Athletics

Athletic Hall of Fame

Purpose: The Groton School Athletic Hall of Fame honors past student athletes, faculty, staff, and friends who have brought distinction through athletics to Groton School and themselves. Consideration will also be given to athletes who display a lasting commitment to the mission of Groton School.

Nominations: The committee welcomes nominations from the greater Groton School community. If you know a formmate or friend who was a standout athlete, either at Groton and/or after Prize Day, please email your nomination to amacbride@groton.org. Include the nominee's name, form year, and a brief explanation why the person should be considered for Groton's Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Inducted 2016

List of 5 items.

  • Hope Nichols Prockop ’86

    Hope arrived at Groton as a third former in the fall of 1982. She was already a tennis player and credits her math teacher, David Bannard, with introducing her to squash. Hope played varsity squash and tennis at Groton for four years, held the number one spot on the ladder for two years of squash and three years of tennis and achieved a junior squash ranking of number five in the nation. At graduation, she was awarded the Cornelia A. Frothingham Athletic Award.

    Hope's squash career has now spanned 34 years, and in that time she has distinguished herself as a junior, collegiate, adult, and masters champion. After Groton, Hope attended Harvard, where she co-captained a National and Ivy League Championship team and was named All-Ivy and Second Team All- American. After Harvard, she reached a world ranking of number 92 and represented the USA as a member of the National Team on three occasions, in 2006, 2008, and 2010, most notably earning gold medals in both team and doubles events at the 2006 Pan-American Squash Championships in Colombia. In 2015, Hope became the first American woman to win a British Open Masters title when she captured the 45+ championship. In 2016, Hope added to her US Masters National Championship collection by winning both the 40+ and the 45+ titles for the second year in a row. She now has eight Masters National titles and appears far from finished.

    In addition to her own competitive career, Hope continues to coach and inspire squash players of all levels. She has also been an active volunteer for urban squash programs for fifteen years, in addition to serving on a leadership committee for US Squash and chairing the Friends of Harvard Squash for over a decade. In 2015, her achievements and impact on the sport led to Hope being named by US Squash as one of the “Top 50 Most Influential People in the Game.”
  • Emory Clark ’56

    Emory Clark discovered his passion for rowing in a heavy old “tub” on the Nashua River during his Second Form year. He loved running through the woods to the boathouse every afternoon and “messing around in boats.” During his Fifth and Sixth Form years he rowed in two almost-undefeated A Boats.

    He then went on to Yale where he won every race for two straight years, with Groton formmate Sam Lambert. Captain of the crew his senior year, Emory was not so fortunate, losing in 1960 to a Harvard boat in which another Groton formmate, John Higginson was in the two seat.

    Unwilling to settle for that final defeat, and after a three-year tour in the Marine Corps, Emory joined Philadelphia’s Vesper Boat Club in 1964. There, rowing in the five seat in an eight, his boat won the Olympic trials, beating a favored Harvard eight and going to Japan for the 1964 Olympic Games. In Tokyo, after losing in the first heat by 28 hundredths of a second to the undefeated Ratzeburg crew from Germany, Emory’s boat came from behind to beat the Germans in the final for the gold medal.

    Following the Olympics, Emory joined up again with John Higginson and, with two other vintage oarsmen, raced in veterans’ regattas around the world for 25 years, winning more than their share of races. With considerable regret, Emory retired from competitive rowing in 2015.

    At its 60th reunion in 2016, that ’56 Groton A Boat once again ventured out on the Nashua with Higginson stroking, Clark at three, Sam Lambert at two, and Jim White in the bow. This time they did, in fact, go undefeated.
  • 1985 Football Team

    Urgency defined this team of 14 Sixth Formers and 28 underformers as they returned from a 6-1 season. Determined not to let another undefeated season slip away, the team came ready to play each game as if it were their last. Fall soon echoed with frenzied cries of “Are You Ready?” Followed by the rejoinder of “We Are Ready.” Jake Congleton’s squad ended the year in first place and undefeated. In seven games they outscored their opponents 147-25, and it took six games for the first team defense to be scored upon. Tom Gardner (captain), Dave Archer (captain), and Gat Caperton were nominated to First Team All-League, Sean Dooley, Charlie Forbes, Brendan O’Malley, and Mike Pak to Second Team All-League, and Honorable Mention given to Matt Brock, Huao Hwang, John Jacobsson, and Chip McDonald. The squad was led by a tight-knit group of Fifth and Sixth Formers who 30 years later, as they are inducted, still believe in each other and are still “Ready.” The 1985 Football Team is greatly appreciative of Jake, Choatie, Mr. Alexander, and their entire coaching staff.

    Bodhi Amos ’88, Co-Captain Dave Archer ’86, Archer Bishop ’88, Matt Brock ’86, Barry Browning ’87, Will Campbell ’88, Gat Caperton ’86, Erik Caspersen ’88, David Choate ’88, Tim Choate ’88, Vaughn Cordes ’86, Sean Delaney ’86, Sean Dooley ’87, Kirkman Finlay ’88, Charlie Forbes ’86, , Jerine Gadsen ’88, Co-Captain Tom Gardner ’86, Paul Geary ’88, Daniel Go ’88, Chris Goring ’87, Hua Hwang ’86, Patrick Jackson ’87, John Jacobsson ’86, Josh Karch ’87, Michael Kearney ’88, Kevin Kiley ’88, Tony Kugler ’88, Aarre Laakso ’87, , Gen Matsui ’88, Chip McDonald ’86, Angus McFadden ’87, Padma Mott ’86, Brendan O’Malley ’86, Mike Pak ’86, Ted Polubinski ’88, Eric Taylor ’88, Steve Theobald ’88, Edgar Torres ’87, David Tosatti ’86, Nick Van Buskirk ’86, Tim Walker ’88, Josh Webber ’87, Tom Wright ’87, Coach Jon Choate ’60, Assistant Coach Daniel Salzman ’80, Head Coach Jake Congleton, Coach Charles Alexander, Coach Brian Ford

