New class set for CHSCA H.O.F. induction

Nine coaches and one media member will be honored as 2012 inductees to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame at its 36th annual ceremony on Nov. 15 at the Aqua Turf in Southington at 7 p.m.

Coaches Robert M. Neubauer, Peter G. Kokinis, Joseph Paul Maddaffari, Barbara Startup, Patsy Kamercia, Nancy Grace, Robert M. Cersosimo, Charles J. Larson and Daniel Hart Borgman and media member Mark Jaffee will be inducted.

Tickets for the dinner are $45 and available in advance by contacting the CHSCA office at P.O. Box 632, Southington, Conn. 06487 or by calling 860-628-4122 or e-mailing John Fontana at

Neubauer was a cross country and baseball coach at Lyman Hall and Sheehan High in Wallingford.

His cross country teams won 300 meets from 1965-97 and his baseball squads won 240 games from 1968-85.

Neubauer’s Lyman Hall baseball team won a state championship in 1969 and his 1991 cross country team was a state runner-up.

In 1997, the Sheehan Cross Country Invitational was re-named in his honor.

Kokinis coached baseball, wrestling and football at Bulkeley High School in Hartford beginning in 1962.

His baseball teams won 250 games and 15 consecutive city championships from 1962-86. He also won five city titles in football.

He has received several state proclamations commending his work in starting the Jaycee Courant Baseball Program.

Maddaffari coached baseball and indoor and outdoor track at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

His baseball team won a Class M state championship in 1985, and his boys indoor track team won a state title the same year.

Maddaffari has been honored as a FCIAC Coach of the Year in baseball (1999) and indoor track (1986) and was inducted into the FCIAC Hall of Fame as a coach and athletic director in 2011.

Startup was a girls coach in volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer and tennis in a career in which her teams at Avon High School won 368 total games.

She won eight softball league titles. Her volleyball teams qualified for the state tournament 12 of 15 seasons and her basketball teams 12 of 14.

She was honored as the CHSCA Athletic Director of the Year in 2007 and was inducted into the New Agenda New England Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000.

Kamercia has coached field hockey at Haddam-Killingworth High School since 1977 and has recorded 382 victories, including two state championships.

Her teams have reached the state finals six times and she has won 13 Shoreline Championships.

She was named CHSCA Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into the Haddam-Killingworth Hall of Fame in the inaugural class in 2009.

Larson was a basketball, baseball and softball coach at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford from 1961-81.

He accumulated 358 total coaching victories, including two basketball (1961-81) state championships in 1972 and 73.

He also won a softball (1978-81) state championship in 1981, and coached state runners-up in baseball and basketball. He was named CHSCA Basketball Coach of the Year in 1981.

Cersosimo has coached football, wrestling and boys tennis at Conard High School in West Hartford. He has a total coaching record of 336-149-3, including 180 football victories (1984-2011).

His football teams have won five conference titles, earned five CIAC playoff berths, along with two undefeated teams.

His tennis teams have won two conference championships. He was named CHSCA Football Coach of the Year in 2007 and was honored with a Nike Football Clinic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Borgman coached boys tennis, girls basketball and boys swimming at New Canaan High School.

His teams won 29 boys tennis championships and were runners-up six times.

His total coaching record is 556-132, including 11 FCIAC titles. He was named CHSCA Coach of the Year in 1981, and NHSACA Coach of the Year Region 1 in 1996.

Grace coached field hockey and softball at Canton High School, winning 295 field hockey games from 1985-2004.

Her teams won eight field hockey state championships and were runners-up three times. She also won one softball state title.

She was named Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association Class S Coach of the Year four times, and was a finalist for the NHSACA Coach of the Year in 2000.

Jaffee has been a member of the Connecticut media since 1980 at four newspapers: The Bridgeport Post-Telegram, The New Haven Register, The Meriden Record-Journal and The Waterbury Republican-American.

He has concentrated on covering and writing about high school sports with features, columns and game stories and was the winner of an Associated Press First Place Award for his profile writing in 2007.

He has also won awards for his coverage from Connecticut American Legion Baseball, the Waterbury Olympian Club for community service and the Society of Professional Journalists.