Athletic Hall of Fame
Victor Central School District is seeking nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame Program. Any individual can nominate a potential candidate by completing a Hall of Fame nomination application. Through nomination and committee selection, the VCS Athletic Hall of Fame will recognize individuals who fall under any of the following categories:
- Athletes: Individuals who were athletes in the Victor Senior High School and have been graduated a minimum of ten years.
- Coaches: Individuals who have made a significant and extraordinary contribution to the Victor Athletic program.
- Honorary: An honorary candidate must have made a significant impact on Victor athletics and/or on sectional, regional, state, national, professional, administration or international levels of athletes. The honorary category may include but not be limited to counselors, faculty managers, scoreboard/book operators, cheerleading coaches, as well as local community supporters.
Inductees will be chosen by the VCS Hall of Fame Committee which is comprised of eight voting members representing coaching staff, administration, Board of Education, students and/or community residents. The Athletic Director will serve as a permanent member of the Committee.
The Hall of Fame was established in order to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and Blue Devil supporters. Through recognition, those individuals and their families will be reconnected with Victor Central School providing current student athletes with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the history of Blue Devil athletes. Honorees selected for the Athletic Hall of Fame will be announced in the Fall of each school year along with an announcement of the planned celebration event.
For more information on the Athletic Hall of Fame program, please contact Duane Weimer, VCS Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at (585) 924-3252, ext. 1461.
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- Billy Bowe, Class of 1982
- Marcha Loopman Carey, Class of 1989
- Trevor Dupont, Class of 2003
- Jeff Emrich, Class of 1997
- Tom Mandara, Teacher and Coach
Billy Bowe, Class of 1982
Billy Bowe was a three sport athlete at VCS, making his mark in football, basketball and baseball. In 1982 he was named to the First Team All-League in basketball and Second Team All-League in football and baseball. During his senior year, Bowe was named Captain in all three sports. He was chosen MVP in basketball during his junior and senior seasons and MVP in baseball his senior year. Upon graduating from VCS, Bowe attended Cortland State University where he played basketball for one year and Alfred State University where he played basketball for two years and was the all-time assist leader. Bowe’s athleticism in high school and college translated to a successful coaching career. He was the VCS freshman basketball coach from 1998 to 2000 and the JV coach from 2001-2004 during which his record was a stellar 49-9. Bowe has coached at various levels of semi-professional and modified level sports for 32 years. At Brockport State University he was the third winningest coach, a SUNYAC champion, coached teams to the NCAA tournament three times and was the Coach of the Year two times. At Canandaigua, he was the All-Time Winningest baseball coach, coached teams to two Section V Championships, four League titles and was named Coach of the Year three times. At McQuaid, he earned a Section V title, three League Championship titles, was Coach of the Year three times and was the tenth coach ever in Section V history to reach 300 wins. Bowe was also a coach in the Empire State Games from 1998 to 2008. At this level, he earned two gold medals, two silver medals and 2 bronze medals. Professionally, Bowe has taken on many leadership roles off the fields and courts. He was the Finger Lakes Baseball League Chairman from 1995 to 2004; the Assistant Section V Baseball Coordinator from 2003 to 2011 and 2016 to present; the Section V Baseball Coordinator from 2012 to 2015, the Sectional V Girls Basketball Official and State Representative from 2008 to present and a Board Member for Central Western Girls Basketball Officials from 2016 to present.
Marsha Loopman Carey, Class of 1989
Marsha Loopman Carey achieved excellence in three VCS sports: swimming and diving, track and field and gymnastics. On the swimming and diving team (1987 to 1989), she was a diver, swam the 50 and 100 Free and competed in relays. In this sport, she was a Finger Lakes League Champion in the 1M Diving, a First Team Finger Lakes League selection in 1987, 1988 and 1989, held numerous school and pool records in the Finger Lakes League, was a Section V finalist in various diving and swimming events, was a State Qualifier from 1987 to 1989 and was a Team Captain.
Loopman-Carey’s Track and Field career (1986 to 1989), was equally impressive. She was the Finger Lakes League Champion in the 400 and 100 hurdles in 1989, a First Team Finger Lakes League selection in 1988 and 1989, a Section V Individual Champion in the pentathlon in 1988 and 1989, and a State Qualifier from 1986 to 1989.
Loopman-Carey not only soared in swimming and diving and track and field, but also, gymnastics. From 1986 to 1989 she competed in both individual and all around events, earning her MVP status in both.
In her senior year, Loopman-Carey was the recipient of the Senior Athletic award for being the most outstanding female athlete in her grade.
After graduating from VCS, Loopman-Carey attended Binghamton University where she was on the swimming and diving team from 1989 to 1993. There, she achieved school and pool records in the 1M and 3M diving events, was a SUNYAC finalist from 1989 to 1993, an NCAA Division III contestant in 1992 and 1993 and a team captain. From 1990 to 1991, Loopman-Carey was also on the Binghamton University track and field team where she competed in the 400 Hurdles event.
Post competition, Loopman-Carey was an avid diving coach for Division 1 Canisius College from 1995 to 1996, Corning East High School in 1997 and Pittsford Schools from 1999 to 2003 and in 2017.
Trevor DuPont, Class of 2003
Lacrosse and football were the cornerstone sports of Trevor DuPont’s prestigious VCS athletic career. He was a member of the first VCS teams to ever win sectional titles in football and lacrosse.
As a midfield player for the VCS lacrosse team from 2001 to 2003, DuPont earned two Class B Section V titles and was a 2003 All-Tournament Team selection.
From 2001 to 2003, DuPont was a linebacker/running back for the Varsity Football team. In 2002, he was named to the Class A First Team All State. In 2002, he was also named the Defensive Player of the Game at Sectional finals. Other football accolades earned by DuPont included First Team All Greater Rochester, First Team All Finger Lakes East and a member of the 2002 Section V Championship title team.
DuPont holds the VCS football record for career rushing yards (3,365), 282 points, 47 touchdowns, and 24 touchdowns for a season.
After graduating from VCS, DuPont attended the University of Albany where he was a four year varsity letter winner in football and an All Conference selection in 2007.
Jeff Emrich, Class of 1997
Jeff Emrich enjoyed a prestigious three sport career at VCS in volleyball, basketball and baseball.
Emrich played volleyball for VCS for six years. In 1996 and 1997 he had the most kills in a game in a single season. For three years (1995 to 1997) he was named First Team All County and First Team Sectionals. In 1996 and 1997 he was named First Team All State. In 1997, Emrich was also on the State Championship team and named the New York State Volleyball MVP. That same year, he was named the Empire State Games MVP.
For six years, Emrich was a pitcher for Victor baseball. In 1997, he had the most wins in a single season (13). For three years (from 1995 to 1997) he was named First Team All County and First Team Sectionals. In 1996 and 1997, Emrich was named First Team All State. In addition, he was a captain for American Legion baseball. During collegiate play, Emrich led the nation in ERA for Division 1 Junior College. At Mansfield University, he also achieved one collegiate no-hitter.
Aside from volleyball and baseball, Emrich played basketball for VCS for three years.
Other athletic accomplishments Emrich achieved post VCS included being a member of the Professinoal Golf Association (PGA) for five years. He turned professional in 2004. Emrich was also the head golf professional for TPC Piper Glen for four years.
Emrich also made national headlines in volleyball. In 1995-1996 he was an alternate on the Junior Olympic National team. In 1997, he competed in Junior Olympics volleyball. That same year, he was also named First Team All American at Volleyball East Coast Nationals.
Tom Mandara, Teacher and Coach
Former VCS physical education teacher and coach, Tom Mandara was a force inside and outside of the classroom. Prior to coming to VCS, Mandara graduated from Gates Chili High School where he was the 1973 Monroe County Wrestling Champion in the 119 lb. category. After graduating from Gates Chili, Mandara was a four year wrestling letterman and NCAA qualifier at Ashland University.
As the VCS Varsity Boys Soccer coach from 1981 to 1988, Mandara led the team to the 1983 Finger Lakes Championship. He was also the Modified Soccer coach from 1988 to 1993.
Mandara’s coaching career in wrestling is long and storied. From 1977 to 1978, he was the Varsity Wrestling coach at Charlotte High School. From 1978 to 1979 Mandara was the Varsity Wrestling coach at Monroeville High School in Monroeville, Ohio and from 1979 to 1981 he was the Junior High Wrestling coach at Harding Junior High School in Steubenville, Ohio. In 1981, Mandara came to Victor Central Schools. From 1981 to 1988, he was the Varsity Wrestling assistant/JV coach with a 73-26 record. From 1988 to 2000, he was the Victor Varsity Wrestling coach with a 110-84 record. From 2002 to 2004, Mandara was the Modified coach for Canandiagua. From 2008 to 2012 he was the Modified coach for Victor Junior High School and from 2013 to 2018 he was the JV Wrestling coach for Victor Senior High School.
