A Humbling Honor

Patty Sullo Macari, Alan Malizia & Justine Metz’84 ( Not pictured: assistant coach Craig Pucci)

Al Malizia FCIAC HALL of Fame Class of 2017…

 
Al Malizia, former Stamford High School Math Teacher, author,  and 1967 SCHS graduate,  is a 2017 inductee into the FCIAC Hall of Fame. Malizia began his 22-year tenure as the head coach of the girls varsity volleyball team in 1979, during which time he also coached freshman and JV boys’ basketball, varsity girls’ and boys’ tennis, and was an assistant coach for boys’ golf. In 22 seasons, 17 of them were winning seasons. Malizia led his teams to 16 consecutive FCIAC playoff appearances and 17 consecutive CIAC playoff appearances, amassing an overall record of 274 wins and 154 losses. His Crusader Teams were Class S State champions four times, which includes his perfect 1985 season.  Malizia has received many awards for his coaching, including being named CIAC Coach of the Year in 1988, receiving the Stamford Old Timers Athletics Association’s “Mickey Lione, Jr” Award in 2004, and being inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Volleyball Hall of Fame in 2007.   We are so happy and proud that ” Mr. Maliz” has received this well-deserved honor.
Just an FYI for my “CROSSROADS” followers.
The two lovely ladies bordering me above are Patty Macari (assistant coach) and Justine Metz( a former star player for me and Georgetown U. Hall of Famer)
To all student athletes: “There is one important thing that you take from a season that can’t be hung on a wall or placed on a mantle. That one important thing is character. And with it one can be a champion of life.” – an excerpt from my acceptance speech.
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About Alan A. Malizia: Contagious Optimism! Co-Author

Retired mathematics teacher and high school athletics coach. Honors: 1988 Ct. Coach of the Year for H.S. Girls Voleyball and 2007 Inducted into the Ct. Women's Volleyball Hall of Fame. Since retiring have written two books; "The Little Red Chair," an autobiography about my life experience as a polio survivor and "A View From The Quiet Corner," a selection of poems and reflections. Presently I am a contributing author for the "Life Carrots" series primarily authored by Dave Mezzapelle of Goliathjobs.com.
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2 Responses to A Humbling Honor

  1. Pilgrim says:

    A well deserved honor for inspiring all those athletes. Congratulations.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Shelly Fabian says:

    I loved being a part of the SCHS Volleyball team (Class of ’83). Coach Malizia was always supportive and encouraging…bringing out the best in all of his players. Congratulations Coach! – Shelly (Jegier) Fabian.

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