Brad Ashton, class of 1981 was one of the best tennis players in Hand High School boys' tennis history. Brad was a four year letter winner on the tennis team. He was the number one player for the Tigers all four seasons he was in high school. In addition, Brad had three consecutive unbeaten seasons in Shoreline League play. He won three Shoreline singles championships and one doubles championship. The 1979 team led by Brad was the first Hand boys tennis team to have an undefeated season. During Brad's tennis career the Tigers won forty eight straight matches. In addition, they won the league championship three times.
At the state level Brad made the All-State team all four years of high school. He was runner-up for the state singles championship three times. Brad led Hand to consecutive class M titles in 1979 and 1980. He served as tennis team captain in 1980 and 1981. Brad was also selected as a Hand Scholar-Athlete and was a member of the National Honor Society. Brad's high school tennis coach Tom Dolan said of his star player "Brad Ashton was far and away the best tennis player to be part of the program during my tenure. Perhaps once in a coaching career he is blessed with an individual with Brad's attributes. He was more than just an outstanding player, but an outstanding example to his teammates. He set an example to the others as a student as well as an athlete. As successful as he was, he never lost his humility and was always available to help others improve for the good of the program".
After high school Brad earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Brad then joined the U.S Navy and served five and a half years in the U.S nuclear submarine service. Following his military career Brad received an M.B.A. from Duke University. For the past fifteen years Brad has worked in a variety of upper management positions in the corporate world. At the present time, Brad oversees Finance and Operations for Jimco, an industrial services company with projects throughout the Southeast. Brad and his wife Nancy live in Savannah, Georgia and have three sons: John (15), William (12) and Edward (9).
Stephen Curtin, class of 1977, was a three sport star at Daniel Hand High School. Although Steve is best known for his football exploits, he also excelled in wrestling and track. Stephen earned three letters in football. He was a member of the All-Shoreline team in 1975 and 1976.In 1976 Stephen was selected to the All-State team. As a senior be broke Al Jarecki's 1971 single season rushing record by rushing for 1,230 yards. He also set records for single season scoring and the longest run from scrimmage in a game. Stephen was captain of the 1976 team and led Hand to its' first football state championship over heavily favored St. Paul's. Not only was the win over St. Paul's Hand's first football championship, it was Hand's first state championship in any sport. According to Stephen's high school coach Larry Ciotti "Steve was the one player that put Hand football on the map. He set the standard for others after him to follow. As the captain of the first state championship team in 1976 he led them to an 11-0 record. Steve's sixty yard touchdown run to win the state championship game goes down as one of the greatest performances. From that point on, Hand was finally recognized as a Connecticut state power and vaulted into the Top 10 rankings for the first time. As a running back 6'3' 215 pounds he possessed the speed and skill for becoming the best in Connecticut, which earned him all time greatness at Brown University as the leading scorer in the history of Brown football". Stephen was also named Scholar-Athlete by the New Haven County chapter of the National Football Foundation.
As a high school wrestler Stephen lettered for four years. Stephen was an All-Shoreline Conference wrestler in 1976 and 1977 and was Shoreline League champion in 1976.In his senior year he won the class S state championship in the 185 pound weight class. Stephen was chosen wrestling captain as a senior. During his career the team won three Shoreline championships. Stephen earned three letters in track. He often won four events in an individual track meet, the shot-put, discus, the 100 yard dash and was a member of the school record setting 4x110 relay team.
Following Stephen's graduation from Hand he received offers from many Ivy League colleges including Yale. Stephen enrolled at Brown University where he lettered in varsity football for three years. In his senior year, Stephen was named to the All-Ivy first team. At the time he graduated, Stephen was the leading scorer in Brown football history and held the Brown record for most touchdowns in a season. He was also named to the second team All-East team and was an Academic All-American. Brown awarded Stephen one of its highest awards the prestigious Broomhead Trophy for outstanding leadership.
After college Stephen signed as a free agent with the Oakland Raiders. He was the first of Coach Ciotti's former players to be signed by a professional football team. However, several injuries and subsequent surgeries ended Stephen's professional football career.
