Nick Sabetto - 1917-2007
Mepham Coach/Athletic Director 1943-1975

1999 At Home

1946 Yearbook

A Newsday article by Alan Schlein starts off: "In 14 years of coaching football he produced a record of 81-32-3. In 18 years of coaching he won 138 and lost 30, putting together a string of 47 consecutive wins. This is the record of former Mepham coach Nick Sabetto." See Newsday article, He Put Mepham's Sports on the Map by Alan Schlein

A more complete record of Nick Sabetto's Mepham coaching career shows:


FOOTBALL- 1947 THRU 1961

Overall Record - WON 84, Lost 32, Tied 3
Undefeated and Untied - 1950, 1952
Lost one game- 1949, 1953, 1956, 1958
Coach of the Year- 1949, 1950, 1952
County Football Champions- 1950, 1952, 1954

Mepham H. S. Thorp Award Winners - Outstanding Players in Nassau County


President, Nassau County Football Coaches Association- 1954, 1955
Nassau County Football Chairman- Section 8, N.Y. State- 1949, 1975
Vice Chair, N.Y. State Football Committee- 1959, 1960, 1961

TRACK - 1944 through 1961

Overall Record, WON 138, Lost 30
7 Undefeated Teams
Section 8, Long Island Championships- 1951, 1952
47 Straight Dual and Triangular Meets-WON over period 1947-1954
12 New York State Champions


Section 8, Long Island Champions - 1943-1945


Section 8, Long Island Champions - 1945-1947

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.


Served a 4 yr term on the St Lucie County School Board 1980-1984
Served a 5 yr term on FL State Board of Community Colleges 1987-1992

Coach Nick Sabetto was inducted into Springfield, MA College Athletic Hall of Fame in October, 2003.

See also:

LI Press article Hail Farewell for Sabetto by Mike Lee
Newsday article 'The Greatest Influence on My Life' by Ed Comerford
Description of the Sabetto Wall of Achievement

Nicholas A. Sabetto Obituary
Treasure Coast Newspapers, February 18, 2007

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.

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