Mandara’s VCS coaching career includes twenty five Section V Champions, eight Super Sectional Championships and seven State winners. He was also the Section V Class B Wrestling Chairman from 1994 to 1997.
Kelley Northup-Moore, Class of 1998
Kelley Northup-Moore’s VCS swimming career spanned five successful years, from 1993 to 1998. During this time she garnered multiple honors including six individual Class B Sectional Titles: 1994 -100 Breast, 1995 – 500 Free, 1995 – 200 Individual Medley and 500 Free and 1997 – 200 Individual Medley and 100 Breast. In addition to her Sectional wins Northup-Moore was a five time Class B Sectional Relay Champion, a Finger Lakes League Champion and First Team All League athlete nineteen times with ten Individual and nine Relay titles!
From 1994 to 1997 she qualified for States in two individual events and in 1996 she was a State Champion in the 200 Individual Medley event. In the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 seasons she was the recipient of the Ross Nelson Outstanding Swimmer Award at the Finger Lakes League Championship. During the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 seasons she was also honored with the Section V Class B Outstanding Swimmer Award. At the end of the 1997-1998 season she was also awarded the George Miller Senior Award at the Finger Lakes League Championship. That same year she earned the Aquatic Leaders Scholarship Award. After VCS, Northup-Moore took her swimming talents to St. Bonaventure University where she swam from 1998 to 2002. From 1998 to 1999 she participated in the NCAA Youth Education through Sports swimming clinic. During her 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 seasons she was an All-Conference selection. In 2001-2002 she was also named an Atlantic 10 Champion in the 1650 Freestyle event. In 2012 Northup-Moore was inducted into the New York State Section V Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kyle Heath, Class of 2004
Kyle Heath made his mark on the running world both at the Victor Senior High School and Syracuse University. While at VCS he was a twelve time Section V Champion, a fourteen time Finger Lakes Region Champion and the 2004 Cross Country State Champion. He also holds the school record for the 3200m, 1600m and 4x800m events. At Syracuse University, Heath’s athletic prowess continued to dominate. There, he was a two time Division 1 All American in the 3000m Steeplechase, the Syracuse University record holder in the 1 mile, 3K, distance medley and 1 mile and 3K Steeplechase. A 2008 Big East Champion, Heath was also the 2009 Northeast Track Male Athlete of the Year for Division 1. After college, Heath went on to become a USA Olympic Trials Finalist in the 3K Steeplechase, a Silver Medalist in the North American Championships, a United States Army World Class Athlete Program Athlete and the 345th American to run sub four minutes in one mile (3:59.83).
2003 Victor Girls Volleyball Team
The 2003 Victor Girls Volleyball Team was the first team in Victor Central Schools’ history to win a New York State Championship title. Under the coaching direction of Shelly Collins, this formidable team was the Finger Lakes East Champion, the Class B Sectional Champion, the Class B Far West Regional Champion and ultimately, the Class B New York State Champion with a record of 21-0. Coach Collins recalled the team’s mantra that winning year was “Battle Physically, Conquer Mentally.”
Members of the team were:
Bethany Bowe, Jennifer Buttaccio-Ashcroft, Sarah Carney, Hilary Lockwood-Williams, Megan Mead-Steger, Lisa Nazarenko, Kaitlin Piper, Caitlin Richardson, Kelsey Richardson, Lyndsey Sanford-Keil, Hannah Sharp, Carra Vanderstyne, and Jenee Vanderstyne (helper)
- Terry Cotton, Class of 1970
- Kara Priggon Turner, Class of 1990
- Michael Corey, Class of 1998
- Michael Taggart Russ, Class of 1999
- 2004 Baseball Team_ NYS Champions
Terry Cotton, Class of 1970
Terry Cotton’s athletic legacy was built on three sports, football, wrestling and track. In football, Cotton was named First Team All Finger Lakes League halfback. In wrestling, he was a senior captain and in track, Cotton was named First Team All Finger Lakes League for four years. Following Victor Central Schools, Cotton lettered in track at Alfred State College for two years. Later, while attending Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), he lettered in lacrosse for two years. Cotton’s excellence in athletics continued as a coach. Among his many contributions in this area were coaching RIT’s JV Lacrosse team and acting as the Assistant Varsity Men’s Lacrosse coach for two years. Cotton was also the director and coach for the Victor Youth Wrestling Program, a volunteer coach for Modified Boys and Girls Varsity Lacrosse teams and a volunteer coach for Victor JV and Varsity Wrestling for more than 15 years. In 2014 Cotton received the Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society “Quality Youth Sports Award” for directing the Victor Youth Wrestling program. He was also inducted into the Victor Girls Lacrosse Hall of Fame with his wife, Barbara Cotton.
Kara Priggon Turner, Class of 1990
As a two sport athlete Kara Priggon Turners made her mark at Victor Central Schools in cross country and track. From 1988 to 1990 she was named to the First Team Finger Lakes League in track. During those same three years (1988, 1989 and 1990) she earned individual championship shields in track. Her athletic excellence did not end there. Turner was selected to the First Team Finger Lakes League in 1987, 1988 and 1989 for cross country. In addition to winning cross country individual championship shields for four years, from 1986 to 1989, she was part of four cross country team championships. From 1989 to 1990 Turner was also named First Team All Greater Rochester, as well as First Team All-State (Class B) for cross country. To culminate her high school career, during her senior year, Turner was named Victor Central Schools’ Outstanding Senior Female Athlete for cross country. After graduating from Victor Central Schools in 1990, Turner attended the University of Delaware where she excelled as a three sport athlete for four years. Kara’s decision to attend Delaware marked the first time an athlete from Victor attended a Division I university for running.
Michael Corey, Class of 1998
Michael Corey played football and baseball at Victor Central Schools, but he is best known for the incredible legacy he created in football. In 1996 and 1997 he was named First Team All County for football. Those same two years he was named First Team All Greater Rochester for football. Corey holds the Victor Central Schools football record for rushing yards in a season. He also holds the record for most sacks in a season.
Michael Taggart Russ, Class of 1999
Michael Taggert Russ was a force in three sports at Victor Central Schools, basketball, track and football, but it was Russ’s football career that stood above and beyond all the others. In 1998, Russ was named First Team All County, First Team All Sectional and First Team All Greater Rochester for football. This two time All Finger Lakes East linebacker scored 29 touchdowns in three years. During his senior year, he accomplished 1,107 yards rushing, 11 touchdowns and 90 tackles. After graduating from Victor Central Schools in 1999, Russ attended Wyoming Seminary Prep School where he averaged 100 yards rushing and 12 tackles per game. After prep school, Russ attended Lehigh University where he was part of two Patriot League Championship teams in 2000 and 2001. Additionally, in 2002, he was named Second Team All Patriot League in 2002 and First Team All Patriot League in 2003. Over the course of his career, Russ had 213 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, one interception, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. During his 1996-1997 school year, Russ earned Victor Central Schools’ Athletic Achievement Award for Most Improved Player. During his senior year in 1998-1989 he was an Urban League Scholar Athlete and won the Barney Lynaugh Male Athlete of the Year award as well as the Athletic Achievement Award for Football’s Most Valuable Player.
2004 Baseball Team, New York State Champions
Victor Central Schools’ 2004 Varsity Boys Baseball team was inducted into the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame for an amazing season, culminating in a State Championship. The 2004 team had a 23-2 overall record and a 7-1 League record. They clinched the Finger Lakes East League Champs for the fourth year in a row in 2004. The team’s Section V Class A Baseball Championship was the result of a 9-1 victory over number two seeded Batavia at their home stadium, Dwyer. From there, Victor Varsity Baseball won Regionals with a 9-0 shutout win over Albion, the New York State Class A Semi Finalist game with a win over West Hill 2 to 1 and finally, the New York State Class A Championship with an 11-3 win over Lourdes.
