2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
Nick Gismondi was born in Queens, NY and attended St. Adalbert’s Grammar School in Elmhurst before attending McClancy High School. In high school, Nick played four years of basketball and baseball while graduating Cum Laude. He was a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. In his senior year, he was co-captain of the basketball team and captain of the baseball team. He was the leadoff hitter and starting centerfielder in his junior and senior year. Both teams were Queens Champions with the 1972 team losing in the semifinals of the city championship and the 1973 team losing in the finals.
In his senior year, Nick was either first or second on the team in every positive offensive category (excluding home runs), compiling a .390 batting average and over.600 on base percentage. In 1973, he was awarded First-Team Brooklyn-Queens Daily News All Star, First Team Long Island Press Queens All Star and Brooklyn-Queens Tablet Player of the Year.
After graduating high school, Nick attended Sacred Heart University and St. Francis College. After a year of ineligibility, Nick graduated St. Francis College in 1977 Magna Cum Laude and started working for Deloitte Haskins and Sells. After 5 years at Deloitte, Nick joined the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York which became the MONY Group and was subsequently taken over by AXA Financial, Inc. He is a CPA and Vice President at AXA Equitable.
Nick lives in New Jersey and has been married to the lovely MaryJane for 26 years. They have three boys, Chris 24 (third year law school at Emory) engaged to Haley Dupree, Nick 22 (NYC Fireman) and Mike 16 a junior at Westfield High School. Nick has been an active member of the Westfield Boosters for the past 11 years. He coached little league baseball for 16 years, and was a member of the Westfield Baseball Board of Directors for 10 years, including 5 years as President. Prior to moving to New Jersey, Nick coached youth basketball at St. Adalbert and St. Mary’s for 10 years.