Athletic Hall of Fame
Gulliver's rich athletic history, stretching back decades, led to the formation of the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Spearheaded by the Gulliver Athletic and Alumni departments, the Hall recognizes and honors coaches, administrators, student-athletes, athletic teams and friends of Gulliver who have made significant contributions to the advancement and reputation of the program, while demonstrating a high degree of sportsmanship, leadership and character.
Congratulations to the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees!
Certified Athletic Trainer
Elijah Fletcher was Gulliver's first Certified Athletic Trainer and lead the sports care and injury prevention team as Director of Sports Medicine for both the Academy and Prep for more than 15 years. He was in charge of over 26 teams at both the Prep and Academy.
Elijah has supported our football, softball, baseball, tennis, volleyball, and other teams to achieve various district, regional, and state championships throughout his career at Gulliver.
Elijah founded Gulliver's sports care and injury prevention team, established physical sports performance through rehab and flexibility, worked to educate our parents, coaches and student-athletes, and travels with Gulliver teams.
Elijah who was always hard at work behind the scenes, is often referred to an as "unsung hero," extremely humble, dedicated, and passionate. He is highly respected by our coaches, administrators and alumni, who know what an integral part he played in athletic performance and championships.
Christina Swindle Mahaffey ‘03
A prolific member of the girls' swimming team during her time at Gulliver, Cristina Swindle Mahaffey was National High School Swimmer of the year two years in a row (2001, 2002) and the Miami Herald's Female Athlete of the Year five years in a row (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002).
Her sophomore year, she broke the national high school record in the 50 free and broke the national high school record in the 100 free. At the 2002 FHSAA State Championships, she broke her own national high school records in both the 50 free and the 100 free. She still holds the FHSAA State Championship Meet record in the 50 free, with a time of 22.30.
Christina competed for the United States in the Pan-American Games in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, where she won a gold medal in the 400 free relay and a silver medal in the 100 free. She also competed in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials. Christina is a former member of the USA National Team.
Alyssa Baron ‘10
Basketball and Track and Field
Alyssa Baron was a standout athlete in not one, but two sports during her time at Gulliver. In track and field, she was a State Finalist for the 400 meter (2009, 2010), a State Finalist in the 4x800 meter relay (2008-2010), a Regional Champion in the 4x800 meter relay (2009), holds the Gulliver school record 4x800 meter relay, is the Varsity MVP (2009, 2010), and the 400 meter Regional Champion (2009, 2010).
Alyssa excelled at basketball. She was a McDonalds All American Nominee, First Team all-state (2009, 2010), Miami-Dade County Player of the Year, 1A-4A ( 2008, 2009), Gulliver Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2010), Varsity MVP (2007-2010), and Varsity Captain (2009, 2010).
Alyssa continued playing basketball at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was named a Legend of the Ivy League, Ivy League Champion, Ivy League Player of the Year, Big 5 Player of the Year, First Team Mid-Major All-American, Captain of Varsity Women’s Basketball, First Team All-Ivy League Unanimous, Second All-Time in Penn Scoring and Tenth in Ivy League History (1,806 Points), Two-time Ivy League Scoring Title, Big 5 and Ivy League Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Big 5, and a World Maccabee Games Team USA Gold Medalist.
Alyssa has played professionally for Maccabi Ramat Han and Ramat Hasharon in Isreal.
Amy Butz Tabakman ‘86
Volleyball, Basketball and Softball
Amy Butz was a rare triple threat during her athletic career at Gulliver, participating in volleyball, basketball and softball. During her time on the Girls' Basketball team, they won District 16-2A and Region 8-2A titles. As a junior, she averaged 26.2 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. Amy scored 2,026 points playing for Gulliver, and made the Miami Herald All-Dade Basketball Second Team (1985), Miami Herald All-Dade Class 2A-1A Volleyball First Team (1986), and was a Miami Herald All-Dade Honorable Mention Player of the Week (1986).
While a volleyball player, she won the Coach’s Award (1984), and was named Most Valuable Volleyball Player (1986). During her time playing softball, she was named Most Improved Softball Player (1981), Most Valuable Softball Player (1986), and played on the Miami Herald All-Dade Class 2A-1A Softball First Team (1985).
