McQuaid Jesuit's 2017 Hall of Fame dinner is Saturday, September 16. Reserve your seat today to help honor this year's class of inductees!  

2017 Hall of Fame

Leo J. Hengstler 60 July 6 2017In your prayers please remember the soul of Leo J. Hengstler. Mr. Hengstler is a member of the McQuaid Jesuit Class of 1960.

Hengstler, Leo J.

Windham: Leo J Hengstler, age 75, died on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at his home in Windham, NY, surrounded by his family and friends after a short battle with cancer. Leo was born on December 5, 1941 in Rochester, NY and has been a resident of Windham, NY since the 1980s. Leo was an avid skier who worked as the Ski Patrol Director at Windham Mountain and then afterwards at Brainard Ridge Associates where he maintained the Enclave and Whisper Creek properties. Leo also worked as an EMT for both Windham Ambulance and Catskill Ambulance, where he was known as a partner and great mentor who was always willing to go above and beyond with his services. Leo was passionate about Windham Mountain and the community, as well as riding his Harley Davidson with his close friends. He was supportive of the Veterans who protect our country and actively participated in the annual motorcycle run and parade in Washington DC each Memorial Day. Leo always showed joy when speaking about his family and in particular his grandchildren and of course, his dogs (Bud Dog, Hannah and Sam).

Leo is predeceased by his wife Gracie, his parents Cletus and Irene Hengstler, step-mother Pat Hengstler, sister Susan Stevens and brother Johnny Hengstler. Leo is survived by his sons David (Christine) and Sean (Kirstin); three grandchildren Michelle, Tyler and Keira; two brothers, Bill and Raymond; two sisters, Christine and Anne Marie Lay (Steve); and five nieces and nephews and their families.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Herlehy Head ShotThe Fr. Noonan Distinguished Alumnus Award, recognizes and honors the achievements of outstanding alumni. The McQuaid Alumni Association established the award in 1992 in honor of Richard P. Noonan, S.J., principal of McQuaid from 1966-67, and revered alumni director from 1969 until his retirement in 1995. He died a year later.

Established in 1992, the purpose of the award is to honor and provide a permanent tribute to those alumni who set and achieve exemplary standards for themselves personally and in his chosen profession. 

A 1968 McQuaid Jesuit graduate, Dr. Thomas Herlehy has certainly lived out the Jesuit mission of setting the world on fire. With more than 30 years of senior management experience in leading teams to achieve successful results on USAID-funded and USDA-funded projects in cross-cultural environments, Tom is a true “man for others,” helping to ensure that all people from every walk of life can have food in their belly and money in their pocket.

A 1979 Fulbright Scholarship recipient, Tom received his Ph.D. in African History and Economics from Boston University, using the scholarship to fund his research in the UK and Kenya. He began his international development career in The Gambia working for the USAID Mission between 1985 and 1989. Following four years with the US Department of Agriculture, Tom was an Agricultural Development Officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in Madagascar.

In 1996, Tom lived in the Ukraine, leading the design and implementation of more than 20 private sector partnerships between US agribusiness firms and Ukrainian partners.

From the Ukraine it was off to Egypt where he helped facilitate the establishment of the first private sector agribusiness association in Egypt under a $36 million food processing and export promotion project. Between 2003 and 2007 he led a $19 million USAID-funded project that connected more than 10,000 small land-holding farmers in Upper Egypt with high-value horticultural markets in the European Union.

Before joining Land O’Lakes in March 2009, Tom was the Chief of Part of the West Africa Trade Hub where he led a team of 20 professionals strengthening the ability of West African firms in 21 countries to produce and export cashews, shea butter, textiles and apparel, handicrafts and fish and sea food, utilizing the special provision of the US Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA).

