Nick DerCola ‘45
Nick DerCola lettered in four sports from 1942 till 1945. After his junior year of high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy. He was honorably discharged and returned to high school for his senior year.
A stand out athlete, he received ten varsity letters. In football he played three varsity seasons and captained the team his junior and senior year. The squad was undefeated county champs two years in a row. On the hardwood, Nick captained the basketball team and was the catcher on the baseball team for three years.
After high school Nick attended Ithaca College. He was awarded varsity letters for football, basketball, and baseball. He garnered Honorable Mention All-American honors for football and was the second leading hitter and the leading base stealer for the baseball team his senior year.
After he graduated from college in 1951, he began a 32 year teaching and coaching career in Clyde. He coached varsity football, baseball, boys basketball and girls basketball. As a football coach, Nick guided two football teams to sectional titles, three teams to undefeated seasons, and finished with a career record of 192-70-10. The football field at Clyde-Savannah is now named after Nick for his football accomplishments. He is the only coach in Section V history to win titles in four different sports.
Along with this year’s induction, Nick was inducted into the Ithaca Hall of Fame in 1971, the National High School Football Hall of Fame in 1985, the Section V Hall of Fame in 1998, and the Clyde-Savannah Hall of Fame in 2002.
Nick and his wife, Margaret, reside in Clyde and have five children and eleven grandchildren.