Wayland-Cohocton’s Sabo Gets “Lifetime Achievement Recognition”

Frank Williams —  Monday, October 8, 2012

       In the midst of a number of “celebrations” at the Cohocton Sports
Complex on Friday night (Oct. 5) there was a very special & significant
one that certainly won’t go without recognition. Wayland-Cohocton
varsity football coach Joe Sabo was called to mid-field prior to the
signing of the National Anthem as his Golden Eagles were set to take on
the Batavia Blue Devils. What followed was humbling, heart-warming, &
certainly well deserved. Sabo was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award”
for his contribution to the community & the game of football. Joe
“planted the seed” for school football at Wayland-Cohocton back when he
was coaching in the Redskins program. I recall speaking with him back
then & hearing his enthusiasm for varsity football at the school. You
could easily sense the urgency & the excitement in his voice. A short
time later it became a reality, he became an assistant coach & now here
in 2012 he’s the varsity head coach. Joe has dedicated 36 years of his
life to football & teaching the students of the area. A press release
read, “His dedication to these youngsters, the thousands of hours to
this sport & teaching, all while dealing with adversity & personal
health challenges…he has created great respect within this community &
among his peers.” The health issues were not simple ones, but 4 severe
bouts with cancer. Anyone who can battle that off 4 times & still smile
and be as personable as Joe is, has my vote for “Lifetime Achievement”
      In the many years I’ve known Joe, he’s one of those “old school”
work-hard type of guys. He’s had many challenges in his life & has
always managed to keep a positive & uplifting attitude. He was one who’s
“worked” in one way or another all of his life. Its in his genes, its in
his bones, & its certainly in the philosophy he relays to the youngsters
he teaches & coaches. Sabo has been a “pillar of dedication” to anything
he’s ever endeavored to do. He was presented a commemorative plaque,
dinner & an overnight stay at local resort, a fleece Cleveland Browns
blanket to go with a pair of tickets to the Nov. 25th  Browns vs.
Steelers game. A simple “thank you” is  far  from enough for the
exemplary lessons he continues to teach all of us about games, academics
& life. Here’s a man who is more than “truly deserving” of a lifetime
achievement award. Congratulations Joe !