In 2010, Tom designed and managed the implementation of a three-year pilot project in Kenya which was built on the successful corporate demonstration farm model known as Answer Plots® in the USA. The innovative JibuPlot® pilot project in Kenya facilitated the adoption of sound farm management technologies and new technologies by more than 2,400 smallholder farmers around three sites in the maize growing region of western and central Kenya.
Based on the success of that Kenya model, Land O’Lakes is using the Answer Plot® learning platform for projects in both Zambia (a USAID OFDA-funded fodder project) and in Malawi (a USDA-funded Food for Progress project). In Zambia, more than 15 Answer Plots® have been established working with and through private sector input suppliers. In Malawi, there are four YankhoPlot™ sites where sound farm management practices and new technology for both rice and cassava are being demonstrated to community farmers.

Today, Tom works as a private, independent consultant, solving agricultural development issues around the globe.

Tom will formally be recognized during the McQuaid's Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16 at the school. 

The following players, coaches, and team make up McQuaid Jesuit's 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class. They will be formally recognized as part of the school's Hall of Fame Dinner Saturday, September 16 at the school. Click on each inductee to learn more.

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Coach Mike Fennell
Posthumously
Baseball

 

moore

Eldridge Moore, '85
Basketball

Spiegel

Mike Spiegel, '65
Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track

 

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Coach Al Vyverberg
Hockey

 

1997 Basketball

1996-97 Basketball Team 

 

 

An All-American catcher at Le Moyne College, Mike Fennell was selected in the eleventh round of the 1982 draft by the New York Yankees. He worked his way through the Yankees farm system early on, but suffered a severe blow when forced to undergo surgery on his throwing shoulder before the 1985 season which would be his last as a player.

But his professional career wasn’t over. Impressed by Fennell’s study habits and knowledge of the game, Barry Foote, a former major league baseball player who was managing in the Yankees’ organization, asked him to be the bullpen coach for the Yankees’ International League affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. The following year, the Yankees themselves came calling and Fennell spent three summers in New York.

In 1990, Mike and his wife, Erin, returned to Rochester, where he took a job as a sporting goods sales rep. His calls occasionally took him to McQuaid, and when the school’s baseball coaching job opened, athletic director Tim Jordan recruited Fennell who became the program’s head coach in 1992.

In 11 seasons with the Knights, Fennell compiled a record of 203-41 record, captured two Section V titles (2001, 2002), was twice named Coach of the Year (1997, 1999), and saw his 2001 team nationally ranked by USA Today.

More than a coach, Fennell provided friendship, inspiration and guidance to the hundreds of young men who played for him. This rang true more than ever in November of 2000 when he was diagnosed with non-smokers lung cancer. Throughout an 18-month battle, Fennell continued to be a guiding force for the baseball program. As a sign of solidarity, his 2001 team shaved their heads at the beginning of the season in support of their coach. Fennell lost his battle in May 2002.

It is not often a high school student turns down a spot on varsity to stay on junior varsity but that is exactly what Eldridge “Eldee” Moore, ‘85 did before the 1982-83 McQuaid basketball season. When then McQuaid basketball coach Dan Panaggio offered him a chance to play varsity, Moore elected to spend his sophomore year on junior varsity to ensure himself playing time. While Panaggio thought Moore could have started on varsity that year, he later said the right decision probably was made.

During the 1983-84 season, the 6-foot-4 junior burst onto the varsity scene averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds while at the same time helping fill the void left by the graduation of All-American Tom Sheehey, ’83 and Matt Nesser, ’83. Moore was named team MVP as McQuaid finished the year 15-5. In addition, he was named first team All-Greater Rochester and first team City Catholic All-Star Team. He also was a member of the 1984 Empire State Games team.

Prior to his senior season, Moore was nominated for the McDonald’s High School All-American team, making him one of the top-100 players in the country. Again, he averaged more than 20 points per game including a career-high 44 against Marshall. He was named tournament MVP of the Bishop Ludden Holiday Classic which the Knights captured in December 1984. Moore repeated as team MVP as well as a first team All-Greater Rochester and first team City Catholic All-Star selection.

