Section VI Hall of Fame to induct local trio

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 August 2017 at 7:52 pm

Photo by Mike Wertman – Former longtime Albion football Coach Dick Diminuco, shown here with his wife Dale, will be inducted into the Section VI Hall of Fame in December.

Former long time Albion football Coach Dick Diminuco, Roy-Hart olympic wrestler Lou Rosselli and former long time Barker field hockey Coach Judith Otto have been selected for induction into the Section VI Hall of Fame.

Diminuco coached the Albion varsity football team for 30 years (1979-2008) guiding the Purple Eagles to over 200 victories, 14 division titles and 4 Section VI championships (1979, 1981, 1983, 1987).

He also coached the Purple Eagles varsity basketball team for several seasons and served as the school’s athletic director for many years.

Rosselli, a 1988 Roy-hart graduate, twice captured a state wrestling championship during his scholastic days with the Rams. He went on to earn All-American honors at Edinboro University and was a member of the United States wrestling squad at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta.

After serving as an assistant coach at Ohio State for several years, he is now the head coach at the University of Oklahoma.

Otto, who organized the girls sports program at Barker in the mid 1970’s, guided the Lady Raiders field hockey team to over 300 wins, 13 Niagara-Orleans League and 15 Section VI titles as well as 3 Far West Regional titles and 2 trips to the Final Four.

Diminuco and Rosselli are also both members of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.

The Section VI induction ceremony will be December 8.

Contributed Photos – The other local inductees are former longtime Barker Coach Judith Otto and Roy-Hart olympic wrestler Lou Rosselli.