Pictured from left are Doug Nodine, Shirley Nodine, Debbie (Nodine) Douglass, Margo (Nodine) Frink, Jennifer Nodine, cheerleading Coach Diane Barker presenting and Coach Doug Malek.
Pictured is the plaque presented to Jennifer Nodine on behalf of Oneida Pop Warner.
Nodine, who coached Pop Warner for many years, died May 9 of colorectal cancer. He was 39 years old. His wife, Jennifer, along with his mother and siblings accepted the award on his behalf.
As a tradition, at the end of each football season, Oneida Pop Warner takes the opportunity to present a deserving individual with the William Husband Memorial Lifetime Award. The award was put in place by Coach Angie Ottaviano more than 30 years ago and is given in appreciation for years of service and dedication to Oneida Pop Warner.
“It is our way of thanking those volunteers who held true to the values and beliefs we strive to instill into the young ladies and gentlemen who grace our sidelines and playing fields each year; things such as respect, responsibility, teamwork and sportsmanship,” said Coach Ed Barker from a prepared speech. “Tonight we are doing things a little differently as we are going to take a few moments to honor the memory of a coach who left us far too soon; a coach who I was proud to have on my sideline and proud to consider a friend.”
“During his years with Oneida Pop Warner, Coach Stoch Nodine coached at the Mitey-Mite, Junior Peewee and Peewee levels,” Barker said. “But, no matter what level he coached, he did so with a joy and enthusiasm that was infectious to players, parents and his fellow coaches. I don’t think there was a practice or a game that went by where we wouldn’t hear at least one loud and excited ‘there ya go, that a way kid’ echo across the field.”
“Stoch was a coach who cared about all his players both on and off the field,” Barker said. “He kept in touch with those who had grown and moved on and took pride in watching them succeed. He was an amazing coach who was loved and respected by his players and fellow coaches and we were looking forward to bringing him back into the Oneida Pop Warner family and making him part of its future.”
“At the time of his passing he received the greatest compliment any Oneida Pop Warner coach could when Coach Ottaviano, one of the founding fathers of the program, called me to say he was sorry for our loss, that Stoch was one of the good ones and that we really could have used him on our sidelines in the seasons to come,” Barker said. “Stoch was a coach who cared; who treated all his players the same and win, lose or tie, he took pride in the way his teams played.”
Photos by Jeff Frink