June 13, 2023

2023 Athletics Hall of Honor inductees selected

Seven honored during Reunion Weekend

Phillips Academy is pleased to welcome seven athletes into the Andover Athletics Hall of Honor. These alumni are being honored for their accomplishments in varied sports as well as for the exceptional ways in which each has lived the values of Phillips and Abbot academies. The induction ceremony took place during Reunion Weekend 2023. Fellow alumni, classmates, and teammates will celebrated this impressive cohort on Saturday, June 10, 2023.

The 2023 Andover Athletics Hall of Honor inductees

Edward H. Bailey Jr. ’58

A four-year Andover student-athlete, Ted Bailey lettered in football, winter track, and spring track and field his upper and senior years.

It was Coach Steve Sorota P’55, ’61, ’63, ’70, who introduced Bailey to hammer-throwing his upper year. At the time, most track competitions were against college freshman teams, so on several occasions Bailey threw the Olympic-weight hammer instead of the high school weight. He was undefeated in the hammer-throwing competition as an upper—and took first place in the 12-pound hammer in the New England Prep school championships his upper and senior years. In 1958, Andover romped Northeastern’s freshman squad in their spring track meet. Bailey whirled the 16-pound hammer an impressive 147 feet 2.5 inches to break the school record by almost a foot.

Bailey continued competing in track and field events at Harvard. At the school’s freshman meet against Andover, Bailey beat his alma mater in the discus and 28-pound weight (the indoor hammer). He also threw the 35-pound weight as an extra event and set a new Harvard frosh and PA Cage record.

Bailey’s athletic career at Harvard culminated senior year with an all-time college record of 200 feet in the 16-pound hammer. Undefeated in hammer-throwing in major Ivy League and Eastern Collegiate track and field championships in 1962, Bailey qualified for and won the NCAA Championship and was named All-American. Bailey was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club’s Track & Field Hall of Fame Class of 1988.

After graduating from Harvard, Bailey earned a master’s degree from Cornell in aerospace engineering in 1966 and an MBA from New York University in 1973. After graduating from Cornell, Bailey worked at General Electric for 25 years. He became a principal of the Gabriel Group, a California consulting company, from 1988 until his retirement in 2006.

Richard M. Cashin Jr. ’71

In his senior year at Andover, Dick Cashin’s football team went undefeated, his squash team was New England Interscholastic champion, and his lacrosse team won the New England Prep championship. The highlight of those experiences, he recalls, was his exceptional teammates.

At Harvard, Cashin competed in squash and rowing, winning two national championships in each sport as well as the Bingham Award for best athlete. He earned a BA in East Asian studies and an MBA from Harvard and was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1998.

A two-time rowing Olympian, Cashin competed on six U.S. national teams. A spare in 1973, he won gold rowing six seat in the eight at the 1974 World Championships. He again rowed six seat in 1975 and in the 1976 Olympics. In 1979, he raced the pair, honing skill over his trademark power.

Cashin rowed two seat in the 1980 Olympic eight, but his team was unable to compete in Moscow due to the U.S. boycott. His eight went on to win the 1980 Grand Challenge Cup at The Royal Henley Regatta, beating the British (silver medalists in Moscow) and trading wins with the East Germans (gold medalists in Moscow). He raced in and often won the Head of the Charles Regatta with his 1980 boat over the next 40 years. A four-time world indoor rowing champion, Cashin is the world record holder for the 55-year-old division—and is eyeing a second world record in the 70-year-old division.

Cashin worked for Citigroup and JP Morgan before founding and serving as president of One Equity Partners. Instrumental in funding Community Rowing Inc.’s Harry Parker Boathouse, he is also a major supporter of Row New York and is a long-time director and former chair of the National Rowing Foundation. A supporter of rowing at Andover and a former PA trustee, Cashin serves on numerous boards in New York City and at the American University in Cairo. He is also active in several inner-city educational initiatives.

