A message from Mayor Peter Calamari:
It is with great sorrow that we share yet another loss to our community with the passing of Scott Spezial on February 26, 2020. Please take a moment to read about Mr. Spezial’s impact to our community.
Scott was known for his love of the Township, as a resident for 33 years he was elected to the Twp. of Washington Town Council in 2008. He served as the president of Bergen County Jr. Football League and the Twp. of Washington Board of Recreation in 1994.
But Scott Spezial was most known for his incredible love and dedication to the children of the Twp. of Washington as a Jr. Football League Coach where he impacted the lives of 1,000s of children and their families for 39 successful seasons.
Coach Spezial started coaching in the Twp in 1980 along with Mike Agnello another long time Twp resident for the Senior team (7th and 8th Graders) until 1983.
Fun Fact: Now Twp. Police Chief, Rich Skinner and local resident Sean Dunn were both on that team as 8th graders, which was then just called “Washington Twp”.
In 1981 the program changed the name to the Washington Twp. Falcons.
In 1984 Scott took over as the head coach for the senior team. Local resident, Chris Santise, was the Quaterback in 8th grade on that team and is now giving back to our community and has been coaching with Scott for 20 years. Scott or Spez as he was lovingly known locally, remained the head coach until 2018 when he coached his last game.
That final game was a win in the Senior Super Bowl when his team beat Hillsdale 20-7. That 2018 team was 1 of 2 teams that finished the season undefeated at 10-0. The 1986 teams also finished undefeated at 9-0.
Eamonn Twomey, now Director of Recreation for the Township, started his coaching career in 2009 (along with Tim Ritter) then joined Spezial’s Senior coaching staff in 2012 and continues to serve our community.
Spezial coached in 350 games over 39 years, 316 of them as the Head Senior Coach. His record as the Head Senior coach was 193 wins, 115 losses and 8 ties. A 61% winning percentage resulting in 4 league championships over the 39 years: 1986, 1995, 2012 and 2018.
Mr. Spezial also coached in the Township Basketball program for both of his children Alex and Michael for 10 years across their careers.
Scott impacted many lives with his generosity in giving of not only his and his family’s time, his Rainflow Sprinklers Inc. business sponsored countless recreational sports teams and township events across 4 decades even after suffering the tragic loss of his wife in 2008.
He has followed the athletic careers of all his Falcon Football players who have gone on to play in high school and college maintaining a relationship with them well after their days on Memorial field. He formed an incredible bond with his fellow coaches and touched the lives of so many within our community. His passion and determination was honored as much as it was cherished by so many, he will be missed by all. Rest In Peace Coach.
More information and details of funeral arrangements can be found here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/…/wes…/scott-spezial-9053704