This is the first in a multi-part series highlighting the newest members of the Berlin Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. David W. McCain, 1950
Dr. David McCain graduated from Berlin High School in 1950.
A competitor both in the classroom and on the field, McCain excelled in football and baseball throughout his high school and college years. At Berlin, he was a four-year member of both the football and baseball teams, where he was a co-captain of the football team and captain of the baseball team his senior year. The football team won the league championship in 1978 and ’48 with the ’48 team going undefeated. The baseball team won its second Central Valley League championship his senior year.
At the Teachers College of Connecticut (now CCSU), McCain earned a varsity letter in both football and baseball and received his Bachelors of Science degree in 1955. A shoulder injury, however, altered his plans for a professional career. McCain had received invitations from the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team as a pitcher and the Los Angeles Rams football team as an offensive lineman. He remained actively involved in physical fitness programs, however. During the ’40s and ’50s, McCain worked at the Berlin Lions Club pool as a lifeguard, swimming coach and pool instructor.
From 1956-58, McCain served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and athletics coordinator at Camp Zama in Japan until his honorable discharge. After returning home, he turned his attention to a career in teaching, earning his Masters of Education degree in 1963 from the University of Hartford. After obtaining his C.A.G.S. (6th year degree), McCain earned his Ed.D. degree from Nova University.
McCain started his teaching career in Newington at Northwest Elementary School in 1955, later becoming president of the Newington Education Association. He then transitioned to administration as Northwest’s principal and continued there until 1976 when he became principal at John Wallace Middle School until retiring in 1990. After retirement, McCain’s dedication to Newington’s children kept him involved as he served the town as a school bus driver for athletic teams for the next 13 years.
During his career as a principal, McCain was an active member and officer of the Elementary and Middle School Principal Association of Connecticut, Principal of the Year Award winner, Newington Civitan Club member and officer and an active supporter and participant in the Special Olympic Games. John Wallace Middle School has dedicated an award presented annually in his honor, The Dr. David W. McCain Award for Perseverance.
McCain passed away June 23, 2004.
Sherwood “Woody” Anderson, 1965
Woody Anderson graduated from Berlin High in 1965.
While at Berlin, he was co-captain of both the cross country and track teams and was among the top runners in school history. He set the mile record of 4:49.7 and the two-mile record of 10:14, both of which stood for many years. Anderson was among the first in school history to qualify for the state meet. After graduating, he attended UConn where he ran cross country and joined the school newspaper, becoming the sports editor.
After graduating from UConn, Anderson joined the Hartford Courant sports department in January 1970 where he spent 36 years as a sports writer, covering thousands of local events from high school to college and was known for his writing style as well as his flair. He won more than 40 state, New England and national awards during his career. In 1989, Anderson was nominated for a Pulitzer Award for coauthoring a series on steroid use by high school athletes. In 2003, he received the CIAC Merit Award for his many years of distinguished service to high school sports.
In 2008, Anderson was awarded the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Art McGinley Award and in 2011, was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was among the first to compile weekly statewide coaches’ polls of top high school teams. He also compiled a ranking of the top 25 boys basketball players, including detailed information on each.
Anderson also covered college sports, including UConn football and men’s basketball.
During his career, Anderson received awards from the New England Press Executive News Association, the New England Basketball Coaches Association, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the United Press International, The Sporting News, the University of Hartford and CT Special Olympics.
As a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Wethersfield, Anderson served on committees, served meals at homeless shelters, collected and delivered clothing and other needed items to the shelters and has helped build a home for Habitat for Humanity.
Anderson and his wife, Sharon, reside in Southington.
The Berlin Athletic Hall of Fame induction dinner is scheduled for April 22 at the Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Marie Siegal at (860) 828-1115 or email, email@example.com. For more information, visit bhshalloffame.org.