As part of Homecoming weekend, the Canandaigua Academy Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducting seven new members. If you are interested in attending the event on Friday, September 21 at 6 pm in the Academy Atrium, stop by the Athletic Office or call 396-3825 to purchase tickets.
The Canandaigua City School District will honor seven outstanding contributors to the Braves sports program. The following new members will be inducted into the Canandaigua Athletic Hall of Fame:
Robert Black, Coach
Jessica Cochol, Class of 2004
Daniel Mandara, Class of 2007
Edward Mulheron, Class of 1978 & Coach
Michael Pane, Class of 2004
Maren Serafine, Welch, Class of 2008
Griffith Winthrop, Class of 1954
Robert Black enters his 23rd season of coaching the CA Girls’ Swimming and Diving team. Coach Black has led the team to 11 consecutive Section V Championships from 2005 to 2015. He has coached numerous NISCA All-Americans and Academic All-Americans including the 2008 NYS Champions in the 200 Free Relay. In 2017 he was inducted into the Section V Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.
Jessica Cochol was a two-sport athlete, playing both soccer and basketball for the Braves. As goalkeeper on the girls’ soccer team, she was named Defensive Player of the Year and was selected as the Canandaigua top female athlete during her senior year. Cochol graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 2004 and went on to play goalkeeper at LeMoyne College.
Daniel Mandara graduated from the Academy in 2007 and was an outstanding wrestler. For CA, he won three sectional championships and won the 2007 New York State Championship at the 125 lbs. weight class. Dan also was the most valuable soccer player for the 2006-2007 season. Dan went on to wrestle at Ashland (Ohio) University and was a two-time national qualifier.
1978 graduate, Edward Mulheron enters the Hall of Fame for his coaching accomplishments in multiple sports. Over the course of his teaching career, Mulheron coached football, basketball, and lacrosse. He was the varsity line coach for the 1999 NYS Class A Championship Football team and as head coach led the 2009 Boys’ Lacrosse team to the NYS Class B Championship. Also this fall, Coach Mulheron will be inducted into the Greater Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Mike Pane graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 2004. Mike was a two-time All-League wide receiver and cornerback in football. In lacrosse, he won two Section V championships and played for the Empire State lacrosse team. Mike went on to play lacrosse at LeMoyne College and coach lacrosse at Gananda. During his life, Mike’s enthusiasm, dedication, and strong work ethic inspired many students. Tragically, Mike passed away in 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer.
A five-year letter winner, Maren Serafine Welch was a dominant soccer player for CA. She was a four-time first team All-League selection, two-time All-Greater Rochester pick, and was chosen as 2nd team All-State. After graduating from Canandaigua Academy in 2008, Maren starred on the pitch at Division I Siena College where she holds the school record for games played and games started.
Griffith Winthrop graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1954. He participated in football, swimming, and track and field. Winthrop led the swim team to Section V Championships in 1951 and 1952. He lost only one race in his career as a varsity swimmer and held the pool record at each venue he swam in. In track and field, he was Section V Champion in the 880 yard run in 1953. Winthrop swam at Harvard University from 1954-1958. In 1958, he was a team captain and awarded the “Hal Uhlen Award” as team’s most outstanding swimmer. He was inducted to the Section V Swimming Hall of Fame in 2018.
The 2018 induction will be held on Friday, September 21 at 6 p.m. The event, dinner (catered by Eric’s Office) and induction ceremony, will be held in the Academy Atrium and Auditorium. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by contacting the athletic office at (585) 396-3825.
The inductees will also participate in the Homecoming parade and honored at halftime of the Homecoming Football Game, on Saturday, September 22. The Homecoming parade starts at 1 p.m. on Howell Street and the football game at 2 p.m. vs. Webster Thomas at Evans Field.
The Canandaigua Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was created to provide a forum to honor and provide a permanent tribute to those individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics in Canandaigua, or who have left Canandaigua and gone on to make unusual contributions in the world of athletics.