Alexandra Bell Farr ’13

Alexi Bell came to Andover from Texas. A four-year starter for the girls’ volleyball team, she consistently proved herself to be a strong player both mentally and physically and helped her team win the New England Prep School Championship in 2010 and 2011. A team captain as a senior, she was also named New England Prep School All-Star that year.

In a season-to-date article in the October 19, 2012, Phillipian, Head Coach Clyfe Beckwith described Bell as “one of the most dominating middle hitters the league has seen in the past three or four years. She’s a motivator by example, and although she’s specialized in her role as a middle hitter and blocker, she knows every position on the court and gives valuable feedback to her teammates all the time.” The story went on to report that Bell had earned 91 out of the team’s combined 320 kills (nearly double the kill count of the next-highest individual), led the team in blocks, and had a 90 percent hitting percentage, the team’s highest.

It came as no surprise that Bell committed to West Point as an upper. U.S. Military Academy coaches had approached Bell at the 2011 Nationals when she was playing club volleyball. Bell’s collegiate debut included 34 kills, and she had the highest grade-point average of all Patriot League student-athletes.

After graduating from West Point in 2017, Bell attended Edinburgh University on a Rotary Club scholarship and earned an MSc in data science. She was promoted to captain, and is currently a cyber officer in the U.S. Army.

Bell married West Point classmate David Farr in 2020, and the couple now has two children. In November 2022, Capt. Farr returned to campus as the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Veterans Day Program and Dinner, hosted by the Andover and the Military Committee. She spoke about how her experiences at Andover helped prepare her for success at West Point and beyond.

Jeehae Lee ’02

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jeehae Lee moved with her family to the United States at age 12. A four-year starter on the PA golf team, she was the only female to compete at that time. In 1999, Lee won the Massachusetts Independent School Girl’s Championship, defeating the two-time defending champ. Lower year, she advanced to the #2 position, helping the team earn a 10–1–1 record and win the Lovell Cup and Witherspoon Bowl. Co-captain her senior year, Lee was awarded the Kazickas Golf Trophy for being the season’s low medalist and was named a Boston Globe High School All-Star.

Lee joined Yale’s varsity golf team as a freshman; the team won the Ivy League Championship that spring. After a two-and-a-half-year hiatus from golf to explore other opportunities—including a semester abroad in Beijing—Lee resumed golf as a senior and the team won yet another Ivy League Championship. She graduated with a BA in economics.

A player on the Futures Tour in 2007 and 2008, Lee qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) in 2009 and tied for 55th place in that year’s LPGA Tour Championship. Focusing on the Ladies European Tour in 2010, she played in 17 events with four top-10 finishes and two top-5 finishes. In 2011, her final year as a professional golfer, Lee competed on both the LPGA and Ladies European Tour. In 2012, she began working at the talent management company IMG, representing her friend, professional golfer Michelle Wie West.

Coach J. Richard Lux P’69, ’73

Dick Lux joined the Andover faculty as a math instructor in 1949. He became varsity lacrosse coach in 1952 and varsity wrestling coach in 1954. In this era of the “triple threat”—when most faculty were expected to teach, coach, and oversee students in the dorms—workloads could get very heavy. At the end of the 1955 lacrosse season, it was decided that Lux should handle only one varsity sport—wrestling—in deference to his already crowded schedule, which included being a house counselor and teaching a full course load.

Lux was wrestling’s head coach until 1976, and his long-term impact on PA’s program was profound. He not only transformed wrestling at Andover, but also was instrumental in organizing the New England Championships as we know them today.

According to New England Independent School Wrestling Association history, the wrestling association more than doubled in size in a matter of years. By 1961, public and private New England schools had separated to hold their own championships. The association credits Lux and coaches from Exeter, Governor Dummer, and Nobles for working on the creation of the Class A, B, and C leagues for independent schools.

