Page 39 - CHSCA Magazine Issue 2, 2019-2020
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  Sports Hall of Fame in November.
n The late Jerry McDougall, baseball and football coach at Trumbull High School, was honored with memorial rock which is placed at the team entrance to the McDougall, athletic director and coach at Trumbull High.
n 700 Career Wins
Angela Tammaro, Lacrosse, Greenwich Academy
n 400 Career Wins
Jeff Lownds, Cross Country, Woodland
John Fontana
Executive Director of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, John Fontana, suffered a fatal stroke while attending a New York Giants game at Giants Stadium on October 21. John’s career as a coach and basketball official was remarkably success- ful and earned him the reputation of being one of the most influential professionals in high school sports. As baseball coach of Southington High for 41 years, John continually produced outstanding teams, garner- ing 669 victories and an 80.1 winning percentage. For the past 31 years, John served to enhance high school athletes and coaches as Executive Director of the CHSCA, having taken over from his late uncle, Joseph J. Fontana. John led the Coaches Association into an era of phenomenal growth. He worked with the CIAC to enhance opportunities for Connecticut’s youth through athletic competition. He was the driv- ing force behind the recognition of coaches through awards, the institution of the Coaches Hall of Fame, the expansion of coaching clinics and the advent of Connecticut becoming a major player in the National Athletic Coaches Association. John’s influence in the development of regulations to improve coaching standards and better protect athletes continues to be celebrated. No one has provided greater and more effective leadership for Connecticut’s coaches than John Fontana. He will be missed by all.
William F. Mignault
Legendary Ledyard football coach William F. Mignault has died, school officials announced Wednesday.
Mignault, who was 90, started the football program at Ledyard High School and was its only coach for 42 years, according to the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance, which honored him with the prestigious Gold Key Award in 2005.
“Ledyard High School is sad to announce the passing of an icon: William F Mignault,” Ledyard High School athletic director and assistant principal Jim Buonocore wrote in a post on Twitter Wednesday. “He was a hall of fame educator, coach and administrator. He will be deeply missed by generations of Colonels. Once a Colonel, Always a Colonel.”
Mignault, who won four state championships and a state-record 321 games at Ledyard, retired in 2007 at the age of 78 and was succeeded by Buonocore, according to the CSWA.
He was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1991, and was a charter inductee into the Ledyard Football Hall of Fame in 2011.
Joseph R. Romano
Joseph R. Romano, 78, of Middletown, beloved husband of fifty eight years to Maureen (Farrands) Romano, passed away on Monday April 20, 2015 at Middlesex Hospital Weiss Hospice Unit. Joe was born in Middletown, the son of the late Salvatore and Mildred (Hall) Romano. He was a graduate of Middletown High School, class of 1954. He was a milkman for Brock Hall, A.C. Peterson, and Daniels Farm Dairy. He then continued his education and earned his Masters Degree from Central Connecticut State College, class of 1977. Joe became a physical education teacher and coached baseball, basketball, and golf at Vinal Technical School in Middletown, before retiring in 1997. His numerous accomplishments included being the 1980 & 1989 Coach of the Year, as awarded by the Connecticut Association of Approved Baseball Umpires and his 2004 induction into the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame. Joe was an outstanding athlete, participating in various baseball, softball, and basketball leagues. For over 30 years, Joe was a respected sports official at the high school and collegiate level. Joe was a lifetime member of the Irish-American Home Society of Glastonbury, a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus, and a charter member of the Middletown Sports Hall of Fame.

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