Wethersfield Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame
2004 Hall of Fame
Joseph Dunn '48: A three-sport athlete, he played soccer, baseball and basketball. In basketball, he led the team in scoring three years in a row. Captained the baseball team his senior year and as a catcher, led the team in battling for two years. He was a halfback on the soccer team and leading scorer his sophomore year. He went on to further his athletic career at New Britain Teacher’s College where he lettered in football and baseball. After his freshman year, he transferred to the University of Connecticut and was the starting catcher and pitcher on the baseball team, which won three Yankee Conference titles. He also played semi professional baseball for the Hartford Indians and Torrington Braves. He is retired from the NCR Corporation after 30 years. He resides in Dayton, Ohio and Naples, Florida with his wife Sue.
Janet Mulcahy Kane '92: An outstanding cross country and track runner at WHS, she broke every course record her senior year and was the Greater Hartford Open Champion. In outdoor track, she was All Conference and still holds the WHS two-mile record. She participated and was third in the 3000-meter event at the Northeast Regional and finished eighth in the Nationals. At Bowdoin College, she excelled in women cross country, indoor and outdoor track. She captained the cross-country team her junior and senior year earning All State and All New England honors. In indoor track, she earned All New England honors. For all her outstanding accomplishments, her teammates awarded her the Colonel Edward A. Ryan Women’s Track and Field Award for athletic excellence and leadership in track and field. Janet has a masters degree in speech language pathology and is employed at the Early Childhood Center for the Fairfield school district.
David Hunter '84: An All State swimmer for three years and All-American honorable mention in 1984. His individual accomplishments at WHS included the 1983 State Champion and record holder in the 100-yard butterfly. He was the 1984 State Champion in both the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly in which he also set a record. In 1984, he received the Outstanding Swimmer Award at the Class M Championship meet. David continued his swimming career at the University of Tampa where he was the Division II National Champion and record holder in the 200 butterfly in 1985 and 1986. In addition, in 1985 was named to the All-American team in the 100 butterfly and 400 medley relay. Her college swimming career ended by a knee injury in 1987. He currently is working for CL&P and resides in Glastonbury with his wife Shelly and son Brandon.
Ron Kozuch '52: A three-sport athlete at WHS, he excelled in soccer, basketball, and baseball. Captained thre baseball team in his senior year batting .355 and leading the team in RBIs, doubles, and triples. In his senior year, his soccer and basketball teams advances to the state tournament and were state champion runner up. He attended Trinity College in Hartford where he played soccer and was a catcher and captain of the baseball team. After college he continued his baseball career with the New York Giants organization and advances to level A baseball in the Eastern League. Ron returned to Connecticut as a teacher and baseball coach at Rockville High School. His baseball team advances to the Class B finals in 1963 and 1964. He also served the Vernon Public Schools as an administrator for twenty-six years. Currently resides with his wife in Wakefield, Rhode Island.
Elizabeth O’Connor '99: One of the outstanding female athletes to come out of WHS, she was a swimmer and played basketball and softball. As a swimmer, she set nine individual records and was part of ten relay records. She also was undefeated in four years of dual meet competition in the 50-yeard freestyle event. She earned All-Conference and All-State honors for four consecutive years. In the Class M State Championship, she placed first in the 50 freestyle (96, 97, 98) and first in the 100 freestyle (97, 98). In 1997, she was honored as Class M State Champion “Swimmer of the Year.” In basketball, O’Connor was a three-year All-State and four-year All-CCC West selection. She holds the Wethersfield record for most points in a basketball scholarship. She captained the team in her senior year, winning the Patriot League title and a 13th seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. A cum laude graduate, she is a first year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Bill Romano '98: Romano had an outstanding basketball career at WHS. A varsity letter winner all four years, he totaled over 1600 points and 900 rebounds. Received All CCC West honors during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. As a senior selected to the Hartford Courant and New Haven Register All State teams. Also selected to the Big Apple Class and an honorable mention to the McDonald is All-American team. On a basketball scholarship to Quinnipiac, he was a four year starter for the Braves and the first player in Quinnipiac history to score 1000 points at the Division I level. Upon graduation from college, Bill joined the Maryke UCC blue Demons in Cork Ireland, which won the Irish National Cup. Also played the last two seasons for the Toowoomba Mountaineers in Queensland, Australia earning team and league MVP honors. Is currently an assistant coach with the Quinnipiac men’s basketball program.
