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Coach Fusaro Stalks the Sideline

  • Fred Fusaro
  • Head Football Coach @ Sachem High School (1971-2002)

Fred Fusaro was born May 6,1943, in Huntington, N.Y. He graduated from Huntington High School in 1961, where he lettered in football while playing for Coach Al Donofrio. He was named to the all-county football team in his senior year. He also lettered in baseball for the Huntington Blue Devils.

A 1966 graduate of Ithaca College, Fred Fusaro earned a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education. He played nose guard for the Bombers as an undergraduate. Following graduation from Ithaca, coach Fusaro became a graduate assistant football coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. Graduating from St Lawrence in 1968 with a Masters Degree in Educational Guidance. Fusaro left St. Lawrence to become an assistant football coach at Hofstra University, for then head coach Howdy Meyers. In 1970 Coach Fusaro was named the 3rd head football coach at Sachem High School.

During his tenure at Sachem High School the football program became one of the most consistent programs in New York State History. The program compiled an impressive streak of 21 straight years and 25 out of 26 seasons in the Suffolk County Playoffs. The Program piled up the championships winning two Rutgers Trophies, six Suffolk County Championships and nine league I titles. The program also won 11 Big Four Championships. The program also was ranked in the top ten of New York State four times and in the top twenty, nine times.

Individually Coach Fusaro has been awarded fourteen Suffolk county coach of year awards. He was also named NFL coach of the week in 1996.

In 1999 the football field at Sachem High School was named in coach Fusaro's honor for his years of dedicated service to the student - athletes of the Sachem community. Fred Fusaro Alumni Stadium
was dedicated on September 25th 1999.

Years @ Sachem
Overall record
192-94-8 #2 All -Time in Suffolk County
LI Finalist
Rutgers Cup Champions
77 & 86 (2)
Conference Championships
77,78,79,83,86,95 (6)
League Championships
77,78,79,83,84,88,89,96,00 (9)
Big 4 Championships
92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,00,01,02 (11)
Years in Playoffs
77,78,79,80,82,83,84,85,86,87,88,89,90,91,92,93,94,95,96,97,98,99,00,01,02 (25)
Suffolk County Coach of the year awards
NFL Coach of the Week
1 (1996)
New York State Top 10 Ranking
79,83,86,96 (4)
New York State Top 20 Ranking
77,78,79,83,85,86,95,96,00,01,02 (11)
New York State Scholar Athlete Team Award
96,97,98,99,00,01,02 (7)

NFL Players Coached
John Jumbo Elliott (NY Giants / NY Jets)

N.Y. H.S. Head Coaches Coaches who are Sachem Alumni
Mt Sinai HS- Vin Amarato
John Glen HS. Dave Shanahan
Smithtown East HS- James Saladino
Sachem North- David Falco
Pine Plaines HS- Tom Giorgio
Sachem East HS-Brian Harvey

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