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In Memory

Mr. Ralph "Coach" Polito

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02/12/12 09:17 PM #1    

Kenny "Tash" Tashian (1964)


It never ceases to amaze me that besides our parents, what an enduring influence teachers and coaches have on many of our future successes and failures in life.  For me, wrestling and Coach Polito prepared me for many of my future challenges.  He taught me to stick it out, to persevere by sheer will and determination, and to overcome adversity.  These proved to be valuable lessons that I will always be grateful for.


It's unfortunate that I never had the opportunity to thank him in person.

03/15/12 05:39 PM #2    

Henry Randolph Hensel (1963)

05/12/12 11:34 PM #3    

Jeanne Voltzow (Angersoll) (1965)

I remember Mr. Polito in 1964 history class...when President Kennedy was assassinated.....and again when he gave me my final grade, brought me out of the class to speak with me and told me that I had a good outlook on life with my idealistic vision.  I have never forgotten the man or his words of encouragement.   I have remembered your words my entire life.  Thank you, Mr. Polito.

04/30/18 06:38 PM #4    

Mike Danylchuk (1967)

I first met Coach during football double sessions my junior year. We all suffered during those 2 a days in the heat and humidity of late August.  I am not sure how he noticed me but I am eternally grateful for his encouragement and tutelage. He turned me into a defensive backfield captain and we were always colaborating on how to improve our zone coverage. Senior Hall of Famer John Favaro would call the defense for the middle line backers and lineman and I would set the shift for the corners and backs. As a junior, coach always gave me the encouragement by actually making me believe he was listening to my feedback and teaching me why and what to do. As a great coach he enable me to think quickly with conviction and be his coach on the field so that we were in the best position to succeed and defend the changing formations of the opponents offense. I loved Coach Polito and miss him every day.

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