Dear Stepinac Basketball Fan,
We’re excited to invite all former Stepinac basketball players, fans and friends of Stepinac to our 6th Hardwood Club Dinner induction ceremony Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm in the Stepinac gymnasium. Last year, we welcomed over 125 people back to Stepinac for a memorable evening which we hope to build on this year.
This year’s esteemed class of inductees includes; recently retired Stepinac head coach and former player Tim Philp ’95, Rico Dos Anjos ’59, Peter Swanson ’69, Steve Hillebrecht ’87 and David Conlon ’91. Sr. Margaret Keoghan, long time educator and basketball fan at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, will receive the Hardwood Club Service Award for her love of the game and support of Stepinac.
This outstanding group of Hardwood Club inductees personifies Stepinac’s storied basketball tradition of excellence on the court and accomplishment off the court. We’ve moved this year’s Hardwood Club dinner from the summer to coincide with the start of Stepinac’s basketball season which kicks off the following night 12/6 at home against Salesian at 7:30pm. This year’s event also allows us to introduce Stepinac’s new head coach Steve Herman. Please join us to reconnect with old friends and possibly make some new ones. Our first five dinners have brought out a diverse group of alumni from the 1950’s all the way up to our current players. To reserve your spot at this year’s dinner and to help us get an accurate headcount, please email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call Paul Thomas ’80, Stepinac’s Director of Institutional Advancement at (914)946-4800 ext. 245. There is an $85 donation to attend this year’s dinner. All donations are tax deductible and will go to help support Stepinac’s basketball program and our student/athletes. You can mail checks in to Archbishop Stepinac, attn: Paul Thomas, 950 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10605, go to stepinac.org and pay online, or pay at the door the night of the event. Walk-ins are always welcome.
A little more about this year’s inductees; Tim Philp ’95 recently retired as Stepinac’s head coach following 9 successful seasons. After inheriting a team near the bottom of the A division, Coach Philp led a resurgence in Stepinac’s basketball program leading to an A division title in 2010 and Stepinac’s first AA semifinals appearance in 27 years in 2013. Rico Dos Anjos ’59 was a standout player in the late 1950’s for Stepinac for Coach Nat Volpe. Following his time at Stepinac, Rico went on to be standout player at Long Island Univ. and played professionally in the Eastern Professional Basketball League. Rico enjoyed a long career as a financial executive at IBM and resides in Rye.
Peter Swanson ’69 played on excellent Stepinac teams in the late 1960’s for Coach Tom Carney and went on to play for Manhattan College. Peter has enjoyed a successful career in numerous executive roles in the Beverage Industry and now resides with his family in south Florida. Steve Hillebrecht ’87 was a standout player on Stepinac’s 1986 CHSAA semifinalist team that lost a heartbreaker to a Kenny Anderson led Archbishop Molloy team. Steve was a high scorer on Stepinac’s 1987 team. Steve graduated from Georgetown University, received an MBA from NYU and has had a long, successful career in finance. David Conlon ’91 is one of the all-time leading scorers at Stepinac and a member of the 1991 CHSAA Class B Championship team. After Stepinac, Dave went out to be a standout player at the University of Vermont.
Our previous inductees are current Stanford Assistant Coach Tim O’Toole ’82, NBA veteran Marty Conlon ’86, CHSAA Championship-winning former head coach Nat Volpe, the 1951 State Championship team, former Georgetown star and NBA draft pick Art White ’68, current Kansas Assistant Coach Fred Quartlebaum ’85, the 1960 CHSAA Championship team, former player and head coach Frank Henderson ’81, former head coach Tom Carney, former NBA draft pick Brian Hammel ’71, Merrimack head coach Burt Hammel, Brian Hammel ’72, former Fairfield star Frank Magaletta ’66, former Fordham star Tom Parrotta ’84, and the 1991 CHSAA Class B championship team, former head coach and current Fairfield Univ. Athletic Director Gene Doris, former Providence standout John Ritch ’53, the Purcell brothers; Jim ’63, John ’64 and Tom ’67, Princeton standout Kyle Harrington ’88, former Navy captain and Dartmouth and Buffalo head coach Tim Cohane ’60, George Washington all-time great Tony Taylor ’08, Davidson standout Kevin Doherty ’74, ’81-’82 Stepinac team, long-time Westchester youth basketball presence Bud Tolomer,
If you’d like to stay up-to-date on Stepinac’s basketball program, you can visit our website, www.stepinacbasketball.com, for all information, history, schedules, etc.
Thanks very much for your time; I hope to see many of you December 5th.
Paul Thomas ’80 and Mike McCauley ‘98