... Inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2011.
William Mongovan: Coached indoor track, cross country and girls track and field at Greenwich and St. Mary's (Greenwich) high schools for 48 years. ... 431 cross country victories, 731 coaching victories overall. ... Inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame in 2005.
Marcello Petroccio: Has coached football at Staples High School since 1993, winning three state championships with a 183-56 overall record. ... Reached state semifinals 10 times; has three FCIAC championships as well as six division titles. ... FCIAC Coach of the Year five times and CHSCA Outstanding Football Coach in 2007-08.
Joseph Canzanella: Athletic director and supervisor of all city sports for New Haven, a program that includes 46 schools and the Floyd Little Athletic Center, home to many statewide events. ... Also has been an assistant coach in six sports and created and is director of New Haven Unified Sports. During his tenure since 1999, city schools have won 73 state titles. ... CHSCA Athletic Director of the Year in 2013.
Paul Mengold: Athletic director at Amity High School for 30 years, during which he expanded the program from 35 to 78 teams, oversaw a major upgrade to the school's athletic complex and teams won 45 state championships and 122 league titles. ... CAAD executive board member since 1990.
Ed Poscavage: All-State football player at Naugatuck High School and record-breaking swimmer for the YMCA in the 1930s. ... Attended Ohio State University, where he was part of the Buckeyes' Big Ten Championship team and runner-up NCAA squad. ... Also played water polo and was head coach as a student. ... Played for the Canadian military football team, the Toronto RCAF Hurricanes, who won Canada's Grey Cup in 1942. ... Fighter pilot for the Canadian RCAF and the U.S. Army during World War II, flying 13 combat missions. He died in combat when shot down on a bombing mission over Gersheim, Germany, in 1945.
Tom Yantz: Sports reporter at The Courant since 1975, covering high school, colleges, pro sports. He has been a Boston Red Sox beat reporter, and covered Major League Baseball from 1982 to 2008. ... Has covered professional golf at TPC River Highlands for many years and Central Connecticut basketball from 2000-2008. ... Numerous writing awards, including two Associated Press national awards for enterprise reporting.