Inductees into the Section V Basketball
Hall of Fame:
Jeff Fitch - Coach
was a long-time basketball coach at Fairport High School, where he amassed a
406-169 record, and an overall scholastic coaching record of 458-230. He was
the recipient of the Coach of the Year Award nine times ('74, '75, '77, '80,
'87, '91, '93, '94 and '00). His teams won one Section V title in the 1975,
along with their 12 Monroe County League Championships. To honor his
retirement and contributions to Fairport High School, the basketball court
was dubbed "Jeff Fitch Court." He was an All-League MVP and All-American
basketball star at East Texas State University, where he received his degree
Scott Fitch - Player
a flashy shooting guard for the Fairport Red Raiders, where was named to the
All Greater Rochester Team in his senior year (1989). Played his college
basketball at SUNY Geneseo, where he was a four-year SUNYAC First Team
selection. He was the 1993 Rochester Press Radio Club honoree as Local
Collegiate Athlete of the Year. In that same year, he was named the NCAA
Division III Basketball Player of the Year. He completed his career at
Geneseo with 2,661 points, ranking him as the #6 player all-time in NCAA
Division III basketball scoring. Followed his father as the coach of the
Fairport Red Raiders, and gained Coach of the Year honors in his rookie
season by leading his team to an 18-5 season, losing the Section V Class AA
championship by five points in the Championship game.
In May of 1999, Scott was also inducted into
Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame.
Michael R. Ruff - Player
was a 1975 graduate of Fairport High School, where his Red Raiders captured
the Section V AAA Championship in his senior year. As a co-captain of his
team, his play on the court earned him Most Valuable Player honors for the
Section V tournament.
Other honor collected included First Team All Monroe County (1975) and First
Team All Greater Rochester in the same year. He was a member of the select
Section V All-Stars which played the Junior National Team of the former USSR
(1975). He was given a full basketball scholarship to LeMoyne College, where
he was the starting point guard all four years.
He graduated from LeMoyne with honors in 1979 and returned to Section V as a
coach, beginning at Aquinas Institute in 1982 and moving to Bishop Kearney
in 1986, where he led his team to the finals of the annual tournament. The
Democrat and Chronicle named him Coach of the Year for 1986.
At the time of his induction (2003), he was a professor of Business at
Monroe Community College, where he was honored their Outstanding Teacher
Award in 1998. He also was a successful Realtor with Re/Max Realty Group and
received entrance into the Re/Max Realty Hall of Fame.
His community involvement activities include work as a Compeer volunteer,
religious education at his home parish, the fresh Air Fund and the Big
Brother/Big Sister Program