Meredith receives ACS regional award

BUFFALO – Fredonia State men’s hockey coach Jeff Meredith is among three Western New York coaches recognized by The American Cancer Society with the 2013 Coach of the Year Awards. The awards recognize coaches across the American Cancer Society Eastern Division who make a difference in the fight against cancer through exceptional community leadership and professional excellence.

The American Cancer Society selected Meredith, Mark Kensy of Maryvale High School, and Richard L. Jacob, Ph.D. of Medaille College.

Meredith annually leads SUNY Fredonia, its Men’s Ice Hockey team and its surrounding community in a unique initiative to benefit the American Cancer Society: Pink the Rink. Since only 2012, coach Meredith has led the way in raising over $25,000 for the Society.

For years, Mark Kensy, with the support of his sons and fellow coaches Chris Kensy, a former Fredonia State men’s basketball player, and Garrett Kensy as well as coach Ryan Mohr, has led the Western New York high school basketball community in fighting back against cancer. In the past three high school basketball seasons alone, Mark Kensy has led initiatives resulting in over $15,000 in donations to the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Jacob, in only two years of Coaches vs. Cancer involvement, founded the Coaches vs. Cancer Executive Council of Western New York in 2012 and brought internationally renowned sport psychologist Dr. Albert V. Carron to Buffalo on behalf of Coaches vs. Cancer.

“These awards are certainly well-deserved,” said JoAnna Jacob, who oversees the Society’s community engagement. “As a volunteer-driven organization, the American Cancer Society counts on volunteers like coaches Kensy, Jacob, and Meredith to help us further our mission of eliminating cancer.”