    OpponentFinal Score
    St. Paul's19-6 Win
    St. George's34-0 Win
    Middlesex26-7 Win
    Belmont Hill15-0 Win
    Governor Dummer32-6 Win
    Milton15-0 Win
    St. Mark's31-6 Win
  • 2005 Cross Country Team

    On the heels of an undefeated regular season the previous fall, the 2005 Boys Cross Country team entered the year motivated to reach even greater heights. With a strong returning core, the 2005 squad managed to complete one of the most successful seasons in the program’s impressive history. Its 19-1 record was punctuated by a thrilling victory at the ISL Championships, which avenged a regular season loss to St. Paul’s and earned Groton its first ever league title. A first place finish at the New England Division III Championships, the program’s sixth in a row, capped off the amazing year. Led by Sixth Form captains Sam Allen and Chris Graham, the 2005 squad featured four All-ISL honorees, Chris Graham, Alex Karwoski, Nick Karwoski, Rees Sweeney-Taylor, and five All-New England winners, Django Broer-Hellermann, Chris Graham, Alex Karwoski, Nick Karwoski, Rees Sweeney-Taylor. In addition, Nick Karwoski set a new school record on the home course, completing the five kilometers in 16:30. This outstanding season was a testament to the runners’ camaraderie and drive, and to the excellent coaching of Bill Maguire and Nishad Das.

    Arjun Aggarwal ’09, Capt. Sam Allen ’06, Austin Anton ’10, Ben Bayley ’07, Russell Bennum ’06, Django Broer-Hellermann ’08, Jack Carter ’09, Andrew Dabrowski ’06, Max Davison ’06, Adrien Duroc-Danner ’09, Alex Fieldcamp ’08, Capt. Chris Graham ’06, Alex Karwoski ’08, Nick Karwoski ’06, Vinnie Lu ’06, Ian MacLellan ’08, Tom Mott ’06, Alex Perkins ’06, Chris Pitsiokis ’08, Gardner Smith ’08, Rees Sweeney-Taylor ’06, Stephen Thomasch ’06, Eric Valchuis ’08, Davis Vigneault ’07, Head Coach Bill Maguire, Assistant Coach Nishad Das
  • Frank White ’51

    Frank White, Senior Prefect of the Form of 1951, was a three sport athlete, playing a significant role on the varsity football, basketball, and baseball teams in his upper school years at Groton. Frank was the Captain of the 1950 undefeated football team, which set three school records at the time. The team scored more points, 225, than any previous team playing a seven game schedule, scoring four or more touchdowns in each game and averaging 32 points per game. Frank’s strong leadership was ever-present in the team’s success. A triple threat on offense, and a stalwart on defense, he played nearly every minute of every game. He was a highly disciplined and dedicated player with an extraordinary work ethic that made him a phenomenal athlete. Frank overcame many injuries and setbacks in school and college, yet his performance under pressure was remarkable. His wingback reverse pass, the first pass he ever threw in college, won the Harvard-Yale game of 1954 in the closing minutes.

    Frank joined the faculty at Groton in 1963, where he taught until 1972 in the English Department. He was an assistant football coach under Jake Congleton, and head coach for one year, while Jake was on sabbatical. He played a part in producing three league championship football teams and was beloved by the players.

    In 1967, he became the founding director of the school’s sponsored Groton Lowell Upward Bound Project, a national-government sponsored program that helped low income youth attain and succeed in college. Frank’s life was dedicated to those who were less fortunate. He was direct, kind, and brought out the best in people and he was always thinking of how to make life better for others. Frank spent his life in education, where he touched and changed the lives of his students and of others.

    Written by William E. Chauncey ’51

Inducted 2015

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  • 1994 Field Hockey Team

    The 1994 varsity field hockey team had its most successful season in Groton School history, with a regular season record of 13 – 1 – 1. Their last regular season game was a hard fought victory over St. Mark’s, whom Groton had not beaten in eight years. After the regular season, Groton was tied for first place in the ISL with St. Paul’s and was the top seeded team in the small-school division at the NEPSAC tournament at Hotchkiss. They went on to win, beating Berkshire, St. George’s and Holderness. The closest game was against St. Georges, the number four seed, in the semifinal game, when in the fourth minute of double-sudden-death overtime, Claudia Asano pushed in the winning goal.

    The weekend at the New England’s was a memorable one for the team, and an incredible way to end an incredible season. The 1994 Field Hockey team was characterized by extraordinary skill and amazing team dynamics. All-League players were Gayley Blaine, Claudia Asano, Barkley Kinkead, and Margaret Metz; Meredith Gordon received honorable mention. Margaret Metz was elected the most valuable player of the lSL.

    Team: Sarah Fitzgerald '95, Hillary J. Roselund '95, Gayley Blaine '95, Meredith Gordon Naftalis '95 (captain), Margaret Metz '95 (captain), Jane Blair Oberle '95, Barkley Kinkead Walter '95, Claudia Asano Barcomb '95, Chandler Bass Evans '96, Robyn Schmidek Lippert '96, Nancy W. Dickson '96, Jennifer D. Field '97, Harmony S. Spongberg '97, Emily Oates Torres '97, Carol Jin Yoon '96, Elisabeth Motley (manager), and Coach Kathy Leggat. 
  • 1994 Football Team

    Considered one of the most talented teams to pass through the Circle gates, Groton’s 1994 football team featured an explosive offense, a stifling defense, and ended the season with a 7-1-0 record. While it averaged one of the largest margins of victory over its opponents of any Groton team, it is most proud of the defense, which held the opposition to one of the lowest points against averages in the history of the School. 
     
    Over the playing careers of the Sixth Formers, the team was named ISL co-champions and never lost a game to St. Mark’s School. The 1994 team, led by captains Tim Bass, Andrew Caspersen, Topher Watts, and Spiritual Leader Freddy Erazo, featured 11 All-League members (Tim Bass, Andrew Caspersen, Topher Watts, Mike Gingras, Henry Nuzum, Darren Van Blois, Zach Wheeler, Wilton Yeh, Pijo Akuete, John Mayhall, and Justin Miller). Tim and Andrew received First Team All-League recognition two years in a row, and Andrew was named MVP of the Independent School League, the highest honor ever bestowed upon a Groton football player. The 1994 football team’s success capped the Hall of Fame coaching career of Jake Congleton, one of the winningest coaches in Groton School history.

