Dr. Francis X. Judge
Dr. Francis X. Judge graduated Roosevelt High School in Yonkers in 1949. He then went on to Fordham University where he began a long Water Polo career. Fran was a driving force behind the sport of Water Polo at Fordham. As a freshman in 1949, Judge served as a player coach. He finished his four year undergraduate stint with a 9-5 overall record and an Eastern Championship. As a member of the New York Athletic Club, Judge won two national championships and participated in the Olympic Trials in 1952. Following two years in dental school at NYU, he returned to coach his alma mater, turning a 3-16 team into a 14-5 squad one season later. Fran Judge was inducted into the Fordham University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.
In 1975, Dr. Judge founded the Hudson Valley Water Polo Club with the goal of developing youth water polo in the NY metropolitan area. Many of his players went on to successful collegiate careers including five of his sons, Greg, Matt, Ray, Mike and Kevin. Greg, Matt and Ray are all in the Iona HOF. His son Chris was inducted into the Fordham HOF as well as the New Rochelle Sports HOF. In honor of Dr. Judge's dedication to the sport and his significant influence on the water polo programs at Fordham and Iona, the Hudson Valley Water Polo Club is proud to sponsor the Dr. Francis X. Judge Memorial Cup given to the winner of their annual contest.
Dr. Francis Judge served his community for twelve years as a member of the New Rochelle City Council. He has also coached Little League and was a Boy Scout Master. Fran and his wife Emilie had eleven children. It is a special honor to induct the late Dr. Francis