Stephen is now an orthopedic spine surgeon and was recently listed in "Best Doctors in America". Stephen and his wife Tracy reside in Tucson, Arizona with their three children Bridget (11), Jack (9) and Brody (4).
Mary Donnelly, class of 1963, was one of the premier Daniel Hand High School athletes of the nineteen sixties. Mary starred in field hockey, basketball and softball. Perhaps her most impressive accomplishment was that she was chosen as team captain eight times in her high school career. Mary's contemporaries view her as the best all-around athlete of her era or before. In 1963, field hockey, basketball and softball were the only sports available to girls at Hand High School. Mary loved all three sports but her favorite was basketball. Bob Nilson, her classmate and captain of the boys' basketball team at the time, was known to say he wished she could do double duty with the boys' team. Nilson further stated that "we were the same height and she gave me all I could handle in one on one basketball", Mary played on undefeated basketball teams in her junior and senior years.
After Mary's graduation for high school, she attended Vassar College. While Mary was a student at Vassar, she played basketball for four years. By that time, two players were allowed to be "rovers" and run the entire floor. Mary became a "rover". In Mary's high school days, a player played either offense or defense and could only run half the court. She also played on the "town team" during her college years. Mary played before Title IX legitimized woman's sports and she did not benefit from the immediate effects of the changes for woman's sports that it caused. Mary says that "in spite of playing before Title IX, she may have played sports in a much saner era. The few spectators who came to the games were mostly mothers, we traveled no further than Old Lyme for games, we were home before dinner and nobody had ever heard of a torn ACL injury".
Mary is a retired sheep farmer, Substance Abuse Counselor and English Teacher. She lives with her partner in Burlington, Vermont. Mary had a son, now deceased, and has a daughter and two grandchildren. Mary is the daughter of the late Frances Martin Donnelley, a former Madison town historian.
Tonight we honor Mike Donohue posthumously. Class of 1956, Mike Donohue excelled in several sports during his high school and college career. Mike starred in basketball and baseball for four years and soccer for two years as a student at Daniel Hand High School. Mike became Hand's first All-State basketball player. Mike was selected to the Class C first team. He was widely regarded as the basketball star of the fifties. He was a starter on the varsity basketball team all four years. In his junior season of 1954-1955, Mike led the Tigers to a tie for the Shoreline Championship.
As a junior, Mike scored 326 points which was an average of 20.3 points per game. Mike's scoring output that season set a new Hand scoring record. In his senior season of 1955-56, Mike captained the Tigers and again led them to a share of the Shoreline Championship. The 1955-56 team went on to the semifinals of the Class C tournament where they eventually lost to the number one team New Canaan. During the state finals that year, the Shoreline Times said the Mike "shot, passed and quarterbacked the victory over Windsor Locks" and was "clearly the difference between the two clubs". Mike's junior year teammate Dan Mulvey stated that "Mike was one of the best guards in the area ever, he could absolutely compete with anybody". In the spring, Mike was a standout shortstop and pitcher for the Hand baseball team. He later went on to star in semi-pro baseball.