Thomas Strong '58: Honored posthumously, Tom was a three-sport athlete at WHS, playing soccer, basketball, and baseball. Senior co-captain of the soccer team, he led the team in assists and set the state record in 1958 for most goals scored in a season with 27. In the 1958 state championship game, Tom scored all three of Wethersfield’s goals, leading the team to victory. In addition, he held the WHS record for most goals scored. Tom attended the University of Connecticut on a soccer scholarship where he had four great years. He also played college baseball while at UConn. After graduation, he had a successful business career in insurance while living in Bedford, Massachusetts. Tom died in 2001 and is survived by his wife Maryann, children Margaret and David, and two grandchildren. Tom’s son, David accepted the honor on behalf of the Strong family.
Coach Jack Shea: Coach Shea had an exemplary thirty seven-year coaching career in the Wethersfield school district. Started the high school girls soccer program and was the varsity coach for twenty-one seasons. He amassed 200 wins and coached 19 All-State and two all New England players. His soccer teams won the State Class M championship in 1986 and 1994 and were runner up in 1993. He was honored in 1997 with the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year. One of the founders of the Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association, he has also served on the CIAC Girls Soccer State Tournament Committee and Senior Bowl Chairman for eleven years. He coached the high school girls basketball team for 14 years winning the CCC West title in 1996 and 97. His 1998-99 basketball team won 23 games, the most in Wethersfield history. Retired from teaching and coaching, he resides in Rocky Hill with his wife Maryann.
Coach Charlie Wrinn: Coach Wrinn graduated from Buckley High School in 1949 where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and swimming. A 1953 graduate of Trinity College, he played both basketball and baseball for four years. Charlie holds the Trinity record for career rebounds and in 1952, led the nation (small college division) in rebounds. After graduation from Trinity in 1953, signed with the Milwaukee Bravers baseball organization and played professionally as a pitcher until 1958. His coaching career at Wethersfield included : JV baseball in 1961 and 62, Varsity baseball in 1963-66, and 1970. He also coached JV boys basketball from 1962-67. Along with Bob Landers, he started the interscholastic girls basketball program and served as JV coach from 1977-1981. Wrinn was inducted into the Greater Hartford Twilight league Hall of Fame and the East Hartford Explorers Hall of Fame. He also founded the Wethersfield Adult softball league, which he ran for 25 years. A WHS social studies teacher and department head, Wrinn is retired and lives in Glastonbury with his wife Janice.
Girls Gymnastics: Coach Ginny McNamara’s 1989 gymnastic team compiled an outstanding dual meet record of 17-0 during the regular season winning the CCC West Championship. Team Members were Lisa Farinella, Kristin Tranberg, Tammy Corner, Heather McClelland, Tiffany Bassell, Julie Mancuso, Lauren McClean, Kristen Drayton, Casey Ardery, and Laura Smyers.
Boys Wrestling: Coach Peter Thompson’s 1977 wrestling team compiled a program best of 13-6-1 record. They went on to capture the CIAC Class L State Championship. This was the first wrestling championship in WHS history. Wrestlers were Jay Damato, Keith Saunders, Joe Garcia, John Poulos, Chris Stevens, Phil Carpino, Jim Campanello, Chris Lyons, Myron Dytiuk, Peters Godson, Chuck Hamel, Joe Inturri, Lyle O’Connor and Dave Molchan.