The purpose of the McQuaid Jesuit Athletic Hall of Fame shall be to honor and provide a permanent tribute to those individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics at McQuaid Jesuit, or who have left McQuaid Jesuit and gone on to make significant contributions in the world of sports.

Athletic Hall of Fame Bylaws

Inductees

Class of 2016

Matthew R. Dryer, '98

Baseball

Induction Video

Acceptance Speech

Matthew Dryer earned three varsity letters in baseball and was a two time first-team All-State selection as well as a two-time All-Greater Rochester selection by the Democrat and Chronicle. As a junior, he hit .515 with 45 RBIs and nine home runs. As a senior, he hit .450 with 42 RBIs and seven home runs which earned him an Honorable Mention spot on the USA Today All-American team. Matt was a 35th round selection by the San Francisco Giants in the 1998 Major League Baseball draft. He opted for college and eventually played for the University of Miami, helping the Hurricanes capture the 2001 NCAA Championship.

Matt was again drafted by the Giants in 2002, this time in the 15th round, and began a seven and a half year professional career with the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals organizations. He finished his career with a .293 batting average, 49 homeruns, 215 RBIs, and a .335 on-base percentage.

Thomas F. Horton, '76

Induction Video

Acceptance Speech

Tom Horton’s long-striding speed made him one of McQuaid’s finest all-time middle-distance runners. As a junior he anchored the two-mile relay team to many victories, including a State Championship in 1975, McQuaid’s first. As a senior, he topped that, becoming the school’s first individual State Champion and setting a Section V record of 1:52.3 in the 880.

He continued his excellence at Boston College, setting the school’s indoor mile record (4:04.6) in 1980 and anchoring the BC outdoor distance medley relay team to another school record (9:48.6) in 1979. In addition, he recorded the second-fastest national time in the 1000-meter indoor (2:23.3). As a senior, he was chosen team captain in all three senior seasons. In 1980, he was named the Nathaniel J. Hasenfus “Eagle of the Year” as the outstanding male athlete in his graduating class. He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004.

2004-05 Hockey Team

Induction Video

Acceptance Speech

Players: Randall Abbott, ’06, Nicholas Arazoza, ’05, Nicholas BonDurant, Zachary Bradley, ’06, Evan Casamento, Alexander Caton, ’06, Michael Cieslak, Christopher Cieslak, ’05, Sean Conroy, ’06, Peter DiCamillo, ’06, Ryan Flanigan, Corey Flanigan, ’08, Leo Fusilli, ’06, Nicholas Gollaher, Joel Goodsell, Jason Haseley, Stephen McMillan, ’07, Thomas Marron, ’06, Brandon Nunn, Daniel Reed, Wesley Rene, Richard Vernetti, ’05. Head Coach: Al Vyverberg. Assistant Coaches: Mason Baziw, ’04, Mel Castro, Ron Lamendola, ’93, Scott Stiffler

  • Captured school’s eighth Sectional Title by defeating Irondequoit 2-1 in a shootout in the Class A Championship
  • Secured school’s first-ever State Championship in hockey with a 7-3 win over Baldwinsville, avenging a loss from earlier in the season
  • Finished the season ranked first in the state with a 19-4-4 overall record

Class of 2015

Daniel E. Geen, '81

Football, Basketball, Track

A natural leader, Dan Geen was named captain of the football, basketball, and track teams his senior year. In football, under the tutelage of line coach Frank Noce, Dan became an All-Greater Rochester and All-State tackle. On the court, Dan was a two-year starter until an injury sidelined him six games into his senior season. That was the cue for Fr. Bill O’Malley to recruit Dan for the lead role of Curly in “Oklahoma” and its memorable opening solo of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.”That spring, Dan brought four years of coaching by Paul Sadler, ’65 to its high point when he repeated as Sectional champ in the shot and discus, setting school records of 55-10 and 161-11 that still stand. At graduation, he received the Sportsmanship Award, Bishop Kearney Award, and was chosen Knight of the Year by the student body. Dan continued his excellence at Ithaca College, being named to the East Coast Athletic Conference first team in football and track.

Dan J. O'Dell, '02

Volleyball

A four-year varsity starter for the volleyball Knights, Dan O’Dell helped guide the program to its first sectional, regional, and state titles in 1999. He was named All-City Catholic first team four years in a row, in addition to being named Most Valuable Player his senior year. In August 2001, Dan was named Old Spice Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Month. That same year, he represented the United States on the Youth National Team.Rated the number three recruit in the country by Volleyball Magazine, Dan went on to Penn State University. As a setter, he helped the Nittany Lions to four Final Four appearances, including the 2006 National Championship game. He earned Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) “Freshman of the Year” honors and was a three-time first team all-EIVA selection. He was named second team All-America by Volleyball Magazine his senior year. His 4,993 assists rank second in Penn State history. He is tied for eighth with 201 block assists and tenth with 342 total blocks. He played in 120 matches with the Nittany Lions, recording 186 kills, 40 aces, and 469 digs over 397 games played.In 2009, Dan played professionally for Ginasio Clube Vilacondense in Portugal, leading the team to its highest finish in club history. He served as an assistant coach for the 2011 UCLA women’s volleyball national title team.

