- Mr. George
One could argue that Mr. George is the most decorated athlete on the faculty based on the extremely high level at which he competed as a rower. A talented endurance athlete from youth, he swam very seriously in his early teen years, training hard most days of the week. In high school, he transitioned away from swimming and played both soccer and tennis at the varsity level. As a freshman at Brown University, he was encouraged to join the crew team, where he quickly became a standout oarsman. In both his junior and senior years, the team went undefeated and won national championships with Mr. George sitting in the JV 8. Following college, he continued his rowing career at the Potomac Boat Club. In 1997, he won the trials for worlds in the heavyweight double category and competed in the world championships in Lac D’Aiguebelette, France, finishing 14th. Additionally, since the summer of 2000, Coach George regularly competes in triathlons (usually 5 per year). Most impressively, he still rows with his crews on the Charles River when needed and completes all the ergometer workouts, including 1500m tests. He recently pulled his best time in many years, a blistering 4:53. However, he narrowly misses the #1 overall spot in this hall of fame due to the fact that he once lost a wrestling match to Mr. Trautz.
- Ms. O’Connor
In high school in Connecticut, Ms. O’Connor ran all three seasons and was all-state and All-New-England by the time she graduated. She then continued running at Williams College and captained the cross country and track teams as a senior. Most impressively, she was an All-American as a sophomore and again as a senior in the 1500m. After college, she ran for the Greater Boston Running Club, although injuries to her knees sadly cut her running career short.
- Mr. Courtney
In high school at Belmont Hill, Mr. Courtney was a preeminent endurance athlete, lettering in cross country, nordic skiing, and crew. He was a two-time captain of skiing and captain of the cross country team his senior year. In cross country, he was a top 10 finisher in the ISL and a top 15 New England finisher, earning all-league and all-New England distinctions. Additionally, he competed at Foot Locker regionals at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx and medaled as a top 10 finisher. After high school, he continued on to UPenn where he rowed on the men’s lightweight team. A three-year letterman, he rowed in the Lightweight Varsity 8 (1st boat) his senior year. Today, he continues to participate in cross country skiing as a coach and athlete.
- Mr. Richards
When asked about his athletic pursuits, Mr. Richards said, “I can say emphatically that I am not in your top 10. Maybe in my day, I was, but certainly not now.” In his youth, he participated in a variety of sports, including soccer, football, baseball, hockey, and wrestling. During his high school years at Phillips Academy Andover, he wrestled on the varsity for a few years and captained the club hockey team. However, he found his true love on the water as a member of Andover’s crew team. He continued this passion by rowing at Harvard on the heavyweight team. He has attained considerable success as a rower at the masters level and he and his crew have won the Head of the Charles 6 times in the 4+ and have medaled roughly 20 times. Furthermore, he has run multiple marathons, including New York, the Marine Corps Marathon, and Boston twice. He also bikes regularly.
- Mr. Harder
In high school in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Coach Harder was a three-sport letterman in soccer, basketball, and track. At Hamilton College, he captained the track team and still holds the pole vault record to this day. As a masters runner, he competes with the Greater Boston Team and has consistently been in the top 10 for his age group nationally over the last 20 years.
He still runs with his teams regularly, and can handily beat most high school runners.
By the skin of his teeth, Mr. Martellini earns an honorable mention. He was an outstanding two-sport athlete at Tufts, playing basketball for one year and lacrosse all four. Additionally, as an adult, he has completed several very challenging bike trips, including traversing the contiguous United States many times. Two summers ago, he biked from Edmonton, Alberta to Pocatello, Idaho, crossing the Rockies and stopping along the way to explore the Continental Divide. However, we found it very difficult to get him to talk about his athletic endeavors and when asked he said, “. My day has come and gone. I love to bike now which is interesting, but make Doar your number one pick because he’s a great golfer.”