2004 Baseball Team
David Ahonen, Nick Canzano, Jim Castner, Nick Cunliffe, Brad DePuyt, Eric Graham, Tim Henderson, Ed Kahovec, Nick Krajacic, Bobby Lenhard, Sean Marren, Jordy Maves, Pete Oburn, Gabe Schaub, John Soltys, Hunter Stewart, Jay Jay Vanderstyne, Adam Voci, Eric Wernert, and Jim Zobel
Sean Rucker – Head Coach
Geoff Mandile – Varsity Assistant Coach
Jeff Onze – JV Coach
Mike Ferreri – Modified Coach
Pat Lawley – Modified Coach
Willie Hillberg – JV Volunteer Assistant
- David Fladd, Class of 1987
- Stephanie Bailey, Class of 1999
- Nathan Kuchta, Class of 2000
- Katie Jo Passero, Class of 2004
David Fladd, Class of 1987
David Fladd made his mark on Victor Central Schools’ athletics in three sports, cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. He was a Section V Individual Champion in outdoor track in 1986 and both indoor and outdoor track in 1987. In 1987 he broke not only the high school pole vault record, but the Section V pole vault record, as well. That same year he was named outdoor track State Champion in pole vault and the first individual State Champion at Victor. Other accomplishments by Fladd include winning the Leon Hill Memorial Track Award for Outstanding Male Athlete in Finger Lakes Track, earning a bronze medal in the Empire State Games in 1988, being undefeated in pole vault during his senior year for outdoor track through the State meet and holding the indoor track record at the University of Rochester in pole vault.
Stephanie Bailey, Class of 1999
Stephanie Bailey will be long remembered for the impact she had on Victor Central Schools’ cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Bailey’s accomplishments include being named Most Improved Player in outdoor track in 1996-1997, being named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for both the indoor and outdoor track teams in 1997-1998 and earning the MVP again for outdoor track in 1998-1999. In 1998-1999, she also earned the Victor Central Schools’ Outstanding Achievement Award and Finger Lakes All Star accolade. In 1999, Bailey was honored with the prestigious Barney Lynaugh Award for the Female Athlete of the Year. Other accomplishments include being a member of the Cortland State University track and field team for four years and a two-time All American at Cortland in track and field.
Nathan Kuchta, Class of 2000
Nathan Kuchta was an integral part of the baseball program. During the 1999-2000 school year, he was named First Team All League, First Team All Section, Most Valuable Player of the Section V Class B tournament and First Team All State. Among his many records include most strike outs in one game (22) in 2000 for both the school and Section V and having the second most strikeouts in one game in New York State. During the 2000 season, Kuchta had 179 strikeouts, breaking the school record and placing fifth in Section V’s all-time strikeout category. While playing at Victor Central Schools, Kuchta had an impressive 378 career strikeouts, holding the school record from 1998-2000.
Other Kuchta accomplishments were being a two-time Section V Class B Champion in 1999 and 2000, earning USA Today’s All American Honorable Mention status and being a four year Division I baseball player at the University of Richmond where he earned two top twenty five finishes and was instrumental on their 2002 Regional Championship team.
Katie Jo Passero, Class of 2004
Katie Jo Passero’s softball legacy is rich. She was named to First Team All League from 2001 to 2004 and to the Section V All Tournament Team from 2001 to 2004. She was also named to First Team All Greater Rochester from 2002 to 2004 and received numerous All State accoloades – 5th team in 2002, 2nd team in 2003 and 1st team in 2004. Passero was Finger Lakes Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and Finger Lakes Co-Player of the Year in 2004. She was the Varsity team captain from 2003 to 2004 and the team’s Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2003. She shared team MVP duties again in 2004. After Victor Central Schools, Katie Jo played four years of collegiate softball. In 2005 she played at the University of Massachusetts at Boston College and from 2006 to 2008 she played at Iona College where she was voted most inspirational player in 2005.
- Courtney McVicker, Class of 2000
- Charles “Charlie” Moynihan, Class of 1992
- Hannah Sharp, Class of 2004
- Vince Sherry, Class of 1998
Courtney McVicker, Class of 2000
Courtney McVicker was known for being not only an outstanding athlete in three sports (volleyball, basketball and lacrosse) at Victor Central Schools but an instrumental advocate, too. In 1991, with the support of the athletic department, she helped launch Victor’s first girls’ basketball summer camp. With the help of the athletic department, she also petitioned for and helped create the girls lacrosse program. As such, she was a member of the first Girls Junior Varsity Lacrosse team in 1998-1999 and a member of the first Varsity Lacrosse team her senior year, in 2000. In addition to lacrosse, McVicker was a member of the Varsity Volleyball and Basketball teams from 1995-2000. She was a starter on the volleyball team for four years and the team captain for three years. She was also team captain for basketball for three years and lacrosse for one year. Among her many accomplishments were scoring more than 1,000 points for the Varsity Basketball team and leading the team in rebounding and scoring for three consecutive years. After graduating from Victor Central Schools, McVicker attended Ithaca College where she was a member of their volleyball team for four years, basketball team for three years and crew team for two years. McVicker was also a member of the Griffith University Women’s Basketball team in Australia in 2003. In 2004, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and minor in Coaching from Ithaca. In 2006-2007, she earned an MBA and MSBM from the University of Central Florida.
Charles “Charlie” Moynihan, Class of 1992
Charlie Moynihan made his mark on Victor Central Schools’ athletics in three sports. He was a member of the cross country team from 1988 to 1991, a member of the indoor track team from 1991 to 1992 and a member of the outdoor track team from 1989 to 1992. In 1991 Moynihan was not only an individual champion on the Section V Class BB cross country team, he was part of the team championship. In 1991 he placed 8th in the NYSPHSAA Cross Country, Class B Championship. That year, his team also placed second in the NYS Championship competition. Upon graduating from Victor Central Schools, Moynihan attended the University of Buffalo, a Division I school. There, he made the First Team All Conference in Cross Country in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He was also the captain of the men’s cross country and track and field teams in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Outside of athletics, Moynihan excelled academically, earning a law degree at the University of Buffalo Law School. Moynihan’s work experience includes working as an Assistant District Attorney for the Monroe County Attorney’s Office. Currently, he is employed as an attorney for the United States government.
Hannah Sharp, Class of 2004
Hannah Sharp was known at Victor Central Schools for her athleticism in volleyball and basketball. She played volleyball from 1999 to 2003 and basketball from 2000 to 2002. Sharp earned many individual honors in volleyball. In 2001 and 2002 she was named to the All-State team. In 2003 she was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the NYSPHSAA tournament and named to the First Team All State. From 2001 to 2003, Sharp was Section V Class B’s Most Valuable player in sectional play. In 2003, Sharp was the Daily Messenger’s Player of the Year and in 2004 she was named Victor’s Female Athlete of the Year. Sharp was awarded a Division 1 scholarship to play volleyball at the University of Louisville. She was also awarded a Division 1 scholarship to play at the University of Oklahoma from 2005 to 2007 where she was named an ESPN Scholar Athlete. Sharp’s team honors were equally impressive. From 2000 to 2003 the Victor Girls Volleyball team was the Finger Lakes Champions. In 2003, the team was undefeated. From 2001 to 2003, the Girls Volleyball team was Class B Sectional Champions. Other team honors for Sharp include being a member of the Empire State Volleyball team that won Gold in 2002 and 2003, leading her travel team, Volleyball FX, to the East Coast Championship title and being a member of the USA Volleyball Women’s Adult team that took second place in National Championships in 2009.
Vince Sherry, Class of 1998
Vince Sherry excelled in three sports at Victor Central Schools - cross country, indoor track and outdoor track and field. From 1993 to 1997 he was a member of the cross country team. From 1995 to 1998 he participated on the VCS indoor track team and from 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the outdoor track and field team. Sherry’s accomplishments include being a Class B New York State Champion in the 1600 meter in 1998, and a Class B New York State Champion in the 3200 meter in 1997 and 1998. Other accomplishments include placing 3rd in the two mile run at the Penn Relays and 6th in the mile at the Milrose Games and 9th in the mile at the National Scholastic Championships. While at Victor Central Schools, Sherry was the Most Valuable Player in cross country for four straight years. To this day, he holds the indoor and outdoor mile records for Wayne-Finger Lakes schools.
- Matthew Bowerman, Class of 2002
- Shanon Jordan Grasso, Class of 1995
- James Sampson, Class of 1965
- David Ulmer, Class of 2001
Matthew Bowerman, Class of 2002
Matthew was a powerful force in two VCS sports, football and lacrosse. His excellence in both sports earned him the Barney Lynaugh Athlete of the Year award his senior year.
In football, Matthew was a three year Varsity starter at quarterback. His team played in Section V finals all three years. Matthew led the team to Victor’s first Section V Football Championship and was the quarterback on the team that beat Canandaigua for the first time in 20 years. He was the team captain both his junior and senior years and named to the First Team All –League and Second Team All Greater Rochester in 2000 and 2001. Matthew set the school record for touchdown passes and yards passing for a season and career (4,339 career passing yards and 48 touchdown passes). Post VCS, Bowerman played football at Division 1 West Point as a freshman.
