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Then and Now - the 1969 Prep Basketball National Championship team gathers for induction into Hall of Fame.

This past weekend the St. Thomas More community honored the 1969 Prep Basketball National Championship team with induction into the inagural STM Hall of Fame.  

Now:

1969 National Champions

Left to Right

Cleve Royster, Jim Lesko, Dennis Faulk, Brian Sullivan, Casimir Grygorcewicz, Ernie DiGregorio, Rich Coty, John Thompson, Nick Macarchuk, National Championship team coach

Then:

1968-69 New England Champs

Hall of Fame Inductees:

  1. The 1969 New England Prep School Championship Team coached by Nick Macarchuk. This team was comprised of many talented, athletic, and gritty players who had outstanding collegiate careers.  The team’s point guard, Ernie DiGregorio, went on to be a first team All-American at Providence College and led them to a Final Four.  He then played for seven seasons in the NBA, winning the Rookie of the Year and leading the league in assists in 1974.
  2. Winston Venable (‘06) – Three sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) for two years at STM and a former Resident Assistant. Led the 2005-2006 football team to a 9-0-1 record and the New England and Colonial League Champions. He played his collegiate football at Boise State earning all-conference honors in 2009 and 2010.  Venable had a seven-year professional career, one year with the Chicago Bears and six in the Canadian Football League.  He was named a CFL All-Star in 2015.
  3. Andre Drummond (’11) – Two-year student, Prep Team Basketball Player and the 2011 MVP of the National Championship game, a former Resident Assistant while at STM who played collegiately at UConn. Andre was selected ninth in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.  He was named an NBA All-Star in 2016 and 2018, was named to the All-NBA Third Team in 2016, and has led the NBA in rebounding in 2016, 2018, and 2019.
  4. Ron Schlageter – Teacher/coach at STM since 1986. “Schlags” has taught and coached various sports at STM for 33 years. Ron has coached football, basketball, baseball and one year of hockey totaling between 70-80 total athletic seasons.  Ron spent over a decade as the Head Coach for the varsity basketball and baseball teams, winning the SENE Basketball Championship in 1996.  He has assisted the Prep basketball team and held a variety of coaching positions on the football team, mainly the defensive coordinator.  Throughout the 2018-2019 school year, Schlags assisted football, basketball, and baseball and continued his role as the Math and Science Department Chair.  
  5. James Cosgrove (’83) – Life Achievement - Basketball. Jamie played on the 1983 Prep team before he accepted a scholarship to St. Anselm’s College, where he still holds the all-time record in assists and steals.  Jamie just completed his ninth season as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Trinity College, but started his coaching career as a teacher and Prep team assistant at STM. At the start of the 2018-2019 season, Trinity was tied for the best four-year NESCAC record with 28 wins and just 12 losses.  Prior to Trinity, Cosgrove posted a 166-77 record at Division II Adelphi University over eight seasons, and also served as Head Coach at Endicott College.  Cosgrove was named as the East Coast Conference (ECC) Coach of the Year in 2004-05 and as the Metropolitan Writers Association Division II Coach of the Year in both 2004-05 and 2005-06.  At Endicott, Cosgrove accumulated a 73-60 record including an 18-10 record in 1999-00, the program’s first Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Championship title, and its first bid to the NCAA Tournament.  His 1998-99 Endicott team won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) regular-season crown and earned Cosgrove GNAC Coach of the Year honors.  Jamie continues to give back to STM by volunteering to meet and speak with the student body and has been a guest lecturer at Career Day and STM alumni events for the past decade.