Here is a press releasing announcing that recently retired Fox Lane coach Joe Amuso has been named the New York State Coach of the Year. He was also named The Journal News Westchester/Putnam Coach of the Year:
Fox Lane High School Wrestling Coach, Joe Amuso, has been named the 2011-2012 New York State Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. Coach Amuso is the first coach in Section One to be given this honor. . Coach Amuso will be recognized for this award at the 2012-2013 New York State Wrestling Championships in Albany. New York State NWCA Representatives Rich Romeo and Dick Farfaglia will be presenting the award on Behalf of the National Wrestling Coaches Association along with the support of the NYSPHSAA.
For the past 42 years, Coach Amuso has served Fox Lane High School and the New York State Wrestling Association as a coach and role model for thousands of students. Among the student athletes coached by Joe Amuso are: 35 sectional champion wrestlers; 236 All League wrestlers; 125 All Section wrestlers; 23 All State Wrestlers and One State Champion
Athletic Director Beth Staropoli said “Coach Amuso is a legend in the sport of Wrestling and here at the Bedford Central School District. The impact he has had on the wrestling communities of Fox Lane, Section One and New York State will be felt for many years to come.”
State Runner Up, Fox Lane Senior Sam Speno stated, “Since 8th grade I have been in the wrestling room, he knows how to push me to my limits and to get me to wrestle hard. I don’t think Fox Lane Wrestling or I would have been as successful without him. He has done so much for me in and out of the Wrestling Room.”
In Coach Amuso’s mind, the wins, losses and awards pale in comparison to the impact that the Student Athletes have had on his life and all the lessons that he has learned from them. Coach Amuso has retired as of the 2011-2012 season and he will be greatly missed.