Since 1968, the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame has honored more than 200 outstanding professional and amateur sportsmen and sportswomen, living or deceased, who have gained prominence in their fields and who have made substantial contributions to sports in Westchester County.
Nominations for consideration by the Hall of Fame Committee are solicited from the public. Nominees are reviewed, and the committee selects those who best meet or exceed the criteria of the Hall of Fame.
A prospective candidate must be at least 25 years old, and should be a person of integrity and good character who has gained prominence in professional or amateur sports as a player, coach, manager, official, owner, writer or broadcaster.
Individuals selected are inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame every autumn. Each is presented with a Hall of Fame trophy and his or her name is inscribed on a plaque in the first-floor gallery at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
Many of outstanding people in Westchester are eligible for the Sports Hall of Fame. If you know someone you believe is deserving of Sports Hall of Fame recognition, complete our online application now.
Congratulations to our 2018 inductees!
Joe Amuso, a Fox Lane High School alumnus, returned to his alma mater to share his passion for wrestling.
As head coach of the varsity wrestling team for 41 years, Amuso will leave an unprecedented impact. Amuso has amassed 35 Section One Champions, 37 State Qualifi ers, 23 All-State wrestlers, 406 career dual meet victories, fi ve Section One team titles, and earned the title of Section One Coach of the Year in 1986, 1994 and 2009. His commitment and sportsmanship were the reasons for his induction into the New York State Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009.
Amuso was also the fi rst Section One wrestling coach to be named New York State Wrestling Coach of the Year in 2012. Although he retired in 2012, Amuso’s dedication to the wrestling community is remembered by former wrestlers and fellow coaches.
Kevin “Big Fish” Bass
After a stellar career at Alexander Hamilton High school in Elmsford and playing in what one newspaper called the “game of the century,” Kevin Bass fi nished his high school career with honors and took his talents to Iona College. During his three-year role as captain of Iona’s basketball team, Bass led the team in freethrow percentages between 1973 and 1976 and led the team in rebounds in 1974. Bass was once the all-time leading scorer for the Gaels, scoring 1,729 points and 653 rebounds in 98 games. To this date, Bass is still number seven in scoring average in Iona College history, earning him a spot in the Iona College Hall of Fame.
Bass continued to share his love of basketball by coaching, refereeing, and mentoring young people until his death in 2008. In his memory, his family and friends established the Kevin Lee Bass Scholarship for student athletes at Alexander Hamilton High School.
Paul Dillon attended Archbishop Stepinac High School where he played baseball and ran track. From there he went to Iona College. His love for golf began when he was 23. A member of Winged Foot Golf Club, he has served on executive committees of The Westchester Golf Association and The WGA Caddie Scholarship Fund since 1990. He served both organizations as president (WGA 1996-1998; WGACSF 1997 – 2001). A gifted artist, he has painted countless portraits to raise money for scholarships.
Dillon began coaching the Fordham University golf team in 1995. The Atlantic 10 Conference named him the 2004 Coach of the Year. In 2009-10 he guided the team to seven top fi ve fi nishes including the 2009 ECAC Championship team title.
The 2017-18 season saw the Rams accomplish top-ten fi nishes in nine of eleven events with a win in the Ryan Lee Memorial Invitational. Dillon achieved this despite the fact that Fordham did not award athletic scholarships for golf. Dillon truly exemplifi es the Fordham mission of “Homines Pro Aliis” (People for Others) with his volunteer work and paintings of Gold Tee recipients at the annual Golf Writers Dinner.
Sharon Sarsen’s days playing fi eld hockey at John Jay-Cross River High School inspired her to pursue physical education at SUNY Cortland and paved the way for a victorious 36-year career with the Lakeland School District. Sarsen has led Lakeland High School fi eld hockey to 12 New York State champion-ships, including nine in a row.
Sarsen embodies what a coach should be by reinforcing positivity and motivation to her team. Lakeland fi eld hockey has also won 28 league championships and 18 section championships. Lakeland’s fi eld hockey program has not lost to an opponent since 2008 thanks to Sarsen’s exemplary coaching.
In addition, Sarsen has coached the Lakeland Panas Lacrosse program to 12 league championship, 10 section championships, and four New York State Final Fours. Sarsen takes great pride in having helped six lacrosse and 16 fi eld hockey players win the prestigious Con Edison Scholastic Sports Award.