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    Tuesday, May 28, 2024

    The Day’s Vickie Fulkerson, Fitch track coach Rich Kosta named to CHSCA Hall of Fame

    The Day’s Vickie Fulkerson interviews Old Lyme goalie Emily Rivera after the Wildcats defeated Holy Cross in overtime to win the 2017 CIAC Class S girls’ soccer title at Middletown High School. (Day file photo)
    Old Lyme girls’ tennis coach Lauren Rahr, left, poses with The Day’s Vickie Fulkerson during the The Day’s 2022 High School Athlete of the Year Awards Banquet at Lake of Isles in North Stonington. Rahr was honored as Coach of the Year. (Day file photo)
    Fitch High School’s Rich Kosta, who coaches the Falcons’ indoor and outdoor boys’ track and field teams as well as the boys’ cross country team, has been selected for induction into the Connecticut HIgh School Coaches Association Hall of Fame this May. (Day file photo)

    The Day’s Vickie Fulkerson and Fitch track and field coach Rich Kosta have been selected for induction into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

    Fulkerson, The Day’s Scholastic Sports Editor, was selected for her contributions as a media member while Kosta was one of nine coaches chosen. That list also includes Norwich Free Academy graduate and recently retired E.O. Smith boys’ basketball coach Ron Pires, New London native and retired Morgan School girls’ basketball and volleyball coach Joe Grippo, and Windham wrestling coach Pat Risley.

    The other inductees include George Babcock (Wolcott softball), Suzanne Hoyt (Glastonbury boys’ and girls’ swimming), Robert Murray (Danbury boys’ cross country and track), James Riccitelli (New Haven-Shelton co-op, North Haven and Cheshire boys’ hockey) and Pete Tucci (Norwalk baseball and football).

    The Class of 2023 will be honored during the CHSCA’s 45th annual Induction ceremony and dinner on Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington.

    “This Hall of Fame class is a legendary group of individuals that have contributed to education-based athletics throughout our state,” CHSCA Hall of Fame chairperson Babby Nuhn said in a release. “Each year the selection of the CHSCA Hall of Fame becomes more competitive, however we are very proud of this year’s class.”

    Tickets to the event are $75 and include family-style dinner. For more information or to purchase tickets go to www.chsca.org. or email for Len Corto more information or group ticketing at chscaevents@outlook.com

    Fulkerson has been a member of The Day’s sports staff for 33 years. When she’s not out and about covering one of the 17 high schools in The Day’s coverage area, she has supervised and coordinated the selection of The Day’s All-Area high school teams.

    In addition, she continues to handle the UConn women’s basketball and Coast Guard Academy football beats, and also covered the Norwich Navigators, a Double-A baseball team and affiliate of the New York Yankees that played at Dodd Stadium.

    Fulkerson has won seven first-place writer awards from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists and has been inducted into both the Connecticut Scholastic and Collegiate Softball Hall of Fame and the Connecticut Girls Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Connecticut Sports Media Alliance and is the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame program biographer.

    “Vickie has covered some major national sporting events, including multiple UConn women’s basketball championship runs, but her pride and joy has always been chronicling our local high schools and student-athletes,” sport editor Chuck Banning said. “Our readers have looked forward to seeing her byline for four decades, and we’re thrilled the CHSCA is giving her a permanent ... and deserving ... home in its Hall of Fame.”

    Kosta recently completed his 32nd season coaching Fitch’s boys indoor track and and field team, begins his 19th outdoor season next month, and has been the boys’ cross country coach for nine seasons. Prior to joining Fitch, he spent 12 years coaching track and field at St. Bernard.

    Kosta’s teams have won nine state titles, five outdoor and four indoor. He has won three state titles at Fitch and won six at St. Bernard. His teams have also won a combined 16 conference titles.

    Tickets for the dinner and ceremony are $75. To purchase tickets visit www.chsca.org or email for Len Corto at chscaevents@outlook.com

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