2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

 

Boyd Harden

Boyd Harden (NCHS '83) was a Ram star in football, ice hockey and lacrosse, and went on to a stellar collegiate career at UNC Chapel Hill, winning an NCAA National Championship with the Tar Heels in 1986.

 

Bo Hickey

Bo Hickey, a Stamford native, starred in football, baseball, basketball and track for Stamford Catholic High School and went on to play college football at Maryland, and pro football for the Denver Broncos. In New Canaan, Hickey was assistant coach on Lou Marinelli’s football team for three decades and turned the boys hockey team into a state powerhouse.

 

Anthony "Dinny" Lapolla

Anthony “Dinny” Lapolla (NCHS ’51) was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and baseball, and was a member of the 1951 NCHS baseball team, which won the last state championship for the Rams until 2013.

 

Diane Murphy

Diane Murphy (NCHS 1981-2021) was New Canaan High’s athletic trainer for four decades, and earned the “Secondary Athletic Trainer of the Year Award” from the state association for athletic trainers in 2015. Under Murphy-Kivell’s leadership, NCHS was consistently recognized with the Safe School Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association.

 

Frank Panella

Frank Panella (NCHS ’73) was a halfback and split end on New Canaan’s great teams of the early 1970s under coach Bob Lynch. Panella gained 1,454 yards as a Ram, still ranking in the top-15 all-time more than a half-century later.

 

Emily Stauffer

Emily Stauffer (NCHS ’94) was a two-time first team All American soccer player and led New Canaan to a state championship her senior year before going on to play at Harvard, where she led the team to three Ivy League Championships and was a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year.

 

Andy Towers

Andy Towers (NCHS ’87) played basketball and lacrosse for the Rams and led New Canaan to three straight State lacrosse championships. Towers went on to play at Brown University where he led the Bruins to Ivy and New England Championships while garnering multiple postseason honors and set numerous school records. After coaching college lacrosse for 19 years, Towers is now in his fourth season as the Head Coach of the Chaos Lacrosse Club of the Premier Lacrosse League.