The Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame today announced its new class of inductees, naming six prominent sports figures into its three wings.
The Hall of Fame, which is overseen by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, Inc., will honor the newly elected Hall of Famers with an induction ceremony at the Commission’s 11th annual Sports Night awards dinner, Monday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich at 6 p.m.
With the six new inductees, the Hall of Fame has now recognized 71 county sports legends. A total of 15 different towns are represented in the Hall of Fame.
The class of 2015 honorees are: Jackie Robinson Professional Wing: Ted Drury (Trumbull), Max Pacioretty (New Canaan); James O’Rourke Amateur Wing: Lisa Brummel (Westport), Lambert Shell (Bridgeport); J. Walter Kennedy Community Service Wing: Jack Kvancz (Bridgeport), Angela Tammaro (Greenwich).
Drury joins his younger brother Chris (Class of 2008) in the pro wing as they become the second pair of brothers enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The Hirschbecks, John (2010) and Mark (2013), were the first siblings to be honored, also both in the professional category as Major League Baseball umpires.
A nine-year National Hockey League veteran from 1993-2001, Drury played with six teams during his pro career, primarily with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. He played in 414 games with 41 goals and 52 assists.
Drury, who was a standout at Fairfield Prep for two years, was selected to play for the U.S Olympic team in ‘92 & ‘94.
He played five pro seasons in Germany before retiring in 2007.
After being drafted by the Calgary Flames in the 1989 NHL entry draft, Drury opted to play college hockey at Harvard University, where he was the Ivy and ECAC Player of the Year in 1992-93.
Drury was elected to the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2008.
Pacioretty has become one of the NHL’s top players in his seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (2008-15).
The left wing has led the Habs in scoring the past four seasons, which includes three 30-goal campaigns, highlighted by a career-high 39 in 2013-14. He has also tallied a total of 10 playoff goals the past two years.
Selected 22nd overall in the first round by Montreal in the 2007 draft, he played one year at Michigan, following a scholastic career that started at New Canaan High and ended at the Taft School in Watertown.
Pacioretty won the Bill Masterton Award in 2012 as the NHL player that exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey.
His crowning achievement came last year when he was named to play for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics.
Brummel was one of the county’s top female athletes as a four-sport standout at Staples High.
From 1974-77 she starred in basketball, softball, track and field hockey, earning all FCIAC and/or all state in all four sports.
She continued her multi-sport prowess in college, lettering in four sports at Yale, adding volleyball to her resume.
Brummel was all-Ivy in basketball each of her four years there, still in the top 5 in several school offensive categories and was Ivy League MVP when Yale won the title in 1979.
The Westport native, who was also all-Ivy for three years in softball, was an academic All-American 1981.
She also played three seasons as a catcher with the Raybestos Brakettes (1976-78), winning national titles each year.
Brummel was elected to the CT Women’s basketball HOF in 2013. She is currently one of the owners of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.
Shell was one of the greatest basketball players in University of Bridgeport history.
He was a three-time All-American, scored 3,001 career points and had over 1,300 rebounds in leading the Purple Knights to Division II Final Fours and two national runner-up finishes in 1991 & 92.
In ‘91, Bridgeport lost in the finals to North Alabama but Shell was named the tournament’s outstanding player.
As a senior in 1992, he was named the NCAA Division II Player of the Year.
He was elected to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003) and UB’s HOF in 2006.
Shell also had a pro career from 1992-2005 in the USBL, CBA and overseas.
Kvancz was highly successful both on and off the basketball court, but his accomplishments as an administrator and coach defined his athletic career.
The Bridgeport native and Harding High basketball standout began his coaching career with a three-year stint at Masuk High.
He then moved into the collegiate ranks as an assistant coach at Brown before becoming head basketball coach and athletic director at Catholic University from 1974-82.
His next stop was leading the athletic department for 12 years at George Mason.
In 1994, Kvancz became the AD at George Washington and concluded his 17 years there in 2011.
From 1998-2003, Kvancz was a member of the prestigious NCAA Men’s Basketball Selection Committee.
He was elected to the GW Hall of Fame (2012) as well as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame (2003) for his stellar playing career at Boston College, where he played for the legendary Bob Cousy.
In 2014, Tammaro concluded her legendary coaching career at Greenwich Academy.
She spent 49 years as the school’s field hockey coach and 48 as lacrosse coach, while also being the athletic director for four decades.
Tammaro finished with 746 wins in field hockey and 700 in lacrosse, the most of any female coach in the country.
Her teams racked up 30 consecutive league titles in field hockey and 28 total in lacrosse.
She is enshrined in both the National Field Hockey and Lacrosse Hall of Fames as well as the Connecticut HOF’s for both sports.
Beginning her career at Greenwich Academy in 1965, she also posted 200 wins as the basketball coach and in addition coached numerous other sports, including ice hockey and squash.
The Hall of Fame is housed at the University of Connecticut Stamford Campus in downtown Stamford. The Hall of Fame is open 6 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Fairfield County Sports Commission, Inc. is a 501c (3) non-profit charitable and educational organization that promotes fitness, an active healthy lifestyle and personal development through sports.
The Commission, other than the executive director position, is an all-volunteer group dedicated to creating and supporting programs for fitness awareness education, primarily centered on the 110,000 school age children in the 16 communities it serves.
It’s Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy is the countywide umbrella for all of its programs.
For more information, go to fairfieldcountysports.com.