2016

Sports Legend

Donald Quinn, Class of 1951 

Don came to HHS from SS Peter and Paul grammar school. He loved it from the first day, able to use one of the greatest gifts the Lord game him — his athletic ability. He began his athletic career in 9th grade on the JV football team where he played left halfback on offense and defense. He went on to play 3 years of Varsity football, selected co-captain with Arnie Kammen his senior year. One of his fondest memories was running for a touchdown on a fake punt against East Aurora, not once, but twice, when the first one was called back. Don also spent all four years of high school on the Varsity bowling team. As a pin setter in bowling alleys from his grade school days, he was exposed to the sport at an early age. Don’s biggest surprise was making the Varsity baseball team as a freshman, where he was a starter in center field. He recalled his first at-bat at Legion Field where he hit a triple. He was named outstanding athlete of the freshman class that year. Don started every game thereafter, with the team making Sectionals all four years. Another highlight was playing Sectionals at Offerman Stadium where the Buffalo Bisons played. Don went on to Courtland State where he played football, baseball, lacrosse and was on the wrestling team. He began coaching in 1958 and has had a long career of winning records, league championships and sectional titles. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including being named New York State Wrestling Coach of the Year on five different occasions. After 38 years of teaching and coaching, Don is now retired.