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Meet the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017

NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey,

NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey, who starred at Hempstead High School, died July 6, 2011.

Here is the Nassau County High School Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The third class of inductees includes 13 athletes, 10 coaches, five administrators, two officials and one contributor. The induction ceremony was Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


Derrick Adkins — Malverne High School (class of ’88) graduate was New York State champion in the 400-meter hurdles in 1987 and ’88. Olympic gold medalist in that even in the 1996 Games.

Hank Bjorklund — Three-sport star at North Shore High School (Class of ’68) in football, basketball and baseball and regarded as greatest athlete in school’s history.

Crystal Boyd — Softball star at East Meadow (Class of ’90) where see batted .796 with a Long Island-record 14 homers as a senior. Two-time All-American shortstop at Hofstra.

Stephen Boyd — Thorp Award winner as Nassau County’s top football player in 1989, when he led Valley Stream Central to the county title. Distinguished NFL career as linebacker with the Detroit Lions.

John DeTommaso — Dominant in two sports, football and lacrosse, at Farmingdale High School (class of ’82). All-Long Island linebacker and defenseman.

Warren Koegel — Three-sport star at Seaford (Class of ’67) where he won the Thorp Award in 1966 as the county’s top football player. Only unanimous selection to Newsday’s Silver Anniversary All-Long Island football team in 1986.

Danielle Gallagher — High scorer in both lacrosse and basketball at Manhasset High School (Class of ’85) and a member of that school’s Hall of Fame.

Scottie Graham — Excelled in football, lacrosse and wrestling at Long Beach High School (Class of ’87). All-Long Island running back and state champion wrestler. Earned football scholarship to Ohio State.

Steven Hunte — A dominant wrestler at Bellmore JFK (Class of ’73) where he compiled a 101-4-1 record and was a two-time state champion.

John Mackey — A three-sport star at Hempstead High School who earned the Thorp Award in 1958 as country’s top football player. Starred at Syracuse and in the NFL as a tight end. NFL Hall of Fame inductee.

Don McCauley — Two-sport star, football and baseball, at Garden City High School (Class of ’67). College Football Hall of Fame inductee (North Carolina). Played 11 years in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts.

Don McPherson — Won the Thorp Award as county’s top football player in 1982 as quarterback for West Hempstead High School. All-American at Syracuse University.

Billy Wilson — First African-American to play football at Lawrence High School (1942-44) and won Thorp Award as best player in county in 1943. Earned 16 varsity letters.


Russ Cellan — Has coached football for 34 years, the last 31 at Freeport High School where he was won more than 200 games and captured five Long Island Championships and five Rutgers Cups, given to Nassau’s most outstanding team.

Peter Cerrone — A 1979 graduate of Plainview-JFK High School who has won more than 500 games in 37 years as girls basketball coach at Farmingdale, including two Long Island championships.

George A. Craig — Baldwin High School athletic director from 1929-64 and coach in football, basketball, baseball and track. Won county championship and Rutgers Cup in 1948 and ’53.

Becky Crawford — Coached track and field and volleyball at West Hempstead, girls volleyball and girls basketball at Berner and Massapequa High Schools. Won 461 matches in volleyball and 202 games in basketball.

Angelo Giugliano — As football coach at New Hyde Park, he compiled a 97-25-1 record and won the Rutgers Cup in 1983. NHP had a 19-game winning streak over the 1977-78 seasons.

Carol Ann Habeeb-Keil — Has been the girls volleyball coach at Massapequa since 1988 and won 17 consecutive county championships (2000-16). From 2004-2016, her team went 218-0.

Bernard Hintz — From 1972-2006, his Wheatley School boys soccer teams won 326 games, most in Nassau County, and he was voted in the New York State Soccer Hall of Fame.

Francine Nocella — From 1973-1992 at Wantagh, she won 278 girls volleyball matches and 321 softball games, including a Long Island championship.

Steve Shippos — His wrestling teams at Baldwin High School won 355 matches in 35 years, including a state championship in 1986. National Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee.

Kenneth Sicoli — In 33 years as East Meadow’s baseball coach, his teams compiled a 501-281 record. Served as Section VIII baseball coordinator from 185-2003.


Michael Candel — Covered high school and college sports for Newsday from 1976-2002 and was also a successful men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse coach at Nassau CCC.


Ginny Gandolfo — Her career began in 1971 and she has officiated girls and boys volleyball, softball, girls soccer and girls basketball.

Roger Glazer — Since 1969, Roger Glazer has been one of the top high school basketball referees in Nassau County, where he has officiated 57 county semifinals and 47 finals. He was also selected for 12 state regionals, 15 semifinals and nine finals.


Frank Saracino — Worked his entire career in the East Meadow school district where the high school athletic facilities were renamed the Frank Saracino Sports Complex.

Dr. Santo Barbarino — Longtime high school principal and superintendent of the Lynbrook school district and former president of the Nassau County Athletic Council.

John Kickham — The first president of Section VIII, who served an unprecedented 10 years in that role. Longtime principal at Westbury High School.

Alfred Kumerow — Sewanhaka High School athletic director for 29 years who also coached football and basketball for 15 years at the school.

Patrick Pizzarelli — Former Lawrence High School athletic director and Section VIII football coordinator is currently the Section VIII executive director.

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