NFA names 12 people to its Athletics Hall of Fame


Norwich – Eleven outstanding athletes and the most successful coach in school history make up the members of the Norwich Free Academy Hall of Fame induction class of 2022.

New members will be celebrated at a banquet on Friday October 28 at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., is open to the public. Tickets are $60 and can be ordered at

“This class represents the best in NFA sporting history,” said NFA Sporting Director Roy Wentworth. “The accomplishments of this group are inspiring on many levels and continue to show the success of our athletes on campus and beyond.”

The members of the 2022 Hall of Fame class are:

Ronald Pires (class of 1966) – Pires was a three-year NFA basketball player and flourished after graduation, continuing to play for Eastern Connecticut State. Pires is 10th on Eastern’s all-time scorers list, having held the top spot for 20 years. He has been the head boys basketball coach at EO Smith High School for 43 years. He is a member of the EO Smith Foundation Hall of Fame, the ECSU Hall of Fame and the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame.

Ronald Delgado (1973) — Athlete in three sports (football, basketball, track and field), Delgado’s career began to blossom as a junior. He started the year as a Capital District Conference selection in football at quarterback, then received the same honor in basketball, leading the team in scoring as a junior and senior.

Daniel Rose (1973) – While he earned letters in basketball and track and field, Rose’s greatest accomplishments came on the soccer field. He was named to the All Capital District Conference second team as a junior before earning first-team honors as a senior. He played a graduate season at Milford Academy, earning him a spot at UConn, where he started as a freshman and earned three letters.

William Krohn (1976) – As a senior, Krohn received the Fletcher-Wiley Cup as the top male athlete in the NFA. Krohn’s success came in cross country and track and field, earning all-state honors as both a junior and senior. He continued his career at Manhattan College and later raced on four U.S. national track and field teams. Krohn competed for 10 years internationally, including at the Millrose Games, the Prefontaine Invitational and the 1984 and 1988 Olympic trials.

Beth Curran Garver (1984) – Curran Garver earned three varsity letters in basketball and two in softball. She was the first NFA women’s basketball player to win all-state honors and went on to play in Division I New Hampshire.

Jody Hull McCabe (1988) – The NFA did not have a women’s swim team when Hull McCabe competed, but swam on the men’s team. She held two school records (200 and 500 yards freestyle) for over 20 years. She also set the record for most points scored in a season and four-year career. She won the ECC Championship in the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events as a junior, setting conference records each time, and in her senior year was the only woman to qualify for the LL class championship. Hull McCabe swam four years at UConn, setting three individual school records.

Jill Akus (1997) – Akus put the rest of the region – and the state – on notice when in 1993, as a rookie, she swept the ECC, Class LL and State Open Individual Cross Country Championships. She would win the conference the next three years and the LL and Open championships twice. She teamed with fellow inductee Erin-Kate Mandelburg Aleksak to lead the team to four conference championships, two LL championships, two State Open championships and a New England championship. Akus has won a letter nine times in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.

Erin-Kate Mandelburg Aleksak (1997) – Mandelburg Aleksak earned 11 varsity letters in his four years of competing in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Its cross country and outdoor track teams have won the ECC Championship four times and it has won All-ECC honors in cross country four times. His cross country teams also won the Class LL and State Open Championships twice, as well as the New England Championship during his junior season. Individually, in addition to her three All-New England honors, she was a three-time State Open champion and a four-time Class LL champion. During his career, his outdoor track team also won the LL Class Championship four times and the State Open Championship once. She has run dozens of half marathons and marathons, including in Boston and New York.

Saona Chapman Jackson (2001) – Named Nike All-American and Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001, Chapman Jackson led the Wildcats to the state basketball championships in 1999 and 2001. She won eight college letters, four in basketball and four in cross country. After the NFA, she played Division I basketball at Rutgers and Richmond, where she ranked No. 2 all-time in assists.

Courtney Davis Gomez (2004) – His basketball career, which included four conference titles, began with back-to-back state championships in 2001-02. She won two-time All-State Honors, three-time All-Conference Honors, and was named Day’s Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004. She coached three teams her senior year (basketball, softball, cross -country) and received the Shearer-Curtis Cup as the school’s top female athlete. She spent four years at the University of Hartford, where she helped the Hawks to three NCAA appearances. She has been the head coach of girls’ basketball in the NFA since 2019.

Matthew Shaughnessy (2005) – Drafted 71st overall (third round) in the 2009 NFL Draft, Shaughnessy played for the Oakland Raiders and was named to ESPN’s All Rookie Team. He played with the Raiders from 2009 to 2013, before joining the Arizona Cardinals, for whom he played until 2015. Shaughnessy joined the Raiders after spending four years at Wisconsin, where he was selected in the All-Big 10 team his senior year. He earned 10 NFA varsity letters and was a two-time All-State Football Team selection. He also competed in basketball and outdoor athletics.

Bill Scarlata (coach) – Scarlata took over as head coach of Girls Basketball in 1992 and built the Wildcats into one of the most successful programs in Connecticut history. His 27-year career yielded 576 wins, 18 conference championships and seven state titles (1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). He had four undefeated seasons and had winning streaks of 53 and 38 games. Scarlata was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.


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