Hall of Fame
The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2012. The Hall of Fame recognizes those who have contributed to athletic excellence at TGS as a player, coach, or athletic director.
On Tuesday, May 16, The Gunston School inducted Joe Cusimano ’12 to the Athletic Hall of Fame for his exceptional performances in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse during his time at the school.
His long list of accomplishments include being the boys lacrosse record-holder for career scoring with 205 goals and 75 assists. In a single season, he holds the number one record with 79 goals and 23 assists during the 2011 season. In 2010, 2011, and 2012 he was named Gunston’s MVP. During his senior season, he was selected as the Varsity Lacrosse Captain and as the winner of the Bob Scott Award, given to a lacrosse player who exemplifies teamwork, sportsmanship and citizenship.
Joe, originally from Centreville, Md., is also known for how he stacked up among other athletes on the Eastern Shore. He made the ESIAC Lacrosse All Conference 1st team twice (2011 and 2012). In 2010, he was a part of the ESIAC All Conference 2nd team. He was awarded ESIAC Player of the Year in 2012. Aside from his work in lacrosse, in 2009, Joe was selected to be the Junior Varsity Basketball Captain. He also was a part of the ESIAC All Conference 1st Team for Soccer in 2009 and 2010.
Pictured (l-r) Head of School John Lewis, Ned Southworth, Bobbie Cusimano, Joe Cusimano, Michael Cusimano III, Vince Cusimano, Patrick Gillespie ’09, Former Director of Athletics Anita Gruss, and pictured in front is Maria (Cusimano) Gillespie ’10 and Caroline Gillespie.
On Tuesday, May 14th, Megan (Moore) Dunne ‘04 was inducted into the Gunston School Athletics Hall of Fame for her remarkable achievements in lacrosse, field hockey, and basketball. An all-conference student-athlete, Dunne left her mark on Gunston's athletic program winning multiple championships. She was a recipient of the Gunston School Athletics Award and awarded the 12-Star Award, which was earned by participating in all 12 athletics seasons of her high school career.
Upon graduation, she attended Gettysburg College where her success continued as an All-American lacrosse player. After graduation, she enjoyed a successful coaching career at Dickinson, Washington and Lee, and Emerson College. "Gunston has always been a special place for me, and it's truly an honor to be joining the Athletic Hall of Fame. I'm grateful for all of the support and encouragement I had from so many wonderful coaches and teammates while there," Dunne said.
In addition to Dunne's induction to the Hall of Fame, current Gunston students celebrated the many successes of a competitive spring season. There were 11 ESIAC All-Conference recipients in boys' and girls' lacrosse and boys' tennis. Cole Evans was honored as the recipient of the 2019 ESIAC Boys' Lacrosse Player of the Year award while Marisa Pisapia earned Gunston's 12-Star Award for competing in a competitive interscholastic sport for all 12 seasons of her attendance.
Grabis has served as a teacher, administrator and coach at Gunston since her arrival in 1984. Throughout her tenure, Grabis coached a myriad of sports, including field hockey and softball.
In 1989, Gunston built its Field House, enabling an official women's basketball team to form and Grabis became the first women's basketball coach. Lauren O'Keefe Hendricks '00 remembers Coach Grabis as an excellent basketball coach. "She instilled a system that played to each player's strength, while encouraging a motion offense and constant communication on the court. No matter how we performed in a given game, she bolstered our confidence so that we could keep trying our hardest and have fun."
Grabis was also part of the original group of coaches who formed the ESIAC (Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference) in which Gunston remains a member. ESIAC allowed for more competitive opportunities for member schools throughout the region. The founders laid the foundation for a conference that now sponsors over ten separate championship opportunities for student-athletes. Teams not only have an opportunity for postseason play, but individual athletes have the opportunity to be recognized by member coaches for their hard work and dedication on all-conference teams.
Austin '05, a standout athlete, participated in Fall sailing and Spring lacrosse, receiving the following recognition in Lacrosse: '04 2nd Team All-ESIAC, '05 2nd Team All-ESIAC, '05 1st Team All-MILL, '05 Gunston Athletics Award.
Austin was an excellent sailor and excellent student. He led the team by example both on and off the water, working hard whether it was a practice or a regatta. Says Coach Ben Arminger, "His focus on sail trim and tactics set the example and the expectation for the rest of the team. This was a team that had the full spectrum of skill; on the one end you had Austin, a top sailor in the Mid-Atlantic for his age, on the other we had walk ons that had never stepped foot on a boat. Everyone was a team member, and every student was welcomed as part of the team."
Austin never had an ego despite his superior sailing skills. "Without Austin's team spirit and selfless leadership skills, I could never have created the inclusive team spirit that we managed to create. That spirit of inclusion that Austin helped to create lasted for the rest of my career as Head Coach at Gunston, and I imagine beyond," says Arminger.
Kate '01, an impressive defender on the lacrosse field and sailor on the Corsica, helped move Gunston's sailing club from a fledgling, under-resourced program, to a respected team capable of competing with the best of schools on the western shore. Practicing in a borrowed and beat-up International 420, Kate was determined to compete in MASSA (Mid Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association). Though their practice boat often broke down, they persevered. She and her teammate, Sarah Shattuck, often started dead last and struggled but never lost faith or determination. With each passing race, they improved and never gave up. Says her coach, Tony Everdell, "Kate remained determined, extremely conscientious, and calmly patient as Gunston began to compete with the big time. Kate and Sarah ended their first season in the top quarter and Gunston became a respected racing team among the very smug Annapolis crowd." Kate achieved her goal and was one of the original sailors of the Gunston sailing team which competed in MASSA.