    Team: David J. Cusack ’95, Henry G. Nuzum ’95, Darren J. Van Blois ’95, Zachariah L. Wheeler ’95, Christopher P. Watts ’95 (captain), Timothy R. Bass ’95 (captain), Andrew W.W. Caspersen ’95 (captain), Wilton K. Yeh ’95, Michael A. Gingras ’95, Freddy A. Erazo ’95, Rehman Ali Khan ’95, Nicholas E. Tuff ’95, Jedon Vaskov ’95, Jaime B. Alencastro ’95, Daryl R. Peagler ’95, Jeffrey O. Polubinski ’98, Justin R. Miller ’96, John R. Mayhall ’96, Matthew K. Asano ’97, Dixon Merkt ’96, Nii-Ama Akuete ’96, Edward T. Stephenson ’97, Joshua F. Shorr ’97, Lawrence T. Perera, Jr. ’96, Benjamin E. Jallow ’97, Kenneth W. Baughman ’97, Stephen W. McNamee ’96, Peter O. Nkongho ’96, Owen I. Breck ’96, Anthony V. Ducret ’96, Robert Benn Calhoun III ’95, Roman Martinez V ’97,  Dominique J. Pouhe  ’96 , Guillermo Barnetche  ’97, Robert Allan Davis Pike  ’97, Byron Yueh-Yee Chen  ’97, Alexander Yaohsien Du  ’97, Sayed A. Tagoe  ’97, Brooks Brent Finnegan  ’97, Peter R. Lehrman  ’97, Ian William Hopper  ’97, Matthew A. Zsofka  ’97, Kwei Akuete ’97, Coach William M. Polk ’58, Coach Jake Congleton, Jr., Coach David H. Black ’80, Coach Charlie C. Alexander, Maura Jakola Gerhart ’95, Linda S. Pacylowski Carmody ’95.
  • Charles C. Alexander - Coach 1960–2008

    The son of a schoolteacher and coach, Charles Alexander left an indelible mark on generations of Groton students—in the classroom and on the playing fields, and squash courts—during his 48 years at the School. A true advocate of the hard right over the easy wrong, Mr. Alexander taught students that participation and effort count more than simply winning.

    Mr. Alexander coached varsity football from 1960 to 2006 and varsity baseball from 1962 to 2007. He also helped introduce squash to Groton, was the first coach of the sport, and continued to coach squash from 1964 to 1980. 

    Mr. Alexander’s legacy, as a teacher and coach, is best summed up in a baseball write-up that appeared in the 1962 yearbook, his first year on the team: “Mr. Alexander is a coach not only dedicated to the best in the sport but to the growth and welfare of every individual on the squad and in the system.”
  • Mark Blood 1950

    Mark was a three-sport athlete best known for his exploits on the baseball diamond. He entered Groton as a Second Former and anchored Groton’s infield for the next five years, mostly at shortstop. In 1949, he was an integral member of “the Groton nine,” the first champion of the newly formed Private School Baseball League. In football, Mark distinguished himself as a passing quarterback. In four seasons of varsity basketball, he proved to be an effective scorer and deft ball-handler, well-suited to the team’s fast-breaking style.
     
    Mark returned to Groton in 1969 as an English teacher and coach. He brought the same level of enthusiasm, preparedness, candor, and humor to his coaching that he used in his classroom. Emphasizing the importance of greater competitiveness and strategic tactics, he took over the varsity soccer program in 1972. His 1974 and 1979 Gummere Cup championship squads were known for their outstanding scoring and defensive toughness.
     
    As the varsity baseball coach from 1974 to 1984, Mark brought this same level of passion and commitment, emphasizing the importance of both the physical and mental sides of the game. As Independent School League (ISL) champs, the 1976 squad was noted for its smart play, efficient pitching, and potent hitting. Following Mark’s sudden death in 1984, the ISL soccer coaches created the Mark H. Blood Trophy, which is awarded annually to the team that best exemplifies the spirit of the game of soccer through its enthusiasm, effort, sportsmanship, dignity, and competitiveness.
      
    Written by William Blood ’76 and Phillip Blood ’82
  • John (Parkie) Keyes 1960

    John (Parkie) Keyes entered Groton in 1955 and made an impact across the School’s sports venues. He earned a combined 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball, and tennis; captained the latter three sports his senior year; and received the Reginald Fincke, Jr. Medal, awarded to a Sixth Former who has demonstrated perseverance, courage, and unselfish sportsmanship. 
     
    Parkie would attribute much of his success to the two Groton Hall of Fame coaches, Jim Waugh and Jake Congleton. Their ability to inspire players and teach leadership skills allowed Parkie to succeed as quarterback, point guard, and shortstop during his Sixth Form year. After Groton, he played three years of baseball and a year of squash at Harvard, as well as many intramural sports. 
     
    After college, Parkie coached varsity basketball and baseball for a combined 30-plus years in high schools on the east and west coasts. He also ran a summer tennis camp in New Hampshire for 10 years.
     
    Staying active as a fan and participant in several sports, he has remained focused on tennis during the last three decades. A top-ranked senior doubles player for 10 years in the Pacific Northwest United States Tennis Association, Parkie has played on three teams that won national championships.
  • Mark Yanetti 1990

    Mark Yanetti has built a career around professional hockey, as both a player and a scout. He played 380 games as a professional hockey player but, after sustaining a career-ending injury in 2000, began his National Hockey League scouting career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
     
    In 2006, Mark joined the staff of the Los Angeles Kings, where he has served as Director of Amateur Scouting. After helping the Kings rise from 29th place to Stanley Cup Champions in five years, Mark was honored to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup twice, and to be on the ice of the Staples Center to hoist this iconic trophy over his head in 2012 and again in 2014.
     
