Class of 2017/18
2018 SPORTS HALL OF FAME
SYLVIA ROGERS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Winston Churchill once said, "the pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity, whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Emulating this idea of grit and extreme optimism, Sylvia Rogers lived each day of her life with a passion that resonated in the hallways of Byram Hills High School. Thirty five years ago, she brought the first homecoming to Armonk, installing a sense of spirit that still remains. Sylvia raised three boys—each of whom attended Byram Hills—with this same sense of hard work and determination. She instilled in them a philosophy that values hard work and passion regardless of the obstacles that stand in the way.
The Sylvia Rogers Memorial Scholarship represents each of these ideals and will be awarded to two Byram Hills seniors who achieved great things on the fields of play and within the classroom. It recognizes the unsung heroes on the field, the leaders who understand the merits of being a strong teammate as well. It recognizes the student(s) in the classroom who works beyond his/her capabilities and seeks out exceptional academic opportunities.
2018 SPORTS HALL OF FAME
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Sports Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award seeks to recognize individuals who have dedicated their lives to development of student-athletes and the advancement of athletics at Byram Hills. The award recognizes coaches with high moral character and a keen knowledge and insight within a variety of sports.
There are few individuals in our community who have reached as many people and influenced as many student-athletes as Richard Caputo. For thirty years, Mr. Caputo taught in the physical education department and coached a multitude of sports, ranging from gymnastics to lacrosse to football. In that time, he helped positively influence thousands of Byram Hills athletes of all ages. If you graced the halls of Byram Hills, you certainly knew the name, Rich Caputo.
Rich Caputo was the quintessential coach. Opponents who arrived at Byram Hills to play a Caputo coached team understood that they would always be facing an intense, well-prepared team. Always passionate about his craft, Coach Caputo looked to improve his craft while motivating all student athletes to reach their potential.
From 1975 to 1992, Coach Caputo led the Varsity Boys Football program to 95 wins, amassing four Section One Championships during that time. In 1988, his team ended the season with a 10-0 record and finished ranked #2 in New York State. They also won the prestigious Colgate Cup that season, and Coach Caputo took home Section I Coach of the Year honors. More importantly, Coach Caputo grew to understand and love each of his players. They each remark about how prepared they were for each game but also that Coach Caputo taught them lessons on discipline, honor and love within the sport. He taught them to enjoy and believe in one’s teammates and emphasized that the results in the end are not as important as the bonds created.
To be great as a coach in one sport is unique, but to master two sports is even more incredible. As a lacrosse coach, Rich Caputo amassed over 240 wins for his career. He also led the 1982 lacrosse team to a 21-0 record, which is the only team in our school’s history to finish the season undefeated. The team’s offense scored 294 goals that season. Ultimately, he was chosen as the League Coach of the Year, and in 1984, he was named the Section I Coach of the Year.
The lifetime achievement award is about leaving behind a legacy. Coach Caputo encouraged athletes to play three sports. He encouraged athletes to work hard at their academics, as evidenced by the 8 Golden Dozen Football Award winners and the 8 Con Edison Scholar Athlete award winners during his tenure. Coach Caputo is even regarded as the founding father of two sports at Byram Hills: lacrosse and gymnastics. Quite simply, Coach Caputo represented all his student-athletes with passion and pride regardless of sport. He remains an icon of Bobcat athletics.
Today, Rich has retired from a great career and has settled down with his wife Mary Ann in The Villages, Florida where he spends a lot of his time tending to his three grandchildren, Frank, Sophia and Louis. Congratulations to Coach Rich Caputo on this award. He is the first Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Winner recognized by the Byram Hills Sports Hall of Fame.
SPORTS HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2018
THE 1982 BOYS LACROSSE TEAMDOUG VIRTUE ‘77
Accepted by: Nick Gagliardi & Paul Varsames
Lacrosse, Football & Basketball
Introduced by: Tony O’CallaghanTED VIRTUE ‘78
Football, Basketball & Tennis
Introduced by: Kevin O’Callaghan (HOF 2015)MARCIA COHEN PROTO ‘80
Track, Basketball & Volleyball
Introduced by: Jeannette HoganSARAH GUTSTEIN ROME ‘86
Lacrosse, Basketball & Tennis
Introduced by: Jono GutsteinBRIAN MORRIS ‘01
Introduced by: Sal OlivetoROBERT DELASKI ‘02
Track & Football
Introduced by: John Naughton
1982 BOYS LACROSSE TEAM
The 1982 Boys lacrosse team dominated the sport scene as evidenced by their 21-0 perfect record. No other team in Byram Hills history has ever finished with such a record. They finished the regular season at 18-0 and then reeled off three victories in the playoffs to capture a Sectional Title. Unfortunately, there was no state tournament to qualify for or else the record would have included more wins.