Moore went on to play at Niagara University and one season professionally in Holland where he led the team in scoring, averaging 23 points per game before an injury forced him into early retirement.

Considered by many to be the most gifted athlete in the class of 1965, Mike Spiegel had the ability to make an entire team better not only by his play but by his quiet leadership and confidence. The ultimate team player, Mike graduated with nine varsity letters; two in track, three in football, two in basketball, and two in baseball.

As a freshman member of the varsity track team, Mike set the school record in the long jump that stood for 30 years and also won the high jump at the Diocesan Track Championships.

As a sophomore, Mike earned a spot on the varsity football team, the only one in his class to do so. A three-year starter on both offense and defense, he ran like a gazelle out of the backfield and rarely missed a tackle in the secondary. As a junior, Mike was tied for second on the team in total yardage and third in scoring. As a senior, he averaged more than seven yards a carry.

From the gridiron to the hardwood, Mike earned two varsity letters in basketball, starting both seasons and helping the Knights capture the 1964 and ’65 Diocesan Championship. During the spring of his junior year, Mike opted for baseball instead of track, making plays all over the diamond.

He went on to play football at Cornell where he also was a member of the Marine ROTC program.

In 1971, as a junior hockey player at Pittsford, Al Vyverberg scored the game-winning goal against McQuaid Jesuit, knocking the Knights out of the playoffs. The following year, Vyverberg notched two goals against the Knights enroute to Pittsford’s first school championship. Vyverberg, known better as “Al V,” went on to play college hockey at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he scored 139 career points.

Fast forward to 1984. Vyverberg was recommended by McQuaid Jesuit hockey program founder and current head coach Bob Pedersen to be his successor. It was a ringing endorsement from a local hockey legend, who won 203 Section V games, 160 with McQuaid Jesuit, and helped the Knights capture three Section V titles. The school heeded Pedersen's advice, naming Vyverberg its varsity hockey coach.

Thirty-three years later, Vyverberg’s coaching stint at McQuaid Jesuit has come to an end. In February of this year, “Al V” coached his final game for McQuaid Jesuit after announcing earlier in the year his intent to retire after the 2016-17 season. In 30 years over two stints, (Vyverberg stepped away for three years between 1998-2001 for personal reasons), Vyverberg filled his predecessor’s shoes nicely. He retires as Section V’s career leader in victories with 411. His teams appeared in 11 Section V finals, winning six titles. His 2005 and 2015 teams captured the school’s two hockey state championships.

It wasn’t just Vyverberg’s on-ice success that kept him coming back year after year. In an interview with the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Vyverberg revealed that he didn’t return to coaching at McQuaid to win championships – he knew that doesn’t happen very often. He came back, he says, because of the players he got to coach and be around.

A senior-laden team, the 1996-97 Basketball Knights were considered by many around town the team to beat in Section V. Early on, they played like it, jumping out to a 5-0 record. However, injuries took their toll as the team struggled throughout the rest of the regular season losing six of their last 11 games to finish 10-6.

The Knights entered Sectional play as the eight seed. They also entered the tournament healthy. Sparked by the return of point guard Kevin Haefner and dominate play of Austin Davis, coupled with the height, skill and leadership of seniors Chris Fox, Cade Lemcke and Dave Roehrig, McQuaid knocked off top-seed Spencerport in the quarterfinals and capped off the Sectional crown by defeating rival East in the finals.

They continued their march through the state tournament knocking off some of the best New York had to offer. In the end, these Knights came home with the school’s second state basketball title.

Team:  Nicholas Bovenzi, '98, Austin Davis, '97, Chris Fox, '97, Kevin Haefner, '97, Shaun Huff, '97, Cade Lemcke, '97, Mark McGowan, '97, Matthew Nally, '98, Kevin O'Dell, '97, John Pegan, '97, Michael Rigoni, '98, Dave Roehrig, '97, Chris Shea, '98, Jonathan Witmer, '97, James Wright.