    At Groton, Mark received 10 varsity letters in three sports. He was awarded three First Team All-League honors in hockey, two in soccer, and two in lacrosse. During his Fourth and Fifth Form years, Mark participated in the U.S. Olympic Development Program and was named one of the country’s 54 best hockey players in his age group. He participated in the national team tryouts at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and also was selected to play in the High School All American Hockey Tournament in both 1989 and 1990.
     
    Mark played one year of varsity hockey at Brown University, winning the Ivy League Championship, then transferred to Williams College, where he received All-League and All-American honors in hockey.

Inducted 2014

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  • Margaret Whinery Pearce 1989

    After arriving in Fourth Form at Groton, Margot earned nine varsity letters on the field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams. In Fifth and Sixth Forms, Margot also earned First Team All-League recognition for each season. Her Sixth Form year, she was named co-captain of the field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams, and she was the recipient of the Independent School League Most Valuable Player award in ice hockey. Margot won the Cornelia Frothingham Athletic Prize and graduated cum laude.

    After Groton, Margot earned eight varsity letters in women’s ice hockey and lacrosse at Dartmouth College. The Dartmouth women’s hockey team won the Ivy League Championship in 1991 and again in 1993, under Margot’s leadership as captain. Also in her senior year, the Dartmouth women’s lacrosse team was invited to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Her awards included Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and Unsung Hero.

    Since graduating from college, Margot has remained involved in sports through teaching and coaching at independent schools. She has more than 30 seasons under her belt and continues to coach boys ice hockey and lacrosse.
  • Edward B. Patton 1984

    Ted Patton entered Groton an uncoordinated Third Former and exited it an uncoordinated Sixth Former. In between, he was fortunate enough to have had some great coaches in Jake Congleton for football and Todd Jesdale for crew. Thanks to them, he managed to win more than he lost. During the summer after his Fifth Form year, he rowed in the first Groton boat, representing the East, which won the National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs. After a second place finish at the NEIRA race at Lake Quinsigamond during his Sixth Form year, the Groton crew traveled to England to row in the Marlow, Henley, Richmond, and Bedford regattas. The team won at Richmond and Bedford.

    After Groton, Ted attended Brown University, where he continued to be the beneficiary of great coaching and won the Eastern Sprints, the IRAs, and came in second twice at the National Championship Regatta in Cincinnati. He went on to win the World Championships in Copenhagen in 1987 and competed in the Olympics in Seoul in 1988, where he received a bronze medal. Ted has been inducted into the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame and the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • 1979 Girls Crew—First and Second Boats

    The year 1979 was a great year for Groton crew. Coach Bob Parker forged an expectation of victory, graciousness, and common endeavor. Parent and alumnus David Howe’s pledge of a burger and a shake for each win cemented the deal, and made for scenes of excess at Johnson’s Restaurant. Endeavoring to meet the renaissance standards of our coach, the crew combined rowing with singing in four-part harmony. It was a time of transition, from wood to fiberglass, from upright rowing to long reach, and, most of all, a time of transition for Groton. 

    Katherine Roberts Alteneder ’82 remembers racing BB&N:

    “I recall being excited and proud to row on the Charles. As we pushed off, some old guy (complete with boater, double-breasted jacket, and a G & T) shouted, ‘Girls? at Groton! The Rector would roll over in his grave.’ As happened more than once in those early years of co-education, I felt frozen. Olivia Hatch Farr ’79 had it handled. Without missing a beat, she retorted, full of confidence, laughter, and insouciance, "I'm sure he already has!" The coxswain followed with: "Ready; Row." Off we paddled. A perfect piece of performance art and life lesson, and that moment taught me to pursue my dreams and ambitions in the face of others' biases. We rowed our hearts out to prove we had a right to be there. For me, co-education was not about giving girls a chance; it was about giving talent opportunity. The seasons of '78 and '79 were all about proving that co-education had not been a mistake, and that we could bring honor to the School in the oldest of old boy sports. It seemed this was Mr. Parker's plan as well, and that he delighted in our successes not just for us, but for co-education.”

    The girls first and second boats were undefeated during the regular season and at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships at Lake Quinsigamond, a first for Groton in only the fourth year of girls crew.

    First Boat: Ruth Kennedy Sudduth ’79, Katherine Roberts Alteneder ’82, Eliza Storey Anderson ’79 (captain), Rachel Chapman ’80, Claire Richards ’79
    Second Boat: Olivia Hatch Farr ’79 (captain), Francesca Fleming Keating ’79, Anne Hamel ’80, Adair Mali ’80, and Selden Wells Tearse ’81

    In Memory of Robert Parker ’57 (1938-1986), faculty member and rowing coach 1964-1979
  • James C. Waugh

    Jim Waugh was the only Groton teacher who coached three varsity sports: football for one year, basketball and baseball for many.

    A superb teacher in the classroom, on the football and baseball fields, and on the basketball court, he always asked probing questions and listened carefully to the answers. During baseball games, he would move up and down the bench asking players what would be a good pitch in this situation and what made the runner’s move a bad one in that situation. He pushed, he prodded, he encouraged, all with incisiveness and wit. A brilliant strategist during games, one who put players in a position to use their talents to best advantage, Jim was at his masterful best the day after a competition, when talking to his players about lessons to be drawn from the game.

    His approach led Bill Littlefield of NPR’s Only A Game to call Jim “Coach Aristotle” and to conclude, “But over the course of the short New England school baseball season, the ones who listen will find themselves learning not only about baseball, but also a lot about learning.”
  • 1979 Boys Crew—First and Second Boats

    The first and second boats of Groton’s 1979 crew went undefeated the entire season, highlighted by season-ending victories at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships on Lake Quinsigamond. Coach Todd Jesdale (already a legend at both the college and prep school ranks) coached the crew masterfully—beginning training with a strenuous camp on Lake Carnegie at Princeton University during spring break. The two boats—unusual in that they featured all Sixth Formers in the rowing positions (with two Fifth Form coxswains)—were molded into highly intense, competitive, and focused machines. The first boat was stroked by Matthew Smith, with Alex Chatfield in the three seat, Dave Rimmer in the two seat, Andrew Kennedy in the bow, and Nelson Howe at the controls. The second boat was stroked by Willy Packard, with John Storey in the three seat, Jim Criner in the two seat, Steve Curtis in the bow, and Kevin Griffith at the controls. 

