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Normandin Guides True Family In Section 10 Athletics

BY DAVE SHEA

Carl Normandin was always a good student-athlete at Sharon Springs High School in the Albany area.

But he never liked study hall.

That dislike was one of the starting points to his career in education, coaching and athletic and educational administration.

"I never really liked study hall so the school let me work with the physical education classes. I always loved coaching and helping kids," said Normandin who earned an array of honors in marathon canoeing before giving up championship level paddling to concentrate on his family. Just as he did in racing he was ready to go the distance with distinction when he came to his family and his profession.

That love of athletics and young people eventually led Normandin to succeed Jim Michelson as the second Section 10 Athletic Coordinator in 2001 and then put an deep imprint in the evolution of the position.

"Jim set the framework for the job and I have been given great support in developing the position," said Normandin who has played a key role in developing a true sense of family in Section 10 whose sectional tournaments have become a standard excellence across New York State.

"Our schools compete against one another to the very end but when it comes down to doing what is right for the kids everyone is on the same team. There are no personal agendas. In the last few years we have had weather problems and our schools are always ready to to host an event. Our area colleges are also great to work with, they want oufr athletes and their families on their campuses."

On Thursday, Normandin's innovative leadership ability in Section 10 was honored as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced the inductees for its Class of 2020 Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame, launched in 2002, is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. and Crown Awards.

This year’s inductees also includes Section 10 Official Eddie Goetz of Saranac Lake, Diane Chapman (Coach, Section VIII), Sharon Sarsen (Coach, Section I), Karen (O’Connor) Self (Athlete, Section I), and Marie Terc (Official, Section VIII).

For Normandin his career as Section 10 Athletic Coordinator began with a very tough decision.

"My job at Salmon River was my dream job and I didn't apply for the coordinator's job until the final day. Some of my colleagues urged me very hard to apply for the job and I am glad I did," says Normandin.

"I am proud to work with so many people who care so much for the kids and the section. And the fans and parents have been great. We have a crew of people who have worked our sectional tournament for 45 years and when we have openings other great people get involved. My colleagues in other sections have problems that I have never faced."

Normandin also feels that the community spirit in Section 10 and state-wide will play a key role in the effort to get high school athletes back in school and back in action this fall. Even though it will involve challenges of the highest magnitude.

"There are going to be a lot of working parts in the process and major changes happen every day. But we are determined to make it happen working within the state guidelines to make it safe. Here in Section 10 we are already working on ways to live stream games if spectators aren't allowed at events. Among a lot of other things," says Normandin.

"We really don't know is going to happen from day to day but we are working very hard to be ready."

HALL OF FAME PROCESS

Inductees for the NYSPHAA Hall of Game were chosen through a two-level selection process involving a screening committee and a selection committee.  Nominations were endorsed by each inductee’s member section of the Association—a preliminary requirement in the nomination process—before going on to the NYSPHSAA Screening Committee for consideration, then finally to the Selection Committee.

Nominations can be submitted to a section office by anyone. The NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame is modeled after the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) program which recognizes individuals in the categories of athlete, coach, official, administrator and related contributor.

The 2020 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Wednesday, July 29th at 6 pm at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, NY. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are on sale to the public and may be purchased by calling Sandy Schanck at the NYSPHSAA Office, 518-690-0771, or by emailing sschanck@nysphsaa.org.

The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, July 15th.

CARL NORMANDIN, Administrator           

Carl Normandin is one of the most respected administrators in New York State. Serving as the Executive Director of Section X Interscholastic Athletics since 2001, Normandin is known to never miss a detail and also bring great integrity, leadership and dedication to everything he does including when he serves on committees that have statewide objectives. He successfully developed section leadership summits and academies, centralized locations for Athletic Placement Process (APP) testing, developed a plan for regional schedules, and currently coordinates all sectional competition and teaches all coaching courses in the section.

Prior to serving as Executive Director, Carl was a physical education teacher, department chair and athletic coordinator at Salmon River Central School District (Section X) following a tenure as athletic director at Our Lady of Pompei School/Northside Junior High School in Syracuse. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor at the SUNY Cortland where he taught adapted physical education courses and outdoor adventure programming. He has coached various high school sports during his professional career which followed an outstanding career as a soccer and track athlete both at Sharon Springs High School (Section II), SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Cortland. 

Normandin earned an associate’s degree at SUNY Cobleskill, then a bachelors and a masters at SUNY Cortland, and a certificate of advanced study from SUNY Plattsburgh. He was recognized by the New York State Athletic Administrators Association with the Citation of Merit and the Apple Appreciation Award. In addition to his numerous administrative honors, Carl is a USCA National Marathon Canoe/Kayak Champion, a member of the US World Marathon Canoeing Team, and a NYCRA & USCA Canoeist of the Year honoree. Born in Richmond, VA, Carl has served NYSPHSAA in many capacities including as a member of the Championship Advisory Committee, Structure and Review Committee, Appeals Committee, and is currently the Girls Ice Hockey State Coordinator. He currently resides in Potsdam with his wife, Susan, and two sons, Matthew and Patrick.

