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Joseph Catalano

Joe Catalano

Joe Catalano may be one of the most recognizable people in the Ken-Ton community. Joe has coached athletics in the Ken-Ton School District for more than 30 years, primarily at Kenmore West but at Kenmore East as well. Sports he has coached include softball, football, basketball, volleyball, and cross country. Much of his coaching work was as a volunteer in these programs. I can say without a doubt that Joe is one of the most popular coaches in the history of this district. The success of many of our teams has been due in large part to the summer and off-season teams that Joe has worked with that eventually fed into our school programs. Joe also worked for many years as a teacher aide at Kenmore Middle School. He comes from a large family and has had the opportunity to coach many of his children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren while they were in our schools. His four children all attended Kenmore West and now he has five grandchildren attending Ken-Ton Schools. Joe did not know that he had been nominated for this recognition. When he was notified that he would be receiving this award at tonight’s meeting, Joe was quite adamant that this recognition go to any number of others he considered to be more deserving. But we insisted that his many years of dedication in support of our athletic programs was deserving of recognition and are proud to present this award to Joe Catalano.