This is the third in a multi-part series highlighting the newest members of the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame.
Anderson was a three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball at New Britain High School from 1977-79. The football team won three CDC championships with the help of Anderson’s outstanding play, which led to him being named All-CDC his senior year. He carried over this aggressive, hard-nose play to the hardwood as a three-year member of the basketball team where he was named team captain and defensive MVP his senior year.
Anderson didn't take a season off as he was a big part of the highly successful Hurricanes baseball team for three years. During that time, they won three CDC championships. His senior year he was named team captain, team MVP and led the team with the highest batting average. He was selected to the All-CDC team and invited to play in the state all-star game.
Anderson’s ability, hard work and determination did not go unnoticed as he was recipient of the Jack Stuart Award for strudent-athletes and the prestigious Burns Memorial Award for top athlete in New Britain High School. He continued to give back to New Britain as a member of the New Britain High School football coaching staff from 2001-04, helping lead the team to the Class LL championship in 2001, 2003 and 2004. Anderson was also an assistant football coach at New London High School from 2005-08, leading the team to the 2008 Class SS state championship.
He also coached in the Arena Football League for five years with three different team, the Connecticut Coyotes, New York City Hawks and the New England Sea Wolves. Anderson continues to be instrumental in the success of the New Britain High School girls powder puff football program. He also volunteers his time helping at the New Britain YMCA weight lifting competition.
Sytulek was dedicated coach, mentor and friend to youth in the city of New Britain. He coached basketball at St. Francis Middle School for 17 years. Sytulek won numerous New Britain Deanery championships and coached little league baseball in New Britain for 18 years. He was also an instructor at Connecticut Basketball School for many years. Sytulek played basketball for Holy Cross Church in the Polish League of New Britain, was a softball player on the Stanley Works team for many years and was an avid golfer at Stanley Golf Course. Sytulek was also an outstanding duck pin bowler.
The Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for May 7 at the General Ameglio Ballroom in New Britain. Tickets may be purchased from the New Britain Sports Hall of Fame Committee (P.O. Box 26, New Britain, CT), at Paradise Restaurant on East Street in New Britain, Berlin Spirits on Farmington Ave, the New Britain YMCA, Scotts Flowers on South Main Street, Marzi Florist or by contacting Joe Lombardo at 860-970-6364.