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Reader Remembers Vince Zappone . . .

Some people just don't understand the importance of Athletics and Coaches

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Concerning: Vince Zappone

Great article OJ. Although I didn't play for Vince ( he left when I was becoming a freshman) I had numerous dealing with him in grade school.

We won the Parochial football league my 8th grade year. We went unbeaten and unscored upon, our closest game being a 0-0 tie to St. Boniface who had Dennis Wirgowski, Tom Kennel and a number of other BC Central standouts.

A very glowing and somewhat embarrassing article was written about me after our win under the lights(1st time ever) vs St. Joe's at their field.

Coach Zappone pulled me out of class the next day and put everything in perspective for me. He told me of his expectation for me in the near future (humility not easy for a kid at that age) and my role as a leader.

I'll never forget how impressed I was that he took the time to speak to me and give me direction. I was very fortunate to have a interested father and mother in my life. I can't imagine the impact he's had on so many young men who have played for him that didn't have the support system I was fortunate to have at home.

Some people just don't understand the importance that Athletics and Coaches in particular can have on individuals.

Thanks for a great article OJ

Vince Zappone Column by O.J.

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