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Montville’s Gary Wilcox to be honored with CHSCA Coach of Year award

Montville’s Gary Wilcox will be honored as the CHSCA coach of the year in wrestling in May.

SOUTHINGTON – Montville High wrestling coach Gary Wilcox will be honored at the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) 55th annual awards banquet on May 9 at the AquaTurf in Southington beginning at 7 p.m.

Wilcox is one of 25 coaches who will be recognized with an Outstanding Coaches of the Year award.

He has been coaching at Montville for 17 seasons and led the Indians to the 2003 Class S state championship. His teams have finished second in either Class S or Class M five times and have captured five ECC divisional titles.

Wilcox led the Indians to a 22-2 record this year and a 4-0 record in the ECC Division III. Montville finished second in Class S this season just 3 1/2 points behind Gilbert. He has a dual meet career record of 338-86.

RHAM’s Mark Logan will receive the Athletic Director of the Year award, Pat Simon will receive the Thomas Monahan CHSCA Honor Award and Larry Duont will be awarded the Joseph J. Fontanta Distinguished Service Award. Michael Barbara of Town Fair Tire will receive the Joseph Calvanese Sportsmanship Award.

Tickets are $46 and can only be purchased in advance from John Fontana at 860-628-4122.

The coaches to be honored are:

Sal Morello, football, Middletown; Joe Gaetano, boys’ basketball, Sheehan High School; Kelly Maher, girls’ basketball, Cromwell; Brian Collins, indoor track, Glastonbury; Ann Burrows, girls track, Bloomfield; Paul Steiner, baseball, RHAM;  Evan Tuttle, boys’ swimming, Southington.

Gary Wilcox, wrestling, Montville; Matt Diglio, boys cross country, Haddam-Killingworth; Mark Olsen, girls cross country, Thomaston; Ed Crisafi, softball, East Haven; Robert Briones, boys soccer, Norwich Free Academy; Robert Zadrozny, boys golf, New Britain; Dennis Fabian, girls tennis, Staples; Jack Biggs, girls volleyball, East Lyme; John Smachetti, girls’ swimming, Conard.

John Wiseman, boys’ lacrosse, Wilton; Al South, boys’ tennis, Notre Dame of West Haven; Jeff Weber, boys track, Wethersfield; Heather Allenback, cheerleading, Southington; Matt Arinello and Shannon Horsky, field hockey, Immaculate; Kevin Siedlecki, girls lacrosse, Hand; Nick Boorman, ice hockey, Suffield; and Jen LaCapra, unified sports, Oxford High School.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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