|Gladu Receives Zoltek Passion for Coaching Award|
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11:29AM / Tuesday, October 15, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA baseball coach Mike Gladu Saturday was recognized with the Frank A. Zoltek Passion for Coaching Award.
"Words and phrases like knowledgeable, organized, discipline, communication, family, work ethic, tough love, relationships, cares, life lessons, unwavering high character,'and makes you feel special,' were only some that were used to describe the Coach," said Ed Noel, who presented the "Frankie" to Gladu in a ceremony before the Trailblazers played their fall double-header.
Amonth those who spoke at Saturday's ceremony were Noel, Tito Snezek, Quinn Gladu, former player Rya Shook and coach Robert Jutras.
The Passion for Coaching Award, known as “The Frankie,” honors Zoltek, a longtime high school and college coach in several sports, who coached basketball at Drury and the former St. Joseph High School, coaching four teams to Western Massachusetts titles. Past winners have included:
2007 - Bill Robinson
2008 - Ray Miro
2009 - Bob LeClair and Bob Rivard
2010 - Jack Racette, Holly McGovern, Paul Barrett
2011 - Ed Noel and Erika DeSanty
2012 - George Canales and Steve Phaneuf
2013 - Shawn Flaherty
2014 - Al Giorgi and Mike Larabee
2015 - Blair Dils, Hilary and Hiram Greene, Steve Messina
2016 - Paul Sniezek and Ron Wojcik
2017 - John Jacobbe
2018 - Larry Bell, Mike Dowling