2017 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES


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David Felsen '62

A soccer, basketball, and baseball player, David shared the Denman Award, recognizing the best all-around athlete, with Charles Vernon their senior year. David notes, “Having attended Williston allowed me to be the great beneficiary of the coaching and encouragement of Ray Brown, Rick Francis, Dan Carpenter, and Charles Duggan.” David attended Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. He served as co-captain of the Haverford College varsity soccer team and went on to coach the team, seeing them to a league championship and two NCAA top-16 appearances. As a Haverford soccer player, David was named the All-Conference (Middle & Atlantic Conference) goalkeeper and the All Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware goalkeeper. He was honored by Haverford as the 2016 recipient of the Larry Forman ’60 Award. David continued to share his passion for athletics throughout his career as a teacher and headmaster at Friends’ Central School, where he also served as a mentor for summer programs. He also taught, served as an administrator, and coached varsity basketball for the Germantown Friends School for 16 years, where he brought home five championships and founded Basketball & Reading Clinics. David was recently involved in creating a youth basketball center with a strong academic component near his home in north Philadelphia.

Abigail Ouimet Katuska '99

If competing in multiple sports develops athletes as great competitors and teammates, it would be fair to say that Abby Ouimet Katuska is a perfect example. Earning 16 varsity letters in four sports (basketball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse) while at Williston, she distinguished herself as a tremendous all-around athlete. As a basketball player, Ms. Katuska scored 1,404 career points surpassing the 1,000 point milestone during her junior season, the third highest total in school history. Her athletic accomplishments carried over to her academic life where she earned both the Valedictory Award as the school’s top scholar and the Dorothy Bement Award for distinguished contribution to the life of the school. For her athletic accomplishments, Ms. Katuska was the recipient of the Alumnae Bowl for Athletics given to the top senior female athlete in her class. Ms. Katuska continued her remarkable success at Amherst College where she earned her degree in Physics; played field hockey and lacrosse all four years, and basketball during her first year on campus. In field hockey, she was a two time regional All American, won all NESCAC honors, was selected to play in the Division III Senior All Star game and won multiple NESCAC athlete of the week honors. Her accomplishments on the lacrosse field were just as outstanding: all-time leading point scorer, career assists record, ranked nationally in points and assists, three time All-NESCAC selection and three time All-American, including First Team during both her junior and senior years. To top it all off, Ms. Katuska finished her career by helping lead her team to the 2003 NCAA Division III national championship. Today, she lives in Ohio with her family and continues to support women’s athletics as the Girls Basketball Commissioner for St. Mary’s Sports Association.

Alan Shaler

Coach Shaler was part of the fabric of Williston athletics for more than 37 years. He founded the cross-country program in 1963, and coached the sport through 1999. He started coaching track in 1960 and served as either the head coach or assistant coach through 2000, with the exception of 1964-1968. A runner himself, he received four varsity letters in both cross-country and track at Hamilton College. He won numerous awards and served as the team’s captain for three years. Coach Shaler is a parent of three Williston alumni; a mentor to countless Williston cross-country and track athletes; the inspiration for Williston’s Shaler Invitational cross-country race, which drew 17 teams—more than 550 runners—from around New England in 2016; and a tireless advocate for the new cross-country course at Williston. In recognition of his commitment to Williston, Coach Shaler was the recipient of the Eminent Service Award in 1999. Created in 1976, this award is presented to a member of the Williston Northampton School community by the Alumni Association in recognition of his/her extraordinary service to the school.

Colleen Hession Thom '02

As a member of the Williston 1998 girls’ basketball team, Dr. Thom saw her team achieve the school’s highest number of wins in a single season -- 20 -- a record that still stands today. A prolific scorer in basketball known for her unlimited range, she set a number of individual records including all-time scoring leader with 2,096 pts over 6 seasons. Proving the saying that “good things come in three,” Dr. Thom broke all the three point scoring records, was recognized three times as a team MVP, and was selected to the All-New England team three times. In addition to her incredible scoring accomplishments, she helped lead the team to five NEPSAC postseason tournament appearances captaining the team as a senior. Her athletic contribution to Williston not only played out on the court, but on the field as well where she played for Coach Ann Pickrell as the starting field hockey goalie on four teams that made the NEPSAC postseason tournament. She captained the team during both her junior and senior year. Her athletic success continued in basketball at Williams College where she became an All NESCAC performer and enjoyed a terrific career setting the school record with 233 career 3 pointers while becoming the school’s 5th all-time leading scorer with 1,341 points. Since graduating from Williams, Dr. Thom went on to complete medical school. She currently practices medicine in the Philadelphia area specializing in Internal Medicine.


