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CHAPTER MEMBERS RECOGNIZE COACHES PAUL PASQUALONI AND GEORGE DELIONE


THE FIRST MEETING OF THE SEASON OF THE CASEY-O’BRIEN CHAPTER WAS HELD ON OCTOBER 3 AT THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PATRICK. SEVENTY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS ATTENDED AND PAID TRIBUTE TO PAUL PASQUALONI AND GEORGE DELIONE THE FORMER UCONN COACHES WHO WERE UNCEREMONIOUSLY LET GO LAST WEEKEND IN MID SEASON. THESE TWO MEN HAVE COACHED FOR A COMBINED 83 YEARS AND THE CONSENSUS OF OUR MEMBERS WAS THEY DIDN’T DESERVE SUCH TREATMENT. DISPITE WHAT OCCURRED THEY HONORED THEIR COMMITMENT AND ATTENDED OUR MEETING, AND ALONG WITH SCSU COACH RICH CAVANAUGH, CAME AND SPOKE TO OUR GROUP. AFTER THE THREE COACHES SPOKE SEVERAL VERY SUCCESSFUL CHAPTER HIGH SCHOOL COACHES TALKED ABOUT THE IMPACT BOTH COACHES HAD ON THEM PROFESSIONALLY. COACHES SPEAKING INCLUDED FORMER CHESHIRE COACH MARK ECKE, NOTRE DAME’S TOM MARCUCCI, STAPLES COACH MARCE PETROCCIO, WEST HAVEN COACH ED MCCARTHY AND HAND COACH STEVE FILIPPONE AND THEY ALL THANKED PAUL AND GEORGE FOR THEIR ADVICE AND COUNSEL OVER THE YEARS. COACH PASQUALONI WAS SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE CHAPTER DISTINGUISHED AMERICAN AWARD IN 1998 AND COACH DELIONE WAS CHAPTER PRESIDENT IN 1980. BELOW ARE  PHOTO’S TAKEN AT THE MEETING.