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The 2018 Rugby Alumni Dinner

Fri, February 2nd @ Gaelic Park

Our Alumni Dinner is a night to celebrate the bond between the alumni who started FP Rugby back in 1976, our most recent alumni, and our current players and their families, to raise money to support the Rugby Program and to enjoy the storied history of our great Club.  It's an opportunity for us to thank our alumni for the incredible support that they have provided in the rebirth of the Rugby Program at Fordham Prep in the Spring of 2011, and that they continue to show to our boys.

Click here to view the 2018 FP Rugby Alumni Dinner Journal
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This year our honorees are alumni Dan Fethiere '80, Simon Walsh '83 & Ralph Dengler '84.  In addition to being among the best players to ever wear a Fordham Prep jersey, the three were leaders on the field, and went on to lives of great service beyond Fordham Prep. 

Our alumni honorees are selected by a panel of our past honorees, chaired by Sean Davey '80.  This group worked together to determine who would be the next to join this prestigious panel of FP Rugby elite.


2013 - Fran Cunningham '67 & Fran Perdisatt
2014 - Sean Davey '80 & John McCaffrey '78
2015 - Brian Corcoran '76 & Ed O'Reilly '78
2016 - John Doran '76 & John Freeman '80
2017 - Chris Bader '79, Carlo DiNota '85 & Eamon Doran '81

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Dan Fethiere '80

It was an amazing evening this year as Alumni Honoree Dan Fethiere '80 also served as our Keynote Speaker.

Click here to read Dan's Keynote Address

Dan played three years of rugby at Fordham Prep and continued to play for four years at Fordham University, while earning a BS in Psychology in 1984.  Prior to entering Fordham University, Dan attended US Army Basic Training.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1982 and remained an as an Army reservist for his two remaining years at the University. 

Dan was on active duty in the army from 1984 through 1993, serving as an infantry officer, a part of the 5th Special Forces Group, and deploying to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm as the Detachment Commander of Operational Detachment.  He conducted numerous additional Middle Eastern Deployments in support of US national objectives. Throughout a storied career in the military, Dan also found time to play rugby.  As a scrum half on the Ft. Campbell Rugby Club, he was selected to the All Army Rugby Team in 1987, when they won the Inter-Service Championship Trophy, and toured England as part of the Combined Service Team in 1988.

In 1995 Dan attended the FBI Special Agent Academy and was posted to the NY Division in that same year.  He served 22 years as a Special Agent conducting numerous drug and organized crime investigations.  He was selected as a SWAT operator and spent 15 years on the NY Office SWAT Team, with 4 1/2 years as the Senior Team Leader, conducting numerous high-risk, tactical operations, including several deployments to the Republic of Yemen in support of the USS Cole bombing investigation.  He was again deployed in 2004 and 2006 to Afghanistan, assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group, conducting direct action/site exploitation operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Thankfully, Dan is home safe and sound and enjoying his retirement brewing beer.  We are honored and privileged to have Dan as our 2018 Keynote Speaker, and are indebted to Sean Davey and his Committee of Past Honorees for anchoring our evening with such an incredible panel of honorees in Dan, Simon & Ralph!


On this night we also celebrate our 4-year players.  Student athletes who have grown with the program from Freshman to JV to our Varsity side.  It's the commitment of players such as these and their families who add so much to the success of the Fordham Prep Rugby Teams on the field.

This year we will celebrate seniors Danny Alexander, Andres Cardeli, Spencer Carter, Derek Certo, Dan Chacko, Jack Donovan, John Fragale, Lucas Geremia, Connor Gorman, Danny Hughes, PJ King, Nick Molloy, Michael Martin, Jesse Martinez, Conor McCusker, Anthony McGrath, Pat McLoughlin, Danny Peters and Scott Sullivan.



