New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is known for strolling the sidelines donning the latest hoodie of choice. Depending on the weather, that hoodie might even have the sleeves trimmed. Legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry was well-known for the fedora perched atop his head.

While their attire might differ dramatically, their stoic sideline demeanor and their ability to win football games forever links the two. When the Patriots beat the Oakland Raiders, 33-8, in Mexico City on Nov. 19, 2017, Belichick moved passed the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach on the league’s all-time wins list with 271.

Only two head coaches in history have won more games than Belichick. Don Shula is No. 1 with 347 wins while coaching the Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins, and George Halas is second with 324 victories as the Bears legendary leader.

Milestone wins have become a regular occurrence for Belichick, but moving into the top three is a different echelon.

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon has a number of Belichick milestone-related artifacts on display, but acquired the only pair of his game-worn shoes it has in its collection following win 271.

“I believe that Coach Belichick understands the importance of preserving historical milestones even if that’s hardly his focus while he is still coaching,” Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. “He has been helpful with our requests over the years. We have some of his sweatshirts and headsets from some of the team’s biggest wins in which he has coached, but he donated his sneakers from win 271 at our request so we are grateful for that.

“He doesn’t talk much about personal accomplishments because he is focused on getting the team ready for the next game,” Morry added. “That focus is probably why he has won so many games. Passing Coach Landry to move into third on the all-time wins list is a remarkable feat. He always credits the players for the success as one might expect, but we are fortunate to be witnessing one of the greatest coaches the game has ever known. We are excited to not only watch him coach, but to be able to preserve his place in football history in the process.”


Derby Academy’s Kathleen Malone has been named The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) Teacher of the Year. She was honored at the 2017 Massachusetts STEM Summit on Nov. 14 at Worcester’s DCU Center and her school in Hingham, Mass., received $5,000 to be used for STEM education.

“It is such an incredible honor to be named The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year,” said Malone, who lives in Norwell. “Thank you to Robert Kraft, the Kraft family and to Raytheon for their continued commitment to STEM education in Massachusetts and their support of STEM programs at Derby Academy.”

Malone launched her teaching career in Massachusetts five years ago. She has been at Derby Academy for three years, where she teaches math, engineering design, and STEM projects in the Middle and Upper Schools. Last year, she developed the Grade 5 projects course with a focus on authentic project-based STEM applications. She serves on the interdisciplinary planning committee, and as a trip leader for Derby’s annual experiential learning trip, bringing earth science scholars to Acadia National Park for the past two years as citizen scientists. She founded and coaches the School’s math team and expanded Derby Academy’s Math Club, earning Gold Level recognition through the MathCounts National Program. Malone established an annual “Math Club Read-Aloud” event in Derby’s Primary and Lower Schools, as well as an annual Family Math Night for Grades 4-8. She established and facilitates an annual Evening of Engineering for Grade 6 students and their families. Malone was recently awarded the 2016 Pre-College Educator Award by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for the work she has done guiding her students through the engineering design process and connecting their classwork to the industry.

She has been integral to the advancement of STEM programming at Derby, especially as it relates to computational and design thinking, delivering tailored coding, mobile computing, and robotics challenges to her students. Malone volunteers at several outreach events aimed toward bridging the gender divide and encouraging girls to pursue STEM fields, such as the Project CSGIRLS Boston Girls in Tech Program at Boston University. In addition, she leads STEAM workshops for her local community and oversees the planning and execution of a weeklong STEM summer camp.

“Enthusiasm and collaboration are the defining characteristics I try to bring to the classroom every day at Derby,” Malone said. “Those characteristics support, enhance and help promote what I believe to be three main pillars of an effective STEM Program – student engagement, community networks and professional development. The nucleus of our programming at Derby Academy is the collaboration among our dynamic team of educators. By collaborating to provide early exposure to the design process and supporting students as they adopt failure as an integral part of the learning process, we foster confident and resilient STEM problem solvers.”

“Developing relationships with my students is critical to my work,” Malone shared. “I use my students’ interests as a catalyst for exploration. In return, it is the students who inspire me.”

