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.
Chris Van Note, 2014 Inductee
The Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame is proud to induct Chris Van Note, class of 1981, for his accomplishments in the sport of soccer.
A three year starter at center mid-field for Coach Dick Bennett from 1978 to 1980, Chris was a key member of teams that went 56-10-4, won two NNJIL league crowns, two Bergen County championships, and one Section 1, Group 4 State championship.
The consummate technician and play maker, Chris’ strengths were ball control and distribution, infused by a level of tenacity that opponents feared. Van Note’s career statistics at RHS were 18 Goals scored and 24 Assists, with 17 assists doled out in his senior year. That total, at the time, set a school record.
Named Captain his senior year, Chris led the team to a 17-2-3 record, the league and county tournament championships, and was named first team all NNJIL, and first team All-County, contributing 9 Goals and 17 assists during the season. In his junior year, Chris was named second team all-league, and helped the Maroons to a 19-6 record, and a Section 1, Group 4 State Championship.
In 1978, Chris’ sophomore year, he made the starting line-up at midfield, a rarity at that time for Coach Bennett, and was a critical member of a team that finished 20-2-1 and won both the league and county championships. Chris registered the winning goal in the County final versus Ramapo.
Van Note went on to play soccer at the University of Pennsylvania, captaining the squad two seasons, and in his junior year was named to the All Ivy League team. Injury limited his playing time after his junior season, yet he was given the team’s Most Courageous Player Award his senior year.
After college, Chris remained involved in the game, playing on competitive club teams, in the US and overseas. He also was a youth soccer coach to his three children, and follows the beautiful game regularly.
After many years in the corporate world Chris currently runs his own international consulting firm and does much of his work in Brazil as a civil engineer, the host of the 2014 World Cup, which he was able to enjoy front and center and in the language of the country. Chris is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese!
Home base for Chris now is Golden, Colorado, but the world really is his home as it is for the game he loves. The Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame welcomes home Chris Van Note with induction to the class of 2014.
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