1958 Football Team

Head Coach: Joseph Mancarella
Assistant Coaches: Herbert Janick, Thomas Seymour
Manager: Angelo J. Coccia, '60
Assistant Managers: Thomas G. Glanton, '60; William J. Hanratty, '60

Players: David J. Angelone, ’60; Daniel E. Bailey, ’59; Timothy L. Blanchard, ’60; Peter M. Bond, ’60; Dennis Bruckel; John H. Byrne, ’60; David R. Cassara, ’60; Dennis E. Coyne, ’60; Thomas F. Crimmens, ’60; John DeBeer; Robert S. Dunne, ’59; Wilfred C. Erdin, ’60; Robert Farrell; William A. Fink, ’60; Joseph H. Fustanio, ’60; Charles M. Goodwin, ’60; Leo J. Hengstler, ’60; J. Michael Kanealey, ’59; Paul R. Kennerson, ’59; Richard W. Kremer, ’59; John P. Kryk, ’60; Salvatore J. Leccese, ’59; Robert P. Maher, ’60; John A. Mahoney, ’59; Thomas B. McCabe, ’59; John H. McConville, ’60; Michael J. McGivern, ’59; Thomas I. Nientimp, ’59; David R. Notebaert, ’60; A. Neil Pappalardo, ’60; Edwin L. Pendleton, ’59; Michael J. Perri, ’61; Daniel J. Piscitello, ’59; John W. Roselli, ’60; Kenneth R. Sarkis, ’60; William R. Schoenweitz, ’59; Joseph G. Spodaryk, ’60; Edward L. VanEpps, ’60; John R. Walsh, ’59; Michael R. Wolford, ’59.

1958 was a year of firsts for McQuaid Jesuit. In June, the first graduating class made its way across the Eastman Theatre stage. Later that year, the 1958 varsity football team put on its own performance, completing the first undefeated season in school history posting a 6-0 record. With a 26-point average margin of victory, the defense surrendered only 35 points all season. In contrast, the offense put up 194 points in their six wins, with fullback Mike Wolford, ’59 and halfback Mike Kanealey, ’59 accounting for 96 of those points. The total yardage gained for the season was 2,124, or 354 yards per game. As a team, the offense averaged 7.6 yards per carry. Before the Sectional era we know today, this team was the standard for which others strived.

McQuaid Invitational

In this, its 50th anniversary year, the McQuaid Invitational stands as one of the nation’s largest high school cross-country meets. For many years it has been by far the Rochester area’s largest scholastic event in any sport. From its humble beginnings in 1965, when 12 teams followed a police car through the streets of Brighton, the meet has grown to a 25-race festival that annually attracts 250 schools and more than 7,000 runners. Since 1973, its home has been Genesee Valley Park, and its reputation for great competition has spread nationwide. Three meet directors -- Bob Bradley for 37 years, the late Peter Glavin, ’80, for eight, and Todd Stewart for six -- have nurtured the Invitational and helped it attain its present prestige. Their efforts have been enthusiastically assisted over the years by thousands of McQuaid parents, alumni, faculty, and staff, all happy to be part of this annual salute to running. As one visiting coach has said, “It’s the glory of the sport!”

Class of 2014

Chris Fox, '97

Basketball

A skilled big man, blessed with a pure shooting stroke and outstanding footwork, Chris was a three-year varsity starter from 1995-97. In 1997, Chris led the Knights in scoring and guided the team to the New York State Class A title, where he was named the state tournament's Most Valuable Player. He ranks third on the all-time scoring list, amassing more than 1,500 career points. In 1995, his contributions as a sophomore helped the Knights to be 1995 Section V Class A Champions. That summer, Chris was named in national publications as one of the top 100 sophomore basketball talents in the country. Chris was a three-time member of the Democrat & Chronicle's All-Greater Rochester team, 1995-97, and was named the Player of the Year his senior season. A highly recruited basketball talent, Chris ultimately chose to play his college ball for NCAA Division I Colgate University.

Jason Jenkins, '87

Football

Jason was one of coach Tom Sprague's most versatile linemen to ever play at McQuaid Jesuit. As a junior, he anchored an offensive line that helped the football Knights reach the Class AAA Sectional final. Although the Knights were defeated in overtime against Fairport, Jenkins was voted the game's Most Outstanding Lineman.  As a senior, not only was Jenkins named captain of the team, but was named first team All-City Catholic, first team All-Greater Rochester, Super 22, and also was voted second team All-State. He continued his exemplary career at Cornell University where he was a three-year starter. As a junior, Jenkins helped the Big Red win the 1990 Ivy league Championship. In 1991, Jason was an Ivy League All-Star and Most Valuable Lineman. His play in 1991 earned him a trip to Japan to participate in the Ivy Bowl All-Star Game. A great way to wrap up his storied football career.

Chris Schiller, '95

Lacrosse

With lightning quickness and a nose for the ball, Chris Schiller helped McQuaid's fledgling lacrosse program leave its mark. In his senior season, Schiller led the Knights to their first appearance in the Section V playoffs - eight years after the program was founded as a club sport - and earned All-American status. His ascent continued at Penn State, serving as the Nittany Lions captain his senior year while being named team MVP and honorable mention All-American. A 14-year professional career in indoor and outdoor league followed with his hometown Rochester Knighthawks and the Rochester Rattlers that included league championships with each and individual accolades (MLL All-Rookie team 2002-03). The midfielder amassed 50 goals, 74 assists, and 687 ground balls during his indoor career, as well as 335 group balls during his outdoor career. He has represented his country during international competitions and in 2010, Schiller was a member of Team USA's world championship squad. He founded the Souther Select Lacrosse recruiting camp for high school players, and in the vein of 'Men for Others,' Chris partnered this organization with Operation Smile to raise money for reconstructive surgery and medical care for children born with facial deormities.

