Congratulations to the 2006 Honorees  click name for bios

Sportsmen Awards
Dale Hollingsworth
Lisa Brummel
John Cooper
Matt MacVane

Coaching Award
Pat Smith

Citizenship Award
Gerry Kuroghlian

William A. Krause, Jr. Humanitarian Award
Bill Mitchell
 

 

Coach Paul Lane & Matt MacVane

Bill Mitchell & Lisa Brummel

Matt MacVane, Dale Hollingsworth & Gerry Kuroghlian

   

 

Pat Smith & Bill Mitchell

 
   

Dale Hollingsworth

John Cooper

   
All bios written by George Albano, assistant sports editor and columnist at The Hour Newspaper in Norwalk, CT.
 
Dale Hollingsworth

Dale Hollingsworth is another in a long line of outstanding soccer players to come out of Staples High during the 1960s and ‘70s. Hollingsworth was a key member of the Wreckers’ 1969 and 1970 soccer teams that won back to back state championships. A starting inside forward as a junior, Hollingsworth scored nine goals and assisted on two more as he helped lead Staples to an unbeaten regular season and the FCIAC Western Division title. The Wreckers would finish 17-1 overall, including a 2-0 win over Hartford Public in the Class L state final. As a senior, Hollingsworth was co-captain of a Staples soccer team that lost its non-league season opener to Nyack (N.Y.) High School and then didn’t allow another goal the rest of the season. The Wreckers would go on to win their next 15 games, including a convincing 5-0 victory over Norwalk High in the FCIAC championship game. After three more shutout victories in the state tournament, Staples and Conard would battle to a 0-0 tie in the state final and were proclaimed Class L state co-champs. The Wreckers finished 16-1-1, the only blemishes coming in the first and last games. Hollingsworth would go on to play soccer at Babson College where he saw action at left halfback and inside forward. He received All-New England Honorable Mention two years in a row, and was captain and an Honorable Mention All-American as a senior in 1974. The 1971 Staples graduate was also a standout wrestler in high school, finishing runner-up in the state at 115 pounds as a junior while serving as captain his senior year when the Wreckers won the FCIAC championship. Prior to his soccer and wrestling days, Hollingsworth played baseball in the Westport Little League where he was a second baseman for Jaguars from 1962-64. He moved up to the Babe Ruth League from 1965-67, and made the all-star team in 1966. Hollingsworth is still involved with sports as a youth soccer coach in Wilton. Hollingsworth is currently president of EZM Inc., a company he co-founded to market products and services to mobile professionals. He developed a major new line of premium carrying cases, and has had five patents in all. Dale and his wife, Billie Sue and their five children, Chad, Thomas, Hunter, Cooper, and Chase reside in Wilton, CT.

 


Lisa Brummel

Lisa Brummel is arguably the best female athlete to ever come out of Staples High School, excelling in four different sports from 1974-77. She made her biggest mark in basketball where she started at forward and was named the Wreckers’ team MVP all three years. She was also named All-FCIAC first-team all three seasons and first-team All-State as a senior in 1977. By the time she was done, Brummel had become the first girl in Staples history to score 1,000 career points. But Brummel was an athlete of all seasons. In the spring, she was a member of the track and field team her sophomore year and captured the FCIAC and state championship in the javelin, shot put and discus. She is still the school record holder in the shot put. She switched to softball as a junior and senior, alternating between catcher and pitcher, and was named All-FCIAC both years. In the fall, she played field hockey for legendary coach Ginny Parker and was the starting varsity goalkeeper her final two years. As a junior, she was unscored during the regular season as she led Staples to an undefeated season, while as a senior she led the Wreckers to the FCIAC championship. As a sophomore, Brummel started in goal for the junior varsity and gave an inkling of things to come when she went through an entire season unscored upon and led the junior Wreckers to an undefeated campaign. A 1977 graduate, Brummel was the first female recipient of the Albie Loeffler scholarship for all sports. Brummel continued her education at Yale University and picked up right where she left off in athletics, especially in basketball. She was named the team’s MVP all four years as well as All-Ivy League first-team all four seasons. Brummel was also named the Ivy League MVP in 1979, the same year she led Yale to the Ivy championship, and she capped off her brilliant career by being named an Academic all-American in 1981. She also played softball for three years at Yale, seeing action as a catcher, shortstop and pitcher, and was named team MVP and All-Ivy League first-team all three seasons. She led Yale to another Ivy League title in 1979. The versatile Brummel also threw the javelin on the track team for one season and earned a varsity letter, and as a freshman was a setter on the volleyball team – a sport she never played in high school – and was named the team’s most improved player. Brummel was selected to the Ivy League’s Sliver Anniversary Honor Roll in softball, and was the winner of Yale’s George H.W. Bush Lifetime of Leadership Award. She also played softball for the Raybestos Brakettes from 1976-78, helping the Stratford-based team win ASA national titles all three years and a world championship in 1978. Born in Oak Park, IL, Brummel moved to Westport with her family and gave an indication of things to come when she was named “Miss Physical Fitness” of the third grade at Coleytown Elementary School. Following her graduation from Yale in 1981, Brummel earned her MBA from UCLA in 1981 with a concentration in Marketing and Information Systems. Now a resident of Woodinville, WA, Brummel joined Microsoft Corp. in 1989 and has held a number of management positions, including a 10-year stint as head of the Home & Retail Division. In April of 2005, she was named as corporate vice president for Human Resources. Brummel still finds time to be active in a number of charitable ventures. Among them are the Hopelink human services, in Bellevue, WA, the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C., and Yale University, where she was co-founder of the WISER endowment which focuses on greater support for developing female athletes on and off the field. Lisa and her spouse, Celeste Keaton, reside in Woodenville, Washington with their two daughters, Jennifer and Brea.