    It takes so much to run a successful rugby program -- which brings the gift of this great sport to approximately 100 Fordham Prep athletes each year.  Our Alumni Dinner is our main fundraiser, but so many peope give of their time, treasure and talent throughout the season as well.  Fordham Prep Rugby would like to thank the following friends and companies for their extraordinary support and contributions to ensure the success of the 2018 Spring Season and upcoming Texas Tour:


    Christopher Allen '80
    Harry Bennett
    Brian Book
    Kim & Patrick Breen P’21
    Stacy** & Steve Burns P'19
    Marya & Mickey Carter P'18
    Mary & Joe Carty P'14 - The Keg Room
    Therese & Romeo Cojocaru P'17
    Brian Corcoran '76
    Ray Cornbill
    Cornbill Associates
    Liam Costelloe '10
    Linda* & Joe Costelloe P '10, '11, '14, '16
    Catherine Courtney** P '18
    Mary* & Ed Curry P'19
    Mary & Sean Davey '80
    Ralph A. Dengler ‘84
    Patti & Philip Devine P'18
    Conor Devlin ‘17
    Allen Dillon P'19
    Carlo DiNota '85
    Tony DiNota '83
    Anna & John Dolgetta P'19
    Eamon Doran '81
    John Doran '79
    Vincent & Christine Farrell P'21
    Dylan Fawsitt
    Ferrara Bakery & Cafe
    Liz Fitzgerald P'19
    Karina & Francis FitzPatrick  P'20
    Michael Flannery
    Geraldine & Michael Flynn  P’19
    Cristina & John Fragale P'18
    John Freeman '80
    Dennis Garvey '80
    Gabby* & George Gaspar P'19
    Laraine & Dr. David Gelpi
    KC* & Eric Gies  P’20
    Eileen Goff  P'14
    Kristen & Dennis Gorman P'18
    Matteo Gowland
    Andrew Griffin ‘17
    Holly Hammond* & Jerry Wolf P'12, '16
    Lisa & Dennis Hickey  P'21
    Kate & Tim Hughes  P'18
    Annmarie & David Hunter  P’21
    Hutch + Waldo - Al McFarland
    The Keg Room
    Gene Lanza ‘79
    The Lanza Insurance Agency
    Adeline Lepore
    Major League Rugby
    Manhattan Rugby Club
    Margaret & Rich Martino P'19
    John McCaffrey '76
    Joe McDermott  ‘79
    Kathy & Shane McDermott
    Beth & Chris McGrath P'14, '17, '25
    Eileen Cahill McStay*  P’18, ‘19
    Kyle McVicker '10
    Alex Miles
    Mount Sinai Recreation
    Murphy Kennedy Group
    NBC Sports
    Adrian Newell
    Conor O'Brien '14
    Roxanne & Michael O'Brien P'14
    Old Blue RFC
    Mary Ellen Palermo  P’14, ‘19
    Parkview Sports
    Eileen & Joe Peters  P'18
    Colleen* & Steve Pettus P'19
    PG Drywall
    Play Rugby USA
    Shane Queenan ‘17
    Alena & Miles Robert P'18
    Rugby United NY
    Vinny Samtomero '84
    Eric Serrilli '80
    Ed Simpson
    Benjamin Slaughter
    Solace House
    Tracey* & Trip Sullivan P'14, '18
    Trish & John Tobin P'19
    Trendsetters Salon
    Mereani & Vili Vakasisikakala  P'14
    Vince Vasquez  ‘83
    Michele & Van Velle  P'12, '20
    Diego & Maria Vidal  P'19
    Charlie White '17
    Winged Foot Golf Club
    Austin Wolf  '12
    Ann Marie* & Jerry Woods P'19

    *Alumni Dinner Committee Member
    ** Alumni Dinner Chairs

    What a list!  How lucky are we?!?  With so many individuals and businesses supporting the FP Rugby Program, in so many different ways, we’re bound to make mistakes.  If we’ve neglected to include you, misspelled your name or misrepresented your affiliation with the Rugby Program or the Prep, please know that it was not intentional.  We’re so grateful for all the generosity of time, talent and treasure that has helped the Club grow and thrive.

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