John Lisell: Individual Inductee
John Liselli, Class of 1981, played varsity baseball through all four years of high school earning All-League honors each year at different positions in the infield. He also played varsity football and varsity basketball during his junior year and played varsity soccer, varsity basketball and varsity baseball during his senior year making it to the Suffolk County Championship Tournament in all three sports. Throughout his high school career he earned a total of eight varsity letters in four different sports – baseball, basketball, football and soccer – serving as a captain of the baseball team during his last two years in high school.
In baseball, he batted in the critical third- or fourth-spot in the order where he was relied upon to lead the team offensively. He was at or near the top of every statistical category each year. He was a top performer who seemed to be just as effective in pressure situations, and could be counted upon to deliver the big hit when needed. His defense was also relied upon as he played the critical middle-infield positions. His contributions on the field and court, coupled with non-stop hustle and determination, put him in the top echelon of players that have ever called themselves Colonials.
John continued his athletic career in college playing baseball, rugby and men’s club lacrosse before graduating with a BA from Cortland State University in 1985. His children are carrying on his legacy as his daughter, Suzannah, is playing Division I Women’s Lacrosse at Arizona State University; and his son, Jack, is currently ranked as a top 10 recruit in the country for goalies (Class of 2020) according to Inside Lacrosse. Jack is also a two-time Under Armour All-American participant. John is happily married to his lovely wife, Lori Tuckey-Liselli.