Mastic Beach, NY - December 1, 2014 - On Saturday, December 6, the William Floyd School District in collaboration with the William Floyd Alumni Association will hold its eighth annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction, where they will honor five former standout William Floyd student-athletes, a team, a coach and a community member. The festivities will be held in the William Floyd High School junior-senior cafeteria beginning with a 12 pm luncheon, followed by introduction of the honorees at the Colonial Tip-Off Basketball Tournament in the John Pidgeon Gymnasium.
This year’s class consists of the 1972 cross country team, the first State Champions from William Floyd (Team Award); Dan Nolan, head coach of the 1983 League Champion varsity wrestling team (Coach Award); Martin Johnson, Commissioner of the Mastic Sports Soccer Club (Community Award); and five individual athletes: Paul Casciano (1970), baseball; George Mondi (1982), soccer; Matt Miller (2002), football/lacrosse; Joe Johnson (2008), football; and Nicole Capella (2009), softball.
Members of the State Champion 1972 cross country team include head coach Frank LaBianca and team members Art Anderson, Dave Greco, Ron Temperino, Charles Keller, Marty Hansen, Fred Blumenauer and Dan Rudek.
This year’s class joins the ranks of 48 individual athletes, four coaches, three honorary recipients and seven championship teams, including the 1962 baseball team, the 1969 boys cross country team, the 1987 bowling team, the 1991 softball team, the 1994 boys basketball team, the 2001 football team and the 2002 wrestling team.
“The Athletic Hall of Fame induction is a way to honor the accomplishments of the best student athletes to ever don the green and white,” said Mark Mensch, Athletic Director, William Floyd School District. “Through their accomplishments, these five individual athletes, the team, coach and community recipients, all bring great pride and inspiration to our current student athletes.”
To be considered for this honor, nominees must be alumni of William Floyd High School and have exhibited both excellence and sportsmanship in wearing the Colonial green and white. They also must have graduated from William Floyd at least five years ago. The annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony, sponsored by the William Floyd Alumni Association, is designed to recognize former outstanding athletes and role models of the past while strengthening the bonds between the community, the district and its alumni.
The cost to attend the luncheon is $35 per person, children six to 12 cost $17 and children under six are free. For further information, please call (631) 874-1201 or click here.
Pictured Right: The 1972 State Champion cross country team – William Floyd’s first state championship team.
A collage of the William Floyd Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 (clockwise from top left) Nicole Capella, Paul Casciano (center), Matt Miller, Dan Nolan, George Mondi (left), Joe Johnson, Nicole Capella, Dan Nolan and the 1983 League Champion wrestling team, Martin Johnson, Paul Casciano, Martin Johnson, Matt Miller and in the center the 1972 cross country team.
Additional photos of the William Floyd Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2014 are available here at the William Floyd School District flickr account.