Shelter Island student-athletes on National Coaches Appreciation Day May 20 thanked their on-the-field leaders for their guidance and help, even during difficult times like the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thank you for leading the Shelter Island cross country team to five county championships, and me, to five individual state championships in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track,” said star runner and senior Kal Lewis in a message to coaches Bryan Gallagher and Toby Green. “I couldn’t have done it without you, and I’m grateful for your expertise and dedication over the past six years.”
“Thank you to all of the coaches I’ve had over the last four years at Shelter Island High School,” senior Audrey Wood said. “Thank you, coach [Cindy] Belt, for helping me through the hard times I had. I had a problem with serving in ninth grade, and she helped me, told me not to give up on myself, and eventually I got my serves over. Thank you for helping me push through and become the volleyball player I am today.”
“Thank you, coach Belt, for introducing me to volleyball and helping me grow my skills in a sport I really love,” another student-athlete said.
Many thanked their coaches for all they’ve done, not just in helping them learn the skills they needed, but for supporting them in life. They shared hopes and wishes, and thoughts of looking forward to next year.
“Thank you for all your hard work,” a student-athlete said. “Can’t wait for another great season.”
Athletic Director Todd Gulluscio said although he wishes the district could celebrate together, he’s glad the coaches could at least be recognized virtually.
“Thank you so much for the dedication and hard work you’ve put in year-round for our athletic program and student-athletes,” he said. “It would be impossible to have this wonderful program without your efforts.”