Beyond the 21 wins, what was more impressive was the complete domination that this team unleashed. In 21 games, the team netted 294 goals which translates to a 14 goals per game average. The average score of their games during the regular season was 14-2 and this even included their top scorers often sitting out for the last quarter of the game. Even in the playoffs against the best competition in Westchester, the Bobcats scored 35 goals in three games on their way to capturing a Division II League Championship and a Division II Sectional Championship, the first in the schools’ history. This team also paved the way for the future as it kicked off a streak of four consecutive Division II League titles.
Defensively, the 1982 Boys lacrosse team never yielded more than 7 goals in a game. Of the 21 opponents played, only 4 teams ever crossed the threshold of scoring three goals against them. This is unheard of in the sport of lacrosse where more teams average between 8-9 goals a game. In the playoffs, the team yielded a total of 8 goals over a three game span. Clearly, this team was a step above everyone else in 1982 and are today considered the most dominant lacrosse team in our schools history.
Here are the players that make up this championship squad:
Steve Bellantoni, Roger Bradford, Mark Cavallaro, Domenick D’Angelica, Marty Durkin, Kevin Fay, *Nick Gagliardi, Billy Gay, Willy Kelly, Pete Love, Kevin Minicus, John Richardson, Greg Rogers, Greg Schildwachter, Greg Sipple, Mark Sorbella, Ricky Taylor, Eric Turk, *Paul Varsames, Paul Vettoretti, Rob Vettoretti, Skip Winston, Chris Yaroscak, Mike Young
Coaches: Rich Caputo, Bob Croke, Dick Holzer
Athletic Trainer: Kathy Knudsen Boggan
Class of 1977
Success isn’t something that just happens. Success is learned. Success is practiced and then it is shared. With eight varsity letters in three varsity sports, it’s clear that Doug Virtue spent most of his days practicing and then sharing his exploits against other teams in Westchester County. This dedication would equivocate to tremendous success. His coaches lauded him as the most hard working and tenacious athlete who captured a league or county title on each and every team he played for.
It’s hard to uncover which of the sports that Doug Virtue excelled most at since the accolades are virtually the same across the board. Perhaps that in itself is a testament to the well-roundedness of his athletic prowess. In each of the sports seasons, one thing was certain: Doug was in the center of the action. In lacrosse, Doug was a first line midfielder that took faceoffs at the center circle for four years. During his senior season, he led Westchester County in scoring after finishing in second place in that race during his junior season. In 1976, he became the first Byram Hills Bobcat to achieve All-County status in lacrosse, which he accomplished during his final two seasons in Armonk. As a junior, he helped lead the team to its first ever Sectional Championship. This leadership in lacrosse carried onward to Boston College, where Doug was a four year starter and senior captain for the BC Eagles. There he was named to the All New England team, the All-Northeast team and was honorable mention for the All-American squad. In the year following his final season, Doug stepped into the coaching ranks, filling into an emergency situation at the school when the head coach resigned so near to the beginning of the season. Doug’s reply as to why he took the job: “I didn’t want to see the program fall apart with a coaching vacancy so late; I felt I was in a good position to help.” Doug was awarded the BC Head Lacrosse position, becoming the youngest division I coach in NCAA history at age 22.
Elected captain during the 1976 football season, Doug Virtue showed his versatility by playing four different positions during the season. For that reason, Coach Caputo and his staff rewarded him with the T.E.S.T. Award, recognizing his Teamwork, Enthusiasm, Spirit and Trust. This led to All-League honors. During his junior season, Doug starred at wide-receiver and outside linebacker and was named to the All-League team.
During the winter seasons, Doug played guard for the basketball team, helping lead the team to a League Championship and a birth in the Sectional finals. The team finished with an 18-2 record.
