Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame inductees named

Staff report

CLIFTON PARK — Six individuals and one team will be inducted into the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.
The ceremony will take place Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park. Reservations can be purchased at

Here’s a synopsis of the inductees.

JEFF JAKOB (1983 graduate)
Jakob was a three sport athlete at Shenendehowa in the early 1980s. Jakob was a member of the football, boys’ basketball and baseball programs. A three-year letter winner in boys’ basketball, Jakob led the team to its first Suburban Council championship in 1983. At the time of his graduation, Jakob was the all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball with 984 points. He led the Suburban Council in scoring in 1982. Jeff was selected as a member of the All-State football team in 1982 and 1983. The 1982 football team finished 10-0 and was ranked No. 1 in New York State.

JOLENE JOHNSTON (2000 graduate)
Johnston was a member of the girls’ varsity basketball program from 1995-2000. She is a member of the 1,000-point club and finished fifth in school history with 1,243 points. Johnston also collected 940 rebounds. She helped lead her team to the state title during the 1998-99 season. Johnston went on to play at Siena College was selected to the MAAC First Team in 2004. She is also a member of the Capital Region Basketball Hall of Fame.

Mingione has been actively involved in the Clifton Park community since the early 1980s. He has been coaching girls’ basketball since 1989. He has coached and assisted in over 1,000 high school, travel and AAU games. Mingione helped to organize and start the Capital District Girls’ Basketball League in 1994, which eventually grew to over 60 teams that compete in grades 4-8. He helped start the Clifton Park Girls Recreational program, which currently has over 200 students participate annually. Mingione was an assistant to Shenendehowa girls’ basketball coach.

JENNIFER NAIR (1978 graduate)
Nair was a three-sport athlete at Shenendehowa, lettering in soccer, basketball and softball. In 1977 and 1978, Nair was chosen as the most honored player of the girls’ varsity soccer team. She would go on to graduate from Russell Sage College with a degree in Criminal Justice. In 1981, while trying out for the Empire State Games in soccer, Nair was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was unable to pursue her goal of making that team. She passed away on Oct. 8, 2007.

ED O’DAY (1984 graduate)
O’Day was a member of the Shenendehowa football team from 1981-83. He was a three-year starter and a member of the 1981, 1982, and 1983 Suburban Council championship teams. In 1982 and 1983, O’Day helped lead the Plainsmen to the Section II championship. O’Day was selected captain of the football team in 1983 and was first team All-State quarterback that year. He was honored locally as player of the year in 1983 by multiple media publications. O’Day would accept a full athletic scholarship to Boston College and would graduate ultimately from the University of Maryland, where he continued to play football.

O’Toole has been a lifelong supporter of Shenendehowa Athletics. His work with the UNCAS booster club helped to provide assistance to countless students and programs throughout the 1980s and 1990s. O’Toole, along with several other influential community members, was responsible for helping to save the athletic program at Shenendehowa in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Jack also helped establish the UNCAS basketball tournament, which was widely regarded as the premier holiday tournament in Section II in the 1980s and 1990s.

The 1983 football team is widely regarded as one of the best teams of all time at Shenendehowa and in Section II history. It won the Suburban Council and Section II Championships. The team would go on to be ranked No. 1 in New York State for the second consecutive year.