The Alumni Athletics Social with Coaches held on Thursday, November 12th brought together over sixty alumni representing decades from the 1960s through the Class of 2020. The enthusiasm for teams past and present was palpable.
Participants on the call included eleven Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, former Trustees, 33 Club Members (when Hun’s Varsity Football team had a 30-3-0 record beginning in 1966 and ending in 1970). Varsity football teammates Alan Chalifoux ’72 and Dick Strup ’70 reunited after forty-eight years!
Rob Kuchar ’01, vice president of the Alumni Association, welcomed everyone and shared, “This is my first Hun Alumni Zoom event and it means a lot to me that it is centered around athletics. To be able to connect virtually is really great. We even have someone from Australia on the call tonight (Nicole Arendt ’87) and Hun alumni from all around the world.”
Co-Directors Tracey Arndt and Bill Quirk shared how The Hun School has handled operating under hybrid programming/virtual learning due to COVID1-19, and Hun athletic programming and philosophies. The group listened intently as Ms. Arndt and Mr. Quirk spoke about the restrictions and guidelines COVID-19 has placed upon the programs and on the athletes before turning the program over to the individual coaches and breakout sessions.
Breakout sessions, chosen by the participants at registration, included introductions from the various coaches as well as summaries of their programs, alumni introductions, and Q&A. The following coaches participated: Tom Monfiletto ’04 (varsity baseball), Jonathan Stone (varsity boys basketball), Jim Stagnitta (varsity boys lacrosse), Todd Smith (varsity football), Ian McNally (varsity ice hockey), Ken Weinstein (rowing), Kathy Quirk (varsity field hockey, varsity softball), Rachel Hickey (varsity girls lacrosse), and Joan Nuse (varsity tennis and varsity swimming).
Despite nearly a half-hour, the overwhelming response from both coaches and athletes was that it went too quickly. In fact, the baseball breakout session with Coach Tom Monfiletto ’04 scheduled a Zoom immediately following the event to continue their conversations and sharing of memories.
Jason Elefant ’11 perhaps summed it up best when he sent a follow-up the next day: “I haven't been as connected to Hun events over the past year so it was fun to hop on something athletics-related to get back into it. I hope at some point we can do in-person events and reunions again, but I appreciate these events and hope to be part of more.”