St. Joseph: 2015 Hall of Fame inductees

The St Joseph High School Athletic Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. at St Joseph High School in Trumbull.

The ceremony recognizes nine outstanding individuals and one team who were nominated for performing with distinction or having been instrumental in the overall development and success of athletics at St Joseph High School.


Christy Hayes

Christy Hayes’ coaching career included five state championships in varsity football with 103 victories.

He earned one state championship while coaching girls varsity basketball and had a career record of 150-25.

Hayes also coached varsity baseball during his tenure and finished with 120 victories and one FCIAC championship.

Hayes was inducted into the Connecticut High School  Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

George Green

Green coached volleyball for 32 years at St Joseph and compiled a 538-188 all-time record. His 538 wins earned him a place in Connecticut high school volleyball history.

Green brought home five state championships during 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992 and 1997. His record includes 14 league championships.

Green, who was inducted into the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame in November of 2010, also earned a state championship in tennis during his coaching career at St Joseph.

Jim Driggs

Jim Driggs, class of 1968, captained the St. Joseph football, baseball and basketball teams.
He scored the legendary first varsity football touchdown in school history against Crosby High School of Waterbury in an 8-0 victory.

He also scored the winning touchdown in St. Joseph’s first win over Trumbull High School and was named the MVP of that Thanksgiving Day game.

In basketball, Driggs set scoring records in both his junior and senior years and was the third leading scorer in the metro-Bridgeport area

During baseball, Driggs started at shortstop and lettered for three years.

Rick DiCicco

Basketball is what DiCicco, class on 1973, is known for at St Joseph.

He was a leading scorer with 1,666 points and leading rebounder with 1210 rebounds.

He also had 433 rebounds in one season which is a record at St Joseph.

DiCicco received All American recognition during his basketball career and was All State in 1972 and 1973.

Mike Della Vecchia

Della Vecchia was both captain of football in 1979 and baseball in 1980 at St. Joseph.

As a quarterback in 1979, he made All-MBIAC, second team All State, and MBIAC Player of the Year.

From 1979-80, Della Vecchia was awarded All-MBIAC, All-State, MBIAC Player of the Year and was part of the 1980 state championship team.

In 1980, he was named St Joseph High School Male Athlete of the Year.

Della Vecchia continued with baseball, playing at Fairfield University, where he was team captain in 1984.

Bill Kurtz

Kurtz, class of 1984, is remembered for his leadership as a student athlete.

He was captain of the football and baseball teams in 1983.

During his four years at St Joseph, the football team went 42-2, which included four state championships.

Kurtz attended Northeastern University, where he was captain of the football team, which finished third in New England.

Christine Della Vecchia

Della Vecchia, class of 2009, has an amazing sports history at St Joseph High School.

She was the girls varsity basketball captain in 2008 and 2009, as well as captain of the girls varsity softball team in 2009.

Della Vecchia was All-State for softball in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, She was All-FCIAC for softball in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

She holds the record for most hits and stolen bases for her career and individual seasons at St Joseph.

Della Vecchia was named a Gatorade Player of the Year finalist. She was also basketball All-State in 2008, 2009, and All-FCIAC in 2008 and 2009 as well as a Connecticut Post Super 15 All Star in 2007, 2008, 2009.

Della Vecchia was the St Joseph High School Female Athlete of the Year in 2009.

She continued with her softball career at UMass as a three-year starter and captain of the softball team.

Michelle Pagliaro Haywood

Haywood, class of 1990, was All-State in three sports her senior year; volleyball, basketball and softball.

She was the only female athlete in the state to be all-state in those three sports at that time.

Haywood also captained all three of those sports her senior year. She was USA Today’s CT Female Athlete of the Year in 1989-90.

She finished her basketball career with 1,159 points.

Her volleyball team won the state championship and ACC title in 1989-90. She was the first junior in St Joseph history to be captain of a softball team.

Haywood was recently inducted into the Brown University Athletic Department Hall of Fame, after competing in basketball and softball for the Bears.


Thomas Roach

Roach was a constant fixture at St Joseph for more than 30 years.

During his tenure, he served as head coach of golf, baseball and softball, as well as assistant basketball coach.

After leaving the coaching ranks, Roach continued to serve SJ athletics in many capacities.

Two decades of St Joseph athletes and coaches always find comfort in seeing Roach on the sidelines.

Roach also held positions in administration as Dean of Students and assistant principal...and will go down in history as the best bus driver at St. Joseph ever.


The 1982 St Joseph football team will be inducted. They were the state champions and the No. 1 team in Connecticut. The team, which was ranked No. 3 in New England, held a school record 30-game winning streak, and were the third of five consecutive state championship winning teams.