ALL INDUCTEES

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Joseph “JOJO" Mackey - 1972
Charter member, inducted with the first class of honorees in 1974 ... 1963 Haverstraw H.S. alumnus ... one of the true superstars in Rockland athletic history ... led Haverstraw to eight consecutive major sports championships from 1960 to 1962 ... outstanding baseball, football and basketball player who went on to play minor league baseball in the New York Yankees organization, reaching Triple A ....Read More

Rocco Marano - 1998
Gained admittance in 1998... 1945 Haverstraw HS graduate...starred as a forward in basketball and as a defensive end in football...in basketball, his senior year he was team captain, made All-County, and helped lead Haverstraw to the Section 9 championship...as a junior, he was integral part of Bricktowners' co-championship club...also contributed greatly to Haverstraw's county co-championship foo...Read More

Gene Martin - 2011
In the early to mid-1950s, Tappan Zee High School was a hotbed of athletic talent, with names like Howie Pierson, Joe D’Auria, Frank Cosentino, Hubie Nealy and John Mercurio lighting up the playing fields of Rockland. When Hugh Short – the former world record holder in the 600-yard run for Georgetown – arrived at Tappan Zee in 1949 to coach track and cross country, the conditions...Read More

Bob Mathias - 1986
Elected in 1986 ... graduated from Clarkstown H.S. in 1972 ... one of the greatest players ever to grace a basketball court in Rockland ... 6-foot-7, 230-lb. center ... from his first game as a seventh grader to his final game as a senior, his teams never lost to a Rockland opponent, a streak of 82 games, including 56 varsity games ... he led the talented Clarkstown teams to four straight Rockland...Read More

Ed Matott - 2015
Nyack High School Coach, 1958-1977

Throughout his career as an educator, coach and sports official, Ed Matott held himself and others to the same high expectations. He gave his best and expected the best from those who played for him, who officiated his games and the coaches whose games he officiated at both the high school and college level.

In his playing days, Ed was a pit...Read More

Edward Maurer - 1979
Elected in 1979 ... known as E.J. ... a giant in Rockland bowling circles ... he organized the Rockland County Bowling Association in 1947 and was its first president ... bowled in the American Bowling Congress national tournament in 1929 ... averaged better than 200 in the 1930s, when 200 scores were not common ... was the Rockland County representative to the American Bowling Congress for 16 yea...Read More

Joe McDowell - 1995
Inducted in 1995 ... came to Nyack in 1952 on a student teaching assignment ... by the time he retired in 1985, McDowell built a legacy as a successful and well-respected track and cross country coach, beloved art teacher, outstanding sportsman and humanitarian ... following a two-year commitment in the Army, he spent 31 years at Nyack ... he coached spring track for 29 years, 25 of them as head c...Read More

Sylvester “MOLLY” McGee - 1986
Entered in 1986 ... 1970 graduate of North Rockland H.S. (was Haverstraw H.S. until that year) ... starred in football and baseball at Haverstraw and North Rockland, then went on to a football career that included five seasons of pro football, including one in the National Football League with the Atlanta Falcons ... in baseball, he was a three-time All-County center fielder and made the Daily New...Read More

Ed McGrath - 1982
Inducted in 1982 ... the ultra-successful Clarkstown H.S. basketball coach for 20 seasons, 1957 to 1976 ... between 1963 and 1972, his teams won 136 games and lost only 14 ... that includes a record 56 consecutive victories in Rockland PSAL competition, and three straight unbeaten PSAL seasons ... McGrath’s teams won 10 Rockland County PSAL championships, eight of them outright ... his caree...Read More

JOE MCGUINNESS* - 2016
Clarkstown South High School Class of 1978
Coach & Athletic Director
Albertus Magnus High School, Tappan Zee High School (Posthumous)

In his short life, Joe McGuinness made a lasting impact on the people of Rockland County. He was an athlete, educator, coach, administrator, husband and father, and in all areas Joe was outstanding. Joe was a starting guard on the varsity ba...Read More

