Athletic Hall of Fame

The Governor's Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2002 to honor exemplary scholar athletes at the Academy. The first class was inducted in the fall of 2003 and, since that time, the Academy has enshrined 32 individuals.

Honorees are selected biennially by a committee of alumni, faculty, staff and administrators, including former and current Academy coaches. The Athletic Hall of Fame is located in the Pescosolido Field House.

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Class of 2017

James Waugh '44 
Football, basketball, baseball

Wallace Rodman "Rod" Jennings '49
Football, basketball, baseball

Claire Shearman Joyce '98
Cross country, track

Daniel Gadzuric '98
Soccer, basketball, track

Delia Cox '02 
Soccer, lacrosse

Class of 2015

Shannon Davenport ‘90, earned four varsity letters in soccer, and four in track and field. As a soccer player, she was a four year starter and central defender. Three times she was named the team’s MVP. She was named All-ISL three times. As a senior captain she led her team to a New England Championship. As a track athlete, she was a four year letter winner. She set records in the javelin and 4 x 100 relay. Her track and field teams won three New England Championships and two ISL Championships. She was a co-captain and team MVP as a senior, and was named All-ISL and All-New England. At Commencement, she was awarded the Morse Flag. At the University of North Carolina, she threw the javelin for four seasons and was named All-ACC. She was also a member of the ACC and NCAA Championship women's soccer team for two seasons. She was regularly recognized for her achievements as a scholar-athlete.

James Morrissey ‘02earned four varsity letters in football, four in hockey, and four in lacrosse. He was elected captain in his junior and senior seasons in each sport. A cornerback and running back in football, he was named All-ISL twice and team MVP his senior season when his team won a New England Championship. As a forward on the hockey team, he was named All-ISL honorable mention. As a lacrosse midfielder, he was named MVP three times, All-ISL twice, and received All-America and co-ISL MVP honors as a senior when his team won the ISL Championship. At Commencement he received the Academy Prize and the Goodwin Award. At the University of Virginia he set a record for games played by a midfielder, and was a member of two NCAA Championship teams. As a senior, he captained the undefeated 2006 NCAA championship team and was awarded the Henry Graf Leadership Award. He played Major League Lacrosse for five seasons, was named League All Star and won the MLL Championship in 2011. 

Damian Prescott ‘94won four varsity letters in both hockey and lacrosse. A talented hockey forward and prolific scorer, he was named All-ISL in 1993 and 1994. He was named team captain in his senior season and was named team MVP in both his junior and senior years. As a lacrosse player, he earned All-ISL honors three times and was also named team MVP three times. He led the ISL in scoring his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons while serving as team captain in his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he was named ISL player of the year, and All-American. At Brown University, he played hockey and was a first team All-Ivy and All-ECAC selection as a senior, and was team captain while leading the Ivy League in scoring. He was twice named Brown’s team MVP. As a senior he was among the nation’s leaders in goals per game. He also played varsity lacrosse at Brown for one season. Damian went on to play three years of professional hockey in the East Coast and American Hockey leagues in 1999, 2000, and 2001. In 2001 he captained a team that won the East Coast League championship.

Lisa Sweeney Ryan ‘88 came to GDA in grade 11 and quickly made an impact. In field hockey, she was a two year starter and twice named team MVP. She was elected team captain and was All-ISL both years. As a senior, she was selected as an All-American. As a track athlete, she was named team MVP both years, was named All-ISL and set a school record in the 100 meter hurdles. She was the first female to be elected president of the student body and received the Anne Marie Murphy Award at Commencement. Playing field hockey at the University of Iowa, she was a four year letter-winner and helped lead her team to three NCAA Final Four appearances. She was a three time All-Conference selection, and holds the Iowa record for assists in a game. As a senior she was first team All-Conference and second team All-America. Lisa continued to compete in track after college, setting two age group World Records - in the 2K Steeplechase and in the 4 x 800 meter relay. 

