This year will mark Carl Sanfilippo's 26th season as head coach for the Baldwinsville Bees high school football team. He grew up in Salamanca, southwest of Buffalo. He and his wife of 27 years, Juliet, have two daughters: Lauren, 26, and Justine, 22. Sanfilippo also has a 3-year-old granddaughter, Gianna, and a newborn grandson, Joseph.
How did you come to Syracuse?
I went to Syracuse University on a full football scholarship and stayed here after I graduated.
How long have you been coaching?
I coached at CBA for eight years before coming to Baldwinsville. I have been here now for 26 years.
How did you get started in football?
It's in my blood. My father, Joseph, was a 40-year head football coach. He coached for the Cathedral High School in Gallop, New Mexico, Salamanca High School and Jamestown High School.
Do you live in Baldwinsville?
We lived in Dewitt for 18 years and moved here nine years ago.
What's your favorite part of the job?
It's all about the kids. I enjoy working with the kids, and I have never even considered doing anything else. The bonds that I make with these kids . . . having them come back to see me and to see where they end up. You know, success is measured in many ways. It's not just about the money you make.
What's your least favorite part of the job?
I don't have a least favorite part. I like coming to work. Not much else could be better than that.
How has the program changed over the years?
It hasn't changed. We keep the same standards now that we had 25 years ago. We don't lower our standards to fit society and don't get into political views. My expectations of young men and women are legitimate and realistic. By expectations, I mean character, morals, sportsmanship and leadership. I am not na ve. We have kids that get into trouble, but if they have character and morals, they will pretty much do the right thing.