CLARK — Katrina Anderson, Arthur L. Johnson High School’s field hockey coach for the past 13 seasons, was honored at a gathering of over 100 attendees at the Gran Centurions in Clark earlier this month.
The past 13 years have produced a total of 182 wins, two state titles; a county championship; the Star Ledger Coach of the Year in 2004, 2006, and 2010, and over 1,000 lives impacted in the classroom, on the athletic field, and in the stands.
In an evening marked with happiness, celebration, and joy; Anderson’s traits as a positive role model, mentor, and guiding light were extolled by a wide variety of guest speakers. Among them were the evening’s emcee, Chris DeLauro whose three daughters played for “Coach,” Christine Vicci, Captain of the 2000 Field Hockey Team, Arthur L. Johnson High School Supervisor of Athletics Gus Kalikas, Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops; former players Linda Alimi, Kristin Dunn-Othwine, Shannon Syciarz, and Jess Rusin, and a host of impromptu speakers who delivered touching and poignant comments about their memories playing for “Coach.”
Clark Superintendent Kenneth Knops commented: “Just being in attendance for the evening was such an enjoyable and uplifting experience. Coach Katrina is such a positive force to all who have the pleasure of coming into contact with her, be it a player, parent, student, colleague, or administrator. She is adept at building a sense of family and community within her field hockey teams. I make it a point to never miss the Field Hockey Dinner each December just so I can witness the tremendous sense of team spirit and bonding that is so representative of Coach Anderson and her field hockey teams. She is a living legend and it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to honor her this evening.”
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