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dishes. The Grecos have also hosted breakfasts for the varsity and junior-varsity teams. Guess who washes the varsity team’s f ootball jerseys? Yup, Sue Greco. “She’s allowed me to do this,” Dennis says about being a dedicated, hands- on coach. He says he learned a lot about how to prepare a team and handle players f rom his high school basketball coach at Newark, l ongtime Reds coach Ron Ceravolo. The team bonding and tradition of gathering for meals, that came f rom his football coach at Newark, Len Colavito. Greco’s daughter, Melissa Greco Lopes, says she knows how much the foot- b all team means to him a nd how much he tries to help turn boys into good young men. Greco was an assistant at St. John Fisher College, r ight down the road from E R, for four years before taking over the Bombers’ program. He also was instrumental in ER’s merger with Gananda about a d ozen years ago. Greco t aught social studies at Gananda for 30 years until retiring two years ago. “They wanted to start football and didn’t have t he numbers and we needed better numbers,” said ER athletic director Mark Michele. “Dennis did a great job orchestrating everything.” G reco has a career record of 131-76. His 2012 team is the only one to win aSection V champions hip. The Bombers hope to change that in a couple weeks. In 2012, they won C lass B. This season, they’re 7-0 and top seeds in Class C. They host No. 8 T he laughs are loud, t he meatballs rich in flavor and the feeling of camaraderie unmistakable. That’s how it feels every Thursday night during the football season at the home of Dennis Greco. That’s when the East Rochester/Ga- nanda team gathers at t heir coach’s house to e at and talk and feel like a family. “ The Grecos really bring us in and keep us close,” says Max Liebel, asenior lineman for the unbeaten Bombers. “If one of us is struggling with school or at home, anything like that, we know we can come to the Greco house and (coach) will be there for us.” Team get-togethers and meals aren’t unique, but the bond the Bombe rs form each autumn in Greco’s East Rochester home is special, and it helps them compete on the field. It also lets players know how much their 61-year-old coach cares about them. Greco, who is in his 23rd seas on, is the next winner of the Democrat and C hronicle’s Coaches Who Care award, a joint initiative with Compeer Rochesterto honor top a rea high school coaches. “We’ve got a group of kids who really respect the coaches, who’ll take c riticism ... (Greco is) h ard on us but it’s all positive, everything is to get us better, get us ready,” says Hayden Ricci, a senior lineback- e r and offensive tackle i n his fourth varsity season. “We all take it with open hearts. We know we love him and he loves us.” T he Bombers showed t hat sentiment a few weeks ago. All 40 players showed up at the Falvo Funeral Home wearing their football jerseys a nd they formed a line to pay their respects to Gene Gianforti, Greco’s father-in-law for the past 36 years. Mr. Gianforti was 81. His daugh- t er, Sue Greco, lives ER/ Gananda football daily nearly as much as her husband. S he runs the booster club and hosts those Thursday night dinners b y preparing food and organizing which parents are bringing other South Seneca (3-4) on Friday. But the most rewarding part of his job doesn’t happen on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons. “ Seeing how successful (former players) are as fathers, employers, employees, how they do in college and all that, when they come back, that’s the big thing,” Greco says. “Knowing you may have made a difference in t hem being successful, to me, that’s the best.” H e doesn’t think he’s needed to change much about enforcing rules, handling players and p ushing them to be their best. “I don’t think kids have changed as much as people think. I think the rest o f us have changed in t erms of what our expectations are for them, for what their behavior is on and off the field,” Greco says. “If (you say), ‘This is t he way it is.’ Most of t hem will follow suit.” Greco was also given a reality check 15 years ago. He suffered a heart attack at home and four h ours later underwent q uintuple bypass surgery. Heart attacks run in his family, so it was more of a hereditary issue than unhealthy choices. Greco, w ho doesn’t smoke, does maintain a better diet now but he’s only 10 pounds lighter. The biggest change was how he handles stress. H is doctor told him he needed to cut way back on that. “I used to worry about a lot of stuff, little stuff, and I don’t do that anymore,” Greco says with a s mile. JDIVERON@Gannett .com COACHES WHO CARE For ER/Gananda’s Greco, c oaching is all in the family JEFF DIVERONICA @ROCDEVO About the award The Coaches Who Care Award recognizes individuals who’ve shown a commitment to players that goes beyond only developing a winning team. Eligible coaches must work at local high schools at the modified, junior- varsity or varsity level. Email nominations to JDIVERON@ Please cite specific examples in your nomination. The coach of the year will be honored at the Oct. 29 Compeer Luncheonin Rochester. This year’s special guest is Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. 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NON-LEAGUE GATES CHILI 25-25-25, PAVILION 18-16-18 Tyler Carpenter re- c orded six kills and nine d igs and Kyle Gear chipped in 16 kills and three blocks for Gates (11-6). Dylan La added three a ces for the Spartans. Luke Milligan had seven kills for Pavilion (11-8). MIDLAKES 25-25-25, SODUS/WILLIAMSON 17-18-9 Seth Welker and Ah- kell Whitfield combined for 21kills for Midlakes ( 14-4) CROSS COUNTRY WAYNE/FINGER LAKES Tuesday AT PALMYRA-MACEDON Team: Bloomfield 26,North Rose-Wolcott 38;Palmyra-Macedon 24,Bloomfield 31,Marion 19,Bloomfield 42;Palmyra-Mac edon 24,North Rose-Wolcott 35;Marion 29,Palmyra-Macedon 39;Marion 18, N orth Rose-Wolcott 44. Top-5: 1.Eddie Ely (P-M) 16:27;2.Ben Eckler (P-M) 16:51;3.Daniel Ferreri (M) 1 7:01;4.Ryan Hawkins (B) 18:09;5.Chris Dillon (P-M) 18:25. BOYS CARLOS ORTIZ/@CFORTIZ_DANDC/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Fairport's Donovan Dey attacks against Victor's Hayden Hall and Cam Clark in the second set a t Fairport High School. Fairport won in three sets. Avon advances on goal in OT STAFF REPOR TS

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