Mike Sirianni finds himself in some pretty select company.
Check that. Let's make that elite company.
The Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College head football coach and Southwestern Central School graduate has posted a 61-10 record in six years at the helm.
Washington & Jefferson head football coach Mike Sirianni, standing far left, has four area residents on the 2009 roster. Kneeling, from the left, are Ben Cecchini and Joe Caporale. Standing, from the left, are Chad Boskat and Jake Burkholder.
But there's more.
Among active NCAA head football coaches, Sirianni's winning percentage of .859 is eclipsed by only one man - Larry Kehres of Mount Union (Ohio) College (.925, 275-21-3 ) - who just happens to be Sirianni's former coach.
Following those two men in the top five are Pete Carroll of USC, who is 88-15 (.854) in eight years; Jim Purtill of St. Norbert, who is 91-16 (.851) in 10 years; and Urban Meyer of Florida, who is 83-17 (.830) in nine years.
Sirianni's 2009 Presidents, who are ranked No. 14 in the preseason Division III national polls, have a local flavor with four area residents on the roster. They are senior defensive lineman Chad Boskat (Jamestown), senior wide receiver Jake Burkholder (Southwestern), freshman quarterback Ben Cecchini (Jamestown) and freshman wide receiver Joe Caporale (Maple Grove).
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Jehuu Caulcrick (Clymer/Findley Lake) was in the starting lineup last Friday night when the New York Jets opened their preseason against the St. Louis Rams.
Seizing the opportunity when 14-year veteran Tony Richardson was slowed by a hip pointer, Caulcrick is hoping to make the 53-man roster this season after spending all of 2008 on the Jets' practice squad.
So far, Richardson has been impressed.
''We spent a lot of time together,'' he said in an excellent article written by Kyle Richardson on the Jets Web site last week. ''It started last year and carried over to this year. We work out together when we can, spend a lot of time just talking about concepts.''
Added Caulcrick in the same article: ''It's been awesome. (Tony's) been a real professional, a great guy. He's helped me out a lot, and not just him - Thomas Jones, Leon Washington and Coach (Anthony) Lynn. Everyone's been putting in a great effort in helping us. But T-Rich has been really outgoing, more then has to, to help me out.''
Head coach Rex Ryan has taken notice.
''He's improving,'' Ryan said on the Jets' Web site. ''The first thing about being a fullback is you'd better go in there and hit somebody, and he's not afraid to do that.''
Because of his speed, Caulcrick can also play running back, if needed.
''If he can learn both positions, obviously for longevity purposes, I think it could help him,'' Richardson said in the on-line article, ''and I think he's done a good job of grasping everything that they've thrown at him.''
The Jets play at Baltimore on Monday.
Jeff Wetmore (Maple Grove/Bemus Point) was one of four members of the Ithaca College men's track and field team to be named to the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic track and field team.
The track event athlete of the meet at the Empire 8 Championships and the conference's track event athlete of the year, Wetmore won the conference's 100-meter title. An NCAA qualifier in the 200, he ran on Ithaca's state-champion 400 relay team as the Bombers won their second New York State Collegiate Track Conference outdoor crown. Wetmore also earned all-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors in three individual events.
Six area residents were among 69 Fredonia State winter and spring student-athletes who received SUNYAC recognition for their academics following the 2009 spring semester.
They are junior Greg Jackson (Sherman), junior Katie Landy (Jamestown), junior Amanda Nelson (Frewsburg), freshman Juliana Walker (Frewsburg), freshman Ron Wasik (Fredonia) and junior Rebecca Zimmerman (Jamestown).
Alex Woleen (Jamestown/Jamestown) is a returning starter on the offensive line for Morrisville State College, which opened its preseason camp last week.
The Mustangs finished 1-9 last season, but return seven starters on both sides of the ball.