Bryan Morry, The Hall’s executive director, congratulated Malone for being named The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon Massachusetts 2017 STEM Teacher of the Year.

“Kathleen’s passion for STEM is so obvious and while she is an innovative classroom teacher who inspires her students, she also works tirelessly beyond the classroom with extra-curricular activities that promote STEM through different grade levels at Derby Academy,” Morry said. “She has an impact at all levels –from her students and their families, to her peers and other professionals. We are thrilled to honor her with this year’s Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year award.”

Malone was chosen from a group of five finalists. The other four teachers’ schools will each receive $1,000 for STEM education courtesy of Raytheon.

Those teachers are:

  • Kerri Chartier – Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
  • Rebecca Colo – Longsjo Middle School in Fitchburg
  • Jacqueline Prester – Mansfield High School
  • Robert Smith – Pike School in Andover

“Choosing a winner from among the finalists is always painstakingly difficult,” Morry said. “All of the finalists are impressive and committed to their students and to STEM education. Congratulations to all of them for being a finalist and earning consideration for this honor in 2017. All will be recognized at the STEM Summit in November.”

Morry also thanked fellow selection committee members Blair Brown, who directs the governor’s STEM Advisory Council, along with Allison Scheff and Keith Connors from the Department of Higher Education, and Katie Cross, The Hall’s education coordinator, for their work in selecting this year’s STEM Teacher of the Year.

“Each of these individuals has shown a tremendous commitment to honoring excellence in STEM education and recognizing and supporting some of the best educators in the state,” Morry said. “We could not select a teacher of the year without their commitment, time and energy to this program.”


The Hall launched the STEM Teacher of the Year program in October of 2012 when Robert Kraft announced the initiative at the Massachusetts STEM Summit held that year at Gillette Stadium. Malone is the fifth recipient of the award. Kelly Powers from the Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School was the inaugural winner in 2013. Other past winners include Doug Scott from Natick High School in 2014, Kerry Murphy from Oliver Ames High School in 2015 and David Mangus from Brockton High School in 2016. The STEM Teacher of the Year award is part of The Hall’s education program, which offers students in grades 4-12 standards-based educational modules in a fun, entertaining setting. The Hall hosts more than 18,000 school field trip visitors annually.


The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England and promotes math and science education for thousands of schoolchildren each year. The Hall’s signature exhibit and premier photo opportunity is The Super Bowl Experience. Visitors to the interactive exhibit can re-live each of the team’s four Super Bowl championships, view the four Vince Lombardi Trophies and Super Bowl championship rings and re-enact Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl XLIX game-winning interception. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit, visit “The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon” on Facebook or follow @TheHall on Twitter.

ABOUT DERBY ACADEMY: Founded in 1784, Derby Academy is an independent, co-educational day school for grades Pre-K through 8 located in Hingham, MA.

The Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame inducted 12 new legends at a Nov. 1, 2017 ceremony at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

This year’s class included:

  • Charles Daniels (D) Olympic Swimming Gold Medalist
  • Danny DiLiberto World Champion Billiards Player & Pro Boxer
  • Sandra Hollander (D) Buffalo State Softball Coach
  • Willie “Hutch” Jones Basketball Player – Bishop Turner, Vanderbilt & NBA
  • Mike Keiser World Renowned Golf Course Developer
  • J. McGuire(D) NHL Hockey Administrator, Coach
  • Charles O’Brien WNY HS Volleyball Coach and Pioneer
  • Danny Ozark (D) Major League Baseball Manager
  • Vaughn Parker Football Player, St. Joe’s Collegiate, UCLA & NFL
  • Michael Peca Buffalo Sabres Hockey Player
  • Stacey Schroeder-Watt Shot & Discus Record Holder & NCAA All-American
  • Tom Terhaar Award Winning Olympic Rowing Coach


STILLWATER, Okla. – The National Wrestling Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that the Class of 2018 inductees are Distinguished Members Stephen Abas, Lee Allen, Henry Cejudo and Kristie Davis, Meritorious Official Gary Kessel, Order of Merit recipient Nancy Schultz Vitangeli, and Medal of Courage recipient James McCloughan. Allen will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2012 at the age of 77.

