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Fetterman Award

Road To Fetterman Built On Teaching, Coaching, Scouting

PETE HENRICI HONORED

Road To Fetterman

Built On Teaching,

Coaching, Scouting

Fetterman honorees from more than a quarter-century gathered at the Monday, Oct. 21, luncheon in honor of this year’s winner, Pete Henrici. From left are Pat Hazzard, Bruce Andrews, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Ed Hazzard, Sharky Nagelschmidt, Frank Miosek, Bob Snyder, Jerry Townsend, Jack Vineyard, Henrici, Ted Kantorowski, Dave Bliss, Ted Spencer, Brenda Jaeger, Mark Rathbun, Mike Perrino, Bud Lippitt and John Lambert. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – When Pete Henrici joined Cooperstown Central School as a student teacher back in the mid-1970s, he spent a week sitting in the back of Phyllis Jamieson’s Latin class.

Pete Henrici

He created a chart of each desk, so when he first taught the class the following week, he could address all the students by name.

That attention to detail, and consideration of the young people he guided, informed what followed: 38 years of teaching, 32 years coaching baseball and 29 in Scouting – even to Monday, Oct. 21, when he became the 25th recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Patrick C. Fetterman Award for service to youth.

To hear him tell the story, it sounds like it was meant to be.

He came to Cooperstown in the summer of 1976 from New Jersey, and opened Baseball Nostalgia, which he still runs in the Doubleday Field parking lot (with business  partner Bruce Andrews, another Fetterman winner.)  He went back to Bergen County that Columbus Day Weekend, and returned the following year with more permanent residency in mind.

His wife Judi picked up a copy of The Freeman’s Journal and pointed out a help-wanted ad:  CCS was looking for an economics and Latin teacher to succeed Mrs. Jamieson, who was retiring in 1977.  “And I majored in both,” said Judi’s husband.

He’d been playing baseball since second grade.  When his dad took him to a Yankees-Tigers game in 1959, the Detroit team won, and won the young fan’s lifelong allegiance.

He played Little League, Pony League, high school and college ball, and in the semi-pros. His speed, he realized, prevented the outfielder from aspiring to the Majors; also, a torn Achilles tendon.  He explains his longevity: “I got on base a lot.”

Soon he was coaching JV, and was a natural successor when varsity coach Mark Rathbun, (another Fetterman honoree), moved on in 1983.

Thirty years before, high-school players would have learned more fundamentals early on from older players, the coach mused.  Henrici tried to fill that gap:  When batting, keep your weight on your back foot, he advised players. Never swing on the first pitch.

He moved on after a decade, when older son Mike, now the county’s Democratic election commissioner, went into T-Ball.  Dad was taken down a peg or two: “You don’t have the experience to coach T-Ball,” he was told.

So he underwent another apprenticeship, and ended up coaching T-Ball until second son Brian moved through the program.

By then, he had joined his boys in Scouting – the Webelos, Cubs and then Cooperstown’s Troop 1254, where he participated in four of the troop’s periodic Grand Canyon hikes, sometimes accompanied by Judi and daughter Erin.  (He’s planning to participate in 2021, too.)

First-time hikers are stunned by the Canyon’s vastness.  He takes them to the edge and points to ant-like dots at the bottom:  “That’ll be you in four days.”

He approaches the Canyon with the same attention to detail as his first Latin class: It’s desert, so the boys must have a drink every 15 minutes, and something to eat every half hour, (even though the heat suppresses their appetites.)

He spent the weekend before getting the Fetterman at Troop 1254’s camping site on private land in Westford, where he helped build a 24-foot lean-to a few years ago. First you teach safe use of knives, saws and axes, then fire safety – then the boys can light a campfire.

At Monday’s ceremony, emcee Jane Forbes Clark told him she liked his tie – appropriately, signed baseballs, from the Hall of Fame gift shop.

Looking around, there were a number of his former students and players in the audience:  Cooperstown Bat Co. owner Tim Haney (’87) and financial adviser Scott Curtis (’79) among them.

And among the waiters was a particular standout: Geoff Rudloff.  “He hit four doubles in one game,” said Henrici.  “No one else ever did that.”

