Induction Year: 2022
Category: Lacrosse, Wrestling, Gymnastics and Coaching
Location: Bay Shore
Inducted with wife Allison. Together they were longtime Bay Shore High School coaches of multiple sports, including lacrosse, gymnastics and wrestling.
John wrestled at Valparaiso University and made his way to Long Island in the 1970s, spending 32 years as a physical education teacher and 44 years as a coach with the Marauders.
They spent 23 years coaching Bay Shore girls lacrosse and won 309 games with a .742 winning percentage
Both John and Allison are devout Christians and lived their lives in service to their beliefs.
John passed away in July 2020 at the age of 72, and Allison will accept the honor for both.
Inducted into the US Lacrosse Long Island Metro Hall of Fame ~ Class of 2014.
Honored with the “Pfeffer Award” established in June 2014 by the Suffolk County Coaches Girls Lacrosse Association for recognition of 20+ years of coaching excellence and dedication.
Coached 23 All-Americans; 20 NYS Scholar-Athlete Team Awards ~ 17 consecutive from 1998-2014. Had 20 Winning Seasons ~ Undefeated Division I Champions in 2005 and 2006, 18 Division I Championships (first one in ’95), 17 Consecutive Titles ~ 1998-2014, 18 Suffolk County Final-Four Appearances, 16 Consecutive ~ 1998-2013; 11 New York State Top 10 Rankings; 6 Suffolk County Championship Titles, 4 Long Island titles, 4 NYS Final Fours. 23 seasons with Bay Shore boys gymnastics from 1970 through 1992. 22 All-American Gymnasts; 63 Consecutive Dual Meet Wins; 20 Consecutive Winning Seasons, 5 Suffolk County Championships; 2 New York State Championships ~ 1979, 1981; 1981 New York State “Clean Sweep” ~ Bay Shore Gymnasts Place 1st in All 6 Events; 5 Suffolk County Gymnastic Coach of the Year Awards.