Thunderstorms tore across Cayuga County Monday night, but the rain stopped above Port Byron just in time to rededicate the school district’s new athletic facilities in honor of legendary coaches Gino Alberici and Ron Crowell.
The school district formally unveiled the newly completed turf “Alberci Field” and “Ron Crowell Press Box” outside of the Dana-West Jr.-Sr. High School to honor the tremendous impact the two men have had on both the school and community at large.
Describing the men as “the backbone” of the school district’s football program, Athletic Director Kim Brown praised Alberici and Crowell for teaching generations of players and students to overcome challenges on the field and in day-to-day life.
“The true value of a coach is seen in the daily messages repeated with fervor,” Brown said.
Mike Vitale played for Alberici from 1981 to 1984, when he reached 100 wins, and said the coach was a big part of his and the other players’ upbringing.