Stevenson Bucknall ‘85 came to GDA from England as a sophomore. He quickly established himself as an outstanding soccer player earning All-ISL honors and twice being named team MVP. A gifted basketball player, he was named All-ISL for each of his three seasons. He was named team captain and MVP. As a senior, he led the team to a 24-1 record and a New England Championship while being named team and ISL MVP. He set school records for points in a season, points in a game, scoring average, and rebounds. For his accomplishments he was selected as a MacDonald’s All-American. He was awarded the Goodwin Prize at Commencement. At the University of North Carolina, he was a starter, was elected captain as a senior and was named All-ACC. He played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers before playing professionally in Europe until 2006. He has made a significant impact as a player and coach in his home country. 

David Abusamra, a member of the faculty from 1972 until 2011, taught in the foreign language department, and coached cross-country and track. His dedication to his student-athletes and to his school is legendary. He coached the boy’s cross-country team from 1980 until his retirement. During that time his team won two New England championships. He coached the girl’s cross-country team from 1982 until his retirement winning eight New England championships and three ISL Championships. David coached dozens of ALL-ISL and All-New England runners as well as several All-Americans and had three undefeated teams. David was an unusually dedicated and innovative coach, but what endeared him to his charges and to his peers was his devotion to each of his runners, from the champions to the last place finishers. David had a special way of recognizing every single athlete’s accomplishments no matter how small they may have been.

Class of 2012

Robert E. Anderson, a member of the faculty from 1957 until 1996, taught in the science department, coached the football and lacrosse teams, and served as Athletic Director. His dedication to his students and to his school is legendary. As Athletic Director from 1972-1991, he lead in the inception of the Independent School League and in the creation of the women’s athletic program at Governor Dummer Academy. For 31 seasons he coached the football team, including thirteen as the head coach. His 1968 football team was undefeated. He coached lacrosse every spring of his thirty-nine year career, serving as Heb Evans’ assistant on the varsity for 25 years, bringing the boys lacrosse program to the pinnacle of New England schoolboy competition, and he co-authored LacrosseFundamentals, a popular resource for coaches and players.

Brandy S. Fisher ’94, entered the Academy as an eleventh grade student and earned two varsity letters in soccer, two in hockey and one in lacrosse. An exceptionally talented all-around athlete, Brandy particularly excelled in hockey, leading the team in scoring in both her junior and senior seasons while garnering All-ISL honors both years. As a senior captain, she was the team MVP and amongst the best schoolgirl players in the country. At Commencement, she received the Anne-Marie Murphy Athletic Award. At the University of New Hampshire, she set the career record for most goals with 129. During her senior year, Brandy won the inaugural Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division I Women’s Hockey. That season, she led the country in goals (42), assists (39), and points (81) and was named first team All-America, ECAC Player of the Year and New England Player of the Year, while her University of New Hampshire team won the inaugural NCAA Championship. She played for the U.S. National Team in 1999 and 2000.

Isaiah Suggs ’78
, earned three varsity letters in football, four in basketball and three in lacrosse. Known for his speed, strength and tenacity, he was a talented three-sport athlete. A running back and hard-hitting safety in football, he was the co-captain as a senior and All-ISL. As a guard and captain of the varsity basketball team, he led the team to an ISL and New England Class C championship and a 19-1 record during his senior year. As a midfielder on the lacrosse team, he was twice named to the All-Northern Division All-Star team. As a member of the faculty for 23 years, he played a key role in the lives of numerous students and alumni. Whether on the playing fields, in the dormitory, at the dining hall, or around campus, Ike was a constant presence in the lives of his charges. He coached JV lacrosse and both the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams. His women’s basketball team won back-to-back New England Class B Championships in 2001 and 2002.

