St. Luke's Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2011 to honor the athletes, teams, coaches, and supporters who went above and beyond in bringing recognition, honor, and distinction to the School through their outstanding achievements in the field of athletics.    

The Athletic Hall of Fame speaks to the importance of competitive athletics at St. Luke’s. Our athletic history includes many national-caliber athletes, teams that won regional titles and state championships, or placed in national competition. We also honor coaches and athletic supporters who helped to shape the future athletic pursuits of so many who have played on the Hilltop. But the real stories are of our scholar-athletes training, competing, and pursuing excellence in the larger context of their St. Luke’s School education—stories of accomplishment and character, of virtues such as perseverance, courage, loyalty, teamwork, and generosity. Together, these stories weave an exciting and enlightening picture of one part of history here at St. Luke’s.

 We look forward to honoring our alumni athletes at the next Hall of Fame event scheduled for the fall of 2018. 

2015 Inductees

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  • Ed Burke '80 - Soccer, Baseball, Football, Basketball

    Ed Burke '80 was a varsity letter winner in 4 sports at St. Luke's; soccer, football, basketball, and baseball. Named to the All-Fairchester and All-State Football teams in his senior year, Ed helped lead the 1979 SLS Football team to a Fairchester League title while serving as captain. On the basketball court, Ed added to his Fairchester League title accolades with championships in the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons. In the spring, Ed was a dominating presence on the pitcher's mound, leading St. Luke's to back-to-back-to-back Fairchester titles in 1978, 1979, and 1980. He earned All-FAA League honors and All-Region honors from the New York Daily News before playing at Georgetown University for four years, serving as captain for three, and writing his name into the Hoya record books in four different pitching categories.
  • Harry W. Earle '42 - Football, basketball, baseball

    Harry Earle '42 graduated from St. Luke’s in 1942 after starring in all 3 sports offered at the time; football, basketball, and baseball. According to King Whitney, SLS Class of 1943, Harry was “a sensational athlete, was of outstanding personal character, and was a leader in everything he did. The whole school looked up to him and he was the most popular kid in school”. After St. Luke’s, Harry went to Williams College and was there for one year before enlisting in the Army Air Force in 1943. Between 1943 and 1945, Harry flew over 50 missions across Southern Europe and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. Following WWII, Harry returned to Williams where he completed his Bachelor's degree, and swam, sailed, and played tennis for the Ephs, all while raising two young children with his wife Barbara.
  • Jon Murphy '53 - Baseball, football, basketball

    Jon Murphy '53 was one of four Murphy boys to attend St. Luke's School, and compiled a perfect attendance record over 12 years. Upon entering the Upper School, Jon immediately became a four year star on the baseball team, doing damage both at the plate as a strong hitter, and on the mound as the number one starting pitcher. Beginning his sophomore year, Jon began excelling on the gridiron as the varsity football team’s running back, and on the court as the varsity basketball team’s sparkplug shooting guard. Jon was an extremely will-liked and respected member of the student body, serving his fellow students as a member of Student Council for four years, including as chairman his senior year, was the business manager for the Caduceus, and captain of the maroons intramural squad during the years inter-scholastic competition was limited.
  • Amy Olsen Radev '95 - Volleyball, tennis, softball

    Amy Olsen Radev '95 began her SLS athletic career on the volleyball court where she became a four-year varsity letter winner. Her leadership and accomplishments carried her to all-league honorable mentions her freshman and sophomore years, and all-league recognition her junior and senior years, along with captaincy honors as both a junior and senior. The spring seasons saw Amy earn two letters on the tennis court, before transitioning to the softball field as a junior and senior, where she earned all-league honors both years, and a captaincy as a senior. Her versatility, team-first attitude, hustle, and dedication contributed to her recognition as Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 1995, along with the Headmaster Award at graduation.
  • 1972 Varsity Football Team

    The 1972 Varsity Football Team was a collection of young men who combined exciting play, outstanding character, and inspiring leadership. Public awareness of the greatness of this team help to inspire an increase in admissions and aided in a turn in public perception of the School. Over the course of a nine-game schedule, the SLS Varsity Football Team was a juggernaut on both sides of the ball, resulting in an undefeated 9-0 record. On offense, five players averaged over 5 yards per carry and six players averaged over 15 yards per reception. On defense, 5 different players registered interceptions. Twelve different players scored at least 1 point for the team. That statistic is even more impressive considering the roster was only 25 players, meaning almost half of the players on the team scored that season. 7 of those 25 players were named to the All-Fairchester League team, a first for the recently formed league. Only one opponent put double digits up on the scoreboard that entire season, only one game was decided by a single touchdown, and by the end of the season, the team had outscored their opponents by a combined total of 404 to 32.