Tom Sprague

Freshman Basketball Coach, 1977 - 1996
Assistant Football Coach, 1974 - 1981
Varsity Football Coach, 1982 - 2001

Tom's soft-spoken, knowledgeable style and inimitable wit endeared him to his players through seasons both outstanding and frustrating. His teams added many memorable moments to McQuaid's football lore, highlighted by 20-18; 13-12; 20-14; and 14-13 victories over Aquinas, the last coming in 1998 when Tom's son, Brian, scored both TD's and kicked both PAT's. Under Tom, McQuaid won six City-Catholic titles, qualified for five Sectionals, and made it to the finals twice, losing two thrillers to Fairport. McQuaid also was an 8-time winner of the Roger Bunce Sportsmanship Award for the City-Catholic League, an honors that says a lot about Coach Tom Sprague.

1969 440/880 Yard Relay Team

Head Coach: Bob Bradley

Runners: Michael Pignato, '70; Ned Roland, '69; Mark Weider, '69; Mark Welt, '69

To be great, a spring relay team needs two things: speed and skill at passing the "stick." In 1969, McQuaid had that winning combination in four football players who ran track. At the Elmira Relays, their runaway 4x100 time of 43.2 on a cinder track set a school record now 45-years old. Three week later, on the new all-weather surface at R.I.T., they established the current 4x200 record of 1:29.3 in the Inter-Diocesan meet. In relays and individual events, they piled up 357 points as major contributors to an 11-1 dual-meet record, a Penn Relays victory, and five multi-school championships, adding up to one of our all-time best track and field seasons.

1981 Baseball Team

Head Coach: Tim Jordan

Players: John Altier, '82; Dave Condello, '81; Greg Cusick, '82; Mike Doyle, '82; Bruce Gitelman, '81; Mike Herbert, '81; Tim Higgins, '81; Dave Hookway, '82; Ray LeChase, '81; Peter Palermo, '81; Frank Pappalardo, '82; Larry Penazek, '82; Jim Quinlisk, '81; Pat Rogers, '81; Danny Ryan, '81, Scott Spencer, '82.

If it were not for weekend games and one defeat on senior skip day - the only loss of the year for pitcher Peter Palermo - the 1981 Knights may have gone undefeated.  Instead, finishing 22-4, the '81 club was led by future professional right-hander Palermo, future Division I ballplayer, catcher Mike Herbert, along with fellow co-captains Dan Ryan and Jim Quinlisk and a cohort of players who truly fit the label of team. Under City-Catholic league coach of the year, Tim Jordan, the squad brought home the first baseball sectional title for McQuaid in a 12-0 romp over Hilton at Silver Stadium. The irony of the victoy is that it came on a Saturday.

1999 Volleyball Team

Head Coach: Ed Waller
Assistant Coaches: Christopher Parks, '90, Mark Thomey, '89

Players: Thomas Combs, '01; Peter Dwyer, '01; Tristan Hanna, '01; Brendan Housler, '00; Dave Hunt, '00; Terry Lester, '01; David Madison, '01; Sam Marello, Peter Maxwell, '01; Hai Nguyen, '00; Brian O'Dell, '01; Dan O'Dell, '02; Christopher Riley, '01; Tom Starin, '00; Wes Stevens, '01

With an extremely talented young roster, including nine juniors and one sophomore, anchored by senior leadership and grit, and guided by future Hall of Fame Coach Ed Wwaller, the 1999 Volleyball Knights set out with a simple and specific mission: WIN SECTIONALS. A team filled with future collegiate volleyball talent, they dominated opponents and marched through the season with a devastating offense and a defense that played with the tenacious attitude of "We'll hit the floor before the ball ever will." As one of the most dominant teams in Section V history, the Knights defeated Websiter in Sectionals and Smithtown (Section 11) in Regionals, and set the standard for the program's future as they raised McQuaid Jesuit's first volelyball championship banners for Sectionals, Regionals, and States. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Class of 2013

Tom Concannon, '91

Soccer

Tim was a distinguished high school soccer player at mcQuaid Jesuit, three year Varsity starter on consecutive league championship teams, co-captain and regionally recognized as an Eastern U.S. Regional Olympic Development Program player, and selected All-East All- American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. He was a Divion I scholarship player at Bowling Green State University, a nationally ranked program where he received the Mickey Cochrane Award his senior year, an award named after the founder of the BGSU soccer program. Tim started the 'Bethune Soccer and Poetry Society,' an after school program for impoverished inner city youth in Philadelphia. He coached high school varsity boys' soccer at St. John's Jesuit in Toldeo, Ohio to two consecituve Three Rivers Athletic Confrence championships and state rankings while receiving 'Coach of the Year' award in each of his first two seasons.

Mike Felber, '01

Hockey, Lacrosse

As captain of the hockey and lacrosse teams, Mike led the Knights on the ice and the field. He was named MVP on both teams during his junior and senior seasons. As a hockey player, he led the league in scoring and was a two-time All-Star. In lacrosse, MIke was an Empire State Games Gold Medalist and, in 2001, a High School All-American. At the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike played three varsity seasons for the lacrosse team.

