Lewiston-Porter athletics honors twoby jmaloni
With the 2010-11 school year now history, the Lewiston-Porter Athletic Department announced the presentation of two special honors.
Lewiston-Porter Coach of the Year - Norm Forney
Lew-Port is proud to present its 2010-11 Coach of the Year honor to Norm Forney. Forney has been a part of the soccer program for several years as the junior varsity boys soccer coach. Most recently, due to unforeseen circumstances, Forney took over the varsity coaching duties this past year, only days before the season was set to start. With little preparation time or off-season activities, he stepped right in to the position and led the Lancers to the Niagara Frontier League co-championship, and through to the Section VI Class A-2 finals, losing very narrowly to Maryvale.
From the outset of the year, Forney was faced with the task of selling his philosophy to the kids with very little time, while physically getting them ready for the season. "He did an outstanding job, as the kids immediately bought in to his styles, philosophies and strategies, and, as a result, the team developed immediate and unprecedented team chemistry," said Lew-Port Athletics Director Scott Townsend. "His team featured six NFL All-Stars, including a player with 19 goals in 19 games on the season, and a goalie that allowed 10 goals in 19 games, including 12 shutouts (five in a row at one point in the season). While these players were outstanding players at the outset, Norm had a significant job in getting all of the players on the same page, developing chemistry and molding all of the outstanding players into a successful team.
"Norm also understands the importance of relationship-building with the parents of his players, and the alumni," Townsend continued. "He invited several Lew-Port soccer alumni to come and speak to the players during the course of the year, impressing on the kids the importance of merging the past with the present, and remembering the rich tradition that Lew-Port soccer has. Moving forward, Norm has continued the commitment that he requires of his players. He has worked with the local youth soccer program to set up clinics, allowing his players to work with the younger players in the area, and has developed an aggressive off-season regimen, to ensure that the players are prepared for the upcoming season.
"The entire athletic department congratulates Norm on his award," Townsend said.
Lewiston-Porter Cornerstone Award - Jeff Tedesco
The Lewiston-Porter Athletic Department has honored Jeff Tedesco as its Cornerstone Award winner. Tedesco is the owner of Tedesco Construction, based in Lewiston. Tedesco Construction Services Inc. is the second generation of owners and management personnel of the former Frontier Metal Buildings Inc. of Niagara Falls. For more than 35 years they have specialized in the design and construction of pre-engineered metal building systems.
"Jeff and his wife, Lori, are parents to two Lew-Port graduates, Justin and Krista, both of whom were outstanding athletes in school," said Townsend. "While his children were in school, Jeff was always willing to help out the athletic department in any way that he could. Since they graduated, Jeff has remained active in the program, serving as the football announcer, filling in at basketball games when called on, and is a regular supporter at nearly all basketball and baseball games.
"This past year, Jeff generously donated $10,000 to Lew-Port, for supporting costs associated with new dugouts on the baseball and softball diamonds. His son Justin was one of the most outstanding players that Lew-Port has had in a decade, and Jeff wanted a way to give back. With his donation, the baseball and softball diamonds are the final piece of what are some of the finest facilities in the area.
"Lewiston-Porter is proud to recognize Jeff for all that he has done for the athletic program. His dedication to the department, along with his financial aid to the facilities make him an integral member of our athletic department, and the community," Townsend said.