Northwest Catholic has announced the names of the five newest members of its Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame. These four outstanding alumni athletes and one longtime supporter of Northwest Catholic athletics will be inducted during a dinner and ceremony at Wampanoag Country Club on April 23, 2016. The new inductees are:
Tom Landers ’67 – A three-sport athlete, Tom was a member of the Northwest Catholic football, basketball and baseball teams, earning All-Conference recognition in both football and baseball as a senior. He was named to the New Haven Register’s All-State 2nd Team in Football as a senior and was named Northwest Catholic’s Athlete of the Year in 1967. Tom went on to play football and baseball at Amherst College, and pursued further education at Trinity College and the University of Connecticut. He is now retired, living in Windsor, CT with his wife Eileen. They have two children – Shawna Tustin and Sarah Landers.
Bill Scully ’70 – A standout baseball player, Bill was a four year player (three years on varsity) and was named MVP three times. He was team captain as a senior and earned All-Conference honors as both a junior and senior. Bill also played basketball for four years at Northwest Catholic. He continued his education at Trinity College, where he played on the baseball team for four years and was a team captain as a senior. He went on to earn his M.S. in Professional Accounting from the University of Hartford in 1978. Bill is the VP of Operations and Technology at Travel Insured International. He lives in West Hartford, CT with his wife Shelby. They have two children – Thomas and Laura.
Jacqui Bisson Gustafson ’75 – An important figure in the history of girls’ athletics at Northwest Catholic, Jacqui was first a member of the Track and Field program. As a junior, she and classmate Mary Ann Hayes ’75 approached then-principal Rev. William O’Keefe about forming a girls’ basketball team. They were sent to find out the cost of uniforms, basketballs and other supplies, and the team was formed the following year. Jacqui was one of the team captains and scored the first basket in the first game played at Northwest Catholic. Jacqui went on to play basketball and softball at Marymount College of Fordham University, from which she graduated in 1979. She is currently the Area Vice President of Sales for Carter-Hoffmann and lives in West Hartford with her husband David.
John Shukie ’95 – A four-year football and baseball player, John was captain for both teams his senior year. In football and baseball, he earned All-Academic honors as both a junior and senior. John was also named All-Conference in football as both a junior and senior, was named to the Hartford Courant’s All-State team in football as a senior, and earned recognition as a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. He also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore and was a member of the Indoor Track team as a junior. Following Northwest Catholic, John attended Bowdoin College, where he was a four-year member of the football team and served as the special teams captain. He also played baseball at Bowdoin for one year. After graduating Bowdoin in 1999, he went on to earn an M.S. in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2001 and a Law Degree from the University of Chicago in 2004. He lives in Colorado with his wife Maricela and his three children – Marisol, Sofia and Nadia. John is the President of Forward Progress Athletics Consulting, which assists universities with student-athlete academic progress.
Bill Baker, Honorary Member – An alumni parent, Bill was the clock operator for girls’ and boys’ basketball games as well as a ticket taker for football games, beginning in the mid-1980s. He has also handed out programs at the football games, kept score at baseball games, and ran the clock and scoreboard at soccer games. When the school started a girls’ volleyball program, he stepped up and also managed the clock/scoreboard for that sport as well. Bill’s calm demeanor certainly was appreciated even during the most hotly contested games!
Tickets for the Hall of Fame ceremony and dinner are $75 and may be purchased by going to www.NorthwestCatholic.org/HOF.