An E Club scholarship will be dedicated in memory of 10-year Everett High School Football Assistant Coach Reynaldi Audate. Audate, 35, was an Everett Public Schools physical education teacher, Everett resident, football player and Everett High School Assistant Coach. He served as an athletic trainer, assistant coach and offensive/wide receiver coordinator. He died from a kidney issue that led to cardiac arrest.
“It’s amazing to see his hands in past players,” his brother, Rhandy, said in a telephone interview on Monday. “People will remember the sacrifice and dedication that he had to his students.”
That list includes EHS 2018 alum Isaiah Likely, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens; All-Scholastic Matt Costello, who attended Princeton University; and Boston College alum Jason Maitre.
Rhandy Audate said it’s an honor for his family to have a scholarship named after his brother. “Football is the king in Everett,” Audate said. “…my brother helped to mentor students beyond football.”
Audate said he would spend his vacation days working alongside EHS players. His dedication inspired him to become the football head coach at Lawrence High School, where he also serves as a mentor to students, like his brother. “His legacy lives on forever,” Audate said.
University of Michigan Wide Receiver/Corner Back Michael Sainristil, who graduated from Everett High School in 2019, said Reynaldi Audate – also known as and what he’ll forever call him – “Rizz” was more than a coach. The university is a division one school. “Rizz guided, lead, taught, provided, disciplined, structured, and helped me mature at a young age,” Michael Sainristil said. “He taught me life; he taught me football.”
He said his first interaction with Audate was when he told him he knew his future was bright. He knew he was going to be special. He guessed he had evaluation super powers.
Sainristil said Audate was selfless and always willing to put everyone around him first. He shared a memory that they shared. “Rizz would drive hours to take us players to college visits when our parents couldn’t, and we’d squeeze in the little Camaro he drove at the time,” Sainristil said. “I’ll never forget how excited he was when he upgraded his car to a beautiful white Grand Cherokee.” Sainristil added that within the first couple of days of having his new car he took him to eat, but he knew he just wanted to show off the new wheels.
He wishes he could go back and check up on him and ask him how he is. Sainristil said his family is my family.
“Your brother Rhandy and I, along with the rest of your family, will continue to uplift your name,” Sainristil said. “Keep smiling down on us from up there – the brightest diamond in the sky.”
His mother, Marie Sainristil, said Audate became a great friend and a big brother to the family. He played a big role. “If you could find all the EHS kids from 2015-2022 – they all have a different story about Reynaldi,” Marie Sainristil said. “He was a great human being with a gold heart.”
The first Audate scholarship was presented on Thursday at Spinelli’s Function Facility.