GNB Voc-Tech will hold its 2020 Hall of Fame/Career Achievement Induction on Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. at the Century House.
Here’s a look at the inductees and honorees:
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Dias (2005-09 basketball and baseball) was a four-year member of both the baseball and basketball programs during the mid and late 2000s. By the end of his career, he had etched his name in Voc-Tech athletics history. In the spring season, Dias was an instrumental part of the baseball program as a third baseman and pitcher. The South Coast Conference All-Star led his team into the MIAA tournament his senior year. It was on the basketball court where Dias made history at Voc-Tech. During his four years with the varsity team, he poured in 1,082 points and is one of just four Voc-Tech boys basketball players in the 1,000 Point Club. In his senior season, Dias’ talent caught the eye of the entire SouthCoast as he averaged 23.3 points per game to lead the Bears into the MIAA Tournament with a 13-7 record under head coach Rob Pimental. Dias became the first and only Voc-Tech boys basketball player to be named Player of the Year by The Standard-Times for his efforts as a senior. In March 2009, Dias was voted as the recipient of the prestigious Dave Cowens Award as the most outstanding boys basketball player in the SouthCoast. Dias is still the only student-athlete at Voc-Tech to be awarded that honor. Dias cites scoring his 1,000th career point against his hometown, Fairhaven High School, as his most special moment in his high school career. Dias currently lives in New York with his wife, Kimberly Rose, and his 4-year old son, Elliot, and 2-year old daughter, Amelia.
Fletcher (1988-1992 football, basketball and baseball) was a three-season student-athlete for the Bears during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. During the fall season, Fletcher played football for the Bears. He was named captain at the start of the season and led the team to a 6-4-1 record in the 1991 season. Fletcher was named SCC All-Star, Standard-Times Super Team and was selected by head coach Paul Guilbeault as the school’s nominee for the Otto Graham Award. During the winter season, Fletcher played basketball. Again, he was named captain of the Bears at the beginning of his senior season. Fletcher was named SCC All-Star and Standard-Times All-Star and helped the Bears reach the South Sectional Semifinals. During the spring, Fletcher spent his time on the diamond, becoming a three-sport captain for the Bears baseball program. He was named SCC Honorable Mention All-Star both his junior and senior seasons. Fletcher’s most memorable moment was playing in front of a packed house at Wheaton College in the South Sectional Quarterfinals, where the Bears defeated the No. 2 Ashland. Fletcher made an inbound pass to teammate David Messier, who made the basket to seal the upset win. Fletcher would like to acknowledge just how supportive the coaches, teachers and staff were over the years. He attributes his success in life to the many people that helped shape his early years while attending Voc-Tech. Since leaving Voc-Tech, Fletcher has become the senior research and development product testing technician at Titleist. He currently resides in Fairhaven with his fiancé, Tina. He has three children Owen, Payton and Gavin.
Coach Kate Correia (1999-2009 Fall, Winter & Competitive Cheerleading) took over the fall and winter cheerleading program in 2001 and over the next 10 years guided the program to its most successful and consistent era of competitive cheer. Correia led the Voc-Tech cheerleading program to 14 medals and six South Coast Conference Championships, three NCA Cheerleading Camp Top Team Awards and a second place finish at the Massachusetts Regional Competition in the winter of 2007. Correia demanded respect and hard work from her teams while at the same time developing the Voc-Tech cheerleading program into a family. In her words, “While no particular memory or victory stands out, the special memories for me are in the relationships and bonds I made with the athletes I was lucky enough to have coached. During the 10 years I coached, at least two of the girls lost their fathers, two babies were born while their moms were in high school, several cheerleaders experienced significant social/emotional struggles and being there for those girls at those times will forever highlight the amazing 10 years I spent as the coach of the GNBVT Cheerleading Team.” Correia would like to thank former Athletic Director Lenny Sylvia for believing in her and treating the cheerleaders like athletes. Due to his continuous support and encouragement, they were able to build a strong program that not only nurtured exceptional cheerleaders, but exceptional young ladies. Since leaving coaching in 2009, coach Correia has remained in her position of guidance counselor at Voc-Tech. She resides in Fairhaven with her husband, Paul, and their son, Colby.
