Archbishop Williams welcomed eight inductees into its Athletic Hall of Fame Sunday, in front of a supportive and cheerful crowd at the Lantana in Randolph. Michael Francis ’87, Paul Healey ’78, Lauren Mahoney ’06, Fr. James McCarthy Steven McMann ’95, Stephen Riley ’71, Sheila Schamber and William Varroso ’67 were honored for their athletic prowess and contributions to the AWHS athletic program.
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“All of our inductees had the courage to compete and the willingness to risk defeat in order to have the chance to win,” said AWHS President Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., Esq. ’70. “They were leaders, role models, captains and league all-stars, and their feats were recognized by our local and area newspapers. Their season and career accomplishments have stood the test of time.”
The evening began with a welcome from Duggan, followed by a blessing from inductee Fr. McCarthy. After dinner, Duggan introduced seven select student-athlete presenters, Heather Banks ’14, Ryan Earle ’15, Alana Gilmer ’15, Hugh Healey ’14, Nick Menzel ’14, Liam Rose ’14 and Matt Vilme ’14.
Current Athletic Director Gordon McClay introduced Fr. McCarthy, who served as A.D. from 1970-1978. McCarthy worked tirelessly throughout long, busy days. He said Mass for the Sisters in Nazareth Hall most mornings, served as Chaplain during the school day and then managed the athletic programs after school and into many a night.
McCarthy helped build and maintain outstanding basketball, hockey and baseball programs. He also understood and emphasized the importance of fundraising at a time when Athletic Department funding was limited.
“I will cherish the never-ending activity, moments of challenge, the joy of victory and the disappointment of defeat,” said McCarthy. “I will remember the true spirit of teamwork, the quality of leadership and the faithful support of so many that made for a winning combination, no matter the outcome of any individual contest.”
Francis, who comes from a true AWHS legacy family, starred on the ice and baseball diamond in school. He was named to the Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger hockey and baseball All-Scholastic teams his junior and senior years. After AWHS he attended Harvard and focused on hockey. His outstanding abilities in the net were evident from his first collegiate start when he earned a shutout. He had the second highest save percentage and second lowest goals against average in the ECAC in 1988. Francis also helped the Crimson to the Beanpot championship and the National Title in 1989.
A special moment of the night came when Healey was introduced by his nephew Hugh Healey ’14. During his time at Archies, Healey was the heart and soul of the Bishops defensive line. He was a two-time Catholic Conference all-star and a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic in 1977. Upon graduation Healey joined the Navy and served on a nuclear power submarine stationed outside Pearl Harbor. After serving his country, he enrolled in Bridgewater State College, where in addition to competing on the gridiron he also joined the wrestling team.
Healey’s involvement with athletics did not end after college. He has coached high school football for the past 28 years at AWHS (1987-1996), Holbrook High School and currently at Milton Academy. At AWHS and now at Milton Academy, Paul coached with fellow Hall of Famer Kevin McDonald. He joins his Dad, John “Jake” Healey, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year for his long and valued contributions to our football program.
A true multi-sport athlete, Mahoney played a varsity sport every season of her four years at AWHS. She was a two-time league MVP in soccer, a three-year all-star in basketball and four-year all-star in softball. Lauren led by example and performance in each sport she played. She captained the basketball team her junior and senior years and the soccer and softball teams her senior year. Her athletic accomplishments earned her the prestigious Boston Globe “Scholar-Athlete of the Year”, as well as the Globe’s “Will McDonough Female Athlete of the Year” in 2006.
After graduating from AWHS, Mahoney attended Southern Connecticut State University where she played one year of varsity soccer before transferring to Villanova University. She graduated cum laude from Villanova in 2010 with a B.S. in Nursing. She is currently a cardiology nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
A stellar shortstop at AWHS, McMann led the Bishops to a Catholic Central League crown and the State Championship his senior year. He was both a league all-star and a Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic. McMann was selected to play in the Bay State Games and the Brockton Invitational.
McMann attended Babson College where he continued to impress on the diamond, although now as a great-hitting catcher. His performance behind and at the plate throughout his college career helped him earn two All-Conference selections and be named to both a Division 3 All-New England and an Academic All-Conference team. In 1997, McMann was named Boston Park League “Rookie of the Year.” He was honored as Babson’s “Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year” in 1999.
McMann said, “My fondest memory of Archies was winning the state championship my senior year.”
Riley reflected on how basketball has impacted his life during his speech. He led the Bishops to the Catholic Conference championship his senior year. Among the highlights that year was a resounding signature win at arch-rival and perennial league powerhouse Catholic Memorial. Riley’s accomplishments earned him Boston Herald and Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic honors in 1971. He played varsity baseball at AWHS as well.
He played basketball and baseball at Brandeis University. He won the Murray Fish Award for “Outstanding Freshman Basketball Player”, and helped the Judges to an ECAC Division 3 Championship and an NCAA quarter-final appearance in 1973. He captained both the basketball and baseball teams his senior year.
Riley turned his passion for the game of basketball into a career when he began working in the Boston Celtics front office. He was named Vice President of Sales in 1984 and helped the team through many management transitions. During his tenure with the Celtics, Riley received three NBA championship rings.
Schamber began coaching at AWHS in 1985 months after graduating from East Stroudsburg University. Her athletic background and competitive nature made her the perfect fit to lead the nascent AWHS volleyball team. In nine years leading the Bishops, Sheila’s teams amassed an impressive 122-43 record -- a .739 winning percentage -- and qualified for the MIAA State Tournament eight times. She guided the Bishops to five CCL Championships and one South Sectional final appearance (1991).
Schamber said, “Athletic Director Al Galotta hired me fresh out of college to coach the volleyball team. He and all the other coaches were so supportive over the years. My fondest memories are of all the players I had the pleasure to coach and the support we received from their parents and families.”
The evening concluded with a speech from Varroso. He held the cross-country record at AWHS for more than 20 years. In addition to many meet and league victories during his tenure at Archies, Varroso won the New England Catholic Cross-Country race in 1967, and in Track set a record for the 2-mile run that stood for many years.
Varroso said, “I was very shy in my early years, but when I heard my name announced after winning a race, I started to come out of my shell. Competing and winning did wonders for my self-esteem.