Stephen White '77

While Coach White was a team captain and defensive MVP in football and a very successful attackman in lacrosse, his passion for sports was most evident on the wrestling mat. He was the captain of the varsity wrestling team during both his junior and senior year, as well as a standout competitor amongst the best in New England during his era. Wrestling at 115 pounds as a junior, Coach White was undefeated at 13-0 earning state and New England championships and placing 3rd at the National Independent School Championship. As a senior, he moved up to the 130 pound class and repeated his junior year success by going undefeated again, winning state and New England titles again and being named an All-American for the second consecutive year. In four years on the wrestling mat, he only lost a total of four matches. After graduation, he continued his college wrestling career at Wesleyan University where he wrestled for Coach John Biddiscombe, father of our own Mrs. McKillop. In 2007, Coach White returned to Williston Northampton where he has served as an assistant varsity coach to the wrestling team for the past 10 years, with notable successes. Head Coach Matt KaneLong says this about his contribution to the program… “Coach White comes to each practice and competition and inspires each wrestler to be the very best version of himself. In doing so he makes every wrestler work a little harder, improve a little more, and love our great sport a little more. I can truly say that each and every time I interact with him he inspires me to be a better coach and a better man. He does it all humbly and without any need for thanks or attention. It is what people of the highest character do.” In addition to his playing and coaching success, it is worth noting that Coach White has also served his country with distinction - 6 years in the US Marine Corps, rose to the rank of colonel in US Army reserve, and served 9 months in Bosnia and 2 years in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

1981-1982 Varsity Football Team

Led by Head Coach Rick Francis and assistant coaches Steve Purington, Jay Readinger, and Robert Shaw ’76, the 1981 Varsity Football team was the first Williston football team to go undefeated since the 1963 squad. Outscoring their opponents 217-61, the 1981 team enjoyed a tremendous season - including two shutouts. Co-captains Steve Kaye and Steve Okun led the team to average game scores of 31 – 7. Proving impenetrable on defense, the team allowed ZERO touchdown passes during the season while limiting opponents to an average of 2 yards per rushing attempt. The defense held all eight opponents to under 100 yards total offense in each game never giving up more than 14 points in any one game. Offensively, the team was led by a dynamic quartet of skill players - quarterback Scott Estes, receiver Mike Doetsch) and running backs Steve Kaye and Steve Okun. Okun led the team in rushing with 585 yards while Doetsch had a tremendous year with over 1,000 all-purpose yards. The team finished its special season in style when it defeated rival Gunnery 50-14 in its last game.

John Bolton ’82
Adam Brown ’82
Michael Conran ’82
G. Colman Crowther ’82
Michael Doetsch ’82
R. Scott Estes ’82
John Hexamer ’82
Randall Hoyt ’82
Steven Kaye ’82
Philip Korn ’82
William Koski ’82
Steven Okun ’82
James Scheckter ’82
John Shank ’82
Henry Baer ’83
Michael Barry ’83
Brian Bergfield ’83
Joseph Boynton ’83
Mark Browning ’83
John Bruce ’83
Christopher Canney ’83
C. Todd Francis ’83
Alan Gindoff ’83
David Monroe ’83
Daniel Nicoli ’83
Juan Salichs ’83
Edward Stanton ’83
Stephen Sullivan ’83
Joseph Tarrantino ’83
Christopher Walsh ’83
Will Egbers ’84
Craig Ferri ’84
Rodney Moore ’84
William Okun ’84
David Rogers ’84
Michele Hurst Burton ’83
Richard Francis, Coach
Stephen Purington, Coach
Charles J. Readinger, Coach
Robert Shaw ’76, Coach

Amos Alonzo Stagg
Veteran Coach

Best known as an athlete and pioneering college coach in multiple sports (primarily football), Coach Stagg (August 16, 1862, to March 17, 1965) began his coaching career at Williston Academy as the first paid coach of football (1890 and 1891), and also coached the 1891 baseball team. Subsequently, he coached football at what is now Springfield College, the University of Chicago (1892–1932), and the College of the Pacific (1933–1946), compiling a career college football record of 314–199–35. His Chicago Maroons teams of 1905 and 1913 were recognized as national champions. He was also the head basketball coach for one season at the University of Chicago (1920–1921), and the head baseball coach there for 19 seasons (1893–1905, 1907–1913). Coach Stagg played football as an end at Yale University and was selected to the first College Football All-America Team in 1889. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach in the charter class of 1951 and was the only individual honored in both roles until the 1990s. Stagg reduced the size of his basketball team to five players so that his 10-man football team could compete with each other and to stay in shape over the winter. Stagg was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in its first group of inductees in 1959. Amos Stagg coached college football for 70 years; in his honor, the NCAA Division III championship game is named the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

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