Members of the Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame are those that have made a lasting impact on the school’s sports program as either student players, coaches, or supporters. Often the student players have continued to influence their chosen sports after high school by ongoing participation in athletics.
Kazbek Tambi, 2004 Inductee
A three-year starter at RHS, Tambi is still the fourth all-time scorer in soccer at RHS with 81 career points. He was All-County twice and All-State his senior year when he was team captain. He was a member of four Ivy League championship teams at Columbia University and was captain of the Lions his senior season. He graduated in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
He was a member of the NASL’s New York Cosmos in 1984-85, serving as the team captain during the international schedule. He was captain of the U.S. Olympic and Pan American teams. His career has also included stints with the Minnesota Strikers of the MISL and the Jersey Eagles of the ASL. Since 1990, Tambi has been director of training for more than 200 youth teams in New Jersey and been director of the World Class Soccer Camp for 15 years. He has served as the New Jersey Olympic Development coach. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall Law School in 1990 and is an attorney at law at the firm of Kopleton and Tambi in Wayne. He lives in Paramus.
John Marshall, Jim Bruni, Mark Romeo, Jean Hughes, Chris Van Note, Nancy Hogan, RHS Football Team 1913, Don Taylor, Rachel Grygiel, John Cerf, Paul Tornatore, Michele Marangi, RHS Boys’ Lacrosse 1990-92
Craig Halyard, Tom Flatt, Tricia Pappalardo, Mike Henderson, Kandie Latham, Leigh Jester, Tom Dusel, Roger Sweeney, Linda Zabielski, Patty Capasso, Dennis Sullivan, Nick & Dottie Capasso, Track and Field (Bain-Daley-Oliver Era)
Kitty Batterson, Henry Blauvelt, Frank L. Bradley, Jr., Lucia Cancelmo, Chris DuFlocq, Renee DuFlon, RHS Girls’ Basketball 1922-1923, Harry Grundy, Jim Jones, Joe LeMay, Jen McDermott, Shannon McGarrigle, Tony Napier, Margaret Niemann, Vince Robertiello (Jamie Roberts), Damian Ross, Mike Springer
Paul Arrigoni, Pete Campbell, Doug Cook, Becky Deetz, Otis Grendler, Jodi Hartwig, Gene Links, Debbie O’Connell, Aimee McGuire, Walt Perdue, Tom Simos, Kazbek Tambi, Jack Van Yperen, Bob Whitaker, Margaret Scutro