Killingly Football's Chad Neal pays respect to long-time assistant.
By James Thomson, NFP Brands
October 7th, 2020
Even though National Coaches Day was yesterday, the CHSCA Coaches Appreciation Week continues. We tapped Killingly Football's Chad Neal to contribute to the conversation. Coach Neal has certainly paid his coaching dues and has transformed the Killingly Football program into an annual contender. One of the keys to his success is building a great coaching staff. He shares his thoughts on one of his loyal assistant’s, Matt Sumner.
“Matt has been a loyal assistant for the past 15 years for me at Killingly High School. As a fellow teacher in the high school, he has always been an excellent teacher in the classroom and on the field. His quiet demeanor coupled with his knowledge and ability to transfer it has been a tremendous asset to the Killingly community.
As a Killingly resident, with two children in the high school, and a 3rd joining in 2 years, he has dedicated his time volunteering to coach youth football, basketball, and baseball on top of coaching high school football. He has never been one to want the spotlight, he is always humble, and puts kids and the team first!”
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Stafford Co-op Football's Brian Mazzone shares how one coach helped pave the way for his coaching philosophy.
Stafford Co-op Football’s Brian Mazzone shares how one coach helped pave the way for his coaching philosophy.
By James Thomson, NFP Brands
October 6, 2020
Stafford Co-op Football’s Brian Mazzone knows a thing or two about building a strong team culture. Since taking over the Stafford Co-op Football Program in 2015, which is made up of players from host school Stafford H.S., Somers H.S. and East Windsor H.S., Mazzone has turned them into a winner. More impressively, he has established a culture to be emulated. In continuation of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coaches Appreciation Week, we could not think of a better person to share his thoughts on the subject of the impact of great coaches on their players. He credits much of what he has accomplished to those he played for and coached under. One of them is long-time Enfield H.S. football coach Jim “Papa Bear” Lyver.
“Papa Bear is the first person outside of my family to ever tell me that he loved me. For a high school kid who didn’t say that often it resonated. He attended my first game in college and stayed the whole time and I never left the sideline.
I went through periods of time where I hated him when I was a lazy, entitled sophomore and I didn’t get it and wasn’t reaching my potential. He poked and pushed it and I hated it so much. At times I wanted to quit. However, eventually I got it and I got what he was doing. It paid off at the end of my sophomore year and the trust was built.
For the next two years I loved playing for Coach. I knew I could count on him, but more importantly he knew he could count on me. He is one of the most caring people that I know and he’s always checked in on my the rest of my life. I’ve heard from him when I had children, he was right there when my parents died, he is the true definition of a coach. His impact didn’t end after four years of football.
I’d like to think I do a lot of the same things with my players that he did with me. The impact continues.”
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Dan Orlvovsky shares appreciation for legendary high school coach in advance of National Coaches Day
Dan Orlovsky shares appreciation for legendary high school coach in advance of National Coaches Day.
By James Thomson, NFP Brands
October 5, 2020
This Tuesday, October 6th is National Coaches Day. It is a day when we all get to share our appreciation for the coaches that have contributed to our lives. This year, The Connecticut High School Coaches Association, in partnership with NFP Sports has launched its Coaches Appreciation Week to celebrate the occasion.
Who better to kick off the week than Connecticut’s own, Dan Orlovsky? Not only is Orlovsky the University of Connecticut’s most notable quarterback in program history, but he also spent 13 seasons in the NFL and is currently a leading football analyst for ESPN with thousands of fans tuning in to listen to his football wisdom each and every week. It all started for Orlovsky at Shelton High School, playing for Hall of Fame High School Coach, Joseph Benanto. He recently shared what Coach Benanto meant to him and how it set him up for the success he has experienced later in life.
“Joe Benanto was such a great coach because he took me, a young kid who had big dreams, where I wanted to go. Coach Benanto was my coach from the age of 13-17, so I knew exactly where I wanted to go, to play college football and beyond, but I had very little idea of how to get there. Coach taught me; he didn't coach me! It was never, "Danny do this because I said so or do this because it will work". There was always a ‘why’ to the ‘what.’ He always gave me "why's" as to the reason we would do things. "Danny do this with your fundamentals because it will help you be in balance more" or "Danny do this with your drop because it will help you get the ball out faster". He was the first coach that really taught me about the mental game of football. The intellect part of football and how preparation off tape could make me a better player and why that was important. I always say there are a ton of good coaches that tell their players "this is the way we do things and our standard or expectation level"-those good coaches just expect all their players to get to that level.
Coach had the same expectation level and standard but realized many of us; myself included, were different and we needed different tools to get to the same spot. I needed a coach who could teach and challenge and push and demand. I needed a coach that was ok trusting his players with ownership of HIS team. Coach didn't have an ego-he wanted me to take ownership of my game and HIS team. He gave me the confidence to do that, the power to do that. He taught me what leadership looked like, on a daily basis-through the good and the bad. The easy and the hard. The wins and the losses.