The Hall of Fame will announce its Outstanding American honoree at a later date.

Davis becomes only the second woman to be inducted as a Distinguished Member, joining four-time World Champion and women’s wrestling pioneer Tricia Saunders, who was inducted in 2006. Saunders is the namesake of the Tricia Saunders High School Excellence Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding high school senior girls for their excellence in wrestling, scholastic achievement, citizenship, and community service.

“The Class of 2018 is an amazing group of people who have made a tremendous and extremely positive impact on our sport,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “We are excited to be inducting our second female Distinguished Member, Kristie Davis, and to recognize Lee Allen, who played a significant role in the development and growth of women’s wrestling. We are so excited to honor another group that has not only contributed to our sport, but who embodies what wrestling can do to help you excel in life.”

The Hall of Fame Board of Governors approved the selections at its meeting in Kansas City on Oct. 18. The induction ceremony will be held at the 42nd Annual Honors Weekend on June 1-2, 2018 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. For more information on Honors Weekend, please telephone (405) 377-5243.

Abas, Cejudo and Davis were chosen as Distinguished Members for the Modern Era while Allen was selected by the Veterans Committee. The Hall of Fame has inducted 188 Distinguished Members since it began in 1976.

Distinguished Members can be a wrestler who has achieved extraordinary success in national and/or international competition; a coach who has demonstrated great leadership in the profession and who has compiled an outstanding record; or a contributor whose long-term activities have substantially enhanced the development and advancement of the sport. 


Stephen Abas was a three-time NCAA Division I national champion and a four-time All-American for Fresno State University, winning titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002 after finishing fourth as a freshman in 1998. He won a silver medal at the Olympics in 2004 and competed in the World Championships in 2001 and 2003. He was also qualified for the World Championships in 2002, but the United States did not compete. Abas was named to the NCAA’s 75th Anniversary Wrestling Team in 2005 in the lightweight division, along with current Distinguished Members Tom Brands (2001), Dan Gable (1980), John Smith (1997) and Yojiro Uetake Obata (1980). He had a career college record of 144-4-0 and did not lose a match at 125 pounds. Abas concluded his college career with 95 consecutive wins, including a 35-0 record as a senior and a 34-0 record as a junior, while setting the school record for career wins with 144 wins and career winning percentage with 97.3 percent. He was named the Fresno State Male Athlete of the Year in 1999 and 2001, and is currently the freestyle coach at the Valley Region Training Center in Fresno, California. 


Lee Allen was one of only four wrestlers to represent the United States at the Olympics in both freestyle and Greco-Roman, competing in freestyle in 1956 and finishing eighth in Greco-Roman in 1960. He was a member of the first United States team to compete in the World Championships, placing sixth in freestyle in 1961. Allen was a four-time undefeated Oregon state champion for Sandy High School in Sandy, Oregon, and competed in college for the University of Oregon. Allen was the head coach of the 1980 Olympic Greco-Roman team, which did not compete in the Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union, because of the U.S. government boycott of the Games. He was an assistant coach for the United States Greco-Roman team at the Olympics in 1972 and 1976. He was head coach of four United States Greco-Roman teams at the World Championships in 1973, 1977, 1978 and 1979. The 1979 team finished fourth with three individual medalists, which was one of the best Greco-Roman performances of the time period. Allen and his wife, Joan Fulp, were instrumental in the development and growth of women’s wrestling in California and the United States. He led the men’s wrestling program at Skyline College in California for 32 years while incorporating a women’s program. His San Francisco Peninsula Grapplers women’s team won the senior national championships in 1997 and 1999. Allen was head coach of the women’s wrestling team at Menlo College in California from 2001 to 2010 where he coached both of his daughters, Sara Fulp-Allen Bahoura and Katherine Fulp-Allen Shai. Sara was the first three-time women’s college national champion, and an injury prevented her from competing as a senior to try and become the first four-time champion. Katherine was a World University champion and five-time national team member. Lee received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the Oregon Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2011 and from the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013. He is a member of the AAU Hall of Fame, the San Mateo County Sport Hall of Fame, Skyline College Hall of Fame, California Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Portland State University Hall of Fame. 


