Former FFCS coaches, administrators score inductions into hall of fame

FONDA – The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District will honor the first class of the newly developed Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming weekend.

The first class, which is being called the “Legends Class,” consists of former coaches and administrators who have helped establish the foundation of Fonda-Fultonville athletics, Athletic Director Eric Wilson said recently.

The group will be honored before the Fonda-Fultonville homecoming football game Oct. 12.

“We’re excited for it,” Wilson said about the event. “We’re going to honor them and recognize them and speak about them for a little bit then give them their plaques.”

The individuals include:

  • John G. Boshart. He served as supervising principal/superintendent from 1956-79. Boshart was instrumental in starting a lot of the athletic programs as FFCS. All of the athletic fields at FFCS are named the John G. Boshart Fields.
  • ?William Higgins. He served as superintendent from 1979-83 and was the high school principal from 1971-78. Higgins was the head boys basketball coach from 1971-1977, and had a record of 81-62 and earned three league titles.
  • Michael Mongin. Mongin served as high school principal from 1979-2002 and was the athletic director from 1971-78. He was the head football coach from 1970-76 where he won five league titles, including the first in FFCS history.
  • John West, who was the middle school principal from 1985-2003. He was the head football coach from 1977-84 – where he won four league titles, three sectional championships and had a 53-15-6 record – head baseball coach from 1971-74 with one league title, and the head wrestling coach from 1971-78, where he started the program which won three league titles while he was coaching.
  • Dave Petersen, who was the head boys and girls indoor and outdoor track coach from 1971 to 2001. He had an overall dual meet record of 488-23; with the boys team he had 16 outdoor sectional championships, nine outdoor sectional runner-ups and 27 league championships. With the girls team he had 20 outdoor sectional championships, four outdoor sectional runner-ups, 19 league championships, nine indoor sectional championships and three indoor sectional runner-ups. He started the boys track program in 1971 and started the girls program in 1979.
  • Bill Bowler. He was: the head girls basketball coach from 1981-91, when the team won six league titles; head softball coach from 1975-83, when the team won two league titles; and head soccer coach from 1975-86, where he won seven league titles and one sectional championship.
  • Alex Mancini, who was an athlete, coach and athletic director in the district. Mancini was: athletic director from 1994 to 2012, and head football coach from 1985 to 2005, garnering a 149-46-1 record, 11 league titles, eight sectional final appearances and two sectional championships. He earned 12 varsity letters, was quarterback for his first three league titles, named First Team All-State as a quarterback, and also was Tri-Valley MVP in basketball, graduating as the all-time leading scorer in school history.

Last year, Wilson said, he was thinking about why the district didn’t have an Athletic Hall of Fame. He said he asked around and people told him it was too much work.

With the encouragement of Superintendent Ray Colucciello, Wilson said, he decided to create the hall of fame.

Wilson said he did some research and asked about 25 people who they think of when they think of Fonda-Fultonville athletics, and who they think helped start and build the athletic programs at the school district.

He said the choices were “pretty much unanimous.”

Wilson said the “Legends Class” is going to get the ball rolling with the hall of fame process for FFCS.

Next year, the automatic inductees will be included into the hall. These people include Olympic participants, a national champions, those that received all-American honors and state champions or a players of the year in New York State.

In 2015, Wilson said, nominations for more hall of fame members will be taken.

“I think it’s a great program,” said Timonthy Wendell, president of the Board of Education.