All eyes will be focused on Clyde for the sixteenth consecutive Sports Hall of Fame Banquet to be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the CLYDE VFW. A sell-out crowd is expected which will include dignitaries and guests from a far. For tickets and information please call Steve at 315-573-3157.
Along with two new inductees, legendary coach Nicholas J. DerCola will be honored on his 90th birthday. DerCola was inducted in the local Athletic Hall of Fame back in 2002 at the inaugural banquet, along with eight others, including “Downtown” Terry Brown.
DerCola and his wife Margaret came to Clyde in 1953, where he continued on to a thirty-two year coaching career at Clyde and Clyde-Savannah schools. They raised five children including one daughter and four sons. Coach, as he is referred to, was a Physical Education Teacher, Athletic Director, Coached several of the major sports and later became an Administrator. After his retirement from Clyde- Savannah in 1985, he started coaching girls basketball and continued on until 2002 when he finally ended his coaching career. One of his most unique accomplishments, was that he won four Sectional Championships in four different sports. DerCola achieved 683 total victories during a forty-nine year coaching career. His car license plate boldly displays this figure as it reads, COACH 683.
This year the inductees will include a Swimmer Extraordinaire and a Martial Arts Master. During the past fifteen induction ceremonies, the Hall of Fame has enshrined 86 individuals and 18 teams in several diversified categories. This year is no exception, as the two individuals are the first to represent their respective sporting competitions.
Ethan Wright, a 2009 Clyde-Savannah graduate, was one of a very few individuals that excelled at swimming while training in a school facility that did not have a certified competition size pool. He and his teammates worked around this obstacle and, interestingly enough, they were quite successful. While at CS, Wright achieved 64 first place heat finishes and is currently the holder of three school records. He received a four year award and was the team captain his senior year. During sectional competition, Ethan placed second in the free-style at the Section Five finals. Track and Field was also his passion as Wright achieved four varsity letters and team MVP honors, and was selected to the Wayne County All- Star Team. He also received the Scholar Athlete awards for both sports and earned his Eagle Scout award during his high school years. At Alfred State, he received the 2011 Outstanding Swimmer Award, was selected to the Division 3 ALL-REGION Swimming Team, twice qualified to compete at the Nationals, and finished 3rd for two consecutive years at the NJCAA finals. Ethan Wright went on to be an assistant swimming coach at Alfred State, and now resides in Binghamton, New York.
Gary Evarts, brought the style known as ”Traditional Korean Martial Arts” to Clyde in 1979 while being employed at the local Parker Aerospace facility. By 1984, he opened the first Kuk Sool Won training School in New York State in Clyde and later went on to open several other schools throughout the region. For three years during the early 1990’s, Evarts was certified and declared a national and world champion in self-defense and forms competition by the National Black Belt League. During that same time period, he was selected as the official martial arts trainer for the Volpro Criminal Justice Classes and is still teaching there to the present day. Evarts continues his employment at the Finger Lakes Community College, where in 2002, he was hired as Professor of PE Defensive Tactics. His many achievements in the martial arts were recognized by a national publication, when in 2004, Gary was the “Cover Story” for the world wide published Tae Kwon Do Times magazine. In 2010, Evarts was one of five Masters in the world to re-construct the rules and process for scoring martial arts in future Olympics. During his career he has promoted over 250 black belts of which some have become masters, Kuk Sool school owner, actors, lawyers and doctors. Gary Evarts is currently a 7th degree Master of Kuk Sool Won and resides in Williamson, New York.