ALL INDUCTEES

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Julius 'Dag' D'Agostino - 2007
Julius D’Agostino made a lasting impact on the community of Pearl River and Rockland County. “Dag” or Coach Dag, as he was affectionately known to all, moved to Rockland County in 1960. For 32 years Dag taught, coached, and guided the youth of Pearl River with enthusiasm in a very professional manner. Growing up in nearby Clifton, New Jersey, Dag was a member of the Clifton High ...Read More

Joe D'Auria - 1975
Inducted in 1975 ... Tappan Zee H.S., class of 1955 ... magnificent all-round athlete ... earned 17 varsity letters in four years: four in baseball, three each in football, basketball, golf and bowling, and one in track ... at 5-feet-7, 140 lbs., dubbed “the greatest little athlete there ever was in Rockland County” by Nick Mottola, D’Auria’s coach in three sports at Tappan...Read More

Pat D'Auria - 1988
Elected in 1988 ... 1936 Nyack H.S. graduate ... a standout on the baseball diamond, football gridiron and boxing ring ... a four-year varsity baseball player who was All-County shortshop as a junior and senior ... as a junior he batted a robust .681 ... his three-year varsity football career was highlighted by an All-County berth as quarterback in ‘35 ... after scoring the tying touchdown, ...Read More

Pete D'Auria - 1976
Elected in 1976 ... 1932 Nyack H.S. graduate ... outstanding all-round athlete... made the All-County team in baseball three years, in football two years, and in basketball one year ... scored two touchdowns and made two drop-kick conversions against Spring Valley to give Nyack the county football championship in 1931 ... also competed for the Nyack track team, finishing second in the 100-yard das...Read More

Gerald D'Auria - 2001
If you listen to longtime Nyackers, when they get to reminiscing about their athletic stars of yesteryear, you'll hear the name D'Auria bandied about quite frequently. Who was the best athlete? Pete D'Auria? Pat D'Auria? Jerry D'Auria? Each of the brothers (there were six of them) has his supporters. In the 1930s, it seemed like a D'Auria was always making headlines, driving in the winning run, ma...Read More

George Dalzell - 1993
Maybe you've heard of George Dalzell, maybe you haven't. Although he didn't comÂpete against Rockland scholastic competition, Dalzell, a New City resident, left an indelible mark at every stop in his storied athletic career.

Take his post-collegiate basketball career, for example. Dalzell played for three and a half years on a traveling U.S. All-Star team that toured every contine...Read More

Kathy Miller Dapolito - 1993
Elected in 1993 ... 1978 Ramapo H.S. alumna ... one of the top female athletes in Rockland sports annals ... in basketball, she was a three-time, first-team All-County selection, averaging more than 20 points each year ... premium scorer and rebounder who also shone defensively ... finished with 980 career points and more than 700 rebounds ... was starting forward on the Hudson Valley Region open ...Read More

Frank Dawson - 1983
Inducted in 1983 ... graduated from Pearl River H.S. in 1953 ... nicknamed “Dixie” ... three-sport athlete at Pearl River in football, basketball and baseball ... made All-County in football in 1952 and was one of the top punters ever in Rockland ... his 79-yard punt from scrimmage against Nyack stood as a record for many years ... at the State University of New York at Cortland, he pl...Read More

Mike Deane - 1993
Installed in 1993 ... 1970 North Rockland H.S. alumnus ... Stony Point native ... has made his mark in basketball ... was All-County in basketball two years, and was All-Rockland quarterback in football his senior year ... at Potsdam State, he was a two-time small college All-America, and made All-East and All-Conference three years each ... Deane was Potsdam’s career scoring (1,447 points) ...Read More

Harold “HALE” DeChelfin - 1978
Enshrined in 1978 ... Haverstraw H.S., class of 1930 ... multi-sport athlete who excelled in baseball, football, softball, bowling, basketball and tennis, and was a betting favorite in 100-yard dash footraces and billiards matches ... All-County shortstop who batted .475 over four years ... described as a Pete Rose type of player — aggressive, mercurial baserunner, good bunter, slick fielder...Read More

