Retired Westport teacher and coach Tom Beauvais, who was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association of New York’s Hall of Fame, is one of six to be inducted as the first members of the schools' Wall of Distinction.
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continued A number of former players were also on-hand for the induction ceremony, including the Lady Eagles most heralded alum, Julie Freeman-Moore.
“Coach is fun,” she said. “If you like basketball, you are going to love playing for coach. I have always loved the game but when you learn the fundamentals from Coach, it makes it more fun. If you have a question, you have someone that you can go back to. It is about sharing your knowledge and he does that because he does not want anyone to fail.”
“It is a long deserved honor,” said Dr. Erin Pratt Schroeder. “He was the best coach I ever had. Everything is compared to the time that I spent with Coach Beauvais as far as teaching and the life experience.”
“Playing for coach was such an honor,” Julie Frisbee Schloat said. “He taught us discipline and gave us confidence in ourselves as girls. I was able to go on to a teaching and coaching career myself and I felt that I have been able to play out all of the life lessons that Coach Beauvais had taught me.”
“Coach is one of the most wonderful influences in my life,” Alison Beal Honovic said. “Playing basketball for him at Westport was some of my fondest memories.”
“I think it is well deserved,” Frances Holzhauer said. “I was, like, the most uncoachable person ever and I look up to Coach Beauvais because he had his hands full with me and I love him for that.”
“Coach has been great for us and now he is into the hockey and that is something we can talk about,” Becky Holzhauer said.
The leg work to go with the induction was handled through Waters and former Westport player and assistant coach Rebecca Dayton, who said it was an honor to help make the day possible.