NYSPHSAA announces Hall of Fame class
LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has announced the inductees for its Class of 2019 Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, launched in 2002, is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc. and Crown Awards.
Dick Cerone (Administrator, Section V), Anthony Famiglietti (Athlete, Section XI), Cathy Stanilka (Coach, Section 2), Ken Strube (Coach, Section 2), Eileen Troy (Administrator/Coach, Section 2), and Jim Wolfe (Administrator, Section IX) were chosen through a two-level selection process involving a screening committee and a selection committee. Nominations were endorsed by each inductee’s member section of the Association–a preliminary requirement in the nomination process–before going on to the NYSPHSAA Screening Committee for consideration first, then finally to the Selection Committee. Nominations can be submitted to a section office by anyone. The NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame is modeled after the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) program which recognizes individuals in the categories of athlete, coach, official, administrator and related contributor.
The 2019 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Wednesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. at Turning Stone Resort in Verona. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are on sale to the public and may be purchased by calling Sandy Schanck at the NYSPHSAA Office, (518) 690-0771, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to purchase tickets is July 17.
DICK CERONE, Administrator
Dick Cerone dedicated over 50 years of his professional life to the improvement of the sport of football in New York State. He served NYSPHSAA as the Football Chairman from 1981-2014 and was the catalyst for initiating, developing and conducting the NYSPHSAA Football Finals at the Carrier Dome from 1993-2014. It was 16 years before the first football state tournament that Dick recognized the need to provide a playoff structure for the Section V football playoffs and did so in 1977 which began a long history of successful Section tournaments. As the Section Coordinator from 1974-2017, Cerone was responsible for numerous other improvements in the game including developing football clinics, establishing the NYS Football Coaches Association (where he served as President) and creating the Eddie Meath All-Star Game showcase event. Considered a “trailblazer” in football in NYS, Dick contributed an immense amount to the game while having a successful career as an Athletic Director at several schools including Monroe High School (1977-80), Greece Athena High School (1980-92) and Aquinas Institute (1996-2006). Since 2012, he has been serving as the Athletic Director at University Preparatory School. His numerous honors include being inducted into the Section V Football Hall of Fame, the Section V Executive Hall of Fame, the Aquinas Institute Hall of Fame, the Italian American Hall of Fame, and the Greece Athena High School Hall of Fame. He has additionally received the NFHS Appreciation Award, Kodak Community Service Award, Chapter 5 NYSAAA Distinguished Service Award and NYS Football Coaches Award.
Anthony Famiglietti was a top tier track athlete at Patchogue-Medford High School in Section XI in the 1990’s. A 1996 graduate, he flourished as a distance runner capturing the NYSPHSAA 3200 meter state championship as well as numerous Section XI Championships, the Loucks Invitational and several other in-season invitationals in that event catapulting him to the top each year. Famiglietti was also part of the 4 x 800 meter relay team that won the NYSPHSAA State Championship his senior year. He continued his athletic career at Appalachian State where he immediately experienced success winning Southern Conference Freshman of the Year in cross country as a freshman and was Southern Conference Cross Country Runner Up Runner of the Year as a sophomore. After his sophomore season, he transferred to the University of Tennessee demonstrating consistency and success the final two years of his collegiate career that led to a spot on the United States team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Famiglietti ran a season’s best 3200 in the opening round at the Olympic Games, which also was a personal best and fastest time by an American clocking in at 8:17.34. Along with being a two-time Olympian, he came in first place at the Reebok Grand Prix for the 3200-meter steeplechase and is a six-time US Champion.
CATHY STANILKA, Coach
Cathy Stanilka is among the top five all-time winningest girls volleyball coaches in New York State and is also among the top 20 all-time winningest softball coaches. She became an accomplished two-sport coach all while teaching physical education for 35 years, six of which were also spent as the athletic director at Lake George High School in Section 2. Cathy retired in 2010 after 35 years, but coached for six more seasons beyond retirement. In her illustrious 40-year volleyball coaching career, she compiled a 673-182 overall record, won one NYSPHSAAA State Championship (2001), made 12 NYSPHSAA State Final Four’s, captured 26 league titles, and won 19 Section 2 Championships which included a run of 15 straight. Stanilka earned NFHS Coach of the Year plaudits and NFHS Northeast Section Coach of the Year honors both in 2016, the same year she was inducted into the NYS Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. On the softball field, she won 326 games, led her teams to a NYSPHSAA State title (1992) and multiple league and section crowns over a 26-year span. Her career in softball was capped off by an induction into the NYS Sportswriters & Coaches Organization for Girls Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Cathy additional served on NYSPHSAA’s Safety Committee, Volleyball and Softball Clinic Planning Committees, the Volleyball, Basketball and Softball State Committees, and was on the Section 2 Sportsmanship Committee. Cathy and her husband Edward of 35 years reside in Lake George.
