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Thursday, July 3, 2014: Broadalbin-Perth coach/administrator Munn dies

   Leading off today: Former Broadalbin-Perth Super- intendent and coach Robert Munn, who rose to the title of NYSPHSAA president, died Tuesday in Rochester at the age of 67.

   Munn started as a physical education teacher in the Broadalbin schools and served as a coach in varsity football and baseball and JV basketball. He became an AD, principal and assistant superintendent before being was selected to lead the district in November 2002. He retired in 2006 after 38 years in the district.

   "Many of us are fortunate to have had Bob as a teacher, coach or principal, and carry fond memories of his infectious smile and laugh," current Superintendent Stephen Tomlinson said a staff message obtained by The Recorder in Amsterdam. "He was just a great guy and an incredible family man who will be missed by so many in the B-P community, and across the region."

   Munn, who assisted in the merger of the Broadalbin and Perth districts and was active in many community organizations, served as president of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association from 1996-98. The Broadalbin-Perth high school gymnasium was named after Munn following his retirement, and Munn moved to Fairport in 2012 while battling health problems.

   "He was really such a force at the athletic programs as a coach and school leader, it was fitting the gym would be named for him," Brooks said. "As we look into the future, he will be remembered by all he did in terms of athletics."

   Canajoharie fixture retires: Todd Jones, a veteran wrestling and football coach at Canajoharie who also served 18 years as an athletic director, has retired.

   "With all the changes that have occurred, with the change over in administration, the new Common Core and APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review), all happening at once, I kind of knew at that point that I would be leaving soon," Jones told the Leader-Herald. "I was eligible. My wife, Louise, and I were both eligible and she actually retired last June. But I wanted to stick around for one more year."

   It was wrestling, in which his teams won more than 300 duals, that kept him around the extra year.

   "The last two years I have probably had some of the most wonderful kids that I have had the privilege to coach and be with," he told the paper. "I just wanted to be with those kids for one more year."

   While at Canajoharie, Jones worked on the merger of the former Tri-Valley League and Schoharie League to form the Western Athletic Conference, planning for the gym and sports fields at the new high school, the change of the

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    school's mascot from the Redskins to Cougars and the mergers of several sports teams with Fort Plain since 2000.

       Jones' first weeks of retirement will be spent recuperating from hip-replacement surgery.

       "It is something that has been coming down the pike," he said. "It started bothering me more over the winter season. I had surgery last week and am at home now trying to bounce back from that."

       The school district has not appointed its new AD.

       Uncertain future: Dan Hytko may lose his position coaching at Cohoes, where he ran the boys basketball program for 11 years and then the girls team since 1989, The Record reported.

       The paper reported the issue seems to be that a current Cohoes teacher applied for the position. Hytko said it is the first time in a decade a teacher has challenged for a non-teacher's coaching position.

       Hytko has not heard from administrators regarding the state of his job.

       "It's hard to comment because I'm not sure," Hytko said. "It's a little confusing for me. I don't know what to say, I don't know if I am or not."

       An online petition supporting Hytko was started Wednesday.

       All-state progress: Work is continuing on the all-state baseball and softball teams, but we do not have firm dates for the announcements just yet. Stay tuned.

       For your planning purposes: The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has a page on its website listing dates and sites for its 2014-15 championship events. Sites listed as "to be announced" will be firmed up over the summer.

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