Henry Cejudo was 21 years old when he won a gold medal at the Olympics in 2008, becoming the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in United States history. Kyle Snyder broke Cejudo’s record in 2016 when he captured a gold medal at the Olympics as a 20 year old. Cejudo won the Pan American Championships three times, and competed in the World Championships in 2007. Cejudo was a two-time U.S. Open champion, who became the first high school wrestler to win the U.S. Nationals in freestyle since USA Wrestling became the sport’s national governing body in 1983. He won a pair of state high school championships in Arizona before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to become a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He won Colorado state high school championships as a junior and senior, and was named ASICS National High School Wrestler of the Year in 2006. Cejudo is currently competing in mixed martial arts and is the UFC’s No. 2 ranked flyweight. 


Kristie Davis has won nine World medals which ties her with Bruce Baumgartner for the most World medals in United States history. The Albany, New York native holds the American records in women’s freestyle for most world teams, most medals, and most finals appearances. Davis competed in 10 World Championships and was a seven-time finalist, winning gold medals in 2000 and 2003 and silver medals in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2007. She captured bronze medals in 2002 and 2006. Davis helped the United States capture the World Championship team title in 1999, which is the first and only American women’s team to accomplish the feat. She was named Women’s Wrestler of the Year by USA Wrestling five times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2007), which is more than any other wrestler since the award began in 1993. Davis was a nine-time U.S. Open champion who competed in four Olympic Trials, placing second once and third twice. She was a four-time University Nationals champion, and won two Women’s Collegiate Wrestling Association national championships for Oklahoma City University. Davis also competed as Kristie Stenglein, which is her maiden name, and as Kristie Marano, which was her first married name. She was named co-head women’s wrestling coach at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia, on Monday, where she will be working alongside her husband, Link Davis.


The Meritorious Official award recognizes outstanding service as a referee, judge, or pairing official.


In 40 years of officiating, Gary Kessel has refereed 16 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, including 12 finals, and eight NCAA Division III Championships, including eight finals. He has officiated 21 Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association championships and 18 Virginia Duals while also refereeing nine National Duals and four National Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star matches. Kessel has also refereed 39 New Jersey state high school wrestling championships, including 11 finals, and has officiated 15 national high school tournaments. He has been president of the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Officials Association, the oldest and largest wrestling organization in the country, since 2010, and has worked as a rules interpreter for the state of New Jersey and the Eastern Wrestling League. He serves as the secretary/treasurer for the National Wrestling Officials Association and also chairs the organization’s education committee while also serving on the executive board of the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Kessel was honored as the New Jersey Official of the Year in 2007 and received the Richard Mirshak award for dedication, service and contributions to wrestling in 2015. He received the Vincent Russo Golden Whistle award in 2016 and was presented the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the New Jersey Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2017. Kessel was inducted into the East Stroudsburg University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995, and is also a member of the Hopatcong, New Jersey, High School Hall of Fame.


The Medal of Courage recipient is a wrestler or former wrestler who has overcome what appear to be insurmountable challenges, providing inspiration to others.

