BEACON - Established in 1996, the Beacon High School Athletic Hall of Fame provides an opportunity for the school to recognize athletes, coaches, and others for their outstanding athletic accomplishments or contributions to athletics at the district, local, state or national levels.
This year, as has been the tradition since 1998, the Hall of Fame Committee introduced this year’s inductees prior to the Homecoming football game. Inducted this year were George Coughlin (1963); Michael "Tanker" Tancredi (1975); Jasmine Simmons (2007); Sean Lucas (2007); Joseph Franzenberg (Soccer Coach); and the 1963 & 1964 Boys Basketball teams.
The 1962-1963 boys basketball team had the first undefeated season (20-0) in Beacon High School basketball history. They won the DCSL, Section One Class B and Section One B-C Open championships. The team also set records for most consecutive wins and most wins in season (20) plus best record. No opponent scored more than 60 points in a game. After completing an undefeated regular season, the Bulldogs opened the sectionals with a 55-33 win over Horace Greeley. In the sectional championship game, they defeated Valhalla 65-41 and then completed their record-setting season by defeating Dobbs Ferry in the B-C Open. The Bulldogs were a well balanced team with no superstars.
The 1963-1964 team went undefeated in the DCSL(10-0) and the regular season (17-0). They won the Oneonta Christmas Tournament. By winning their first sectional game against Lakeland 59-54, the Bulldogs set a school record by winning their 38th consecutive game before losing to Sleepy Hollow in the sectional semi finals. The team was led by DCSL and Oneonta tournament MVP and 1st team All-DCSL star Ed Zwinscher. Joining him on the first team All-DCSL were Bob Pulliam, Mickey Reed and Curt Stewart. The team averaged 75.74 points per game while surrendering only 53.47.
1962-63 Team Ralph Valentine Bob King, Curt Stewart, Al Milligan, Gary Groza, Mickey Reed, Ed Zwinscher, Mike McCray, Murray Milligan, Ed Pickens, Robert Pulliam, Head Coach Tom Winterbottom, Assistant Coach Dick DiBiaso
Al Milligan, Curt Stewart, Dave Mason, Ty Quill, Ed Pickens, Pee Wee Jones, Herb Williamson, John Archimede, Glenn Morgan, Terry Christopher, Mickey Reed, Chris Lane, Bob Pulliam, Ed Zwinscher, Mike McCray, Coach: Tom Winterbottom, Assistant Coach Dick DiBiaso.
George Coughlin was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a football player. He was a three year starter on the varsity team from 1960 to 1962. He played positions on the line that were not glamorous with statistics. As a bruising guard on the offensive line, he was recognized for his ability to open gaping holes for the running backs and was a key player on the defense that arguably was one of the best in the league.
George was named to the Dutchess County Scholastic League (DCSL) football team for three straight years and All- County in his junior and senior years.
Jasmine Simmons qualified for the New York State championships in two different sports, gymnastics and track and field.
In gymnastics, Jasmine qualified for the state championships as a freshman and sophomore. As a freshman she was a state runner up, only to be edged out of a championship by .3 points in the all around event. She set a Section One record at the sectional meet by scoring a 9.9 in the all-around event. During Simmons junior year, she tore her ACL and could not compete in gymnastics any longer. It was then that she went out for spring track and learned to long and triple jump. As a senior, she joined an elite group of Beacon athletes by winning a 2007 New York State Championship in the triple jump.
Joe Franzenberg was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a soccer coach, who arguably is considered to be the pioneer of high school soccer in Beacon. Franzenberg was very instrumental in the development and success of the program during formative years. He brought a European style of soccer to Beacon that included fundamentals, conditioning and discipline.
In 1986, Franzenberg started and developed the girls’ varsity soccer team which went on to win a league championship, followed by league championships in 1987 and 1988. In 1988, the girls team won its’ first and only Section One Championship by defeating John Jay CR 3-2 in overtime. The 1988 team currently holds the school record of 102 goals in a season. His boy’s teams won a league championship in 1985 and were a Section One runner up in 1985 and 1986.
Mike Tancredi played varsity basketball, football and baseball during his high school career. He was inducted for his achievements in baseball.
Tancredi played three and a half years of varsity baseball. He was an All-DCSL first team shortstop who hit .424 his junior season and led the team with six home runs. As a senior, he hit .367 and led the team with four home runs.
He played three seasons at Mansfield State University and was an All-Conference pitcher and first baseman. Tancredi was drafted by the New York Mets in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball draft; becoming the first Beacon Bulldog to be drafted. He played two years of minor league baseball for the Little Falls Mets.