SOUTHINGTON — FOX 61 Sports Director Rich Coppola is receiving a very special honor. Thursday evening, he will be inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.
The CHSCA supports coaches and student-athletes by offering ongoing educational opportunities, recognizing outstanding coaching achievements and providing general consultation and advice to its members. Rich is one of ten people to be honored at the 40th annual dinner.
Rich Coppola has been a part of FOX 61 since March of 1989, working as the station’s Sports Director.
An East Haven native, Rich began his broadcasting career in radio at KC 101 in New Haven. From there, he continued his career working as a field producer for ESPN and then as a sportscaster at the NBC affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
In addition to preparing and delivering nightly sportscasts for the FOX 61 News at 5 and 10 p.m., Rich also anchors The Comcast Sports Desk Powered By Xfinity, Connecticut’s only prime-time weekend sports wrap-up program which airs locally on Sundays at 10:45 pm. The show has been nominated on several occasions for a New England Emmy Award.
On eight occasions, including 2012, Rich has been honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) as the winner of the Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year. In 1991 and 1997, he won the Associated Press Award for best sportscast.
Rich is a graduate of the University of New Haven. Rich and his wife Sue have a daughter.
Other honorees into the CHSCA on Thursday evening are:
- Elaine Biercevicz Piazza – Lyman Memorial, Sacred Heart Academy
- Barbara Hedden – Cheshire, Mercy
- Robert Mastroni – Bunnell
- Howie Hewitt – Maloney
- Rich Langer – Haddam-Killingworth
- Ricky Shook – Danbury
- Martin deLivron – Avon
- Maj. Stephen Reich (dec.) – Shepaug Valley
- Edward Faulkner – Brien McMahon, Bassick