 


John Cooper

John Cooper was an outstanding golfer at Staples High School who went on to make a career in his favorite sport. Since 1991, the 1976 graduate has been the head professional and director of golf at Longshore Club Park, Westport’s 18-hole public golf course, where he oversees 44,000 rounds of golf a year. Cooper, a PGA Class A Professional, introduces new players of all ages to the sport of golf and provides professional teaching to many of them. He manages and runs Longshore’s extensive Junior Golf Program for ages 8-17, as well as its equally extensive Adult Golf Program. In addition, Cooper oversees and manages the Longshore Men and Ladies Golf Association, runs a number of junior golf tournaments a year, owns and manages the retail shop, and trains and develops a golf staff of twelve employees, including three teaching professionals. Cooper has also given back to the community through his work. He has provided free golf clinics to the local men’s and women’s associations at the Westport YMCA, as well as work with the Staples High girls golf team. He also implemented the PGA Medalist Program to certify young golfers to play at Longshore. When asked to share his greatest achievement, Cooper says it was conducting a free inner-city outreach golf clinic in New York’s Central Park with Lawrence Taylor and Chi Chi Rodriguez for underprivileged kids. Cooper was the recipient of the “1995 Spalding North East Teacher of the Year” honor. He even appeared on NBC’s Today Show once, giving Willard Scott a golf lesson on national television. Born in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, Cooper eventually made his way to Westport and Staples High School. He was a member of the Wreckers’ golf team from 1974-76 and captain under another legendary coach, Joe Folino. Cooper was named All-FCIAC first team as a junior and senior as he led Staples to the state championship both years. He also received the Block “S” award as the team’s MVP both seasons. As a junior in 1975, Cooper was one half of the winning twosome at the Chappa Memorial Tournament at Longshore, and as a senior in 1976 he was named to the high school all-America golf team. That was the same year he won the Longshore club championship. Cooper went on to the University of Tampa, where he was a member of the golf team from 1976-79. He served as team captain in 1977, while in 1978 he finished runner-up in the Florida intercollegiates. From 1980-84, Cooper was the assistant pro at Longshore, the same position he held at the Redding Country Club from 1984-85. Then from 1986 to July 1991, he was the manager of ProGolf Discount in Norwalk, awarded one of the “100 Best Golf Shops” in the country by Golf Shop Operations, a division of Golf Digest. The in August of 1991, he was named the head professional at Longshore. During the off-season in the winters of 1997-99, Cooper was the director of instruction at two 18-hole resort golf courses at Club Med Sandpier in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Cooper and his wife, Roz, have two sons, Dobson and Shane and reside in Easton, CT.