In 1969 at the battle of Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam, combat medic and former wrestler James McCloughan risked his life repeatedly to save 10 fellow American soldiers. On July 31, 2017, McCloughan was awarded the Medal of Honor, the most prestigious personal military decoration, for his acts of bravery and valor on the battlefield while serving in the U.S. Army. With his company engaged in a battle, McCloughan ran 100 meters through an open field to rescue an injured soldier, carrying him back to the company and saving him from being captured or killed. McCloughan saw two more soldiers and ran to their aid. While checking them for wounds, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded and peppered him with shrapnel. Bleeding extensively, he returned to the kill zone four more times to find more wounded soldiers. The next day, another platoon was ambushed and their medic was killed, leaving McCloughan as the only medic in the company. McCloughan was wounded a second time by small arms fire and shrapnel while providing aid to two soldiers in an open rice paddy. He then volunteered to hold a blinking light in an open area as a marker for a nighttime supply drop, holding his prone position as bullets and RPGs flew over and around him. The next morning, he destroyed the RPG position with a grenade, while continuing to fight and care for wounded Americans. He finally collapsed from exhaustion and dehydration. McCloughan was a four-sport athlete at Bangor High School in Bangor, Michigan, and he wrestled and played football and baseball at Olivet College. He taught sociology and psychology at South Haven High School for 40 years, and also coached wrestling, football and baseball. He was also a wrestling official for the Michigan High School Athletic Association for 25 years. McCloughan is a member of the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the Michigan High School Coaches Hall of Fame, and the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame.


The Order of Merit is presented to an individual that has made a significant contribution to the sport of wrestling, but who is not an athlete or a coach. 


Nancy Schultz Vitangeli has been involved in wrestling since meeting Dave Schultz when the two were attending the University of Oklahoma. They were married in 1982 and were together until 1996 when the Olympic and World champion was killed by John du Pont. Following his death, Schultz Vitangeli founded the Dave Schultz Wrestling Club which sponsored 20 displaced athletes from Team Foxcatcher, providing them with training and coaching resources through the 1996 Olympics. The Dave Schultz Wrestling Club continued until 2005 and trained athletes in men’s and women’s freestyle and Greco-Roman, including Olympic gold medalists and Distinguished Members Kurt Angle and Brandon Slay, Olympic bronze medalist Patricia Miranda, and two-time NCAA Champion, World Champion and Distinguished Member Stephen Neal. Schultz Vitangeli helped begin the Dave Schultz Memorial Tournament, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017, which annually hosts World and Olympic class athletes. She also helped create the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award in 1996, an award that is presented annually by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame to top high school wrestlers based on wrestling, scholastic achievement and citizenship. Schultz Vitangeli worked with ASICS to promote the Dave Schultz wrestling shoes, and helped facilitate the Dave Schultz video anthology series, featuring techniques used in competition by Dave from 1986 to 1995. She is a partner at RUDIS, a sports apparel company dedicated to the sport of wrestling and a preferred apparel provider for the Hall of Fame. Schultz Vitangeli is a Governor’s Associate for the Hall of Fame and an honorary board member for USA Wrestling, and served as honorary co-chairperson for “Wrestling for the Next Millennium,” a capital campaign designed to ensure that the oldest sport thrives in the 21st century and beyond. She served as executive producer for “Team Foxcatcher,” an Emmy Award nominated documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and became one of Netflix’s most popular selections. Schultz Vitangeli was a consultant on the Oscar nominated major motion picture “Foxcatcher” starring Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell. She was named Woman of the Year by USA Wrestling in 1998 and was co-chair of USA Wrestling’s Foundation Gala in 2016. Schultz Vitangeli was inducted into the California Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 and received the Lifetime Service to Wrestling award from the California Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2013.




National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum

America’s shrine to the sport of wrestling, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1976 to honor the sport of wrestling, preserve its history, recognize extraordinary individual achievements, and inspire future generations. The National Wrestling Hall of Fame has museums in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Waterloo, Iowa. The Stillwater, Oklahoma, location reopened in June 2016 following a $3.8 million renovation and now features interactive exhibits and electronic kiosks, as well as the opportunity to watch NCAA Championship matches from the 1930s to present day. It also has the John T. Vaughan Hall of Honors where the greatest names in wrestling are recognized, including iconic granite plaques presented to Distinguished Members since the Hall of Fame opened in 1976. The museum has the largest collection of wrestling artifacts and memorabilia in the world, including the most collegiate and Olympic wrestling uniforms. Wrestling truly is for everyone and the diversity and accessibility of the sport continues to be highlighted through exhibits featuring females, African Americans, Native Americans, and Latino Americans. There is also a library featuring historical documents, including NCAA guides and results, as well as books on the sport.

For more information about the Hall of Fame, please visit