By Indrek Kongats

The Section VI Hall of Fame was established to honor and recognize those, within its organization, who excelled in their roles as Athletes, Administrators, Coaches, Officials, or Contributors who have provided meritorious service. The commitment to athletics made by those who comprise the Hall of Fame has contributed to the promotion, continuation, and development of programs within Section VI.

On Dec. 9, Section VI (NYSPHSAA) proudly announced its Hall of Fame, Class of 2016 and several familiar names to Ellicottville sports fans were graciously honored.

These included the following new Hall of Famers:


Mark Ward- Administrator Ellicottville Central Schools

Mark Ward graduated from Ellicottville High School in 1971 and from St. Bonaventure University in 1975. From 1980 -1998, he served as ECS Athletic Director. Ward has played many important roles in shaping of Section VI athletics, serving as Football Federation committee member for 20 years. For basketball fans, Ward was the driving force for the fabulous new hard court at ECS— the envy of the league.


Tim Bergan – Coach

Ellicottville Central Schools

Tim Bergan graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 1973 and served in a number of coaching roles at ECS. In the sport of basketball, Bergan coached Varsity boys for 20 years, from 1978-1998, and girls hoops for over 13 years from 1984 off and on until retiring after the 2013 season. Bergan was named Coach of the Year 15 times, seven with the boys and eight with the girls teams.  Bergan has three important messages that every athlete should live by: always do the right thing and be a good teammate, treat others the way you would like to be treated, and most importantly, remember that the individual is never more important than the team.


Bob Lanier – Athlete

Bennett High School

Lanier was a three-time All-America selection (1968–1970), and in 1970 his senior year, he led St. Bonaventure to the NCAA Final Four. Lanier was drafted number one overall by the National Basketball Association’s Detroit Pistons and was named to the All-Rookie Team for the 1970–71 season after averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Lanier became a star for Detroit, averaging more than 21 points per game. Bergan was named Coach points and 8.1 rebounds per game. Lanier became a star for Detroit, averaging more than 21 points per game.