Today I had the pleasure of having conversations with four coaches associated with the Big 44 Ernie Davis / Floyd Little All-Star Classic Football Game.
First, I spoke with Coach Steve Virkler, long-time Owego Football Coach, Section IV and State Level Football icon, who is now retired but still playing an instrumental role in making the Big 44 Ernie Davis / Floyd Little All-Star Classic Game a success.
Today I also had a conversation with three guest coaches who will be leading the teams playing in Sunday’s Big 44 Ernie Davis / Floyd Little All-Star Classic. two teams in this All-Star Classic. From Team Little, head coach Nick Patterson, first year Henninger head coach but longtime coach of the Marcellus Mustangs, from Section 3. Nick’s motto is Commitment, Hard work and Fun. From Team Davis, head coach Mike “Built Ford Tough” Ford and current SV head coach since 2013, where he has coached back-to-back state champions in 2018 and 2019. Also from Team Davis is Defensive Coordinator Tommy “High Energy” Baleno and current Union Endicott head coach since 2013. All three of our coaches were former BC Jets (1999). I am proud to say I coached Mike and Tommy directly as their defensive backs coach. I also coached Nick indirectly.
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