Mike was recognized by the Madison Rotary Club for his accomplishments as a high school athlete. He won the Rotary Award "for the boy who contributed most to extracurricular activities". The 1956 Hand yearbook said he was "the backbone of the basketball team and "Hand's claim to athletic fame". At Harvard, Mike lettered in varsity basketball for three years and was team captain as a senior. Mike was such an athletic hero in Madison that when Harvard traveled to New Haven to play Yale in basketball in March of 1958, the Madison Exchange Club sponsored a bus trip to New Haven so Mike's former teammates and other townspeople could see him play. The Shoreline Times referred to this event as "Mike Donohue Day". In Mike's senior year, his former Hand teacher Charlie Fischer urged him to join the Harvard Baseball team. He joined the team and became a dominant player for the Crimson. According to Harvard Magazine Sept./Oct 2003 as written by Chester J. Boulris "The passing of Mike Donohue, after heart surgery, has left a huge void in the lives of all who knew him. The senior vice president at Lehman Bros. was 'gung-ho' on Harvard ahletics, it didn't matter which sport. The '60 basketball captain, Donohue played with an infectious enthusiasm. We will remember him as a loyal Harvard man, roommate, teammate, and friend." After graduating from Harvard, Mike had a successful career as a stockbroker in Boston, Madison and Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Scott Ferguson, class of 1970, was a Class B first team All-State basketball player on the 1969-70 Hand basketball team. Scott was also named captain of the team which completed the season with the best record of any Hand basketball team ever (21-1). According to Scott, "My brother Bill and I moved to Madison from Washington State in November of 1967 when I was a 6'8' sophomore and Bill was a 6'6' freshman. We arrived the first week of basketball practice and on the first day we caused a student traffic jam outside the principal's office as kids jammed up against the office window to see Madison's new basketball frontcourt. We were enthusiastically greeted by Coach Bill Barker and players, and really enjoyed the fan support in Madison. There was no football team (varsity) during our careers, so we were "the big jocks on campus at Daniel Hand". At the time they arrived at Hand, the basketball team had only experienced three winning seasons in the previous eight. Coach Bill Barker recalled "Scott and Bill joined two talented classes and raised expectations to a new level. During Scott's three years the team went 19-3, 19-3 and 21-1". Scott was a three year starting center for the Tigers from 1967-70. As a sophomore Scott averaged ten points per game. In his junior year, he led the team in rebounding and was second in scoring on a team that was a Class C semi-finalist.
As a senior, Scott led the team in scoring with 18 points per game and in rebounding. The Tigers won the Shoreline Championship with a record of 18-0. It was the first Shoreline Championship for Hand since the 1955-56 season. Hand then won their first three state tournament games. Coach Barker recalled "to get to the finals, we knocked off Kolbe Cathedral with Walt Luckett (Luckett was on the cover of Sports Illustrated his senior year). The Class B Championship game in 1970 featured the two best centers in the state. South Windsor's Center Tom Roy had poured in 60 points against Middletown in their semifinal win while only missing two shots. Coach Barker recalls ''Although we lost to South Windsor in the state finals they had the top player in New England in Tom Roy and were favored to win. Scott was the MVP on a team with many outstanding players.''
In an article that appeared in the Shoreline Times about Hand's state tournament run they stated "In closing his career, Scott Ferguson showed the sellout crowd who the best center in Class B was as he out pointed and out rebounded Roy". Scott scored approximately 950 points in his career. He also participated in Track. Scott was named the New Haven Tap Off Club Scholar Athlete in 1970. After high school, Scott enrolled at Yale University where he played varsity basketball from 1970-73. Scott graduated with a major in forestry management.
The success of the Hand basketball teams, led by Scott Ferguson, set the standard for an era in which Hand was the most successful boys' basketball team in the Shoreline Conference from 1970 to the mid-eighties. After college Scott has enjoyed a long career as a consulting forester, small business owner of Trout Mountain Forestry and forest manager for family owned businesses in northwest Oregon. Scott is married to Rebecca Nice. They have a son Devin and a daughter Abby. Scott's would like to acknowledge his brother Bill, Hand class of "71", who is present for his induction.
Jim Flanagan began his teaching and coaching career at Daniel Hand High School in 1977. He has devoted thirty seven years of service to Madison youth. While Jim has coached numerous sports in his lengthy career he is best known for his achievements as Hand wrestling coach. Larry Ciotti, who was the first coach of the Hand wrestling program stated that "from 1977 to 1987 Jim set a new standard for the wrestling program at Hand and in the state of Connecticut". Under Jim's leadership as Head Wrestling Coach, the Hand wrestling team won state titles during the 1977-78, 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons. The Hand wrestling team was ranked number one in the state at the conclusion of the 1982-83 season. Jim was honored as Connecticut Coach of the Year in 1987. The lessons learned by Hand wrestlers under Jim's tutelage had a major impact on their lives. Kevin Murphy, a three time State wrestling champion coached by Flanagan stated that the best education of his life came from Coach Flanagan in wrestling and Coach Ciotti in football". Three year wrestler Jerry Hartman recalled "In his first year Coach Flanagan led our team to its first State Championship. Coach Flanagan was a motivator who encouraged us to be leaders both on and off the mat. He taught us that with hard work and perseverance we could reach our goals. He inspired us to do our best every time we walked onto the mat''
In 1987, Jim took on a new challenge as Head Coach of the Brown Middle School wrestling team. In his new role at Brown, Jim developed the younger wrestlers that maintained Hand wrestling team's status as a dominant program into the nineties. In addition to coaching wrestling, Jim coached football mostly as Head Freshman Football Coach for twenty five years. His coaching made a significant contribution to the success enjoyed by the Hand football team from 1978- 2003. Coach Flanagan also coached freshman boys' lacrosse from 1995 to 1999.
