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Fairfield Prep announces 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame honorees
Fairfield Prep is very proud to announce the inductees for the 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame.
Football Coach Joe Brosley, Emil Garofalo '45, Charles Berke '70, Ted Drury '89, Mike Sprouse '92 and the 1969 State Championship Basketball Team will all be joining the greats when they are inducted into the Fairfield Prep Athletic Hall of Fame on the Friday evening of Reunion Weekend on May 31, 2019. Read about each inductee in their bio listed below.
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. View our past inductees here.

Coach Joe Brosley

Coach Joe Brosley was an educator first and foremost, but he found considerable success on the sidelines as well. He coached football and baseball for Prep from 1947 until his promotion to Athletic Director in 1965.

An assistant under both Fella Gintoff and Tom Seymour, Brosley took over as head football coach in 1956. His inaugural team went 8-0, one of two undefeated and untied teams under his tenure (the other was the heralded 1960 title team that was inducted en masse into the Prep Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017).

Emil Garofalo '45

Emil Garafalo was one of the first star athletes for Fairfield Prep. After spending his freshman year at Ludlowe High in Fairfield, he transferred to Prep when it opened in 1942.

Garofalo played three years of basketball and baseball for the Jesuits and was a two-year captain in both sports. He was a talented guard in basketball who was heralded by one veteran observer as the premier backcourt player in Connecticut.

Chuck Berke '70

Charles (Chuck) Berke might be the most decorated swimmer to ever compete for Fairfield Prep. He a three-time state champion who set a host of school and state records.

Berke was in the pool from 1967 through 1970, co-captained the team his senior season and helped lead Prep to three consecutive MBIAC titles from 1968-70.

He was a three-time state champion in the 100 butterfly, setting state records in that event in 1969 and 1970. He also won the state title in the 400 freestyle as a sophomore (1968), the 200 freestyle as a senior and was part of the champion 400 freestyle relay team as a junior.

Upon graduation, he earned a scholarship to Maryland, where he swam for four seasons, co-captained the team in 1973-74 and was the school’s record holder and a multiple ACC champion in the 200 butterfly.

Ted Drury '89

Ted Drury was as decorated a hockey player to have ever played for Fairfield Prep.

The older of the Drury brothers (younger sibling Chris is also a Prep Athletic Hall of Famer) skated for the Jesuits from 1986-1989 and was a three-time All State selection (1987-89).

Mike Sprouse '92

Mike Sprouse was one of the premier tennis players not only at Fairfield Prep but nationally as well.

He was so dominant as a singles player that he was undefeated in all four regular seasons for Prep. In fact, Sprouse did not lose a set from the quarterfinals of the state tournament as a freshman until the state final as a senior, a span of more than three years.

1969 State Championship Basketball Team

The 1968-69 Prep state championship basketball team, the first in school history, was not only No. 1 in Connecticut that season, it is widely regarded as one of the best teams in state history.

Under the direction of Athletic Hall of Fame coach Bob Sylvester and anchored by All-American and Athletic Hall of Famer Jim Fitzsimmons, the Jesuits finished with a 23-1 record and were ranked No. 1 in New England.

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