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For his love of sports...

"One heart... One beat"

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It was a phrase said frequently by Coach Joe over a 15 year tenure as a Defensive Coordinator and line coach for the Butler Jr. Bulldogs and the BBYC Bulldogs. It is a reminder to work together, to realize a common goal, and to embrace the idea that the team is more important than any one individual.

As one of the few who coached all 4 squads, Coach Joe's commitment was to the children of Butler as he instilled love and understanding of a sport he was passionate about... football. Coach Joe led his team to 5 Super Bowl appearances and 3 Super Bowl Victory, including the 2012 UNDEFEATED A Squad Season. He was the first recipient of the 'Coach of the Year' Award in 2005. Despite his success, he was most proud of the young adults his players became and the lessons learned on the football field that they applied to life off the field.

Joe Natale Day

October 13

This is a video tribute produced for "Joe Natale Day" at Historic DeLazier Field in Bloomingdale, N.J. put on by the BBYC Youth Football Organization. Joe Natale was a beloved man on every team he coached and was known for his hugs, which he readily dispensed to all that he came in contact with...every time he came in contact with them :-) He was also known for his love of The Oakland Raiders and proudly wore his colors to many practices, making him stand out as colorful as well as kind. This video is a tribute to a coach who served the kids of his community well throughout the years and in his death we celebrate his spirit. To all who knew him, he was just Joe. This is how he would have liked it. 

THE COACH JOE

NATALE AWARD

Awarded to an 8th grade lineman in the BBYC program who displays leadership, love of the game and is an unselfish teammate.  

Tommy Hennehan
Francois Reyes
Cole Benecasa
Luca Toriello

Ryan Mckernan
Josh Bentley

2022
2022
2021
2020

2019
2018

THE COACH JOE

NATALE AWARD

Awarded to an athlete at Butler High School who will be continuing his or her athletic career in a four- year College or University.

THE NATALE FOUNDATION ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP

2023
 

Joshua Emann
 

THE COACH JOE

NATALE AWARD

THE COACH JOE

NATALE AWARD

Awarded to a lineman at Butler High School who displays leadership, love of the game and is an unselfish teammate.  

2022
2021
2019

2018

Josh Bentley
Josh Bentley
James Derosa
Sean Dunleavy

THE COACH JOE

NATALE AWARD

Awarded to a staff nominated, Butler High School student who shows love, affection, and empathy for others; some who walks into the room and immediately brightens it for everyone.

THE JOE NATALE BEAR HUG- LOVE SCHOLARSHIP

2019

2018

Diane Lang

Alexandra Morales

**Made possible by Ryan Lowrey and ASPI.**

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