The Amity Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame inducted six new members at the annual Amity Block A dinner June 14th at Grassy Hill Country Club. The 2015 inductees include Robert Coppola, Michael Gambardella, Brian Wright, Tiffany (Egnaczyk) Fisher, Lauren (Erwin) Coxon and Harold Freedman.
Robert Coppola (’73): As an athlete and scholar at Amity, Robert Coppola excelled in basketball (3) and baseball (3) during his three years at Amity. In basketball he captained his team in his senior year and earned All Housatonic Second Team and Honorable Mention All-State. He averaged 20.2 points per game and finished in the top ten in the state. Robert won his team’s MVP Award. He was also selected to the Connecticut Shoot-Out All Star Team and Honored by the New Haven Dante Club. In baseball, Robert had an outstanding three year varsity career as a pitcher. In his senior year, Robert was the team’s captain and made All Housatonic First Team. Robert recorded a 7-2 record, pitched 75 innings, 41 hits, 93 strikeouts (21 SO’s in a 11 inning game), 16 base on balls with an ERA of .096. Robert won his team’s MVP award and was Amity Athlete of the Year. At the conclusion of his high school career Robert went on to attend the University of New Haven to study Business and was a varsity starter in baseball.
Michael Gambardella (’75): As an athlete and scholar at Amity, Mike Gambardella excelled in basketball (4) during his four years at Amity. In basketball Mike made All-Housatonic League 1st Team – 1974, 1975; All-Housatonic League 2nd Team – 1973; All-New Haven County Team – 1974, 1975; All-State – Honorable Mention – 1974, 1975; Connecticut Shoot-Out All-Star Team – 1975. He averaged 30 points per game and finished the season as the state’s scoring leader. Mike was also his team’s co-captain and MVP in his junior and senior season. At the conclusion of his high school career Mike went on to Springfield College where he majored in Physical Education and played four years on the basketball team. He was the team’s captain in his junior and senior year and had a career 1,000 points.
Brian Wright (’80): As an athlete and scholar at Amity, Brian excelled in football (4) and basketball (2) his four years at Amity. In football, Brian earned honors making the All-Housatonic League 1st Team – 1978, 1979; All-State Honorable Mention – 1978, 1979; Cablevision of Southern CT Player of the Week- 1979; New Haven Register Player of the Week – 1979; New Haven Register All-Star Team – 1979. In 1978 Brian quarterbacked the Amity football team to its first ever and only State C.I.A.C LL Championship. They were ranked #1 in Connecticut, #3rd in New England and #30 in the United States. Brian led Amity to two Housatonic League Championships 1978 and 1979. He also earned a Walter Camp Team Award. During his junior and senior year Brian lead Amity to a 21-2-1 record, threw for 24 TD’s, 2700 yards passing (68.5% completion rate) and rushed for 740 yards. In 2007 Brian was inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame and was voted by the New Haven Register to the “Now and Then Top 50 Players Team”. In basketball, Brian only played during his freshman and sophomore years. After Amity Brian went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania where he played football until a career-ending shoulder injury.
Tiffany (Egnaczyk) Fisher (’01): As an athlete and scholar at Amity, Tiffany (Egnaczyk) Fisher excelled in indoor track and field (1), field hockey (4), basketball (3) and softball (4) during her four years at Amity. In indoor track and field, Tiffany was a State Open Qualifier and 2nd Team All-Conference in her senior year the only season she participated. In field hockey, Tiffany was All-State First Team – 2000; Academic All-State Team – 2000; Southern Connecticut Conference First Team – 1999, 2000; New Haven Register All-Area M.V.P. – 1999, 2000; Connecticut H.S. Coaches Association M.V.P. – 2000. She was her team’s captain in her senior year and won her team’s M.V.P. – 1999, 2000. Tiffany was also selected to the US National Team under 18 as an alternate – 2001. In basketball, Tiffany was her team’s captain in her junior year. In softball, Tiffany was First Team All-State and All-SEC- 2001, team captain 2000 and 2001. Tiffany was a member of the National Honor Society, All –State Academic Team and News Channel 12 Scholar Athlete in 2001. She was also her team’s captain in 2000 and 2001. Tiffany concluded her career at Amity winning Amity’s Most Versatile Award and Female Athlete of the Year for 2001. Tiffany went on to attend Harvard University and played varsity field hockey for four years. She earned Ivy League Rookie of the week in 2001, NCAA Division 1 National Academic Squad for four years and her team won the Ivy League Championship in her senior year 2004.
Lauren (Erwin) Coxon (’03): As an athlete and scholar at Amity, Lauren Coxon excelled in soccer (4), basketball (4) and track/field (1 senior year) during her four years at Amity. In soccer, Lauren earned honors making S.C.C. All-Housatonic Division 1st Team– 2000, 2001, 2002; New Haven Register All- Area Team – 2000, 2001, 2002; New Haven Register All-Area M.V.P, – 2002; All-State 1st Team – 2000, 2001, 2002; Adidas All-American –2002; Adidas Connecticut Player of the Year 2002; All-New England – 2002; Gatorade Player of the Year – 2002. Lauren was captain of her team in her senior year and ended her career as Amity’s all-time Career Goal Record Holder with 88 goals. She also won her teams MVP award in 2000, 2001, 2002. Lauren was also CT Junior Soccer Association Female High School Player of the Year and selected to play in the Senior Bowl. In basketball, Lauren was a three year varsity starter and captained her team in her senior year. In her senior year Lauren also participated on the Outdoor track and field team.
Lauren was an Academic Honor Roll student during her four years at Amity and a member of National Honor Society in 2003. Lauren was also Amity’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2003. After Amity Lauren went on to attend Boston University on a full athletic scholarship to play soccer where she had an excellent career.
Harold Freedman (Teacher/Coach) is being recognized for his 40 years of support to the students and athletes of Amity Regional High School. Well respected by his administrators, peers, students/athletes both in and out of the classroom. His career as a head coach is as follows:
- Varsity Girls Tennis Coach- 1976 – Present
- Overall Match Record: 473 victories
- (77% winning percentage)
- C.I.A.C. State Class “L” Runner Up 2009
- Housatonic League Championships: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1993
- Southern Connecticut Conference Championship: 2013
- S.C.C. Division Championships: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014
- New Haven Register Coach of the Year- 1985
- Connecticut Post Coach of the Year – 1985
- Amity Coaches Association Coach of the Year – 1985
- Connecticut High School Coaches Association
- “Coach of the Year” – 1983
Hal’s teaching career at Amity began in 1970 as an English teacher and became the English Department Chair in 1990 and held that position until his retirement.