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Hundreds of Fairfield Prep alumni from as recent as the Class of 2014 and as far back as the Class of 1949 returned for a fun filled weekend of activities and social gatherings on June 1.

The weekend was a special occasion for the graduates of the Class of 1969, who celebrated their 50th reunion.

The weekend kicked off Friday with Prep's golf outing at Great River Golf Club in Milford, followed by the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet Friday evening. Saturday opened with a 5K fun run, continued with an alumni rugby game and finished with a Mass and a reunion party under a huge tent in the Fairfield Prep quad.

On Sunday, members of the Class of 1969 marched in the commencement ceremony along with the graduating Class of 2019. The '69 graduates received a golden diploma honoring their return for this momentous occasion.

Class of 1969 Golden Diploma Photos

Reunion Classes ending in 4's and 9's

Golf Outing 2019

View a gallery of candids and the golf foursomes by clicking on the image below.

 

 
 
On May 31, 2019, Fairfield Prep welcomed five individuals and one championship team into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony before more than 250 people in the Quad.
 
The 2019 class of inductees include Emil Garofalo '45, Charles Berke '70, Mike Sprouse '92, Ted Drury '80, Coach Joe Brosley and the 1969 State Championship Basketball team. Garofalo, Berke, Sprouse and members of the 1969 basketball team, with Jim Fitzsimmons '69 leading the group, all gave heartfelt acceptance speeches that brought cheers from family, friends and alumni gathered for the occasion. (View the videos of the acceptance speeches below).
 
Hockey player Anthony Clericuzio '19 accepted the award on behalf of Drury, who was not present at the ceremony. Coach Joe Brosley, who passed away in 1987, was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame and also received a round of applause.
 
The inductees join the ranks of Fairfield Prep's athletic legends, including previous inductees Bob Skoronski '51, Paul Halas '74 and the 1960 State Championship Football Team.
 

Emil Garofalo '45

 

Coach Joe Brosley


Chuck Berke '70


Ted Drury '89


Mike Sprouse '92


1969 State Championship Basketball Team

About the Athletic Hall of Fame
The Fairfield Prep Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to honor those alumni who achieved excellence and distinguished themselves in Fairfield Prep’s athletic programs while also living Prep’s mission throughout their lives as “Men for Others.” The inductees were selected through a nomination process by the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.
 

Three Fairfield Prep alumni — Joe Mancini '18, Matt Zaffino '17 and Will Lucas '18 — will take to the field during a collegiate summer baseball game in Danbury during a special Fairfield Prep Baseball Night.

The Danbury Westerners will play against the Mystic Schooners at Rogers Park in Danbury on June 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Mancini and Zaffino will play for the Westerners, will Lucas will play for the Schooners.
 
Fairfield Prep has 50 complimentary tickets available for Prep families interested in going. The tickets are first-come, first-served and those interested can contact Kathy Norell at knorell@fairfieldprep.org.
 

 

Prep Cross Country Father-Son coach duo to step down after years of service.

After 33 tremendous seasons at the helm for the Jesuits, Fairfield Prep science teacher Bob Ford Jr. and his father Bob Ford Sr. have decided to retire as head and assistant cross country coaches.Under their leadership, the Fords led the cross country team to 3 CIAC Class LL State Championships (2011, 1998 and 1997) and a runner up finish in 1996. The cross country team also won the State Open in 2011 and 1997 and were runner-up in 1998. Ford Jr. was the CIAC Outstanding Coach of the Year for Cross Country in 2000.

The Ford team helped establish the Jesuits as one of the premier cross country teams in the Southern Connecticut Conference, with meet championships in 2013, 1998, 1997 and a runner up finish in 1996. The Jesuits won SCC divisional championships in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2003, 1998, 1996 and 1995. In 2013 Ford Jr. was named SCC Coach of the Year.


Coaches Robert Ford Sr. and Robert Ford Jr. with the Fairfield Prep Cross Country Varsity team at the Thetford Invitational 2017.