 

 

 

Pete Henrici Joins Fetterman Honorees

OTESAGA LUNCHEON CELEBRATES

Pete Henrici Joins

Fetterman Honorees

2019 Fetterman Award winner Pete Henrici, retired CCS Latin teacher, Scoutmaster and baseball coach, poses with family after today’s noontime luncheon in his honor at The Otesaga. With him are wife Judi and son Mike with his family, wife Danielle, newborn Vivian and son Dash, 4.   The award has been presented annually since 1993.  (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Nominations Sought For Fetterman Award

Goal: Recognize Service To Youth

Nominations Sought

For Fetterman Award

The award was designed by sculptor Fred Blatt.

COOPERSTOWN – The Clark Sports Center is seeking nominations for the annual Fetterman Award.

This award is given in memory of Patrick C. Fetterman, long-time associate director of the ACC Gymnasium/Clark Sports Center.  Recipients are honored for their dedication to serving local youth, especially in the area of athletics.

Please send nominations to Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Clark Sports Center, Box 850, Cooperstown NY 13326.  Or drop off letter of nomination at sports center.  The deadline is Sept. 1.

‘Team Fetterman’ Welcomes Judge

‘Team Fetterman’

Welcomes Judge

Lamberts Become 1st Father-Son Pair

In Cooperstown’s Most Honored Ranks

Other members of “Team Fetterman” joined the latest honoree, county Judge John Lambert, after today’s luncheon at The Otesaga. Front row, from left, are Mark Rathbun, Jack Vineyard, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Lambert, Bobby Hall, Ted Kantorowski, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Dave Adsit, Brenda Jaeger and Bruce Andrews.  Second row, from left, Mike Perrino, Ed Hazzard, Bud Lippitt, Dave Bliss, Sharkey Nagelschmidt, Bob Snyder and Ted Spencer.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

John Lambert and Jane Forbes Clark pose for photographs today after she presented him with the Fetterman Award.

COOPERSTOWN – It was a lesson in the right attitude.

County Judge John Lambert, honored as the latest recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s Fetterman Award today at an Otesaga luncheon, was able to relate a first-hand story about Patrick Fetterman, a fabled director of the Clark Gym.

It was at a Biddy Basketball Tournament in St. Johnsville more than three decades ago.  Lambert was in sixth grade; Fetterman was coaching, when one of the Cooperstown players made everyone’s concern explicit:  “They’re cheating with the clock,” he said.

FULL OBITUARY Paul J. Lambert, 87, Cooperstown; Former Principal, Superintendent
IN MEMORIAM • FULL OBITUARY

Paul J. Lambert, 87, Cooperstown;

Former Principal, Superintendent

Paul J. Lambert

COOPERSTOWN – Paul J. Lambert, former Cooperstown Central School principal and superintendent of schools and later director of the Clark Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as a coach and well-respected member of the community, passed away late Wednesday night, Dec. 27, 2017, at Bassett Hospital.

A loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather, he was 87.

Born March 24, 1930, in Sayre, Pa., he was one of nine children of Harry F. and Mary A. (Murphy) Lambert.

A graduate of Athens High School, he attended Hartwick College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history.

Mike Perrino Honored With 23rd Fetterman Award

Mike Perrino Is Applauded

 At 23rd Fetterman Luncheon

Mike Perrino, recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s 23rd annual Fetterman Award, stands with previous recipients following the recognition ceremony at the Otesaga Hotel this afternoon. From left, Pat Hazard, ’01, Ted Kantorowski, ’95, Jack Vineyard, ’94, Paul Lambert, ’10, Perrino, Connie Herzig, ’08, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gay, ’09, Brenda Jaeger, ’12, Ted Spencer, ’04, Sharky Nagelschmidt, ’02, Bobby Hall, ’15, Ed Hazard, ’01, Bob Snyder, ’07 and Dave Bliss, ’13. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mike Perrino, recipient of the Clark Sports Center’s 23rd annual Fetterman Award, stands with previous recipients following the recognition ceremony at The Otesaga this afternoon. From lef are, Pat Hazzard, ’01, Ted Kantorowski, ’95, Jack Vineyard, ’94, Paul Lambert, ’10, Perrino, Connie Herzig, ’08, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, ’09 and, Brenda Jaeger, ’12.  Back row, from left, Ted Spencer, ’04, Sharky Nagelschmidt, ’02, Bobby Hall, ’15, Ed Hazzard, ’01, Bob Snyder, ’07 and Dave Bliss, ’13. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

