Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of 2018

Franco Bari, ’94

Franco Bari ’94, was a highly regarded local high school athlete who played soccer, hockey and lacrosse throughout his McQuaid career. He availed himself to trying out for elite soccer programs – such as Olympic Development and Empire State Games – that showcased his talents for regional soccer coaches to observe, leading him to first team All-Greater Rochester and second team All-State honors. Captaining the McQuaid Knights as a senior, Franco scored 17 goals and added 11 assists in helping the Knights to their first sectional final appearance.

The accolades continued during his collegiate career at St. Lawrence University. A four-year starter for the Saints, he was named Liberty League All-Conference Rookie of the Year in 1994; was a four-time first team all-conference selection; and a four time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) all-region selection. A two-year captain, Franco helped the Saints earn two NCAA tournament appearances in 1996 and 97. As a senior he earned conference player of the year honors and was a NSCAA All-American selection.

After a three-year professional playing career in Vermont and Arizona, Franco went on to a highly successful career coaching women’s soccer. In 17 seasons as head coach at Elmira College, Greensboro College, and St. Lawrence University, Franco was 168-108-30 and his teams earned 12 postseason tournament appearances. In 2015, he guided St. Lawrence to its first-ever Liberty League Championship appearance and back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1989. Franco stepped down as coach of the Saints following the 2017 season to become the schools assistant athletic director for facilities and game management.


A.J. Nally, ’06

A.J. Nally, ‘06 was the most respected and feared volleyball player in Section V during his McQuaid career. A two-time league all-star, a league MVP, a multiple all-tournament selection, a McQuaid Jesuit honor roll student and a two-time New York State Scholar-Athlete, A.J. undoubtedly set the standard for what it meant to be a student-athlete. Whether blasting spikes and serves past opposing teams, digging and stuff blocking opposing hitters, or neutralizing opposing servers with his crisp passing, A.J. could single-handedly dismantle opposing teams. Today, he is considered one of the best ever, including one opposing coach calling him “The best passer I have ever seen.” He led the Knights to back-to-back sectional championships in 2004 and 2005, and was named the 2005 finals most valuable player.

A.J.’s decorated volleyball career continued at Springfield College in Massachusetts where he burst onto the NCAA scene as a freshman, being named an All-America selection and the National Newcomer of the Year. What followed was a litany of NCAA success. A four year Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) All-Star, A.J.’s accolades also included selections as National Player of the Week, EIVA Player of the Week, National Championship All-Tournament teams in 2008 and 2010, All-East All-Star in 2010, All-America, All-Academic Team, EIVA Player of the Year and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Player of the Year, both in 2010. And amidst his academic and athletic accomplishments, A.J. led his team to National Championships in 2008 and 2010.

From 2010-15 A.J. played professionally in Europe. Beginning in the Netherlands and continuing in France, Germany and Poland, A.J. quickly established himself as one of the greatest passers in the world. Four times he was named MVP, and while playing in the German Bundesliga, A.J. was the No. 1 rated passer overall. In 2015, with family, friends, former teammates and coaches cheering in the stands and watching on television, A.J. captained Team U.S.A. in both the Pan-American Cup and Pan-American Games, leading his country to a silver medal.


Team: Thomas Achille, ’76, William Basile, ’75, Robert Broomfield, ’75, Edward Bunce, ’75, Michael Burke, ’75, James Celentani, ’75, James Curtin, ’74, Jerry Cushman, ’75, Mikel Delagrange, ’74, Michael Donovan, ’74, William Farley, ’74, J. Timothy Ganey, ’74, Michael Hanna, Sr., ’74, Frank Hodgetts, ’75, Hugh Howlett, Bill Hurley, ’74, John Keeley, ’75, John Kelsch, ’74, Craig Kennedy, ’76, Roger Key, ’74, Russell Kuitems, ’75, Kevin Lane, ’74, Thomas Licata, ’74, John Lyboldt, ’74, Michael Mancuso, ’75, Stephen Maxson, ’75, Timothy McBride, ’74, Burke McCarthy, ’74, David Mutter, ’75, John Quinn, ’74, Roderick Robertson, ’74, Paul Rokos, ’75, William Runciman Jr., ’74, Charles Schott, Jr., ’75, Lucien Seymour, ’74, Matthew Teddy, ’74, George Todd, ’75, Clayton Turner, ’75, Peter Whelehan, ’74, Donald Zabkar, ’74, Ronald Zeno, ’75; Head Coach: Tom Seymour; Asst. Coaches: Frank Noce, John Roselli, ’60; Managers: Kevin Cronin, ’75, John Ragan, ’75

Unranked altogether in the preseason poll, the 1973 football Knights climbed into eighth slot in the county after an opening day 41-22 conquest of Monroe. Suddenly they were seventh after downing Franklin 49-19, fifth after beating Aquinas, and fourth as a result of crunching Edison 33-6. The game of the season was the match-up with first-rated Mooney. With one second left on the clock, quarterback Bill Hurley, ’74 rolled out and fired a TD pass to Mike Hanna, ’74 for a 9-8 upset, the greatest victory of Tom Seymour’s career. After that game, the Gold and Black were rated number one locally. The following Saturday, before 2,500, the largest gate ever at McQuaid’s home field, the Knights fell to Madison but quickly rebounded with wins over Bishop Kearney and East to finish the season 7-1, earning a share of the City-Catholic League title.


Team: Tom Warth, ’82, Michael Das, ’82, Paul Cloos, ’82, Rennie Brimstein, ’83, Brian Rapp, ’83, Steve Mack, ’82, Jean Pierre Lavallee, ’83; Head Coach: Bob Bradley

A snow-covered cross-country course at Malone was the site of McQuaid’s first New York State championship in any sport. Two days later it was the incentive for an act of sportsmanship that drew widespread acclaim. Feeling that the rightful winner was Corcoran High of Syracuse, whose 21-point victory had been wiped out by a disqualification of their lead runner for running off course, the Knights and Coach Bradley decided to send their state trophy to Corcoran.

The Syracuse runners responded with a plaque reading: “McQuaid, you are champions in what really counts.” The NYSPHAA still lists McQuaid as the winner, but the award remains on display in Corcoran’s trophy case.


Team: Robb Smillie, ’85, Scott Paterson, ’86, Chris Lyboldt, ’85, Steve Rapp, ’85, Dave Warth, ’85, George Schell, ’86, Brian Mack, ’86; Head Coach: Bob Bradley

This team has many claims to being the best ever in McQuaid’s cross-country annals: four Invitational wins, sectional and state championships, a lowest-score-ever Jesuit schools victory, and a season-end No. 1 state ranking. Three of its top five – Robb Smillie, Steve Rapp, and Chris Lyboldt – were individual winners in big meets. The competitive highlight of the season had state-ranked #2 McQuaid edging #1 Brighton, 40-47 to win the Section V championship. They went on to win the state race by almost 30 points and finished the season in a tie for first in the state. To date, they are the only McQuaid cross-country team to achieve that distinction.

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