Over the decades, the Fords helped develop numerous all-league, all-state, and collegiate runners, as well as coach “Connecticut Gatorade Runners of the Year” Drew Thompson (2017) and Connor Rog (2010, 2011). Thompson and Rog also qualified for the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships under the Fords’ leadership, along with Christian Alvarado (2012 and 2013) and Brian McGovern (1999 and 2000). In 2014, Bob Ford Jr. and Bob Ford Sr. were named National Coaches of the Year by Footlocker. Fairfield Prep runners have made 7 appearances at the Footlocker Nationals, the most for any school in the country.

The Fords have been instrumental in building a strong roster each season by developing unofficial freshman and junior varsity teams within the cross country program and giving them a chance to develop into varsity runners as they build up skill and endurance. Likewise, they built a strong schedule each season with yearly participation in the prestigious Thetford Invitational meet in Vermont and the Jesuit Cross Country Championships in Van Cortlandt Park, New York.

In addition to serving as Cross Country coaches, both Fords coached indoor and outdoor track. Ford Jr. was the head coach of Prep Outdoor Track from 1988 to 2005 and also served as the Indoor Head Track Coach from 1995- 2005. Ford Jr. was awarded CIAC Outstanding Coach of the Year for Track and Field in 2005. After retiring from Track that year he continued to help his dad who became the assistant Track coach for distance runners. 

Ford Sr. served as head coach of Indoor Track for 2 years in 2006 & 2007. In 2008, he was awarded CT Assistant Coach of the Year. Ford Sr. helped coach 2012 Olympian Javelin thrower Craig Kinsley ‘07 in the State Decathlon Championship to become the only Prep medal winner in that event. Additionally, he helped train elite runners Rog, Alvarado, and Thompson, to first place finishes at the Indoor and Outdoor Track CIAC State Championships, State Open and New England. All three runners set school records highlighted by Alvarado’s National Track Mile Championship in 2013.

Bob Ford Jr. started teaching Science at Fairfield Prep in 1977 and began coaching the Jesuit Cross Country team in 1986 and Track in 1987. His dad, Bob Ford, Sr. joined him in 1989 after retiring from General Electric. Both Fords have also worked as adjunct faculty for Fairfield University - Bob Jr. in Biology, Ecology, and Physics, and Ford, Sr. in Finance. Neither of the Fords had any coaching experience before coaching at Prep, but both were long time distance runners and endurance athletes with numerous marathons and other competitions to their credit.

Collectively the Fords have coached over 120 seasons with Cross Country and Track. 27 individuals earned all-state honors in Cross Country. Most notable in their list of achievements is the network of supportive alumni who regularly keep in touch and attend the annual running alumni reunion at the Pequot Thanksgiving Day Race every year. Both Fords intend to help the transition to the next era of Prep running with support of the new coaches. They look forward to seeing Prep running continue down the path of success.

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Reunion Weekend 2018 draws hundreds of alumni back to Prep; Class of 1968 celebrates its 50th

View a gallery of the reunion class photos by clicking the image above.

Hundreds of Fairfield Prep alumni from as recent as the Class of 2013 and as far back as the Class of 1948 returned for a fun filled weekend of activities and social gatherings on June 1.

The weekend was a special occasion for the graduates of the Class of 1968, who celebrated their 50th reunion.

The weekend kicked off Friday with Prep's golf outing at Great River Golf Club in Milford, followed by the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet Friday evening. Saturday opened with a 5K fun run, continued with an alumni rugby game and finished with a Mass and a reunion party under a huge tent in the Fairfield Prep quad.

On Sunday, members of the Class of 1968 marched in the commencement ceremony along with the graduating Class of 2018. The '68 graduates received a golden diploma honoring their return for this momentous ocassion.

Class of 1968 Golden Diploma Photos


Reunion Classes ending in 3's and 8's

Golf Outing 2018

View a gallery of candids and the golf foursomes by clicking on the image below.

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