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Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner is June 1!
Posted 05/09/2018 02:46PM

Fairfield Prep is very proud to announce the inductees to the 2018 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. This year they will be honored on Friday evening of Reunion Weekend on June 1, 2018.

Biographies of the Inductees


BOB SKORONSKI '51

The Ansonia native and former Derby resident became the first Prep graduate to play in the NFL. The left tackle and offensive captain of the Packers under legendary coach Vince Lombardi played 11 seasons, all with Green Bay, and was a member of the first two Super Bowl winners in 1967 and 1968, respectively.

The 6-foot-3 Skoronski played center and linebacker in his senior year as Prep went 5-2-1 in 1950. He then played three seasons at Indiana before being drafted by the Packers in 1955. He was selected as the center on Prep's All-Decade team from 1942-1951.

JACK RINGEL '54

Ringel was talented enough to play four seasons of varsity football and baseball at Prep. A bruising 6-foot-1, 185-pound fullback, Ringel was co-captain of the Jesuits' first undefeated and untied team (8-0) in 1953. He set a Prep and regional scoring record that season with 128 points and was an honorable mention All-American.

Ringel then went on to play three seasons of varsity football and baseball at Holy Cross. With Ringel in the outfield, the Crusaders finished third in the 1958 College World Series.

JIM LYDDY '63

The 6-foot, 170-pound guard has the distinction of being the school's first All-State selection in basketball. At the time of his graduation, Lyddy was Prep's all-time leading scorer with 1,308 points and was named to a pair of All-MBIAC first teams. He was also a two-time All-MBIAC selection in baseball.

Lyddy played college basketball at Georgetown, where he captained the Hoyas his senior season.

TOM LYDDY '67 (posthumous)

Another multi-sport standout, Lyddy played football, basketball and baseball at Prep, but his prowess on the gridiron made him stand out. The late end/defensive lineman was named All-MBIAC, All-State and Catholic All-American his senior season.

He received a football scholarship to Maryland, but a severe knee injury curtailed a promising career. He transferred to Fairfield, where he starred in baseball before graduating in 1972.

ROGER RATCHFORD '51

In a stellar career that spanned 40 seasons (1966-2005), the venerable golf coach racked up an astounding 690 victories, presided over five state championship teams and was named CHSCA Coach of the Year in 1983.

Although he never had an undefeated season, seven of Ratchford's squads finished with only one loss. In 1998, a second-place finish in the Division I state championships derailed Prep's shot at a perfect season (25-1).

ED ROWE '59


Except for a one-year sabbatical in 1978, Ed Rowe was synonymous with Prep baseball. From 1968-77 and then from 1979-2005, Rowe guided the Jesuits for 37 seasons, compiling a 477-326 record with 11 league championships and two appearances in the state championship finals.

Rowe had three seasons of 20 or more victories and his teams made 28 state playoff appearances, including a run of 21 straight. He was named Daily News Coach of the Year in 1983 and CHSCA Coach of the Year in 2000.

BOB SYLVESTER


If nothing else, Sylvester's legacy as Prep basketball coach was validated when he delivered the school's long awaited first state championship in 1969. That team, featuring Prep Hall of Famer Jim Fitzsimmons and the late Hal Smith, went 23-1, was ranked No. 1 in New England and came to be regarded as one of the Connecticut's all-time best.

It was Sylvester's only title, but for 16 seasons at the helm, he was overwhelmingly successful. From 1961-62 until his retirement following the 1976-77 season, the 2006 New England Basketball Hall of Fame inductee compiled a 286-114 record, a 71 percent winning percentage. From 1966-67 through the title season of 1968-69, Sylvester's Jesuits went a phenomenal 64-6, winning three MBIAC titles and reaching the state championship game each season.

We hope you will join us for a special dinner on Friday, June 1, 2018, in Fairfield Prep's Quad beginning at 6 PM. All alumni, family and friends are invited!

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Thank you to everyone who sent in nominations.

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