2017 ROME SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS — The latest induction class for the Rome Sports Hall of Fame has been announced. The new inductees will be honored during the 41st Hall of Fame awards dinner on Sunday, July 30 at the Beeches. Pictured from left: Bob Carrier, Robert Dixon, the late George Flood, John (Moe) Herbst, Shannon McPheron and Steve Telander.
Field hockey star McPheron among Hall of Fame inductees
Shannon McPheron, the former Rome Free Academy standout who has gone on to be a championship-winning field hockey coach, is among six new inductees for the Rome Sports Hall of Fame.
McPheron, known as Shannon Corigliano when she excelled at RFA before going on to be an all-star field hockey player at Central Michigan University, has since gone on to coach Camden Central to multiple field hockey crowns.
Also being recognized by the Hall of Fame for a lifetime excellence are fellow 2017 inductees Bob Carrier, Robert Dixon, the late George Flood, John (Moe) Herbst and Steve Telander.
The 41st annual induction and awards dinner will be held on Sunday, July 30, at the Beeches.
Here’s a look at the incoming members of the Hall of Fame:
• Shannon McPheron
McPheron was a three-sport standout at RFA as a member of the school’s field hockey, basketball and softball teams. But her most accomplished sport was field hockey, as she was a key player for the 1994 state champion squad coached by Linda Harjung that finished with a record of 23-0.
A four-year varsity player, McPheron was an all-state player three times and finished with 59 goals and 20 assists and was honored as RFA’s Athlete of the Year in her senior year.
She continued her success at Central Michigan, where she was a four-year starter who wound up with 28 goals and 14 assists and was an Academic All-Metro Atlantic Conference player in 1999.
McPheron has gone on to enjoy an outstanding high school coaching career.
After one season as the junior varsity coach at RFA under Harjung, she has been the varsity coach at Camden for the last 16 years. Under her direction, the Blue Devils have won seven Section III championships, and McPherson has posted a record of 193-86-16. Her 2007 and 2011 teams reached the state semifinals.
She is a special education teacher at Camden.
• Robert M. Carrier
An outstanding high school and college hockey player, Carrier grew up near Franklyn’s Field, where he worked on his game on the outdoor skating rink.
He was an all-star hockey player for RFA, coached by Rome Sports Hall of Famer Charlie Dain, and was named team captain in his senior year.
He went on to continue his hockey career on the college level at Clarkson University.
Carrier later returned to Rome and was instrumental in the Kennedy Arena building project. He was a certified hockey referee and was also active in other sports, including sailing and golf. He served in leadership roles with the Lake Delta Yacht Club and Teugega Country Club.
• Robert C. Dixon
An all-star athlete at RFA in basketball and track and field, Dixon went on to become a successful coach in both sports in Syracuse, where he was a physical education teacher for almost 40 years. He was also a certified basketball referee.
His coaching resume includes stops at Cortland, Brockport, Dutchess College Community College, Hamilton College and Syracuse University, where he earned his master’s degree and was a graduate assistant under longtime coach Jim Boeheim. He was also a pro basketball coach and player in England and Scotland.
In recent years Dixon has been involved in the First Tee program designed to bring the game of golf to inner city youngsters while teaching them core values.
• George W. Flood
Flood is a native of Peekskill, where he was an all-star high school athlete who was the captain of his football, basketball and baseball teams. He then moved on to play at Springfield College, where he was a member of the football and baseball squads.
After a two-year stint in the Marine Corps, Flood was hired as RFA’s football coach in 1957 with the help of fellow Springfield graduate and Rome Sports Hall of Famer Charlie Dain.
During his seven years as the head football coach, Flood led the Black Knights to two undefeated seasons, four Central Oneida League championships and a 34-16-4 record. His 1961 team was ranked No. 1 in the state.
Flood became the head football coach at Union College in 1964 and held the position for seven years, his best season coming in 1967 when he led the team to a 7-1 record. He later was the offensive football coordinator at UMass-Amherst and the athletic director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the associate athletic director at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga. He died in 2008.
• John Michael (Moe) Herbst
Herbst is being inducted as a “contributor” for his devotion to Rome sports over the years.
Known by many as “Stadium Moe” for his work at RFA Stadium, he has been a fixture in Rome athletics for decades.
Herbst served as supervisor of grounds for Rome public schools for more than 40 years and continues to be active in a part-time role and as a volunteer.
The scope of his work at the Stadium extends beyond sports, as he has also helped in the preparation for other events such as the popular Drums Along the Mohawk show.
• Steve Telander
Part of a military family, Telander arrived in Rome as a 13-year-old when his father was stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base. He quickly established a name for himself, going on to become a four-sport athlete for RFA. He also played baseball and track and field, but his best sports were football and basketball. He was an all-star linebacker and team captain for the football team, and he was a member of the champion basketball team.
Telander earned a football scholarship to Division I University of Massachussetts, where he was a four-year starter who played on three Yankee Conference championship teams.
A knee injury in his senior year at UMass ended his playing career, but he embarked on a long coaching career that would see him serve as an assistant at UMass, the University of Texas-El Paso, the University of Missouri and Bowling Green. He worked alongside several future NFL coaches, including Andy Reid, Marty Mornhinweg and Steve Spagnola.
Telander later became a successful businessman.
The awards dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., preceded by a public reception at 2:30 p.m. at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame located at 5790 Rome-New London Road, next to the Erie Canal Village.
Dinner tickets costing $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 12-and-under are available for purchase at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame. Hours for the hall are Wednesdays-Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available, and none will be sold on the day of the banquet.
The newest Hall of Famers were nominated in voting done by a selection committee co-chaired by Bill Fleet and Joe Silkowski and were approved by the Hall’s board of directors.
Official forms are available at City Hall for persons wishing to submit nominations for consideration for future entry into the Hall of Fame or for consideration for annual awards.
Service award winners, the sports personalities of the year and the Ellie Bruce Exceptional Team of Excellence Award recipients will also be among those honored during the dinner. Those award winners will be announced at a later date.
(Editor’s note: Hall of Fame selection committee member Carl Eilenberg contributed information for this story.)