Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 27, 2012

WVSSAC to honor Spadaro

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Ted Spadaro of Princeton Senior High School has been named 2012 Coach of the Year by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission (SSAC).

Spadaro, who still teaches at PSHS, resigned as head football coach prior to this season. In his familiar straw hat, he has appeared on the practice field numerous times to encourage the team and assist his replacement, Coach Randy Peek.

Spadaro said, “I am truly humbled by such a prestigious award. Coaching has been my life and my love, next to God and my family. This award is particularly sweet now at this time in my life. Thanks to everyone who has played a role in making my career so memorable, especially my players.”

The National Federation of State High School Associations cited Spadaro’s excellence and leadership in the coaching profession as attributes deserving recognition. Spadaro will officially receive the award at the state football championships this weekend in Wheeling.

In its press release, the SSAC said, “Congratulations to Ted Spadaro for being named 2012 NFHS Coach of the Year. We appreciate your dedication to the sport of football and your commitment to the development of young people throughout the state of West Virginia.”

Princeton fans said goodbye to their long-time coach last year when Spadaro resigned after 23 years of Princeton football. Since taking the reins in 1989, Coach Spadaro tallied 120 career victories and nine trips to the playoffs, four of those advancing to the second round.