Matthew was a formidable force in VCS lacrosse, as well. He was a four year starter as a defenseman and the team captain for three years. He was named to the All Finger Lakes All-League for three years and the Section V All Tournament Team for three years. Bowerman led the Victor lacrosse team to its first Section V Championship. He was named Most Improved Player as a sophomore, Team Most Valuable Player as a junior and Defensive MVP as a senior. Post VCS, Bowerman was a Four Year Letterman and two year starter on defense at Division 1 West Point. While on the lacrosse team there, he made three consecutive NCAA tournaments. He also received the Jack Emmer Award as the most physical player on the team.
Shanon Jordan Grasso, Class of 1995
In addition to being a member of the Victor Softball team in 1995, Shanon Jordan Grasso was a major force in volleyball at VCS from 1991 through 1994. During her freshman year, she was named the Most Improved Player on the Varsity Volleyball team. In 1992 her team won the Section V Championship and she was chosen to be on the Section V All Tournament Team and member of the First Team All-League. In 1993 Grasso was not only the team captain, she was a member of the First Team All League and Section V All Tournament. That year, her team not only won the Section V Championship, it was the Far West Regional Winner and a State-Semi Finalist team. In 1994, Grasso was the team leader in assists and aces, the team captain, and team Most Valuable Player. Her team not only won the Section V Championship title for the third consecutive year, it was the Far West Regional Finalist, as well. Grasso was also selected to the First Team All-League and named the Section V All Tournament MVP in 1994.
After VCS, Shanon attended Canisius College on an athletic scholarship. While there, she became the all time career assists leader for a single season and was named MAAC Conference Rookie of the Year in 1995. From her sophomore through her senior years, she was the volleyball team captain. During her senior year at Canisius she was named the team’s MVP. In 2007, Grasso was named Wal-Mart’s Florida Teacher of the Year.
James Sampson, Class of 1965
James Sampson was a three sport athlete in baseball, basketball and football. Jim was a pitcher in baseball, a point guard in basketball and a running back in football.
Known as the “Strike Out King” by the Geneva Times during his 1965 baseball season, Sampson struck out 103 batters in 48 innings, averaging 2.1 strike outs per inning. He threw a no hitter in the 1964 regular season and struck out 18, 17 and 16 batters, respectively, in three consecutive games in the 1965 season.
Sampson was also a member of the American Legion Championship baseball teams in 1964 and 1965. In 1965, he struck out 16, 14, 14 batters in three consecutive games for the team. At Monroe Community College, Sampson continued his legacy of baseball excellence as a member of the team to win the first Regional game in that school’s history in 1966. He was also invited by Baltimore for a professional try-out at Red Wing Stadium.
Sampson’s athletic highlights include running for an 80 yard touchdown for VCS’ 1964 football team and scoring 24 points in the basketball game dedicating the new school gym in 1965. He also held a 200 average in bowling.
David Ulmer, Class of 2001
Dave was a three sport athlete in football, basketball and lacrosse. Among Dave’s VCS athletic feats, he was a 1,000 yard rusher in football in 1999 and 2000. He set a school record in football rushing for 1,662 yards in a single season. Dave also holds the school record in season rushing touchdowns. Overall, Dave was the team leading tackler and rusher with 369 tackles, 2,897 yards and 31 touchdowns. He was part of the football team that won the first Section V title for Victor. He was also part of the team that beat Canandaigua for the first time in 21 years. Dave was a two time First Team All-State selection, a two time NYS Section V Class A Offensive Player of the Year, and a two time All Greater Rochester 1st team selection. A class act on and off the field, Dave was a member of the National Honor Society and the 2001 recipient of the highly acclaimed Barney Lynaugh Athlete of the Year Award. Post VCS, Dave attended Bucknell University where he played Division 1 Football. While there, he not only played in every game during his four years, he was the starting linebacker both his junior and senior years. He started every game as linebacker his junior year and finished fourth on the squad with 54 tackles (33 solo). Dave excelled at Bucknell University academically, as well, achieving the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Dean’s List and graduating Cum Laude. Today, Dave is a personal trainer, coach and a Cross Fit competitor. He uses his talents to have a positive impact on others, whether in the gym where he coaches, participating in community health and fitness events or artistic and creative projects.
- Jeff Kiddie, Class of 1989
- Steve Nardozzi, Class of 1998
- Nancy Salsburg-Kinnett, Class of 1981
- Scott Zahn, Class of 1979
- Rob Potter, Teacher and Coach
Jeff Kiddie, Class of 1989
Jeff Kiddie was a two sport VCS athlete from 1987 to 1989 in golf and soccer. After VCS, he played golf on the Gannon University golf team. While there, he won two individual titles in Division II tournaments. Kiddie has worked 19-years in the golf industry since graduating from Victor High School. After enrolling in the PGA Apprentice Program he became an Assistant Professional at Locust Hill and Monroe Country Clubs. He was also an Assistant Professional at Pine Valley Golf Course in New Jersey, the number one rated course in the world and a Head Professional and General Manager at Applebrook Golf Club in Malvern, PA. Kiddie earned the Merchandiser of the Year award from the PGA while working at Applewood Golf Club. Currently, Kiddie is the Head Professional at Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA.
Steve Nardozzi, Class of 1998
Steve Nardozzi was a three sport VCS athlete from 1995 to 1998 in baseball, basketball and football. While on the baseball team as a catcher, Nardozzi achieved numerous records. In 1998, he had eight homeruns. During his 1995 to 1998 career, he had 15 homeruns, 17 triples, 42 doubles and 94 RBI’s. His career batting average was an impressive 412. In 1998 Nardozzi earned the highly acclaimed Barney Lynaugh Student Athlete of the Year award. During his high school baseball career, Nardozzi was a four year Finger Lakes East All Star Baseball Player and a two year Finger Lakes East Baseball Player of the Year. Nardozzi was ranked 7th in New York State for career triples in baseball. In 1998 he was received an All USA baseball team honorable mentioned. From 1995 to 1998, Nardozzi was a VCS basketball point guard. During this same time, he was a VCS football running back and kicker. In 1998, he was also a member of the VCS golf team. After VCS, Nardozzi attended Ithaca College. While there, he was the captain of the baseball team where he played left field, center field, third base, catcher, and was a designated hitter. In 2002 he was named an Empire 8 All Star. That same year he was named to the Verizon District All-Academic Baseball Team. In 2002 he was a First Team selection as an outfielder. He was also a member of the Empire 8 title team with a 6-2 conference record. Nardozzi was the fourth Ithaca College Athlete to earn Academic All-District Honors. Since high school and college baseball, Nardozzi has been a American Legion Baseball Coach.
Nancy Salsburg-Kinnett, Class of 1981
Nancy Salsburg-Kinnett was a four sport VCS athlete from 1977 to 1981 in badminton, volleyball, tennis and softball. She was the badminton Singles Sectional Champion for three straight years and voted badminton team MVP her senior year. As a result of her VCS play, Salsburg-Kinnett earned a four year scholarship to Ball State University. Salsburg-Kinnett played five years of Varsity tennis from 1976 to 1981. During her junior and senior years, she took first place in tennis Sectionals and was a member of the All-Star Tennis Team of Finger Lakes. She was voted tennis team MVP her senior year. Salsburg-Kinnet also played softball from 1977 to 1981. Today, Salsburg-Kinnett is a manager for Mannington Commercial Flooring. She is also the Chairman of the Gingerbread House fundraiser for the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at the University Hospital of Cleveland.
Scott Zahn, Class of 1979
Scott Zahn was a three sport athlete from 1977 to 1979 in football, basketball and baseball. He was named Western Conference of Greater Rochester Athlete of the Week in all three sports. In 1977 Zahn was named the Finger Lakes East First Team All-Star punter. In 1978 he was named the Finger Lakes East First Team All-Star quarterback and punter. Zahn’s 1978 football team season boasted a 7-1 record. After VCS, Zahn had an outstanding football career as quarterback at both Cortland State and Brockport State. In basketball, Zahn was a member of the 1978 Section V Class A Championship basketball team. In 1979 he received a Finger Lakes East special mention in basketball for his position(s) as a guard/forward. Zahn’s 1979 basketball team boasted a season record of 18-4. In 1979, the team was the Finger Lakes East Champion. In 1979 Zahn’s basketball team was also a finalist in Section V Class AA tournament. Outside of VCS, Zahn was a 1979 New York State basketball team participant. Zahn’s VCS baseball career was equally impressive. From 1977 to 1979 he was a three year Varsity starter in baseball. In 1977 he was a member of the Finger Lakes East First Team All Star in baseball. Zahn’s baseball team record from 1977 to 1979 was an impressive 52-12. His 1977 to 1979 baseball teams were also three- time Finger Lakes East Champions. In 1977 the team was the Section V, Class A Champion. Zahn has been a VCS teacher and coach for 27 years.