    The boats opened with preseason wins against Northeastern University’s JV and BB&N, followed by a dominant, season-opening victory against St. Mark’s—winning by margins of five to six boat lengths and shattering the St. Mark’s course record. Course records would continue to be broken over the remainder of the season as the two boats also easily mowed down Middlesex, Nobles, Belmont Hill, and Brooks, all by open water. The NEIRA finals at Lake Quinsigamond were no different, other than a mighty effort by Brooks’ first boat to close the gap in the middle of the final race, only to be met by Groton’s breakaway sprint in the closing 500 meters. It was often said during the course of the season that the first boat’s toughest competition was the second boat, as the boats routinely traded positions during midweek practice sprints. Several of the crew went on to have successful college rowing careers.

    First Boat: Andrew Kennedy ’79, David Rimmer ’79, Alexander Chatfield ’79, Matthew Smith ’79,  and Nelson Howe ’80
    Second Boat: Steven Curtis ’79, James Criner ’79, John Storey ’79 (capt.), William Packard ’79, and Kevin Griffith ’80

    Coach: T. Todd Jesdale
  • Sue Cutler Christie 1984

    Arriving at Groton in the fall of 1980, Sue Cutler Christie lettered in four sports at Grotontennis, lacrosse, squash, and field hockey. She came to Groton a nationally ranked tennis player—within the top 15 for her age bracket—and was ranked #1 in Texas. She was first on the tennis ladder in singles and doubles her Third Form year, before taking up lacrosse for the first time the following spring, making varsity and being an All-League selection for three years and being elected captain her Sixth Form year. In addition, Sue took up another new sport, squash, the winter term of Third Form, making varsity and All-League each of her four years, as well as leading the team as captain her Sixth Form year.  
     
    At Brown University, Sue played four years of varsity squash and lacrosse and was captain of both her senior year. She earned four First Team All-Ivy awards in squash and was All-Ivy and a Brine All-Star Selection in lacrosse. Brown awarded her the Kate Silva Award for best outstanding female freshman athlete and the Meducci Morphy Award for best sportsmanship by a senior player; in addition, she was chosen for Brown’s 100 Greatest Athletes of the Century list in 2000.

    Continuing her love of athletics, Sue went on to work in the sports industry for Reebok and International Management Group.
  • 1964 Boys Crew—First and Second Boats

    The 1964 first boat was undefeated during the regular season and was the first Groton boat to win at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships; it had a breathtaking finish, with a time of 4:10:07. The second boat also won at Lake Quinsigamond with a time of 4.08. With these strong performances, the athletes and coach decided to combine the two fours post-season to race as an eight in England. 

    After their Henley Regatta final, a London newspaper said: "The race between Groton School, USA, and Washington-Lee High School, USA (the reigning U.S. championship eight) was certainly one of the closest and most exciting of the day. After a massive struggle, Washington-Lee won by only half a length in a time one second different from the two semi-finals (each crew covered the course in an identical time of 6:51). Such competitors can only help the standards and experience of British schools. The sight of Groton and Washington-Lee coming up the enclosures at 41 and 42 was something to be remembered.”

    At season’s end, Coach James Satterthwaite wrote, “There are no magic victories. Interval training, weight-lifting, and Ratzeburg strokes may get you to the finals; when you’re there, you’re just five boys in a boat, and you and nobody else have to make the piece of kindling wood that floats you move. You call on something you didn’t know was there, and suddenly you sprint from third place to seventh heaven. You can’t be taught to win; you win by doing what you were never taught.”
       
    First Boat: Ian Gardiner ’64 (captain), Oliver Edwards ’64, Thomas Jackson ’64, Nason Hamlin ’64, and David Noyes, III ’67
    Second Boat: Mathew Hudson ’64, John Chandler ’64, Jacques Seronde ’65, David Wadsworth '64and Sam Pease ’64  

    Coach: James B. Satterthwaite
    Assistant Coach: Peter Willauer
  • 1923 Football Team

    Praise is nowhere more welcome than from a generous opponent, and the following quotation from the St. Mark’s Alumni Bulletin is not amiss here: “Groton had come unbeaten and unscored on, an impressive early season record, and its playing was in every way worthy of a championship eleven. Alertness, a fine defensive, especially in its fast charging forwards and the secondary line defensive of its captain, and finally exceptional punting, well covered, proved to be sufficient to win.” 

    In a St. Mark’s game recap, Philip Kunhardt 1919 wrote: "The team showed its ability on the defensive by stopping a heavier opponent. On the offensive, it earned the breaks and took advantage of them, turning them into scores. In other words, it won by just that most subtle quality that has been developed through the whole season and especially during the last few weeks. Mr. Tuttle and Captain Stone had taken an experienced lot of men and had brought out the right qualities. That the qualities were there was a tribute to every man on the team."

    With a 13-0 score versus St. Mark’s, the 1923 Football team won its final game and remained unscored upon during its seven games that season.  

    J. Stewart Barney, Jr. ’24, Charles T. Bingham ’24, Howard G. Cushing ’24, A. Lithgow Devens ’26, Morton C. Eustis ’24, William C. Faversham ’25, Hamilton E. Heard ’24, Clinton B.H. Hollister ’25, William W. Hoppin, Jr. ’24, Chauncey B. Ives ’24, James Lawrence, Jr. ’25, Charles C. McGehee ’25, Guy H. Norris ’25, John Parkinson, Jr. ’25, David C. Percival, Jr. ’24, Kenneth D. Robinson, Jr. ’25, S. Whitney Satterlee ’26, Melville E. Stone II ’24 (captain), John W.G. Tenney ’24, John C. West ’26

    Coach: H. E. Tuttle

Inducted 2013

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  • Gordon Gray 1951

    At Groton, Gordon Gray played offensive and defensive left end on the undefeated and untied varsity football team of 1950. That team scored more points than any other Groton team prior, and coach Larry Noble judged Mr. Gray to be the best end in his 20 years of coaching.