Kevin Taylor ‘00
Kevin Taylor started for varsity soccer for four years at Gulliver as central defender and captain of the team for the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons. He still had 10 career goals and 12 assists. Under his leadership, the team recorded an impressive 36 shut-outs over their opponents.
Kevin’s teams won four conference championships, four district championships, two regional titles and two back-to-back state championships. He was selected to the All-Conference Team in 1998, 1999 and 2000, played on the All-State Team in 2000, was a Second Team All American in 2000, and Player of the Year for Miami-Dade County.
Kevin played college soccer at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2003 and with the Michigan Bucks of the USL. He was drafted in the third round (25th overall) of the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.
Behind every great institution is a great leader, and for more than 50 years at Gulliver, that leader was Mrs. Marian Krutulis. Recognizing the importance of training students’ bodies, as well as their minds, Mrs. K worked diligently to create a premier athletic program. She served as one of the first female board members of the Florida High School Athletic Association and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2004. Mrs. K has a genuine love for children and has worked tirelessly to ensure that they achieve their full potential, academically and athletically.
Joseph A. Krutulis
The embodiment of everything a coach should be, Joseph Krutulis, aka “Coach K”, touched the lives of countless young athletes and was a mentor and role model for all who came in contact with him. Serving as Gulliver’s first athletic coordinator, Coach K was instrumental in developing successful sports programs at the school. Inducted into the Coral Gables Senior High School Hall of Fame in 1996, he is fondly remembered for the quiet, positive reinforcement he gave to all his players and for the way he dedicated his life to their success.
For 27 years, Coach Jan Gomez was one of the most cherished members of the Gulliver staff. Serving as the volleyball and basketball coach, department chair for physical education, and mentor to many students, Coach Gomez made an indelible mark as teacher, colleague and confidante. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to athletics and education, The Miami Herald awarded her their “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2006.
From 1979 - 2007, Gulliver was a home away from home for Coach Chuck Tobey. In 1990, Coach Tobey was part of the coaching staff that brought the school its first state title. Under his dynamic leadership as the Prep Athletic Director, the Gulliver Athletic Program won 26 state championships in 10 different sports. Coach Tobey has served as President and Secretary-Treasurer for the Southeast Activities Conference, and in 1996, was inducted into the Bridgewater State College Hall of Fame. Through the years, Coach Tobey has inspired hundreds of athletes and remains a beloved member of the Gulliver family.
The longest serving headmaster of Gulliver, James Williams’ legacy is woven deeply through Gulliver’s history. During his tenure, the Prep School grew from 131 students to more than 700, and as the student population grew, so did the success of the athletic program. It was under Mr. Williams’ leadership that Gulliver Preparatory became the first preparatory school to be recognized as a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 1991, The National Association of Secondary School Principals recognized Mr. Williams for his educational excellence.
Gina Derks Gardner ‘90 – Gina Derks Gardner excelled as an athlete, dominating the lanes as a swimmer and the field as both a track and cross-country runner. She also is Gulliver’s first female athlete to receive the Miami-Dade Athlete of the Year Award. Gina went on to accept a full scholarship at The University of Texas at Austin where she competed in cross-country and track-and-field events, winning numerous honors in the Southwest Conference and nationally. After college, Gina gravitated to the world of triathlon. During her first year, she won five races and placed second in the 1995 World Amateur Triathlon Championships. In 1996, Gina became a professional athlete and continued her pursuits by placing second at the 1998 St. Anthony’s Triathlon and fourth at the 1998 New York City Triathlon. Additional strong showings and wins at international races resulted in her becoming a member of the U.S. National Triathlon Team.