Denise McGuire - 1990
Elected in 1990 ... Pearl River H.S., Class of 1979 ... regarded in some circles as the finest female basketball player in Rockland scholastic history ... was the first Rockland girl to score 1,000 career points, and finished with a record 1,476 points (since broken) ... a four-year varsity starter who averaged better than 20 points per game her last three years ... dynamic guard who could drive a...Read More

Howie McNiff - 1998
1973 Albertus Magnus alumnus...one of Rockland's finest ditance runners ever...he was the first runner in NY State history to win state indivdual titles in all three seasons of one school year, the Class B title in cross-country, the two mile championship in indoor track, and the mile crown in spring track...his best 2-mile time was 9:07.3, is fourth fastest in state indoor history...he also clock...Read More

Tom McTaggart - 2012
To runners nervously lining up in their starting positions, hearts thumping expectantly, Tom McTaggart is a reassuring voice of calm. With right arm raised and starter’s pistol held aloft, Tom’s measured tones of “on your mark” and “set,” followed by the crack of the gun, have sent off thousands of runners without a hitch and on an equal footing. His professiona...Read More

Barbara Mellen-Speerin - 2010
While many athletes excel at one or two sports, at Clarkstown North High School, Barbara Mellen excelled at four. Barbara played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball and was voted MVP and team captain of each of her
teams in both her junior and senior years.

On the soccer field as a right inner, Barbara earned 3 varsity letters and was All County twice. She set Rockland C...Read More

John Mercurio - 1992
Gained induction in 1992 ... Tappan Zee H.S. graduate ... founded the Rockland County Sports Hall of Records in 1980 and wrote a 300-plus-page book that chronicles the achievements of the county’s top athletes and teams from 1900 to 1981 ... former chairman of the Rockland Hall of Fame’s screening committee ... professional softball player ... played one season for the Philadelphia Pat...Read More

RON MORGAN - 2016
Congers High School Class of 1952

Ron Morgan’s athletic career spanned more than 50 years in Rockland County, first at Congers High School, then on the semipro baseball fields in the county, and finishing up on the recreational bowling lanes and golf links. He was a truly active and involved athlete in all aspects of his life.

Ron started out as a multi-sport athlete at...Read More

Nick Mottola - 1978
Installed in 1978 ... came to Rockland in 1948 as a coach at Tappan Zee H.S. ... during the next six years, his teams proceeded to win six Rockland PSAL titles, one co-championship, and four Section 9 titles, all in basketball (1951 through 1954) ... under Mottola, the Flying Dutchmen, led by a group of multi-talented athletes like Joe D’Auria, Howie Pierson and Hubie Nealy, won the county f...Read More

Tom Mounkhall - 1997
Elected in 1997 ... graduated from Albertus Magnus H.S. in 1962 ... all-star basketball player for the Falcons who later became a highly successful tennis coach at Spring Valley H.S. ... had to play junior varsity basketball his first two years at Albertus because the school did not yet offer varsity basketball ... he made first-team All-County his junior and senior years, and led Rockland County ...Read More

LORRAINE MOYLAN - 2014
Pearl River High School Class of 1976
Lorraine Moylan applied the lessons she learned on the basketball court in a record-setting coaching career at Albertus Magnus and her alma mater, Pearl River. In her 30 years of coaching girls’ basketball, Lorraine won 21 league titles, 6 Section 1 championships, 5 Regional crowns, 2 New York State titles and 2 State Federation championships. She w...Read More

TOM MULROY - 2017
(SOCCER TOM)

Ramapo High School
Class of 1974

Tom Mulroy rose from the playing fields of East Ramapo
schools to become one of Rockland County’s most accomplished
soccer players and a major catalyst in the sport both in
the U.S. and worldwide. He played professional soccer for 13
years with 13 teams in five indoor and outdoor leagues, and
sm...Read More

Jeffery Munson - 1980
Inducted in 1980 ... Tappan Zee H.S., Class of 1956 ... Munson accomplished more athletically by age 16 than most people do in a lifetime ... champion trapshooter ... in 1949, at age 10, he won the junior championship of the Rockland Shooting Club in Orangeburg ... at age 11, he captured the New York State Junior Championship and the state Junior Yardage Championship, both at Buffalo ... at age 12...Read More

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