/seasons/2012/contrib/20120816pyfr5s

Freshmen Sean Coverdill and Ken Vollaro follow family tradition at Western New England

More news about: Western New England

 

 

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Western New England's football team started pre-season drills on Sunday, August 12, with approximately 150 players reporting to campus, including a pair of local freshmen who have strong family ties to the Golden Bears program.

Sean Coverdill (left) and Ken Vollaro, both from Somers, Connecticut, certainly know the history of the program better than most, if not all, of their classmates since both of their fathers proudly wore the Blue and Gold during their undergraduate days.

Sean's father Rich Coverdill and Ken's dad Rich Vollaro were teammates for three years and were members of the final club season in 1980 and first NCAA Division III team in 1981. Rich Coverdill also served as a team captain in both 1982 and 1983.

Hank Bazan picture
Hank Bazan - The Father of WNE Football
The family connection gets even better since Ken's late grandfather Hank Bazan started the football program at Western New England in 1970. A popular Professor of Business at the school and former UConn standout, Bazan coached the club team for nine seasons compiling a 37-35-3 record. He also was the National Club Sports Association (NCSA) Coach-of-the-Year in 1974.


In addition, Ken's mother Mary Vollaro was a swimming standout for the Golden Bears after her father (Hank Bazan) started the program. She used to keep the stats for her father at the games. Mary is now in her 16th year as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Western New England. Ken's uncle Stan Bazan played football for four years (1983-86) for the Golden Bears.

The biggest supporter, though, is Ken's grandmother Josephine Bazan who continues to attend games each fall and who is by general consensus the family's most avid spectator.

"I have shared articles with Ken so he can appreciate the history of the program," said Mrs. Bazan. "I also gave him a jacket that was worn by Hank and his players that had the original logo on it. When I think about that, it brings a tear to my eye because I know how proud Hank would be to watch his grandson play at Western New England."

Rich Vollaro and Rich Coverdill know the feeling just as well.

The two former standouts played on the same side of the offensive line for three years (Vollaro at tackle and Coverdill at guard). Now, they are anxiously looking forward to sitting in the stands and watching their sons in action.

"It's exciting knowing that Ken will be carrying on his family tradition playing football on the team his grandfather helped start as well as coach in the beginning," said Vollaro. "I'm glad that Ken will have the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships and learn some intangible life lessons only taught on the football field."

Rich Coverill echoed his former teammate's thoughts.

"Our family and Sean are very excited as he starts his journey as a Golden Bear. Initially, Sean considered other schools and received acceptance, but after learning more about Western New England's excellent curriculum, support system, reputation, and seeing the great program Coach Keith Emery and his staff have developed, his choice to attend WNE was very clear," stated Coverdill.

Ken and Sean are among 95 Western New England freshmen getting their first taste of college football.  It's the largest first-year group ever to report to pre-season drills in school history.

Both enjoyed tremendous high school careers at Ellington/Somers who went undefeated at 10-0 during the regular season (and winning the Pequot-Uncas Division title) before dropping a 32-26 overtime decision against Wolcott in the Connecticut State playoffs.

Vollaro, who played on the offensive and defensive lines, received an honorable mention on both the Hartford Courant and New Haven Register All-State Teams. The 6'3", 240-lb. performer also was a two-time wrestling champion and lacrosse performer who finished with nine varsity letters. His twin brother Doug will attend Lehigh this fall on a wrestling scholarship.

"This is a win-win situation for me because not only will I be able to play football, but also get a great education as well," said Vollaro who is considering Accounting or Marketing as a possible major. "Overall, I'm extremely happy to play college football and follow in the steps of my father and grandfather. I'm looking forward to the season and all the new experiences that college has to offer."

Coverdill, who is 6-2 and weighs 225 pounds, was a defensive lineman who gained First-Team All-Conference honors. He also qualified for the State Track & Field meet in the shot put and served as a team captain in both football and track/field. Coverdill's brothers Brendan and Alex also play high school football for the Knights.

"I'm excited by the opportunities that Western New England offers, both in the classroom as well as on the football field. I look forward to the challenges that await and am ready to put forth my best effort in achieving success," said Coverdill who plans to major in Accounting.

Both players know they will have to continue to improve in order to see playing time for the Golden Bears who are coming off a school-record 10-2 showing and the program's first-ever New England Football Conference (NEFC) title and NCAA Division III Championship appearance in 2011.

Western New England coach Keith Emery likes what he sees so far with his two recruits. "It's nice having both Ken and Sean at Western New England. They are talented players who could contribute early to our program," said Emery.

Western New England has an ambitious schedule this fall, which includes a 10-game varsity slate along with six junior varsity contests. The Golden Bears open their season at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 1, at Norwich in Northfield, Vermont.