2014 Inductees

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  • Alan Ciklin '64

    Alan Ciklin '64 was a three sport standout while at St. Luke’s. A multi-faceted football player, Alan played every "skill" position during his 3 years on the SLS football team. His ability, and more importantly willingness, to play any position contributed to his receipt of the 1963 Football MVP Award. On the basketball court, Alan served as captain and averaged over 26 points per game as a senior. As impressive as these accomplishments are, it was on the baseball field where Alan truly shone. A pitcher and shortstop for St. Luke’s, Alan served as captain and was named MVP his senior year after batting over .600 for the season. Combine all these athletic achievements and you have a Pat Thomas Award winner, and Senior Athletic Award winner well worthy of Athletic Hall of Fame induction.
  • Peter Hanson '57

    Peter Hanson '57 attended St. Luke’s for eleven years, starting in second grade. For the first eight of those years Peter compiled a perfect attendance record, never missing a day of school. A key component to three consecutive winning basketball seasons, Peter also contributed to success on the baseball diamond as a member of the St. Luke’s pitching staff. Following graduation, Peter attended Lafayette College where he played basketball for the Leopards his freshman and sophomore years. Beyond his athletic accomplishments, Peter has been a loyal and involved alumnus at St. Luke’s, serving on the School’s Board of Trustees since 2010.
  • David J. E. Havens

    David J. E. Havens has been a member of the St. Luke’s faculty since 1981. His 34 year career in Hilltop classrooms has resulted in numerous accolades from his colleagues and peers such as the SLS Excellence in Teaching Award, the Connecticut Excellence in Environmental Science Teaching, and an Honorable Mention for the Westinghouse Award. A life long learner and educator, his pursuit of excellence and personal improvement on the athletic fields and gyms of SLS has helped to define his legacy. Just like in the classroom, Dave has worn many hats including; strength & conditioning director, coach for varsity & JV & middle school football, varsity girls basketball coach, varsity & JV lacrosse coach, and one season as varsity softball coach. Such a long coaching career naturally comes with a number of accomplishments along the way highlighted by 12 consecutive FAA tournament appearances with girls basketball and 3 undefeated Middle School football seasons.
  • Debra LaBella '00

    Debra LaBella '00 first came to St. Luke’s as a sixth grader in the fall of 1993. A four year varsity athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball, Debra earning 12 varsity letters before graduating. Adding to her 12 letters won, she served as captain for all three sports as a senior, was named All-FAA for two years in volleyball, All-FAA basketball one year, and All-FAA for two years in softball. This impressive run in the upper school, paired with great leadership qualities both on and off the court, culminated in her receipt of the Daniel Ireland Award and Outstanding Female Athlete her senior year. After graduating in June of 2000, Debra attended Syracuse University and graduated with degrees in Elementary Education and History. She carried her love for education, fostered by so many teachers at SLS, with her to Columbia University where she earned her Masters in Teaching.
  • Maj. Lee Perry Vance '40

    Major Lee Perry Vance '40 was an outstanding athlete and an acknowledged member of his class. At graduation, Lee was a awarded the Senior Scholarship Award and the Loyalty Cup, before having the honor of receiving the 1954 Caduceus dedication 14 years later. After graduating from SLS in 1940, Lee joined the US Marine Corps serving in the Pacific Theater during WWll until the war ended. Lee mustered out of the Marines as a captain in 1946. He married, fathered two children, entered Johns Hopkins where he earned a BS Degree in Business, and played lacrosse for 4 years. With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, Lee was recalled to active duty. Despite having already served for 5 years, two young children, and a wife, Lee rejoined the Marines in 1951. He was recommissioned as a Major, and assigned to an artillery company in Korea. On November 14, 1952, Major Lee Perry Vance was killed by enemy fire. For his duty in Korea, Major Vance received Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
  • 2001 Varsity Football Team

    The 2001 Varsity Football Team is the second football team in school history to finish with an undefeated record, and the first to win a regional title in the newly formed New England Prep School Athletic Conference.

