Amo Bessone, who spent 28 years as the head coach of Michigan State and guided the Spartans to the 1966 NCAA title, has been selected to receive the program’s 2010 Distinguished Spartan Award.
Bessone, who passed away on January 9, will be honored posthumously at the Hockey Awards Banquet on Wednesday, March 3 at the Kellogg Center.
Former Spartan Tom Ross, who played for Bessone from 1972-76, will pay tribute to his former coach at the banquet and accept the award on behalf of the Bessone family.
“My father loved every minute of his tenure at Michigan State and he was truly a Spartan to the very end,” noted John Bessone, the son of the former Spartan head coach. “He would be honored to receive this very special award. I’m disappointed that our family cannot be at the banquet, but I can’t think of a better person to accept this on our behalf than Tom Ross. Tommy is, of course, another great Spartan, but he also held a special place in my father’s heart.”