Marty Reasoner

Hockey

Despite playing just two seasons as a Knight - 1991-1993 - Marty scored 139 points. He later played three seasons at Boston College, leading the nation in scoring as a junior. Marty was named captain of the U.S. World Junior Team that earned  silver medal at the 1997 World Junior Tournament. Selected int he first round, 14th overall, in the 1996 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues, he had a lengthy career in the NHL and was a fan favorite for his leadership, sportsmanship, and civic involvement.

Ed Waller

Physical Education Teacher, 1970 - 2000
Volleyball Coach 1981 - 2000

A member of the Physical Education Department from 1970-2000, Waller was also a baseball, bowling, and volleyball coach. Known for his care and dedication, he demanded full effort and commitment from his students and athletes. In 1984, Ed was the pioneer coach for McQuaid's first volleyball team. He nurtured the expanding program for sixteen seasons, culminating in Sectional and State Regional titles in 1999. Ed was inducted into the McQuaid Jesuit Round Table in 2012.

1978 Football Team

Head Coach: Tom Seymour
Assistant Coaches: Tom Sprague, Frank Noce

Players: John M. Allen, '81; Michael W. Andrews, '80; Vincent A. Balamonte II, '79; Vincent P. Biehler, '81; Brian F. Cawley, '79; John A. Celentani, '79; PhilipC. Ciufo Jr., '79; Charles M. Davis, '80; Paul J. DeNoon, '80; Daniel E. Geen, '81; Daniel F. Gefell, '80; Thomas K. Gehan, '80; William G. Gibbons, 79; Charles T. Graham, '79; Vaun P. Grattet, '79; Damien Harvey, '80; Christopher A. Heier, '80; John J. Jenkins, '79; Charles B. Keegan, '81; Mark Kelley, '80; Philip J. Lanzatella, '79; Reed C. Lifka, '81; Welling G. Lifka Jr., '79; Michael T. Mietelski, '80; Kevin F. Peartree, '80; Joseph D. Picciotti, '80; Hugh P. Quinn, '79; Craig D. Rice, '79; James T. Ritzenthaler, '80; David B. Roberson, '79; Lemuel A. Rogers III, '79; Michael J. Rogers, '79; Lou Sampietro; Raymond C. Schey, '79; Thomas R. Schott, '79; Donald P. Seymour, '79; Brian K. Shaw, '79; Christopher B. Sheehey, '81; Robert J. Sturgeon, '79; Mark A. Tallo, '80; Robert J. Tripp, '80; Christopher T. Whipple, '79; Arthur J. Wlochowski, '80; James E. Yurgealitis, '80; Paul L. Zimmer, '79

Led by tri-captains Chuck Graham, Welling Lifka, and Dave Roberson, the 1978 Black Knights had won 7 games by a combined score of 182-58 to rank among McQuaid's all-time best. But their one loss, a 9-0 stunner to Aquinas, did not sit well, and the first-ever football Sectionals offered redemption. On a chilly Sunday afternoon at Hollender Stadium, the Knights responded with a 19-17 thriller over the Little Irish for the Class AAA title. Coach Seymour delivered a fiery haltime oration, Chris Heier ran for 174 yards and a TD, and Graham added two more. Vince Balamonte's end zone interception in the final seconds clinched one of McQuaid's finest days on the gridiron.

2003 Basketball Team

Head Coach: Joe Marchese, '68
Assistant Coaches: Michael R. Montesano, '91, Jack Ruppert

Players: Daniel P. Bauman, '03; David P. Christian, '04; Jack R. Leasure, '04; Justin J. Magee, '03; Conor P. O'Neil, '04; Corey R. O'Neill, '04; Martin J. Sullivan, '03; James A. O'Sullivan, '04; Ryan D. Patinella, '03; Tyler R. Relph, '03; Matthew D. Schwalm, '04; Andrew J. Struble, '04; Ronald C. Thomas, '03; Stephen J. Whelan, '04

Led by a linup of seniors from the state runner-up squad, the 2002-2003 Knights went 27-1 behind four future Division I players and rose as high as No. 2 in the USA Today's National High School Poll. The '03 Knights gave McQuaid basketball its eighth Sectional title and also captured its third State Basketball Crown - the first Section V team to accomplish the feat.

Class of 2012

James R. DeBloom, '91

Football, Basketball

Jim played baseketball and football all four years at McQuaid, but it was in the latter sport that he achieved exceptional excellence. Tri-captain of the 1990 squad under Coaches Tom Sprague and Frank Noce, Jim's prowess at offensive tackle earned him first-team All-Greater Rochester and second team All-State honors. His classroom efforts brought him the ROTC Scholar-Athlete Award and his McQuaid peers voted him Knight of the Year in 1991. His football success continued for the Crimson of Harvard, where, while carrying a pre-med major, he won varsity letters as a lineman all four years, along with scholar-athlete awards in 1993 and 1994.

Fr. James J. Fischer, S.J.

McQuaid Jesuit President, 1992 - 2003
McQuaid Jesuit Chancellor, 2003 - 2012

Whether preparing hot chocholate at the concession stand, basking or shivering in the stands at countless games of all kinds, presiding over award presentations at the McQuaid Invitational, attending team banquets, or celebrating pre-game Mass for McQuaid athletes, Fr. Fischer was a constant presence in McQuaid's sports endeavors for 20 years. Added to his previous presidencies at St. Peter's and Regis, his McQuaid tenure made him the spectator champion of the Society. As he would say, "a lifetime of victories." The Athletic Hall of Fame committee is happy to welcome his as "McQuaid's Most Faithful Fan." Thank you, Fr. Fischer!

