By Cary Shuman
Lou Cicatelli played football at Revere High and worked in the school’s athletic program that was led by the late Silvio Cella, who was a teammate of Harry Agganis at Boston University.
Cicatelli said he is honored to be coaching in the game that is named for the legendary Lynn Classical star. Cicatelli will be coaching the South Team in the 55th Harry Agganis Football Classic on Thursday, June 30 at Manning Field.
“I grew up watching the Agganis Football Game every year so I’ve known of its significance for a long time,” said Cicatelli. “I’m always honored when they ask me to be a coach in the game. They [The Agganis Committee] do a great job with all the games during the week and what they do for student-athletes with the college scholarships is so admirable.”
Cicatelli’s South assistant coaching staff consists of Jose Escobar, Vin Gregorio, Don Heres, Scott Vlasic, Dan DeCristoforo, and Paul Norton. Interestingly, Heres is the athletic director and head football coach at Northeast Regional. DeCristoforo is the brother of Revere girls basketball coach Diana DeCristoforo Finn.
Two Revere players, Pho Tran and Brandon Brito, are on the South roster. The Lynn players competing for the South are Jahvon Van, Devin Phean, and Justin Lewis of Tech, Chandler Laguerre, Danny Maria, and Renzo Pappaterra of Classical, and Daekwon Shepherd and Jeremy Garcia of English.
Agganis Week, which stands alone as the premier North Shore high school sports extravaganza of the summer, begins Sunday (June 26) at Manning Field with the awards ceremony, scholarship presentations, and the distribution of Agganis All-Star jerseys to the athletes. The softball and baseball All-Star games will kick off the week of competition.