Stacy Poste Schiavo could have told the crowd in her acceptance speech how she undisputedly stands as one of the greatest softball players and coaches in Everett High School history.
But that wouldn’t be Stacy Poste Schiavo – a humble woman revered by her players and universally respected by her colleagues.
Anyway long-time Everett sports guy Jack McGrath had done a commendable job illuminating on the reasons why Schiavo received a special achievement award from the E Club at its 42nd annual scholarship dinner held May 22 at Spinelli’s in Lynnfield.
McGrath said Schiavo the player blazed through the 1991 season with a 19-0 record and 0.68 record on the mound, superstar numbers that earned her All-Scholastic recognition and an award from the E Club.
The E Club recognized Schiavo the coach in 2004 when she guided the Crimson Tide to a 19-5 record and a berth in the Division 1 North final. The Boston Globe named her Coach of the Year following a thrilling season in which large crowds packed Glendale Park for home games.
There is also the accomplishment of 16 consecutive state tournament berths for Schiavo-coached teams, a symbol of consistency and excellence in which Schiavo takes great pride.
And let’s not forget the great softball talent she has developed in her program. Jack McGrath mentioned Boston Globe Player of the Year Keri Cafasso and All-Scholastic Jachael Gaunci as two stars of the aforementioned 2004 season, but there are many others like the O’Donnell twins, Megan and Melissa, Lauren O’Connor, Deanna Camley, Rachelle Burley, and more recently Brianna Uga and Alea Martinelli – who have taken the wisdom and teachings of Schiavo and gone on to excel in college academics and sports.
But Schiavo’s speech was about saying “thank you.”
It was a display graciousness for her players, many of whom were in attendance to hail the EHS female sports legend.
“I would first like to thank the ‘E’ Club for this award,” said Schiavo. “It is an honor to stand her and accept this award.”
She began by expressing her gratitude to Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire “for having faith in me 18 years ago to take over after coach John Nuzzolo stepped down and handed the program over to me.
“Nuzz always told me he saw something special in me ever since I was in high school and that is why he knew he could let go and trust me with the program,” said Schiavo.
She credited athletic director John DiBiaso “for always having my back and giving me the opportunity to schedule my own games.”
Schiavo paid tribute to her past and present coaching staff. “This honor is shared with you all – thank you for everything you do and for all your help. This season has been a rollercoaster, but we made the tourney. Thank you, Jenn Nigro and Paul Enfanto.”
Schiavo thanked her players past and present and her friends and family, including her supportive husband, Michael Schiavo, her mother, “who is not with us physically but always guiding me in the right direction” and “my dad (Al Poste), the best coach a girl could ask for – who taught me the love of the game from an early age. His love of coaching Little League for 40 years has rubbed off on me.”
She said “thank you” one more time as she left the podium. Four days later Schiavo and her team were being appreciated for somehow finding a way to win in 15 innings on a day when the opposing pitcher set a state record.
That’s our Stacy Poste Schiavo, always moving forward and helping her team reach new heights while never resting on the platform of her past successes.