The ‘E’ Club has earned a well-deserved reputation for doing things in a classy and understated manner. Its scholarships, individual awards, and special recognitions hold immense prestige for those who accept these honors at its autumn and spring dinners at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield.
Everett softball coach and teacher Stacy Poste Schiavo received one of the club’s special awards for her excellent leadership of the softball program for the past 17 years at the E Club dinner held May 22.
It was evident in Stacy’s remarks how much the award meant to her. Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr. had set the stage when he spoke reverentially about his high school classmate and the former EHS pitching great Schiavo, before presenting a citation to her from the City of Everett.
Jack McGrath, a long-time supporter of the softball program who has had a front seat to Everett’s perennial successes on the diamond, cited coach Schiavo’s remarkable career that has produced more than 225 victories.
What Stacy Poste Schiavo has accomplished in her athletic career is truly remarkable. Part of a new wave of girls playing sports as the result of the passage of Title IX, Schiavo took advantage of the additional athletic opportunities and became a terrific softball pitcher at Everett High. Her father, the well-known and highly respected Everett Little League coach, Al Poste, had taught his daughter well about the fun and joy of playing a team sport like baseball and Stacy has in turn brought joy to her father and the rest of the family – that now includes her husband, Michael – time and time again with her accomplishments not only as a player but as a softball coach.
Stacy would be the first to tell you – and she did just that in her gracious acceptance speech – that she didn’t get to the top of the sports mountain alone. Beginning with that early inspiration from her father and continuing with a strong base of encouragement from former coach John Nuzzolo and then the incredible support from Supt. of Schools Frederick Foresteire and director of athletic John DiBiaso – who knows a little something himself about being a coaching legend – Stacy Poste Schiavo has not only developed in to a superb coach but she is a true role model and an inspiration to Everett girls who can use their participation in athletics to dream big and reach their goals in sports and in their careers.
On behalf of all the players who have proudly taken the field representing our high school, our city, and “your” softball program we say, thank you, Stacy Poste Schiavo for all that that you have meant to your players past and present.