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Previous Coach of the Week Award recipients

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Nov. 16, 2019
John Gammon
John Gammon After three football title-game misses in five seasons, Livonia broke through. The fifth-seeded Bulldogs edged No. 1 HF-L, 12-0, to capture the school's first Section V Class B championship in 26 years. Named the Section V Class B Coach of the Year, Gammon's players also know about giving back. They participate annually in the Cystic Fibrosis Walk. "John runs a complete program that goes year-around, always getting the most out of his players," AD Mark Kress said. "The program has always been a place for all kids, even those that struggle are welcomed into the family." A coach for 27 years, Gammon also guided Eastridge to a Section V crown in 2004. His Livonia record is 48-13.

Nov. 9, 2019
Rene Monks
Rene Monks In her 11th year as coach at Honeoye Falls-Lima, she has led the Cougars to seven Monroe County championships and on Saturday they'll compete for a fifth sectional title under her guidance. HF-L's crowning achievement was the 2016 state title. "Her impact on her athletes off the court is as impressive as it is on it," says HF-L AD Brian Donohue. "Rene is a tremendous role model and is not only an outstanding teacher of the game but her commitment to teaching life skills is exemplary. She has high expectations for her athletes as people and she holds them accountable." The relationships she builds with players leads to many of them, after they've graduated, returning to watch HF-L games to support the current team.

Nov. 2, 2019
Amy Colosimo
Amy Colosimo In her 20th season as coach, her Harley Allendale-Columbia squad takes an 18-0 record and No. 1 seed into the Section V Class D-2 Tournament. The Wolves have captured four straight Finger Lakes West titles and sectional crowns in 2010, 2011 and 2013. They've reached the finals six times and she has more than 250 career wins. "She is a fantastic role model for our student-athletes," AD Peter Mancuso said. "She connects with the kids on many levels and has been able to lend support and guidance to their everyday lives as well as volleyball."

Oct. 26, 2019
Greg Kennedy
Greg Kennedy Thirty years later, he is still teaching at Wesbster Schroeder and coaching volleyball -- and he loves doing it. The Penfield and Cornell graduate's squads won two state and four Section V titles in the 1990s. His overall record is 375-241, but he is most proud of the boys he has shaped into young men. "His lessons are about perseverance, hard work, desire and development. His kids are always high on character," says Schroeder AD Shawn Strege, the school's former girls volleyball coach who adds that he has learned much from Kennedy. "We also are lucky to have his leadership on our coaching staff. He genuinely cares and helps all of our coaches."

Oct. 19, 2019
Tim Mattle, Wayne
Tim Mattle His Finger Lakes League/Wayne County soccer power has won 14 league titles in Mattle's 26 seasons. Wayne, where he played in high school, has reached 12 Section V semifinals under him and was runner-up in 2005. The Eagles (14-2-2 this fall) have never won a sectional crown, but that's all you need to know about Mattle's ability to teach resilience. For a man who lost his mother as a boy, that came naturally. Mattle develops that type of toughness in players. "Tim eats and breathes soccer," Wayne AD Tony Carusone said. "He stays late at practice and works with individual kids on their skills. As a health teacher, he understands the importance of building positive relationships with not only his players, but the student body in general."

Oct. 12, 2019
Chrissy Merrill, Honeoye Falls-Lima
Chrissy Merrill The 14th-year girls soccer coach is a "consummate teacher," says AD Brian Donohue. Merrill's teams have won big (2013 sectional title and state finalist; 156-83-18 career record) but no matter the Cougars' record, players always get Merrill's best effort all the way down to the K-2 grades program. "Chrissy is extremely positive and professional, always upbeat and treats all of her athletes with great respect, regardless of their role," Donohue says. A Long Island native, middle school math teacher and a mother of three, Merrill is also the daughter of a coach. She married one (HF-L boys coach Mike Merrill), too. Congrats, Chrissy!


Oct. 5, 2019
Mike Domm, East Rochester
Mike Domm    The 1994 Brighton graduate and former Section V star has taught at ER for 17 years. A former pro player for the Rochester Rhinos, Domm coached the Bombers boys soccer team from 2004-08 and returned in 2016. His 2004 squad won sectionals and ER has only won three titles. "He is always there for his kids in school and at practice," AD Jeff Onze says. "I can't imagine a coach that does more in the offseason for his players." Last year, ER was 15-7 and runner-up. Right now ER is 12-0 and Domm has his team's eyes on one prize: the sectional block.


Sept. 28, 2019
Dave Hennessey, Penfield
Dave Hennessey    He is in his 44th season coaching cross country, indoor and outdoor track for Penfield, where "Henn" is quite honestly a legend. A retired social studies teacher, he has totaled more than 500 victories on both the boys and girls sides to become the nation's dual-meet wins leader in cross country. "Henn has a way of reaching all kids," Penfield AD Pete Shambo said. "He has positive relationships with the strongest and weakest athletes. He can be hard on kids when needed and still be beloved and he's coaching third-generation kids now."


