Alumni To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Kingswood Oxford will induct the following alumni into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame on June 7 in the Roberts Theater. The purpose of the KO Athletic Hall of Fame is to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and KO through their achievement, commitment, sportsmanship and leadership in athletics. Inductees meet several criteria including awards received, number of sports played, number of varsity letters earned, captainships, individual and team accomplishments and collegiate or postgraduate accomplishments.

Holly Howard ’79
Holly Howard actively participated in athletics in her six years at KO, earning a total of fourteen Varsity letters: six in lacrosse, four in basketball, and four in field hockey. As a senior, she was co-captain of the field hockey, basketball and lacrosse teams. She was also a co-sports editor for the Wyvern (KO News) and a prefect. As a junior, Holly was awarded the Williams College Book award, which recognizes a sincere scholarly interest while at the same time participating significantly in athletics. After KO, Holly went on to Union College in Schenectady, NY where she majored in economics. She started all four years on the field hockey and lacrosse teams, and in lacrosse, she was leading scorer all four years and MVP as a freshman. She won an ECAC medal for an outstanding junior season and the President’s Commission for the Status of Women at Union, Senior Athletic award in 1983. In 2008, Holly was inducted into the Union College Athletic Hall of Fame for both field hockey and lacrosse.

Holly currently lives in Walla Walla, Washington, and has four children and a 5-year-old Chocolate Lab. Holly is very active in the community, serving on many boards with a focus on youth and the environment. In 2008 Holly co-founded the first school-based health center west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State and became the executive director. She is a member of the Washington State School-Based Health Alliance Board. In support of her children, who are swimmers, Holly serves as a Meet Referee for USA Swimming and enjoys staying active: running, erging, hiking, and swimming.

James Maynard ’84
James Maynard played football, ice hockey, and baseball during his six years at KO. He was a co-captain of the football team with for the 1983 season and helped lead the team to a solid record of 6-3 including big wins over Loomis, Avon, and Trinity Pawling. James was awarded the 1984 Joseph Gargan award for football. James also captained the 1984 baseball team and was awarded the baseball award that year. A great memory from that season was a tight game and win against future MLB Hall of Famer Mo Vaughn and Trinity Pawling, where James connected on a grand slam home run against Mo when he came in to pitch late in the game. Upon his graduation from KO, James headed to Wesleyan University where he continued playing football and baseball. He finished his four years of Cardinal football with 15 touchdown catches, a Wesleyan record, a 1985 Pizza Hut D-III All American honorable mention designation for his 19 yards per catch average, and a 1987 All NESCAC and All-New England tight end honor. In baseball, James recorded 154 hits in 103 career games as a four-year starter in centerfield, the most in Wesleyan history, and had a .355 career batting average. In 1988, he posted a .403 average, hit 7 home runs and had 43 RBI. James served as captain of the team and was named All NESCAC for the second consecutive year, All-New England and Third Team D-III All American. James was awarded the McNaughten Award at Wesleyan for being the team MVP and was invited to a tryout by the Cincinnati Reds. In 2018 James was placed onto the Wesleyan Baseball Wall of Fame on campus in Middletown, CT.

After college James stayed active in baseball and has run numerous road races, including the Boston Half Marathon. He moved on to play golf and tennis and continues to be active in both sports. James lives in Westerly, Rhode Island with his wife Caroline and his two sons Will and Steve. His career in financial services has spanned thirty years, including 25 years at Silicon Valley Bank where he was a founding team member of the east coast (Boston) franchise.

Alison Rosenthal ’94
Alison Rosenthal ‘94 was a three-sport athlete in her time at KO. She earned three varsity letters in soccer and basketball and four in lacrosse. She served as a co-captain of both the soccer and lacrosse teams in her senior year. Upon her graduation from KO Ali attended Brown University where she was a four-year letter-winner in lacrosse. After a short break from school, Ali attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business graduating in 2005. It was during her time at Stanford that she got bit by the cycling bug, which led her to become a professional cyclist from 2009- 2010 for TIBCO Women’s Professional Cycling racing in criteriums, road and stage races across the country. She also completed four marathons, running the 2002 NYC Marathon in under three hours (02:59:53).

Ali’s career has so far spanned operating, investing, teaching and governance roles in finance, consumer technology, and retail automotive. In 2018, she founded Leadout Capital, an early stage venture firm focusing on founding teams serving overlooked markets. Teamwork and competition continue to inspire Ali in all facets of her life. She is also currently teaching a course in entrepreneurship and startups at the Stanford GSB. Ali has done service work as a President’s Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship under President Obama and served eight years on the board of AutoNation and three years on the board of KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR affiliate. She lives in the Bay Area with her wife Kat, a far more accomplished athlete and their two children Bea (3.5) and Leo (almost 2).

