Athletic Hall of Fame

Class of 2019

Dan Lesser, '94

Dan Lesser had two superlative achievements in a four-year varsity career: he was New York State Indoor Champion at 3200 meters, and he joined Hall of Famer Eric Kendrick, ’66 as the only two McQuaid runners in 54 years to win the McQuaid Invitational.

From his first practice as a freshman in 1990, Dan clearly was destined for big things. After two J.V. races, Coach Bob Bradley promoted him to the varsity cross-country squad, where he became a consistent Top 5 scorer, part of McQuaid’s “New Wave” that would bring three consecutive Sectional team titles — one in indoor and two in outdoor track. As a junior, Dan was number two man on McQuaid’s ’92 Sectional and State championship team, a team whose 20-point score (1-2-3-6-8) still holds as an all-time Sectional best.

His victory in the ’93 McQuaid Invitational was especially memorable, with Dan battling a runner from St. Michael’s, Toronto stride for stride over the last half mile before pulling away for the win in the final 50 yards. His lone setback of the ’93 season came after winning his first individual Sectional championship. Among the runners favored to win the State meet, he slipped back from the front runners during the event and finished seventh. The following Monday, unable to practice, Dan was diagnosed with pericarditis, an inflammation of the pericardium, the two thin layers of a sac-like tissue that surround the heart, ending his season.

Dan returned to indoor racing the following season and was 3200 Sectional champ as McQuaid took team honors under Coaches Dave Warth, ’85, and the late Peter Glavin, ’80. One week later, his 9:27 in the 3200 won States. Outdoors, he won both the 1600 and 3200 to spark another Sectional team victory. In his final race for McQuaid — at States — Dan set a school record of 9:12 in the 3200, which earned second place. Twenty-five years later, his record still stands.

Dan won Best Student-Athlete plaques four years in a row and received the University Award for outstanding achievement in athletics and academics at graduation. Dan graduated from Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and now lives in San Diego with his wife, Tawny Ngo, and their daughters, Sophia and Penelope. He is a pediatric pulmonary doctor at Rady Children’s Hospital, the largest children’s hospital in California.


 

Tyler Relph, '03

Tyler Relph was one of the most dynamic and talented basketball players in Section V history. A lethal shooter with unlimited range, Tyler started at point guard for four of his five years on McQuaid’s varsity team. Just as impressive as his shooting range were his ball handling and dribbling skills which he spent hours every day practicing. The unquestioned leader of a McQuaid squad that dominated competitors in the early 2000s, Tyler left everything on the court, whether it was a scrimmage or the state title game.

Tyler amassed 1,809 career points, while leading the Knights to two Sectional titles (2002, 2003) and the 2003 New York State title, where he was named the tournament MVP. A three-time All-Greater Rochester first team selection, he was twice named Player of the Year by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. As a junior, he was second team all-state; and, as a senior, in addition to being named first-team all-state, he was named New York State’s “Mr. Basketball,” averaging 21 points, 6.2 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game.

National talent scout Bob Gibbons rated Tyler as the 91st best high school player in the country, while Prep Stars ranked him as the 62nd best player. With more than 30 Division I scholarship offers, Tyler chose West Virginia, but transferred to St. Bonaventure following his freshman year. As a senior, he averaged 11.9 points, 3.9 assists, and shot 43 percent from 3-point land while leading the nation in free-throw percentage (94). In 2009, a career-ending injury helped him discover his next passion — coaching — while on the men’s basketball staff at St. Bonaventure. He fell in love with working with players and studying how to make them better.

Today, Tyler is an elite basketball trainer and the co-owner of Dr1ven in Dallas, Texas, with a client list that includes former NBA star Amare Stoudemire and current players Julius Randle, C.J. Miles, Marcus Smart, and George Hill.

He was inducted into the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 and Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2018.


