The CIAC kicked off a weekend of basketball championships with the 2013 Boys and Girls State Basketball Championships Dedication in the Nehantic/Pequot/Paugussett room at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center.
The dedication ceremony on Friday began the weekend of basketball by honoring six individuals who have made significant contributions to high school basketball in Connecticut.
CIAC Associate Executive Director Paul Hoey received the 2013 CIAC Boys & Girls Basketball Dedication Award.
In addition, officials Robert Bernier and Lou Filippetti, coaches Jackie DiNardo and Gregg Hunt, and athletics director Jon Capone received the 2013 Merit Awards.
Dedication Award honoree Paul Hoey has a distinguished 35-plus years as a school administrator and contributor to high school athletics — including his current tenure with the CIAC office where he serves as the liaison to the basketball committees.
He has received the Connecticut Association of Athletics Directors (CAAD) distinguished service award, and this spring will receive the Joseph J. Fontana Distinguished Service Award from the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA).
Official Robert Bernier was honored in 2011 with the prestigious International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Life Membership for his 37 years of outstanding service to IAABO and the game of basketball.
He remains active with the organization serving as an observer and mentor to young officials.
Fellow official Lou Filippetti has been a contributor to the profession for fifty years. He has officiated in six CIAC basketball finals during his career and numerous additional tournament games during his storied career.
Jon Capone has been the Athletic Director for the West Haven Public Schools since 1999 and is accountable for over 900 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports as well as interscholastic sports at the middle school level.
During his time at West Haven the school has hosted numerous CIAC events at its various facilities, and he was also a recipient of the CIAC Unified Sports Service Award.
Coach Gregg Hunt compiled more than 340 victories and four seasons of more than 20 wins since his career began in 1983.
He served on the CIAC basketball committee for many years and is presently a member of the CHSCA High School All-Star Game Committee.
Coach Jackie DiNardo became the head coach of the Danbury girls program in 1987 and has amassed more than 400 victories during that career.
During that time she has been voted Teacher of the Year, Coach of the Year and has been selected as a Hall of Famer.