Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Mr. Chris Andrews '05

Basketball

Chris Andrews manned the point for Seton Hall Prep during a period of tremendous success for the Pirates. Billed as one of the smartest players both on and off the court, the 5’9 point guard went on to play at Yale following his career as a Pirate. A pass-first ball handler, Andrews averaged 4.3 points and 6.5 assists per game as a junior to help SHP to a 26-3 record, and conference, county, and state sectional titles.

In his senior campaign, Chris cemented his status as an SHP great, contributing to the nationally-ranked Pirates 2005 Tournament of Champions title, in which The Prep scored a monumental upset of national power St. Patrick’s in the final in the Meadowlands Arena. Chris averaged 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 3.4 steals per game during the season. Again, Chris earned the honor of being named All Conference, All Essex County, and All State. He was also selected as the Essex County Player of the Year. Following his graduation, Chris went on to play four years of basketball at Yale University. In 2010, Chris was selected by The Newark Star Ledger as a member of the Essex County All-Decade Team—a tremendous honor.

“He was tough, charismatic, and knew when to speak up and when to calm everyone down,” commented backcourt mate and Harvard basketball alumnus, Andrew Pusar ’05. Pusar went on to detail how Andrews' adroit ball-handling as well as his inspiring tenacity and composure were keys to defeating St. Patrick's full-court pressure in that epic 2005 TOC final. Coach Bob Farrell, described Andrews as a tremendous team leader, tireless worker, and teammate who was universally respected.


Mr. Michael Cordovano '97

Hockey

There are few players at The Prep who have an immediate impact as a freshman on a program; Michael Cordovano, however, played between the pipes all four years during his time at Seton Hall Prep. Hailed as a tremendous leader and talented goalie, he captained the Pirates from 1995-1997 while earning All- Parochial honors all four years, and All-Gordon Conference status as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his tenure in net, SHP claimed a Gordon Cup and Parochial State Championship in his senior season in 1997. Mike posted a 20-2-3 record with 11 shutouts and 1.78 goals against average, enough for 2nd Team All-State honors.


Mr. Michael Ness '06

Baseball

Michael was an outstanding baseball player who led Seton Hall Prep to consecutive state titles during his junior and senior seasons. As a junior he earned all-county and all-area accolades with his 8-0 record, a 0.79 ERA, and 75 strikeouts. In his senior year he was the team captain and earned all-state and all-county honors going 11- 2 with a 1.89 ERA and 111 strikeouts. He was also named National Pitcher of the Week by USA Today. Michael did all this and more while upholding the demanding academic standards and community service requirements of the National Honors Society. After high school, he continued his love of baseball in the Atlantic Coast Conference playing for Duke. During his freshman year in the ACC, he fanned 41 batters, averaged 6.36 strikeouts over nine innings, and made the second most appearances on the team. He was also named ACC player of the Week.

As a sophomore he was Duke’s most utilized reliever, pitching 45 innings over a span of 21 appearances. He struck out 35 batters and walked 14. At the end of the season he played for the Pittsfield Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball League and was named to the NECBL All-Star team after going 6-1 with a 1.41 ERA through 57.1 innings. In his junior year he averaged a high of 7.71 strikeouts per nine innings, and led all relievers for the third year in a row. At the end of his junior year he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.


Mr. Michael Walsh '94

Football, Basketball, Baseball

Michael Walsh was an exceptional baseball, basketball, and football player in the early 1990’s. Under head varsity football coach, John Allen, Walsh was a three-year letterman, racking up 700 yards, nine total touchdowns, and 30 tackles playing both sides of the ball as a tight end and defensive end during his career. A senior captain and MVP of the 1993 SHP football team, Walsh accumulated 365 receiving yards, with 211 of those yards coming after the catch. For these efforts, he was awarded first team honors on the conference, area, county, and state level. “Michael was a leader on the field and off, in season and out of season, and a person who wants to do as much and more than anybody else, in preparation and actual competition,” said Coach Allen. “He was a courageous, fierce competitor who relished the physicality of football. He personifies the saying: ‘To win the game is great, to play the game is greater, to love the game is greatest.’” Walsh also was crowned a Parochial A State Champion in 1993 as a member of the 1993 Pirate Basketball team.


