Inductees - 2004

Michael Abbruzzese 1952
Football, Baseball, and Track
Michael Abbruzzese, class of 1952, was a star athlete on the strong Owl football, baseball, and track teams. 
 
He was co-captain of the 1951 football team that went 7-1 and garnered State, District, and Triangular League championships.  He was voted All-State and All-District.  He also was on the baseball and track teams. 
 
Michael went on to Boston University where he played football for four years.  He was a Dean's List Student with a 3.30 GPA.  as a marketing major.  He was All-Scholastic Honorable Mention; Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1956;  Outstanding Senior ROTC Graduate , 1956, and U.S. Army Officer 1956-1959. 
 
Michael served as Presdident of the Cohasset, MA gridiron club.  He has had an outstanding career in the business world.   
Roland Breaux 1947
Track, Cross Country, and Swimming
Roland Breaux, class of 1947, was a remarkable athlete at HPHS.  He earned 12 letters, four each, in track, cross country and swimming. 
 
He was the Connecticut and New England Cross Country champion,  1944 and 1945.  Winner of the state scholastic mile 1945 and 1946.  Lastly was the Connecticut half mile champion in 1947. 
 
Roland earned a Bachelor of Arts degree University of Denver, 1951.  Earned a Masters in 1961. 
 
He was a teacher\coach 1954 to 1961.  He was a principal\administrator 1961 to 1985. 
Norm Campbell 1946
Track and Swimming
Norm Campbell, class of 1946, was a champion athlete in track and swimming.  Was a star on Larry Amann championship teams in swimming and track. 
 
In 1944, 1945, and 1946 was the state backstroke\relay champion.  Was 1946 High School Eastern Scholastic Champion. Also took firsts in Connecticut AAU competitions.   
 
In 1946 was High School All-American for swimming the individual medley and held the fastest time in the U.S.  Also in 1946 was the state champ in the shot put. 
 
Recieved the Clarence Horace Wickham Award as the best athlete of the class of 1946 exemplifying good sportsmanship and achievement in athletics. 
Gaetano Fazio 1968
Wrestling
Gaetano Fazio, class of 1968, was an outstanding wrestler at HPHS,  the schools first state champion ever.
 
He was captain of the 1967 team.  He set records for most consecutive pins, most pins, fastest pin, and most takedowns.  All in addition to winning the state championship.
 
Gaetano had a number of collegiate offers and attended University of Hartford from 1969-1972. He starred for the Hawks, was captain as a senior.  He finished fourth in the New Englands as a senior as well. 
 
He recalls his years at HPHS as "best ever" surrounded by good students, teachers, and coaches.  He has had a long career in business.  
 
Jim Goshdigian 1964
Golf
Jim Goshdigian,  class of 1964, was one  of the great golfers produced by Hartford Public High School. 
 
He won the 2004 New England Senior Golf Open and served as one of the latest triumph's in the playing career of Jim Goshdigian, a long time professional teaching out of Goodwin Park in Hartford. 
 
He captained the 1964 Owls to a 17-0 record and number one ranking in the state. In 1963 at the age of 17 was the youngest player ever to qualify for a PGA tour event, the ICO, and in 1971 Jim turned professional.   
 
Victories total over 100, pro and amateur combined.  He was the All-Army Champion in 1968 and a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran. 
 
Starred on San Jacinto (Texas) Junior college teams.  Graduated in 1970.  Was inducted into the Texas Junior College Hall of Fame in 1971. 
 
Jim is still the pro at Goodwin and his support is instrumental in the the success of the HPHS Athletic HOF golf outings.  
 
Jack Hanley 1950
Football
Jack Hanley, class of 1950, was an outstanding football player on very strong Owl teams in the late forties. 
 
Jack played fullback from 1946-1949.  He also played linebacker and was captain on the 1948 squad and co-captain on the 1949 team.  He was selected All-State in 1948.  He was voted to the All-City and All-District teams both in 1948 and 1949. 
 
He was the Clarence Horace Wickham Award winner for the class of 1950 signifying good sportsmanship and achievement in athletics.  
 
Jack attended the University of Kentucky from 1951 to 1954 where he played football and was part of their great win in the 1952 Cotton Bowl,  20-7, over Texas Christian. 
 
 
 
 
Joe Heavey 1944
Football, Basketball, and Baseball
Joe Heavey, class of 1944, a Hartford Public Athletic Great starting on the football, basketball, and baseball teams.  Many of them city and conference champions as well as State powers. 
 
In football was All-State as an end on the Connecticut team.  Also earned All-City.  His strong play led the Owls to a 26-6 win over rival New Britain.   The three teams,  football, basketball, and track commonly won the City and District titles in the years Joe played. 
 
Attended Morehead State graduating in 1950.  He then embarked on a successful career as a coach, in particular the game of basketball teaching aspiring players of all ages.  He was a strong advocate and focused on the fundamentals of the game, finishing with a 300-50 coaching record. 
 