Since graduation, Doug has continued his spirit for competition and relentless drive in the business world and the sports world. In 2009, with doubles partner and fellow Byram Hills alumni Ken Kaufman (‘79), Doug captured a United States National Doubles Squash championship. They followed that up with finals appearances in 2006 and 2008. Doug is currently the CEO of Virtue Development Company, specializing in the licensing and branding within the Fragrance and Cosmetics Industry. When he isn’t competing on the courts or in the boardroom, Doug spends his time with his family in Rye, New York. Married for 33 years to Byram Hills alumni Pamela Minicus, Doug has raised four children: Kim (31), DJ (29), Tori (27) and Kristie (24). Just recently, he became a grandfather with the birth his first grand-daughter Kate (18 Months-Brian & Kim Heavey).
CLASS of 1978
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. It’s giving yourself a command and following it up with action. These ideals became the mantra for Ted Virtue, who emerged as the consummate teammate for others to follow. A three-sport athlete at Byram Hills, Ted immersed himself into playing sports for the Bobcats, becoming one of the best all-around student-athletes in the school’s history. His basketball coach, Bob Croke, echoed this sentiment saying, “Teddy was the quintessential teammate, leader and overachiever who got the most out of his body.” His football coach, Rich Caputo, followed suit in saying, “Ted was a quite outstanding leader. He led by example and hard work. Thus, his peers and team looked up to him on a daily basis.”
Despite his coaches’ beliefs, Ted describes himself as a rather slow and skinny athlete yet he became a county champion in three separate sports. These accomplishments are the direct result of the hard work and dedication that was put in at a young age towards the sports of football, basketball and tennis. These are three disciplines that require radically different skill sets. It’s incredibly rare to find anyone who is named to the All-State football team and the New York Daily News All-Star squad and then six months later captures a league championship in tennis, leading the team as the #1 singles player. In tennis, Ted led the team to four league championships as its top singles player and a county championship title during his senior year. In between the two sports, Ted arguably captained the best basketball team in the school’s history to the New York State Final Four. The team finished ranked #5 in New York State after capturing the Class A Sectional Tournament for the first time in the schools’ history. Along the way, Ted was named the MVP of the Somers Invitational Tournament and captured All-League and All-County Honors.
After high school, Ted continued his athletic career at Middlebury College where he set a receiving record and was named to the All-New England team. In addition, along with fellow wideout Beau Coash, Ted was part of Middlebury’s “Westchester Connection,” as they were both named to the New England All-American squad. Ted was also a four year varsity player and two year starter in basketball where he was named captain as a senior.
Most importantly though, it was at Middlebury that he met his wife, Dani whom was also a two-time All American skier at the college. Both Ted and Dani remain very active in promoting athletics at the College. They are firm believers in the power of sports. They help teach life’s important lessons: teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, discipline, how to compete, how to win, and sometimes how to lose. All of these are critical lessons for success in life. It’s these same lessons that have been instilled in Ted’s four children Matt (30), Tucker (28), Garrett (26), Taylor (24), all of whom have had their share of athletic exploits at a very high level.
Today, Ted resides in Rye, NY and is currently the CEO of MidOcean Partners, a private equity firm based out of New York City.
Marcia Cohen Proto
Class of 1980
Mixing together strength and finesse was one of Marcia Cohen Proto’s greatest attributes while she competed for Byram Hills. Strength of mind and body came in the form of four years of throwing a discus and a shot put during the track and field season. Finesse was applied in the sports of basketball and volleyball, where she earned 6 All-League award selections between the two sports. This alone paints the picture of an extremely versatile athlete who long time coach, Mike Gulino, referred to as, “the best all-around athlete of her generation.”
When Marcia Cohen was ten years old, she served as the Byram Hills Girls Basketball team “ball girl,” for Coach Ed Moy. Here she was able to not only partake in the Saturday team lunches at John’s Best Pizza in Mount Kisco, but she was also able to watch childhood heroes Kathy Knudsen Boggan, Liz House and her sister Debbie Cohen Hoyt star on the basketball court. Four years later, Marcia would begin to carve out her own career for the Bobcats under Mr. Moy, who coached her for 8 seasons at Byram Hills in both track and basketball.
In track and field, Marcia was a three time all county athlete with her primary events being the shot put and the discus. Her discuss record of 122 feet and shot put record of 35 feet and 8 inches are both records that exist 38 years after she set them. In the 1980 NYS Championships, Marcia placed 4th in the Discus, which is the highest any Byram Hills athlete has finished in that event. Amazingly, she only spent one season a year practicing for these events since she spent her other seasons playing basketball and volleyball. In basketball, Marcia was a three year starter who led the team to a stellar 55-11 record over that time span. During both her junior and senior seasons, she averaged a double double with 16 points and 13 rebounds a game. During those seasons, she was also named to the All-County team.