DIANE CHAPMAN, Coach Diane Chapman is one of only a few coaches in New York State to be amongst the top five winningest coaches in two varsity sports. At Garden City High School (Section VIII), she’s amassed a sparkling 473-41-23 (.881 %, 5th in NYS) career record in field hockey since 1991 and a 314-43-1 (.869 %, 5th in NYS) career record in girls lacrosse since 2002.

In 29 seasons coaching field hockey her team’s have won an astounding 7 NYSPHSAA State Championships, 22 Long Island Championships, and 25 Section VIII Championships with 18 of those coming in consecutive years from 1994-2011. In 1998, her team went undefeated and unscored upon. Chapman broke NYSPHSAA and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) records with 58 consecutive wins from 2005-07 and 61 wins from 1998-2000. Spanning 18 years in coaching girls lacrosse, her teams have captured 10 NYSPHSAA State Championships (7 consecutive from 2006-12), 11 Long Island Championships, and 11 Section VIII Championships. 

Diane has earned numerous Coach of the Year honors including NFHCA National Coach of the Year in 2005,  2 time Regional Coach of the Year, 2006 NHSCA Field Hockey Coach of the Year, 2017 NFHS Northeast Regional Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year, Newsday Coach of the Decade (2019), and Newsday Coach of the Year (7 times).  She’s a member of the Nassau County High School Athletic Hall of Fame, Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Nassau County Field Hockey Hall of Fame. Affectionately referred to as “Chappy,” she is a graduate of Spring-Ford High School (PA) where she played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. After graduation she attended West Chester University (PA) competing in both field hockey and lacrosse while earning a Bachelors in Physical Education before going on to Adelphi University to earn a Masters in Sports Management. Before coaching at Garden City, Chappy was hired as a teacher at Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT then subsequently moved to the Massapequa School District (Section VIII) for three years before settling in the Levittown School District (Section VIII) for the last 30 years. 

EDWARD J. GOETZ, Official                      

Edward Goetz is a highly respected official who has refereed football and girls basketball for a combined 68 seasons dating back to 1977. In a long career that has seen him also officiate the same two sports at the collegiate level for decades, Ed was known to be the benchmark for excellence in football and basketball across the state. 

On 13 occasions, Ed was selected to officiate in the NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament and three of those years he advanced to officiate the New York State Federation Basketball Tournament of Champions. He served as a girls basketball official for 35 years before retiring in 2012 and was selected as the Section X Official of the Year five times during that span.

Ed’s contributions go beyond officiating on the court as he spearheaded several organizations including serving as President (three terms) and Interpreter of the Northern New York Girls Basketball Officials Association, and President of the New York State Girls Basketball Officials Association from 2007-09.  In football, Goetz spent 33 years as a certified official refereeing both Section X and VII games. Nine times Ed was chosen to officiate the NYSPHSAA Football State Tournament with three of those years seeing him go all the way to the Carrier Dome to officiate the state finals. He was recognized in 1999 with the Merit Award from the Section VII Association of Coaches Officials. A lifelong Saranac Lake resident, Goetz graduated from Saranac Lake High School (Section VII) and went onto earn a bachelors degree from SUNY Brockport. He currently resides in Saranac Lake, NY with his wife Susan. They have two sons Brian and Steve, both married, and five grandchildren.

SHARON SARSEN, Coach                         

Sharon Sarsen is the all-time winningest varsity field hockey coach in New York State and ranks 2nd in wins in the state as a varsity girls lacrosse coach—a rare feat to be among the top two winningest girls coaches in the state in two sports. She’s enjoyed great success as Lakeland High School’s (Section I) field hockey coach compiling an astonishing 659-73-40 record (.854 %) since 1982 and is still active. Her teams captured a record 13 NYSPHSAA Field Hockey State Championships including 9 in a row from 2009-17 and winning 10 of the last 11 state titles.

Additionally, Sarsen’s teams have won 20 Section I crowns and 30 League championships. In the sport of girls lacrosse, she was the varsity head coach at merger Lakeland Panas High School from 1986-2015 accumulating an impressive 381-135-45 overall record (.679 %), winning 10 Section championships, 12 League titles and reaching the NYSPHSAA Final Four four times.  She was Lakeland Panas’ first coach as she spearheaded the establishment of the girls lacrosse program in 1986.

Despite retiring as the head coach in 2015, Sharon stayed involved with the program as an assistant coach the last four seasons. She’s just one of just two coaches in the state to win the NFHCA National Coach of the Year and twice won the NFHSCA North Region Coach of the Year. Sarsen was recognized for her many coaching accomplishments with inductions into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Hall of Fame and the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame.

