Coach Award Recipient
The recipient of the Coach’s Award is Nick Schroeder, the head coach of the William Floyd Colonials varsity football team from 1981-1985, and the athletic director in 1986. He led the 1982 team to the first playoff game in school history.
In December of 1980, the varsity football program nearly ceased to exist due to years of losing and being non-competitive including an 0-8 record in 1980, which included a 50-0 homecoming loss to John Glenn.
Michael Clancy and John Mensch, both who had sons who were returning captains for the varsity football team, requested that the Board of Education allow them the opportunity to recruit a new coach in an effort to change the direction of the program. Their request was granted and together with athletic director Pat LaClair, they recruited a young coach from Kings Park High School named Nick Schroeder.
Coach Schroeder came to William Floyd at the end of 1980 and immediately began revamping the weight room and brought together a group of student-athletes who were eager to buy into his new vision for success. The first season started out rough with a lopsided loss to powerhouse Connetquot, but soon the young Colonials began to turn the tide; and on Homecoming Day in 1981, they defeated Islip 14-12 for their first varsity football win in three years. The momentum continued that season as the team posted a 4-4 record. Several players from that team had successful college football careers thanks to Coach Schroeder.
During the 1982 season, Coach Schroeder took the returning players from the 1981 team and added several young and talented players from the junior varsity squad and created one of the most successful seasons in school history up to that point, posting a 7-2 record and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in the program’s history.
Nick Schroeder would continue as the head varsity coach for several more years before becoming the athletic director for William Floyd in 1986. Throughout his career, Nick was a major contributor to Section XI athletics. Perhaps his best work was leading the charge to create what is now known as the “Long Island Football Championship.”
Working collaboratively with the football committees for both Nassau and Suffolk counties, Nick created the power rating system, aligned the two counties into four divisions, and laid the groundwork for the Big Four Championship Playoff System, which led to the Long Island Championship. Today, The Long Island Football Championship is one of the most successful championship series in New York State athletics.