(reprinted from last week’s Freeman’s Journal)

COOPERSTOWN – When the phone first rang, Mike Perrino thought his Cooperstown Youth Football team was in trouble.  “They called me down to the Clark Sports Center and said they needed to talk to me,” he said. “I thought ‘Oh no, what did these kids get into?’ I thought something was amiss.”

But instead, director Val Paige had only good news – he was named this year’s recipient of the annual Fetterman Award.  “I was speechless,” he said. “They got me!”

Perrino, first senior vice president, product management, at NYCM Insurance in Edmeston, was honored at a luncheon this afternoon at The Otesaga.

Clark Sports Center Seeking Fetterman Award Nominees

Clark Sports Center Seeking

Fetterman Award Nominees

The Patrick Fetterman Award
The Patrick Fetterman Award, sculpted by Fred Blatt.

COOPERSTOWN – The Clark Sports Center is seeking nominations for the annual Fetterman Award, given in memory of Patrick C. Fetterman, long time associate director of the Arthur Corning Clark Gymnasium/Clark Sports Center.

Recipients are honored for their dedication to serving local youth, especially in the area of athletics.  The Clark Sports Center will make a presentation of this award at a special gathering of friends, family and members of the community.

A trophy sculpted by Fred Blatt, local artist, is on display in the trophy case and each year the recipient’s name is added to the engraved plate on the trophy.  The recipient also receives a plaque to keep.  The intent is to honor a community member with a show of genuine appreciation by the Clark Family/Foundation/Sports Center for all he/she has done for youth and athletics.

Fetterman Award Winners Gather To Welcome Mark Rathbun To Fold

Fetterman Award Winners Gather

To Welcome Mark Rathbun To Fold

Winners of the Clark Sport Center's coveted Fetterman Award over the past 20 years gathered Wednesday to welcome Mark Rathbun, center, retired teacher, coach and former CCS board president, to the roster. Left to right are Bruce Andrews, Paul Lambert, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Ed Hazzard, Sharky Nagelschmidt, Jerry Townsend, Ted Spencer, Mark Rathbun, Dave Bliss, Dave Adsit, Jack Vineyard, Bob Snyder, Don Howard, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Brenda Jaeger, and Ted Kantorowski.   Clark Sports Center board chairman Jane Forbes Clark presented Rathbun with the award. (Photo by Emily Kishbaugh, Clark Sports Center)
Winners of the Clark Sport Center’s coveted Fetterman Award over the past 20 years gathered Wednesday to welcome Mark Rathbun, center, retired teacher, coach and former CCS board president, to the roster. Left to right are Bruce Andrews, Paul Lambert, Pat Hazzard, Frank Miosek, Ed Hazzard, Sharky Nagelschmidt, Jerry Townsend, Ted Spencer, Mark Rathbun, Dave Bliss, Dave Adsit, Jack Vineyard, Bob Snyder, Don Howard, Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray, Brenda Jaeger, and Ted Kantorowski. Clark Sports Center board chairman Jane Forbes Clark presented Rathbun with the award. (Photo by Emily Kishbaugh, Clark Sports Center)
Mark Rathbun Wins Fetterman Award

Mark Rathbun Wins Fetterman Award

The Fetterman Award
The Fetterman Award

COOPERSTOWN – Mark Rathbun, retired teacher and former president of the Cooperstown Central School Board, will received this year’s Fetterman Award for service to youth, it was announced today.

The Clark Sports Center and Clark Foundation presents the award annually to a person “dedicated to serving local youth, especially in the area of athletics.  The recipients embodies the meaning of outstanding sportsmanship, inspired leadership and caring service.”

Rathbun will be honored at an Oct. 8 luncheon at The Otesaga.

 

 

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