Marcia was a heavily recruited basketball athlete out of Byram Hills and originally agreed to a basketball scholarship from Lafayette University. However, before the season began, due to a realignment of coaching staffs, she agreed to a volleyball scholarship, a sport one might consider her weakest considering her accomplishments in other sports. Nonetheless, Marcia played 4 years of volleyball for the NYS Empire State Games team and played her final two seasons for Division I Volleyball Program Providence, helping to capture two Big East Championships for the Friars.
Over the past thirty years, Marcia has taken on several leadership roles within the medical community. She serves as the Executive Director of the Connecticut League of Nurses and is also the Co-Project Director for a Connecticut Nursing Collaborative. In 2013, she was recognized by Workplace Inc. Health Academy as their “Professional of the Year,” for her talents in inspiring others within the field of nursing. When Marcia isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband of 34 years, Paul, in their home in Wallingford, Connecticut. Together, they raised two young men, Anthony (24) and Nathan (22), who became outstanding athletes in their own right.
Sarah Gutstein Rome
Class of 1986
Most high school athletes aspire to become captain of their respective teams during their senior year of high school. Usually this represents the culmination of four years of hard work -- being chosen by your teammates and coaches to lead the team during one’s final season. Yet Sarah Gutstein Rome was selected as captain of her respective squads on six different occasions representing three different Varsity teams. She didn’t have to wait until her senior year as she became a captain as an underclassman three times. In fact, during her Junior year, Sarah was not only selected as the team captain for lacrosse, tennis and basketball, but she was also named team MVP for each of these sports. Considering her leadership skills in these sports, Sarah was awarded the Fred J. Caruolo Award and the Lynn Rosenthal Memorial Award. Leadership is not a position or a title; it is action and example and Sarah, most certainly, exemplified that ideal to the fullest.
As a four year varsity lacrosse starter and three year captain, Sarah was under constant pressure to perform at the highest level. Building upon her All-League and All-Section honors as both a sophomore and a junior, Sarah closed out her career with an unbelievable senior season. With opponents out to stop her offensive potential in each and every game, she still managed to score 82 goals and tally 26 assists for a total output of 108 points. The next closest competitor in Westchester County had only 55 points. She was named All-League, All-Section and All-Conference that season and also chosen as a Con Edison Scholar-Athlete weekly award winner. She became the first lacrosse athlete in Byram Hills history to win this award. At the end of the season Con Edison Award Banquet, Sarah was named Scholar Athlete of the Year, an award that earned her a partial scholarship for college. She continued her lacrosse career at Princeton, playing for two years. Interestingly, Sarah credits her then 8 year old brother Pancho with helping her learn to throw and catch a lacrosse ball; and, of course, Coach Caputo, who spent countless hours working with Sarah on her shooting.
As a tennis player, Sarah led the team as their number one singles player for all four years. She was chosen as a captain during her senior year and was named All-Conference three times. In addition, she completed her career with three team MVP awards and an overall singles record of 50-10. Sarah acknowledges the great leadership of Amy Michelman Cotter and Karen Berkelhamer Harrison who took her under their wing during her freshman year in creating an incredible environment of togetherness. Sarah’s tennis career also continued at Princeton where she played for two years.
In basketball, Sarah was named to the All-League team during her final two seasons as a Bobcat. Sarah refined her skills while playing games of HORSE with Coach Bob Croke and learned about tenacity and commitment from her brothers Jono and Adam. This commitment carried over into the classroom as well since she finished top in her class.
Today, Sarah and her husband, Brett, are busy raising their three children, Henry (16), Morgan (14) and Olivia (12). Though Sarah never played soccer, she now coaches her youngest daughter’s team. She also spearheads many charitable events in her town. Sarah joins her sister Abigail, a 2015 inductee, in the Byram Hills Sports Hall of Fame.
CLASS of 2001
For nearly a decade, the Morris brothers dominated the sport of soccer in Section I. Each one brought a different skill set to the game, but without question, the best closer and best finisher was the elder statesman, Brian. No other player played with the same tenacity and same bloodthirst around the goal as Brian did. Even fifteen years later, when Brian competes every Thanksgiving in the Byram Hills Alumni game, he carries forward that same scorers mentality as he did in high school. Brian has not missed this once a year event and has even scored over 30 goals in 11 alumni games.