Jimmy Ulcickas ’79
Jimmy “U” Ulcickas was a three-sport athlete at KO. He lettered in lacrosse and hockey all four years and in football for three years. He was co-captain of both the hockey and lacrosse teams his senior year. Jimmy was a standout goalie for the lacrosse team. He was recognized as an All-Conference, All-State and All American player in both his junior and senior seasons and was named team MVP his senior year. As Jimmy said about his lacrosse teams in his junior and senior years “All the moons aligned. We had a great coaching staff and a crop of fantastic athletes that all peaked in ’78-’79. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.” Upon his graduation from KO, Jimmy “U” went on to Dartmouth College where he played Varsity lacrosse all four years. He was the starting goalie for the varsity from ’81-’83. During his senior year, his save percentage was an impressive .690. He was awarded All-Ivy Honors, Ivy Player of the Week and was named an All American. He also won the Dud Hendrick Award which is given to the player whose hard work, competitive spirit and dedication to his teammates and to lacrosse have led to the most improvement during his career.

Jimmy “U” currently resides in Santa Ana, CA. with his wife Julie Ann and his two children, Frank and Ella. He is self-employed as the owner of The Bluewater Grill Restaurants. Jimmy’s sister, Anne, was a KO graduate from the class of ’76, and, his mother, Patricia Blake, served on the KO Board of Trustees. Along with her husband, Curtis Blake, she was extremely proud of the quality of the complete educational experience that KO offered.

Brad Van Winkle ’74
Brad Van Winkle was a three-sport athlete at KO playing soccer, hockey and tennis. A four-year letterman and 1974 team co-captain for the KO men’s tennis team, Brad helped to lead the team to three Top Ten USTA National Interscholastic Rankings. In New England Prep League play, Brad was undefeated in doubles in both 1973 and 1974 and undefeated in singles in 1974. He and Ken Walker ‘74 twice played for the National Interscholastic Doubles Championship, finishing as the nation’s number two ranked high school doubles team in both 1973 & 1974. Brad finished as the 13th ranked singles player in the 1974 USTA National Interscholastic Tennis Rankings. While at KO, Brad was ranked number one in New England in boys doubles and as high as number four in singles in multiple age divisions, and number 16 in New England Men’s Open Division singles. Brad competed nationally in several prestigious tournaments and finished in the top 125 at the World Junior Championships. Upon his graduation from KO, Brad headed off to Duke University where he was a four-year letterman and starter on the men’s tennis team, which was ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation. Brad won an ACC Tournament Doubles Championship, earned All ACC recognition as a doubles selection, and compiled one of Duke’s strongest ever career doubles won/lost records.

After graduating from Duke, Brad competed professionally and achieved a world ranking in doubles. He had the opportunity to compete (paired with Doug Ebenstein, another KO tennis alum) against John McEnroe, and on one occasion served as Bjorn Borg’s practice partner. After retiring from competitive tennis, he was a teacher and tennis, football and basketball coach at the Blue Ridge School in Virginia. His career then took him to the insurance industry, where he currently serves as Senior Vice President and Benefits Practice Leader for Marsh & McLennan Agency, though he continues to work as a coach for competitive junior tennis players in Texas. Brad currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Susan, and two Golden Retrievers, and is the father of two boys, Greg and Brett, who are employed and off the payroll.

Ken Walker ’74
Ken Walker was a three-sport athlete at KO playing football, basketball, and tennis. He played varsity tennis for six years and played in the number one spot for four of those years. Ken’s accomplishments on the tennis courts in his time at KO were many. He was co-captain his senior year leading his team to an undefeated season and a national ranking. That same year he was ranked second in New England in the 18s in singles and in doubles with his partner Brad Van Winkle ’74 with whom he won the New England Prep School Championships. Upon his graduation from KO Ken continued his tennis career at Ohio Wesleyan. While at Ohio Wesleyan he amassed a record of 72-1 over his four years in the number one position. He won the Ohio Athletic Conference title in both singles and doubles all four years. Additionally, he was named Ohio Wesleyan’s Athlete of the Year in his freshman year making him the youngest recipient in school history. He also served as captain in both his junior and senior year of college and was named an All American in his final year.

Five years after he graduated from college Ken was inducted into the Ohio Wesleyan Athletic Hall of Fame. Upon his graduation from college, Ken became a competitive platform tennis player where he was ranked in the top ten in the nation reaching a high of #4. These days he plays tennis, platform tennis, and golf. Ken lives full time in Vero Beach, Florida where he works for PNC Bank as a Senior Portfolio Manager in their Trust Department. He and his wife are the proud parents of two young adults Ashley and Collin.

The 1988 Football Team
In the fall of 1988 a rare confluence of talent, hard work and unity brought an Erickson League Championship and undefeated football season to the Kingswood Oxford campus. From the first pre-season practice through the final whistle of the Avon game a tremendously dedicated group of young men, committed to excellence, proved that champions are indeed the product of preparation, perseverance, and passion. While the individual components of this team were remarkably skilled the whole was even greater than the sum of the parts as week in and week out this Wyvern football squad methodically took down each Founders League and non-league opponent in its path. On a late fall afternoon in 1988 on KO’s home field, this all culminated in a sound defeat of nemesis Avon Old Farms that cemented this team in school and Erickson League history.
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