Central Square Redhawks


Louis R. Pettinelli Jr. (age 81) of Brewerton, NY was born in Rome, NY, the son of Louis Sr. and Josephine (Trino) Pettinelli. He was a graduate of Rome Free Academy (1951), SUNY Cortland (1955 BS, 1958 MS) and obtained his CAS Certification from Syracuse University. Lou was a long time educator who started his career at Central Square Central Schools as a physical education teacher, football & wrestling coach and Central Office Administrator.

In 1977, after 22 years at Central Square, the last as Asst. Superintendent, Lou moved to Oswego County BOCES as Deputy Superintendent, retiring in 2003 after 26 years.

Lou was widely recognized as the first wrestling coach of Central Square and as a one-time wrestling official who held many and varied offices in the Section III and NYS Wrestling Officials Association. In addition to the 5 years Lou spent as the assistant football coach and the 5 years he proudly spent as the head football coach, he also initiated Central Squares lacrosse program and acted as the voluntary head coach for the two years it was a club activity.

Lou was also involved in Operation Oswego County, a local economic development agency since 1978 (President of the Board of Directors from 1982-1996) and with COMCO, an economic development agency, administering a loan fund for Cortland, Madison, Cayuga & Onondaga Counties (member 1988-present, President 1993-present).

Lou never forgot his alma-mater, SUNY Cortland. He was the Past-President of the SUNY Cortland C-Club, the athletic program booster club, and served on its Board of Directors. He also served as the co-chairman of the Syracuse Chapter of Cortland College Alumni.

Over the years, Lou was honored as an inductee of several Halls of Fame and was honored by other organizations for his involvement.
1987 Inducted to Section III wrestling Hall of Fame
1990 Private Industry Council Partner of the Year Award
1996 Inducted into NYS Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame
1997 Martin Rose Economic Development Award winner, in appreciation of his outstanding dedication, commitment, vision and leadership in helping to enhance the economy and quality of life in Oswego County.
1998 Inducted into SUNY Cortland C-Club Hall of Fame
2002 Inducted into Central Square Wall of Fame
2003 Syracuse Wrestling Officials Association named their scholarship to a Section III outstanding wrestler under the name of the Pettinelli-Hawk award.
2006 Received the NYS Wrestling Officials Award for contribution and devotion to the NYS Wrestling Officials Association and NYS High School Wrestling.
2006 Inducted into National Wrestling Hall of Fame for lifetime support in the service of wrestling
2008 Inducted into the Rome Free Academy Hall of Fame
2011 Inducted into the NYS Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame

Lou passed away on March 25, 2014. He was 81 years old.