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Eight Distinguished Contributors Joining CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor

CHESHIRE, Conn. – In recognition of exceptional careers of service to CAS-CIAC eight distinguished honorees will be recognized as the fifth class in the CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor. Earle Bidwell, Armand Fabbri, Harold Goldberg, Art Kohs, Tom Murray, Armand Regalbuti, George Synnott, and Margaret Williamson will be honored at the induction ceremony being held on Thursday, April 23 at the AquaTurf Club in Southington.

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 casci.ac/5082 and additional information about the Hall of Honor is available at http://CIACsports.com/hallofhonor. Please contact the CIAC for additional information about the event or for more bio information on the honorees. Brief bios and some affiliated schools/organizations for each honoree is below.

2019-20 CAS-CIAC Hall of Honor Honorees:

Earle Bidwell was a staple of CAS middle level programs for decades both as a contributor and then as a staff member. A longtime middle level principal he was named the CAS Middle Level Principal of the year while serving in that role at Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School, and would also earn CAS Citations and Letter of Commendation. He then supported the expansion of Middle Level programs and oversaw several recognition events for more than a decade as a CAS Assistant Executive Director.

Armand Fabbri was a fixture at Notre Dame-Fairfield for decades while also providing significant contribution and parochial school representation as a Committee and Board member for CAS-CIAC. He was a teacher, coach, and Principal at Notre Dame and served on a variety of CAS-CIAC committees, including a stint as the chair of the Football Committee, as well as a Board of Control and Student Activities Board tenures. His work for the organization was recognized with both a CAS Citation and CAS Letter of Commendation.

Harold Goldberg (will be honored posthumously) was a trailblazer in several venues during a lengthy career. He spent a remarkable 40 years as the Principal at Clark Lane Middle School, and served a variety of CAS-CIAC roles including becoming the second middle school principal to be CAS President. He was later selected CAS Principal of the Year among many CAS honors, and he also was an instrumental figure in the early years of the highly-successful CIAC Unified Sports program later in his career.

The founder of the athletics program at Xavier High School, Art Kohs was also deeply involved in leadership organizations across the state. A longtime and highly successful coach and AD at Xavier, while also serving as a longtime member of CIAC Boys Basketball and Boys Tennis Committees, and helped form and serve on the CIAC’s critical Season Limitations Committee. He was highly involved in the Athletics Directors and Coaches Associations and also served the state as a longtime soccer official.

Tom Murray was involved in the highly successful boys and girls basketball tournaments for three decades, along with a long career of involvement in CIAC and the CHSCA. He was a highly-successful teacher and coach at Branford High School which earned him spots in both the Branford and CHSCA Halls of Fame. He was a longtime consultant with CHSCA and his involvement with officiating helped him serve the critical role of assigning officials for both CIAC basketball tournaments from 1990-2018.

Armand Regalbuti has an impressive legacy of work with CAS-CIAC and as an administrator at the middle school level. He was the first person to hold the position of CAS-CIAC Assistant Executive for Middle Level Education after a distinguished career as an educator and administrator that earned him numerous accolades from CAS including the coveted CAS Citation and a letter of commendation. He was a valuable member of multiple CAS committees and served as the chairperson of the Junior/Middle Level CAS Board.

George Synnott (will be honored posthumously) made his mark in several roles through the course of his career both as a fixture on CAS-CIAC boards and committees and as a staff member for CIAC Unified Sports. As a principal at Berlin High School he served as chair of the CIAC Board of Control and earned CAS Citation and letter of commendation. He then joined the Unified Sports staff and helped foster great growth and success for the organization during his tenure as Assistant Director and Director.

Margaret Williamson is still serving CAS-CIAC in a variety of roles, continuing a long history of work with the organization. The current Principal of the St. Mary’s School and longtime Principal at Northwest Catholic, she is the chair of the CIAC Girls Basketball and Girls Lacrosse Committees, and has been a member of the CIAC Board of Control, serving as the Vice Chair of that organization. She received the honor of a CAS Citation in 2018 and a letter of Commendation in 2013.

CIAC Launches Officials Appreciation Initiative

Upon returning to school and competition after the winter break, CIAC member schools and their winter teams have heave been invited to focus on something besides just their games and practices — saying “thank you” to the officials overseeing those contests. Beginning January 9th, CIAC has invited its member schools to participate in its firstContinue Reading

It’s Year Six For CAS-CIAC Battle of the Fans

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inCourage Helps Improve Communication, Commitment & Leadership In Sports

inCourage Helps Improve Communication, Commitment & Leadership In Sports

inCourage provides original, engaging videos to help improve communication, commitment and leadership in sports. We’ve got easy solutions to frustrating challenges. Check out all the blog posts at https://teamblog.incourage.com/blog or choose specific topics below. Or check out all their great resources for building a better sports culture at https://www.incourage.com The true cost of youth sports It’s noContinue Reading

Haley Lespier of Maloney Chosen Michael Savage Spirit of Sport Winner

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Linked Up – Fall Championships 2019

It began on October 26 and concluded on December 14. That is the length and breadth of the CIAC fall championship season. Along the way, 39 (well, actually a lot more than that) championship stories were written. And Linked Up – Fall Championship 2019 has those 39 in one convenient place. Anytime a fan wantsContinue Reading

CIAC Football Postseason Media Information

CHESHIRE, Conn. – The CIAC is providing information for media coverage of the 2019 CIAC Football postseason. There will be no separate credentialing process for postseason games prior to the finals. Media can use identification they’ve used during the regular season. Media should contact host sites in advance of the game to arrange accommodations. MediaContinue Reading

CIAC Football Postseason Schedule Changes

CHESHIRE, Conn. – Due to the continuing forecast of inclement weather and a need to allow host schools adequate time to prepare their facilities, the CIAC football quarterfinal games scheduled for Tuesday, December 3 have all been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 4. Game times will remain at 6:30 p.m. All quarterfinals are scheduled for theContinue Reading

2019-20 Basketball Officials Interpreters Bulletin Now Available

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Track & Field Officials Training Session – Postponed

Track & Field Officials Training Session – Postponed

The training session for Track and Field Officials has been postponed due to inclement weather. The rescheduled event will be held Sunday, December 29 from 2-5 p.m. at the BHS Track & Field Training Center at Bethel High School. To sign up; contact Yvonne Grimes at: Grimesevenaolcom  (Grimesevenaolcom)  . There is a significant challenge finding track & field officials,Continue Reading