Peter E. Glavin, '80

Cross-Country, Track

Pete Glavin (1962-2010) was born to be a distance runner. During his five years at McQuaid he developed into one of Section V's finest in all three seasons and set McQuaid 300m and 3200m records that still stand. After an All-Conference distance career at Rutgers, Pete became on of the Rochester area's best runners, breaking 30 minutes for 10k and winning the 1991 Jacksonville, FL Marathon in 2:26:18, fastest yet by a McQuaid Alumnus. Pete spent the last 20 years of his life not onlt running but also organizing and directing all kinds of cross-country and track meets and road races, most notably the Upstate NY Cross-Country series, the Lilac Festival 10k, and the McQuaid Invitational (2002-2009). He also co-founded the Genesee Valley Harriers, Rochester's top running club. In 2009, Pete received the USA Cross-Country Council Award of Merit for his service and dedication to the sport.

Peter S. Palermo, '81

Baseball

His pitching and hitting sparked a talented McQuaid team to its first Section V championship, highlighting Coach Tim Jordan's career. In the decisive 12-0 win over Hilton, Pete pitched a 10-strikeout one-hitter and went 5-for-5 at the plate. Team MVP in 1980 and 1981. His senior season included a 12-1 record, with 5 one-hitters, 118 strikeouts in 97 innings, .079 ERA, and a .391 batting average. Pete continued his success in college, earning All-Conference honors as pitcher and DH for Jacksonville University. Pitched professionally up to AA ball in the Baltimore Orioles system from 1985-1989. Also pitched in the Mexican League in 1989.

Bob Zoeke, '84

Wrestling

Bob's intensity, ability, and love for the sport made him the consummate wrestler and athlete. First of Coach John Roselli's wrestlers to top 100 career wins (111-10) and earn a Division I scholarship (V.M.I.). Section V champions in 1983 and 1984. All-Greater Rochester in 1983 and 1984. Second place at States in 1984. His passion for wrestling made him an invaluable resource for McQuaid's program. After attending off-season camps and clinics, he brought the latest techniques back to his coach and teammates. Wrestled 3 years Division I and one year Division III, posting a collegiate record of 91-20. Was runner-up at 118 lbs. for St. Lawrence University at the 1990 Division III Championships.

1963 Football Team

Head Coach: Thomas R. Seymour
Assistant Coach: Frank S. Noce

Players: Kenneth R. Battaglia, '64; John A. Bernunzio, '65; Anthony W. Binsack, '64; Vincent G. Bosso, '64; Thomas M. Brennan, '64; Gerald W. Bunce, '65; David Coiro, '64; James A. Comparato, '65; Joseph P. Connellan, '64; Robert C. DeBeer, '65; Richard A. Deleguardia, '65; Charles M. Drexel, '64; Michael B. Greco, '64; William J. Hassett, '65; Mark L. Hobson, '65; Gerald J. Honadle, '65; Edward Iles, '64; George Imes, '64; George Jesien, '64; Anthony G. Laglia, '65; Stephen P. Mayka, '64; Daniel J. McManus, '65; Michael J. Meteyer, '65; Joseph E. Miller, '64; James P. Nakas, '64; Gerald R. Nasella, '65; William Oestreich, '64; Dennis A. Pilato, '65; Michael Spiegel, '65; John G. Vella, '64; George Vito, '64; Daniel R. Wegman, '65; J. Michael Zabkar, '64

In just the second year of the long-running success story of Coaches Tom Seymour and Frank Noce, the Knights produced an undefeated season, winning all 8 games. In the years before the City-Catholic League, they were surely the most traveled of all mcQuaid football teams, leaving their marks on gridirons all over Western and Central New York and, on a memorable snowy night, in the mud of Bradford, PA, co-captained by Jim Nakas and Jo Miller, the team featured four running backs who averaged 6 yards a carry, led by workhorse fullback Tom Brennan, and a wiry quarterback in Dick Deleguardia. A tenacious defence limited opponents to just 8 points a game. Many of these players returned in 1964 to play key roles in the historic 14-13 win over Aquinas in the first-ever McQ-AQ varsity game.

1978-79 Hockey Team

Head Coach: Bob Pedersen
Assistant Coach: Robert Schwartz

Players: John M. Altier, '82; Thomas A. Baglio, '79; Donald J. Bergmann, '79; Craig S. Bower, '80; Thomas D. Frisina, '81; James M. Herzog, '81; John M. Herzog, '79; Mark A. Howard, '80; Vincent Timothy Keegan Jr., '79; Timothy Keelan, '82; James R. Kelliher, '79; Timothy J. Kelliher, '80; Dwight G. Kitchen, '80; James D. Post, '80; Michael H. Post, '80; John A. Shane, '79; Michael P. Shane, '80; Anthony F. Solazzo, '79; John R. Taillie, '79.

Manager: William S. Post, '82.
Scorer: Stephan P. Michener, '79

First McQuaid team to win and to sweep the Monroe County Hockey League regular season and playoff championships. Coached by Hall-of-Famer Bob Pedersen, assisted by the late Bob Schwartz, this tight-knit mix of experience and youth skated to McQuaid's first-ever undefeated season (22-0-1). With all three lines capable of scoring, their explosive offense produced 176 goals while their defenseman and goalies allowed 32. At season's end, nine McQuaid men merited All-Star honors, Bob Pedersen was Coach of the Year, and the team was the first from this area to earn a NY State ranking, finishing fourth. McQuaid Jesuit was on the New York hockey map to stay.

