Tony Fernandes


Anthony Fernandes
(Soccer, 1999)

Number 1 soccer team in Connecticut in 1997 and 1998. Number 12 ranking in the country in 1998. Number 5 ranking in the country in 1997. These team accomplishments are the highlight of the illustrious soccer history of Danbury High School under legendary coach Gary Donaldson. The top player on those two teams was our next Hall of Fame inductee, Tony Fernandes. Tony’s personal accomplishments are off the chart. He was a News-Times’ All-Area selection for three years, an All- FCIAC performer for three years, received All-State recognition his junior and senior year as well as All-New England for those two years. In his senior year Tony was named All-American for the Hatters. The real key to understanding Tony Fernandes is the selflessness with which he played the game. The two state titles and national rankings are the things that define just who he was as a player. As a four year starter and two year captain of the Hatter Booters, Tony finished his high school career scoring 54 goals. Tony’s success continued at Southern Connecticut State University where the Owls won a Division II National Championship in his freshman year. Again the personal accomplishments were many as he was named captain for both his junior and senior years at Southern as well as being an All-Conference performer for two years as well. In his last year playing for SCSU he was an All-New England selection and the Connecticut College Player of the Year. After graduation from Southern Connecticut Tony played three years of professional soccer for the Western Massachusetts Pioneers of the United Soccer League. Tony has coached a number of travel soccer teams in the last decade and presently is a physical education teacher and Boys’ Varsity Soccer coach at Bethel High School.