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.
Kitty Batterson, 2008 Inductee
Kitty Batterson was the founder of the Ridgewood High School girls volleyball program and served as head coach from 1974 to 1986. Coach Batterson always demanded the best in play, attitude and sportsmanship from her players. A leader by example, her methodology was to give the responsibility for success to her teams while taking a very passive role during matches. Her teams were well-prepared during training and were always coached to play with the highest standards of ethical behavior and dignity.
Coach Batterson’s squad won the Bergen County Championship in 1982, an NNJIL Championship in 1984 and the Group 4, Section 1 State Title in 1986. The 1986 squad boasted a career best 23-3 record for coach Batterson
In 1983, her RHS squad was selected to play a preliminary match at Hofstra University before a USA versus Japan women’s match.
Coach Batterson’s final record as a coach stands at 199-71, but well beyond the wins and losses over the years is the incredible education each of her players received about being outstanding citizens of the world, whether that included volleyball or not.
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