Rob Potter, Teacher and Coach
Coach Rob Potter was a Victor Senior High School Coach for 30 years, from 1975 to 2011. During his tenure, Potter coached many outstanding athletes. From 1975 to 1978 and from 2006 to 2009 he was the Boys Diving Coach. During this time, John Zollo was the Section V Class B Champion in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and was a member of the New York State Meet “Top 10” from 2006 to 2008. Coach Potter was the JV Boys Soccer Coach from 1978 to 1979. During this time, the team had an impressive 21-7 record. From 1981 to 2006, Coach Potter led the Girls Varsity Soccer team with an impressive record of 371-102-38. As the coach of the Boys JV Tennis team from 2004-2008, his teams held a commanding 36-7 record. From 2008 to 2012 Coach Potter was the Girls Diving coach. Under his direction, Diver Ashley Broderick was the Section V Class B Champion from 2008 to 2010 and New York State Champion in 2009 and 2010. From 2009 to 2012, Potter was the Boys Varsity Tennis coach. Under his leadership, tennis players, Neil Weaver and Nick Mancuso secured the Section V Class B Doubles Championship and NYS Qualifying Championship in 2010. They were also New York State Doubles Consolation Finalists in 2010. Coach Potter was well respected at VCS and beyond. During his tenure, he was the Finger Lakes Coach of the Year for Girls Soccer and the Section V Class B Sportsmanship Award Winner for three years. In 2006 he was the Section V Class B Coach of the Year, the Section V Overall Coach of the Year and the New York State Class B Coach of the Year. Coach Potter’s achievements do not end here. His Girls’ Soccer teams were Finger Lakes League Champions 18 times. Under his direction the Girls Soccer team was a Section V Class B Finalist four times and Section V Class B Champions in 2006. They were also NYS Western Regional State Semifinalists. Coach Rob Potter was the Finger Lakes League Coordinator for 23 years and the Section V Girls Soccer Assistant Chairman for 10 years. He was extremely involved in indoor soccer training from 1982 to 1995, summer travel soccer from 1981 to 2001 and Victor Soccer School from 1986 to 1992. At the Empire State Games, Potter was the Women’s Soccer Scholastic Coach for the Western Region. From 1987 to 1991 his teams won one gold, three silver and one bronze award. Potter also served as a Women’s Soccer Open Coach for the Western Region at the Empire State Games. From 1995 to 1998, his teams won four gold medals. From 1993 to 2001, he was the Boys Soccer Summer Travel Coach for the Victor-Farmington United team. In 2009 and 2010 he received the Monroe County Division III Sportsmanship Award for Boys Tennis.
- Dan Bavinaeu, Class Of 1976
- David Cannan, Blue Devil Supporter
- Ron Cianfoni, Teacher And Coach
- Kelly Cruttenden, Class Of 1994
- Deb Lehman, Teacher and Coach
Dan Bavinaeu, Class Of 1976
When Dan Bavinaeu graduated from VCS in 1976, he left with more than a diploma; he also graduated with the coveted Barney Lynaugh Male Athlete of the Year award. That same year he was named All League in baseball, football and basketball.
Bavinau’s athletic career at VCS was impressive. In 1974, he set a school football record of 8 interceptions on a team that won the League Championships. His 8 interceptions remain a school record. In addition, Bavinaeu was Captain and Quarterback of the football team and voted First Team All-League.
Bavinaeu was equally adept in basketball. He was not only Captain and Point Guard he also led the team in scoring, rebounds and steals. Bavinaeu and baseball were another success story. This four year starter pitched and played outfield. As a junior his team had a 5-1 record and reached the Sectional finals. During his senior year, Dan’s team was 6-2 with two - one hitters and a 1.87 ERA. As a result of his high school success Dan was invited to try out for the Reds and Mets. Dan was known as an outstanding slow pitch player who won 3 championships breaking Kodak’s 200 game win streak. Dan was selected Most Valuable Player on each of these Championship Teams.
David Cannan, Blue Devil Supporter
David Cannan was born and raised in Victor, NY. He was an outstanding baseball player in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. David was a great catcher who caught the eye of many pro scouts and was offered a tryout. After conferring with his mother those thoughts were quickly put to rest. David served as a Gunners Mate aboard PT-332 in the South Pacific during WWII and came home to build a life in Victor.
David married Eileen Crowley and raised one son Daniel who in his own right was an outstanding athlete at VCS in the late 60’s early 70’s. Dan went on to graduate from the Naval Academy and served aboard the USS Nimitz and USS Forrestal flying F-14 Tomcats.
David Cannan was a “Booster” before we ever knew what a booster was. You would walk into the dairy and Eileen would get up from her bookkeeping and grab you a chocolate milk and fresh cookie for a snack. Dave would always come out from the back to visit even when he was busy. He always wanted to know the details of the upcoming football game, the health of the team, what “Coach” was doing to get us ready. On game day, football, basketball or baseball, you could always hear Mr. Cannan yelling encouragement to the players or offering much needed advise to an official.
You would be hard pressed to find an athlete who went through Victor in the 1960’s or 1970’s who doesn’t remember Mr. Cannan and the Victor Dairy. Those double sessions when water wasn’t allowed and salt pills were encouraged, a cold orange drink always greeted us after practice. It didn’t say Gatorade.
Ron Cianfoni, Teacher And Coach
Ron Cianfoni graduated from Red Jacket Central High School in 1965.
He graduated from the State University College at Brockport in 1969 where he played basketball and football. Cianfoni earned his Masters degree from Geneseo State University. In 1969 he began teaching science at the Victor Junior High School. That same year, he coached Junior High baseball and basketball and JV and Freshman football at VCS. From 1974 to 1980 he was VCS’ Head Football Coach. In 1974, his team won the Finger Lakes League Title and he was named Coach of the Year for football. From 1981 to 2001 Cianfoni was VCS’ Assistant Head Football Coach/Defensive Coordinator. He also coached JV and Varsity tennis at Victor from 1970 to 2002. He was the JV tennis coach for 22-years and Varsity tennis coach for 10-years.
Cianfoni’s tennis teams won the Finger Lakes East League titles in 1996 and 1997. His team was a Class B team Sectional runner-up in 1996 to 1999.
From 1972 to 1986, Cianfoni served as the Town of Victor Playground Director.
Kelly Cruttenden, Class Of 1994
Kelly Cruttenden’s three-sport athletic career at VCS was outstanding. She culminated her VCS career by becoming the co-winner of the 1994 Barney Lynaugh Female Athlete of the Year award. Cruttenden began playing volleyball at VCS as a freshman in 1990. In 1991 she was part of the Section V All Tournament Team. In 1992, her team was the Section V champion. Cruttenden was also the Section V All Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP), a member of the 1st Team All League, the Team MVP and Captain. In 1993, in addition to being the team captain, Cruttenden’s team was the State Semi-finalist at Minisink Valley and the Far West Regional Winners. They were also the Section V Champion. That same year, Cruttenden was the Section V All Tournament MVP, a member of First Team All League, the team captain and leader in kills and blocks.
In basketball, Cruttenden was the team captain in 1993 and 1994.
Cruttenden began playing VCS softball as a freshman in 1991. In 1992 she was named to the First Team All League. In 1993, she was not only the team captain but also a member of the First Team All League. In 1994, she was named to the First Team All League, yet again.
Kelly attended Niagara University on a full academic scholarship from 1995 to 1998. In 1998, she was Niagara University’s Female Student Athlete of the Year. Cruttenden is the only student in Niagara University history to be inducted into their Hall of Fame in two sports, volleyball and softball. Kelly was a three-time MAAC All-Academic in both sports.
Deb Lehman, Teacher and Coach
Deb Lehman was a Victor Physical Education Teacher from 1970 to 1977. She coached Girls Soccer from 1972-73 to 1976-77. During the seventies she coached Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball, and Girls Softball. Under her coaching, Lehman’s teams won many League championships. The Girls Volleyball team was League champion in 1972 to 1977. The Girls Basketball team was undefeated in 1972 to 1974. Lehman’s softball teams were League Champions from 1971 to 1974. Lehman’s Sectional Championships were equally impressive. Her Girls Basketball team placed 2nd in Sectionals in 1973-74. Her Girls Volleyball team placed second in Sectionals in 1975-76. Her Girls Soccer team placed second in Sectionals in 1976-77. In 1973-74, her Softball Team secured the first ever Sectional championship for Victor Girls Sports. In 1976-77, her basketball team won its first Sectional championship for Victor Girls Sports in basketball.
