Rich Romeo
Soccer, Track, Basketball
Inducted in 2012
Rich Romeo was one of the most versatile athletes to come out of Suffield High School.  Blessed with blazing speed and the kind of athleticism rarely seen in the high school ranks, Rich excelled at soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track and field in the spring.

In basketball, Rick played guard and was an exceptional defensive player.  He had a few brief stints with the varsity team as a sophomore and then blossomed his junior and senior years.   He led the team in both steals and assists and was named MVP as a senior.  

Rich participated in track and field in the spring where he lettered all four years and was the leading point scorer on the team.  He specialized in three events...the Long Jump, Triple Jump, and High Jump.  In the High Jump event, he qualified for states his first three years with his personal best of 6' 3 1/2", a mere 1/2" off the long-standing SHS record.  As a junior, he finished 3rd in the state. Incredibly, his high water marks for the Long Jump (21' 51/2") and the Triple Jump (42' 10 1/2"), set in 1973, are Suffield High records that still stand today. 

Rich's finest sport was arguably soccer.  His speed and elusiveness helped him net 20 goals for the JV squad his freshman year.  In his three full years of varsity, he scored a total of 32 goals and assisted on another 20 more.  His prowess and leadership was instrumental in Suffield's progression from a 4-6-3 mark in 1969 to a glittering 12-3-1 record in 1971.  He was named the team MVP as a senior and earned All Conference recognition in each of his last two years.

Following graduation from SHS, Rich, a member of the National Honor Society, entered Suffield Academy for a year of post-graduate studies.  In soccer he scored a total of 17 goals with 12 assists to earn team MVP honors as well as All New England and All American recognition.  During the winter, he lettered in basketball and track and field in the spring, where he set school records in the High Jump and the 120 High Hurdles.  In the NE Prep School Championships, Rich won the High Hurdles and finished second in the Triple Jump.

After Suffield Academy, Rich took his outstanding soccer skills to Boston University where he played all 4 years and set the freshman goal-scoring record.  In his final year at BU, he coached the budding women's soccer program and found a niche in coaching that he would not relinquish.  He returned to the Suffield area after college and took on several coaching assignments (mainly soccer) ranging from youth sports to high school.  He even spent a period overseas in Athens and Milan before moving on and continuing his coaching career in Texas as a girls high school soccer coach.