Donal Buckley has been the athletic director at St.
Anthony’s H.S., Huntington, L.I., since 1982. During that time, the
Friars have boasted one of the most dominant athletic programs in New
York State, as named by Sports Illustrated, and his teams have won over
300 titles and 88 Catholic state championships. He began his teaching
career at Most Holy Trinity H.S., Brooklyn, and then moved to Bishop
Ford H.S., Park Slope, before settling in at St. Anthony’s. He is also
currently the president of the Nassau/Suffolk CHSAA and vice president
of the Nassau/Suffolk GCHSAA.
Sal Fischetti started teaching physical education at
his alma mater St. Francis Prep, Fresh Meadows, in 1987, just four
years after he graduated, and coached girls’ varsity basketball from
1989 to 1996. In 1995, his team won the state CLass ‘B’ Federation
title, and he was named Coach of the Year. He became the school’s
athletic director in 1998 and has served on the state CHSAA executive
committee and as treasurer for the GCHSAA league of Brooklyn and Queens.
He is also the chairperson for the Nassau/Suffolk GCHSAA tennis league.
Jim Gregson is the head varsity basketball coach at
St. Saviour H.S., Park Slope. At the school, he’s also coached junior
varsity basketball and varsity softball, winning Coach of the Year
honors in 2005. His varsity hoops team captured the 2011 diocesan
championship. His coaching career began at his parish, Immaculate Heart
of Mary, Windsor Terrace, when his two daughters became involved with
the sports program.
Sister Richard Homan, O.P., played every sport
imaginable growing up in St. Joseph’s parish, Astoria, and her love for
sports led to her long career as athletic director at St. Agnes A.H.S.,
College Point. She served in that role from 1992 to 2013 and oversaw the
formation of bowling and cross-country at the school. Prior to becoming
athletic director, she coached junior varsity basketball at St. Agnes.
Allen James coached varsity softball for 17 years at
Fontbonne Hall Academy, Bay Ridge, before he passed away from lung
cancer in January, 2012. He was inducted posthumously, and his daughter
Jennifer Favato, whom he coached at Fontbonne, accepted on his behalf.
His main focus was working with outfielders, and during his time with
the Bonnies, 10 of his outfielders became First Team All-City players.
Bob Mackey has carved out an impressive resume as
the head varsity girls’ volleyball and basketball coach at Christ the
King R.H.S., Middle Village. He has coached several All-American players
in basketball, including Shay Doron, Tina Charles and Sierra Calhoun,
and has been named national High School Coach of the Year by USA Today
and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). He has served on
the WBCA All-AMerican selection committee and is on the New York State
Coaches Association board.
Jessica McEntee ran cross-country for four years,
outdoor track for three years and starred on the girls’ varsity
basketball team for four years at Archbishop Molloy H.S., Briarwood.
Upon graduation, she held school records in the long jump, high jump and
4×400-meter relay, and in basketball, she is Molloy’s all-time leader
in points, rebounds and blocks. She became one of only three players to
compile 1,500 pts. and 1,000 rebounds in her college career at New York
University, Manhattan, where she was also named the Division III Player
of the Year in 2008. She became just the second person from Molloy
inducted into the GCHSAA Hall of Fame.
Janelle McManus captained the varsity basketball
team at Bishop Kearney H.S., Bensonhurst, for three years before her
graduation in 2000. As the all-time leading scorer in the GCHSAA with
2,274 pts., she led the Tigers to three state championships and the
first Federation title in school history. She played two years of
basketball at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., before finishing up
her career at Fairfield University, Conn. Her No. 12 jersey hangs in the
Tom Murray coached boys’ varsity basketball for 40
years at Cardinal Hayes H.S., the Bronx, and his teams took home three
city championship titles. His contributions to the girls’ league include
his nearly 30 years of service on the state CHSAA executive committee,
serving terms as president and vice president.
Sister Maria Pares, O.S.F., is the longtime head
varsity basketball coach at the Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart,
N.Y. She’s also coached two Division I college programs: Canisius
College, Buffalo, N.Y., and Marquette University, Milwaukee. In addition
to basketball, she has coached volleyball, softball and badminton at
Sacred Heart. She once oversaw a 127-game winning streak.
Ellen Sarosy-Kiernan enjoyed success in four sports
at The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates. For the Hilltoppers, she
starred in basketball, track, volleyball and softball. She earned a
softball scholarship to Fairfield University, where she is the program’s
all-time leader in hits, steals and runs scored.