Deb Lehman coached four sports simultaneously with numerous Sectional appearances, including the first Section V Title for Girls’ Sports in softball in 1974 and another Section V Title in basketball 1977. Her greatest achievement was in laying the foundation for the rich tradition Victor has had in Girl’s athletics, making the transition from informal competition to interscholastic competition.
- Harold Ryan, Class Of 1948
- Bill Turner, Class Of 1959
- Don Dillman, Class Of 1964
- Mike “Virgil” Cotton, Class Of 1979
- Bill Hanley, Class of 1980
- Marla Mc Bride, Teacher And Coach 1969-2001
- 1976-1977 Varsity Girls Basketball Team
- 1977-1978 Varsity Girls Basketball Team
Harold Ryan, Class Of 1948
- Three sport athlete from 1944-1948 in Touch Football, Basketball and Baseball.
- Considered one of the best pitchers in VCS History.
- Played Semi-Pro Baseball for Albany in the 1950’s.
- Member of the United States Army Baseball Team in Europe.
- Member of the undefeated, untied and “unscored” upon football team in 1946-1947.
- Mr. Ryan founded the first youth basketball program in Victor.
- Mr. Ryan coached the first Alumni Game in VCS History.
Bill Turner, Class Of 1959
- Three Sport Athlete from 1955-1959 in Football, Basketball and Baseball.
- 1959 Victor Central Schools Athlete of the Year
- Played for Hall of Fame Coaches, Barney Lynaugh, Carl Palumbo and Ed Ahonen.
- Averaged 10.5 strikeouts per game as a Varsity Baseball Pitcher.
- Scored 38 points against League rival Naples in the era of basketball without Three Pointers.
- Won the 1961 NASCAR Drag Racing Championship
- In 1964 Bill played on the All-Army Basketball and Baseball Teams
- Served in the US Army from 1963-1965.
- Has gone on to own and operate Turner Automotive in Victor since 1972.
Don Dillman, Class Of 1964
- Three Sport Athlete from 1960-1964 in Football, Basketball and Track.
- 1964 Victor Central School Athlete of the Year
- First Team All Conference as a Junior and Senior in Football.
- Coached by Ed Ahonen.
- Ran the 100, 200 and Relay for four years of High School Track. Coached by Barney Lynaugh.
- Point Guard on the Varsity Basketball Team for three years. Coached by Barney Lynaugh.
- Raced Motorcycles in the Sportsman Division since the age of 12, won NYS Championship at age 18, and won the Eastern United States Title at Fayetteville, North Carolina at age 18. Raced Professional Flat Track and Road Race from 1968 to 1980, winning the Professional East Coast Championship at Reading, PA on a Factory Sponsored B.S.A.
- Former Athletic Director and Football Coach, Ed Ahonen referred to Don as “the best athlete” he ever coached at Victor.
Mike “Virgil” Cotton, Class Of 1979
- Three sport athlete from 1975-1979 in Football, Basketball and Baseball.
- Three year starter on the Varsity Baseball Team, the team was three time Finger Lakes East Champions and in 1977 Section V Champions.
- Member of the 1978 Section V Class A Champions in Basketball.
- 1978 Section V Class A MVP in Basketball.
- Three time Finger Lakes East All-Star Basketball Selection.
- 1977 Finger Lakes East All-Star Football Receiver.
- Member of the Inaugural Empire States Games Western NY Basketball Team 1978.
- Member of the 1980 All-Decade Team at the University of Rochester
Bill Hanley, Class Of 1980
- Three Sport Athlete from 1976-1980 in Football, Basketball and Baseball.
- 1980 Victor Central Schools Male Athlete of the Year.
- Two time Finger Lakes East All-Star Football Selection at Running Back.
- Two time Finger Lakes East all-Star Baseball Selection as a Pitcher.
- 1980 Unanimous Selection First Team Finger Lakes East in Baseball.
- 1980 MVP of Victor Varsity Baseball Team.
- Played both Baseball and Tennis on scholarships in college.
- Bill has continued to succeed in Semi-Professional Baseball in Texas pitching for the World Series Champions in 1977, 1998 and 2008 in the Men’s Senior Baseball League and winning the World Series of NABA in 2001.
Marla Mc Bride, Teacher And Coach 1969-2001
- Marla McBride was a Pre Title IX Advocate and pioneer of female athletics at VCS, starting multiple club and Varsity sports for Junior High and High School students.
- Coached Modified, Junior Varsity and Varsity athletics for over 40 seasons throughout her career. Including several League Championships
- She was the girl’s Varsity soccer and Basketball Coach throughout the 1970’s.
- Head Coach of the Section V Victor Girls Basketball Championship Team 1977-’78, Section V Basketball Coach of the Year.
- Continuously insisted upon the ideals of sportsmanship, skill and goal attainment as both a teacher and coach.
- Established a lasting legacy of opportunity and success for young women at VCS in both education and athletics.
1976-1977 Varsity Girls Basketball Team
Victor Central Schools is proud to recognize and honor the 1976-1977 Girls Varsity Basketball Team. The team enjoyed a successful season, capturing the League Title and the Section V Class B Championship Crown. In the semi finals match vs Pittsford-Mendon, in an extremely exciting and close contest, VCS defeated the defending champions of the class B title, 47-45. In the finals VCS beat Livonia in a decisive 46-35 victory, resulting in the Sectional Championship and a perfect climax to an outstanding season.
1977-1978 Varsity Girls Basketball Team
Victor Central Schools is proud to recognize and honor the 1977-1978 Girls Varsity Basketball Team. The Girls Varsity Basketball Team posted a 16-3 record en route to winning the Finger Lakes League Championship. Their hard work and dedication on and off the court were an inspiration to the young girls that were beginning to participate in community and interscholastic athletics following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Title IX in 1972. Their efforts and successes paved the path for future generations of success for female athletes in Victor.
Mike Bowe, Class of 1979
Before graduating in 1979, Mike Bowe was part of three successful VCS sports programs, baseball, basketball and football. Among his VCS sports accomplishments, Bowe was on the first team all area Finger Lakes baseball team for second base. He was also on the 1977 Section V championship team where he was the 2nd base starter. In basketball, Bowe was a part of a two-time first team all area Finger Lakes team in 1977-78 and 1978-79. He was also part of the 1977-78 Section V championship team, the 1977-78 Section V tournament team and the 1978-79 Section V runner up team, the first Victor team to play in a New York state championship series.
Bowe’s football record was equally impressive. In 1978 he was the unanimous choice for first team All Finger Lakes team for running back and defensive back positions. In 1978, he was also named the most valuable player.
Bowe took his natural athleticism to Cortland State University where he not only played varsity basketball but was also a star football player, as well. For the past 25 years, Bowe has been a teacher for the Marion County district in Florida where he has been the school’s football and basketball coach for the past 22 years.
Bowe is a three time Florida Athletic Coaches Association district coach of the year. In 2003-2004, he was named Florida Athletic Coaches Association All Classes District Coach of the Year. In 2004, he was chosen by the state of Florida coaches to coach the North Team in its annual state of Florida senior North and South All Star Game.
Bowe is currently a member of the mid Florida men’s and women’s Basketball Officials Association.
Seth Payne, Class of 1993
While at VCS, Seth Payne was not only a stand-out football team player, but a leader, as well. In 1993, he was captain of the football team. He was also part of the All-Greater Rochester and All State teams. In addition, he played in the 1993 Eddie Meath All Star Game.
After Victor, Payne went on to become a four year football letterman at Cornell University. While there, he was a two-time All Star Ivy league player, held the record for career sacks, was named defensive captain and received the most improved player over four years award. He was also a Cornell Sphinx Head award winner.
In 1997, Payne was a fourth round pick for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, who he played for from 1997-2001. While there, he became a starter his rookie year. From 2001-2006 Payne played for Houston. While there, in 2002 he received the unsung hero award and in 2004 he received the Ed Block courage award.