Statistically, there is no denying that Brian was one of the most prolific scorers in Byram Hills Soccer history. During his freshman season, Brian tallied 4 goals to go along with 8 assists and he was named as an All-League player. He followed up that season with a sophomore campaign that registered 20 goals and 11 assists, placing him in the top ten of Westchester County. Coaches recognized Brian as an All-Section player that season where he was recognized as one of the top 6 players in the League.
Recognizing his soccer talent and leadership, Brian was named captain as a junior. The team captured a league title, and Brian scored 23 goals to go along with 12 assists. Though the team bowed out in the Sectional Semifinals, Brian’s individual accolades included a second All-Section selection, league MVP and Patent Trader Athlete of the Month. Following the team’s semifinal loss, Brian worked tirelessly over the winter and summer months to rally the team to greater heights. As the captain, Brian anchored the 2000 soccer squad to an undefeated regular season record, a League Championship, a Sectional Championship and a Regional Championship. Despite a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Christian Brothers Academy in the state semifinals, Brian led the program to its farthest point in school history at the time. He finished the year with 27 goals and 32 assists, which led Westchester county in scoring. Brian was named All-League, All-Section, All-State, All-Region (East Coast) and All-American. In addition, Brian was named a Con-Edison Athlete of the Week winner and was the Journal News Athlete of the Season for the Fall of 2000.
Brian credits his coach Sal Oliveto and first Byram Hills soccer captain, Brian Miller (‘98) as inspirations for his prolific soccer career. Brian went on to play for two Division I programs: St. Johns and Virginia Commonwealth University. He continued to play professionally in Romania for a year and then continued his soccer career in the USL where he helped lead his team to a championship.
Brian is currently a math teacher for the Department of Education in New York City. He lives in White Plains, New York with his wife Lauren (‘03) and his three children Blake (7), Mason (5) and Tyler (2).
CLASS OF 2002
All throughout his high school career, Robert Delaski placed his 400m target time over the door to his room. This served as a constant reminder every time he returned home from practice that running under a 49.5 needed to happen. Rob didn’t keep this reminder up in order to win races or take home awards, he did it to achieve a goal that he set for himself. He did it because he understood that you get out of something exactly what you put into it. The philosophy being that the harder you train; the faster you run.
Rob did achieve his goal by running a 49.31 during his final indoor track season. This incredible time set the standard for other runners to follow as it broke the previous school record by a full second. Rob would eventually set indoor track records for Byram Hills in the 200m, 300y, 300m and 4x400m events, which are all records that still stand today. In addition, he currently holds the 200m and 4x4000m records for outdoor track.. During his senior season, Rob was named to the All-League team, the All-County team and the All-Section team. He was also recognized at the state level and was able to compete at the New York State Federation meet during the winter season, where he placed second in the 300 meter dash. Rob was also part of the relay team took first in the 4x400m running alongside teammates Greg Simonds (HOF 2015), Ben Jaffe (‘02) and Jeff Waksman (‘02). This same relay team competed at the Millrose Games Trials, where they defeated every team in Westchester. Rob, who ran the second leg of the relay, was handed the baton in 6th place and finished his leg with a 7 meter lead, which the team would not relinquish.
During the spring season of his senior year, Rob was named a Con Edison Weekly Award winner and he also captured All-County, All-Section and All-State. In the Class B Sectional Championships, Rob finished 3rd in the 4oom race and second in the 4x400m relay with Andrew Blaser (‘02), Jeff Waksman and Greg Simonds. In addition to being a star in track, Rob was a devastatingly powerful football player who had an ability to break tackles after first contact. At tailback, Rob was a three year starter who averaged 11 yards per carry during his senior season with 12 touchdowns. Again, he captured All-League honors and was named to the Golden Dozen team.
Rob credits learning the essence of hard work from Coach Greg Govan who always preached that “you can’t rely on just hope.” His inspiration in the sport of football was Brian DiDonato, a lineman who took little of the credit for Rob’s success yet opened up many running lanes for him. Rob’s passion for sports carried onward to Yale University where he ran both indoor and outdoor track for four years. As a senior, he was named captain of the Track and Field Team and registered the fastest time in the Ivy League in the 500m run. He was named to the All-Ivy team and even held the Distance Medley Relay record for the school for ten years.
Today, Rob is the Director for a Informational Technology firm in Washington, DC. When he isn’t working, Rob is spending his time with his wife Jess and their five children TQ (15), Matt (13), Ella (10), William (4) and Bailey (2)