Head Coach:  Joe Marchese, '68

Assistant Coaches:  Jason McKinney, ‘91, Tom Stanton

Managers:  Craig Fiduccia, '97, Sachin Mehta, '97, Ben Nally, '02, Adam Porcelli, '00

 

 

Established in 2003, the purpose of the McQuaid Jesuit Knights of the Round Table is to recognize individuals, living or deceased, who have distinguished themselves in their personal lives and careers, thereby reflecting credit upon the school's educational efforts, moral principles and philosophical tenets. Candidates for the Knights of the Round Table include alumni, members of the McQuaid Jesuit faculty, administration and staff, coaches and non-alumni.

This year, Gerard Farrell, McQuaid's director of Guidance for 15 years before his passing in 2003, will posthumously be honored for his work and contributions to the students he taught, mentored, and helped.  Also being honored is Peter Rodgers who joined McQuaid Jesuit's Board of Trustees in 2003 and served as its Chairman from 2010-16.

Both will formally be recognized during McQuaid's Hall of Fame dinner Saturday, September 16 at the school.

For more on each inductee, click his name below.

Farrell

Gerard Farrell
(Posthumously)

Peter Rodgers Head Shot

Peter Rodgers, H '16, P '98, '03

Farrell“What was special about Jerry was how he connected to people. Kids trusted him because he was interested in them and valued them.”

These words are from one of the countless tributes expressed on the occasion of Jerry Farrell’s death in 2003. He had served McQuaid Jesuit as Director of Guidance and Counseling for 15 years.

Students and faculty alike had a special fondness for Jerry. His office was welcoming and his presence conveyed caring and genuineness. He was a sensitive listener and his understated but astute manner was enlivened by a gentle wry humor that calmed anxiety or anger and encouraged an open, helping relationship.

Jerry Farrell lived cura personalis through all the many ways he worked with students in counseling. And, in areas of college guidance, Jerry’s familiarity with post-secondary institutions and programs and especially their admissions procedures and personnel gave him a wealth of knowledge for advising students on choices and options.

From his prior teaching experience Jerry had gained understanding of classroom dynamics and adolescent development. His pleasant approach and his interest in serving students, faculty, staff and parents were always directed by his faith and by his strong sense of social justice manifested in sensitivity to human needs through his involvement in neighborhood and parish. Jerry’s faith was clearly evident as he encountered and accepted several difficult challenges to his health. None of them diminished his cheerful and caring demeanor. He was a source of insight and practical wisdom.

Peter Rodgers Head ShotJesuit education has played an important role in the life of Peter Rodgers for more than 50 years. Rooted firmly in his parents’ desire for and commitment to a quality education for their children, Peter entered Canisius High School in 1967.  Like so many young men who through the years have experienced the challenges of Latin, the companionship of friends, the deepening of faith, and the correction of Jug, Peter emerged prepared for success in college and in life.  After his high school years, he continued his Jesuit education at Fordham University.

Peter’s relationship with Jesuit education began again when he and his wife, Pam, chose McQuaid Jesuit for their two sons, Stephen, ’98, and John, ’03.  For more than a decade, Peter and Pam threw themselves into their sons’ experiences by supporting athletic events, homework sessions, Kairos retreats, and other social events, including BASH which they co-chaired in 1999.

In 2003, Peter joined the McQuaid Jesuit Board of Trustees and became its chair in 2010.  His tenure on the board revealed steady leadership as the school went through the expansion of a sixth grade, renovation of the school cafeteria, and the transition of two presidents.

Peter’s latest, but probably not last, relationship with Jesuit education occurred when he was awarded a McQuaid Jesuit diploma and made an “Honorary Member” of the Class of 2016 at that class’ Commencement Exercises last year.

The value of a quality education was instilled in Peter Rodgers as a young man.  For more than 50 years, through his own experience and by his commitment to his sons and their classmates, Peter has ensured the mission of Jesuit education has remained strong.