Photo from the Ambrosio scholarship fund GoFundMe page.
COLONIE — The Board of Education is considering naming the high school football field after Michael Ambrosio, a longtime physical education teacher and coach who died suddenly at the age of 64 in 2019.
The South Colonie board officially accepted the request to name the field after Ambrosio, and now must open a 30-day public comment period before it can take action.
Ambrosio was a physical education teacher for South Colonie schools from 1985 to 2017. He coached football for his entire career and was the head varsity coach from 1997 to 2011, leading the team to four Section II finals, a Section II championship in 1988, and won 12 of 14 Colonie Cups against crosstown rival Shaker High. He also coached wrestling, track and lacrosse.
“In naming schools, rooms, and structures, the board shall honor the highest ideals and integrity of the district and the community it serves,” according to district policy. “The board may name a school building, room, or structure after an individual only when such individual has been determined to characterize sustained and exemplary service to others.”
The honor is only extended posthumously.
Any member of the public who wants to weigh in can do by clicking here South Colonie Facility Survey or visiting the district website.