“Growing up, sports were such a big part of my life because I had two older brothers who played,” said Nich. “My brother John ‘Bubba’ Galanis went to Notre Dame on a football scholarship, so I always looked up to him. I always tried to reach the bar that they set for me, so it was a lot of fun growing up.”
Newly appointed girls basketball coach Dot Stanley also got inducted into the HOF Class of 2013. Stanley transferred to Ipswich after her sophomore year at Malden High. Stanley, who graduated from Ipswich in 1981, was an All-Scholastic player in both basketball and softball. She was team MVP in both sports and earned CAL All-League honors, while her basketball team won a state championship in 1980.
After high school, Stanley went on to play basketball and softball at Becker College, where she was named to the All New England First Team in both sports.
“This is amazing, it’s something you’d never think would happen,” noted Stanley. “I have wonderful stories and memories from my two years at Ipswich. I went from a class of 500 in Malden to a class of a little more than 100 at Ipswich, where everyone welcomed me. I’m honored beyond belief and I’m excited to coach basketball.”
The other 10 inductees included five athletes, Megan Frederick (Class of 2002), Carl Mattarocchia (1970), Peter Pickul (‘60), Greg Smith (‘83) and Cameron Wallace (‘60); three coaches, Frances Cogswell (1942-60), Robert Conary (1921-1942) and Rick Storer (1970-2010); and two meritorious recipients, Chester Bowen Jr. and John Stella.