"From then on Gunston earned a new fleet and Kate Kana never gave up sailing and her love of boats which she still has today in her own career," says Everdell. Always steady and persevering, she is well deserving of Gunston's athletic Hall of Fame award."
Patrick '08 followed in his brother's footsteps, achieving equal success. Lacrosse: '05 2nd Team All-ESIAC, '07 2nd Team All-ESIAC, '08 2nd Team All-ESAIC, '08 Honorable Mention MILL. In addition, Patrick was a member of MASSA Undefeated Sailing team 2006. Says Arminger, "Patrick was a freshman when Austin was a Senior. Patrick had big shoes to fill, and I think he instinctively knew that a lot was expected of him on the water. He was among my top two strongest freshman skippers and went on to lead the team just as his brother did. I often noticed how clear it was that the Kana boys were cut from the same cloth. Both excellent students, both excelling on and off the water, and both exhibiting selfless leadership skills."
Mr. Wick I. Dudley ‘08
Dudley was instrumental in Gunston’s MASSA (Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association) championship win in 2007. An excellent sailor and a true team player, Dudley and his crew, primarily Shelley (Lippincott) Armiger ‘07, were undefeated in 2007. The sailing team of Dudley’s era is Gunston's fastest sailing team to date.
“Wick has a natural sense for sailing and instinctively knows how to make a boat go fast,” says former coach Ben Armiger. “He has all of the ingredients required to be a top notch skipper; cool, calm, smart, and patient.”
Dudley was a leader in and out of the water, says Armiger. He was skipper during all four years of his high school career, advancing in his skills each year, but always took time to help teach others how to sail, and how to sail fast! “He never had an ego that got in the way of doing the right thing for the greater good,” says Armiger.
“Wick was also legendary for his guitar playing and singing during long van rides to regattas. Even Maggie, the team mascot dog took a special liking to Wick,” said Armiger. “Maggie was with the team for every practice and regatta, and the pair were inseparable on dry land.”
After graduation, Dudley attended St. Mary’s College, where he was on the varsity sailing team from 2009-2012. Dudley continues to sail, and frequently coaches through Severn Sailing Association (SAA). In addition to sailing, Dudley has many other interests. He has spent extensive time backpacking Europe and South America, skiing and snowboarding in Montana, and whitewater rafting.
Dudley recently finished his first year of law school at The Francis King Carey School of Law at University of Maryland.
Sara Jane Davidson worked with the non-equestrian athletes in the 1960’s, getting them active in games, relays and even baking with Gunston’s founder, Mrs. Mary Middleton. In the 1970s, Mrs. Davidson taught science, worked in the office, and also led the sports program¾helping with field hockey, basketball, softball and lacrosse. Returning to Gunston in the 1990’s after working in the Queen Anne’s public school system for 27 years, she worked as the school’s guidance counselor.
Mrs. Davidson attained a BS in Health and Physical Education from Madison College (now James Madison University) and has a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in Education from Bowie State University.
Coach Robert Fredland
Deemed one of Gunston’s most successful coaches, both in terms of wins and the positive impact he had on the players, Coach Robert Fredland was inducted as the eighth member of the Athletics Hall of Fame. He is also the father of two Gunston alums, scholar athletes, Blake (’99), and Carrie (’01). Coach Fredland’s contributions to Gunston’s athletic program span fourteen years. A great player in his youth, Coach Fredland’s high school athletics career included playing on the soccer and lacrosse teams at Annapolis High School.
He began his college career playing lacrosse at UVA, followed up by his alma mater, Washington College. He played in two NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championships. His legendary coaching career at Gunston began in 2000, when he began coaching the women’s lacrosse team. Coach Fredland began as the Assistant Coach under Keith Moore. In 2001, Coach Fredland took over as Head Coach.
While at Gunston, Coach Fredland and his team won 5 CALL Conference Championships, and won 5 CALL Tournament Championships.
He also coached six Players of the Year for the CALL league and one ESIAC Player of the Year. On top of these coaching accomplishments, he is one of two coaches at Gunston who won one hundred games.
During her time as a Gunston student, Genie Cooper Wootton had an illustrious and varied athletic career. Genie entered Gunston with ten other students, forming a freshman class of eleven. Her first year at Gunston was also Mr. Paul Long’s first year as Headmaster. Since most of the students here were equestriennes, Mr. Long wanted to expand the sports program, so he made the decision to recruit student athletes from Chestertown and Easton. Genie fit the bill for the scholar athlete.
While at Kent School, Genie was a storied field hockey player. At Gunston, Genie played a number of sports. Genie was also involved with SGA and Honor Court, a student run judicial group. Not only was Genie accomplished on the basketball court and the field hockey field, she was the Middleton Award recipient her senior year due to her academic achievements. During her junior year, Genie joined the tennis team and became involved in the newly formed Athletic Association. In her senior year, she was elected president of Honor Court and remained a stand out in field hockey.
“She was a well liked teammate, gave 100%, and I could always depend upon her to try her best,” remarks Anita Gruss, Director of Athletics and one of her former coaches, “Just an all around delight to coach.”
The Gunston School is honored to add Genie Cooper Wootton as the seventh Athletics Hall of Fame Member.
Sally LaMotte Crane '73
Jane Johnstone '80
Tricia Davidson Jordan '94
Genie Cooper Wootton '72
Sara Jane Davidson
Wick I. Dudley '08
Austin Kana '05
Kathryn Kana '01
Patrick Kana '08
Megan (Moore) Dunne '04
Joe Cusimano '12