Harry “DEE” Dembnick - 1979
Elected in 1979 ... Suffern H.S. Class of 1942 ... achieved his fame on the golf links ... former national vice president of the Professional Golfers Association ... was one of the top golf instructors in the country ... won the Westchester Pro-Am tournament in 1953 and the New Jersey Golf Association Pro-Am in 1961 ... was No.1 man for Suffern H.S. from 1940 to ‘42, and usually shot par ......Read More

Frank DePatto - 1982
Inducted in 1982 ... Suffern H.S., early 1940s ... DePatto was a three-sport athlete for the Suffern Mounties in the late 1930s and early ‘40s ... in football, he earned a berth on the All-Rockland County team for two years, and twice merited All-County recognition in baseball, too ... made All-County once in basketball ... was team captain in all three sports ... DePatto also played footbal...Read More

TOM DEPATTO - 2014
Haverstraw High School Class of 1960

Tom DePatto was a native Rockland County athlete who chose to come back home and spend his life coaching other Rockland County athletes to greatness. As an athlete at Haverstraw High School Tom played basketball and baseball. In his senior year, 1960, Tom was a star pitcher on the Red Raider baseball team, finishing the season with a 9-1 record.
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John Diffley - 2012
A homegrown star from the illustrious Diffley family of New City, John Diffley is one of the finest soccer players ever produced in Rockland County. No Rocklander has ever made the U.S. Olympic soccer team, but John came closest, missing the 1988 Seoul Olympics squad by one berth.

In his senior year at Albertus, John made first-team All-New York State and was a Parade High School All-Am...Read More

Charles F. Dittmer - 2008
Charles is a life long resident of Rockland County. He was born in Rockland Lake and now makes his home in Congers. Growing up in a small town was a memorable experience. During those years, playing sports was a daily way of life.

Athletic skills were developed that paved the way for sport successes in high school and beyond. Charles was a beneficiary of this process. He was an outstand...Read More

Tom Doherty - 2005
“Mister Pearl River”. When one mentions Pearl River athletics, the name Tom Doherty comes to mind. For over 30 years, Tom was actively involved with every aspect of Pearl River sports. He was a coach, an Athletic Director, and Pearl River’s biggest fan. He knew every student on every team, and went out of his way to encourage them and cheer them on. Tom’s coaching career ce...Read More

Ethel Doller - 1991
Elected in 1991 ... 1945 Nyack H.S. graduate ... major force in the development of bowling in Rockland ... during her 22-year tenure as president of the Rockland County Women’s Bowling Association (1962-84), membership peaked at between 5,000 and 6,000; the Rockland County Junior Bowlers Association (RCJBA) was formed, with Doller as organizer and longtime president; the Bowlers Victory Legi...Read More

PHIL DONNELLY - 2017
Phil Donnelly has always been an athlete, competing in four
different sports while at Pearl River High School. In the fall
Phil always ran cross country and contributed to two Section
1 championship harrier squads for the Pirates and a New York
State third-place team his senior year. For two years, he competed
in spring track, winning the Section 1 Class B pole vault
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Bill Drescher - 1975
Enshrined in 1975 ... Congers H.S., 1939 ... Major League Baseball player with the New York Yankees ... was a superior athlete at Congers, competing in baseball, basketball, soccer, volleyball and track ... He was awarded a baseball scholarship to Villanova University, but turned it down ... he played semipro ball with the Congers Liberties, then signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940 ... his ca...Read More

Don Driscoll - 1993
Elected in 1993 ... He is without peer as a competitive swimming coach in Rockland County ... raised in Plainview, L.I., came to Rockland in 1970 and proceeded to establish a boys’ swimming dynasty at Tappan Zee High School ... Driscoll was a 23-year-old physical education teacher and former swimmer when he convinced the South Orangetown School District to start a swim program in ‘70 ....Read More

Steve Drummond - 1991
Inducted in 1991 ... 1961 Clarkstown H.S. alumnus ... honored for his accomplishments as a multi-sport athlete, writer and umpire ... there were few sports he didn’t excel in ... at Clarkstown, he earned All-County notice in football, basketball and baseball ... in baseball, his best sport, he batted.364 as a sophomore on the Rams’ county championship squad ... he was an All-County pit...Read More

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