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A.D.’s Corner: June 19, 2009

What Is Success

What Is Success?

by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived
This is to have succeeded.

Based on Emerson, I am confident in saying the overall year for Glen Cove athletics was successful.

I consider success a journey. Picture a ladder that you climb up. Each rung is a step that takes you closer and closer to your target, goal, or objective. With each step you take, you prosper.

But what if you fall down a rung or are forced to take a step back? Are you still successful?

One can still consider a setback as a step toward a goal. This step might not exactly follow the ladder analogy, where up is forward, but setbacks can actually help you step toward your goal. In fact, they can even be more crucial to your success than “smooth sailing.” Why? Because you learn more about yourself, your target goal, and the relationship between you and your goal when you are required to take corrective action rather than taking strictly correct action.

Overall, most of our athletic teams took steps up the ladder. Some took several steps and some may have fallen a rung. However, Glen Cove residents should be proud of their coaches. They put a tremendous amount of time, preparation and effort into their seasons. I constantly talk with coaches about all seasons throughout the year, not just the specific one we are in. I often see coaches leaving the buildings late, analyzing games after they end.

Nothing in sport is perfect, but there is a lot to be proud of this season.

The following are some of the accomplishments that we have achieved. I say we because producing a successful sports program includes a large list of people working together. This includes:

The hard work of our board of education ensuring we bring the most qualified teachers and coaches to the district.

The support of our superintendent, Dr. Aronstein, in approving new programs and overseeing the district sport initiatives.

Our assistant to the superintendent Mr. Wurtz for attending games and walking the fields with me to ensure we are aware of things that need attention.

Guy Foreman and his Buildings and Grounds staff have been outstanding. There have been many improvements to the fields and our grounds crew, particularly Frank Zangari and Mike Constantino worked their backs off keeping up with the rain this spring season!

Our Booster Club has provided financial support, scholarships and special recognition nights for our athletes,

Our local youth leagues, whose dedicated volunteer coaches cultivate our future talent. Many of the leagues also offer scholarship money to our athletes.

Our staff, from top administration to teachers to our custodians, are also a major part of our team. Whether it’s volunteering as an announcer, moving stands, sewing uniforms, creating banners in art class the list is endless as to the support given to athletics.

Our parents for their continuous support and involvement in athletic activities.

Our athletic trainer for keeping our athletes safe.

Our students for challenging themselves to become athletes and academic scholars at the same time!

A special thanks to Mrs. Perlman and her invaluable service to the athletics department. Her attributes are too many to list but she sure knows how to work a schedule!

Yes, many people are involved and I thank you all for your support.

2008-09 Accomplishments
Spring Sports
Boys Lacrosse - First time in the playoffs since 2000. Best record in Glen Cove in at least 22 years at 11-5. Set a team record for goals and assists. Raised over $200 for Glen Cove CARES in their annual Shooting For a Cure game.

Girls Lacrosse - Girls lacrosse went 10-2 in their league, losing both games by 1 goal each time. Kelsea Valance made All-County for the second consecutive year joining Jaime Basile in this accomplishment. Raised over $500 this year to donate to the Andreas Christopolous Memorial scholarship fund.

Boys Tennis - The Glen Cove Boys Varsity Tennis team had more wins this year than they have gotten in the past five years. (5-7). 1-10 last year.

Baseball - significantly increased its wins and made it five strong innings into the second round of the playoffs.

Softball - Kept playing its heart out in a division in which they were overmatched.

G. Track - Two consecutive season All-County winner in Casey Lynch. Broke several school records in running.

B. Track - 20 percent of the team made it to countys.

Golf - The Golf team doubled its number of wins from the previous two seasons. One of our players, Chris Haran, made it to countys for the first time in about 10 years.

Winter Sports

Girls Eighth-grade Volleyball - In its first inaugural season went 8 wins and 2 losses - a terrific accomplishment.

Varsity Girls Basketball - Won more games this year than any other Varsity team in the past 11 years.

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball - Snapped a 7-year streak of not winning a game. They won 4 games this past season.

Rifle - Had only four varsity competitors, but they worked real hard and were division champions. It has been over 5 years since they were division champions. The rifle team also won the most improved team award.

Varsity Basketball Boys - Coach Falen helped turn the team around, having a winning season in league play. The team will be moving up a conference.

Boys JV Basketball -16-2 record. Don’t think such a record has been posted in basketball in the past 8 years. All of the players remained eligible for the entire season. Coach Melillo worked with each player in doing so.

Varsity Wrestling - 10 All-Conference Wrestlers. Highest placement in Conference Tournament in 6 Years. Quarter Finals of Nassau County Playoffs. Held a Wrestling Demonstration at Glen Cove Rehabilitation Center. The wrestling team won the team scholarship award for the first time.

Fall Sports

Girls Cross Country - Had seven runners sign up and finish the season, which is the largest number of girls since Mr. Bullis started coaching the team.

Boys Cross Country - Had 27 sign up which is the largest number of  runners since Mr. Bullis started coaching the team. The team finished fourth at the conference championship which is the best that the team has ever finished.

MS Tennis - Cuts didn’t have to be made.

Swimming - This year we had a male independent swimmer who qualified for countys!

Girls Soccer - Coach Falen won coach of the year and his team won the conference title in girls soccer. The team will be moving up a conference.

Boys Varsity Soccer - Beat division winner Floral Park to hand them their only loss of the season.

Football - Three All-County Players, Joe Fiorino, Jesse Martino and Eric Tripp. The first time three players made All-County in the same season since 2000.

Seventh-grade Boys Soccer - The team had a perfect season 8-0 at Middle School.

Boys JV Soccer – The team went 9-2-3 (wins-ties-losses). The team showed tremendous heart and competitiveness.

Dr. Silverman is the districtwide athletic coordinator for Glen Cove schools. He has a degree in sport and exercise psychology from Boston University. He has worked with high school to professional athletes on performance enhancement and has appeared on a number of sports programs discussing the topic of youth sports. He has a passion for making athletics the best possible experience it can be for all young athletes, as well as ensuring all youth have an opportunity to use sport as a learning tool about life and health. Dr. Silverman is a fitness buff who still is an avid ice hockey player.