KEN STRUBE, Coach
Ken Strube is one of the most decorated girls basketball coaches in New York State currently holding the record for most career wins in Section 2 and ranking in the top five in the entire state. Strube began as a teacher and volunteer assistant coach at Shenendehowa High School before taking over the varsity program in 1979 and compiling a remarkable 588-156 record for a .790 win percentage until retirement in 2012. His teams won the NYSPHSAA State Championship four times and also captured 22 Suburban Council Championships, ten Section 2 titles, and nine Regional Championships. His Lady Plainsmen went undefeated in league play nine times, notched 112 consecutive league wins from 1986-94, and streaked to 13 consecutive Suburban Council titles from 1987-99. Ken closed out his career with Shen winning another seven consecutive Suburban Council Championships from 2006-12. His accolades are unprecedented having been named Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Coach of the Year twice, NYS Sportswriters Association Coach of the Year four times, WBCA District 2 Coach of the Year once, League Coach of the Year 22 times, Section Coach of the Year 13 times, and Coach of the Year dozens of times by the Saratogian, Troy Record, and Times Union. Strube also coached in the 2008 WBCA Nike High School All-American Game. Ken, a Colonie High School (Section 2) graduate in 1971, is an inductee of the Shenendehowa High School Sports Hall of Fame, Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame, and the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame. He additionally served as the Suburban Council Girls Basketball Chairman and was a member of the Section 2 Girls Basketball Committee from 1982-99. Ken currently is he co-chairman of the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame committee and a charter member of the BCANY. He earned a Bachelors in Mathematics from Ithaca in 1975, an Advanced Classroom Teaching certification from UAlbany in 1980, and an Accounting degree from Siena in 1989. He currently resides in Albany with his wife, Jo-Ann, and the couple have two grown sons, Joe and Frank.
EILEEN TROY, Administrator
Eileen Troy is one of the most successful and reliable administrators in the state having served schools in Section 2, various committees and the board of Section 2, and has served NYSPHSAA as President, State Coordinator and numerous committees for more than three decades. She got her start in NYS as a teacher and coach in 1978 at Greenwich Central School before becoming the district Athletic Director in 1987. She served the district for 32 years which included stints as the varsity girls basketball coach, varsity softball coach, and varsity field hockey coach. With NYSPHSAA, Troy was the President from 2012-14 and was Girls Basketball State Chair from 2001-11 while directing the State Tournament for those 12 years. She is in her 22nd year serving as a member of the NYSPHSAA Championship Advisory Committee and spent 31 years on the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee. For Section 2, the Granville Central School graduate was President from 2009-11 and served on the Section Constitution Committee, OCF/Negotiations Committee, Sportsmanship Committee, Merger Committee, and was the Section 2 Girls Basketball and Softball Coordinator for many years. Eileen held the position as the Section 2 Female Representative of Athletics to the Athletic Association for 23 years. Troy was also a successful coach while at Greenwich capturing a NYSPHSAA State Championship in 2003, nine Section Championships, and eight League titles as a softball coach. She was named Softball Coach of the Year by the Saratogian and Post Star twice, and Basketball Coach of the Year twice by the same outlets. Coach Troy was recognized as NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA Class C Softball Coach of the Year in 2003 and The New York State Basketball Coaches Association Section 2 Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 1994. Troy has been inducted into the New York State Softball Hall of Fame, Greenwich High School Hall of Fame and Midland College Warrior Hall of Fame where she was named 1976 Female Athlete of the Year. At Midland, she earned her Bachelors of Arts degree then went onto Castleton State College to earn a Masters of Arts and Administrative Supervisor degrees. She currently resides in South Granville, with her family.
JAMES WOLFE, Administrator
James “Jim” Wolfe has been a highly respected administrator in Section IX for more than five decades. He served NYSPHSAA the past 29 years as a member of its Executive Committee. Wolfe began his career in 1962 as a teacher and assistant track and field coach at Washingtonville School District (Section IX). He then moved on to Goshen School District where he continued to coach and teach until 1985 when he was named the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, a position he held until his retirement in 1995. Wolfe has been described by colleagues in Section IX as a mentor, true teacher, and someone who has always preached “make your decisions for what’s best for the kids”. In addition to coaching track, football, and wrestling during his career, he was a football official for 31 seasons, four of which concluded with being named to the officiating crew for the State Finals at the Carrier Dome. Wolfe was inducted into the Goshen High School Football Hall of Fame in 1992, honored by NYS Athletic Administrators Association with the Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and presented the Section IX Dr. William Moran Service Award in 2017. A graduate of Goshen High School in 1958, Jim earned a Bachelors at SUNY Brockport and a Masters at East Stroudsburg University. Jim and his wife Joan currently reside in Middletown and Jim is still active with Section IX athletics.