2013 Inductees

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  • Peter Ornousky '76

    Peter Ornousky '76 was a 12 time varsity letter winner at St. Luke's. The winner of the Junior Loyalty Cup and the Headmaster’s Award, Peter also earned honors distinction every semester in his academic disciplines. A 4 year All-FAA selection in baseball, 2 year All-FAA selection in basketball, and 2 year All-FAA selection in football, Peter was also recognized with the Stephen Miller Award as the top baseball player at St. Luke’s both his junior and senior years. After graduation, Peter attended Susquehanna University and earned 1 varsity letter in football and 4 in baseball.
  • Lauryn Nicasio Soden '01

    Lauryn Nicasio Soden '01, the oldest of four sisters to attend St. Luke’s, was a three sport standout playing field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. A 12 time varsity letter winner, Lauryn was captain of field hockey her junior year, captained all three teams during her senior year, and earned 4 All-FAA awards and 1 All-WNEPSA in recognition of her accomplishments on the field. Off the field she participated in Choir and was inducted into the National Honor Society, leading to her awarding of the Senior Bowl and Athlete of the Year in 2001. Following graduation from St. Luke’s, Lauryn attended Middlebury College and continued her field hockey career, leading the Panthers to two NCAA field hockey tournament finals in 2003 and 2004, and the 2003 NESCAC Tournament Championship.
  • Robert S. Salomon '55

    Robert Salomon '55 was a 12-time varsity letter winner during his Upper School career, playing all three sports offered by the School at the time; football, basketball, and baseball. He excelled in all three sports but particularly in football as a bruising fullback and linebacker. A leader both on and off the field, Bob served as the President of Student Council, and editor of the Caduceus, lending his personality, organization skills, attention to detail, and vocal abilities to producing a yearbook to be proud of. Following graduation from St. Luke’s, Bob attended Amherst College and worked on Wall Street for over 40 years before returning to the Hilltop as a member of the earliest Boards of Trustees.
  • 2003 Girls Varsity Soccer Team

    While the School became a co-educational institution in the early 1970s, it took until the year 2000 for a girls soccer program to begin. The program won 2 games in its first year, 7 in its second, and 12 in its third, for a total of 21 victories. In 2003, the team matched that total on its way to winning the FAA tournament and New England Class C tournament. Five members of the team went on to play in college upon graduating from St. Luke’s, and one member of the team still holds the record as the only 100 goal scorer in the School’s history, male or female. The record for the 2003 season was impressive, but the team was so much more than goals scored or wins attained. They were a unit, an entity unto themselves who celebrated each victory and mourned each loss together. It is only fitting that they be inducted into the St. Luke’s School Athletic of Fame in the same way…together.

2012 Inductees

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  • Camille DeMarco-Havens

    Camille DeMarco's 31 year career at St. Luke’s saw her serve the School in a variety of roles. Her efforts to promote and drive girls sports in the FAA led her to taking on the mantle of FAA Women’s Division Vice-President and Softball Chairperson. That is the kind of recognition only achieved through success, which Camille has found many times over, having brought 16 FAA and New England titles home to St. Luke’s.
  • Lindsey Guerrero '98

    Lindsey Guerrero '98 earned 14 varsity letters during her SLS Athletic career, playing basketball, field hockey and lacrosse. After St. Luke's, Lindsey played club field hockey while an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, and coached with the Greenwich Field Hockey Club and West Hartford Youth Field Hockey League.
  • Richard King '64

    Dick King '64 attended the School from the fourth through the twelfth grades. Upon reaching the Upper School, Dick became a cornerstone of the football, hockey and baseball teams, including serving as the hockey team captain, and receiving its team most valuable player award, his senior year. His leadership on the ice was paralleled only by his leadership off it where he served as the class of 1964’s president for their last three years on the Hilltop, an editor of the Caduceus, and chairman of the Senior Prom. Despite all these accomplishments, Dick will still point to the defeats of Darien and New Canaan at Crystal Rink in Norwalk as two of the highlights of his time at St. Luke’s.
  • Gary B. Liska '81

    Gary Liska '81 played four sports during his time at St. Luke’s. He successfully played both soccer and football during the fall interscholastic season, as his booming kicks on the soccer pitch quickly endeared him to the football coaching staff, and he continued playing football after SLS for Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Gary served as the team’s punter and kick-off specialist. He currently ranks in the top ten in three of the Rutgers all-time kicking categories. In recognition of his accomplishments, Gary was presented the Douglas Smith Memorial Award, presented an