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NO. R-185. JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Tony Zingale for his football coaching achievements at Mount St. Joseph Academy.

(J.R.S. 72)

Offered by: Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Crowley of Rutland County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County and Senator Maynard of Rutland County.

Whereas, Mount St. Joseph Academy (MSJ), which has a student enrollment of a Division III-size school, has achieved greatness in Vermontís interscholastic football history, having captured an unprecedented 16 Division I championships, including the recent consecutive titles in 1998 and 1999, and

Whereas, much of the teamís success can be directly attributed to Tony Zingale who, in 2001, celebrates 50 years of association with MSJ football as either a player or a coach, and

Whereas, as an MSJ student, he played on one of the schoolís first championship football teams and was named as an all-state player, as well as being selected to play in a national high school all-star game, and

Whereas, 45 years ago, after beginning his full-time career at General Electric, Tony Zingale commenced his true avocation as a volunteer football coach at his alma mater, and

Whereas, his outstanding coaching contributions, primarily as a co-coach, most recently as the teamís defensive coordinator, but also for short terms as head coach, have been truly remarkable, and

Whereas, during Tony Zingaleís nearly half-century of coaching, the MSJ Mounties have earned 14 Division I football championship titles and four second-place finishes, and

Whereas, he has also served as a coach at the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game, an all-star contest involving teams comprised of the top senior football players from Vermont and New Hampshire, and

Whereas, in recognition of his truly inspirational role in the history of MSJ football, Tony Zingale was the highly deserving recipient of the 2001 Contribution to Amateur Football Award which the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation presents annually, and

Whereas, he is best described as a lion on the football field who demands the absolute best from his players, but humble and self-effacing away from the game, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Tony Zingale on his receipt of the 2001 Contribution to Amateur Football Award and for his outstanding and continuing coaching role at the Mount St. Joseph Academy football program, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Tony Zingale at Mount St. Joseph Academy.