Who can ever forget Michael Corleone’s quote from The Godfather Part III: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.”
That may have run through former Amity cheerleading MVP (1982) Peggy Witheril Choiniere’s mind when her husband’s cell phone rang and they found Amity’s new Athletic Director Ernie Goodwin on the other end of the line.
Longtime announcer Stan Gedansky retired and Goodwin was looking for a permanent announcer for the Amity football games, and since Ed Choiniere filled in for the ailing Gedsnsky last season, he seemed like the obvious choice.
A Lifetime At Amity
The Choinieres have been involved in Amity sports for a long, long time.
Back in the day, Choiniere was an Amity Spartans linebacker/offensive guard, who was named the 1982 Football MVP.
30 years ago, he married the cheerleading captain and the two had four sons and have supported their athletic and educational endeavors for decades.
Eddie coached and announced for the Shoreline Football League. He Coached Baseball for the Bethany-Woodbridge League. Eddie and his band volunteered to play at fundraisers for the boys’ teams, and if you are familiar with them, you know the couple attends every one of their sons’ games.
At Amity, Billy was Captain of the Football and Lacrosse Teams; Michael was Captain of the Lacrosse Team; and most recently, in 2013-14, Joey was Captain of the Lacrosse and Football teams — and Amity’s Male Athlete of the Year.
All three boys went on to play Lacrosse in College, Billy at Towson; Michael at Albertus Magnus and Joey at Sacred Heart.
For the past 3 years, they divided their time between Joey’s games at Amity, Billy’s games out of state at Towson and Michael’s games in New Haven. So after Joey graduated in June, Peggy breathed a sigh of relief, “We’re finally done.”
The Final Decision
So, with Peggy in the car next to him to offer her input, how did that conversation go between Ernie Goodwin and Ed Choiniere?
Goodwin said it wasn’t a slam dunk and it took a little convincing.
Choiniere said they talked for about 20 minutes, and Goodwin was really pushing for it. “He’s such a nice guy. And he was an announcer once, too.”
That said, why would this newly established empty-nester commit to going back to high school?
“The fans won’t let me go,” Choiniere said with a laugh. “I got a bunch of calls and luckily the schedule this fall works out for me.”
Choiniere wants the fans to come out and show support for the Spartans because a lot of noise from the stands really helps morale on the field.
“We have some tough games ahead of us, Xavier (Oct. 10), Notre Dame (Oct. 17) and Prep (Oct. 31) are all home games, and we need the fans to rally,” he said.
Choiniere takes the mike this Thursday at 7 p.m. for the game between Amity and Lyman Hall. Come on out and root for the Spartans.