Inductees, FAU school administration, Hall of Fame Committee members, family, friends, teammates and coaches, 110 in all, took over Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant in Boca to celebrate the very first Florida Atlantic University Schools – FAUS Athletics Hall of Fame in late May.
The inaugural event was established to for FAU High School and A.D. Henderson University Schools who have long participated in a variety of interscholastic athletics to be distinguished for both individual and team sports accomplishments. Inductees have significantly influenced FAUS Athletics.
“The FAUS Athletics Hall of Fame was established to recognize, honor, memorialize, and celebrate exemplary achievements and or contributions to the FAU High School and A.D. Henderson University Schools athletics programs,” said Tom Halikman FAU High School and A.D. Henderson Assistant athletic director and FAUS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee Chair.
Individual and team induction categories include Contributor as a Coach as an Athlete and as a Team.
Winners are selected by the FAUS Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, chaired by Tom Halikman and including representatives from FAU High School and A.D. Henderson University School Athletics leadership, Dr. Keith Feit-athletic director, Cherene Castillo-Associate athletic director, FAU High School and A.D. Henderson University School Faculty, Suzette Milu, Caterina Siciliano, FAU High School / A.D. Henderson University School Coach, Carlos Santiago, a former FAU High School / A.D. Henderson University School Coach/Athlete, Joepy Cortez, Troy McLellan,president and CEO of the Boca Chamber, and Phil Brodt, community representative and member of the FAU Horizon Society.
Candidates must receive 70 percent of the committee’s vote to be inducted, according to the committee’s bylaws.
“Each inductee received a personal trophy or plaque to take home, as well as a Hall of Fame Medal and Certificate,” said Dr. Keith Feit FAU High School and A.D. Henderson – athletic director & FAUS Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, Class of 2017. “The steel etched plaques, for each inductee will be honored in perpetuity and displayed at FAU High School and A.D. Henderson University Schools.”
Connor (Cap) Bradley – For Basketball, Bradley is the all-time leader in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. Scoring 1,273 career points, Bradley was named to the 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Academic All-state Team; to the Sun-sentinel All-county Team (2015-second team, 2016-first team, which was the first such achievement in school history). He was also the East Coast Conference (ECC) Player of the Year 2015, 2016; a 2-time FAU High School Basketball MVP, the 2014 FAU High School Athlete of the Year, and the first FAU High School Basketball player to play at the college level. He just completed his first year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), playing basketball for the ‘MIT Engineers.’
Ollivier (Ollie) Gassant – A 2-time FAU High Athlete of the Year and a 2-time East Coast Conference (ECC) All-Conference Basketball Player. In basketball, Gassant is the All-time leader in steals and field goal percentage, a 2-time FAU High School Defensive Player of the Year, and the 2015 FAU High School Basketball MVP. For Track & Field, Gassant was the 2016 District champion in the triple jump, a 2016 state finalist in the long jump, and holds the school record for the triple jump.
Sylvia Frydman – Frydman is the founding President of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (S.A.L.T.), establishing traditions including S.A.L.T.’s presence as a contributor to the Boca Raton community, the Sadie Hawkins Senior Dance and the annual Powder Puff Football Game. As an athlete, Frydman competed in both Swimming and Track & Field.
Dr. Keith Feit – Dr. Feit is the winningest coach in FAU High history, a 3-time ACC Coach of the Year, and a 3-time FAU High School Coach of the Year. Dr. Feit has coached back-to-back East Coast Conference (ECC) Basketball Championships, is the winningest coach in East Coast Conference history and has celebrated a multiyear, 20-game conference win streak (2014-2016).
2011 Henderson Boys Soccer – Coach, Chris Childs presented the award to this team as the first team to win back-to-back championships in A.D. Henderson history, as well as the undefeated Gold Coast League Champions. Team members included: Kelvin Aalo, Jordan Campbell, Armin Dastjerdi, Christian Flint, Ollivier Gassant, Gabriel Gil, Gerry Giron, Josh Giron, Luke Griek, Nick Ievoli, Tyler Kirksey, Chase Leitner, Gavin Licata, Christoff Nairn, Hugo Novoa, Cameron Van Hare, Nathan Van Hare, Head Coach-Chris Childs.
2014 Henderson Girls Volleyball – Coach Cherene Castillo presented the award to the team that has achieved a first undefeated season in A.D. Henderson history, with the most Middle School single season wins in the school’s history. They were also Gold Coast League Champions. Team members included: Kody Bagen, Georgia Brown, Taylor Keating, Megan Keating, Madeline Landau, Phoenix Morone, Abby Nieporte, Libby Nieporte, Shiloh O’Leath, Jade Portis, Ashlee Ritter, Giulia Rodrigues, Head Coach, Cherene Castillo, Assistant Coach, Tzeitel Rosado.
2016 Henderson Girls Soccer – Presented by their Coach, Courtney Kay. The team achieved the first girls’ soccer Gold Coast League championship in school history, as well as an undefeated season. They were A.D. Henderson’s ’Team of the Year’ in 2016. Team members included: Deanna Barreiro, Isabella Campanelli, Jian-Li Chin, Britney Dorzema, Katie East, Laura Eugene, Anna Field, Hanna Himes, Mariana Lumpkins, Phoenix Morone, Piper Morone, Ashlee Ritter, Bruna Souza, Nia Ulysse, Nyra Wise, Head Coach-Courtney Kay.
2015-2016 FAU High Boys Basketball – Presented by their Coach, Dr. Keith Feit. Celebrated 22 wins (22-3 record), while remaining undefeated (12-0) in East Coast Conference play. They achieved the first high school championship in FAU High history and hold school records in every basketball statistical category. Team members included: Gabriel Alexis, Gassant, Wil Labovick, Lee Willie Legget, Makai Roberts, Caleb Selecter, Andrew Shiple, Head Coach-Dr. Keith Feit, Assistant Coach-Joepy Cortez, Manager-Nunzio Siciliano.
Highlights of the evening included VIP guests Principal and Director Mrs. Sherry Bees and Assistant Principal Mr. Carlos Rossie and speakers who had the crowd passing out the tissues including, former basketball player for Dr. Keith Feit, Kelvin Wilson.
“He spoke of the life-changing impacts he enjoyed as a result of him being an athlete coached by Dr. Feit,” said Halikman. “Mr. Wilson’s presentation was a powerful and impassioned message and thank you, which brought most of the room to tears.”
And Head basketball coach of the MIT Engineers, Coach Larry Anderson.
“He gave a glowing congratulatory compliment, via a pre-taped video, to Connor Bradley, one of the inductees and a current member of the MIT basketball team,” said Dr. Feit.
Each inductee chose a guest to speak which added to the warmth of the event.
“They gave a moving and heartfelt, sometimes hilarious, sometimes with tears,” said Dr. Feit.
One of the most entertaining moments was a team video.
“A video, capturing the inducted FAU High Boys Basketball Team of 2015-16 singing, We Are the Champions, on their bus ride home from the championship game, turned into a full-room karaoke of the song, as all inductees, both individuals and teams, joined in on one final verse of the song…certainly driving the biggest round of applause of the evening,” said Halikman.
For more information visit, FAU High/A.D. Henderson Athletics, or call, (561) 297-3000.