 


 

Matt MacVane

Matt MacVane made his mark on and off the field for Staples High School. The 1964 graduate was a quarterback on the Wreckers’ football team and a member of the track team during his three years, and then went on to play football for the University of Miami in the fall of ’64.His football career was interrupted, however, by a tour of duty in the U.S. Marines from 1965-68, including a stint in Vietnam the final three years. During his time there, MacVane was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Presidential Citation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star, a Navy Cross, and a Silver Star. Nearly 40 years later, MacVane still credits his football coach at Staples, Paul Lane, for being instrumental in his development as a leader and player. “When in Vietnam, I often thought of Coach Lane and vowed to return to play again,” MacVane said. “He will always be part of me. I could write a book on war and football.” MacVane would keep his word and returned to the gridiron at the University of Tampa, where he played from 1968-70. MacVane played on both sides of the football as a running back on offense and a cornerback on defense, and in 1970 was a captain of the No. 1 ranked Small College football team in the country. He lists that as only one of his two most memorable highlights in football. The other was in 1963 when he ran for three touchdowns as Staples rallied from a 12-0 halftime deficit to beat Greenwich, the state’s No. 1 ranked team at the time. Born in Portland, Maine and now residing in Boca Raton, Fla., MacVane has remained close to sports by coaching all three of his sons in youth football and baseball. All three went on to play college football. Since 2000, MacVane has worked for the U.S. Government Secret Security Clearance in the Department of Defense as a contract investigator for security matters on the national level. Prior to that MacVane worked as an intelligence agent for the Central Intelligence Agency from 1970-78. Since 1978, he has been the president and CEO of Lancer Investigations Group, specializing in forensic collections. Matt and his wife, Sandra, reside in Boca Raton, Florida with their three children Lance, Adam, and Bo.

 


 

Pat Smith

The recipient of this year’s Sportsmen Coaching Award has over a quarter of a century coaching experience covering three towns, seven sports, 15 organizations, and over two dozen teams. Pat Smith began his coaching career in Westport Pop Warner Football 1977, working with youth football players ages 8-13 for six seasons until 1982. During that time he also coached at Bedford Jr. High School, working with the girls basketball and softball teams from 1978-80, and the wrestling and baseball teams from 1980-83. Smith, a former football and baseball player at Staples High School, would return to his alma mater in 1983 as a coach in football, wrestling and lacrosse. He was a member of the Wreckers football coaching staff for eight seasons, serving as head coach for three seasons from 1987-89 when he replaced the legendary Paul Lane, his former coach. He was also an assistant coach in wrestling from 1983-86, and head lacrosse coach from 1983-90, earning the Connecticut High School Lacrosse Coach of the Year Award in 1986. Smith, who taught Social Studies in the Westport School System from 1977-89, switched over to the New Milford School System in 1990 and currently teaches at Schaghticoke Middle School. He also coached soccer and baseball at the school from 1991-97, and wrestling from 1993-95. A resident of Trumbull, Smith also became involved in youth sports in his home town, coaching Little League baseball from 1996-99, Babe Ruth Baseball from 2000-2002, youth wrestling, grades 4-8, from 2001-02, and youth lacrosse, grades 7-8, from 2001-03. In addition, he is currently involved with the Trumbull Takedown Club, which supports youth and high school wrestling. Growing up in Westport, Smith attended Hillspoint Elementary School, Long Lots Jr. High, and Staples High School, graduating in 1973. He began his athletic career in 1965 playing Little League baseball with the Mustangs and Bombers, and as a member of the track team at Hillspoint. Then from 1967-69, Smith played football (halfback), basketball (guard) and baseball (outfielder) at Long Lots. He moved up to Staples in 1970 and played three years of football under Lane and three seasons of baseball under coach Brian Kelly. Two of his greatest memories at SHS was returning a kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown against Brien McMahon as a senior in the fall of 1972, and rushing for 159 yards in an upset win over Danbury that same season. Smith went on to play football as a freshman running back at Southern Connecticut State University in 1973, and he was also an outfielder on the Owls baseball team in the spring of ’74. He switched sports the following school year and played for the Yale Rugby Club from 1974-76. Then from 1976-77, he played goalie on the Southern Connecticut lacrosse club team. The versatile Smith also played softball for Sonny’s of Westport from 1974-89, playing second and third base and outfield. In 1982, Sonny’s finished runner-up in the USSSA World Tournament and Smith was named to the All-Tournament Team. In addition, Smith was a member of the Westport PAL from 1977-88. Among the highlights in his coaching career, Smith lists Staples’ 28-0 win over Darien during the 1984 football season, and the Wreckers’ 14-7 upset of New Canaan in 1986, both of which occurred when he was an assistant. He was also an assistant when the Staples wrestling team beat out Trumbull to win the 1985 FCIAC championship, and in 2003 he was a coach with the Trumbull youth lacrosse team that captured the CONNY (Connecticut and New York) Group championship in New Haven. Smith lives in Trumbull with his wife, Kimberly Captor, and their son Casey and daughter Molly.

