UNCASVILLE, Conn.--Mike Vitrano was recognized as a Scholar-Athlete last night by the Southeastern Connecticut Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame at the annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet at the Mohegan Sun.
Vitrano has started all 27 games in his career and will start at right guard for the fourth straight year in 2013. A member of the Dean's List at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Vitrano has also been named a member of the New England Football Conference All-Academic team.
Vitrano played his high school ball at St. Paul Catholic in Connecticut. This past season he was named to the All-League first team as a guard. He was also named the Coast Guard lineman of the year in 2012 and has been named a captain for the upcoming 2013 season.
"Mike has done an outstanding job both on the field and in the classroom, he was voted a team captain for next season and it's a great honor for him to be recognized by the National Football Foundation," said Coast Guard Head Coach Bill George.
Art Lamoureux, Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletic Operations, received the Dick North Administrator Award for his contributions to the program. His father, Art Lamoureux, Jr., a former longtime athletic director at Saint Bernard High School also previously won the award.
Coast Guard Director of Athletics Tim Fitzpatrick was quoted as saying, "the Dick North Administrator Award is a tremendous honor, and Art Lamoureux is a truly deserving recipient. His love for and passion about college football resonates in everything he does, and the Coast Guard football program benefits greatly from Art's dedicated service to the game that he loves dearly. On behalf of the entire U.S. Coast Guard Academy, we are most pleased to extend to Art our heartfelt congratulations."
Coast Guard will open the 2013 season on September 7th at Saint Lawrence at noon. The Bears were 5-4 overall (5-3 NEFC Bogan Division) last season.