In 2000, Jim started a new chapter in his coaching career when he started coaching female athletes. He coached girls' lacrosse from 2000 to 2008. His 2008 lacrosse team won the Southern Connecticut Conference regular season and tournament Championships. The New Haven Register selected Jim as New Haven Register Coach of the Year in 2008. Coach Flanagan also coached Polson field hockey in 2003-2004.
Not only was Jim an amazingly versatile coach, he also took on the challenge of being Athletic Director from 1993 to 1998. At least twice during his tenure as Athletic Director, Hand was the recipient of the prestigious Michael's Cup for having an outstanding athletic program. Jim did not limit his talent to athletics. Jim has also served as a Physical Education teacher for his entire career at Hand. His former colleague Larry Ciotti stated "Jim has been an innovator in the Physical Education department by creating an Adaptives program for the physically and mentally disabled''.
Jim is retired from coaching but still continues to teach Physical Education and serve as Coordinator of Physical Education. Jim lives in Madison with his wife Joanna. They have four children Kelly, Shawn, Erin and Max. He is the son of Judge John Flanagan and the late Virginia Flanagan. Jim's brothers Charles and Kevin as well as his sister Sharon are also present for Jim's induction. Also in attendance tonight in honor of Jim is his good friend Rick Moyer. Coach Flanagan's dedication to his student-athletes, and his versatility and skill in coaching such a wide variety of sports and age groups for over thirty seven years, makes him richly deserving of induction into the 2014 class of the Madison Athletic Hall of Fame.
Sandy (Gavin) Ashmore, class of 1980, was a star athlete in tennis, basketball and softball while attending Daniel Hand High School. Sandy was also an excellent leader who captained all three sports.
As a tennis player under Coach Vicki Crompton Sandy was a member of the Shoreline Championship tennis team in her sophomore, junior and senior year. She was instrumental in the tennis team winning the State Championship in her last two years. In Sandy's junior year she won the State Doubles Championship with her partner Michelle Michaud.
On the basketball team, Sandy was selected to the All-Shoreline team for four years. Sandy also received All-State recognition twice. In addition, she was named to the All-New Haven County team twice. In Sandy's senior year she was honored as one of the top fifteen players in New Haven County by the New Haven Tap-Off Club. On February 6, 1980, Sandy scored her 1,000th career point versus North Branford and became the first Hand basketball player boys or girls to score more than 1,000 points in their career.
Sandy was a member of the Shoreline Championship softball team in her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was named to the All-Shoreline team twice and to the All-State team in her junior year. Softball Coach Willie Roze recalled "Sandy was a great shortstop with outstanding physical attributes: great arm, range and footwork".
Sandy attended the University of Connecticut on a softball scholarship, and also started on the basketball team as a walk-on, playing from 1980-1984. Sandy was the starting third baseman on the softball team from 1980-1982. After two years of playing both sports, Sandy received a basketball scholarship. As a basketball player, Sandy was a point guard, three time captain, assist leader (1980-1984), and left UConn with the second highest assist total in Huskies history (men or women). Sandy set the UConn woman's single season assist record in the 1983-84 season and was sixth in career scoring at the conclusion of her career. Sandy was inducted into the Connecticut Scholastic and Softball Collegiate Hall of Fame in 2009. Sandy's Tennis Coach Vicki Crompton said of Sandy "She was a role model for other athletes even as a freshman. Sandy could be counted on to work hard, be respectful of others and be a "team player". As a leader, she was reliable, considerate and eager to mentor younger athletes"
Sandy earned a B.S. in Physical Therapy from UCONN and began her career at Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford, CT specializing in neurological rehabilitation. While at Gaylord from 1984-89, served as a PT supervisor for two years with a professional emphasis on Neurodevelopmental Technique and Spinal Cord Injury rehab. She is now a stay at home mom in St. Louis and enjoys volunteering, exercising, and gardening. She is the daughter of the late Ed and Jan Gavin. Sandy is married to Craig Ashmore, a graduate of Fitch High School in Groton. They have three children Kelly (21) a senior volleyball player at Providence College, Sarah (19) a sophomore at Boston College and Ryan (16) a junior at Whitfield School.