Mr. Chris Rogers '89

Inaugural SHP Lacrosse Captain

Chris attended The Prep from 1985 to 1989. When he first came to Seton Hall, lacrosse had yet to be recognized as either a club or an official sports team. Growing up in South Orange, Chris had grown fond of the sport and, although he understood that lacrosse was not yet an offering at SHP, he attended the institution and hoped to bring his love for the game so that all could enjoy.

By Chris’ sophomore year, he had already gathered a band of lacrosse brothers as well as support from faculty members and began his very own lacrosse practices. Finally, after months of continued efforts by Chris and his classmates, the SHP administration recognized lacrosse as a club.

Following the summer of 1988 lacrosse became an official athletic sport at Seton Hall Prep with Chris Rogers installed as the first captain under newly hired coaches Pat and Mike Tevlin. Chris managed to scored 19 goals and compile nine assists while earning First Team All-Conference, Third Team Coaches All-State, the Unsung Hero Award and Team MVP honors.

Seton Hall Prep Lacrosse has blossomed into a top program in New Jersey and sends a large number of student athletes each year to competitive college programs all over the country.

It was Chris’s love of the game and determination that made it possible for lacrosse to become an official Seton Hall sport.


Mr. Donald Carter '87

Track & Field

Donald Carter was one of the most versatile athletes to represent Seton Hall Prep’s Track and Field program. The future University of Georgia alumnus competed for the Pirates in the 100, 200, and 400 meter races, along with the triple and long jumps. Carter, described as having “smooth and effortless technique on the track,” was also hailed for his diligent approach, composed demeanor, and aura of pure class. His introduction to the track came as a result of missing out on spots for The Prep’s football and basketball teams as a freshman, the two sports he was most passionate about growing up. With the drive to succeed and make his mother proud, Donald channeled his athletic gifts into track, a decision that yielded a distinguished high school career. At Seton Hall Prep, he was a major contributor to the 1986 State Championship outdoor track team. Individually Carter was the outdoor state champion in 1986 in the 200 meters and also the Essex County 400 meter champion, and in 1987 Carter won the state 400 championship both indoors and outdoors and the state triple jump title outdoors. In addition, he was a member of the 1986 and 1987 outdoor state champion 1600 meter relay teams. Carter, who held top ten performances in New Jersey for the above events at one time or another during his high school career, earned a spot on the University of Georgia’s track and field team, where he was named an Outdoor All-American in 1991, before moving onto a career in finance as an executive, as well as staying involved with Seton Hall Prep through serving as a mentor in the Griffin Bridges Program.


Mr. Derek Fogg '91

Swimming

Derek Fogg enjoyed a decorated career as a Seton Hall Prep swimmer prior to graduating in 1991. At the conclusion of his four-year career, Fogg held the individual record in the 200 yard breaststroke and was on two record-setting relay squads, the 200 yard medley relay and 200 yard freestyle relay. The 200 yard freestyle relay record still stands today. “Derek was a born leader, and had a huge impact from day one in our program,” recalled head coach, Randy Schweitzer. “He not only helped the team in the pool, but his leadership qualities and personality brought a crucial dynamic to the team.” According to Schweitzer, Fogg may very well have also set the record for fastest 100 yard breaststroke in school history, but he chose to swim the anchor leg of the 200 free relay in addition to the 100 breaststroke, a decision that helped the team but inevitably fatigued Fogg just enough to put him off record-setting pace. The decision paid off for the Pirates as the relay squad won the State Championship, posting a time of 1:27:31, with Derek’s split being the fastest of the four at 21.50. Throughout his career, Derek’s efforts earned him five All-Iron Hills Conference First Team Awards, and seven All-Essex County First Team Awards. His astounding success throughout his four years and legacy in and out of the pool will forever make him a Seton Hall Prep Swimming icon.


