Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter
National Football Foundation
Tessitore, a B.C. graduate, and Kanell were on hand to
Jack Grinold honored by the ECAC
BOSTON – The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced Friday that Northeastern University associate athletic director emeritus Jack Grinold has been named one of the Conference's recipients of the James Lynah Distinguished Achievement Award. Grinold will be honored at the ECAC Honors Dinner on September 22 at the Matrix Conference & Banquet Center in Danbury, Connecticut.
report on B.C.'s spring practice as part of an ESPN series. The two capped off the clinic by discussing some of the issues facing football today, particularly the issue of concussions.
Following the clinic sessions and the address by the ESPN stars, the coaches in attendance were invited to watch a Boston College practice session on Alumni Field.
The clinic was sponsored by New Balance, with additional support from the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association.
B.C. Senior Associate AD Barry Gallup, Joe Tessitore, Danny Kanell, and Clinic Coordinator Charlie Stevenson with Kanell's daughter
B.C. Head Coach Steve Addazio welcomes the Group
Chapter Selects 2016 Scholar Athletes
33 scholar-athletes representing 25 different high schools have been selected as the 2016 Scholar-Athletes by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
The High School Scholar-Athlete Awards are given to those graduating seniors in the Chapter footprint who have achieved excellence on the gridiron, in the classroom, and in the community.
Eight schools had two recipients each. They were: Central Catholic, Danvers, Lincoln-Sudbury, Marshfield, Milton Academy, Needham, St. John’s Prep and Xaverian Brothers.
The Scholar-Athlete Awards were be presented Sunday, May 15, 2016, at the Chapter’s 41st Annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet at the Boston/Newton Marriott.
The Lynah Award is bestowed annually to a maximum of four former ECAC athletic administrators who have achieved outstanding success in their career and have made an unusual contribution in the interest of intercollegiate athletics, the NCAA and the ECAC. For the purposes of defining the position, an eligible candidate must have been an ECAC director, associate director or assistant director of athletics or senior woman administrator.
Grinold, now the associate athletic director emeritus, first joined the university in 1962 and is widely regarded as the dean of New England sports information directors. Over his 50-plus years on Huntington Avenue, he developed a wide-ranging, innovative athletic communications office. Often called "the innovator of innovators," he shaped the careers of countless sports information professionals—including many who benefitted from an internship program he established within the department.
In 1985, Grinold was elected to the Northeastern University Varsity Club Hall of Fame, becoming the first non-athlete or coach to receive the honor. And, in 1998, as part of Northeastern's centennial celebration, he was chosen as one of the 100 individuals responsible for the institution's growth and success.
Grinold's impact reaches far beyond the Northeastern campus. His long-time, dedicated service includes: secretary of the New England Writers Association since 1964; chairman of the New England Writers Association football and hockey banquets since 1964; and executive director and former president of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, now known as the Jack Grinold Chapter. From the latter, he received the Contribution to Amateur Football Award in 1994, and in 1996 the National Foundation honored him with its Chapter Leadership Award. The New England Football Writers named their Division I-AA coach of the year award the Jack Grinold Award, and was named the George C. Carens awards winner for contributions to New England football by the football writers in 2014.
Grinold served as chairman of CoSIDA's Committee on Committees. Additionally, he has served as a press steward for the Eastern Sprints for 33 years and was press steward at the venue of rowing and canoeing at the 1984 Olympiad in Los Angeles. He also is the secretary of Boston's celebrated Beanpot hockey tournament.
In 2008, Grinold and his wife, Cathy, established a $1.5 million endowment at Northeastern that will benefit men's rowing. In 2013, the university dedicated its new state-of-the-art rowing training facility in honor of the Grinold family for their continued commitment and generosity to the Northeastern rowing programs. Additionally, the athletics department raised $350,000 to endow the Grinold Family Scholarship for student-athletes. The press box at the university's historic Matthews Arena is now named the Jack Grinold Media Center.
Chapter Coaches Clinic Draws over 300
Over 300 high school football coaches over a geographic area stretching from Maine to Pennsylvania were in attendance at the Annual Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter Coaches Clinic held April 2 at Boston College. The day featured six clinic sessions as well as a surprise appearance by ESPN personalities Danny Kanell and Joe Tessitore.