Hall of Fame
ConVal selects 4 to be inducted
Football star Davis, longtime coach Reitnauer headline third class
2001 ConVal graduate Brad Davis will be inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in September. Davis rushed for 3,410 yards during his career and was twice a first-team all-state selection. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
After much debate and a voting process that included members of the first two classes, ConVal will induct four new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame this September.
Longtime coach John Reitnauer, football standout Brad Davis, athlete, coach and contributor Sandy Eneguess and former Peterborough High School basketball coach John Clark, who passed in 1991, will be honored at the induction ceremony on Sept. 29, the Sunday of homecoming weekend.
They will join the 16 from the inaugural class of 2011 and six that went in last June.
With numerous applications rolled over from the first two years — they are kept on file for five years after first being nominated — and new submissions during the filing period this year, the committee narrowed down the field to nine names.
Reitnauer’s list of contributions to ConVal athletics is both lengthy and impressive. Reitnauer began his coaching career at ConVal as the junior varsity boys basketball coach in the 1986-87 season and coached at least one team per year until 2012, when he became the quarterbacks coach/assistant coach for Franklin Pierce’s sprint football team.
“If there’s one place I’m going to be honored this way, I’m glad it’s ConVal,” said Reitnauer.
He was one of the original coaches for ConVal’s football program and spent many years patrolling the sidelines in various roles. He was the assistant coach/offensive coordinator on two different occasions and most recently was the associate head coach/offensive coordinator for the 2010-11 seasons.
“It’s a really nice honor, but you don’t do what you do every day to be honored for it,” said Reitnauer.
But Reitnauer’s football resume is just the tip of the iceberg. He coached the girls varsity basketball program from 1989-2000. Reitnauer led ConVal to the 1994 Class I championship — the only one in school history and the same year that the boys program won its last state title.
“That year will always stick out,” said Reitnauer.
He owned a record of 149-90 overall and was named the Class I Coach of the Year in 1992.
Reitnauer, who still teaches at ConVal, also coached softball, lacrosse and tennis and served as athletic director from 1998-2002.
“I’m honored that ConVal allowed me to be a part of their athletic programs,” said Reitnauer.
Davis, a 2001 graduate, rewrote the record books during his four year career at ConVal and many of which still stand today. He was the first 1,000 yard rusher in program history, running for 1,158 yards as a sophomore in 1997. Davis, who came back and coached the freshman team for one season, finished his time as a Cougar with a program best 3,410 yards from scrimmage on 439 rushing attempts.
“It’s a good recognition,” said Davis. “I’m a little surprised I’m the first [football player]. That’s a big honor.”
As a junior, Davis had arguably the best day for any running back in ConVal’s 21-year history. On that day in 1998, Davis ran for 291 yards and scored four touchdowns and accounted for 26 points against Monadnock. For his career, Davis scored 176 points before attending the Hill School for a prep year. He went on to play at Trinity College in Connecticut.
Davis, who lives in Jaffrey with his wife and four children, served as team captain during his junior and senior seasons at ConVal, when he was also named first-team all-state. He was also an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.
“You’d be hard pressed to find a better football player,” said ConVal Athletic Director Jon Hall.
Eneguss, who graduated in 1973, will join his younger brother John as part of the Hall of Fame. John, who passed away in 2002, was part of the inaugural class.
“It would have been nice to both have gone in together,” said Eneguess.
Eneguess was a tremendous skier for ConVal in the early days of the school and also served as coach of the ski team in the early 1980’s. Eneguess, like his brother, was a professional skier and spent years traveling around the world before a career-ending injury. Eneguess is currently the ski coach at Proctor Academy in Andover and travels all over the world training skiers and has worked with the USSA national development team.
“The athletic things you do throughout your life and the school you attend, it’s nice to be honored,” said Eneguess.
And for over a decade, Eneguess owned and operated Temple Mountain ski area.
“Lots and lots of kids in the area learned how to ski because of Sandy,” said Hall.
Clark first coached the Peterborough High School boys basketball team in the 1931-32 season and achieved immediate success. He won the Class M state championship during his first season, the third straight for Peterborough and it was just the beginning of an impressive 10-year run.
Clark led Peterborough to the championship game in 1933 and 1935 before claiming his second state championship in 1936. He returned to the title game two years later and won his third and final championship in his final season in 1941. Clark also served at Peterborough High School’s principal from 1960-65.
The time and place for the ceremony is to be determined.