Nearly all of Andover wrestling’s coaching history stems from Coach Lux. Lux was Nicholas Kip ’60’s head coach; Kip, now faculty emeritus, would join the wrestling staff in 1968 and coach until 1993—during which time he coached Rich Gorham ’86. Longtime faculty member Gorham, wrestling head coach from 1997 to 2019, coached Kassie Archambault ’06—now an instructor in Russian and the wrestling program’s current head coach.

Lux retired from PA as faculty emeritus in 1991. Two awards are given annually in his honor: the J. Richard Lux Award for the most improved wrestler and the Lux Lacrosse Award for the player who, through love and enthusiasm for the sport, has most imparted a will to win among their teammates.

Lisa Mancke Montague ’90

Sports were a big part of Lisa Mancke’s childhood in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She played baseball and softball and, at age 10, played on the boy’s hockey traveling team. In 1987, Mancke and her family moved to the town of Andover. The new lower would become a varsity athlete in field hockey, ice hockey, and softball that year. She was named Phillipian Athlete of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and Phillipian Winter Athlete in 1990.

Senior year, Mancke co-captained field hockey and ice hockey and was softball captain. She helped lead the field hockey team to the New England semifinals and was an All-American nominee. With 25 goals and 12 assists, Mancke was ice hockey’s high scorer and earned the Sumner Smith Hockey Award—given to a senior in good scholastic standing who represented the school’s ideals through sportsmanship, endeavor, and ability. At graduation, Mancke received the Press Club Award for outstanding athletic performance her senior year.

At Princeton, Mancke played ice hockey and softball. She was a member of the 1992 Ivy League Championship ice hockey team, and her name remains on Princeton’s individual record board—tied for third place for most goals in a game. In softball, Mancke is listed as “all-time letter winner” in the university’s 1991 Softball Record book. She graduated with a BSE in civil engineering.

Over the past three decades, Mancke has worked as an innovative software engineer and became an industry leader in software product delivery with experience in IPO-bound startups, corporate IT, nonprofits, fin-tech, and ed-tech.

As co-founder, partner, and CEO of Coat Rack Web Services, LLC, a women- and LGBTQ-owned company based in Cedar City, Utah, Mancke serves the nonprofit industry with custom web applications and consulting. She and her wife are the parents of five children.

Nnamdi D. Okike ’98

Nnamdi Okike competed in cross country, basketball, and track. Lower year, Okike ran in Interschols, helping the cross-country team take the New England title. He was also a member of varsity basketball, which posted an impressive 21–3 record. Upper year, Okike ran his best race at Interschols, helping the team earn a repeat title. In basketball, playing alongside his brother, Kanu ’97, team captain, Okike averaged a double-double in points and rebounds.

Senior year, Okike became a three-sport captain. He led cross country to third place at Interschols and led the basketball team through a season punctuated by a big win against Exeter. The track team won Interschols at home; Okike single-handedly outscored the entire Exeter team. Along with receiving Interschols MVP and being named Phillipian Athlete of the Year, Okike received the Sorota Track Trophy. He also received the Aurelian Society Award, given to a student with sterling character, high scholarship, and forceful leadership. He credits coaches Jonathan Stableford ’63, P’89, ’92, Leon Modeste, and John Strudwick as having formative impacts on his life.

Okike was a five-time letterman in track and field at Harvard, competing in the 400 meter, 800 meter, and 4x400 meter events; he placed in the top 10 in the Ivy League in the 400 and 800. He won the 800 at multiple Harvard-Yale meets and ran at Penn Relays. Okike earned BA, MBA, and JD degrees from Harvard, all with honors.

Upon graduation, Okike worked at Insight Partners, a $90 billion venture capital/private equity firm, where he invested in 18 companies and had nine exits. In 2014, Okike founded 645 Ventures, a venture capital firm that has pioneered a data-driven approach to investing in early-stage software companies.

Okike is a board member of the National Venture Capital Association, New York Roadrunners, and Mount Sinai Hospital, and serves on Andover’s Investment Committee.

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