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Mangicaro: hero of the football field

— During his 20 years of coaching football at Liverpool High School George Mangicaro proved he was a winner, a dedicated educator who could motivate and organize his young gridders and turn them into men. Some of them, such as defensive end Tim Green and tight end Chris Gedney, went on to pro careers.

Mangicaro coached two undefeated football teams here, one in 1982 and one in 1987, both of which earned No. 1 state rankings and also fielded five sectional-title teams.

Mangicaro took over as the school’s athletics director in 1993 and continued to coach the Warriors football team until 2002. He faced a brief hiatus when, after filing a complaint against Liverpool Central School District Superintendent Jan Matousek, he was suspended in April of 2007. The suspension lasted for three years before Mangicaro was reinstated.

In 2009, Matousek retired and, according to lawsuit settlement papers, Mangicaro received $65,000, and his fiancé, LHS IT specialist Bonnie Ladd, received $40,000. Mangicaro was reinstated as athletic director that summer, but Ladd retired. She’s now Mrs. Mangicaro.

Now 71, George has been on medical leave since last fall, when he underwent kidney surgery.

Frank Sofia, former Liverpool teacher and current varsity club advisor, called Mangicaro the “dean of athletic directors.” Sofia told Star-Review reporter Tyler Greenawalt that George “was always a step ahead of everybody as far as making things better.”

George’s friends and colleagues plan to honor the man at 5:30 p.m. June 28, at the Holiday Inn on Electronics Parkway. Reservations are due June 13 and dinner costs $50 each; email b.mangicaro@me.com.

At the tribute dinner, speakers will regale the audience with stories of brilliant coaching decisions and memorable plays made during Mangicaro’s 49 years in scholastic sports

Two familiar names

Two members of prominent village families recently passed away.

Art Wyker Jr., former president of the Greater Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, died on May 11 at the NYS Veterans Home in Oxford. He was 86. Having served during WWII, Art was a member of American Legion Post 188 and he was also a Mason.

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