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CAS-CIAC Adding 10 Inductees To Hall of Honor

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor will add 10 distinguished honorees to its ranks at a ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the AquaTurf Club in Southington. The 10 honorees, Jerry Auclair, Bill Baron, Alan Bookman, John Daly, Jean Kenney Daly, Bob Ford, George Ford, Paul Hoey, Pat Llodra, and Barbara Startup were selected for their exceptional service to the Connecticut Association of Schools – Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Brief bios of the honorees can be found below.

This marks the fourth induction class for the CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor which was established to honor individuals who have made significant long-term contributions to CAS-CIAC. Tickets to the event honoring the inductees are available to the public and can be purchased at and additional information about the Hall of Honor is available at Please contact the CIAC for additional information about the event or for more bio information on the honorees.

CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor Honorees:

Jerry Auclair has been a highly-decorated educator and administrator for decades and served CAS-CIAC in numerous capacities. He was principal of Somers, Southington, and Darien High Schools during his career where he was recognized as Connecticut High School Principal of the Year. He served in nearly every leadership position within CAS and CIAC including president of CAS, and also received a CAS Citation.

A Connecticut coaching legend, Bill Baron has been a fixture in the cross country and track & field communities for decades. Along with his stellar coaching career, he has served CAS-CIAC as a longtime committee member and meet director for the CIAC cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field championships, with his leadership helping provide excellent championship experiences for athletes.

Dr. Alan Bookman has been an exemplary educational leader in a variety of roles at CAS-CIAC and as both principal and superintendent in Glastonbury. He has served as both high school principal and superintendent in Glastonbury, while also providing valuable leadership on many committees and boards for CAS-CIAC, including a tenure as CAS president, and vice-president of the CIAC Board of Control.

John Daly (will be honored posthumously) served as the second Executive Director in CAS-CIAC history, leading the organization for nearly 20 years. After serving as principal at Masuk High School he assumed leadership of CAS-CIAC in 1969 helping lead through a pivotal era in its history, including playing a key role in the merging of CIAC and CAS into one organization, before retiring in 1989.

Jean Kenney Daly was a pioneer as a female administrator and was also instrumental in promoting girls athletics. She was a coach, teacher, and then principal at Stonington High School where she helped launch the school’s girls sports programs. She was named Connecticut High School Principal of the year, and was the first woman to serve as chair of the CIAC Board of Control and also had a term as CAS Board president.

Bob Ford (will be honored posthumously) was a highly valuable contributor to CAS-CIAC in numerous capacities. He was a basketball official, an Assistant Principal at Glastonbury and then Principal at Ellington High School where he served as member and leader of numerous CAS-CIAC committees. He later joined CAS-CIAC as Director of Development, establishing the CAS Foundation which still supports many CAS-CIAC initiatives.

George Ford (will be honored posthumously) was the father of Connecticut High School swimming officials. He founded the Connecticut Swimming & Diving Officials Association and refereed many CIAC Championships. He also served as the state swimming rules interpreter and officials consultant for the CIAC Board of Control. He is one of few Connecticut representatives chosen for the NFHS Hall of Fame.

Paul Hoey has been part of CAS-CIAC history for nearly four decades. He served as a volunteer for many boards and committees while Principal at East Granby, Rocky Hill, and Newington High Schools. He joined CAS-CIAC as Associate Executive Director in 2004 helping lead the organization and move it forward, and has continued serving as a mentor for leadership transitions within the organization since retirement.

There is virtually no position or achievement in education Pat Llodra has not earned during her distinguished career. During a 12-year tenure as Principal of Northwestern Regional School she served on multiple CAS-CIAC committees including a time as chair of the Board of Control and was voted High School Principal of the Year in 2002. She twice was honored with a CAS Citation and spent three years as CAS Assistant Executive Director.

Barbara Startup was a fixture as an athletic administrator and CAS-CIAC contributor. She spent 20 year as the CIAC Tournament Director for the girls volleyball and was the director for the softball tournament for seven years. She also represented the athletics directors on numerous sport committees as well as the CIAC Board of Control during her career as an administrator at Enfield, Avon, and Glastonbury.

2019 Run To The Sun – Finals Schedule Set – Buy Presale Tickets With No Added Fees

It is that time of year where the best high school basketball teams in the state start looking towards a Run To The Sun. Over three sessions listed below nine champions will be crowned in the pinnacle of high school basketball at Mohegan Sun Arena March 16-17, and tickets for the event are now onContinue Reading

CAS-CIAC 2018-19 Battle of the Fans Winner

CAS-CIAC 2018-19 Battle of the Fans Winner

2018-19 CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans Winner Congratulations to Immaculate High School Thank you to all the schools that submitted entries for year five of the CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans.  This event continues to grow and foster the sort of sportsmanship, fan behavior, student leadership and student participation that will make schools, parents, athletes andContinue Reading

CIAC To Honor Seven Individuals At Basketball Dedication Event

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC will kick-off a weekend of basketball championships culminating the “Run to the Sun” with the 2019 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication at The Cabaret Theater at the Mohegan Sun on Saturday March 16. The dedication ceremony on Saturday will begin the weekend of basketball by honoring seven individualsContinue Reading

Weekend Championship Event Schedules Altered By Weather

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the forecast of inclement weather, there have been schedule changes for three CAS-CIAC events originally scheduled for Saturday. The CIAC Gymnastics State Open has been postponed, and will now be held Wednesday, March 6 at New Milford High School. Warmups will begin at 3 p.m. and competition will start at 4 p.m.Continue Reading

CIAC Hosting Basketball Coaching Clinic At Mohegan Sun

CHESHIRE, Conn. – In conjunction with the CIAC Girls and Boys Basketball Finals at Mohegan Sun Arena, CIAC will be holding its first-ever Connecticut High School Basketball Coaching Clinic Friday, March 15 at Mohegan Sun beginning at 7 p.m. The three-hour event will feature presentations from three Connecticut collegiate coaches, as well as a questionContinue Reading

2018 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference Highlights

2018 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference Highlights

Roughly 750 student leaders, school staff, and more took part in the 2018 CIAC Sportsmanship Conference. Attendees were treated to an inspirational keynote from Kevin Laue, sportsmanship presentations and discussions from Class Act Schools, CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans information, a presentation from an expert on internet safety, recognition of the 19 Michaels Achievement CupContinue Reading

Nineteen Schools Earn Michaels Achievement Cup Honors

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Nineteen high school athletic programs have been selected as CIAC Michaels Achievement Cup exemplary programs recognizing their achievements for the 2017-18 academic year. Amity High School, Berlin High School, Bloomfield High School, Bunnell High School, Canton High School, Cheshire High School, Coginchaug Regional High School, Derby High School, East Catholic High School,Continue Reading

CIAC Fall 2018 Championship Media Pass List Information

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The online application for credentials for the CIAC girls volleyball, field hockey, boys soccer, girls soccer championship games and girls swimming Open at various sites are now available for submission online. The online application can be found at: All the championships will take place Saturday, November 17. Requests to be included onContinue Reading

CIAC Cross Country Open Championship Schedule Change

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the forecast of likely rain at the end of the week posing a threat of deterioration of an already wet course, the CIAC Cross Country State Open races scheduled for Friday, November 2 at Wickham Park in Manchester, have been moved to Thursday, November 1 at the same venue. TheContinue Reading