Medeiros (2005-09 soccer, winter track and spring track) had a stellar three-season high school athletic career for the Bears from 2005-2009. He first made his mark in the fall season on the soccer field. Medeiros was a member of the varsity team all four seasons, which included three State Vocational Championships and three SCC Championships. Medeiros flourished his senior season, earning SCC, StandardTimes and Eastern Mass All-Star recognition. It was on the track where Medeiros made history at Voc-Tech. He started his track and field career by being named SCC Top All-Around Athlete at the Freshmen/Sophomore meet. By the time he ended his senior season indoors, Medeiros was a State Silver Medalist in the 600 meters with a school-record time of 1:24.35 at the MIAA State Championships. He was named to the SCC All-Star and Standard-Times Super Team for his performances in the winter season. Medeiros’ repeated as SCC All-Star and Standard-Times Super Team member in his senior outdoor track season. Alongside teammates Billy Barboza, Cory Mitchell and Jordan Burris, Medeiros won the 2009 Decathlon Relay State Championship. He capped off his stellar athletic career at Voc-Tech by receiving the 2009 Aldo Balestracci Award for the Most Outstanding Male Student-Athlete. Medeiros noted his incredible experience competing at the Glen D. Loucks Track Meet in White Plains, New York competing in front of thousands of people as one of his most memorable athletic moments. Medeiros remembers dreading practice every day, but having a blast hanging out with his closest friends for two hours each day.
Frey (2005-09 golf, hockey and lacrosse) was a three-season student-athlete at Voc-Tech during the mid to late 2000s and proved to be one of the most versatile multi-sport athletes during his time in high school. During the fall season, Frey was the leader of Voc-Tech’s golf team. He gradually improved his golf game each year. He was named SCC Honorable Mention All-Star his sophomore year and then SCC All-Star his junior and senior years. Frey medaled at both the State Vocational Championships and the SCC Championships while qualifying for the MIAA tournament as a senior. He was part of the movement that brought the sport of lacrosse to Voc-Tech. Frey played with Voc-Tech’s club boys lacrosse team his junior year and helped lift the program to the varsity level during his senior year. On the ice, Frey will go down as arguably the best hockey player in school history. He was a four-year starter for his father, coach Michael Frey. Marc was named SCC All-Star all four seasons and was a member of the Standard-Times Super Team his sophomore, junior and senior years. Frey holds the school record for goals (125), assists (70) and points (195). He also holds the record for most goals (8) and points (10) in a single game. More impressive than his stats was his leadership ability. Frey was captain of the golf team from his sophomore through his senior year and captained the hockey team his junior and senior year. He was the schools’ leadership nominee for the SCC and received the Hobey Baker Character Award at the end of his senior hockey season. One of Frey’s most memorable moments was beating New Bedford High School his freshman year on the ice. It was the Bears’ first hockey victory over NBHS in 30 years. Frey currently lives in Dartmouth and is the owner of M.A.K. Electric and volunteers his time with Voc-Tech’s hockey program.
Methia (1998-2002 football, basketball and baseball) was a three-season student-athlete for the Bears during the late 1990s and early 2000s. During the fall season, Methia played football his freshmen and senior years. Even though he only played for two seasons, he was able to work his way to becoming a Standard-Times All-Star and SCC All-Star Honorable Mention his senior year by leading the team in touchdowns, points and receiving as a wide-receiver/tight end. During the winter season, Methia was a four-year member of the boys basketball program. He spent two seasons with the varsity. His junior season he was the team’s sixth man and played hard defense and helped with rebounding for the tournament-bound Bears. In his senior season, he stepped in to lead an inexperienced team in points (15.7 ppg) and rebounds (10 rpg). He was a SCC and Standard-Times All-Star and was Voc-Tech’s nominee for the prestigious Dave Cowen’s Award. It was on the diamond where Methia made his greatest impact for Voc-Tech. After being called up to the varsity team towards the end of his sophomore season, he found a home in the middle of the Bears’ lineup. During his junior season, Methia was among the state leaders in home runs with seven and RBI’s with 26. He was named SCC All-Star and a member of the Standard-Times Super Team as a junior. Methia was again named SCC and Standard-Times All-Star following his senior season. Some of Methia’s most memorable moments in his high school career were hitting for the cycle in his final high school baseball game vs. Hopkinton in the State Tournament, being named the school’s Leadership Award Winner and having his grandfather, Paul Methia, attend his games. Methia turned his love for Voc-Tech Athletics into a career. He returned to Voc-Tech in 2008 as a physical education teacher and baseball and football coach. He was named Athletic-Director at Voc-Tech in 2015 and has proudly served GNBVT’s student-athletes since. Methia would like to give thanks to his family, friends, teammates and coaches that made his high school athletic career such a special time in his life. He currently lives in Acushnet with his wife, Beth, and their two children, Bryce and Brynn.
