Crowd Turns Out To Honor Coach Sutter


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Bev and Morris Sutter

On the last Friday in February, more than 150 people gathered for a surprise tribute to Morris Sutter, a key member of Verona High School’s coaching staff in the 1960s and 1970s.

But it wasn’t just Sutter’s former athletes who turned out. They were there, of course, and you can see many former football players in the photos below, including Jamie Rotella, who flew in from Atlanta. The  guests ranged from Sutter’s friends and teammates from his playing days at West Orange High School and George Washington University, to family and friends, VHS athletes who never played for him, band members and cheerleaders, as well as students from just about every class he taught, from phys ed to health.

“Morrie touched a lot of lives,” says Jim Battista, a member of the class of 1972 who helped organize the event with Carl McNamara and Bob DiTrani. “It was so nice to be able to say thank you for all he did.”

As they caught up with Sutter and each other, the guests also took time to sign a special football jersey: It was emprinted, of course, with a large number 37, the number Sutter always assigned to himself as he was lining out plays for his teams.

We’ve got a selection of the 200 photos that Dean Leuzarder took that evening below. If you want to see more, click here.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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