Class of 2009

Jonathan N. Pingree '81 played varsity football, varsity hockey and varsity baseball as a sophomore, junior and senior. A quarterback, he captained the football team as a senior while earning All-ISL and Team MVP honors. He captained the hockey team in his senior season as well, and earned All-ISL honors in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior, he was awarded the Flood Shield as the league’s MVP. In baseball, he was All-ISL and team MVP in his junior and senior seasons. At Commencement, he was awarded the Goodwin Athletic Prize as the Academy’s top male athlete. A Hall of Fame member at Lake Forest College, he earned eight varsity letters including one in baseball, three in lacrosse, and four in hockey. A hockey All-American, he was team captain and MVP while helping Lake Forest to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Jon has been an active leader in local youth sports programs.

Marc K. Tucker '68 earned three varsity letters in football, two in basketball and three in track and field. He was known for his combination of talent, tenacity and leadership ability. In football, he was co-captain and MVP, earned All-ISL and All-New England honors and set single game records for carries and yards gained as a running back. In basketball, he was the team’s defensive stalwart and leading rebounder. In track and field, he was co-captain and team MVP. As a senior, he won the New England Championship title in the discus and placed second in the shot put. At Commencement, he was awarded the Goodwin Athletic Prize as the Academy’s top athlete. He competed in track and field at Princeton for three seasons throwing the discus, hammer and 35-lb weight. He has been an active organizer and supporter of local youth sports programs and founding chairman of the Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

David M. Hicks '54 played soccer, basketball and tennis at Governor Dummer Academy, as the school was known until 2006. A three-time varsity letter winner in soccer, he captained the Academy’s first, and to date only, undefeated team. A basketball player known for his shooting prowess, he won three varsity letters. As a senior he led the team in scoring, averaging 19 points per game and earning the MVP award. A gifted tennis player, he played on the varsity team for four seasons, was team captain and MVP three times. With his brother Don ’55, he won the Eastern U.S. Prep doubles title as well as the Northeast U.S. doubles title. At Amherst, where he graduated Cum Laude, he won nine varsity letters in soccer, squash and tennis. He was an All-New England soccer player and played number one on both the squash and tennis teams, captaining both teams. An active business and community member, he has served in leadership roles for the United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Public Housing Authority and the University of North Florida among others.

Donald N. Rice '52 entered the Academy as an eleventh grade student and earned six varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. As a senior, he captained the basketball team, leading it to an 11-4 record and accounting for over a third of the team’s total points. He was awarded the Goodwin Athletic Prize at Commencement as the Academy’s top athlete. At Colby he lettered in basketball and baseball. He won the Shiro Award in basketball in both 1955 and 1956 and captained the baseball team in 1956 while batting .441 and setting records for hits, doubles and triples. He coached the Greenfield Community College basketball team from 1969-1972. In 1970 and ’71 they won the Western Massachusetts Championship and in 1971 they were State Runners Up. In 1994 and ’96 Don won the Senior Club Golf Championship at Lake Sunapee Country Club.

Bennet “Bots” Young Jr. '45 came to Governor Dummer in the fall of 1941 from Lake Forest, Illinois. A superb three sport athlete, he played football, hockey and baseball. He was on the varsity football team for three seasons as a halfback. As captain his senior year, he led the team in touchdowns and was named MVP. A four-year varsity hockey player and center, he once scored all five of his team’s goals versus BB&N. In played varsity baseball for four seasons and served as captain his senior season. Upon graduation he served in the Marine Corps before attending Dartmouth. Bots was offered a contract by the New York Yankees but chose instead to pursue a career in business. He served as the Western Golf Association Director from 1960-1965, and also as the Director of the Lake Forest Community Athletic Activities.

Class of 2007

Edward Ashley “Ash” Eames II ’48 played on varsity teams in soccer, hockey, and baseball at The Governor’s Academy for five years, 1945-1949. He was co-captain of the hockey and baseball teams in 1948, and he captained the Academy nine in 1949. He is considered one of the finest all-around athletes in the storied history of Academy athletics. In his senior year, he was the recipient of the coveted Goodwin Athletic Prize. He went on to an outstanding career at Amherst College, playing soccer, hockey and baseball; captaining teams; and being elected All-New England in soccer. He received the top athlete award at Amherst in 1953. From 1956-1969, Ash was an outstanding teacher, advisor, and coach at the Academy. Ash Eames was truly respected as a person and as an athlete.

