Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame Criteria

  • A minimum of two (2) years played / coached / and or managed to be eligible.
  • Must be retired from playing / and or coaching for one (1) full year to be eligible.
  • An outstanding player / coach / and or manager on and off the field.
  • A person must receive eighty percent (80%) of votes from the selection committee to be inducted into the Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame.
  • A fan or staff member may be voted in, but must receive eighty percent (80%) of votes from the Selection Committee.
  • A maximum of four (4) players / coaches / and or managers will be inducted each year, their is no minimum.

The Selection Committee will consist of the Board of Directors and Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame members. Once a player / coach / and or manager is voted into the Hall of Fame he/or she will be become a member of the Selection Committee, and able to cast a vote the following year. A person can be added to the Selection Committee as long as they are voted in by one hundred (100%) of the current committee.
 
Each year a new member is voted into the Hall of Fame that person will be announced at Troy’s Fighting Irish Alumni game. Any past members of the Fighting Irish that wear their jersey, or are listed on a team roster (please check our Alumni Page), will be let in to that game for free. The new Hall of Fame member will be announced at halftime and will receive a Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame plaque and a custom Fighitng Irish Gold Jersey. The team will also release a press release to the local papers and will list a bio of that person on the team website under the Hall of Fame page.
 
The Fighting Irish Hall of Fame asks that each new member of the Hall of Fame please donate anything (Jersey, Pads, Gloves, Helmet, Cleats, etc) to the Fighting Irish Hall of Fame to be put on display at a location that will be determined by the Selection Committee.

Troy's Fighting Irish Hall of Fame

Class of 2019

Class of 2010

Class of 2018

Class of 2020

TBD

Nick Yatrakis

Pete Porcelli
Jahmel "Flip" Tarver
Anthony Murray
Joshiah Quinn

TBD

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Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Pete Porcelli - Head Coach

2010-2014

Coach Porcelli, a resident of Watervliet, was a guy that completely changed the culture of the Irish. Becoming our Offensive Coordinator right before the 2010 season began, he came in and installed his patented double wing offense. In his first year he led the Irish offense averaging 38 points a game, a 12-1 record, and helping us win our first ever League Title. Later that same year was the Head Coach for our first ever Bowl win in Homestead, Florida.

In 2011 he took over as the Head Coach for us and had nothing but success. Compiling a 48-5 record as Head Coach and a combined 59-6 overall as a part of the Irish. He won five NFA Championships in all five years with the team, and coached the Irish in three National Title games. He won the NFA’s coach of the year twice in 2011 & 2012, and guided the Irish to a franchise best 48 points per game in 2011. Although his best season coaching came in his final season in 2014 with a comeback win over Lockport in the League Championship.

He is already a member of the class of 2012 American Football News Hall of Fame as a Player/Minor League Coach. Coach Porcelli widely known for his playing days in the Arena Football League and for his 100+ wins coaching at the High School level, but when it came to the Irish it was a side of him many never saw. Always found joking with the guys and getting the best out of each player. At the same time helping a handful of players get full pad tryouts at pro levels. His passion for the game and the organization was something you can’t describe. Always with a smile on his face and a coach that would do almost anything for his players, it was a true love for the game.

He changed many of our football lives in those years, maybe didn’t seem it at the time but had a profound effect on our organization for years to come.
He changed many of our football lives in those years, maybe didn’t seem it at the time but had a profound effect on our organization for years to come. Still can be found texting for score updates, or on the sideline at home games helping out.

A great coach and friend, but a well deserved honor.

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Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Anthony Murray #27 - Defensive End

2007-2014

Tony, a Troy native, was a guy that did so much on and off the field for the Irish. He was an original member playing MLB in 2007, then moving to DE in 2008 where he excelled. Tony played until 2014 and was a captain almost every season he played. He returned in 2015 National Championship game in Florida to help the Irish capture a long overdue National Title.

He was one of the members that was pivotal in turning a new franchise into a year in and year out competitor. When needed he played anywhere on the field and excelled when doing so. He won five League Titles, a Bowl Game, and a National Championship in his 8-9 year playing career. He was a four time league All-Star, a two time All-American, and is top 5 in all major defensive statistical categories for the Irish.