Bob Isleib, class of 1974 was one of the most outstanding Daniel Hand High School athletes of the 1970's. Bob played four years of soccer, basketball and baseball. He played varsity soccer all four years he attended Hand. As a senior, Bob was co-captain of the team and Most Valuable Player. Bob was also selected to the All-State team.
On the basketball team, Bob was a starting point guard for two years. In 1974, Bob was a member of the Shoreline Champion Boys Basketball team. In a state tournament game against Masuk that year the Shoreline Times said about Bob "probably most important to the win over Masuk was the quickness and floor game of Bob Isleib who singlehandedly forced Masuk to abandon its full court press which had produced twenty wins in twenty one games". The Tigers went on the State Championship game that year where they lost to St.Paul's High School in overtime. Basketball Coach Bill Barker recalled "In basketball, Bob was an outstanding player and excellent team leader. He was blessed with quickness and speed".
As a baseball player, Bob was a regular on the varsity pitching staff for three years. In his senior year, Bob was selected to the All-Shoreline team and had an 8-1 record with a league leading .071 earned run average. His pitching led Hand to the Shoreline Conference title in 1974.
After graduating from Hand, Bob enrolled at Mitchell College. He was a two year league All-Star while playing for the Pequot's. Bob played for the 1975 Mitchell soccer team that finished third in the nation that year. As a baseball player at Mitchell he pitched a no-hitter which was only the second no-hitter in Mitchell College history at that time. Bob was selected to the All-New England team in baseball. After two years at Mitchell, Bob transferred to Southern Connecticut State University where he became an All-American soccer player. Bob also played one season of football at Southern as a place-kicker.
In Bob's senior year at Southern, he was drafted in the fourth round by the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. However, due to an injury, Bob had to abandon his professional career with the Cosmos. Bob later played seven years of semi-pro soccer with the Vasco DaGama team.
Bob has had a very successful career in Sales and Sales Management. He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife Kim (Punzelt) Isleib, a Hand graduate. Bob and Kim have four children, Justine (33), David (32), Jennifer (29) and Kelly (27). Bob's parents are Jack and Ann Isleib. Bob's brothers Jack and Steve are also present for Bob's induction.
Kevin Murphy, class of 1980 was a standout football player and wrestler for Daniel Hand High School. in the late seventies, Kevin was a three year starter in football and was a member of the Hand football team when the Tigers won twenty three consecutive games from 1976 to 1978. He was a starting player on the 1977 state championship team. As a junior and senior, Kevin was selected to the All-Shoreline team. In addition, Kevin was chosen to the All-State team as a tackle and linebacker his last two years of high school. Kevin was captain of the 1979 Hand football team. Larry Ciotti, Kevin's high school football coach recalled "Kevin Murphy was one of the most determined players that I coached. He responded to the challenges of the coaching staff by becoming one of the all-time Hand football greats. As a starter and leader on two state championship teams, Kevin dominated the opposing offenses with his strength, speed and toughness at inside linebacker. His dedication to succeed goes well beyond the standards of today's athletes. These attributes allowed Kevin to become one of the finest football players in the long history of football at Holy Cross College".