Jeffrey B. Ellis ’63 played varsity football, basketball, and lacrosse at The Governor’s Academy from 1961-63. In his senior year, he quarterbacked the football team, co-captained the basketball team, and captained the lacrosse team. As the spirited leader of the lacrosse team, Jeff became the all-time high scorer in the history of the school. In presenting the Goodwin Athletic Prize to Jeff at graduation, Headmaster Val Wilkie called Jeff “a leader of the best sort, both for his own teammates and for younger athletes in the school.” Jeff went on to Kenyon College, distinguishing himself on the lacrosse team for two years before entering the military. For those who knew him, Jeff’s spirit and tenacity will be remembered forever.

Anna Hill Gerry ’85 was an outstanding all-around performer at The Governor’s Academy, competing in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. Her athletic career in Byfield, with varsity recognition in eleven of her twelve seasons, was marked with humility and quiet dignity. She held captaincies in all three sports and was named the Most Valuable Player in each. Anna was named to the ISL All-League Basketball and Lacrosse teams for three years and was Honorable Mention in soccer for two years. In her junior and senior seasons, she was a member of the All-American Lacrosse team. She was given the Anne-Marie Murphy Athletic Award and the GDA Blazer Award when she graduated. Anna went on to an outstanding lacrosse career at Brown University and at the University of New Hampshire. She returned to her alma mater to coach both soccer and lacrosse.

Amy Russell Bonnerot ’89 competed in cross-country, Nordic skiing, and spring track for twelve straight seasons during her four years in Byfield. Captaincies, MVPs and records were part of her storied career. In Nordic skiing, she was MVP of the league in 1988 and team captain in 1988 and 1989. In cross-country, she was undefeated in thirty-six consecutive ISL meets; she was the ISL Champion for three years and the New England Champion for two years; and she was the Boston Globe ISL League MVP for three years. In track, she was the ISL Champion in the 800, 1500, and 3000 and won the same races in the New Englands along with the 4x100 relay. She was named the Boston Globe ISL League MVP for Track in 1989. In 1988, she won the 1500 in the Massachusetts Bay State Games. At the Academy, she held school records in cross-country and in the 800, 1500, 3000, and 4x100 relay races. Amy went on to distinguished cross-country and track careers at Boston College; she is presently a member of the Central Park Track Club in New York City.

A. MacDonald Murphy was a member of the faculty at The Governor’s Academy from 1930 until his retirement in 1974. During his forty-four years in Byfield, Mac was a renowned hockey coach who was elected to the Massachusetts Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame in March, 1979; was the founder and long time coach of Academy lacrosse; and was the school’s first Director of Athletics from 1955 to 1972. Mac loved and respected his students, and they loved and respected him. The Class of 1974 dedicated The Milestone to him. His peers in the independent school circuit always felt immense gratitude to Mac who was one of the leading voices in the early direction of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council and the author of its history in 1979. Always insistent on basic human values, Mac was a considerable influence on athletics throughout the region. The original Frost Rink, when covered, became the Murphy-Frost arena to honor Mac’s many years of service.

William H. Sperry joined The Governor’s Academy faculty in 1954; until his retirement in 1992, he taught history, chaired the History Department, and served as College Counselor. During his tenure, he served in a variety of coaching roles, including head coach of varsity football, JV basketball, winter and spring Track and, for his final ten years in Byfield, assistant coach of girls track. Throughout his coaching career, Bill excelled at finding athletes’ strengths and then teaching proper techniques for players to reach their full potential. As a track coach, his knowledge of varying events, from sprints to middle and long distance, from hurdles to field events, was legendary. His winter track teams won two New England Class B Championships and his spring track teams were just as successful. The magnitude of his coaching prowess reached its height with the girls track program, when the team, with Bill as the top assistant, won five New England Class B Championships. Bill will be forever remembered by his students in the classroom and on the athletic field.

