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Marathon field hockey coach Karen Funk will be inducted into the NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame.
State fame for Funk
While Karen Funk has not left the sidelines yet, prestigious honors still accumulate for the venerable field hockey coach at Marathon Central.
Funk is one of six new inductees in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
She will join fellow coaches Dominic Cecere from Eastchester High (Section 1), James Hoover from Walton High (Section 4) and Paula Jones from Minisink Valley (Section 9) in being inducted. Former major league baseball star Craig Biggio (Section 11) is being inducted in the player category and former Homer Central athletic director Alan Mallanda as an administrator.
Mallanda was the athletic director for the Trojans from 1978-83.
The Hall of Fame, launched in 2002, is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc., Jostens and Crown Awards and will honor these six new inductees at the NYSPHSAA’s Annual Hall of Fame Banquet being held July 29 at the Doubletree in Tarrytown.