As a wrestler, Kevin was one of the most dominant performers in the history of the Hand wrestling program. Kevin was a three time Shoreline League wrestling champion in the unlimited class. Kevin also won three class M state championships and the State Open championship as a senior. He was the first Hand wrestler to qualify for the finals of the State Open. Kevin had a record of 32-0 in his last two years combined. Often other teams chose to forfeit in the unlimited class rather than put an opponent up against Kevin. The only time in Kevin's senior year that a match went the full distance was in the state tournament. He pinned all of his other opponents. Kevin set a class M record for the most pins in the shortest amount of time. Hand was the Shoreline Conference Champion all three years Kevin wrestled and the State Champion in his sophomore year. Kevin was selected as team captain in his senior year.
As a college football player, Kevin became an All Eastern linebacker and honorable mention All-American linebacker at Holy Cross College. Kevin was drafted in the fourth round by the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League.
Kevin has had an outstanding career in the New York money management business. Kevin is currently building a home in Madison. Kevin is married to Colleen and they have two children, Brendan (2) and Eamon (1).
Bob Schultz coached numerous sports at Daniel Hand High School from 1962 to 2008. Bob's coaching career at Hand began with coaching junior varsity boys soccer in the fall of 1962. As the boys track coach in 1965, he led the Hand track team to its' first victory ever. Bob also coached boys and girls cross country in the sixties and seventies as well as girls' basketball in the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. Coach Schultz's versatility and enthusiasm for taking on a variety of coaching assignments made him an outstanding asset to the Hand athletic department and benefited scores of student athletes.
Bob began the most significant chapter in his coaching career in 1964 when he became the coach of the newly established Hand Boys Golf team. Coach Schultz led this highly successful team for 45 years until his retirement from coaching in 2008. As golf coach, Bob compiled an amazing record of 534-100-8. His golf teams won 9 consecutive Shoreline Conference Championships and had no losses in league matches from 1975 to 1983. Coach Schultz's golf teams won a total of 17 Shoreline Conference Championships. In addition, Bob was an IAABO referee for New Haven County basketball games in the seventies.
The incredible success of the golf team continued when Hand joined the newly formed Southern Connecticut Conference in the nineties. As a member of the SCC, his golf teams won divisional titles from 1996-2000 and 2004-2006. Bob's best team finish was as runner-up by a stroke in the State Division II championship. Bob was the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2002-2003 and a finalist for the National High School Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2005. Coach Schultz's influence on his golfers extended long beyond their high school years. Approximately 20-25 of Bob's former golfers went on to careers in golf. All of Bob's golfers learned from his example of excellent sportsmanship and respect for the game.
Bob Schultz also served as a Mathematics teacher at Hand High School from 1962 to 1989. In addition to his teaching skills, Bob was known for patience, kindness and the respect that he showed each of his students. After retiring from teaching, Bob became certified as a real estate agent. Bob Schultz's 45 years of dedicated service to the youth of Madison in athletics, and in the classroom, make him richly deserving of induction into the 2014 class of the Madison Athletic Hall of Fame.
Tonight we honor Pat Shonk posthumously. Pat Shonk coached field hockey at Daniel Hand High School from 1974 to 1991. For sixteen years, she was the varsity field hockey coach. In addition, Pat was the first Director of the Hand Marching Band that played at football games from 1972 to 1990. Pat Shonk passed away in 1997.
Pat began teaching in Madison in 1969 after receiving her undergraduate degree from Lebanon Valley College and her Masters' Degree in Music Education from Pennsylvania State University. Her first coaching experience in Madison was as coach of the Hand junior varsity field hockey team under Hall of Fame inductee Willie Roze. Willie recalled "Pat was a great friend and colleague. She was my assistant in field hockey for a few years. She did a great job and the kids loved her". Pat coached the Shoreline Championship field hockey team in 1978 and 1979. As field hockey coach Pat coached first team All-State players such as Debbie Hubbard, Claudia Cozzi, Jennifer Mueller and Judy Alletzhauser. Current Hand field hockey coach Sue Leckey was a second team All-State player on Pat's 1984 team. Pat's former player Judy Sunblade, class of 1979 recalled "Pat was each player's chief advocate encouraging us to be our best selves as people first and field hockey players second. When we won the field hockey championship in 1978 she was thrilled for the team and what we had accomplished. Her motto was to work hard but have fun doing it. A life lesson I still follow today" Pat was also selected as a volunteer coach for the 1996 Olympic field hockey team.