Simply put Coach Benanto was the first person outside my father who saw me 10-15 years down the road and equipped me with everything I needed to get to that vision. One of the 10 most instrumental and impactful people of my life, and I'm forever thankful and grateful for him!”
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October 6th is National Coaches Day. It's the day we get to say thank you to all those hard-working coaches that give so much to their student-athletes and respective communities. In the first initiative of their partnership, NFP Sports and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association are proud to launch the Connecticut Coaches Appreciation Campaign! The campaign will allow fans from across the state to submit stories about the coaches that have had a positive impact in their life. We will feature the stories across all digital platforms during the week of October 4th through October 10th. All entries must be received by Friday, October 2nd.
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Connecticut High School Coaches Association Partners with NFP Sports
Partnership will elevate awareness, sponsorship opportunities and promote coaches throughout the state on behalf of the association.
(Suffield, CT – September 23, 2020) - NFP Sports, the leading high school sports fundraising and marketing company in Connecticut recently announced a new partnership with the Connecticut High School Coaches Association to help increase public awareness, develop additional scholarship opportunities, and to provide increased services for CHSCA membership. This can only be done through the support of businesses throughout the state.
Through the partnership, NFP Sports will increase annual sponsorship revenue for the CHSCA while branding the association across multiple platforms. They will showcase their innovative sports marketing initiatives and its results through their first of its kind digital platform, which includes mobile, e-commerce and social media. NFP sports looks to establish sponsorship opportunities through their well-established network of participating local businesses throughout the state.
NFP Sports first launched its sports marketing initiative in 2015 when it partnered with the Eastern Connecticut Conference. Since that time, they have helped to promote the conference, its 19 member schools, student-athletes, and coaches. This includes the launch of the rebranded website, mobile application which ties into all the ECC social media properties. The most compelling program that has been launched for the ECC is its Athlete of the Week Program, which highlights top performers in the ECC on a weekly basis during their fall, winter and spring seasons. The program has not only helped promote local student-athletes, but it has elevated the ECC brand on a state level and helped to promote local businesses who have come on board as sponsors of the conference.
“It is a great honor to be able to work with an association with the success and tradition of the CHSCA,” said NFP Sports Founder James Thomson. “NFP Sports will bring together coaches and communities throughout the state with local corporate partners to help support the association.” NFP Sports is a long-time sponsor of the CHSCA and was honored with the Joseph Calvanese Award in 2012 as a leading supporter of high school sports in Connecticut. Thomson continued, “We are excited to deepen our relationship with the association. It has really come full circle and we look forward to doing great things together.”
The Connecticut High School Coaches Association was founded in 1951 and has an annual membership of over 4,000 high school coaches. They recently named Joe Canzanella as CHSCA’s new Executive Director. Canzanella replaces long time director and legendary Connecticut Coach John Fontana who passed away on October 21, 2019. Upon accepting the post, Canzanella stated, “The role of the organization will be as a leader along with the CIAC and the Connecticut Association of Athletic Director’s in high school athletics.”
When it comes to the partnership with NFP Sports, Canzanella is optimistic, “As an association, our membership is excited about our partnership with NFP. The CHSCA realizes that as an organization we must broaden services to bring value to CHSCA membership. Additionally, our partnership with NFP is a natural fit, both organizations are recognized by student-athletes, parents and coaches as cornerstones and advocates for education-based athletics. We are looking forward to many seasons of growing our partnership and our brands.”
Thomson says he and his team believe that NFP Sports can make a real difference and help support countless high school sports programs and associations such as the CIAC through their fundraising and marketing platforms. “We feel that high school coaches serve an integral role in their communities, especially during this challenging time. The role the CHSCA has and will continue to play will help support coaches throughout the state and as a result, entire communities.”
About NFP Sports
NFP Sports is the leading high school sports fundraising and marketing company in the northeast. Since launching in 2009, the company has helped high school sports teams raise more than $15 million throughout Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. NFP Sports Fundraising Coaches organize high impact fundraising programs for teams, equipping student athletes with the tools, skills, and confidence to raise money and help the team reach its goals and stay competitive on and off the field. The NFP Sports fundraising program guarantees concrete results in a short amount of time – $100-$200 per athlete in just 7-10 days. Additionally, NFP Sports offers a comprehensive sports marketing solution that can help entire high school athletic departments, conferences and associations generate funds and connect directly with coaches, parents, athletes, and local fans. NFP Sports can work with athletic groups of all sizes to create branded, state-of-the-art mobile applications, social media accounts, fan engagement programs and e-commerce solutions that create powerful sponsorship opportunities with local businesses and fans with immediate access to information about their favorite teams, conferences, and associations. For more information about NFP Sports, please visit: www.nfpsportsconnecticut.com . For more information about the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, please visit: www.chsca.org .