Coach Lou Amonson
~ 1991 ~
Lou coached football over a span of three decades. His teams recorded an outstanding .752 winning percentage. He coached 6 County Championship teams, and 2 undefeated teams that were named NYS Champions. Known for his tough defensive squads, the 1949 Huguenots held their opponents to only 36 points in 8 games, and overall they posted 36 shutouts.
Amonson was also a coach in tennis and wrestling. His 1960 wrestling team was Section One Champions. In tennis, his went undefeated for seven consecutive years. Lou received “Coach of the Year” honors in football, wrestling and tennis during his memorable career.
J. B. Buono’s athletic career started in the early 1930’s when he played basketball and baseball at NRHS. After serving in the Army J.B. was a trainer in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system, and later was named head trainer of the Pirates farm system. Buono went on to be the Iona College head athletic trainer and assistant baseball coach for 30 years. In 1977, J.B. was awarded an honorary degree for the College, and in 1985 was the eighth individual to enter the Iona College Sports Hall of Fame. On May 4, 1991, with a dedication ceremony, Iona College opened a new home baseball field at Salesian H.S. which was renovated in his honor and named “J.B. Buono Field.”
Joseph “JB” Buono
~ 1991 ~
Noted as one of the legendary Sharkey’s of horseshoe fame, Jim has represented the City of New Rochelle in county, state and national horseshoe tournaments. In 1960 Jim organized the New Rochelle Horseshoe Club. He won the New Rochelle City title many times, and was the Westchester County Champion in 1963, 1973 and 1975. In 1976 he won the Greater New York A.A.U. Championships which were held in New Rochelle.
The park on Slocum Road in the Queen City bears his family’s name, “Sharkey Park.” In 1982, at the age of 65, Jim finished second in the New York State Senior Division Championships. He was still actively competing at the age of 75.
~ 1991 ~
Billy Stone made his mark at NRHS as a “triple threat” in football, basketball and track. He was captain of the football and basketball teams, as well as All-County in both sports. Hall of Fame Coach Dan O’Brien stated, “Billy Stone is the best player I ever coached in my 39 year career.” Don MacArthur, noted sports historian, named Billy to the All-Time NRHS basketball team. He was generally known to be 20 years ahead of his time in passing and dribbling.
In 1940-41 Billy played semi-pro football with the Eastchester Blue Devils. He continued his basketball career when he enlisted in the Navy.
William T. Stone
~ 1991 ~