As Merillon Little League gears up for its 58th year with 56 parades under its belt, the many boys and girls involved this year can be proud of the accomplishments made, through the years, by the Merillon Athletic Association.
Merillon Presents Peter Williams with The Coach of The Year Award. He is with North Hempstead Town Receiver Rocco Iannarelli, Town Clerk Leslie Gross, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Merillon Chair of the Board Tony Camilleri and the entire Peter Williams family including sons Matthew and Cory, daughter Nicole and his wife Lina.
More than 650 boys and girls are registered this year and the roster is continually growing. Chairman Tony Camilleri, who has been involved in the operation of Merillon for many, many years said, "As we embark on our 58th season, which in itself is a great accomplishment, I would like to take the time to thank all the volunteers that have made it possible. Those are the people who work hard to make Merillon Athletic Association a very unique organization. The community is very fortunate to have so many wonderful people that give so much of their own time so that we can provide the very best playing environment possible.
"We must say thank you to the Town of North Hempstead officials for their cooperation and support, which is essential to provide the safe and comfortable environment in which we play. We must also say thanks to the state officials for their continued fiscal support, which helps us to pay for so many projects.
"We do all of this so that our children can enjoy themselves and play in the very best conditions possible, because, let's face it, the reason we do all of this for the children. We must never forget that very important fact.
"So as we begin the 2009 season, let us keep working together so these ideas will continue to flourish into the future."
Merillon Names Peter Williams Merillon Coach of Year
The 2008 Jo Roy Coach of The Year Award was presented to Peter Williams. He started his Merillon career in 1995 coaching his sons Matthew and Cory in the Instructional Division. In 1996 he was an assistant coach in the Farms Division. In 1997 and 1998 he managed a Farms Division team. From 1998 to 2008 he coached in the Minor, Major, Junior and Senior Divisions. In additon to managing the spring season he also managed travel teams in the summer and fall seasons.
In 2004 and 2005, Williams also coached his daughter Nicole in the Girls Softball Minors Division taking his team to the championship game.
In 2006, Williams was elected to the board of directors as an assistant vice president of the Girls Softball Division. In 2007, he was elected to be the vice president of the Girls Softball Division. During his tenure he expanded the girls spring program from 9 to 29 teams. Further, he took the seniors team to the Connie Mack Division Championship game.
Plus, Williams had volunteered his time on many occasions to work on special projects such as field repair, spring and fall cleanups, tryout and clinics. He also serves on the finance committee. He accepted his award surrounded by his wife Lina, sons Matthew and Cory and his daughter Nicole.
Merillon President Michael Luchino thanked all parents for registering their children in the Merillon Little League Association. He added, "At Merillon we work long and hard behind the scenes for 12 months to accomplish this and I think it shows. We have a very strong and committed board of directors, managers and coaches, all of whom volunteer countless hours of hard work for our sons and daughters.
"Merillon's spring, summer and fall programs together with our winter and summer clinics provide a great place for the youth of our community to learn baseball, softball and how to get along with each other and take pride in themselves.
"We are gearing up for a terrific season with many fun events, besides the parade and raffle, a golf outing and a Cyclone game outing and, of course, some real good softball and baseball. I look forward to seeing you throughout the upcoming year and season."
The Coaches Achievement Awards were then presented to:
Boys Lower Farms Anthony Russo
Boys Upper Farms-Joe Carbone
Boys Minor-Tom O'Donnell
Boys Majors-John Young
Boys Juniors-Al Pugliese
Girls Farms-Marcie Zeitin
Girls Majors-Denise Barilli
Girls Seniors-Tom Kimkowski