Pat's most visible role at Hand was as Director of the Hand Marching Band. It was Pat Shonk that originated the awesome Hand band that first played at football games in 1972. The band that Pat created is now renowned as "that Tiger band". During the early decades of Hand football, in the seventies and eighties, the football team and "Shonker's" band created an exhilarating autumn Friday night experience unlike anything Madison had ever known. During those years, the spirit and excellence that Larry Ciotti and his boys were creating on the field was matched by "Sarge" Shonk's kids in the stands and in their Penn State inspired halftime routines. Hearing Pat Shonk's band play the school fight song "On Wisconsin" after a Hand touchdown, or at halftime, was a thrilling experience. That experience created a bond amongst everyone associated with Daniel Hand High School and is still a source of community pride four decades after "On Wisconsin" was first performed at Strong Field. Pat Shonk's marching band did not restrict their talents to the football field. Hall of Fame inductee Willie Roze remembers 'Pat started and led a great marching band at Hand. I believe she was the first to take them to Disneyland"'. Hall of Fame inductee Vicki Crompton recalls ''she took the band to New York City to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade.''
Pat Shonk also served as a Music teacher for the Madison Public Schools from 1969 to 1996. Perhaps Pat Shonk's greatest legacy is the incredible level of dedication and commitment of time, energy and talent that she gave to the students of Daniel Hand High School.
Pat's niece Jen Diebler, her husband Derik, and their children Alli, Kara and Cameryn are all present tonight to honor Pat's induction into the Madison Athletic Hall of Fame.
Melissa (Tott) Arms, class of 1995, was one of the greatest gymnasts in the history of the highly successful Daniel Hand High School gymnastics program. As an athlete at Hand, Melissa was a member of a team that won the State Championship in 1993 and the Southern Connecticut Conference Championship in its first year in 1995. She was a varsity letter winner all four years. Melissa was an All-State selection each year of her high school gymnastics career. The Shoreline Times season preview for gymnastics in 1995 said "Tott could be the best all-around gymnast in Connecticut again". Melissa's 1995 season certainly lived up the pre-season hype. In 1995, she won all four events and the all-around at the SCC Championship and was the New England champion on vault, floor and in the all-around. She still holds the scoring records for Hand gymnastics in all four events and in the all-around. The New Haven Register recognized Melissa's stellar achievements by recognizing her as New Haven area Athlete of the Year in both 1994 and 1995. Melissa represented Hand and Connecticut at the High School National Championship. Coach Steve Redes recalls of Melissa "some compare gymnastics to art, the apparatus is the canvas, the athlete the paint. Melissa added color to the sport, she was truly an unpretentious Champion and a joy to coach".
After high school, Melissa attended Rutgers University on a gymnastics scholarship. While competing for Rutgers Melissa specialized in vault and floor. She was the recipient of several Scholar-Athlete awards during her time at Rutgers .Upon graduating from Rutgers, Melissa returned to Madison and began teaching for Madison Public Schools in 2000. In addition to teaching, Melissa was an assistant gymnastics coach from 2001-2004 and head gymnastics coach in 2005-2006. During those six years, Hand won the SCC Championship all six years and the State Championship in 2003 and 2006. The 2006 team went on to a third place finish at the New England championships. Melissa was the New Haven Register and CIAC Coach of the Year in 2006. She also represented Hand and Connecticut as a coach at the High School National Championship. Upon leaving coaching, Melissa started judging gymnastics and became an outstanding judge. In 2008, she was a judge at the High School National Championship becoming the first woman to compete, coach and judge at the meet. Melissa's accomplishments as an athlete, coach and judge clearly place her in the top echelon of gymnastics alumni in Madison. She currently teaches seventh grade Math at Polson Middle School. In addition to teaching, Melissa is a gymnastics judge and is an active member of the CIAC Gymnastics Coaches Committee as the judge representative, CIAC Officials Board, NFHS Gymnastics Rules Committee, and the NAWGJ-CT Board specializing in high school gymnastics. Melissa's parents are Joyce and Rich Tott. She is married to Brian Arms and they have one son, Sean (6).