Class of 2005

Howard J. “Buster” Navins ’31 played varsity basketball and baseball at GDA in the 1930-31 school years. He held the single game scoring record in basketball from 1931 to 1947. He went on to outstanding careers in basketball and baseball at Williams College and captained the 1935 baseball team. From 1936 to 1977, Buster was a faculty member at GDA and coached varsity teams in soccer, basketball, and baseball. He was considered a coaching legend at GDA, and his teams won league championships in soccer and baseball as well as the 1947 Class B New England Basketball Championship. The Navins Trophy in soccer is awarded to that senior who best exemplifies the spirit and desire that characterized Buster’s teams; and the baseball field at GDA is named in Buster’s honor. Countless GDA athletes considered playing for Buster their highest privilege.

C. Nelson “Nels” Corey ’35 competed in football, hockey and baseball at GDA in the 1934-35 school years. He went on to Bowdoin College where he won nine letters and was All-Maine in football and All-New England in hockey, as well as an outstanding baseball player. After college, Nels enjoyed distinguished teaching and coaching careers at GDA and at Hotchkiss School where he started the lacrosse program and was a faculty member from 1965-1980. His coaching career included time at Maine Central Institute, Colby College, Williams College, and Bowdoin. Nels has been the recipient of numerous accolades: The Martin Souders Award for contributions to independent schools; induction into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor; and the 2005 Contribution to Amateur Football Award.

Franklin “Fritz” Freeman ’48 played varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball at GDA from 1946 to 1948. He was the captain of the basketball team in 1948 and won the Most Valuable Player Award in baseball in 1946, 1947, and 1948. He pitched the first no-hit, no-run game in GDA baseball history against Noble and Greenough School in 1947. Fritz was chosen to participate in the 1948 Boston Post Schoolboy All-Star Game at Braves Field in 1948, as the starting pitcher. Signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1948, he played for Lynn in the New England League before injury forced his retirement from the professional ranks. In 1974, Fritz was a ranked doubles tennis player in New England in the 45 and over division.

Michael K. Mulligan ’71 competed in varsity soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse at GDA. He was the captain of the wrestling team and won his weight class in the New England Championships in 1971. He played lacrosse at Middlebury College and captained the 1975 team which won the Eastern College Athletic Association Championship. He was awarded the Middlebury College Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award in 1975 and was named to various all-star teams. As a GDA coach, Mike was head coach of soccer for nine years and assisted the legendary G. Heberton Evans in wrestling. His coaching career continued at Thacher School where he is currently the headmaster.

Julia L. Duff ’80 played varsity field hockey and lacrosse at GDA from 1977 to 1980. She captained the lacrosse team in her junior and senior years and was the team’s MVP both years. In 1979, Julie was the MVP of a high school all-star team which toured Canada. Upon graduation from GDA, she won the Anne-Marie Murphy Athletic Award. During her college career at William and Mary, she captained the lacrosse team in 1984 and won the Outstanding Scholar Athlete Award. Her lacrosse career also included playing for the United States team from 1981-1987 and serving as head coach at Phillips Exeter Academy and Stanford University. Currently, Julie is the West Region’s representative on the US Lacrosse Women’s Board of Governors, and a board member of Northern California’s Women’s Lacrosse Association.