Remains close to the game by participating in clinics and camps.  Favors the 1x1 approach. 
 
He retired from Connersfille, Indiana High School, in 1984, where he was a teacher.  
 
Tom Keenan 1942
Baseball and Football
Tom Keenan, class of 1942, was a star pitcher for the Owls,  1940, 1941, and 1942.  He also was a three year member of the Owls football teams winning letters in 1940 and 1941.
 
Tom went to Providence where he played baseball and was captain of the 1949 team. 
 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII;  Played professionally in the Detroit Tigers Farm system, with the Hartford Chiefs, then a Boston Braves farm team.  He pitched for many years in the Greater Hartford Twilight League.  Long active in youth baseball programs. 
 
Tom Keenan,  or "Mr Keenan" as he was well known at HPHS was a career educator.  He was at HPHS for 37 years retiring as Vice-Principal in 1986. 
 
 
Nick Koback 1953
Baseball
Nick Koback, class of 1953, was a four year letter winner on strong Owl Baseball teams.  He was also team captain.  He was drafted out of high school and was with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1953-1955.  He is one of the few Major Leaguers to come out of Hartford Public. 
 
Nick was an excellent handler of pitchers, durable, good hitter, and was also a member of the HPHS basketball teams for two years.  The baseball teams the four years he played won the city title 4 times,  twice outright, the District title twice, and the Triangular League title four times, twice outright.  Overall record in that span was 36-12. 
 
In addition to his time with the Pirates he also played for Hollywood in the Pacific Coast League, Williamsport of the Eastern League, and Mobile of the Southern Association. 
 
Personal baseball data is included in the official encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. 
 
Nick also was an excellent golfer and a member of the PGA of Connecticut. 
 
 
Fred Koury 1959
Football
Fred Koury was a renowned lineman in Hartford Public High School's tradition laden football program.  Graduate class of 1960. 
 
He starred at guard for the Owls, 1956-59.  In 1957 was named to the All-District team.  Was Honorable Mention All-American, All-District, and All-State in 1958.  Co-captained the 1958 team and played in the 1958 Nutmeg Bowl as a member of the East team. 
 
Fred was also a three year letterman on the track teams. 
 
Fred went onto UCONN where he played football four years,  three years varsity at guard.  Name best  lineman 1961-63.  He was also on the Huskies wrestling teams,  1962 and 1963. 
 
He played semi-pro football and was a super star in pro wrestling 1965-1980. 
 
 
 
 
Bill Loika
Coach
Bill Loika head football coach from 1947 to 1951, coaching strong teams.  The 1951 team went 7-1 and won the City, District and State Championships.  The 1951 championship team was awarded the S. Polk Waskowitz trophy symbolic of the best team in the state. 
 
His overall record coaching football was 25-12-3, winning three city titles and the District and Triangular championships once each.  He also coached basketball and baseball. 
 
His baseball teams were an outstanding 44-17.  They won three City Titles and Shared two others.  His teams won the District title once and won or shared the Triangular League title all five years he coached. 
 
Coach left Hartford Public and was assistant at UCONN 1952-1963.  He then became head coach at Central Connecticut,  1964-1981, posting a 92-72-3 record. 
 
Bill Loika recieved a Gold Key from the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance in 1986. 
 
 
Bob Nash 1968
Basketball
Bob Nash, class of 1968, was a star basketball player on strong Owl teams. He earned All-State and All-American honors as a senior. 
 
He went on to the University of Hawaii where he put them on the map for a few years as a collegiate hoop power. 
 
In the 1972 NBA Draft was selected in the first round, and seventh overall, by the Detroit Pistions.  He played two years with the Pistons, two with the Kansas City Kings, and one year with San Diego in the ABA.  Overall he played 236 games as a Pro scoring just over 1,000 points. 
 
He was an assistant basketball coach at Hawaii from 1985 to 2004.  He is a member of the National Association of Basketball coaches.  He is also enshrined in the University of Hawaii Hall of Honor. 
 
From 2007-2009 he was head coach at Hawaii, compiling a 34-56 record.  Currenlty he is coaching professionally in japan. 
 
 
 
 
 
Allen Nunes 1970
Soccer
Allen Nunes, class of 1970, was the first soccer player inducted into the Hartford Public High School Athletic Hall of Fame.  
 
He was co-captain as a sophomore and a junior, and captain as a senior.  Allen led the Owls to four straight CDC championships,  three state tournament appearances, including a berth in the 1969 final.  He led the Owls to unbeaten seasons in 1968 and 1969  and was the teams high scorer in 1967, 1968, and 1969. 
 
He attended the University of Hartford to play soccer.  He was All-New England 1971, 1972 and 1973,  and was honorable mention All-American 1971.   He was the top scorer all four years and athlete of the year 1971.   He was an assistant at UHart 1974, 1975 and 1976.
 
He broke the scoring record as a freshman that as of 2004 still stands. 
 
