qualities and made a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football in the Chapter footprint.

Corradi served Massachusetts Maritime in various roles for 43 years, including 38 seasons on the gridiron and 26 years as Director of Athletics.  Bob served on the staff for three head coaches  helping lead the Buccaneers to New England Football Conference championships in 1977 and 1983.


Chapter Names 2023 Special Award Recipients

Three members of the local college football community were honored with major awards by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation during its 48th Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet on Sunday, May 21st at the Boston Newton Marriott.

Longtime Massachusetts Maritime Academy Director of Athletics and former assistant coach Bob Corradi has been named as the 2023 recipient of the Grinold Chapter’s Ron Burton Distinguished American Award.  Named in honor of the late Ron Burton, who was the first draft pick of the then Boston Patriots and a noted philanthropist, the Chapter presents the award annually to a recipient who is an outstanding person that has maintained a lifetime of interest in the game and who, over a long period of time, has exhibited enviable leadership 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior running back Jay Theriault has been named as the Grinold Chapter’s 2023 Jack Daly Award recipient for Academics, Citizenship & Football.  Named in honor of Jack Daly, a Grinold Chapter charter member, the award is presented annually to a college football player at an institution in the Chapter footprint based on academic performance, community service and demonstrated football ability.

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Boston Globe High School Sports Editor Emeritus Bob Holmes was the recipient of the 2023 Roger Crosley Chapter Contributor Award from the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation during its 48th Scholar-Athlete Award Banquet on Sunday, May 21st at the Boston Newton Marriott.

Named in honor of Roger Crosley, who served as the Chapter’s Executive Director from 2010 through 2018, the Chapter Contributor Award is presented at the discretion of the Chapter’s Executive Committee to a person for outstanding work in promoting the values and ideals of the sport of football and continued support of the mission of the National Football Foundation.

Holmes covered the high school sports scene for the Globe for 20 years until his retirement as the paper’s high school sports editor in 2016.  He served as the Grinold Chapter president from 2014-16 and continues to serve on the chapter’s Board of Directors as a key member of the Scholar-Athlete selection committee.  Bob presents the Scholar-Athlete class for recognition at the chapter’s awards banquet each year and continues valuable outreach to so many in the high school and football communities.

 “Bob’s tireless efforts over the years on behalf of student-athletes, coaches and institutions across Eastern Massachusetts is matched only by his dedication to the mission of our chapter,” Grinold Chapter Executive Director Jim Seavey said of Holmes.  “We are forever indebted for all of the countless behind-the-scenes hours he puts in to make our awards banquet so special, and the impact he has made on the mission of the Foundation continues to leave a lasting legacy.”


A 2001 graduate of Bridgewater State University, Landers was a former team captain at Brockton before earning a walk-on spot at Georgia Tech.  Injuries forced a premature end to his playing career, but they opened a door to coaching, as Landers joined the staff at Stonehill College in 1998 as an assistant.  He also served in assistant roles at Wesleyan University and Nichols College before being named as Mount Ida’s head coach in 2008, where he won 51 games over a 10-season span (38 in conference play) and guided the Mustangs to the 2012 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.

Following Mount Ida’s sudden closure in 2018, Landers joined the assistant ranks at Framingham State before taking the reins as head coach at Dedham High School during the pandemic.  He continues to be actively involved in the sport of football in his hometown of Brockton and his current residence in Dedham.

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A resident of Boxford, Theriault is a former 2019 Grinold Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award recipient following a standout career at Masconomet Regional High School.  He earned all-New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference honors this past season after leading the Engineers with 702 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, and he has rushed for over 1,000 yards in 20 career outings at MIT.  A three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree, the Data Science major was named to the College Sports Communicators Academic All-District team in 2022.

Off the field, Theriault has been an active member of the MIT community, as the two-sport standout also excels on the lacrosse field.  He is a member of the campus Pokerbots and Little Beavers organizations, and he served an internship with the Los Angeles Rams in which he conducted research determining coverage of NFL defenses using NFL tracking data.

Corradi, Landers and Theriault were honored along with 29 high school student-athletes who comprise the 2023 Grinold Chapter Scholar-Athlete class. 

Former Brockton High School standout and Mount Ida College head coach Mike Landers is the 2023 recipient of the Grinold Chapter’s Ed Schluntz Contribution to Amateur Football Award.  Named in honor of Ed Schluntz, a charter member of the Grinold Chapter, this award is presented annually to a person in the Chapter footprint whose efforts and activities in support of the Foundation and its goals have been local in nature.

Chapter Names 2023 Scholar-Athlete Class

The Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation is proud to announce its 48th Annual Scholar-Athlete Class, which is comprised of 29 standout student-athletes representing 21 schools in the Chapter’s footprint, for their achievements on and off the field.

The Grinold Chapter Scholar-Athlete Banquet took place on Sunday, May 21st, at the Boston Newton Marriott Hotel. In addition to this year’s Scholar-Athlete Class, the chapter presented its four other signature individual awards to the following honorees:

  • Ed Schluntz Contributions To Amateur Football Award - Mike Landers
  • Ron Burton Distinguished American Award - Bob Corradi
  • Jack Daly Award For Academics, Citizenship & Football - Jay Theriault, MIT
  • Roger Crosley Chapter Contributor Award - Bob Holmes

“After every scholar-athlete class is honored, we often say as a group that it can’t get any better than this--and then it does,” Jim Seavey, Grinold Chapter Executive Director, said of this year’s class. “It’s a privilege for the Grinold Chapter to once again recognize the 29 outstanding young men who comprise this year’s class. They have excelled on the field, in the classroom and in their communities, and they embody the commitment that is required to achieve at the highest level. We couldn’t be prouder as an organization to carry on this great tradition.”

See the 48th Annual Grinold Chapter Scholar-Athlete classhere.