Class of 2011

William Bruckel, '63

Track

Bill left his name on five McQuaid records - 100, 220, 440, and two sprint relays. He was a three-time Heptagonal Champion in '66 and '67 and IC4A 440 winner in '66. He captained the Cornell team in 1967 and anchored the mile relay to All-American honors in a third place NCAA time of 3:06.9 that remains Cornell's oldest track record. In 1968, Bill made it to the Olympic Trials 200m finals and finished sixth, despite tying the then-Olympic record of 20.3 in a race described as "the fastest 200 ever run." He was inducted into Cornell's Hall of Fame in 1998.

Michael J. Doyle, '82

Hockey

Dubbed by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle "The Wayne Gretsky of local high school hockey," Mike played on McQuaid's first ever Section V championship team, then captained the Knights to a second Sectional title in 1982, leading the league in scoring (38 goals and 42 assists) and earning MVP in the championship game. Mike graduated from McQuaid as its all-time leading scorer with 79 goals, 79 assists, and 158 points for his career. Also captained the baseball team his senior year. Helped RIT hocket to its first ever NCAA Division III championship in 1985.

J. Robert Pedersen

Hockey Coach, 1968 - 1971, 1977 - 1984

Coach Pedersen led the formation of a hockey program at McQuaid in 1968-69 through 1970-71 and, returned to lead the program to prominence from 1977 through 1984. Coach Pedersen compiled a 160-31-12 record in 10 seasons at McQuaid. His teams won three Section V titles (1979-80; 1981-82; 1983-84) and achieved the program's only undefeated season in 1978-79, part of an amazing 43-game unbeaten streak. His overall Section V record was 203-71 in 16 seasons. Coach Pedersen is a member of the N.Y.S.H.S. Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame.

Michael F. Ryan, '70

Football, Basketball, Baseball

An outstanding all-around athlete who captained the football, basketball, and baseball teams his senior year. He was named to All-Catholic teams for all three sports that same year and won McQuaid's Sportsmanship Award. Became Monroe Community College's first two-time baseball All-American in 1972 and 1973. Won the National Junioe College Athletic Association Batting Championship with a .444 average in 1973. MCC's Athlete of the Year in 1973. Captain of MCC's 1973 baseball team which was ranked second nationally. Captained Cornell baseball in 1975 and led the team in home runs and RBIs.

Byron C. Schneider, '89

Volleyball

McQuaid's first dominant volleyball player. Named team MVP and to the Section V Volleyball All-Tournament team in 1989. Part of the 1990 AAU National Championship Team for BOys 18-under division. Played at Penn State and helped the Nittany Lions capture their first NCAA Men's Volleyball National Championship in 1994 and was a member of the all-tournament team. Named GTE First Team Academic All-American and Academic All-American of the Year for At-Large Sports in 1994. Member of the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Thomas R. Schott, '79

Football, Basketball, Baseball

A three-sport athlete who defined what it meant to be a Knight both on and off the field. Captain of the basketball and baseball teams his senior year, helped the Knights win their first Section V football title in 1978. Knight of the Year and McQuaid Jesuit Sportsmanship Award winner in 1979. Also City of Rochester Stadium Club Student-Athlete of the Year. Went on to Canisius College where he was captain and MVP of the football team, all ECAC 1983, and Academic All-American in 1982 and 1983. One of only five NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship winners in 1983. Inducted into the Canisius Hall of Fame in 1994.

1975 Two Mile Relay Team

Head Coach: Bob Bradley

Runners: John E. Farrell, '75; Thomas F. Horton, '76; Timothy L. Lawrence, '75; Thomas L. Lott, '76

These four combined their individual talents for greatness as a two-mile relay team and brough McQuaid its first state championships, rewriting the school, Section V, and NYSPHSAA record books. Indoors, they were sectional and state champions and took second at the Easter States meet. Outdoors, they swept all three championships. Thirty six years later, their school and Section V records of 7:52.0 indoors and 7:45.5 outdoors still stand. In 1975, those times ranked the team in the top three nationally.
 

1988 Basketball Team

Head Coach: Joseph L. Marchese, '68

Assistant Coaches: Larry Leon, Erik P. Nikodem, '85

Players: Jon P. Brady, '88; Thomas H. Cahill, '89; Daniel J. Caverly, '89; James J. Gangemi, '88; Jeff Givens, '88; Drew F. Henderson, '89; John E. Kelly, '88; Scott G. Martzloff, '88; J. Matthew Parrinello, '89; Q. Douglas Spiegel, '88; Ryan S. Sutter, '89; William S. Thomas, '89; Reginald L. Wade, '89; Gregory S. Woodard, '88

Mangers:  Bradley R. Davis, '88; Michael J. Feszczyszyn, '89; John A. Jeffery, '88

With a front line of Martzloff (6'11''), Henderson (6'8''), and Woodard (6'7'') and two expert guards in Kelly and Gangemi, plus a talented bench, the 1988 KNights were destined for greatness. After a 59-57 Sectional win over Webster, they advanced to the State Class A final against Liverpool, who had earlier beaten them, 74-73. This time, a late-game spurt earned McQuaid a 77-67 victory and its first state basketball championship. They were voted into the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2009, the only high school basketball team to be so honored.