 

1975 & 1976 Football Teams

1975 Football Team

Team: Tom Achille, ’76, Dave Aha, ’76, Tom Argentieri, ’77, Kevin Barney, ’76, Tom Burke, ’77, John Buzzelli, ’77, John Celentani, ’79, Jose Celorio, ’76, Tom Clement, ’77, Jim Crockford, John Darcy, ’77, Tom DeMaria, ’77, Bob Demmerle, ’76, Mike Francesco, ’76, Mike Ganey, ’77, Jack Giambrone, ’77, Eugene Goodlow, ’77, John Gsellmeier, ’76, Pat Hanna, ’77, Matt Hanna, ’76, Brian Holmes, ’77, Greg Jackson, ’76, Kevin Judge, ’77, Craig Kennedy, ’76, J. Christopher Klee, ’76, Mike Lenyk, ’78, Tom Limbeck, Mark Lyons, ’77, Jim Makowiec, ’76, Domenic Mancuso, ’77, John Marrs, ’77, Jim Meyer, ’77, Shaun O’Heaney, ’77, J. Duffield Prince, ’77, Rich Przysinda, ’77, Tony Quercia, ’76, Mike Robinson, ’78, Joe Ross, ’77, John Santangelo, ’78, Tom Scheg, ’77, Mark Sertl, ’76, Peter Springer, ’76, Peter Stone, ’76, John Trabucco, ’77, Mike Tuohey, ’77, Tom Wiese, ’77, Mike Wiese, ’76, Bob Williams, ’77 Head Coach: Tom Seymour Assistant Coaches: Frank Noce, Tom Sprague Managers: Jim Kremer, ’76, Peter Lewis, ’76

The 1974 varsity football team won its final eight games and the 1975 team didn’t want to be responsible for breaking that streak. The ’75 football Knights rode rough-shod over all corners in their eight game season, Utica, Franklin, Aquinas, Brighton, Kearney, Madison, Mooney, and Edison to achieve a perfect season, the No. 1 spot once again in the Times Union poll, and a second consecutive City-Catholic Championship. The moment of the year for many belonged to senior Pete Stone and freshman kicker John Celentani. Favored to win, Aquinas had scored in the first 10 minutes of the game and the score held at 6-0 well into the second half until Stone faked a handoff and bolted 66 yards to the uprights and Celentani skewed the final score in
McQuaid’s favor, 7-6.


 

1976 Football Team

Team: Mark Andrews, ’78, Tom Argentieri, ’77, Andy Bayer, ’78, David Biche, ’78, Tom Burke, ’77, John Buzzelli, ’77, Chris Cantabene, ’78, John Celentani, ’79, Tom Clement, ’77, Bill Cooper, ’78, Tom Darby, ’78, John Darcy, ’77, Tom DeMaria, ’77, Steve Desino, ’78, Joe Fina, ’78, Mike Ganey, ’77, Jack Giambrone, ’77, Chuck Graham, ’79, Pat Hanna, ’77, Tom Hartzell, ’78, Brian Holmes, ’77, Kevin Judge, ’77, Dan Lawless, ’78, Mike Lenyk, ’78, Wells Lifka, ’79, Mark Lyons, ’77, Domenic Mancuso, ’77, Tim Mangan, ’78, John Marrs, ’77, Shaun O’Heaney, ’77, Rich Przysinda, ’77, Dave Roberson, ’79, Mike Robinson, ’78, John Santangelo, ’78, Tom Scheg, ’77, Greg Schott, ’78, John Trabucco, ’77, Mike Tuohey, ’77, Tom Wiese, ’77, Bob Williams, ’77, Steve Zinone, ’78 Head Coach: Tom Seymour Assistant Coaches: Frank Noce, Tom Sprague

Never before had any McQuaid team scored 300 points in one single season (37.5 average per game), nor finished third in the New York State polls, nor carried a winning streak to 24 games. Only three of the eight teams the Knights met this year scored against them even once. Talent was this team’s trademark and boasted one of the most balanced backfields in McQuaid history with seniors Shaun O’Heaney at quarterback, Mark Lyons at fullback, Eugene Goodlow at tailback and Pat Hanna at flanker. And for the fifth straight year the Football Knights defeated the Little Irish, this time by a whopping 47-28.

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