Congratulations to our 2018 winners!
Joe Amuso, a Fox
Lane High School
to his alma mater to
share his passion for
As head coach of the varsity wrestling team for 41 years, Amuso will leave an unprecedented impact. Amuso has amassed 35 Section One Champions, 37 State Qualifi ers, 23 All-State wrestlers, 406 career dual meet victories, fi ve Section One team titles, and earned the title of Section One Coach of the Year in 1986, 1994 and 2009. His commitment and sportsmanship were the reasons for his induction into the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009.
Amuso was also the fi rst Section One wrestling coach to be named New York State Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2012. Although he retired in 2012, Amuso’s dedication to the wrestling community is remembered by former wrestlers and fellow coaches.
Kevin "Big Fish" Bass
After a stellar
career at Alexander
Hamilton High school
in Elmsford and
playing in what one
the “game of the
century,” Kevin Bass
fi nished his high school
career with honors
and took his talents to
During his three-year role as captain of Iona’s
basketball team, Bass led the team in freethrow
percentages between 1973 and 1976
and led the team in rebounds in 1974. Bass was
once the all-time leading scorer for the Gaels,
scoring 1,729 points and 653 rebounds in 98
games. To this date, Bass is still number seven in
scoring average in Iona College history, earning
him a spot in the Iona College Hall of Fame.
Bass continued to share his love of basketball by coaching, refereeing, and mentoring young people until his death in 2008. In his memory, his family and friends established the Kevin Lee Bass Scholarship for student athletes at Alexander Hamilton High School.
Paul Dillon attended
High School where
he played baseball
and ran track. From
there he went to Iona
College. His love for
golf began when he
was 23. A member
of Winged Foot
Golf Club, he has
served on executive
committees of The Westchester Golf Association
and The WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund since
1990. He served both organizations as president
(WGA 1996-1998; WGACSF 1997 – 2001). A
gifted artist, he has painted countless portraits
to raise money for scholarships.
Dillon began coaching the Fordham University golf team in 1995. The Atlantic 10 Conference named him the 2004 Coach of the Year. In 2009-10 he guided the team to seven top fi ve fi nishes including the 2009 ECAC Championship team title.
The 2017-18 season saw the Rams accomplish top-ten fi nishes in nine of eleven events with a win in the Ryan Lee Memorial Invitational. Dillon achieved this despite the fact that Fordham did not award athletic scholarships for golf. Dillon truly exemplifi es the Fordham mission of “Homines Pro Aliis” (People for Others) with his volunteer work and paintings of Gold Tee recipients at the annual Golf Writers Dinner.
Sharon Sarsen’s days
playing fi eld hockey
at John Jay-Cross
River High School
inspired her to pursue
at SUNY Cortland
and paved the
way for a victorious
36-year career with
the Lakeland School
District. Sarsen has
led Lakeland High School fi eld hockey to 12
New York State champion-ships, including nine
in a row.
Sarsen embodies what a coach should be by reinforcing positivity and motivation to her team. Lakeland fi eld hockey has also won 28 league championships and 18 section championships. Lakeland’s fi eld hockey program has not lost to an opponent since 2008 thanks to Sarsen’s exemplary coaching.
In addition, Sarsen has coached the Lakeland Panas Lacrosse program to 12 league championship, 10 section championships, and four New York State Final Fours. Sarsen takes great pride in having helped six lacrosse and 16 fi eld hockey players win the prestigious Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award.