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Cazenovia to remember Volo at Oct. 3 game

Anyone who has followed high school football in Central New York over the decades would have to recognize that Coach Sam Volo, longtime football coach at Cazenovia High School, was one of Central New York's all-time greats.

On July 31, Sam Volo passed away with family by his side at age 83 on July 31, but his legacy will live on.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Cazenovia football program will honor a moment of silence, in honor of Volo, prior to the start of the second quarter of the Lakers' Homecoming football game against Clinton.

Sam Volo coached on the sidelines at Cazenovia High School for nearly three decades, first as assistant from 1952 to 1957, then as head varsity football coach from 1958 to 1976 and again from 1979 to 1981.

Also, Volo served as Cazenovia's athletic director from 1970 to 1977 and was a teacher of physical education in the district from 1952 to 1969 and from 1977 to 1988.

During a 14-year span from 1963 through 1976, Volo's football teams earned nine Tri-Valley League Football Championships, and he was named Tri-Valley League Coach of the Year four times.

The Lakers earned 12 Tri-Valley championships in Volo's tenure, and his overall record was 137 wins, 36 losses and 9 ties, nearly a 78 percent winning percentage.

On May 7, 1982, more than 200 people attended a retirement dinner to honor Volo's coaching career. Then-Syracuse University head coach Dick MacPherson was the keynote speaker at Volo's testimonial dinner.

In 1989, the Cazenovia Central School dedicated the football field at Cazenovia High School in Volo's honor. The field, formerly known as "Buckley Field" for longtime athletic director Max Buckley, was rededicated "Buckley-Volo Field" in honor of Volo's career.

In 2003, the Cazenovia Central School District and the Cazenovia Athletic Association inducted Sam Volo into the Cazenovia Lakers Sports Hall of Fame. Sam Volo attended the ceremony and was introduced by former standout All-American football player Paul Johnson.

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