Saluting the Inaugural Class of Irish Hall of Famers.
Welcome home!
Father Ryan High School is pleased to announce the inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame: 34 athletes, six coaches, seven teams and three contributors, whose accomplishments showcase the legacy of this historic school’s successful athletic programs in Nashville and the State of Tennessee.
These exceptional athletes and leaders, who represent classes from 1929 to 1999, were selected from more than 350 nominations submitted by the community since the Hall of Fame was announced last fall.  They will be formally inducted on August 29, 2019 during our Hall of Fame celebration, with a special introduction at our home football opener on August 30.

We are proud to introduce you to the Inaugural Class of the Father Ryan Athletic Hall of Fame.  Biographies and photos will be added this summer.

Save the Date for Hall of Fame Weekend - August 29-30!


Tommy Bateman '75 - Football, Wrestling
Joe "Flip" Bates '56 - Football, Track
Thomas "Tricky" Beehan '29 - Basketball
Willie Brown '65 - Basketball
Tony Carletello '89 - Football, Wrestling
Joseph "Ich" Curley '43 - Baseball, Basketball, Football 
James "Boots" Donnelly '61 - Baseball, Basketball, Football
John "Bubba" Donnelly '69 - Football, Wrestling
Katie (Carter) Douglas '99 - Basketball, Volleyball
Peter Ferreira '83 - Swimming
Bob Forster '75 - Football
Willie Geny '32 - Basketball, Football
Lou Graham '56 - Basketball, Golf
Jim Hagey '46 - Baseball, Basketball, Football, Tennis
Donna Harris '89 - Basketball, Soccer
Karen Harris '74 - Basketball
Kim (Caughron) Hulse '90 - Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Paula (Holloran) Kennedy '75 - Basketball
Eva Lemeh '79 - Basketball, Track, Volleyball
Billy Lynch '64 - Baseball, Basketball, Football
Lindsey (Lynch) Magness '95 - Basketball, Softball, Volleyball
Kate (Maffei) McGuinness '94 - Basketball, Volleyball
Jim Mondelli '64 - Baseball, Basketball, Football
Mike Mondelli '64 - Baseball, Basketball, Football
Kurt Page '81- Baseball, Basketball, Football
Bob Reese '42 - Basketball, Tennis
Bernie Rohling '40 - Football
Brooke Siebel '97 - Softball
Joe Stamps '78 - Baseball, Basketball, Football
Joe Sullivan '50 - Basketball, Football
David Thoni '83 - Wrestling
Thomas "Yogi" Walsh '67 - Football, Wrestling
Chris Wilson '78 - Football, Track, Wrestling
Mike Wright '75 - Baseball, Basketball, Football


1963-64 Boys Basketball Team - First Integrated Team in Nashville
1969 State Champion Wrestling Team - First Champions from Nashville
1974 State Champion Football Team
1988 State Champion Wrestling Team (Duals) 
1992 State Champion Volleyball Team
1995 State Champion Softball Team
1998 State Champion Girls Soccer Team


Louis Catignani '44 - Football
Jinx Cockerham - Basketball, Volleyball
Bill Derrick '48 - Basketball; Integrated Sports at Father Ryan
James "Boots" Donnelly '61 - Football
Joe Drennan '57 - Wrestling
Leo Long - First Head Coach: Baseball, Basketball, Football


Jim Carell '54
Rev. Charley Giacosa
Rev. Msgr. James Hitchcock '39

There are more Hall of Famers to be Honored. Nominate someone for the 2020 Class Today!

Nomination Criteria

Nominations are being accepted on a rolling basis for consideration in future Hall of Fame classes.  If you have already nominated someone who has not been selected yet, that nomination will remain active.  You do not need to resubmit a new nomination

You may nominate someone for induction into the Father Ryan Athletics Hall of Fame using the form below.  Nominees can be alumni, teams, coaches or contributors who have been involved with Father Ryan Athletics. Each nominee must meet the following criteria and eligibility requirements:

  • The nominee's contribution and dedication to Father Ryan can be clearly defined.
  • The nominee is an upstanding member of their community. (Service/charity/professional accomplishments will be weighed, but are not mandated for induction.)
  • A former student-athlete or team is eligible 10 years after their Father Ryan graduation.
  • A coach is eligible two years after he/she retires or leaves Father Ryan.
  • A contributor, defined as any individual who does not fit into one of the aforementioned categories but has made outstanding contributions to Father Ryan Athletics and has helped bring excellence and distinction to the Father Ryan Athletic Department.
The Hall of Fame Selection Committee will review and weigh the merits of each nomination and begin the process of selecting our newest class, to be inducted August of 2020.

Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Nominations are being received now for consideration in the Class of 2020 and beyond. We invite everyone in
Ryan Nation to submit your nominees.
(e.g. 1979-1989)