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Silipo joins Prep School Hall of Fame



Recorder Staff
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Former Deerfield Academy football coach Mike Silipo was elected to the New England Prep School Football Coaches Association Coaches’ Hall of Fame last week.

Silipo will join six other coaches in the 2018 NEPSFCA Coaches’ Hall of Fame, including Mark Conroy (Williston-Northampton), Dave Coratti (Trinity-Pawling), Moose Curtis (Hebron Academy), Kevin Driscoll (Avon Old Farms), Ken Hollingsworth (Tilton) and Todd Marble (Kingswood-Oxford & Kent).

For the next several years, Silipo’s name will be affixed to one of the NEPSFCA Bowl games. This season the Big Green qualified for the Mike Atkins Bowl game.

Silipo’s prep school football coaching career spans almost 50 years and includes tenures at both Tabor Academy and Deerfield Academy. Silipo began his coaching and teaching career in 1968 at Tabor Academy where he amassed 119 career wins over 28 years (1968-1996) as a Seawolf.

The veteran coach, who began coaching at Deerfield in the fall of 1996 — following the departure of legendary coach Jim Smith — won his 200th game when Deerfield defeated Hotchkiss, 24-13, during the 2013 season. Silipo captured his second Class A New England Prep School Athletic Conference title in 2002 when his team defeated Hotchkiss in overtime, 21-14.

Silipo played varsity football at Hobart College and was also on the baseball and squash teams. Last spring, he retired from teaching history at Deerfield. He continues to serve as coach of the DA boys’ varsity squash team.

Youth hockey

FCHA Mites

Behind 10 goals and two assists from Chase Zraunig, Franklin County Hockey Association Green captured a resounding 25-3 win over Ludlow in a Greater Springfield League Mite hockey game Saturday at Collins-Moylan Arena.

Stefan Flaska scored five goals and notched five assists, while Nico Siano (three goals, five assists), Hayden Aurdrey (three goals, two assists), Desmond Drake (three goals, one assist), Carter Schloat (goal, two assists) and Asa Bouchard (four assists) all had big outings in the win.

Jay McGinnis assisted on a goal and recorded 20 saves in net.