The 58th Annual Darien Old Timer’s Athletic Association Dinner was held at Giovanni’s on Nov. 11 and honored Brian Lindner, Lisa Lindley, Jay Chandler, David Ott, John Miceli, and Matthew Criscuolo.

Jay Chandler was a former Darien High School star athlete, earning varsity letters in Football and Baseball: he also earned FCIAC Honors in both sports, as well as MVP Honors in the FCIAC Championship Game. Jay played Little League Football; Little League, Babe Ruth and Senior Babe Ruth League Baseball; and swam for the Darien YMCA Piranhas. Jay attended Princeton University where he played freshman and varsity football, and helped coach the freshman football team. Following college, Jay has enjoyed a notable career in finance.

Brian Lindner was a former Darien High School star track & field athlete who still holds the Darien High School Triple Jump Record at 45’ and 5 ½”: he earned varsity letters in track & field, basketball, and cross country, and was named the Darien High Track & Field MVP and selected for the All-County Track & Field first team in his junior and senior years, and helped coach Dr. Robbins extend DHS’s longest dual meet undefeated streak to 31 straight victories between 1967 and 1969. Brian attended the University of Connecticut and worked in the real estate industry for over 35 years.

John Miceli was a former Darien High School Varsity Baseball Team player, and a star All County outfielder on the 1971 FCIAC Championship Team. He also played in the Darien Little League and Babe Ruth League, and was a member of numerous league championships. John graduated from Jacksonville University, and has worked locally in the trucking and construction business.

Matthew Criscuolo is the James Carlson Award Honoree for overcoming adversity and then succeeding in sports. A successful local restaurateur, Matthew has competed in four US Transplant Games, 4 World Transplant Games, and 1 Australian Transplant Games, winning 11 Gold medals, 11 Silver Medals, and 12 Bronze Medals: in the Australian Games, he won a total of 10 medals. Matthew graduated from City College of New York with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Romance Languages, and lives in Darien.

Lisa Lindley is the Female Achievement Award Honoree, and who is currently the head coach of the Darien High School’s hugely successful girls varsity lacrosse team. Lisa graduated from Simsbury High School and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she was a star field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse player. Her Darien High School girls varsity lacrosse teams have won 18 FCIAC Championships and 17 state championships since she became head coach in 1994.

David C. Ott is the Male Achievement Award Honoree, who is currently the head coach of the Darien High School’s Indoor and Outdoor Girl’s Track Team. David graduated from LaSalle High School and University of Pennsylvania, where he was a star Cross Country and Track Team athlete. His DHS Girl’s Track Teams have produced five individual, three relay team state champions, and won the 2013 state indoor track championship.

The purpose of this dinner is to recognize the accomplishments of Darien athletes, coaches, and other individuals who support the opportunity for athletics to be part of the educational and community experience in Darien. This annual event allows the Darien Old Timers Athletic Association to fund scholarships for Darien High School students and monetary support to other local programs that have a recognized need. It is also a time to meet with old friends and to reminisce about days gone by.

Next year’s dinner will be held on Nov. 9, 2020.