Four vol­un­teers to be hon­ored

The Ambler Gazette - - OPINION -

Laud­ing the “spirit of vol­un­teerism”, the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee for the Mont­gomery County Community Coaches Honor Roll has added four vol­un­teers with long­time ser­vice to sports. The four will be hon­ored dur­ing the Mont­gomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in­duc­tion banquet on Oct. 9 at Westover Coun­try Club.

The list of new hon­orees LnFOuGHV AOHx DL1ROfi, 9LnFH Flocco, John Larci­nese and John Yorgey.

Founded in 2002, the Mont­gomery County Coaches Hall of Fame added the Honor Roll in 2004 to pay spe­cial trib­ute to the community coaches who unVHO­fiVhOy JLYH RI WhHLU WLPH WR im­prove so­ci­ety. This year’s group brings to 33 the num­ber of vol­un­teer coaches who have been named to the Community Coaches Honor Roll.

Af­ter a stel­lar ath­letic ca­reer locally, it seemed only nDWuUDO IRU AOHx DL1ROfi WR get in­volved coach­ing youth sports. In 1996 he started coach­ing the Nor­ris­town Area Ban­dits (then the West Norriton Ban­dits) midget football team. The next year he ex­panded his du­ties by coach­ing Nor­ris­town Lit­tle League. His de­vo­tion to youth sports has never stopped. Since 2001 he took over the reins of run­ning the en­tire Nor­ris­town Ban­dits football pro­gram and has done much to ex­pand the pro­gram and im­prove the fiHOG.

Vince Flocco has been a pil­lar of ac­tiv­ity for the youth of Con­shohocken for 35 years. Fol­low­ing the ex­am­ple of community in­volve­ment set by his fa­ther, Flocco started the AMBUCS Spe­cial Ath­letic Pro­gram in 1986, or­ga­niz­ing sports pro­grams for young ath­letes with spe­cial needs. He also has been an in­te­gral part of the Con­shohocken Soap Box Derby and the bowl­ing pro­gram for kids at Fa­cenda Whi­taker Lanes. At the Con­shohocken Fel­low­ship House, Flocco has been a con­stant en­tity, coach­ing bas­ket­ball and WUDFN DnG fiHOG.

John Larci­nese has spent 32 years as a coach, Vice Pres­i­dent of Fields and Pres­i­dent of the Methac­tion

Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion. Un­der his di­rec­tion the as­so­ci­a­tion hDV flRuULVhHG WR WhH pRLnW where it is one of the lead­ing base­ball as­so­ci­a­tions in the re­gion. In ad­di­tion, Larci­nese also has been coach of the Visi­ta­tion CYO soft­ball WHDm. HH LV knRwn IRU kHHping win­ning and los­ing, for yRunJVWHUV, Ln pURpHU pHUVpHFWLYH.

For 40 years John Yorgey has been ded­i­cated to FRDFhLnJ yRuWh IRRWEDOO. HH VWDUWHG wLWh WhH BULGJHpRUW DUDJRnV, EHIRUH mRYLnJ WR WhH .LnJ RI PUuVVLD ,nGLDnV and now coaches with the 0HWhDFWRn WROYHULnHV. ,n 2008 hH wDV nDmHG WhH PRp Warner Coach of the Year. ,n 2007 hLV 105-pRunG WHDm was ranked third in the naWLRn. ,n 1994 hLV unGHIHDWHG BULGJHpRUW DUDJRnV WHDm RnH WhH fiYH-VWDWH 0LG AWODnWLF ChDm­pLRnVhLp.

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Photo cour­tesy of Mark Gold­stein

Hunt­ing­don Val­ley’s Jake Yan­nessa was re­cently named MVP of the Lower Montco Amer­i­can Le­gion League.

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