Former SCC football coach speaks to Scottsdale Rotarians

Rotarians reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their meeting. (submitted photo)

Rotarians reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at their meeting. (submitted photo)

Rotarian Dr. Art DeCabooter introduced Coach John Avianantos to Rotary Club of Scottsdale Rotarians and guests at a luncheon meeting held at Scottsdale McCormick’s Lakeside Ballroom.

A full time faculty member since 1966, Coach Avianantos has served as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at both Phoenix College and Scottsdale Community College.

In his 10 years as Head Football Coach at SCC, he never had a losing season, according to a press release.

His teams won four conference championships and played in two bowl games. Coach Avianantos was voted the Coach of the Year in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference four times and selected as Coach of the Year by the Arizona Republic once.

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Coach John Avianantos

He has gained popularity in the speaking business (over 1,500 presentations) because of his inspirational, entertaining, and compelling programs.

Coach Avianantos annually speaks to all the Club’s Youth Salute nominated high school students and their parents and guests. His talk is always fun, fast paced and loaded with cutting edge concepts that the students could apply immediately to make a lasting effect his/her self image and confidence, the release stated.

The Rotary Club appreciates Coach Avianantos’ support of the Club’s youth programs and welcomed the opportunity to experience the coach’s remarks about motivation and development of a great attitude for wellness and “building a better you.”

Using personal experiences, he presented inspiring original stories with powerful messages that conveyed to the audience that each person has the control to affect his/her outcomes in a positive way. The audience left the program with renewed confidence, new found enthusiasm, and a belief that they control their own destiny and personal capacities, the release stated.

At the meeting, Club President Mary Blank, acknowledged Rotarian Warren Searles, for his 45 years of membership within the club. Warren’s father R. D. Searles served as 1955-56 Club President and was a Charter Club Member.

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