Tom Ganley
Basketball, Soccer, Baseball
Inducted in 2003
Tom was a three-sport star at Suffield High School playing from 1956 to his graduation in 1960. He earned four varsity letters in soccer, four varsity letters in basketball, and three varsity letters in baseball. As a four-year starter in soccer, he played in goal his first two years and moved out to the fullback slot during his last two seasons. He was team co-captain in both his junior and senior years. Over his first two years, the team had modest success but not until 1958 did the team come to full flower. Suffield entered the tournament with but one loss (to Longmeadow, MA) and two ties. In this his junior year, Tom was instrumental in Suffield copping its first ever State Championship in any sport. They battled Hale-Ray of Moodus to a 1-1 double overtime tie in the finals and were declared Co-State Champions. Finishing the year with a sparkling 14 wins, 1 loss and 3 ties. Suffield was 13-1-3 the following year, but lost in the State Semi-Finals to East Hampton by a 1-0 score.

At 6’4”, Tom was a natural at basketball and excelled in the sport. With his size and strength, he played a forward position and was an exceptional rebounder. His quickness and long arms made him an excellent defender whose presence forced opposing players to alter their shots. But he was also blessed with a superior shooting touch and his long, outside shots often riddled an opponent’s zone defense. As Tom matured as a varsity player, so too did the fortunes of Suffield rise. With Tom leading the scoring, the team made the State tournament in his junior year but promptly lost to Ellsworth in the first game. For his season exploits, he was named to an honorable mention slot on the prestigious New Haven Register All-State Team.
In the 1959-60 season, with Tom again leading the way, Suffield entered the State tournament with a 20-1 record and was the number two seed. With Tom scoring 20, 22, and 15 points respectively, the team won its first three tournament games, the last two being very tightly contested. In the State Final, against St Anthony’s of Bristol, the two teams went back and forth and were tied with just under two minutes to play. Suffield froze the ball and, literally as time expired, got the ball to Tom who sank the basket to give Suffield the State Championship, 64-62. He was named to the All-Tournament first team and also was a first team All-State selection by the New Haven Register.

In his senior year of baseball, Tom had a record of 3-0 on the mound, led the team in batting with a .342 average, and led the team in hits. Despite racking up a 10-5 record, Suffield was not selected to play in the State tournament that was a “by invitation only” event at that time. During his senior year, the three boys varsity teams were a combined 47-7 with two ties and had a 2-year total of 85 wins, 25 losses and 5 ties as well as two State Championships in soccer and basketball.

An honor student and member of the National Honor Society in high school, Tom went on to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While at WPI he continued his athletic career playing both basketball and soccer. He received his BS degree in electrical engineering in 1964. On July 23, 2003, Tom died unexpectedly at his home in Milford, New Jersey.