The 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony welcomed three new individual inductees and one championship team into the Bishop McNamara Hall of Fame, which honors the achievements of individuals and teams in athletics from La Reine and Bishop McNamara High Schools. The Induction Ceremony was held the night before Homecoming on Friday, October 11.
The evening brought together alumni, current families, board members, administration, coaches, and employees to celebrate those who have excelled in athletics on and off the field. The induction class of 2019 included three individuals from Bishop McNamara - Eric Johnson ‘89, Keita Malloy ‘89 and Asim Penny ‘91 and one team - the 1984 Girl’s Volleyball Team from La Reine High School.
Eric Johnson ‘89 was on the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team all four years at Bishop McNamara. It was on the court where Eric exercised his skills as a leader serving as the team’s captain his senior year. In 1989, his achievements on the basketball court allotted him the opportunity to play on the McDonald’s Capitol Classic Team representing the East. Today, Eric still holds the record for the most rebounds during a single game during the Capitol Classic, an event that has seen numerous players go onto outstanding careers in college and the National Basketball Association.
Keita Malloy ‘89, who is Bishop McNamara’s Head Football Coach and Assistant Athletic Director, lettered in three varsity sports — football, baseball, and basketball. Malloy’s achievements were many, including being named All-League and All County in football and a top 25 basketball player by the Washington Post. He also played in the 1988 WCAC Football Championship Game. He was a guard on the basketball team and played the outfield on the baseball team. Today, Keita often conveys the idea to his student-athletes that Bishop McNamara is more than a school, but a family, which is something he experienced during his time at Bishop McNamara. It is the reason why his team’s motto remains One Team. One Family. One McNamara!
Asim Penny ‘91 lettered in football, basketball, and track and field and his fondest memory from his playing days at Bishop McNamara was when the Boy’s Varsity Football Team in 1990 won the WMAC Championship. Asim, as a student-athlete, believed that being part of a team meant more to him than winning championships. He always felt he was part of a brotherhood; something greater than himself. Asim truly excelled in football as he was a gifted athlete who played a variety of positions, mainly as a wide-receiver. At the end of his senior football season, Asim garnered numerous local and national honors in all the significant recruiting and sporting publications. Indeed, Asim Penny remains one of the most highly decorated Mustangs ever to grace the gridiron here at Bishop McNamara.
In 1984, the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Team at La Reine High School was known as the “Royal Squad.” Indeed, they were royalty. They were the “Queens of the Court.” After a lot of hard work and many exhausting practices, the team captured the prized Catholic Girls’ Athletic Association title. Reigning over their opponents and winning the CGAA tournament was a great accomplishment for the whole team. Much of the team’s success was attributed to a collection of terrific and dedicated coaches, particularly Ms. Virginia McNamara. All feared the “Royals” Volleyball Team and its strong spirit and dedication led them to a championship title in 1984 and furthered a winning tradition in athletics for which La Reine High School was known throughout the Washington Metropolitan Region.
Ken Meringolo ‘94 served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. A 1994 graduate of Bishop McNamara, Ken’s family, including his parents and siblings, are all McNamara and La Reine graduates and today Ken is the President of First Amendment Sports, a digital media production company that is the exclusive partner of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference where they broadcast boys and girls sports throughout the year. Bill Edwards ‘89, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, and Board Chairperson Robert Summers ‘86, a 2010 inductee, presented the awards to the inductees and congratulated them as recipients.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony concluded with a special presentation honoring Executive Athletics Director Anthony Johnson ‘88 as the inaugural recipient of the Anthony Johnson ‘88 Unsung Hero Award. This newly created award will be annually given to that member of the Bishop McNamara High School community who most exemplifies all those characteristics demonstrated by Mr. Johnson - a servant heart, hard work, dedication, loyalty, mentorship, faith, academic excellence, stewardship, and possesses a commitment to the growth and development of our student-athletes. A special moving tribute video, which captured the spirit of Mr. Johnson as true maroon and gold, was produced by Michael Anderson ‘94 of DHM Photography & Videography and screened that evening for all to see on this memorable night.