Despite her success, she continuously has given to her school and the field hockey community coordinating the Shrub Oak Athletic Club Field Hockey program for grades 3-8, running early morning intramurals for middle schoolers before the school day, conducting numerous summer camps and chairing various field hockey and lacrosse associations. She is currently a physical education teacher and the athletic coordinator at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. Prior to her teaching and coaching career, Sharon was a multi-sport star at John Jay Cross River High School (Section I) then went on to earn a bachelor’s from SUNY Cortland and a master’s from Long Island University where she competed in both field hockey and lacrosse. She currently resides in Putnam Valley, NY.

KAREN (O’CONNOR) SELF, Athlete

Karen (O’Connor) Self is among the top girls basketball players the state has ever seen and also had a highly successful career as a shot putter in track. A graduate of Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School (Section I), Self tallied 2,662 career points (8th in NYS) in high school, which included 985 points in one season (2nd in NYS),  and according to opposing coaches, single handedly led the team to its first and only NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball State Championship in her senior season of 1987.

During a dazzling high school career, she broke many state records, including the scoring record at the time, and was named New York State Player of the Year, USA Today High School Athlete of the Year, Converse All-American and earned numerous All-State and All-Section honors. She’s the only girls basketball player to have her jersey retired at FDR. Karen was also a high school All-American in track winning a Section Championship in shot put and discus. At the NYSPHSAA State Meet, she finished as Runner Up in shot put and 5th in discus, won the Eastern State Championship shot put and discus, won the Penn Relays shot put, and placed 5th in the shot put in TAC Nationals. Her numbers still stand as records at FDR in shot put (43’8”), discus (139’1”), and javelin (124’11”). 

Self’s success in basketball and track in high school allowed her to continue her athletic career in both sports at Arizona State University where she received a full scholarship in the sport of basketball. As a basketball player at ASU, she was selected to the PAC 10 All-Star Germany Tour, a member of the ASU/PAC 10 All-Decade Team, and was a three-time PAC 10 Player of the Week.  In 1989, Self led the PAC 10 in steals and was third in scoring while also leading her team in steals, scoring, assists and field goal percentage that year. After an outstanding collegiate career, she began coaching high school girls basketball at Seton Catholic Prep in Chandler, AZ accumulating 734 wins and 11 state championships—a state record—in 28 years of coaching.

Karen has earned numerous Coach of the Year honors including NFHS National Coach of the Year and Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Coach of the Year. She was recently named the West coach for the McDonald's All-American game and has instructed at USA Basketball camps.  She currently resides in Gilbert, AZ with her husband Rory and their children, Rachel, Mark, Michaela, and Cara.

MARIE TERC, Official                      

Marie Terc is one of the most experienced officials in the state.  She has officiated five high school sports for a combined 143 seasons spanning over five decades. Not including the youth and collegiate levels she’s officiated, Marie’s resume includes 53 years umpiring softball, 44 years refereeing girls volleyball, 25 years boys volleyball, and 16 years as a basketball official. 

She’s also combined to officiate five seasons of field hockey and track and field. During her longstanding career, which shows no signs of retirement, Marie has been rated the #1 official in three sports for several years and officiated numerous NYSPHSAA Regional and State Championships.  She’s also served as official softball rules interpreter and chief clinician for 39 years, was a past basketball rules interpreter for 12 years, was Commissioner of the Nassau County Volleyball Association, and was often a representative on the Officials Coordinating Council. 

Terc’s accolades include receiving the NYC Helen Allen Officiating Award (softball), Stony Brook Crown Nassau/Suffolk Trophy Award, Nassau County High School’s Gold Key Award, and was featured in a 2003 article in “Referee” magazine. In 2018, she was inducted into the Nassau County High School Sports Hall of Fame. Her officiating career took off in the 1967-68 school year followed by a 29-year career in education. In Marie’s years as a physical education teacher in Bethpage School District, her love for sports and her students went beyond just being “in the game”.

One example includes producing a fitness video featuring her physical education students then entering it in a New York Mets-sponsored contest which she won. The video along with Marie and her class were all showcased on television during a Mets game. Furthermore, Terc earned PTA Teacher of the Year award and was heavily involved in the evolution of Title IX in the 1980’s. She diligently worked toward paving the way for Section VIII for parity of girls sports with boys sports. A multi-sport athlete while at Calhoun High School (Section VIII), Marie continued on to earn a Bachelors in Health and Physical Education at SUNY Brockport and a Masters in Physical Education at Adelphi University. Marie resides in Wantagh, NY with her husband Mike of 52 years. The couple has two married daughters, and three grandchildren.

Section 10 Athletic Coordinator Carl Normandin has been elected to NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame.

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