Russ Fricke
Golf, Basketball, Soccer 
Inducted in 2003
Russ graduated from Suffield High School in 1983 following a distinguished three-sport career and winner of the Meade Alcorn Outstanding Athlete Award. He was captain of the 1982 soccer team and was a starting midfielder on SHS’s undefeated 1981 Class M State Championship squad (17-0-3). In basketball, he captained the 1982-83 team when he also received the most valuable player award.

It was on the golf course where Russ achieved his greatest accomplishments. A three-time All-NCCC golfer, he led the team to three consecutive NCCC Championships and to Suffield’s first ever State Golf Championship in 1982. During this three-year period, he was undefeated in NCCC play!  In both 1982 and 1983, he was selected to the All State Golf Team and, during 1983, Captain Fricke set the SHS scoring record of 67 in a dual match against Tolland and East Granby High Schools…the record still stands today. During this same 1983 season, Suffield played and beat Glastonbury High School (the defending Division I State Champion) in a match in which Russ defeated Tim Petrovic in individual head-to-head play. Petrovic is now a PGA Tour professional. With partner Jeff Bracket, Russ finished second in the CHAPPA State Two Man High School Invitational.

Outside his high school competition, he was the Ellington Ridge Junior Champion in 1981, the Suffield Country Club Men’s Champion in 1982, a semi-finalist in the 1982 CSGA Junior Championship, and was selected by CSGA to represent Connecticut in a Ryder Cup format competition against a junior team from Great Britain in 1983.

Following high school, Russ received a scholarship the University of Richmond where he played all four years and was captain of the team his senior year. He captured the James Madison University Invitational individual title in 1986 and the Richmond team won the Colonial Athletic Conference Championship that same year.

After graduating from college, Russ played briefly as a professional on the Florida Mini-Tour, but was reinstated as an amater and won or highly placed in several Virginia and Connecticut golf tournaments, notably winning the Richmond Golf Association City Amateur Championship in 1988.