 


Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian

A former Westport Teacher of the Year is the recipient of the Sportsmen’s Citizenship Award. Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian, a 39-year veteran of the Westport School System, has taught every grade and most courses in the Staples High School English Curriculum. In addition, he is an advisor to the National Honor Society and attends various activities involving his students both on and off campus. While he doesn’t coach any sports teams at Staples, Dr. Kuroghlian says he is always “coaching” freshmen to become involved in sports at Staples, linking students with coaches because he feels “involvement in sport is a key to the development of the total person.” That’s also why Dr. “K” makes it a point to attend the games of his students on a regular basis and being, as he likes to call himself, a “cheerleader and advocate for Staples PE and Athletics.” It’s no wonder Dr. Gerry Kuroghlian was named Westport’s Teacher of the Year in September 2004. Kuroghlian was recruited by the Westport Public Schools in 1967 and began a career he says was inspired by Westport students and teachers. In fact, he attributes his lifelong love affair with public education to his parents, Eva and Stephen Kuroghlian, and to his K-12 teachers in the Fairfield Public Schools. “My parents stressed the importance of learning while key teachers provided an increase of knowledge and skills.” A graduate of the University of Virginia, Kuroghlian earned his Master’s degree in 1981 at Fairfield University. Then in 1983 he was granted a sabbatical by the Westport Board of Education to study reading at the Center for Reading and was presented with a Doctorate in Curriculum at the University of Illinois in 1987. Over the years, Dr. Kuroghlian has been involved with a number of professional organizations, including serving as president and vice president of the Connecticut Council of Teachers of English. He also has served as the vice president and treasurer of the Westport Education Association, where he has been an ardent supporter of the development and welfare of Westport’s teachers. In addition, he’s been a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the New England Council of Teachers of English, the National Education Association, and the Connecticut Education Association. Dr. Kuroghlian has also been an active member of the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges Curriculum Committee, and has worked on numerous staff development programs within Staples in both English and Social Studies. He has received a number of awards, including the 2001 Charles Swain Thomas Award presented by the New England Council of Teachers of English in recognition of his contribution to the profession. And on the night he received his Westport Teacher of the Year Award, Dr. Kuroghlian wore a hat with a “C” on it, which he said stood for “Classroom, Connection, Curriculum and Concern.” A colleague in attendance added, “And tonight, celebration.” Gerry and his wife, Ellen, reside in Fairfield.

 


Bill Mitchell

As a longtime supporter of Staples High School athletics and a devoted fan of all the Wreckers sports teams, Bill Mitchell has a lot in common with the man for which the William A. Krause, Jr. Humanitarian Award is named. With that in mind, Mitchell is the recipient of the second annual award that honors Bill Krause, the former Sportsmen of Westport president who passed away in 2005. William E. Mitchell currently serves as the vice chairman of Ed Mitchell, Inc., representing the Mitchell family in its Westport store as well as in the community. In fact, Bill Mitchell previously received the Family Award from the Sportsmen of Westport. A 1961 graduate of Staples High School, Mitchell has continued his long association with the school as a member of the Staples Tuition Grants Committee. For years, he was also a regular at nearly every Staples soccer game as his three sons – Scott, Chris and Tyler – all played for the Wreckers. Mitchell has also been very active in the community as a former president with the Westport Rotary Club, a Deacon with the Saugatuck Congregational Church, an Honorary Chair of Inter-Faith Housing, and a board member with both Sacred Heart University and the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Other civic activities include serving on the Board of Advisors with Putnam Trust/The Bank of New York since 1997, a former member of the Levitt Pavilion Arts Committee, a member of the YMCA Board of Trustees, and serving as Benefit Chair of the Inner City Foundation for Charity and Education. Mitchell is most proud, however, of his leadership roles with the Near & Far Aid Association and the Inner City Foundation. Besides the Family Award from the Sportsmen, Mitchell has received the M.S. Fairfield County Award in 1991, and recently was proud to accept for his entire family the Distinguished Community Leadership Award from the American Defamation League in recognition of all of their charitable work. Mitchell and his wife, Sue, reside in Westport.