This past spring, Payne was inducted into the Section V Hall of Fame. Currently, Payne is active with the Shriners Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
- David Ahonen, Class of 1973
- Carol Martin, Teacher and Coach
- Keith Sheilds, Teacher and Coach
- Kenneth Weigert, Class of 1950
David Ahonen, Class of 1973
David Ahonen competed in football, basketball, and tennis. In football, he received the Greater Rochester Honorable Mention and was named All-Conference Quarterback for two years. He was on the All-Conference Second Team in basketball for two years and also the team co-captain for two years. In tennis, he had an undefeated season in 1973 and was the Finger LakesB Team champion, as well as on the League All-Star Team. He went on to compete in both varsity football and lacrosse at SUNY Albany for four years, and in 1977, he was named the recipient of the Spud Kruzan Award for Outstanding Senior Athlete. He served as the VCS Boys Basketball Booster Club president for four years, as well as the Victor Saints coach and Developmental Basketball assistant.
Carol Martin, Teacher and Coach
Carol Martin was a physical education teacher at Victor Senior High for 31 years, retiring in 1996. She coached cheerleading, softball and badminton. Teaching both before and after the passage of Title IX, she is considered a true pioneer for her eagerness to try new endeavors. Her contributions influenced the lives of many of her students. Before girls had the opportunity to participate in athletics, Mrs. Martin brought the concept of “Sports Nights” to Victor, highlighting both boys’ and girls’ activities while also including the arts and dance in order to encompass the entire student body. “Play Days” were another way in which Mrs. Martin brought boys and girls together to socialize and participate in activities including volleyball, ping pong and badminton. She also founded the “Girls Leaders Club” to promote girls being involved in athletics and to develop leadership potential.
Keith Sheilds, Teacher and Coach
Keith Shields taught at VCS for 34 years, retiring in 2007. He served not only as the director of the school’s aquatic program, but was also the town of Victor’s summer aquatic program director for 28 years and an American Red Cross water safety instructor for coaches and lifeguards. As the boys varsity swim coach for 34 years, the girls swim coach for 29 years and the community swim club head coach for 23 years, Mr. Shields led students to numerous meet records and titles. His finest achievement was winning 116 straight Finger Lakes meets with the girls varsity team. His passion and dedication earned Mr. Shields much recognition over the years, including the 1994 ARC Volunteer of the Year in Water Safety, the 1995 Niagara District Swimming Volunteer of the Year, the 1995 U.S. Swimming Outstanding Service Award, the 2004 ARC Health and Safety Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2004 ARC Honor Award Special Citation for Exceptional Volunteer to the Greater Rochester Chapter of the ARC. Earlier this year, Mr. Shields was named the Kiwanis Victor Citizen of the Year and was the first recipient of the High School Coaching Excellence Award for the Monroe County Sports Commission.
Kenneth Weigert, Class of 1950
Kenneth Weigert is a 1950 VCS graduate and 33-year member of the VCS Board of Education. With two years on the VHS varsity basketball team, he served as co-captain and was also named to the All-League Team in both 1949 and 1950. He also played on the varsity baseball team for three years. Mr. Weigert’s community service in the years since is far-reaching. In addition to serving on the school board, he has been both its president and vice president. He has been a member of the VCS Campus Improvement Committee, the VCS Graduate of Distinction Committee (as chairman), the VCS Hall of Fame Committee, the New York State School Boards Association and various committees of the Four County School Board Association. In addition, Mr. Weigert is a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.
Gary Hadden, Class of 1971
Gary Hadden was a four-year starter on the Varsity Tennis Team and was the No. 1 singles player from 1969 to 1971. Gary was also an All League player in 1971, during which time he held an undefeated record of 10-0. The Varsity Tennis Team was also named League Champions in 1970 and 1971. Gary was the founder and director of the Victor Community Center from 1996 to 2001; a volunteer for youth baseball, soccer and a basketball coach from 1995 to 2004. He currently serves as a member of the Victor Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and was named the Victor Parks and Recreation Basketball Coordinator in 2001.
Casey Lamb, Class of 1992
Casey Lamb was a three-sport athlete competing in wrestling, football and track. In wrestling, Casey was a four-year varsity wrester who was a three-time Section V Champion; finished twice in the New York Sate Wrestling Tournament, placing fourth and second. He was also named an Ohio Midwest Classic Champion in 1992. His overall record in wrestling was 113-21-1. Casey also excelled in football, playing running back and linebacker for the Victor Blue Devils. He was a two-time All League Running Back in 1990 and 1991 and an All Greater Rochester Fullback his senior year. Casey was played four seasons on the Varsity Track Team where he was a named a Sectional Champion in the shot put in 1992.
Craig Rasmuson, Class of 1986
Craig Rasmuson excelled in basketball and soccer and later went on to become a coach for Division I College athletics. He was a three-year varsity starter in basketball who was named First Team All-League in 1986. Craig was also a three-year varsity soccer player and was named First Team All-League player in 1984 and 1985. He also made a school soccer record of 18 goals and 8 assists in 1985. In 1994 Craig became the youngest NCAA Division II Head Basketball coach; in 1999 he was named the Gulf South Conference Basketball Coach of the Year and served as the Head Basketball Coach at the University of Northern Colorado from 1999 to the present. Craig is the chairperson of the Weld County Colorado Chapter of the Rocky Mountain ALS Association, and active member of the Greely Colorado Centennial Rotary Club; a volunteer coach for the Greely Recreation Department and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.
- Bill Coleman, Coach
- Julie Bowe Vanderstyne, Class of 1978
- Michelle Cardulla, Class of 1986
- Jennifer Ryan-Ruigrok, Class of 1986
- Daniel Payne, Class of 1990
Julie Bowe Vanderstyne, Class of 1978
Julie Bowe-Vanderstyne played four years on the varsity volleyball and basketball teams. She was named a Barney Lyaugh Female Athlete of the Year in 1978. Ryan-Ruigrok played softball, volleyball and basketball from 1982-1986. She was also named Barney Lynaugh Female Athlete of the Year in 1986. That same year she was also named an All-American in Tennis.
Michelle Cardulla, Class of 1986
Michelle Cardulla competed in doubles and singles state tennis competition from 1982 through 1986. She also played volleyball, softball and basketball during those same years for Victor. She was also named a Barney Lynaugh Female Athlete of the Year in 1986, and was named an All-American in Tennis that same year.
Jennifer Ryan-Ruigrok, Class of 1986
Jennifer Ryan-Ruigrok played doubles and singles tennis, volleyball, basketball and softball from 1982 through 1986. In 1986 she was also named the Barney Lynaugh Female Athlete of the Year. Jennifer competed in the state tennis tournament four years in a row. She was also a Section V Class B Doubles Champion and named a Most Valuable Player in tennis in 1986. That same year she was also an All-American in tennis.
Daniel Payne, Class of 1990
Daniel Payne competed in varsity wrestling from 1988 to 1990. He was named Section Five Class B Champion and Outstanding Wrestler. He also wrestled at Clarion State University and was ranked No. 1 in the nation at heavyweight. He also represented the United States in the University Division Asian games and took home a Gold Medal.
- New PanelJoe Sullivan, Class of 1949
- Ken Winkler, Class of 1957
- Gary Thompson, Coach, 1980-1998
- Brian Aparo, Class of 1994
Joe Sullivan, Class of 1949
Joe Sullivan played varsity baseball from 1945 to 1949 and varsity basketball from 1946 to 1949. During his freshman year his batting average was .768 with no strike-outs. Mr. Sullivan was the captain of varsity baseball and basketball from 1947 through 1949. He is a past president and Paul Harris Fellow for the Victor Rotary (1973 through 2004). He served at the insurance advisor for the Victor Central School District from 1980 to 1988
Ken Winkler, Class of 1957
Ken Winkler played football, basketball and baseball for Victor from 1954 through 1957. He was named an All County Football Selection player in 1954, 1955 and 1956. He received an athletic scholarship to Hobart College in 1957 for football and lacrosse. Mr. Winkler served in the United States Military for 22 years during which he served two tours in Vietnam, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars and 34 Air Medals while flying Cobras in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. He retired as CW4 Master Aviator Instructor/Examiner in 1985. He continued flying for government agencies in Central America, Africa, the Philippines and West Indies until 1990. Mr. Winkler is the recipient of the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross and Conspicuous Service Star.
Gary Thompson, Coach, 1980-1998
Gary Thompson coached girls cross country, boys cross country and boys track at Victor Central Schools. In Girls Cross Country, the team had 237 wins under his leadership. The girls won 13 Finger Lakes League Championships, 15 consecutive Section V championships, and 174 consecutive dual meet wins. The program was rated No. 1 in New York State in 1985. In Boys Cross Country, the team had 276 wins under his leadership. The boys won seven Finger Lakes Championships and three Section V Championships. Mr. Thompson retired in 1998 as the Most Winning Coach of Cross Country in New York State with 640 wins. In Boys Track, the team had 92 wins. They won seven Finger Lakes League Team Championships, three Section V Team Champions and five individual New York State championships.
