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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Former Point Boro football coach Al Saner to receive award....Press release from New Egypt High School

New Egypt, NJ, September 10, 2007 - It is an honor to announce that long-time Point Pleasant Borough High School Head Coach and current New Egypt High School Assistant Coach Al Saner has been selected as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Dr. John F. Bateman Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Coach Saner will formally receive the award at a banquet on Friday, October 5th at the Rutgers University Stadium Hale Center.

The award, sponsored by the Dr. John F. Bateman Education Foundation, is one of two annual awards presented by the Foundation; the “Winners For Life” Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Foundation was established in memory of Rutgers football coach John Bateman by a group of his former players to honor New Jersey High School football coaches who best exemplify the ideas of developing character and academic competence in their players along with athletic skills. The important ‘off the field’ impact a coach can have on his players and the community was a prime concern of Coach Bateman. It became a major part of his coaching philosophy and is the primary objective the foundation seeks to promote and recognize. Award recipients are chosen from nominations received from coaches, high school administrators, and members of the press. The initial recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award were the legendary Joe Coviello and Gary Kehler, and we are pleased to add Al Saner’s name to the list of distinguished honorees.

Al Saner began his 50-year football career playing for the legendary Joe Coviello at Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey . He continued his playing career at St. Benedict’s Prep and then on to Gettysburg College. After college and a stint in the military, Al Saner began an unparalleled coaching career. Coach Saner has served as the Head Coach at Hawthorne High School for six years and at Pt. Pleasant Borough High School for twenty-eight years where the football field is named in his honor. He is the architect of a 34 consecutive game win streak, three state championships, and eleven conference/division championships. He has had assistant coaching stops along the way that includes both high school and college ( Kean University ). He currently is entering his 50th year in football and his 4th year as the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach at New Egypt.


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