Several inductees into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame have gained additional recognition for their outstanding athletic achievements.
They include Tara VanDerveer, Jack Lawrence, Tom Priester, Jim Adamczak and Sheilah Gulas.
Meanwhile, two other area stars, John Woodfield and Nick Sirianni, will also be adding important entries to their sports resumes this fall.
Here are the details :
¯ The Atlanta Tipoff Club have named VanDerveer (CSHOF class of 2010), the Stanford women’s basketball coach, to the 2021 Werner Ladder Naismith Female Coach of the Year award. In addition to leading the Cardinal to the NCAA Championship this spring for the third time, VanDerveer passed Pat Summitt as the most successful coach in NCAA Division I women’s basketball history.
¯ Lawrence (CSHOF Class of 1987) was inducted into the Watkins Glen Walk of Fame at the 2021 Grand Prix Festival earlier this month.
The Walk of Fame was created by the historic Grand Prix community of Watkins Glen, the Schuyler County Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen International to honor pilots who have competed at Glen’s world-renowned facilities over the past 73 years. Lawrence, who died in 2020, drove a Saab Sonnett from 1978 to 2002 and was SCCA National Champion in 1983. Named Northeast Division Driver of the Year in 1983, Lawrence is known as a driver, builder and a innovator in motor racing. world.
¯ Priest (CSHOF class of 2014) will be inducted into his high school sports hall of fame this Saturday.
A graduate of North East High School, Pa. And Slippery Rock University, Priester is best known in Chautauqua County as a leading physical education coach and teacher at Southwestern Central School for 45 years. He also distinguished himself as a track official from 1975 to the present, and has been a United States official since 1985. In this capacity, Priester has refereed the NCAA Division I, II and III championships as well. as national and international competitions, including three US Olympic Trials.
¯ Adamczak (CSHOF Class of 2005) and Sheilah Gulas (CSHOF Class of 2018) will be inducted into the Western New York Softball Hall of Fame in October.
Adamczak, one of Chautauqua County’s greatest pitchers, played from 1958 to 1975 in which he pitched more than 25 non-hitting games and four perfect games while pitching for teams in western New York and from Pennsylvania. In a career that spanned over 1,200 games, Adamczak averaged over 17 strikeouts per game over a 10-year span. Perhaps his most memorable performance was when he threw a hit and struck out 17 batters in a 1-0 win over King & His Court’s Eddie Feigner at College Stadium in 1967.
Gulas, who graduated from Southwestern Central School in 1979, had a 31-year career as a college head coach, the last 21 at Ashland University. Compiling 30 wins in his last season, Gulas surpassed the 900 wins mark and won nearly 66% of his matches (929-487-1). The 2017 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee took 723 of those victories with the Eagles and led them to 12 NCAA Division II tournaments and won five Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and three awards the conference coach of the year. In 1998, Gulas guided Ashland to a school record of 53 wins and a third place nationwide.
¯ Woodfield will join Adamczak and Gulas at the WNY Softball Hall of Fame next month. Although not inducted into the CSHOF, the 1976 Maple Grove High School graduate has quite a softball resume.
A member of two National Championship teams with the Jock Shop and one with Fudge’s Sub Shop, Woodfield, a third baseman, was three times in the All-American first team (1982-84), twice in the All-American second team – American (1985 and 1989) and in 1984 was named tournament MVP.
¯ Sirianni will receive a special award at his alma mater, Mount Union University, next month.
The Philadelphia Eagles head coach has been selected to receive the Duke Barrett Award of Excellence by the school’s M Club Hall of Fame.
The Jamestown native and Southwestern Central School graduate won a four-year letter as wide receiver for the Mount Union football team. After graduation, he joined the coaching staff of the Purple Raiders and then to Indiana (Pennsylvania) before embarking on a coaching career in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. After three years in Kansas City, he made assistant coach saves in San Diego. and Indianapolis before landing the head coach job with the Eagles earlier this year.
The Duke Barrett Award of Excellence is named in honor of the 1951 graduate who was a longtime supporter of Purple Raider athletics. He was an ardent member of the M Club, former Chairman of the Hall of Fame committee and Mount Union football coach from 1956 to 1961. The award honors a member of the M Club for career experiences or activities that brought honor and recognition to the individual and, in turn, to Mount Union.