Hall of Fame 2024

Sam Greeley Jr. 1969

A native of Winnetka, Illinois, Sam Greeley arrived at Williston in the fall of 1967 and immediately made an impact on Rick Francis’s football team as an exceptional three-way player as a running back, defensive back and punter/punt returner.  In his two years in the program, Sam served as a team captain, led the Wildcats in scoring and was named a Boston Globe All New England prep honorable mention selection in both ‘67 and ‘68.   Following football season he headed over to the Lossone Rink to lace up his skates for Dan Carpenter.  As was the case on the gridiron, Greeley’s athleticism stood out on the ice as he tied as the team’s leading scorer in his senior year scoring 39 points in just 14 games.  With his experience as a running back in football, Greeley transferred that speed to track and field running the 100 and 220 yard dashes, the 180-yard low hurdles, the long jump, and the 880-yard relay race on Wilmot Babcock’s track teams.  As he had done in the fall and winter, Greeley’s leadership stood out as he served as a captain of the track team as well. At the end of his senior year, his exceptional contribution as a three-sport captain earned him the Denman Award given to the top senior athlete in the school.  Following his graduation from Williston, Sam headed off to Harvard where he started as a defensive back on the freshman team.  Without question, Sam was one of the outstanding all-around athletes at Williston during his era.