Honorees - E. J. Herrmann Cross Country Invitational

2018 Honoree

Mr. Steven Philpotts

The East Utica Optimist Club in concurrence with the Race Committee and Meet Directors of the 76th E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational are delighted to honor Mr. Steven Philpotts as the 2018 Meet Honoree.

Mr. Philpotts is a lifelong native of Central New York. He graduated from Sauquoit Valley High School in 1975. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College.

For 28 years Mr. Philpotts was employed by the New York State Department of Corrections. He retired in August 2017.

In 1988 he began coaching in the Sauquoit school system. Coach Philpotts has imparted his athletic expertise to the students of the district in track, wrestling, and cross-country. Initially Mr. Philpotts coached on the modified level of competition. In 2000 he was appointed as the varsity boys and girls cross-country and track.

His girls teams have earned 13 Center State Conference championships. With their 250 dual wins the girls have a winning percentage of .954. In 2005 they bested the other teams in their classification to win the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section III meet. That squad also was runner-up in the NYSPHSAA State Meet. Jackie Kosakowski and Samantha Stedman, two of Coach Philpotts runners, were individual state champions.

With their 300 wins in 306 dual meets, his boys teams have won 14 Center State Conference titles. The Sauquoit harriers have 7 NYSPHSAA Section III titles. Sauquoit has 3 NYSPHSAA State Championships to their credit.

Coach Philpotts has supported the E. J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational for over a quarter century. Over the years his modified girls teams have won their events in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2013. The junior varsity runners finished first in 2008 and 2010. The varsity squads have two first place finishes, 2005 and 2012. Samantha Stedman won her event in 2005. The boys have performed equally well. The 2006 and 2010 modified races were Sauquoit wins. The varsity boys are 4-time (2005, 2009, 2013, and 2015) Hermann champs.

Mr. Philpotts and his wife Darleen reside in Clayville, NY. They has 3 sons: Steven Jr., Taylor, and Alex.

Mr. Philpotts has vigorously enhanced the quality of life of those student-athletes entrusted to him. The East Utica Optimist Club and the Race Committee of the E.J. Herrmann Interscholastic Cross-Country Invitational recognize him for his outstanding effort and valuable contributions to Sauquoit Valley Central School in particular and the running community in general.

Kudos to Coach Steven Philpotts.

Past Honorees

Ambruso, Richard F. (2013)

Bernard, John (2012)

Briggs, Edward (2004)

Chwazik, Gerard (2009)

Chwazik, Ted (1998)

Convertino, John (2006)

D'Allesandro, David (2002)

DeLude, Bill (1999)

Dodge, Brian (1999)

Ferris, Fred (2007)

Ficcaro, Joseph (2004)

Gentile, Joe (2009)

Gratch, Sam (2004)

Grimaldi, Vin (2017)

Hoffman, Jeff (2008)

Hoffstetter, Leonard (2002)

Hogan, Chris (2005)

Lupia, Ralph (2002)

Marraffa, John M., Sr. (2015)

Morrisroe, Kevin (2017)

Nastasi, Richard J. (2015)

Paniccia, Santo (2006)

Petrillo, Theodore (Ted), Jr (2008)

Pitarresi, John (2014)

Polera, Ralph (2011)

Pritchard, Scott (2004)

Przybylski, Ed (2003)

Putrello, Pat (2010)

Rubin, Howard (2004)

Testa, Mello (2003)

Wells, Tom (2010)

Willenburg, Rev. Msgr. Francis J. (2007)

Zangrilli, Raymond (2016)

The Lions Club (2000)

The Utica City School District (2000)

The Municipal Government of the City of Utica (2000)

The Running Community of Utica:

The American Heart Association (2001)

The Falling Leaves Road Race (2001)

The National Distance Running Hall of Fame (2001)

The Utica Developmental Runs (2001)

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