Class of 2009

Neil J. Brophy, '79

Swimming

A powerful, driven, and persistent athlete. Among the best swimmers in Section V history. Won the New York State title in the 500 freestyle in 1979. Broke the Section V 400 record with a 4:41.95. Still holds school record. Led his Knights to four City-Catholic titles. Received scholarship to Clemson. Won give Atlantic Coast Conference titles in the 200, 500, and 1650 freestyle. Named All-American in 1982. Won two national championships in U.S. Masters Swimming in 2002 and 2008. Named to the 50th Anniversary All-ACC team.

Nicholas T. Combs, '69

Football, Basketball, Baseball

A versatile student-athlete. Earned nine varsity letters, three each in football, basketball, and baseball. Captained basketball team as a junior and senior. A key contributor on 1968 Catholic Football League title team. Named to several All-Catholic teams. A 1969 Greater Rochester All-Star and All-County basketball player. Recorded school-record 33 rebounds in a game. Showed hustle, team dedication, and leadership. Recipient of McQuaid Jesuit Sportsmanship Award in 1969. Played basketball and baseball for Army.

Christopher T. Horton, '73

Cross-Country, Track

An athlete with a long stride and effortless style. Best miler in Section V history. His 2nd-place 4:09 at the Golden West meet in Sacramento still stands as the sectional record. Also won at Loucks Games, Easterns, and All-American meet at Drake U. Anchored many relay wins in top competitions. Directed McQuaid Jesuit to City-Catholic and diocesan championships in 1973. Member of Brandeis Hall of Fame. Won the NCAA Div. III title for the 1500 meter run in 1976 with a 3:46.9. Competed in 1980 Olympic Trials.

John G. Kircher, '77

Golf

One of Rochester's greatest golfers, featuring a blend of distance, accuracy, confidence, and tenacity. Won Section V title in 1976 and 1977. Won International Junior Masters in 1975. A three-time winner of the RDGA John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial Championship. Qualified and competed in U.S. Amateur, U.S. Mid-Amateur, and British Amateur. Received scholarship to Auburn. Named Press-Radio Club Amateur Athlete of the Year in 1990. RDGA Player of the Year in 2000 and 2006. Elected to Frontier Field Walk of Fame.

Joseph L. Machese, '68

Basketball Coach, 1986 - 2005

A determined coach, teacher, and administrator. Pioneer principal for McQuaid Jesuit's middle school. Led his Knights to a 306-142 record, three state titles, and eight Section V titles. Named NYS Coach of the Year in 2003. A two-time All-Greater Rochester and Section V Coach of the Year. His 2003 team ranked 7th nationally in USA Today. One his Knights said, "Coach had an ability to teach us and make us better men. His dedication and his love for McQuaid were unwavering."

Frank S. Noce

Football Coach, 1957 - 1996

An imposing yet beloved teacher and coach. Passionate, caring, and devoted to his math students, his football linemen, and his Catholic faith. Inspired his Knights to academic and athletic achievement. He and Tom Seymour were synonymous with McQ's golden football years of the 1960's and 1970's, featuring three undefeated seasons. Died in 1999. One player said, "He was fully involved with his students, hoping to form in them the minds and bodies of men. Real men. Christian men. Dedicated men."

John H. Ryan, '80

Golf

Among Rochester's most gifted golfers. A gentle person with an unassuming presence that belied his competitiveness. Only player to win RDGA Sub-Junior, Junior, and Men's Championships as a teenager. Won Section V title in 1978 with 18 pars. Won NYS Jr. title in 1978 and Intl. Jr. Masters in 1979. AJGA All-American. Ranked No. 9 nationally among junior golfers by Golf Digest. Full golf scholarship to Duke. Top-10 in 1981 ACC Championships. Life and career cut short in 1982 boating accident.

Charles L. Schott, '75

Football, Basketball, Baseball

A disciplined athlete who perserverance and leadership elevated his team. Captained football, basketball, and baseball. Led football KNights to a 14-2 mark in 1973 and 1974. Kicked Section V record 47-yard field goal in an 8-1 1974 season that led to the first City-Catholic title and No. 1 in the Times-Union poll. Made T-U Super-22 and NYS All-Star teams. Voted Knight of the Year. Received McQuaid Jesuit Sportsmanship Award. Elected to Section V Football Hall of Fame. Two-time All-American, Academic All-American, and team captain at Army.

Michael A. Scott, '85

Football, Wrestling, Track

A multi-talented, compact athlete whose strength, speed, and agility made him an outstanding running back, wrestler, sprinter, and long-jumper. Led his football Knights to a 16-3 mark in 1983 and 1984, two City-Catholic titles, and the 1984 Class AAA final. He rushed for more than 2,400 yards. Made Time-Union Super-22 team in 1983 and 1984. Won 1985 Section V wrestling title at 138 pounds. Voted Knight of the Year. Played for Ithaca. Helped Ithaca win 1988 Division III title. Member of Ithaca Athletic Hall of Fame.