Sept. 21, 2019
Andy Englert, Avon
Andy Englert    Community. Core values. Work ethic. These words are hallmarks of Englert's tenure as an athletic director and coach at Avon for 24 years. "We teach (student-athletes) to take what they've learned through athletics and apply it to life. Life is a challenge. It takes hard work and teamwork," said Englert, the AD for 17 years and a varsity football and wrestling coach for 22 and 24 years, respectively. Avon football has won sectional titles under Englert in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2014. The real impact made by this York native and SUNY Brockport graduate is fostering a feeling of togetherness in the school and sports program. Congrats, Andy!


Sept. 14, 2019
Bob Hammer, LeRoy
Bob Hammer    The former St. Bonaventure player is in his 12th season as boys soccer coach of the Oatkan Knights. They've never won a sectional title or reached a title game but hat doesn't diminish the influence Hammer has had on hundreds of student-athletes. "He has put his blood sweat and tears in to our program over the last decade making it a competitive program yearly in a football town," LeRoy Principal Tim McArdle says of Hammer, who also coaches modified tennis. "As our junior-high counselor he has a huge impact on so many students in our community. It's very special and appreciated." Trophies aren't needed to teach character and how sports can teach life lessons. Congrats, Bob!


Sept. 7, 2019
Mike Butler, Greece Arcadia
Mike Butler    The Greece Arcadia grad has been a coach in his home district for 29 years and won sectional titles in girls soccer (2), boys soccer (3) and girls basketball (6) at Athena. That's 11 "blocks," including from 2014-16 with Athena boys soccer highlighted by the 2014 state title. What's he most proud of? The growth his first team -- Odyssey boys basketball -- showed in the mid-1990s. The brand new program went 0-21 its first year. Two years later, it played for a sectional crown. Teaching. Learning. Growing. That's the legacy Butler will leave in Greece. Congrats, Mike!

Previous Boys Athlete of the Week Award recipients

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Nov. 16, 2019
Joe Wolke, Churchville-Chili volleyball
   The senior setter followed up his MVP performance in leading the Saints (21-1) to the Section V Class B1 title by posting 27 assists in Friday's state tournament qualifier, a tight straight-sets win over Midlakes. He also had 27 assists in the sectional championship victory for the No. 1 seeds over Spencerport.

Nov. 9, 2019
Nick Bauman, Irondequoit cross country
   The senior became the first boy in school history to capture an individual Section V cross country championship, winning the Class A race at Midlakes in 16 minutes, 15 seconds. It was the second-best time of the day behind only Pittsford Mendon's Sam Lawler.

Nov. 2, 2019
Dylan Rice, Greece Athena soccer
   The junior scored two goals, including the first-half equalizer and then the winner after a dynamite 50-yard sprint with the ball with 11 minutes to play , as No. 1 Athena edged rival Greece Arcadia, 3-2, for the Section V Class A-1 championship. It is Athena's fourth crown in six years. An eighth-grader on its last title team, Rice has 16 goals and 13 assists.

Oct. 26, 2019
Freddie Brock, East football
   The senior running back and future UMass player rambled for 152 yards on 15 carries and scored five TDs as the second-seeded Eagles throttled No. 7 seed Greece Arcadia, 50-8, in the Section V Class A playoffs. The Eagles (7-1) play No. 2 Spencerport (7-1) next.

Oct. 19, 2019
Othman Belhseine, Greece Athena soccer
   The senior has scored a hat trick in three straight wins for the red-hot Trojans (12-2-2), who take a six-match winning streak into sectionals, where they are the No. 2 seed. Belhseine netted the trifecta against Olympia, Brighton and previously unbeaten Pittsford Sutherland. He has 14 goals this fall.

Oct. 12, 2019
Will Bowen, Pittsford Sutherland soccer
   The senior captain scored three times in Friday's 6-1 win over East Syracuse-Minoa, as the Knights improved to 13-0-1. He also had a goal and assist in Wednesday's 4-1 win over Arcadia that clinched the Monroe County Division III title and a goal and assist in a 4-1 win over Churchville-Chili. For the season, he has 10 goals and 6 assists.

Oct. 5, 2019
Sam Lawler, Pittsford Mendon cross country
   The Vikings senior posted the top overall time at the 55th annual McQuaid Invitational, finishing in 14:54.7 to win both the Steve Prefontaine and Charlie McMullen awards in Upstate New York's largest cross country meet.