    Mr. Gray was also captain of the varsity basketball team, left fielder on the varsity baseball team, and captain of the tennis team. Mr. Gray was awarded the Reginald Fincke, Jr. Medal, which is awarded to a member of the Sixth Form who has demonstrated perseverance, courage, and unselfish sportsmanship.

    At Princeton he played varsity baseball for four years. He was national men's paddle tennis champion three years in a row from 1969 to 1971. He also won the mixed doubles paddle tennis championship three years in a row from 1966 to 1968. Mr. Gray was inducted into the National Platform Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996.

    Those who played with Mr. Gray remember his qualities of sportsmanship, anticipation, and modesty.
  • Peter Gammons 1963

    The athletic career of Peter Gammons was what he wrote and said, not going down the right field hill at St. Mark’s. His roots lay with the Third Form Weekly and eventually moved on to the University of North Carolina, The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and the Major League Baseball Network.

    Mr. Gammons was voted the National Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Writers and Broadcasters three times, and in 2010 was voted into its Hall of Fame. In 2005 he received the C.C. Johnson Spink Award and was honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

    Mr. Gammons is proud to claim that one of the 10 most important sporting events he ever covered was Jake Congleton’s final game as Groton School’s head football coach in 1994.
  • 1983 Girls Ice Hockey Team

    This was a team of skaters and athletes who by the end of the season had learned to both love and play the game of ice hockey and, in the process, become a team that was able to compile a perfect 14-0 record. They opened the season by winning the 1982 Nobles Christmas Tournament and never looked back. Their impressive accomplishment helped make girls hockey a legitimate varsity sport both at Groton and in the Independent School League. Captains Ann diBuono and Kassy Flood and their fellow Sixth Formers Sarah Barnes, Holly Hegener, and Anne Mosle did a wonderful job of leading a young team. Many of the girls on this team went on to play for the next two years and compiled a cumulative three-year record of 40-5-1.
  • Gillian Thomson 1988

    Gillian Thomson was a three-sport athlete at Groton, earning All-League honors in field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. She captained the basketball and lacrosse teams, and was awarded the Cornelia Amory Frothingham Athletic Prize.

    At Princeton, Ms. Thomson received seven varsity letters in field hockey and lacrosse. In field hockey, she twice earned Second Team All-Ivy honors. In lacrosse, she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, followed by three years on the All-Ivy First Team. In her senior year, she captained the lacrosse team, earned First Team All-American honors, and received the Emily Goodfellow Women’s Lacrosse Award for contributions to team unity, morale, and spirit. Her speed through the midfield and her determined play at both ends of the field helped Princeton reach the NCAA Division I Semifinals in her freshman and senior years.

    In 1997, Ms. Thomson captained the Canadian National Women’s Lacrosse team in the World Cup in Japan.

    Ms. Thomson is currently coaching the high school girls’ lacrosse team in Bexley, Ohio.
  • Stephen Maturo 1993

    Dr. Maturo earned a total of 13 Groton School varsity letters in soccer, football, hockey, and baseball including two earned playing baseball and hockey as a Second Former. He was captain of the football and hockey teams his Sixth Form year and captain of the baseball team his Fifth and Sixth Form years.

    Dr. Maturo received All-league honors four times in ice hockey, three in baseball, and once in football. He was named All New England in ice hockey his Sixth Form year when he won the ISL 's Flood Shield, given to the ISL boys' hockey player “whose enthusiasm for hockey and devotion to the game is marked by his playing ability and physical toughness and yet whose competitive spirit is balanced by emotional control and a real desire to play within the rules of the game.” Dr. Maturo received Groton School’s Reginald Fincke, Jr. Medal, which is awarded to a member of the Sixth Form who has demonstrated perseverance, courage, and unselfish sportsmanship.

    At the United States Air Force Academy, Dr. Maturo was a four-year letter winner on the ice hockey team. He was a co-captain in his senior year when he was a finalist for the Humanitarian Award given to “college hockey’s finest citizen.” Dr. Maturo also earned distinguished graduate honors from the Air Force Academy.

    After college, Dr. Maturo earned his medical degree with Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society honors from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He was an Air Force flight surgeon prior to attending an Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Residency. After finishing residency training, Dr. Maturo completed a two-year fellowship at Harvard University. He is now an Air Force pediatric otolaryngologist.
  • Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar 1998

    Isabelle Kinsolving Farrar was a member of the U.S. Sailing Team for 12 consecutive years, from 2001 through 2012, as a crew in the Women’s 470 (the women’s Olympic double-handed division). Isabelle placed 5th at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, with teammate Katherine McDowell. In 2006, Isabelle teamed up with Erin Maxwell. The two won the 2008 Women’s 470 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. To date, Isabelle and Erin are the only American 470 Team to win a World Championship since 1991. In 2011, Isabelle and Erin won the ISAF World Cup, and earned a 1st place ranking in the ISAF World Rankings in November and December.

    At Groton, after arriving in Fourth Form, Isabelle earned eight varsity letters on the soccer, ice hockey, and crew teams. Her Sixth Form year, she was co-captain of the ice hockey team. That same year, she rowed for Groton’s first boat, under coach Andy Anderson. With Dana Berlin ’99, Melanie Broad ’98, India Foster ’98, and Christina Maloney ’98, Isabelle won the NEIRA Championships. Isabelle won the Upper School Shop Prize twice—first in Fifth Form, and then in her Sixth Form year with her brother Arthur Kinsolving--and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

    After Groton, Isabelle earned two varsity letters at Yale on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team, before concentrating solely on sailing. Isabelle was the captain of the Yale Varsity Sailing Team in 2000.

