Retired from a 29-year career as a teacher in Hamilton schools, Tom Buzinski also made considerable contributions to Steinert athletics.

In addition to being a member of the SHS soccer coaching staff from 1984-91, he also served as Public Address announcer at basketball and baseball games. Highlights include being Master of Ceremonies for Dahntay Jones Night as well as Dave Gallagher Day and Chris Pittaro Day.

His P.A. duties sometimes extended to wrestling and football and various tournaments at Steinert as well as elsewhere in Mercer County.

"The person who most influenced my career at Steinert and beyond was and is (Hall of Fame Coach) Mr. Paul Tessein," said Buzinski, who served as an assistant soccer coach, including the 1984 and '88 state championship squads.

Buzinski says he was honored to be involved with eight state championship teams through the years.

His resume' also includes coaching at the middle-school level (at Crockett) and teaching gymnastics at Grice. He was also involved with day and summer camps in the township.

Married to Carol Storer Buzinski for the last 44 years, they have two children. Daughter Lauren lives in Florida and the late Sgt. Keith Buzinski was killed while serving with his unit in Afghanistan. Carol and Tom Buzinski have a 10-year-old grandson named Joey.

In retirement, Tom continues to enjoy golf, boating, fishing, snow skiing, shag dancing and pickleball.

In addition to the often-agreeable weather in North Carolina where he lives, Buzinski has his memories to keep him warm.

"My experience at Steinert was so very rewarding on so many levels," he notes. "To have the powers that be at Steinert have enough confidence in me to coach soccer at one of the premier programs in the state was an amazing experience. After getting to know the coaches professionally and personally I could understand why Steinert soccer is so successful.

"I also got to meet and become friends with so many dedicated, wonderful people. In my positions at Steinert I had to address coaches, referees, umpires, booster clubs, cheerleaders, dance teams, parents, newspaper reporters and saving the best for last, athletes."