May 17, 2016

Former University of Notre Dame football and basketball player Ted Romanowski will be one of 17 inductees in 2016 to the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame.

Romanowski will be honored at ceremonies Sunday (May 22) at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, New York.

Originally from Albany, New York, the 6-5, 235-pound Romanowski came to Notre Dame in 1957 on a football scholarship. He earned a numeral sweater for his participation in freshman football that fall, but a knee injury as a sophomore limited his football career with the Irish.

Romanowski turned to basketball and played as a reserve forward in 1960-61 and 1961-62, winning a monogram after his final campaign. He played in two games in 1960-61 and eight more in 1961-62 for Notre Dame coach John Jordan.

Romanowski was a standout in in football, basketball and track at Philip Schuyler High School in Albany, winning all-city honors twice in football as a tackle and once in basketball. He was inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Romanowski helped the Schuyler basketball team to a combined 50-7 record in his final three high school seasons, including a 20-0 record in his senior year.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 from the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame and received his master’s degree the following year. Now living in East Greenbush, New York, he spent more than three decades as a teacher, coach and administrator in public education and was inducted into the East Greenbush Central School District Athletic Hall of Fame.

Previous Notre Dame inductees to the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame include Kevin O’Neill (played basketball for Irish in 1964-65-66; from Albany), Armand Reo (played 1960-61-62; captain of 1961-62 team; from Waterford) and John Matthews (played 1961-62-63; captain of 1962-63 team that played in NCAA Championship; from Watervliet).