Mr. Chris O'Dougherty '05

Lacrosse

Chris O’Dougherty earned All-American and All-State honors while anchoring the defense and captaining Seton Hall Prep Lacrosse in 2004 and 2005 before moving on to a decorated career at Rutgers University. In 2009 Chris became The Prep's first lacrosse alumnus to play professionally when he was drafted by the Denver Outlaws in the MLL Collegiate Draft as the 31st overall pick. He played a total of 34 games for them from 2009 to 2010 and again from 2012 to 2014, totaling 47 total ground balls. Today Chris O’Dougherty lives in Seattle, Washington, and works as head coach and program director for Eastlake High School. He also coaches for CitySide Lax, the premier lacrosse teaching and development organization in the Pacific Northwest. He was the recipient of the Washington State Coach of the Year Award (2013) and the Washington State Assistant Coach of the Year Award (2012). Chris’s contribution and dedication to his sport is seen in the endless positive words his former coaches and teammates have to say about him.


Mr. Alex Wujciak '06

Football, Basketball

Alex Wujciak was dominant on the gridiron during the mid- 2000’s while also contributing to The Prep’s state championship basketball team. In football Alex played on both sides of the ball while competing as a Pirate, as an inside linebacker and tight end. Hailed for innate field awareness, the Maryland University alumnus accumulated impressive stats while in high school, totaling 285 tackles, 10 sacks, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions during his junior and senior years as a Pirate. He was named Defesnive Player of the Year and First Team All-State as a junior and senior. In basketball Alex was the starting power forward on the 2005 team that defeated St. Patrick's in the Meadowlands to win the Tournament of Champions title.

As a Terrapin, Wujciak was named Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 2008, and First Team All-ACC in 2009 and 2010. After graduation Alex earned a spot on the Cleveland Browns in 2011. A true leader at every level, Alex currently serves as a New Jersey State Trooper.


1982-83 Wrestling Team

NJ Parochial A State Champs

The 1982-83 wrestling team completed its season with a dual match record of 17 wins and one loss. This was the most victories in the history of the SHP wrestling program at that time. The team concluded its season with championships of the Iron Hills Conference and the North Jersey Parochial A Division. It went on to capture the NJ Parochial A State Championship as well as dominating the post season District 10 Tournament with a winning margin of more than 40 points.

The NJ Star Ledger ultimately ranked The Prep 4th best team in the state. Led by a coaching staff that included Al Calcagno, Paul Deehan, Alex Graul, Joseph Sochia, and John Feeley, this squad had six district champions and three region champions, with Pat Smith placing 4th in the state in his weight class.

Smith, Semos Gardner, Chris DeGrezia, John Daidone, Joe Cuccuzza, and Mike Guidice are members of The Prep Hall of Fame. Additional contributors to this team's success included Dan O'Callahan, Tom Gizzetti, Pete D'Allessio, Steve Deehan, and Vic DeVito.


Honorary Inductees

Dr. Peter Charles Kelly '50

Doctor of Podiatry, Service to SHP Student-Athletes

Dr. Peter Charles Kelly, Class of 1950, was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Vailsburg and came to Seton Hall Prep from Ivy Street School. A self-admitted poor grammar student entering The Prep, he credits the school for helping him focus academically and improve over his four years as a Pirate.

While at The Prep, Peter was a class officer and a participant in intramural sports for four years. Peter entered with a vocational preference of Dentistry but eight years later became a Doctor of Podiatry. Peter participated in the ROTC program while doing his undergraduate work at Seton Hall University, and then went on to Temple University, School of Podiatric Medicine. Peter entered the military service in 1955 and was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, retiring as a First Lieutenant. Peter opened his first practice in Newark in 1958 and ran a podiatry clinic for the city for 37 years. He became the first Chief of Podiatric Medicine at Monmouth Medical Center.

Peter is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for his generosity and kindness for many years of treating Prep athletes with foot and ankle injuries.

Peter is married to his wife Leah for 53 years and has five children: Michael ‘81, Matthew, Donna Beth, Maura, and James.


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