Inducted 2012

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  • Percy D. Haughton 1895

    Percy Haughton played both defensive end and fullback and kicked for a dominant Groton football team. Between 1892 and 1894, the defense gave up only 68 points while the team scored an impressive 707 points. In those three years, Groton football lost only once, the final game of the 1894 season—St. Mark’s first victory over Groton.
     
    In addition to his success on the football field, Mr. Haughton was a two-time fives singles champion and also a two-time doubles champion. As starting pitcher and third baseman on the baseball team, he hit .527 and averaged 7.2 strikeouts per game during his Sixth Form season.
     
    After Groton, Mr. Haughton went on to play football at Harvard. He became known as one of the great pioneers of American football as a coach at Cornell, Harvard, and Columbia. His record at Harvard was an incredible 72-7-5. In 1951, he was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • Charles Devens 1928

    Charles Devens played shortstop, centerfield, and was the number-one pitcher for Groton’s baseball team. Mr. Devens stood out at the plate and on the field, but was most known as an ace on the mound, striking out 140 batters during his Sixth Form season. After Groton, Mr. Devens attended Harvard, where he has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
     
    After Harvard, Mr. Devens was signed as a pitcher by the New York Yankees. In three seasons he appeared in 16 games, including the game against the Cleveland Indians in which Babe Ruth famously called his home-run shot. In his only game with the Yankees during his final season, he allowed only three runs and struck out four in an 11-inning complete game win.
     
    In addition to his baseball success at Groton, Mr. Devens was Senior Prefect; a three-sport captain in tennis, football, and hockey; and a two-time fives champion in both singles and doubles.
  • Endicott “Chub” Peabody 1938

    Endicott Peabody played varsity football and basketball and was a member of crew at Groton. Playing right and left guard and tackle, Mr. Peabody anchored a line that was one of Groton’s best. In his Sixth Form year, led by Mr. Peabody, the Groton football team completed an undefeated season, outscoring opponents by a margin of 154 to 6 during a six-game schedule—a margin that when adjusted for the number of games played, eclipsed the previous mark set by the 1894 team. The 1938 yearbook describes Mr. Peabody’s team: “They had a one for all and all for one spirit, they liked football, they had team pride, and they had a great leader in Captain Endicott Peabody.”
     
    Mr. Peabody attended Harvard, where he continued to be a force on the gridiron. As one opposing coach said, “Peabody hit you so many times and he hit you so hard you thought he was four or five men.”
     
    At Harvard, Mr. Peabody was voted the nation’s most outstanding lineman and was a unanimous choice for All-American. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1942, higher than any lineman had previously finished. He was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.
  • Hugh “Scotty” Scott 1957

    Hugh Scott was a four-year leader on Groton’s football teams; during his Fifth Form year, the team was undefeated, and during his Sixth Form, it lost only its last game, to St. Mark’s.
     
    Mr. Scott also was a member of Groton’s undefeated hockey team his Sixth Form year, and he captained the baseball and tennis teams. On the fives courts, Mr. Scott duplicated the record set by his grandfather by winning four School championships.
     
    After Groton, Mr. Scott attended Princeton University, where he was a four-year standout on both the varsity football and hockey teams. After persuading his roommate to teach him the game of lacrosse, he earned a starting role on the second midfield of Princeton’s squad.
     
    At Groton, Mr. Scott received the Reginald Fincke, Jr. Medal, awarded to a member of the Sixth Form who has demonstrated perseverance, courage, and unselfish sportsmanship. At Princeton, he was awarded the William Winston Roper Award, given to a Princeton senior of high scholastic rank and with outstanding qualities of sportsmanship and a general proficiency in athletics.
  • 1962 Basketball Team

    A tight zone defense, excellent rebounding, and excellent shot selection became the hallmarks of Groton’s undefeated 1962 basketball team.
     
    Jake Congleton, in his first year as head coach, challenged his team to “take good shots, play aggressive defense, and hustle.” The team took up that challenge, averaging 48 points per game, shooting 40 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the foul line, and giving up only 38 points per game. They neither tied nor lost a single game.
     
    The play of the year occurred against Brooks late in the season. With fleeting seconds left, Groton trailed by a point. Robert Knapp ’62 dribbled coast-to-coast, then found a path in the lane and drove through it. His layup swished through the net, and Groton won by a point as the buzzer sounded.
     
    The team’s tenth and final victory took place in a packed gym on the Saturday afternoon of Dance Weekend; at the time, it was the School’s best-attended basketball game ever. From the opening tip to the final buzzer, the spectators roared boisterously, perhaps sensing that they were witnessing more than just a season-ending victory. Groton overcame an early 13-point deficit, outscoring Andover 36-8 in the second half to seal the 62-37 win and the undefeated season.
     
    Team members: Donald Chauncey ’63, Joseph Sitterson ’63, Jeremy Williams ’63, Tod Gregory ’62 (Captain), Belford Lawson ’62, Robert Knapp ’62, Thomas Lorch (Assistant Coach), Thomas Moser ’64, Michael Knapp ’64, John Gregory ’64, Robert Parke ’63, Lawrence Irwin ’65, Charles Miller ’65, Anthony Barton ’65, William Boyd ’65, Jake Congleton (Head Coach)
  • William Larkin 1972

    William Larkin was awarded 12 varsity letters at Groton for football, basketball, and baseball. He captained all three sports his Sixth Form year.
     
    Mr. Larkin was named All-League multiple times in each sport; football, however, where he played quarterback and defensive back, was his best. During his four years, Groton’s football teams went 22-5, 19-2 with Mr. Larkin at quarterback. His sophomore year, as quarterback, he led Groton to a 7-0 season, once throwing seven touchdown passes in a game against Boston English. In the three seasons between 1969 and 1971, Mr. Larkin rushed for 1,348 yards and passed for 2,616. He scored 16 rushing touchdowns, 30 passing touchdowns, and scored a total of 323 points.
     
    During his Sixth Form year, The Boston Globe cited him as the “All-New England Quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year” and The Boston Herald named him “All-New England Defensive Back.”
     
