Five Inducted Into NRW Athletics Hall of Fame
The North Rose-Wolcott Central School District inducted five people into its Athletic Hall of Fame during a small ceremony April 24 at North Rose-Wolcott High School.
The NRW Athletic Hall of Fame was established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and Cougar supporters and to enhance current student athletes’ understanding and appreciation for the positive role models in the tradition of Cougar Athletics. Through nomination and committee selection, the Hall of Fame recognizes athletes who have been graduated from NRW a minimum of 10 years; individuals who have made significant contributions to NRW athletic programs as a coach; or individuals who have made a significant impact on district, sectional, regional, state, national, professional or international athletics.
- Mike DeWispelaere, Class of 1996: DeWispelaere was a multi-sport athlete at the highest level in high school, playing baseball and soccer. As a soccer player, DeWispelaere received multiple All-County team selections and in 1995 was chosen as the Class CC tournament MVP and made the All-Greater Rochester and All-State teams. Currently, DeWispelaere works with two young men’s soccer teams and a boys’ baseball team and still plays soccer as a member of the Jets summer soccer league. He lives in Wolcott with his wife Casie and three sons.
- Jermel Brown, Class of 2001: Brown was a multi-sport athlete who competed in volleyball, basketball and track and field. In every sport he was a multi-year recipient of MVP awards and all-tournament selections. In track and field, he was selected as MVP and All-County team member multiple times, was a three-time Section V champion and was a New York state champion in the high jump in 1999. Brown continues to hold the NRW record in high jump at 6 feet, 10 inches. Brown lives in Wolcott with his wife Kristi and two children.
- Kelly Lockwood Ferrente, Class of 1982: Ferrente participated in soccer, swimming and volleyball through middle and high school and excelled in all three sports. She received the Robert Bradbury Award in 1982 for her athletic performance, sportsmanship and integrity. Ferrente continued to play soccer in junior college, coached youth soccer teams and served as coach of the NRW girls’ soccer team for 10 years. Ferrente resides in Newark.
- Thomas Tathum, coach: Tathum, a former NRW athletic director and basketball coach, was known for demanding the best from his players and all NRW students. Tathum recognized dedication and differences in abilities and made a difference in countless students’ lives. Since his retirement, Tathum has been involved with the Central New York National Football Foundation and the Special Olympics. Tathum splits his time between Central Square and Naples, Fla.
- Pete Stewart, honorary: Stewart, who passed away in January, was known for his coaching and promotion of soccer in the area. He coached at the high school level and also ran summer programs. He was instrumental in starting the Jets soccer program and coached for it for many years. Later on, Stewart could be found recording soccer games at many venues. His dedication to the sport and its participants inspired many.
A recording of the 2021 Hall of Fame ceremony is available for viewing on the district's YouTube channel.