Pinkerton, LaRose, Shea To Join OFA/SMA Hall of Fame
The Ogdensburg Free Academy/St. Mary's Academy Hall of Fame Committee has selected a coach and two contributors to be inducted with the Class of 2019. The induction will be on Friday September 27th at OFA.
A press release on the teams to be inducted preceded this one and information on individual athletes selected will be released in the near future.
Coach and Contributors
Jim Pinkerton 1947- 1996 SMA Class of 1965
A three sport athlete at SMA Jim captained the football team and was MVP in baseball his senior year. He played baseball at Niagara University and graduated in 1969 with a Physical Education Degree. Hired at OFA in 1969 - Jim coached football, baseball and volleyball. In over 20 years as varsity baseball coach his teams won 316 games and played in the NYS Final 4 four times. Coach Pinkerton won 10 Section 10 Class B Championships - presided over a streak of 54 straight league wins and most importantly served as a role model and inspiration for many students and community members. Steve LaRose OFA Class of 1978 For over 40 years "The Bull" has been involved coaching youth baseball, basketball and football. Steve served as President of Ogdensburg Pop Warner football, founded Howland Pump and Maple City Slam basketball programs and co-founded the Ogdensburg Maples baseball program.
He also served as a volunteer assistant JV football coach for 10 years and was a founding member of the Block O Booster Club. Steve was awarded the Ogdensburg City School District Civic Award in 2018. "The Baby Bull" was a play by play announcer on WSLB and his sports show "The Bull on Sports" had an extensive audience. Dave Shea SMA Class of 1967 A 1972 graduate of SLU, Dave returned home to spend a lifetime dedicating himself to the promotion of student athletes from Ogdensburg and the surrounding area as a sportswriter and photographer for The Journal and Advance News. Dave is famous for always spinning the positive and for insuring equal coverage for boys and girls sports. His friendly and outgoing personality has led to bonds with players, coaches, officials, school administrators,and fans all over Northern New York.
Dave never let a physical disability slow his participation on the SMA wrestling team,the Seaway Slo-pitch League, the Ogdensburg Basketball League, or local golf and bowling leagues. He is an avid supporter of the Ogdensburg Boys & Girls Club and was an early organ donor to benefit his brother John. With the closing of the Ogdensburg Journal Dave has continued his coverage of local sports at www.oldschoolsportsnny.com.