In 25 years we have honored more than 310 student athletes representing all football playing High and Prep Schools in New Hampshire.
We have honored five state governors, John W. King, Walter Peterson, Jeanne Shaheen, John Lynch of New Hampshire, and Endicott Peabody of Massachusetts.
We have honored twelve sets of brothers. In 2011, Jack Pearl of St. Thomas Aquinas became the fourth member of his family to be honored. He was preceeded by Sean (2002), David (2003) and James (2006). Also in 2011, we honored our first twin brothers, Matt and Michael Sullivan of Winnacunnet High School.
We have honored 20 former High School football coaches: Dick Eustis, Forest Branch, Hubie McDonough, Sr., Buzz Harvey, Ed Kissel, Bob Underhill, Bob Chabot, Ken Parady, Dick Martin, Charile Quinn, Michael Murphy, Jeff Francoeur, Jim Fitzgerald, Chuck Lenahan, Dick Piwowarski and Bill Haubrich, Sr., Joe Raycraft, Jim Schubert, Jack Gati and Paul Lavigne.
We have also honored four great college coaches; Bill Bowes and Chief Boston from UNH and Joe Yukica and Tuss McLaughry from Dartmouth, as well as three great athletic Directors; Andy Mooradin and Carl Lundholm from UNH and Seaver Peters from Dartmouth.
We have paid tribute to a National Football League All-Pro, Ray "Scooter" McLean from St. Anselm College.
Three of our honorees have played football on National Championship College teams; "Dutch" Knox at UNH in the early '30s, Bob Chabot at Army in 1944 and 1945, and Matt Jordan at UMass in 1998.
Joe Yukica won New England "Coach of the Year" honors at three schools: UNH 1967, Boston College 1971 and Dartmouth 1978.
Director Jim Jeanotte was inducted into the UNH Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He received the Joan Leitzell Award for 35 years of Broaadcasting UNH Sports.
Chapter Director Billy Pappas starred in football at Manchester Central, UNH and in the US Air Force.
Director Ray Truncellito and his son Jim were both Dartmouth Football stand-outs. Chapter Director Dr. George Larkin was captain of the BC Eagles football team.
Another Chapter Director, Bob Norton shined as a College Hockey broadcaster. He's appeared on NHPTV, NESN and even ESPN during the Frozen Four.
Fourteen years ago we honored a father and son combination, Nick and Ron Pappas for their contributions to NH football. In 2002, brothers Nick and Jim Vailas received the same honor.
Four members of our Board of Directors have also been Head Coach of the New Hampshire Shrine All star Team. The most recent, Bill Ball, coached the Granite Staters in their game against the Vermont All Stars in 2006. Jim Fitzgerald, Hank Sanders and Bob Chabot have also served as Head Coach of New Hampshire's Shrine Team.
Our N.H. Chapter has four Annual Events: the Scholar/Athlete Banquet in May, our annual summer Golf Tournament, our High School Football Coaches Clinic and our Annual Jeff Francoeur Huddle at the end of the High School Football Season.
At past dinners, we have honored two NHIAA Football Officials, Charles Hunt and Jeff Francoeur. Thre media representatives have also been feted, former Union Leader Sports Editor Joe Barnea and Union Leader photagrapher George Naum and Union Leader High School sportswriter John Habib.
Our NH Chapter has had one life member, the late Jim Hayes.
Past President and Director Dr. George Larkin was honored in 2004 by Southern NH University, which named its athletic field after him.
Four of our Directors have been inducted into the NHIAA's Hall of Fame. Jim Fitzgerald in 2001, Jim Jeanotte in 2002, Billy Pappas in 2005 and Hank Sanders in 2010.
Two current directors, the legendary Bob Chabot and Hubie McDonough had the new stadium at Manchester Memorial High School named in their honor. The ceremony took place on September 9, 2005.