Class of 2003

Joe Hoague ’37 played five varsity sports at GDA, serving as captain of the baseball team his senior year. In his junior year, Joe played football, hockey, and baseball; as a senior, he competed in football, basketball, winter track, and baseball. He was awarded the Academy’s most honored prize, the Morse Flag, for earning the highest respect of the faculty. After GDA, Joe played football at Colgate University, where he was a three-year letterman and honorable All-American. After graduating from Colgate, Joe played professional football with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the old Boston Yanks. In 1980, Joe was named to the National High School Association Hall of Fame for his dedication to coaching football at Melrose High School in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Bob Rex ’53 played on the football, basketball and baseball teams at GDA, earning a total of six varsity letters. As co-captain of football during his senior year, Bob led the team to an undefeated season and was named co-MVP; as captain of basketball that year, he was also named MVP. His achievements on the field and court earned him the Goodwin Athletic Prize at the end of his senior year, as well as the Morse Flag for garnering the highest respect of the faculty. After GDA, Bob attended Dartmouth College, serving as captain of the football team in 1956. He was named second team All-Ivy and won the Boston Sports Writers Achievement Award that year.

Carl “Skip” Pescosolido ’55 played football and competed in winter and spring track at GDA. He was MVP and captain of the football team during his senior year, two-time captain of spring track his junior and senior years, and MVP of spring track in his senior year. Skip won six different events in winter and spring interscholastic track at GDA, and held seven individual school records. He competed in the National High School Decathlon as a junior, placing seventh, a first for a GDA athlete. At the end of his career at GDA, he was awarded the Goodwin Athletic Prize. After GDA, Skip attended Harvard University where he competed in track and field.

Ray Huard ’67 played football, basketball, and baseball at GDA. As a senior, Ray was captain of the football team, the MVP, and was chosen as the first team end on the Boston Herald All New England Prep School football team. That academic year, he was also co-captain and MVP of the basketball team and made first team All-Prep in that sport as well. In the spring of his senior year, Ray was co-captain of the baseball team and was named MVP, completing his three-sport sweep for the year. He received the Goodwin Athletic Prize from GDA and also the Morse Flag, given to that senior who has earned the highest respect of the faculty. Ray took his talents to Princeton, where he played football and baseball initially, before concentrating on baseball for most of his collegiate career. He was captain and shortstop of the Princeton baseball team and was then drafted by the Atlanta Braves.

Susan Perry ’81 played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at GDA and was named All-League in all three sports. Susan was captain and MVP of the soccer team her junior and senior years; captain of the basketball team her junior and senior year; three-time women’s basketball MVP; co-captain of the lacrosse team and co-MVP her senior year. She was the first woman to earn 12 varsity letters at GDA and was also the recipient of the Anne Marie Murphy Athletic Award. After graduating from GDA, Susan attended Colby College and American University where she competed in basketball and lacrosse. She later became the first female Athletic Director at GDA.

André La Fleur ’83 competed in varsity football, cross-country, basketball and spring track at GDA. He served as captain and was named MVP of the basketball team his junior and senior years, and was named ISL All-League. Awarded the MVP Somerby Track Prize during his junior and senior years, André was co-captain of spring track during his senior year. The recipient of the Goodwin Athletic Prize his senior year at GDA, André went on to play basketball at Northeastern University, where he was the all-time assist leader and played with Reggie Lewis in the backcourt. André was drafted by the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association, and went on to play professional basketball in the Australian National Basketball League.

Heb Evans epitomized the triple threat as a faculty member at Governor Dummer Academy during his tenure from 1948 to 1985. Heb was a math teacher, dorm parent, and a legendary wrestling and lacrosse coach at GDA. As head wrestling coach at GDA from 1958-1985, he led his team to three undefeated seasons in 1959, 1960 and 1961, earned two Class-A Championships in 1961 and 1962, one Graves-Kelsey Championship in 1982, and a New England Championship in 1983. He was also inducted into the Massachusetts Wrestling Hall of Fame. From 1958-1984, Heb was head lacrosse coach at GDA, leading his team to a New England Championship in 1966 and a Northern New England Prep School Championship in 1977. He was inducted into the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1995. Heb’s book, Lacrosse Fundamentals, is still used as a handbook for coaches and players around the country

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