A sell-out crowd of dignitaries and guests will attend the 16th annual Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at 6 p.m. July 22 at Clyde Veterans of Foreign Wars, 26 Sodus St.
During the past 15 ceremonies, the Hall of Fame has inducted 86 individuals and 18 teams in several categories. Along with 2017 inductees Gary Evarts and Ethan Wright, coach Nicholas DerCola will be honored on his 90th birthday. DerCola was inducted in the local Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
DerCola and his wife, Margaret, came to Clyde in 1953, where he went on to a 32-year coaching career at Clyde and Clyde-Savannah schools. They raised five children: one daughter and four sons. Coach, as he is referred to, served as a physical education teacher, athletic director, coach for several major sports and an administrator.
After his retirement from Clyde-Savannah in 1985, he coached girls basketball until 2002 when he ended his coaching career. He won four sectional championships in four different sports. DerCola achieved 683 total victories during a 49-year coaching career.
Wright, a 2009 Clyde-Savannah graduate, excelled at swimming while training in a school facility that did not have a certified competition-size pool. He and his teammates worked to be successful despite this obstacle.
While at Clyde-Savannah, Wright achieved 64 first-place heat finishes and currently holds three school records. He received a four-year award and served as team captain his senior year. During sectional competition, Wright placed second in the freestyle at the Section Five finals.
Wright also participated in track and field, achieving four varsity letters and team MVP honors. He was selected to the Wayne County All-star Team. He received scholar athlete awards for both sports and earned his Eagle Scout Award during high school.
At Alfred State, Wright received the 2011 Outstanding Swimmer Award, was selected to the Division 3 All-region Swimming Team, qualified twice to compete at nationals and finished third for two years at National Junior College Athletic Association finals.
Wright, of Binghampton, went on to be an assistant swimming coach at Alfred State.
Evarts brought traditional Korean martial arts to Clyde in 1979 while employed at Parker Aerospace. By 1984, he opened the first Kuk Sool Won training school in New York state in Clyde, and later went on to open other schools throughout the region.
For three years in the early 1990s, Evarts was certified and declared a national and world champion in self-defense and forms competition by National Black Belt League. During that time, he was selected as the official martial arts trainer for Volpro criminal justice classes, where he still teaches today.
Evarts continues his employment at Finger Lakes Community College, where he was hired as professor of PE defensive tactics in 2002. His achievements in martial arts were recognized by Taekwondo Times in 2004. Evarts was one of five masters in the world to reconstruct the rules and process for scoring martial arts in future Olympics in 2010.
He promoted over 250 black belts during his career, including future masters, Kuk Sool Won owners, actors, lawyers and doctors. Evarts, of Williamson, is a seventh-degree master of Kuk Sool Won.
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