    Mr. Larkin was fives champion in both the Lower and Upper Schools, in singles and doubles, and was captain of fives his Sixth Form year. He received the School’s Reginald Fincke, Jr. Medal, which is awarded to a member of the Sixth Form who has demonstrated perseverance, courage, and unselfish sportsmanship.
  • Charlotte Joslin 1985

    Charlotte Joslin was a three-sport athlete at Groton, earning an impressive 12 varsity letters in field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse. She was named All-League multiple times and captained the field hockey and ice hockey teams her Sixth Form year.
     
    In ice hockey, Ms. Joslin was key to the program’s success, losing only three games over three seasons. She was known to switch positions at a moment’s notice and was a prolific scorer. She also led the lacrosse team in scoring her Sixth Form year, and was a key playmaker in field hockey.
     
    At Harvard, Ms. Joslin played field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse, earning All-Ivy during all 12 seasons. She received All-American honors twice in field hockey and twice in lacrosse. In ice hockey, she was named Player of the Year twice (All-American honors were not awarded in the sport of women’s ice hockey until after she graduated). She played on the 1990 National Champion Lacrosse team.
     
    Ms. Joslin won Harvard’s Radcliffe College Alumni Association Award as top female athlete in her class, and was chosen as a member of the Ivy League Silver Anniversary Team, which celebrated 25 years of Ivy League women’s athletics.
  • Margaret Metz 1995

    Margaret Metz was a three-sport athlete at Groton, earning 12 varsity letters over her four years at the School. She was a two-time captain in field hockey and captained the ice hockey and lacrosse teams her Sixth Form year. Ms. Metz led the 1994 field hockey team to a 15-1-2 season that included a NEPSAC championship.
     
    At Wesleyan University, Ms. Metz was the only tri-sport varsity letter winner in 1995-96. She was a three-time First Team Regional All-American in both field hockey and lacrosse, and a Second Team National All-American in field hockey in 1998. She captained the field hockey team her senior year and received the Wesleyan University Jones Award in field hockey and lacrosse, recognized as each team’s most valuable player. A record breaker, she scored the most goals ever in a single Wesleyan game (seven) and is number-seven on the all-time career points list, with 110 in the Wesleyan lacrosse program.
  • Henry G. Nuzum 1995

    Henry Nuzum began rowing in the fifth boat as a Third Former. Two years later, after a year away from Groton, he rowed for Coach John Niles in the undefeated first boat, which won the NEIRA championship and competed at Henley (under Coach Andy Anderson). The following year, the first boat suffered one blemish, a second-place finish by a split second at NEIRAs, but won the National Championship Regatta in Cincinnati, where Mr. Nuzum, the captain, joined fellow Sixth Formers Andrew Caspersen, Topher Watts, and Nathan Brown, and Fifth Former Nancy Kim. Mr. Nuzum also earned four letters in football (1993 ISL co-champion) and basketball (1995 captain).
     
    Inspired by Cui Servire Est Regnare, Mr. Nuzum earned an NROTC scholarship and attended Harvard. He rowed three years under Harry Parker in the varsity boat, twice defeating Yale in the four-miler. His junior year, the boat won all dual races and the Ladies Challenge Plate at Henley. He was captain his senior year at Harvard. Mr. Nuzum also won silver medals in the U.S. Under-23 8+ at the 1997 and 1998 Nations Cups.
     
    In 2000, Mr. Nuzum won U.S. Olympic Trials with Mike Ferry in the double; they placed eighth at the Sydney Games. Between Olympic Games, he served aboard the destroyer U.S.S. John S. McCain on successive Arabian Gulf deployments, leading boarding parties and Tomahawk strikes. In 2004, he won rowing trials with Aquil Abdullah and placed sixth in the Athens Olympics, the first U.S. double to reach the finals since 1984 (setting an American record of 6:14.69 in the semifinal). He also rowed in the U.S. quad at the 2001 and 2003 World Championships.
  • Richard “Jake” Congleton, Jr.

    Jake Congleton taught at Groton School for 38 years. He was the varsity football coach for 34 years, following one year as assistant coach in 1957. During his years as head coach, Groton had three undefeated seasons and won or shared in 10 league championships. The team’s record against other independent schools during his tenure was 144 wins, 68 losses, and nine ties. Mr. Congleton coached an estimated 500-plus Groton football players.
     
    He also coached varsity boys basketball for 19 years and was the head coach from 1962 to 1977. During that time, Groton shared three league championships, was undefeated in 1962, and went 17-1 in 1977, Mr. Congleton’s last year as boys head coach. He also coached a winning girls varsity basketball team in 1990.
     
    In the spring, Mr. Congleton also coached freshman baseball for many years, and after coaching varsity basketball, he coached both thirds boys and girls basketball and had at least one undefeated season with each team. He started the thirds girls program, which he coached until his retirement.
     
    Mr. Congleton was elected to the Massachusetts Football Hall of Fame as a Head Coach in 1995.
  • Reverend Endicott Peabody

    The Reverend Endicott Peabody was an imposing physical presence at Groton School. Standing six feet tall and weighing 210 pounds, the School’s founder was nearly impossible to tackle on the football field. It was said that once Mr. Peabody received the football, he scored a touchdown. So dominant was he that after Groton handily won the first Groton-St. Mark’s football game, a rule was instated preventing masters weighing more than 165 pounds from playing.
     
    While a schoolboy at Cheltenham College, Mr. Peabody won the school championships in racquets and in fives. At Groton, Henry Richards called Mr. Peabody, “The best fives doubles player the School had ever seen.” Additionally, Mr. Peabody rowed college crew at Trinity College, Cambridge and excelled at single sculling.
     
    Mr. Peabody’s influence in sport reached beyond the Circle to a national front. In 1905, after a series of brutal injuries in college football, he petitioned then President Theodore Roosevelt to convene a group to discuss rule changes that would make the game safer. The resulting conference brought together representatives from Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, and the resulting rules made play less risky for athletes.
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