Hall of Fame
The Wildcat Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes the extraordinary and unique contributions of Norwich Free Academy's student-athletes, coaches, and directors, living and deceased. These individuals sustain a long, proud tradition of academic, athletic, and leadership excellence in and out of competition.
The Wildcat Athletics Hall of Fame began in 2001 and classes were inducted annually. In 2005 selection became biannual. Members of the Hall of Fame embody the highest ideals and standards of good sportsmanship, integrity, honesty, leadership, self-sacrifice, and determination.
Wildcats turn passion into accomplishment. Tradition pushes them forward, and commitment to excellence makes the NFA difference.
The Class of 2022 induction ceremony will take place Friday, October 28, at the Holiday Inn in Norwich. Cocktail hour begins at 5 pm followed by a buffet dinner and the induction of our newest members. The public is welcome. Purchase tickets here.
A three-year basketball player at NFA, Pires holds the special honor of being the first in his family to graduate high school. While his playing career started at NFA, he truly blossomed after graduation.
A three-sport athlete in football, basketball, and track, Delgado’s career began to flourish during his junior season. He started the year as an All Capital District Conference selection in football at quarterback.
While he earned letters in basketball and track and field, Rose’s greatest accomplishments came on the football field. A tri-captain, he was named to the All Capital District Conference second team as a junior.
As a senior, Krohn received the Fletcher-Wiley Cup, the award presented to the top male athlete at NFA. It had been some time since a track athlete had won the award, but there’s no doubt about Bill deserving the honor.
During her NFA career, Curran Garver earned three varsity letters in basketball and two in softball. Her skills on the court earned her first-team all-state honors from the Hartford Courant, New Haven Register, Norwich Bulletin and The Day.
NFA did not have a women’s swim team when Hull McCabe competed. She swam during the boy’s season and competed against them in every event, all of which makes her accomplishments more astounding.
Akus put the rest of the area – and the state – on notice when in 1993, as a freshman, she swept the ECC, Class LL, and State Open cross country individual championships.
A three-time New England cross country champion, Erin-Kate earned 11 varsity letters during her four years competing in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track.
Named a Nike All-American and the Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in 2001, Saona Chapman led the Wildcats to two basketball state championships in 1999 and 2001 under fellow inductee Coach Bill Scarlata.
Her basketball career, which included four conference titles, started with two consecutive state championships in 2001 and 2002.
Drafted 71st overall (third round) in the 2009 draft, Shaughnessy played for the Oakland Raiders and was named to ESPN’s All-Rookie team.
For 13 years, Bill Scarlata served as the girls basketball junior varsity coach under Paul Giardi. When he took over the program in 1992, Scarlata made the Wildcats one of the most successful programs in Connecticut history.