NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2018
Class of 2016 Inductees:
- Elizabeth Foote (Class of 1968) played on the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams earning varsity letters in each of those sports. After graduation she went on to study at Southern Connecticut State University where she received a bachelor of science in physical education and health, and then a master of science in physical education and recreation for the disabled. While at Southern she was an athletic trainer for the womens basketball team. In 1978, Beth returned to The Academy as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. During her tenure she coached cross country, basketball and softball for the Centaurs. As the chairperson for the physical education department she developed a curriculum that offered more choice offerings for the students to meet a diversity of interests and abilities. Finally, Beth served as the Director of Athletics for The Woodstock Academy, one of a few women in Connecticut to serve in that role. Beth was a trailblazer expanding and advancing women’s athletics at The Woodstock Academy, in the Quinebaug Valley Conference, and in the State of Connecticut.
- Jennifer Lefevre Fuller (Class of 1990) was a Quinebaug Valley All Star and earned All-State in both soccer and softball. Jennifer was the 1990 Senior Athlete Award recipient for being the best female senior athlete at The Academy. Under her leadership, several of her teams won league championships. After graduation Jennifer attended the University of Maine at Farmington prior to transferring to UConn where she received two degrees in horticulture.
- Royal Hale (Class of 1964) played goalie on the 1963 undefeated regular season boys soccer team. After graduating from college, Royal returned to The Woodstock Academy as a math teacher and a coach in girls’ soccer, baseball, and basketball. He was the coach of the undefeated 1996 Girls Soccer State Championship team, the first and only CIAC State Championship in girls soccer at The Academy. He is one of the winningest coaches in Academy history.
- Bruce Johnson (Class of 1955) played in what is now the library where we just had our reception. There was no three point line, and no space between the out of bounds line and the wall. None of that mattered for basketball player Bruce Johnson. Bruce was the go-to guy on the court when the Centaurs needed a basket. And Bruce always delivered! Time and time again, Bruce put the ball through the hoop helping the team to victory. In a game in 1955 Bruce did something that has not been matched here since – he scored 48 points in a single game – a record that still stands 61 years later. An incredible athlete, and one of the best basketball players to ever wear the blue and gold.
- Shirley Mitchell (Class of 1978) played three sports for the Centaurs, soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball in the spring. Shirley was a varsity athlete each season from her freshman to her senior year – 12 straight varsity seasons. This alone is something that rarely happens in high school sports. She was a captain for each team, a Quinebaug Valley League All-Star multiple times, and a member of the 1976 State Championship softball team. She was one of the best female athletes at The Woodstock Academy for her era.
- Vivian Moulin Morse (Class of 1966) played four years of both varsity basketball and varsity softball for the Centaurs from 1962 through 1966. Vivian was part of the 1965-66 undefeated regular season basketball team under Coach “Lady” Ingraham, who was inducted into The Woodstock Academy Hall of Fame in 2012. She also received the Coaches Award from Coach Lady that year. In the 1966 yearbook, The Spire, Coach Ingraham wrote, “Viv, you are the greatest competitor I have ever coached.” Vivian went on to Central Connecticut State University where she was the starting point guard and a member of the Synchronized Swim team for two years. She then transferred to American International College where she received her undergraduate degree. She also earned a master’s degree from Lesley College.
- 1963 Boys Soccer Team played their final game fifty-three years ago and today they are very deserving to be recognized for what they did on the soccer field. This group, under the leadership of their disciplined and tough Coach Peter Santos, worked hard and bonded together to compile an undefeated regular season record. Even though they did not win the championship that year, they were one of the best soccer teams to ever play at The Woodstock Academy and they deserve to be recognized for their outstanding accomplishments
- 1996 Boys Cross Country Team met to get ready for their season they had two goals in mind. One, a league championship, and two, a goal that had never been reached here at WA, a state championship. In the hot sun, wind, and rain, on dry land and through the mud, the 1996 boys cross country team paced their way through a record setting season. This group of dedicated athletes, led by two of the finest coaches ever at The Woodstock Academy, Head Coach Bob Mondani and Assistant Coach Mike Lunt, made history as being the first team ever to win a boys cross country state championship at The Academy. The 1996 Boys Cross Country Team started a reign of state championships under Head Coach Bob Mondani – also winning in 1999, 2000, and 2006.
The first inaugural class of the Hall of Fame was inducted in the fall of 2012. Seven individuals and one team were recognized for their outstanding contributions to The Woodstock Academy's athletic program. A banquet honoring them was held at The Academy and all inductees were enshrined on a Hall of Fame Walk of Fame located in the Hyde Building.
Class of 2014 Inductees:
- John Graham '02
- Derin Kozlowski '03
- Janel Kozlowski '00
- Christopher Mayhew Sr. '94
- Jared Morse '92
- Stacey Schofield '99
- 1991 Boys' Golf
- 1996 Girls' Soccer
- Evelyn and Arthur Weimann
Class of 2012 Inductees:
- Roland "Rollie" Sheldon '54
- Lauren Anderson '63
- Joseph Patrone '80
- Patrick O'Brien '97
- 1976 Girls Softball Team
- Kenneth Beatson
- Cecelia "Lady" Ingraham
- Coach & Athletic Director:
- Douglas Peck
- President: Cary Bentley '98
- Vice-President: Stewart Morse '60
- Secretary: Kristen Willis '76
- Treasurer: Holly Singleton '86
- Glenn Anderson '70
- Keith Blanchard '85
- Kenneth Sherman '54
- Royal Hale '64
- Brad Favreau '88
- Marc Mainville '98
Ad hoc Members:
- Aaron Patterson, Director of Athletics
- Jonathan Sturdevant, Associate Head of School for Advancement