Nick Sabetto - 1917-2007
Mepham H. S. Thorp Award Winners - Outstanding Players in Nassau County
TRACK - 1944 through 1961
Coach Sabetto retired in 1975 after having served as Athletic Director for 3 Senior High Schools and 4 Junior Highs from 1962-1975. He was the only coach in New York State to win major championships in 4 different sports by the year of his retirement.
COMMUNITY SERVICE IN FLORIDA
Coach Nick Sabetto was inducted into Springfield, MA College Athletic Hall of Fame in October, 2003.
NICHOLAS A. SABETTO 89, of Port St. Lucie, FL died Wednesday, Feb. 14 in Martin Memorial Hospital South, Stuart, FL. He was born in Endicott, NY and had been a resident of Port St. Lucie for the past 32 years coming from Bellmore, NY.
He was a teacher, administrator and coach for Mepham High School, Nassau County, LI, NY. His coaching record consists of Long Island Championships in Cross County, Swimming, Football and Track. He coached such greats as Ed Nickla who played for the NFL Chicago Bears, Bill Sandie who played for the NFL New York Jets, and David Hayes who played for the NFL Baltimore Colts. He served as President, Nassau County, Football Coaches Association, Nassau County Football Chairman and Vice Chairman, New York State Football Committee.
He served as Athletic Director from 1962 until retirement in 1975. He was inducted into the Springfield Hall of Fame. He served a 4 year term on St. Lucie County School Board from 1980 to 1984, 5 year term on Florida State Board of Community Colleges appointed by Governor Bob Martinez from 1987 to 1992.
He was a member of the Port St. Lucie First Baptist Church and a life member of the Rotary Club. He was predeceased by his wife Sherly Sabetto. Survivors include a son, Nicholas "Chris" Sabetto of Fort Loudon, PA, 4 daughters, Cynthia Vercruysse of Nevada, OH, Lela Weghorst of Parkesburg, PA, Margo Barnes of Ft. Pierce, FL and Lauren Beauchaine of Lynchburg, VA, 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 PM and 7 to 9 PM Tuesday, February 20 at Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 AM Wednesday, February 21 at Port St. Lucie Baptist Church, Port St. Lucie.
Memorial contributions may be the Nicholas Sabetto Athletic and Academic Achievement Award, W.C. Mepham High School Alumni Association, 2401 Camp Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Ft Pierce, FL.