Brian Aparo, Class of 1994
Brian Aparo has won several accolades for his wrestling ability. In 1992 he was a New York State Freestyle Cadet State Champion and in 1993 he was named the Midwest Classic Champion, as well as selected to play in the Senior All Start Soccer Game. He was a two year wrestling captain for Victor Schools and a five-year Letterman. In soccer he was also a captain for two years and a two-year Letterman. He was also named twice to the Finger Lakes Soccer First Team. Mr. Aparo was a two-time New York State Place Finisher in 1993 and 1994, a two-time member of the New York State National Wrestling Team, and a two-time member of the Empire State Games (Western New York Freestyle Wrestling Team). In 1994 he won the following honors: was named an NHSCA Academic All-American, a NHSCA All-American third place finisher in wrestling, John B. Ordway Award winner for Outstanding Wrestler in Section V selected by the Officials Association, Finger Lakes Wrestler of the Year, Victor Central Schools' Barney Lynaugh Male Athlete of the Year. Mr. Aparo was a two year starter at the University of Michigan and a 1995 Espoir Freestyle All-American. In 1998 he was selected as one of the top 25 Students Leaders at the University of Michigan.
- Jim Canali, Coach, 1964-1979
- Jenny Miller Browne, Class of 1989
- Skip Miller, Class of 1987
- Kelley Wilder, Class of 1989
- Jim Zumbo, Class of 1978
Jim Canali, Coach, 1964-1979
Jim Canali coached baseball at Victor High School from 1964 to 1979. During his baseball coaching career, his record was 135-65. The team won three league championships in the Finger Lakes East Division in 1977, 1978 and 1979. The team was also five-time Section V Finalists and became Section V Champions Class A in 1977. Mr. Canali also served as the assistant football coach from 1964 to 1974. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1963, where he played four years of football. He earned his Masters Degree from Texas A & M in 1971.
Jenny Miller Browne, Class of 1989
Jenny Miller Brown was part of the varsity swimming team from 1985 to 1989. She was a member of the State Swim Team in two events in all four years on the team. In her last three years she won the New York State Championships. She is a New York State Scholar Award Winner and sectional champion in two individual events on each of her years on the team. During her junior and senior years she was named a Sectional Outstanding Performer. She also won the Finger Lakes League Outstanding Senior Award, All-Greater Rochester Sectionals and State Top Times Award Winner. Ms. Brown never lost a league or sectional race in her high school career and won a total of 13 sectional championship shields. Ms. Brown graduated from Villanova College where she won an individual Big East Title in the 100 Butterfly in her freshman year. She won Big East Titles during her sophomore, junior and senior years of college and led her team to the Big East Titles as team captain during her senior year.
Skip Miller, Class of 1987
Skip Miller was a part of the Victor Varsity Swimming team from 1983 through 1987, and he was named Team MVP for his entire tenure on the team. He was named league and sectional MVP in 1986 and 1987 and led the swim team to their first league and sectional championship. In 1985 through 1987 Mr. Miller qualified for the New York State Meet and in 1984 through 1987 he won the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Backstroke at League and Sectional competitions. He placed third in the New York State Meet in the 100 Backstroke. Mr. Miller ended his high school career with eight out of ten school records. He also played tennis for Victor from 1983 to 1987. During that time, he played First Doubles as a 10th, 11th and 12th grader. He also qualified for sectionals as a doubles team and advanced to semi-final competition.
Kelley Wilder, Class of 1989
Kelley Wilder ran for the Victor Cross Country team from 1985 to 1988. She was named First Team All Finger Lakes for four consecutive years and named First Team All Greater Rochester and First Team All New York State Class B both in 1988. She finished fifth in the New York State Class B State Championship Meet and finished seventh in the New York Federation Championship Meet in 1988. She also ran Track and Field for Victor Schools from 1986 to 1989 where she was also named First Team All Finger Lakes League all four years. Ms. Wilder won several Section V individual and relay championships in both indoor and spring track and field events. She attended Kenyon College where she was named first team NCAA Division III All American six times. She was the Division III Cross Country Champion for Ohio State, as well as the NCAA Division III National Champion (indoor track, 1500 m) and NACC Division III National Champion (outdoor track, 1500m).
Jim Zumbo, Class of 1978
Jim Zumbo was a three sport athlete at Victor Central Schools. He played three years of varsity baseball. During that time, the team became Section V champions in 1977 where he was the winning pitcher. Mr. Zumbo played quarterback and running back for the boys varsity football team from 1975 to 1978, and played basketball from 1975 to 1978 where he was named MVP during his sophomore year. He played baseball for Ithaca College for two years, where he was the winning pitcher for NCAA Division III. Mr. Zumbo received a B.S. in Physical Education from Ithaca College. He received a Masters Degree in Physical Education from Ohio State University. He is currently the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics at the Fairport Central School District.
Dominic Carra, Class of 1946
Dominic Carra participated in basketball and baseball.
Joseph Carra, Class of 1944
Joseph Carra participated in basketball and baseball.
Susan Fisher, Class of 1976
Susan Fisher participated in soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball.
Bernard Ryan, Class of 1940
Bernard Ryan participated in basketball and baseball.
Penn Sheldon, Class of 1969
Penn Sheldon participated in football and wrestling.
Jeff Woodring, Class of 1988
Jeff Woodring participated in football, wrestling, and track.
- Sue Caulkins Sharp, Class of 1976
- Katie Weigert, Class of 1986
- Michael Guinan, Class of 1973
- Donald Brown, Class of 1960
- Bill Bowerman, Class of 1971
Sue Caulkins Sharp, Class of 1976
Sue Caulkins Sharp competed four years at the varsity level in volleyball, softball and basketball for Victor Senior High School. She was a members of Victor's first soccer team where she was a two letter award recipient. She was instrumental in winning Victor's first sectional title in softball in 1974. Ms. Sharp attended Moorehead State University where she received a full athletic scholarship. She was a member of the All-Kentucky team for volleyball at Moorehead State University for three years. She was also inducted into Moorehead University's Hall of Fame for volleyball.
Katie Weigert, Class of 1986
Katie Weigert competed in varsity tennis for five years and played four years of varsity volleyball, basketball and softball. She was instrumental in leading Victor to many sectional tournaments and was named a Finger Lakes all-star team nine times. She won the Barney Lynaugh award in 1986, received All Greater Rochester honors in basketball in 1986. That same year she was part of the Times Union Super 15 All-Star basketball team. Ms. Weigert attended Colgate University where she received a basketball scholarship. While at Colgate she started as a Center on the basketball team for four years.
Michael Guinan, Class of 1973
Michael Guinan competed in varsity football and wrestling while at Victor Schools. He was named an All League linebacker and offensive lineman in football from 1971 through 1973. He was the first Victor wrestler to compete in the New York State Tournament. Mr. Guinan was a sectional champion in wrestling from 1971 through 1973, with a career wrestling record of 71-11. He was the starting linebacker for RIT for four years, a captain for three years and received All-ECAC recognition for three years. He holds the RIT record for most tackles in a season and the longest interception return.
Donald Brown, Class of 1960
Don Brown competed at the varsity level in basketball, track, football and baseball. He received Finger Lakes All Conference honors in football as a halfback from 1957 through 1959. He received the Barney Lynaugh award in 1960 and a football scholarship to Ithaca College. He played on the Finger Lakes B-C-D All Conference basketball team where he was the fifth leading scorer in the league (and average of 16.4 points per game).
Bill Bowerman, Class of 1971
Bill Bowerman competed at the varsity level in football, basketball and baseball while at Victor Schools. He was an All League quarterback in football and in basketball was an All League player, Section V Tournament MVP, and All Greater Rochester player. He won the Barney Lynaugh award in 1971 and lettered in football at New Mexico State. During his senior year at New Mexico State he received the Outstanding Leadership award. He was drafted in the tenth round by the National Football League by the Detroit Lyons in 1976 and played in the Canadian Football League from 1977 to 1978.
- Carl Palumbo, Coach and Administrator
- Barney Lynaugh, Coach
- Ed Ahonen, Coach; Athletic Director; and Administrator
- Mr. Corbit, Administrator
- George Miller, Coach; Teacher; and Administrator
Ed Ahonen, Coach; Athletic Director; and Administrator
Ed Ahonen was a teacher and coach at Victor Central Schools as well as serving as the Director of Physical Education and Athletics. During his tenure at Victor Mr. Ahonen coached wrestling, football and volleyball. He was also inducted into the Section V Wrestling Hall of Fame.