Tony was also a guy that could be found at any community service that the Fighting Irish did during his career. He was a guy you wanted on the field with you at all times, and was even a better teammate.

Help us congratulating Tony as a part of the 2018 TFI Hall of Fame class!
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Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame Class of 2018

NJahmel "Flip" Tarver #2 - Athelete

2007-2013

Jahmel “Flip” Tarver embodied everything that is Troy's Fighting Irish. From his spirit, to his leadership, and his unselfish competitive nature. He was the guy you wanted in the huddle with you when times got tough. Flip as everyone called him came out late 2007 for the team, we were new and he heard about the team through a friend. From his first play touching the ball you could tell that the former Troy/Watervliet star was just different from most players, and was just special. He was a leader that played with a ton of heart and emotion, helped new players, and was the ultimate team player.

From 2007 till 2013 he was a staple on the Fighting Irish offense dominating at whatever position he was asked to play. Starting at Wide Receiver, Running Back, Quarterback, and even as a Kick Returner during his career. There was nothing he couldn’t do if you asked him to do it.

In 2008: He led the Irish in receiving with 17 receptions for 485 yards and 9 touchdowns. That included three hundred yard plus performances.

​In 2009: He did a little bit of everything playing running back, quarterback, and wide receiver. All while helping lead the Irish to their first Harvest Bowl appearance.

​In 2010: Flip found his grove in a new offense where he could excel, rushing for over 500 yards and over 8 touchdowns as he helped lead the Irish to their first Northeastern Football Alliance title and a Florida Bowl Championship.

​In 2011: It was more of the same for him. Rushing for just over 1,000 yards and over 10 touchdowns all while helping the Irish to their first ever 12-0 season on their way to a National Championship game.​​
In 2012: He threw for almost 1,000 yards as he led the Irish at QB to their third consecutive league title and on their way to another National Championship game in Florida.

In 2013: He threw for over 1,000 yards and over 10 touchdowns all while only throwing 1 interception. This was his best season to date at Quarterback, and even so showed how much of a team player he was moving to Running Back in the second half of the Championship game to help the team win their fourth league title.

He is the only player ever for the Irish to have over 1,000 yards passing and rushing in a season. He is also the only player to be a league all-star at QB (Twice), RB (Twice), and WR (Once). He was a 2010 Minor League Football News All-American kick returner as well.

He finished top five all-time in all categories for Quarterback, Running Back, and Wide Receiver statistically for the Irish. He was a major part of a 36-game NFA win streak, four NFA titles, one Florida Bowl Championship, and two National Championship appearances.

Help us congratulating Jahmel as a part of the 2018 TFI Hall of Fame class!
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Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame Class of 2010           

Nick Yatrakis #34 - Strong Safety

2007-2008

Nick Yatrakis played from 2007-2008 and was the kind of player that every team wants. Nick was the first ever person to sign a contract to play for the Fighting Irish in 2007. He played strong safety for the Irish and was a key contributor on and off the field.

Nick was a true leader by example and would do anything asked of him by the team. He would play any position needed whether it was his usual strong safety or if it was linebacker, offensive line, and even running back once. He was also a major person in helping with the inception of the Fighting Irish back in 2007.

Nick was a 2nd team New York Amateur Football League all-star at strong safety in 2007. He registered a total of 63 tackles in his two years with the Irish placing him currently 8th among active and retired players. He finished his career with 42 solo, 19 assist, 2 sacks, and 3 Fumble recoveries. He also had four carries for 32 yards and a TD in 2007.

Always having a presence and act of being around the ball, Nick to this day has the most career fumble recoveries among any past, or present, Fighting Irish member. In Troy’s first ever win, 42-0, over the Glove-Cities Colonials in 2007 Nick led the defensive charge with 9 solo tackles as the Irish shutout the Colonials.

Walking away from the game after just two short years with the Irish, Nick is now married with two twin boys and is coaching football at the high school level.
Nick Yatrakis has set an example for future Irish players when he was playing and Troy’s Fighting Irish would like to thank him for all his hard work. Now we would like to present him with the last jersey he will ever wear for the Irish. As today he is honored with his gold Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame jersey and we welcome him as the first ever member of the Troy’s Fighting Irish Hall of Fame.

On behalf of Troy's Fighting Irish we all would like to say THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS to Nick for all your hard work and dedication in the past!