Sep. 16: All times Eastern
Final
at Worcester State 42, Fitchburg State 26
Video Box Score
Final
at Ursinus 35, Juniata 28
Video Video Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Salve Regina 27, at Dean 0
Box Score Photos
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
Massachusetts Maritime 34, at Maine Maritime 25
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Wesley 33, at TCNJ 0
Video Box Score
Final
at RPI 31, Western New England 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Buffalo State 53, at Morrisville State 48
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Rochester 14, Alfred State 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Stevenson 52, at FDU-Florham 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Union 31, at Gallaudet 21
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Williams 28, Bowdoin 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Sewanee 29, at Austin 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Middlebury 30, Wesleyan 27
Video Box Score
Final - OT
at Tufts 35, Hamilton 28
Video Preview Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Salisbury 21, at Kean 13
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Olivet 37, Aurora 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Amherst 41, Bates 17
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 35, Colby 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin and Marshall 43, McDaniel 41
Video Video Box Score
Final
Montclair State 24, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Rowan 41, at William Paterson 14
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Springfield 66, at Mount Ida 20
Video Box Score Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 38, at Hampden-Sydney 29
Video Box Score
Final
DePauw 55, at Hiram 28
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Alma 45, Benedictine 40
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Trine 55, Wisconsin Lutheran 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Albion 79, Concordia (Wis.) 7
Video Box Score
Final
Dickinson 24, at Gettysburg 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wooster 38, Ohio Wesleyan 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Thiel 28, at Bethany 13
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
LaGrange 39, at Methodist 30
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wabash 62, Kenyon 7
Video Box Score
Final
King's 44, at Lebanon Valley 39
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Martin Luther 42, Iowa Wesleyan 20
Video Box Score
Final
at MIT 31, Endicott 26
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Alfred 24, Utica 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 56, at Emory and Henry 46
Video Box Score
Final
Averett 19, at Ferrum 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Catholic 25, Randolph-Macon 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Susquehanna 14, at Muhlenberg 11
Video Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Cortland 31, Hartwick 30
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Brevard 63, at Greensboro 7
Video Box Score
Final
Ithaca 24, at St. Lawrence 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Scholastica 48, Westminster (Mo.) 18
Video Box Score Recap
Final
MacMurray 48, at Crown 34
Video
Final
at Greenville 21, Northwestern (Minn.) 15
Video Box Score
Final
Eureka 48, at Minnesota-Morris 20
Video Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 40, at Washington U. 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 34, Misericordia 21
Video
Final
at Coast Guard 13, Nichols 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Hope 37, Lakeland 35
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Heidelberg 40, at Ohio Northern 21
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Carnegie Mellon 30, at Waynesburg 20
Video Box Score
Final
Mount Union 69, at Marietta 3
Video Box Score
Final
at Centre 52, Hendrix 42
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Albright 21, at Lycoming 17
Video Box Score
Final
Bluffton 32, at Mount St. Joseph 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Franklin 42, Defiance 12
Video Box Score
Final
at Anderson 27, Earlham 16
Video Box Score
Final
SUNY-Maritime 38, at Merchant Marine 31
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Chicago 41, at Kalamazoo 29
Video Box Score
Final
at Rose-Hulman 38, Hanover 28
Video Box Score Photos
Final
John Carroll 24, at Baldwin Wallace 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Otterbein 56, Wilmington 28
Video Box Score
Final
Trinity (Texas) 28, at Millsaps 26
Video Box Score
Final - OT
at Buena Vista 39, Central 38
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Concordia-Moorhead 31, Bethel 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
St. John's 56, at St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score
Final
Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Augsburg 37
Video Box Score
Final
Coe 35, at Nebraska Wesleyan 25
Video
Final
Wartburg 40, at Simpson 31
Video Box Score
Final
Elmhurst 23, at North Park 20
Video Box Score
Final
at Huntingdon 41, N.C. Wesleyan 30
Video Box Score
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 55, Louisiana College 10
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-River Falls 30, at Missouri Baptist 3
Video
Final
at Whitworth 53, La Verne 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Denison 62, at Allegheny 26
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Lewis and Clark 40, at Pomona-Pitzer 29
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Wittenberg 34, Oberlin 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Western Connecticut 37, Plymouth State 29
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Washington and Lee 24, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 14
Video Box Score
Cancelled
Warner at Pacific Lutheran
Video Recap Live stats
Final
Cal Lutheran 28, at Willamette 13
Video Box Score
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, at Linfield 3
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at George Fox 13, Redlands 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Mass-Dartmouth 51, Westfield State 26
Video Box Score
Final
at Castleton 28, Norwich 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Berry 34, Rhodes 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Brockport 38, at St. John Fisher 7
Video Box Score
Final
at WPI 38, Becker 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Adrian 62, Rockford 7
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 33, at Christopher Newport 30
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 56, Shenandoah 30
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Case Western Reserve 42, Grove City 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Davidson 42, Guilford 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Bridgewater 52, The Apprentice School 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Capital 39, Muskingum 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 37, Thomas More 29
Video Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 26, Illinois Wesleyan 13
Video Box Score
Final
at McMurry 33, Howard Payne 21
Video
Final
at Dubuque 27, Loras 24
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 37, Carthage 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Texas Lutheran 37, Belhaven 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Carroll 28, Augustana 25
Video Box Score
Final
St. Vincent 31, at Geneva 27
Video Box Score
Final
East Texas Baptist 28, at Southwestern 10
Video Box Score
Cancelled
Pacific at Occidental
Recap
Sep. 16: All times Eastern
Final
Wesley 33, at TCNJ 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 24, Utica 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Platteville 38, at Hampden-Sydney 29
Video Box Score
Final
Mount Union 69, at Marietta 3
Video Box Score
Final
John Carroll 24, at Baldwin Wallace 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 55, Louisiana College 10
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. John's 56, at St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Concordia-Moorhead 31, Bethel 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Whitworth 53, La Verne 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, Oberlin 0
Video Box Score
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, at Linfield 3
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at George Fox 13, Redlands 10
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Brockport 38, at St. John Fisher 7
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 33, at Christopher Newport 30
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Case Western Reserve 42, Grove City 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 37, Thomas More 29
Video Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 37, Carthage 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 26, Illinois Wesleyan 13
Video Box Score