GREIGSVILLE — For those fortunate enough to have known him, Dennis Bzduch was described throughout the Livingston Conference as a loving husband, proud father and a high character coach who preached the importance of values and sportsmanship to all his players.

Coach Biz passed away suddenly the morning of Jan. 4 prior to a girls basketball game.

He was just 63-years-old.

It was a sad day for those that loved him, and he was truly loved and respected by so many. It hasn’t been the same without him.

Coach Biz was a fun-loving coach who had a great relationship and connection with his players and also his students. He was a health teacher who also taught first-aid and CPR when he wasn’t also teaching our kids how to drive.

A 1975 graduate of Perry High School, Biz went on to graduate from Genesee Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistant before earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education at SUNY Brockport and his Master’s Degree in Health Education from the University of Alabama.

He had worked and taught in Perry, Geneseo and York.

While his heart was always in Perry he was extremely loyal to both Geneseo and York as well. He wore the blue and white just as proudly as he wore the purple and gold.

He was a family man first and foremost, and Perry, York and Geneseo high schools were all his extended family. Never heard anyone utter a bad word about him, and vice versa — that’s just how he was built.

Coach Biz was all about sportsmanship and respecting not only each other but respecting your opponent as well. You never knew if Coach Biz’s team won or lose a game because he always had the same positive demeanor, always high-fiving and congratulating both teams on playing well.

Look up “sportsmanship” and you will see Biz’s big smile looking at you.

Welcome to this year’s 2020 Coach Biz Sportsmanship Award, which will be an annual award dedicated to one male and one female student-athlete that embodies the importance of sportsmanship.

This year’s honorees are both York seniors — Victoria Bianchi and Lucas Maggio.

TORI BIANCHI

“Tori is the perfect selection for a sportsmanship award. She displays all the characteristics of a true sportsman. She is always a role model, not only in the gym but in all aspects of her life. She participates in three sports — soccer, basketball and tennis — is a member of the same Odyssey of the Mind team for the last eight-plus years, is in chorus, Show Choir, a cappella, jazz band and band. She is the Class President of 2020 and is on the student board. She is committed to everything that she does and does it all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and being ranked fifth in her class. Outside of all these accolades she is just a great person. She is kind to all, always willing to help, and even in the darkest times she’s a positive ray of sunshine to all those who are around her. During this very trying last season, Tori was a leader to her teammates every day, even though she knew she would not be getting as much playing time as she would have liked. We had many younger players and although she was going through the grieving process herself, she was always there for her underclassmen teammates. She was even there for Coach Orman, Coach Fuller and myself, constantly checking in to see how we were doing and sending unprompted texts reassuring me that I was doing a good job. I have coached Tori since the eighth grade and along the way have become very close with her. It is in honor to have watched her grow into the caring, strong, charismatic young women that she is today. She will be missed terribly next year. Tori is currently deciding between Niagara University and Hobart William-Smith College and will likely study psychology.”

— York basketball coach Kaitlyn Kolb.

LUKE MAGGIO

“Luke is a really special three-sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. His distinguishing characteristic is his team-first attitude. Luke’s always ready to contribute, he has had games where he scored for us and games where he was our best rebounder, he’s had games where he guarded the best offensive player on the other team. He’s also had games where he didn’t get as much time as he wanted. However, he never pouted, never questioned his coaches and was always genuinely happy for his teammates. His positive attitude and incredible unselfishness are traits that he shared with Coach Biz and would have made our friend Coach Biz proud of him.”

— York AD Eddie Orman Jr.

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