Sept. 28, 2019
Max LaRosa, Spencerport soccer
   The senior midfielder connected for a goal in Thursday's big 2-0 victory over Churchville-Chili in Monroe County action to boost the Rangers' record to 8-1 this fall. He also scored four goals in a victory over Irondequoit. He leads Spencerport with 10 goals and also has three assists.

Sept. 21, 2019
Mason Ferrara, Honeoye Falls-Lima football
   The senior running back ran for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns on 20 carries as the Cougars (2-1) stunned defending Section V Class B champion and state runner-up Batavia, 41-7. The win avenged a loss in last year's sectional semifinals. Ferrara had TD runs of 7, 30, 74 and 30 yards.

Sept. 14, 2019
John Reagan, Wayne football
   The senior running back rambled for 208 yards and a TD on 36 carries and also caught a TD pass as the Eagles (1-1) bounced back from a Week 1 loss to 42-12 to shut out neighbor Palmyra-Macedon 26-0 in their annual "Drop The Axe On Children's Cancer" game.

Sept. 7, 2019
Justin Graham, Victor soccer
   The senior forward connected for 3 goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Webster Schroeder. He has scored in each of the Blue Devils' wins during a 3-0 start and leads the team with 5 goals and 3 assists.

Previous Girls Athlete of the Week Award recipients

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Nov. 16, 2019
Megan Deuel, Pittsford swimming
   The two-time AGR Swimmer of the Year helped lead the Panthers to an 18th straight Section V crown on her 18th birthday by winning the 200-yard individual medley and 100 butterfly while also swimming on winning medley and 400 freestyle relays. In prelims, she broke the Section V Class A and meet record in the IM with an All-American Consideration time and in the finals broke her own fly record.

Nov. 9, 2019
Madison Johnson, Victor cheerleading
   A junior and strong tumbler, she is the main base and a captain who helped lead Blue Devils to the Section V Fall championship. As a freshman she became a Section V and state champion and since then has led her team its first Monroe County League title and the state finals last winter and a sectional title this fall.

Nov. 2, 2019
Lara Phipps, Pittsford
   The junior at Sutherland won her first Section V Class A diving championship on Friday, breaking her own school record with a score of 535 points. Phipps was third last year at sectionals. She dives year-round at Upstate Diving with Cliff Devries at RIT. The Pittsford S'Women go for their 18th straight Section V crown next Saturday at Webster Aquatic Center.

Oct. 26, 2019
Josie Libby, Pittsford Sutherland tennis
   The junior won her singles match in straight sets Monday to clinch the Section V Class B1 title for the Knights over rival Mendon. She also won the sectional doubles crown with partner Gwenneth Mattia last Saturday. Last fall they finished third in the state doubles championships.

Oct. 19, 2019
Claire Yioulos, Honeoye Falls-Lima golf
   The senior who plays for the Victor team captured the Section V Girls Championship by shooting a scorching 76 at Brook-Lea Country Club. That followed an opening-round 78 at Greystone CC. She was sectional runner-up last year. Yioulos also won the Monroe County Tournament of Champions on Oct. 7.

Oct. 12, 2019
Jessica Rinere, Penfield field hockey
   The senior broke a 20-year-old school record with her third goal in a 4-0 victory over Fairport on Monday. She also had a pair of goals in a 10-0 win over Webster Schroeder that improved the Patriots to 11-1 this fall. She has 66 career goals, three more than former Penfield coach and record-holder Leslie Howlett-Grego.

Oct. 5, 2019
Candace Tytler, Irondequoit
   Just a sophomore, Tytler ran faster than any other female in Section V at last week's McQuaid Invitational. She earned the Katie Harper Memorial Plaque and also was voted the D&C's Girls Athlete of the Week.

Sept. 28, 2019
Chloe DeLyser, Marion soccer
   The senior forward had seven goals and an assist in an 11-0 rout of Sodus and a hat trick in a 4-2 triumph over Gananda. For the season, the Ohio State recruit has a Section V-best 36 goals and seven assists. With 296 goals in her six-year career, she is on the brink of No. 300 heading into matches Monday at Mynderse and Tuesday at Red Creek.

Sept. 21, 2019
Michaela Leach, Irondequoit field hockey
   The senior sweeper and a team captain played a key role in containing Fairport in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the defending Section V Class A champs, who were limited to one shot at goalie Elizabeth Tramonto. The big win moved the young Eagles to 3-2-1.

Sept. 14, 2019
Grace Rittenhouse, Dansville soccer
   She had two goals in a 4-3 loss to LeRoy and six goals in a 9-1 win over Letchworth that ran the Mustangs record to 4-1. She is second in Section V this fall with 16 goals.

Sept. 7, 2019
Emily Parker, Brockport soccer
   The senior forward scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Churchville-Chili to open the season, had 2 goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Greece Athena and assisted on the only goal in a 2-1 loss to Pittsford Sutherland.


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