Booth, Fauvell Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
On Saturday, October 15, LuHi added two new members to the Athletic Hall of Fame. Joe Booth ’08 and Coach Tom Fauvell were on hand at LuHi’s Homecoming festivities as the LuHi community celebrated these incredible contributors to LuHi’s athletics program.
Joe Booth ’08 led the Crusaders with a 47-0 record as a Senior, and was a 6 time HS All-American. He was one of six champions during his sophomore year helping lead LuHi to a NY State Championship in 2006, coached by Mr. Dan Wenger. He was a four time NY State Private School Champion (2004 at 114, 2006 at 132, 2007 at 142, and in 2008 at 154) earning the Champion of Champions Award. In 2007 as a Junior, Joe finished in 4th place at the prestigious Prep Nationals Tournament at LeHigh University in Pennsylvania at 140 lbs. In 2008, as a Senior with the NY State championship secured, Joe set his sights on improving on his impressive Nationals finish the year before. Joe, as the #3 seed, shocked the Prep Nationals crowd taking First place in the 152 pound weight class upsetting the #2 seed Brandon Rolnick in the semi finals 11 to 7 and taking down the #1 seed Johnny Koepp (who was ranked #2 in the Nation at one time) in the final by a score of 8 to 5 in an incredible high school match. After graduating from LuHi, Joe took his wrestling skills to Drexel University. He red-shirted as a true freshman and then in 2010 won Co-Rookie of the Year honors posting a 22-9 record and placing second in the CAA Championships at 157 lbs. In two more seasons at Drexel, Joe posted records of 25-11 and 24-6 earning in total three bids to the NCAA Championships. Joe wrestled one more year at Hofstra University while earning his MBA. He became the first wrestler ever in Hofstra history to win an EIWA conference title in 2014 amassing a record of 34-7 as a super senior, earning a fourth NCAA bid.
Tom Fauvell was a cornerstone of the faculty during his time at LuHi from 1979 to 1989. Tom was hired as a History and Social Studies teacher and outside of the classroom made such an impact on so many athletes at LuHi as the Varsity Football Coach, Varsity Wrestling Coach, and Varsity Track and Field Coach. As a member of the Football staff at LuHi, Tom was the offensive coordinator of two championship teams of the early 1980’s and the undefeated team in 1982. He took over as head coach in 1984 and was named the US Marine Corp Vince Lombardi Atlantic Coast Coach of the Year in 1984 and 1985. He is proud to say he coached two HS All Americans Tim Barrett and Tom Covington who played with the San Francisco 49ers. Where Tom really made his mark was as the leader of the LuHi Wrestling Team. Tom developed a passion for wrestling as a youth and continues this passion today. At LuHi, as the Head Wrestling Coach Tom achieved:
- An overall record of 130-39-5 in dual matches
- Won 33 in-season tournaments.
- Won the Atlantic Coast Lutheran HS Championship 9 times
- Won three State Championships in 1982, 1983 and 1984
- Coached 14 NY State Private School Champions
Congratulations to our newest LuHi athletic Hall of Fame members, Joe Booth and Tom Fauvell!