John Bertolini
Hockey,  Soccer,  Baseball 
​Inducted in 2006
Some student athletes have the good fortune to play for a state championship once in their high school career…John Bertolini did it every year! Four years of high school and four state championship games. In his freshman year, he was a starting defenseman on the ice hockey team that went on to win the Division II State Title. In the fall of his sophomore year, Suffield played its way to the Class M soccer finals but lost to Farmington by a 2-1 score. They went to the championship game again the following year but lost the Class M title game to St. Paul. In John’s senior year of soccer, his team finished the regular season with a 13-0-3 record and bested Valley Regional 1-0 in the finals to win the Class M crown and complete an undefeated season.

Playing his career primarily in defense-oriented positions, John nonetheless amassed a multitude of individual honors for his outstanding play. He is one of only a few athletes in SHS history to be named to All-State teams in two different sports, ice hockey and soccer. In ice hockey, he was voted the team’s best defenseman for three straight years, was named to the Journal Inquirer All-Area 1st Team for the same three years, and earned Division I All-State accolades (two third team and one second team selections). The senior team captain and MVP was also selected to play in the prestigious Connecticut-Rhode Island All Star Game.
In soccer, the fullback was voted the most improved player as a sophomore and, as a senior, was voted team MVP and selected to the NCCC All-Conference and JI All-Area 1st Teams and Class M All-State Team. John also lettered in baseball for three years, batting .416 as senior MVP, and had a career total of 42 stolen bases. The three sport MVP earned 10 varsity letters and was named the SHS Meade Alcorn Outstanding Athlete in 1982.

Routinely making the honor roll in high school, John went on to Merrimack College where he was a two-year soccer starter and co-captain of the team for one year. Following college, John returned to Suffield High to coach hockey and was the varsity coach from 1986 to 1988. In both years, his teams made it to the Division II State semi-finals.