Remembering Sonny Santorine
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Adolph W. "Sonny" Santorine, the father of Midland Park High School Athletics, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon at the age of 89, his family reported on Facebook. He worked in the district from 1955 until 1984, serving as the first athletic director of Midland Park High School when it opened in 1957.
According to a 2010 report in the Suburban News, Santorine served as head football coach from 1958 until 1976, winning 96 games in 19 years. He was also head basketball coach from 1957 until the mid-1960s, and head basketball coach for two stints in the 1960s and 1970s. Santorine also founded the Midland Park High School Athletic Boost Club in 1955.
He was inducted into the New Jersey State Athletic Director's Hall of Fame in 2011.
In addition to coaching football, basketball and baseball, in 1964, Santorine developed Schedule Star, a customized organizer/planner for coaches that he marketed throughout the high school sports world. In the 1990s, the planner was developed into an electronic organizer and later and internet software package, that was sold to Gannett in 2007.
Prior to coming to the Midland Park school district, he played professional baseball with the Brooklyn Dodges minor league organization.
Cox Gifford Seawinds Funeral Home in Vero Beach, Florida is handling the arrangements. A Memorial Service will be held on Dec. 31 at 2pm in the Brennity Club House in Vero Beach, Fla., and a Celebration of Life gathering will be held in May in Midland Park.Have memories of Coach Santorine? Share them in the comments!