Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo said this past week in the Rome Sentinel that she is running for another term as mayor.
She was an outstanding girls basketball coach at Rome Catholic High back in the 80s and 90s. I am sure her leadership skills were developed throughout her years of coaching on the sidelines. Listed below are my picks of great coaches who would do a terrific job if they became mayor of Rome.
Bill Fleet: He spent most of his career working in City Hall as the Rome Parks and Recreation Director. He even spent a great amount of time as the Public Safety Commissioner. He coached the hockey team at RCH and won two state shampionships. He would be a great mayor and would get everyone involved by his favorite saying, “all right everyone line ‘em up.”
Rome Sports Nickname: “Fleeter”
Jerry Fiorini: He has spent most of his career as an Oneida County legislator. He coached the RCH baseball team to four sectional championships. He has a fiery temperament that would get things done. His favorite saying when he was upset was “jumping judas priest.”
Rome Sports Nickname: “The Chairman”
Stan Evans: He coached the Rome Free Academy basketball team for many years and after that an assistant at Hamilton College and Le Moyne. He has a nickname for just about everyone he has ever coached. He would bring so much energy to the job. He just turned 80 years young and would be awesome.
Rome Sports Nickname: “Buddy” ( He gave me the nickname Poison Pen.)
Dennis Skibitski: He coached the RCH football team in the 80s and 90s. He became the third athletic director at the school and did a great job. If he became our mayor he would call everyone “Bo,” his favorite nickname for everyone. He lives in Atlanta now so this might never happen.
Rome Sports Nickname: Ski
Mike Davis: He coached football for most of his adult life: RCH, Hamilton College and RFA. He was the best high school athlete that I ever saw. It would be difficult for him to become mayor because he spends his time following the Navy football team and his son Justin Davis, who is an assistant coach.
Rome Sports Nickname: Mugsey
I’m glad Mayor Izzo is running again for mayor as she is doing a great job, but my five ex-coaches who I just mentioned would be a credit to our community.