Gendron (1991-95 football, winter track and spring track) was a three-season student-athlete for the Bears during the early 1990s. During the fall season, he played football under head coach Paul Guilbeult with the varsity team for three seasons. Gendron had a phenomenal senior season as he was named captain, SCC All-Star and named Team MVP for the Bears. He was a member of both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams under coach Mark Thornhill. Gendron specialized in the throwing events. He was a three-year letterman during the indoor season throwing the shot put and a four-year letterman in the outdoor season in both the shot put and discus. He was named captain of both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams his junior and senior seasons. Gendron was recognized as an SCC All-Star his junior and senior seasons in both indoor and outdoor track and field. He attributes a lot of his success in the throwing events to his participation in Voc-Tech’s powerlifting team. Gendron’s dedication in the weight room led him to win his weight class in competitions and broke the school record in combined weight lifting (bench press and deadlift) One of Gendron’s most memorable moments was breaking the school record in the deadlift. He would like to thank coach Lenny Sylvia for introducing him to powerlifting and the coaching he gave him during his time at GNBVT. Since leaving Voc-Tech, Gendron has become a Union Carpenter/Foremen with Lab Spec. He lives in Dartmouth with his wife, Lenea, and their two children, Aidan and Nadia.
The McCann Family
The McCann Family has made their mark in the City of New Bedford on just about every athletic field there is. Whether it was Bruce McCann leading New Bedford High School on the football field or his oldest son Ryan on Paul Walsh Baseball Field, or Andrew who was a three-sport star on the Voc-Tech football, track and baseball teams or Caitlyn who was a valuable member of the Voc-Tech softball program. However, the true impact the McCann Family made on the Greater New Bedford Athletic Community has occurred behind the scenes. Since the unfortunate death of Andrew McCann in a car accident in 2012, Bruce, Sue and the rest of the McCann family provided support for just about every local athletic organization through the Andrew McCann Memorial Fund. The McCann family used funds raised for the Andrew McCann Memorial Fund to donate 80,000 tons of stone dust to every baseball and softball field in New Bedford, including the large amount of stone dust needed when Voc-tech converted its clay infield to stone dust. Since 2017, the McCann family has provided scholarships to football players from Bourne High School, Old Colony, Fairhaven High School, Dartmouth High School, New Bedford High School and Voc-Tech at the conclusion of the Annual Andrew McCann Football Jamboree. The McCann family also used funds from the Andrew McCann Memorial Fund to sponsor disadvantaged student-athletes, by providing needed equipment those athletes could not afford on their own. Those are just a few examples of the generosity the McCann family has shown to the Greater New Bedford Athletic Community. With the passing of Bruce McCann in late 2019, his son, Ryan, and the rest of the McCann family will continue to support local youth athletic organizations through the Andrew McCann Memorial Fund. It is with great gratitude that the Voc-Tech Hall of Fame Committee would like to honor the McCann family with the GNBVT Hall of Fame Special Recognition Award.
Wunschel began teaching at GNB Voc-Tech in 1981 as a Metal/Fab Welding instructor. Wunschel worked at GNBVT in the Metal/Fab Welding Program for 20 years. He also taught night school classes for many years. Bob continued substitute teaching after his retirement. On top of his teaching responsibilities, Bob also became valuable to the Athletic Department. Bob volunteered his time and skills by repairing locker rooms, lockers, railings and making soccer goal posts for the program. He also organized end of the year golf outings for faculty and employees. Bob was a successful JV soccer coach and assistant to head coach Frank Cunha for many enjoyable years. His players enjoyed playing for coach Wunschel and his dedication to the soccer program was a big reason Coach Cunha and the program were successful year after year. Bob was married to his wife Patricia for 57 years. Bob has a son, Michael, who played soccer, hockey and golf at Voc-Tech. He also has a daughter, Michelle, and two step grandchildren. Bob proudly served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Bob was a fun loving and caring person who would help anyone that needed his service. Bob Wunschel passed away on March 29, 2020 from ALS. The Voc-Tech Hall of Fame Committee proudly awards the GNBVT Hall of Fame Special Recognition Award posthumously to Bob Wunschel.
Brandon Girouard – Class of 2004
Kevin Swindon — Class of 1985
Donald Desrosiers —Class of 1969
Nicholas Caneira — Class of 2000
Jon Mortagua — Class of 1988
Pauline O’Brien — Class of 1980