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Corto Named Athletic Director of the Year

Len Corto, the New Britain District Coordinator of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, has been recognized by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association as the Athletic Director of the Year. Corto, who has been actively involved in interscholastic athletics for over 40 years as a coach and athletic director, is humbled by the award but doesn’t see the award as one that just recognizes him.

“This award is one that brings some positive attention to the city of New Britain and New Britain High School. That in itself is well worth the honor,” he said.

Before making an impact as an administrator, Corto made an impact on the football field, coaching in Hartford from 1974 – 1988 and then in New Britain from 1988 – 2000. During that time, he coached three players who went on to play in the National Football League and all three played in a Super Bowl. These players include Tebucky Jones, who played for the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, David Widel, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and his brother Doug Widel, who played for the Denver Broncos. Corto has also spent time volunteering at the Bulkeley High School Eric Mangini/Tebucky Jones Youth Football Clinic.

In 2000, he was hired as the Athletic Director for the New Britain School District and has been working hard every day since then. His goals today are the same as they were on his first day.

“My goal has always been to hire great coaches, to see our great athletes get college scholarships, but most importantly, to go on to be successful individuals! Moving forward, I want to keep improving the athletic programs at NBHS,” said Corto. “I’m most excited about the new turf at Veterans Stadium as it is a tremendous addition for our school, city, and our football, soccer, and track & field teams.”

His hard work has certainly paid off over the years, dating back to 1979. In 1979 and 1993, he was honored as the Football Foundation Coach of the Year. He was the recipient of the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year award in 1994. In 1998, he was an NFL High School coach of the Year Finalist and was honored at the Super Bowl in Miami, Florida. In 1999, he was honored by the Central Connecticut Board of Officials and was awarded the National Football Foundation Grant for Athletes to improve academic performance in 2008. That year, he was also inducted into the CHSCA Hall of Fame.

Being named the Athletic Director of the Year is another honor that Corto can add to the list, but for those who know him understand that he will never stop working to make the city of New Britain and the New Britain school system a better place and will always strive to make it the best it can possibly be.