Class of 2008

Robert J. Bradley

Cross-Country & Track Coach, 1962 - 2006

An outstanding coach and teacher with an ability to bring out the best in athletes. Led his Knights to two state titles, 19 Section V cross-country and track championships, plus numerous individual and relay honors in sectional, state, and national meets. Founded McQuaid Invitational, among the nation's finest cross-country meets. Co-founder of high school indoor track in Rochester. Inspired countless students in athletics, faith, and life. Taught perseverance, integrity, discipline, and respect for others.

Mark E. Doyle, '85

Hockey

A player who could do it all on the ice. Blended an exceptional combination of speed, size, strength, finesse, and scoring touch. One of the fastest skaters, hardest hitters, and most accurate shooters and passers in Monroe County league history. McQuaid Jesuit's all-time leading scorer and one of Section V's career scoring leaders. Led Knights to a 65-2-5 regular-season record, four regular-season league titles, and two Section V championships.

Eric Kendrick

Cross-Country, Track

A soft-spoken, highly motivated athlete who became one of the most versatile runners in Rochester history. Led the Knights in eight different events. Captain of the cross-country and track teams. The only Section V runner to win the Penn Relays Mile. The only three-time Diocesan and Jesuit Schools champion. Set numerous Section V, U of R Field House, and Syracuse Manley Field House indoor records. Set 880-yard and mile Section V outdoor records. Voted Knight of the Year.

Joseph E. Miller, '64

Football, Basketball, Baseball

A versatile athlete who exhibited outstanding leadership, exceptional dedication, and a sharp mind for the game. Among the top three-sport athletes in school history. Four-year varsity baseball starter. Helped lead McQuaid Jesuit to an 8-0 football mark in 1963. True team player who commanded the respect of his peers. named football, basketball, and baseball captain. Voted Knight of the Year. Played baseball at Le Moyne College and received pro contract from Kansas City Royals.

George Monagan

AD, Soccer & Basketball Coach, 1954 - 1962

McQuaid Jesuit's first lay teacher and coach who set the standard for athletics. A consummate gentleman and epitome of class and sportsmanship. D&C columnist George Beahon wrote, "Monagan builds character first and victories second. His measure of success in athletic competition is almost incredible. Still it remains secondary to his contributions to youth that never appear in the trophy locker." Continued his pioneer work in a much-honored career at Monroe Community College.

John W. Roselli, '60

Wrestling Coach, 1964 - 1987

A revered teacher, coach, and disciplinarian. His passion and ability to draw out the maximum efforts from his athletes led his Knights to more than 200 victories and 15 City-Catholic League titles. Named 1979 Section V Coach of the Year. Inducted into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame. One of his Knights said, "He was a great, compassionate teacher who always had time for his students and went out of his way to help them all. He kept in touch with many long after they graduated."

Richard G. Salamone, '76

Wrestling

A strong, quick, intense, and smart competitor. His dedication to training and technique made him one of the most accomplished Section V wrestlers. Became the first Catholic school wrestler to win Section V and New York State championships. Wrestled at Bucknell University at 118 pounds. Won the U.S. Freestyle national championship seven times and served as a two-time U.S. Olympic team alternate. Coached at Bucknell and Penn State. Inducted into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Thomas R. Seymour

Football Coach, 1962 - 1981

A coach and teacher with an authoritative voice and a knack for motivating young men. Coached Knights to a 24-game win streak from 1974 to 1976 and top ranking in the final Times-Union poll in 1974 and 1975. Named 1974 Coach of the Year. Won one Section V title, and five City-Catholic League titles. Recorded 121 career wins at McQuaid and Fairfield Prep (Conn.). One of his Knights said, "Not only a great football coach, but a teacher of character, sportsmanship, and faith in God."

Thomas L. Sheehey, '83

Basketball

A fiercely competitive big man who became one of the most dominating players in Section V basketball history. Featured a lethal combination of scoring and defense. broke Al Butler's 26-year-old City-Catholic League scoring record. Four-year All-Greater Rochester first-team selection. Led his Knights to a 45-14 record from 1980 to 1983. Played at Virginia. Drafted in the fourth round of NBA Draft by the Boson Celtics. Played 12 years of professional basketball in Europe and South America.

William "Brad" Sumner, '89

Indoor Track, Outdoor Track

An unassuming, yet prodigious athlete who became the greatest middle-distance runner in Section V history. Holds Section V indoor records in 600-, 1,000-, and 1,500-meter runs, and outdoor record for 800- and 1,500-meter runs. Set national high school record for indoor 600-meter run. Anchored 3,200-meter relay teams that won two national indoor, three Eastern States, and two state outdoor championships. Voted Knight of the Year. Ran for Villanova and competed in Olympic Trials twice.

Robert R. Thomas, '70

Football, Soccer

A competitor with extraordinary athletic ability, intellect, and faith. Played two years of football and four years of soccer. Participated in both in same season. Kicked McQuaid Jesuit's first FG, a 45-yarder that was a Section V record. Walked on at Notre Dame. Made the game-winning kick in 1973 Sugar Bowl, making ND national champion. Played 12 years in the NFL, including 10 seasons with the Chicago Bears. Third-leading scorer in Bears history. Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

Greg Woodard, '88

Basketball

A skilled and dedicated technician with a textbook shot and calm demeanor. One of the greatest deadeye scorers in Section V basketball history. Led the Knights to a 55-16 record from 1986 to 1988, including 47 wins his junior and senior seasons. helped Knights win a New York State title and two Section V titles. Two-time sectional MVP. Voted Knight of the Year. Played at Villanova and professionally in Europe for four years. Named Big East Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1991.

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