Monday, August 08, 2011

UConn coaches on Dave Solomon

Just wanted to share a couple of quotes from Paul Pasqualoni and George DeLeone, who both go way, way back with Dave Solomon. He covered both when they were coaching at Southern Connecticut in the 1970s, and their relationships continued even as both went on to bigger and better things. Of course, Dave spoke with both following UConn's practice Saturday night.

“Dave had a passion for what he did and a love for the state of Connecticut. His enthusiasm showed for whatever he was writing about – professional, college or high school sports. He loved covering football and my condolences go out to his family.”
-- Paul Pasqualoni

“I’ve dealt with hundreds of media people over the years and I’ve have never known won that cared so much about sports, people, coaches and athletes as Dave Solomon did. He covered our teams at Southern Connecticut so we go a long way back. He was a UConn grad and a great friend in the media community. One thing about Dave was that he never put himself into the story – it was never about him. This one will be hard for me to get over”
-- George DeLeone

By the way, the above photo is the Dave "So Long" Solomon bobblehead doll from the Home Run Derby between him, Steve Balboni and Luis Sojo prior to a New Haven Ravens game in 2002.


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