Connecticut sports titan Vito Montelli remembered for remarkable influence on young players

The Connecticut sports world paid tribute Saturday to 91-year-old Vito Montelli, revered as a "titan" of athletics who had an unparalleled impact on generations of young players.

News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2023, 10:39 PM

Updated 279 days ago

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The Connecticut sports world paid tribute Saturday to 91-year-old Vito Montelli, revered as a "titan" of athletics who had an unparalleled impact on generations of young players.
Montelli died on July 7 in Stratford, leaving behind a storied legacy that spanned decades.
Born in Bristol, Montelli served as the boys' basketball coach at Saint Joseph High School in Trumbull for many years. He was a figure of inspiration, mentorship, and guidance for countless athletes, including his longtime friend, Chris Watts.
Before joining Saint Joseph High School, Montelli was a baseball coach at Notre Dame High of Bridgeport.
In 1964, he was asked to be part of Saint Joseph's as their first employee, taking on dual roles as the school's basketball coach and athletic director.
His contributions to Connecticut sports were great.
Montelli etched his name in the state's sports history as the all-time winningest coach in victories and state championships.
His death the end of an era, but his impact on young athletes' lives, and the sports community as a whole, will remain his enduring legacy.


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