Allen went on to play and coach at the professional and semi-professional levels. 
 
He was inducted into the University of Hartfords first Hall of Fame in 1991. 
 
Stan Piorkowski
Coach
Stan Piorkowski was a highly successful boys basketball coach at Hartford Public High School.  Stan was the assistant to John Cuyler from 1967-1978 and then took over the head coaching job in 1978, retiring in 1994.
 
Stan is the schools All-Time leader in wins with a 249-112 career record.  His teams won ten city championships,  seven outright.  His teams won seven conference titles,  six outright. 
 
His final two seasons,  the Owls went 27-0 and 23-1.  Both teams won the CIAC Class LL title with wins over Danbury.  In the final state polls they were number ONE.  Marcus Camby was the Gatorade Player of the year on the 1993 team and Kendrick Moore on the 1994 team. 
 
Stan coached some of the Owls greats including Moore, Camby, Paul Spence (HOF), Michael Adams (HOF), Kendrick Moore (HOF), and Troy Love. 
 
In 1994 was the named the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Coach of the year. 
 
Recently Stan coached the Northwest Catholic Girls teams to two state championships.  A pretty rare combo  - boys basketball and girls tennis.  Also,  his team won the 2015 HPHS Athletic HOF Golf scramble.   

In 2016 Stan's golf team won the HOF golf scramble again. 
 
 
 
 
Adriene "Abby" Pitts 1979
Cross Country and Track
Adriene "Abby" Pitts, class of 1979, was one of Hartford Public's sensational competitors in track and cross country. 
 
Laurels include City Championships in cross country, 80-yard hurdles, 440 yard dash, and 4x100 relay.  She claimed State Championships in 80 yard dash and the  440 yard dash.  School record holder in the 80 yard hurdles, 440 yard dash, 880 yard dash, and the pentathlon. 
 
Her athletic success earned her a scholarship to Central Connecticut State University where she made her mark in track and field.   At CCSU 1979 to 1983 she was record holder in the following events.
Outdoor Track and Field:  100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 400 intermediate hurdles, pentathlon, and long jump.
Indoor Track and Field:  50 meter hurdles, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, and pentathlon. 
 
In addition to setting records in the track and field arena, she recieved the following outstanding honors and wards.   
1981 - AIAW All-American, 400 meter hurdles
1982 - 1983 - NCAA All-American, 400 meter hurdles
1980 - 1983 - All-New England 100M, 200M, 400M Dash, 400 intermediate hurdles, and penthathlon.
       - First female All-American at CCSU.
       - Outstanding senior female senior athlete at CCSU, 1983.  
       - Recipient of the Collegiate Presidential Award.
       - Inducted into the CCSU Athletic Hall of Fame 1989.
 
Abby is a career professional in the Insurance industry, is a dedicated servant in ministry, and has been a high school coach.  Her Basketball and Track and Field teams have won numerous City and National titles.
 
Billy Taylor 1927
Football, Basketball, and Baseball
Billy Taylor, respected athlete, teacher, and coach, class of 1927.  He was a four letter winner his senior year in Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Track. 
 
He was a professional boxer, long time referee, teacher\coach in the Hartford School system for thirty years, 1937-1967.  His basketball teams won 12 City Championships in the junior high program.   Many of his players went on to additional stardom and success in life. 
 
Billy was a physical fitness instructor and Coach as Lt. Commander at Coast Guard Academy during World War II.  He coached boxing at his alma mater Springfield College, Loomis, Suffield Academy, and Central Connecticut. 
 
Honors include tributes from National Collegiate Boxing Coaches Association and for 50 years of service by the Connecticut Boxing Guild. 
 
Billy died in 2002.
 
 
 
 
 
Mel Taylor 1969
Track
Mel Taylor, class of 1969, was an All-American in Track and Field.  He was a member of a number of Lindy Remigino's state championship teams. 
 
Mel was a nine time CIAC champion in the shot put and discuss.  His discuss throw of 189'2" is a state record.  His shot put effort of 63' 3 1/2" is a CIAC indoor state record. 
 
He was invited to the prestigious Golden West Invitational Meet in 1969.  There he placed third in the country in the discus and sixth in the shot put. 
 
Personal bests, 62' 3" in the shot put outdoors, 63' 3 1/2" indoors, and 189' 2" in the discuss are still HPHS records.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clarence "Sonny" Thomas 1955
Basketball
Clarence "Sonny" Thomas was a star basketball and baseball player at HPHS, class of 1955. 
 
He was Class LL first team All-State for the 1954-1955 season.  He captained and led the Owls to the City and District League Championships. 
 
Sonny played for the Harlem Magicians traveling team, the Scranton Miners in the Eastern League, and with the Milford Chiefs in the National AAU tournament at Denver in 1957 and 1958. 
 
He was associated with the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford for over 30 years. 
 
He was inducted into the Greater Hartford Twilight League Hall of Fame in 1985.