Hemsley & Pfefferle inducted as first enshrinees in Bishop Grimes Sports HOF

Two members enshrined in first ever Bishop Grimes HOF induction

Sunday night was a first for Bishop Grimes athletics.

The first two members of the newly former Bishop Grimes Athletic Hall of Fame were enshrined at halftime of the MLK Classic game between Grimes and Syracuse Academy of Science.

Longtime coaches Paul Hemsley and Barb Pfefferle were recognized for the outstanding to contributions to Cobra athletics and education.

Historical and inductee information courtesy of Bishop Grimes athletics and athletic director John Cifonelli.


Paul Hemsley dedicated most of his life to Bishop Grimes and its athletic program. A 1971 graduate of the school, Hemsley would return to Grimes as a teacher, coach and athletic administrator.

He served as the Assistant AD for 12 years and then as Athletic Director for another 10 years.

Hemsley spent more than three decades as the Head Coach for the Girls Soccer and Softball programs. He also coached in the Boys and Girls Basketball programs and the Volleyball program.


Barb Pfefferle came to Bishop Grimes in 1969, where she was a teacher and coach for over four decades.

Pefferle led the charge in girls athletics even before Title IX was enacted. She is best known as the Girls Basketball Coach at Grimes as she amassed 183 wins in only 12 seasons.

Pfefferle also coached Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Track and Field at Bishop Grimes.

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