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Seven athletes, two former coaches, 1988 soccer team to be inducted into HOF

The Avon High Athletic Hall of Fame will hold their second induction ceremonies this May.

AVON, April 5, 2023 — To help celebrate the athletic success at Avon High School through the years, nine men and women and one team will be inducted into the second class of the Avon High Athletic Hall of Fame on May 15, at the Golf Club of Avon.

Seven athletes, two former coaches and the undefeated 1988 Avon High boys soccer team that won the Class M state championship will be honored.

Members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 will include:

  • Karen Bachman, Class of 2003
  • Jeff Hyman, Class of 1982
  • Katie Keefe, Class of 2000
  • Anne Lindsay, Class of 1975
  • Glenn McLellan, long-time coach
  • Frank Nascimbeni, Class of 1962
  • Colleen Olsen, Class of 2006
  • Barbara Startup, long-time coach and athletic director
  • Greg Ward, Class of 1996
  • The 1988 Avon High boys soccer team

Tickets are now on sale. Go to the Hall of Fame website for more information on how to get your tickets.

The men and women that will be honored include:

Karen Bachman, Class of 2003, was a four-year starter in basketball and volleyball who earned All-State honors twice in basketball and twice in volleyball. She helped the Falcons win four NCCC league titles in basketball and volleyball before going on to play collegiate basketball at New York University.

Jeff Hyman (1982) won State Open championships in cross country and the 5,000 meters in track and field. He also won three Class M state titles in track and field on one day in 1982 in the 1,500, 3,000 and 5,000 meters.

Katie Keefe (2000) won 12 varsity letters playing basketball, volleyball and softball at Avon High. A two-time All-State basketball player, Katie was the first girls basketball player at Avon to score more than 1,000 points in her scholastic career.

Anne Lindsay (1975) won 12 varsity letters running cross country, playing basketball and competing on the track and field team. She won three consecutive State Open titles in the discus in 1973, 1974 and 1975. She was fourth in the discus at the national AAU championships in 1975.

The late Glenn McLellan coached four sports at Avon High but spent the most time as the head football coach (1966-91, 1994), winning a school record 130 games and leading the Falcons to seven league championships. His 1991 boys track and field team won the Class S championship.

Frank Nascimbeni (1962) was a three-sport athlete at Avon who played on the first varsity football, basketball and baseball teams at Avon and was captain of all three Falcon teams in his senior year. He was a member of Avon’s 1962 state championship baseball team that beat Coventry, 8-2.

Colleen Olsen (2006) was a four-year starter in field hockey and girls lacrosse. She earned US Lacrosse All-American honors twice and was the Hartford Courant’s state player of the year in 2006. She played four years at Dartmouth and was a member of the U.S. women’s national team in 2010-11.

Barbara Startup was a coach and athletic director at Avon High. She coached at Avon for many years, leading the volleyball, girls basketball and softball teams. Her varsity teams at Avon combined to win 368 games as well as league championships in softball and basketball. In 1995-98, she returned to Avon as director of Student Activities.

Greg Ward (1996) was an exceptional three-sport athlete at Avon, earning All-State honors in football and baseball. He was drafted out of high school by the Atlanta Braves. After his pro baseball career was complete, he played three years of football at Trinity where he was the starting quarterback.

The 1988 Avon High boys soccer team went undefeated (20-0) and captured the ClAC Class M championship with a 2-1 win over Stonington. It was Avon’s fourth state title in five years and second in a row. The team was ranked No. 1 in the final Hartford Courant state coaches poll and No. 2 in the final poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Nominees were evaluated for athletic excellence, accomplishments in high school and beyond, and overall impact on Avon High athletics.

For ticket information and to learn more about the Avon Falcons Hall of Fame, please visit

Editor’s note: Collinsville Press editor and founder Gerry deSimas, Jr. is a member of the nomination committee for the Avon Athletic Hall of Fame. 

Since 2009, the Collinsville Press has been providing award-winning coverage of sports and news in the Farmington Valley and across Connecticut.

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