Athletic Hall of Fame


Brian A. GrayBrian GrayClass: 1958-1962

Sports Played:
Wrestling 4 Years
Football 4 Years
Track 3 Years

College: St. Cloud State College

Played football and wrestling for two years at St. Cloud State College

Coached wrestling at Wellsville for 34 years, from Youth Wrestling to Modified, J.V. and was the Varsity coach for 14 years.

Coached several sports at the community level including: Minor League Baseball (9 yrs.), Little League Baseball (3 yrs.), Babe Ruth (6 yrs.), Cinderella Softball (6 yrs.) and Midget Football (17 yrs.)

He was one of the original members of the Old Timers Wrestling Club (6 yrs.) where he only lost one match.

In weight lifting from 1992-2002 he was the ADFPA NY Champion as well as the National Masters Bench Press Champion for seven years.




Rich HetzelRich HetzelClass: 1958-1962

Sports Played:
Football 4 Years
Basketball 4 Years
Baseball 4 Years

College: University of Buffalo

Recognized for his leadership qualities as he was selected captain of football, basketball, and baseball his senior year

Chosen as the Olean Times Herald M.V.P. in basketball for his league in 1962

After high school he was offered an athletic scholarship in football from Ithaca, basketball from U.B., and baseball from Syracuse.

Chosen Athlete of the Year at the Wellsville High School his senior year

Went on to play basketball and baseball at the University of Buffalo




Terry EngelderTerry Engelder_thumbClass: 1960 – 1964

Track 4 Years
Football 4 Years
Wrestling 1 Year

College: Penn State, Yale, Texas A & M

He set or tied 13 school or meet records in three different track events: mile, two mile, & distance medley

In 1964 he set the school record in the mile event which stood for 41 years – 4:28 minute mile

In 1964 he was chosen as the Olean Times Herald Scholastic Trackman of the Year. That same year he held the Section V Two Mile Record.

Accepted a track scholarship at Penn State where his cross country team won a medal at the ICAAAA Track Event

At Yale University his training partner was the world famous Frank Shorter who would go on to win a gold medal in the marathon at the 1972 Olympics in Munich




Jim SteinJim SteinClass: 1962 – 1966

Sports Played:
Football 3 years
Basketball 4 years
Track 3 years

College: Syracuse University

Was a three sport star at Wellsville High School, excelling in football, basketball, and track.

An outstanding athlete, he became a letter winner and state medalist in swimming at Syracuse.

Coached at Wellsville High for 23 years in 11 different positions.

A tremendous motivator that got the most out of the talent presented to him.

At the Wellsville High School he coached 3 individual Section V Swimming champions and was a huge contributor to 3 Section V baseball champions.

In 1981 he was recognized as the Wellsville Chamber of Commerce “Person of the Year.”

For five years he coached the Alfred University Women’s Swim Team to very successful seasons.




Dan HarrisDan HarrisClass: 1963 – 1967

Sports Played:
Golf 4 Years
Basketball 2 Years
Football 2 Years

College: Hobart College

He was recognized as one of the best golfers in Wellsville School history as a 4 year starter.

In 1966 he won the Steuben County Championship and was the runner up by one stroke in 1967 after calling a 2 stroke penalty on himself for hitting the wrong ball.

In football Dan was recognized as a punishing two way starter as an offensive and defensive lineman.

In golf at Hobart College he was recognized as a leader of men being selected team captain his senior year.




Tom MonicoTom MonicoClass: 1963-1967

Sports Played:
Baseball 4 Years
Football 3 Years
Basketball 2 Years

Colleges: Eastern Arizona Jr. College & Grand Canyon College

In high school he won 9 varsity letters in the sports of baseball, football, and basketball.

In baseball he was recognized as an outstanding hitter while playing the tough catching position.

At Arizona Junior College he was selected to the All Conference Team twice while having a career batting average of .400.

He was the starting catcher for Grand Canyon College when the team made it to the NAIA College World Series.

In the summer of 1968 he was selected MVP of the Alle-Catt Semi Pro Baseball League.




Kevin HarrisKevin Harris_thumb

Class: 1965 – 1969

Sports Played:

College: Syracuse University

He was Wellsville’s very first Big 30 All-Star in football in the Fall of 1968.

Recognized by many as the finest golfer to ever play for the Wellsville Lions.

In 1968 he was the New York State Junior Ameateur runner-up in golf.

Played for Division I Syracuse University in golf in 1970 and 1971.

Since college he has won an untouchable 13 club championships at the Wellsville Country Club.




John RichardsonJohn RichardsonClass: 1966-1969

Sports Played:
Football 3 Years
Basketball 2 Years
Golf 1 Year
Track 1 Year
Baseball 1 Year

College: University of Tennessee

Tremendous athletic ability, excelling at 5 different sports in high school

Averaged over 100 yards rushing per game his senior year in football

Original member of the very first Big 30 Football Team

Holds school record in track as part of the 880 relay team