Jorge Dieppa – For the last 25 years, Coach Jorge Dieppa has brought his enthusiasm and love of athletics and education to Gulliver. Serving as the head coach for boys’ varsity soccer for 20 years, as well as the director of the entire soccer program for five of those years, he also spent numerous hours mentoring thousands of students as coach of the golf team and boys’ track team specializing in the pole vault and long jump events. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to athletics, he was selected as the “Soccer Coach of the Year” twice by The Miami Herald and inducted to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
Sylvia Fowles ‘04 – While at Gulliver, Sylvia Fowles averaged 20.6 points and 11.6 rebounds and led the Raiders to the class 3A state championship in 2004. During this time, Sylvia was also garnered All-American honors from McDonald’s and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Throughout her college career at Louisiana State University, she helped lead the Lady Tigers to a 125-21 record, three Southeastern Conference regular season titles (twice with perfect league records) and four NCAA Final Four appearances. Sylvia was selected second overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2008 WNBA Draft. She also won a gold medal as part of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball team. In 2010, she was named to WNBA All-First Team and was a member of the Gold medal winning USA team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Mark Schusterman– For more than 30 years, Coach Mark Schusterman has dedicated himself to the development of student athletes across the entire spectrum of high school sports. He served as the Gulliver Middle School athletic director for 13 years and as the director of athletics for Gulliver Schools for the past six years. He has personally coached cross-country, boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, football, softball and girls’ volleyball. Coach Schusterman’s many accolades include being named National High School Coach’s Association Softball Coach of the Year in 2012, National Softball Coach of the Year in 2011 by ESPN Rise, The Miami Herald Dade County Coach of the Year for Female Sports in 2001 and Florida Dairy Farmers Softball Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2012. He was inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.
Sean Taylor ‘01 – Sean was a star on the field and the court; running track, playing basketball and football for Gulliver. During his senior year in 2000, Sean helped Gulliver win the Florida Class 2A State Football Championship as a running back, defensive back and linebacker. Sean was considered the No. 1 prospect in Miami-Dade County by The Miami Herald and chose to attend the University of Miami on a football scholarship. In 2004, Sean was the NFL's No. 5 draft pick, joining the Washington Redskins as a free safety where he made his mark as one of the hardest-hitting players in the league. In 2007, Sean was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team which selected the Top 33 players in the 100-year history of high school football in the state. Later that year, he was tragically killed and has received numerous posthumous awards including induction into the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame. The football field at Gulliver Prep was renamed Sean Taylor Memorial Field.
Shundra Colzie ‘99 – Shundra began her Gulliver Prep athletic career as a seventh grader while attending Gulliver Academy. She played basketball and softball from grades 7 through 12, and volleyball throughout high school, at the varsity level. As a result, she earned 16 varsity letters. She also earned spots on 14 Miami-Herald All-Dade First Teams. Shundra was a member of three athletic teams that together won some 400 games and matches, and was named the Miami-Dade Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999. After graduating from Gulliver Prep in 1999, Shundra attended Santa Fe State College for two years on a softball scholarship. In 2001, she received a softball scholarship to Florida State University, where she graduated in 2003 with a major in elementary education.
Kelly Mulligan – For more than 30 years, Coach Kelly Mulligan has been the heart and soul of Gulliver Tennis. During her tenure, the boys’ team advanced for the first time to the state championship tournament in 1984, and the girls’ team did so in 1985. Although the 1980s didn’t see any tennis state championships, in 1994, Kelly coached the girls’ team to Gulliver's first tennis state championship. In 1997, her team won Gulliver’s second state championship. The new millennium brought in many more titles. Kelly coached the girls’ team to state titles in 2006, 2007, 2013 and 2014. The boys’ team won its first team title in 2003, won the title again in 2005 and went on to a five-year winning streak from 2007-2011. Back-to-back state boys’ tennis titles in 2013 and 2014 brought to 15 the total number of state titles that Coach Mulligan is responsible for. She has received numerous Tennis Coach of the Year awards, from The Miami Herald, the Florida Dairy Farmers and National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association. One of her career highlights came in 2011, when the National High School Coaches Association named her its Boys’ Tennis National Coach of the Year.
Bryan Sharkey ‘05 – Bryan began competing for the Gulliver Prep Track Team in seventh grade, and holds school records in the 1,600-meter, 3,200-meter, 5-kilometer, half marathon, and 4x800-meter relay. He was a two-time state champion in the 4x800, undefeated cross-country team state champion in 2001 and the first person (and still the only person) to win the 800-1600-3200-meter triple at the Miami-Dade County track championships. Bryan was the first individual runner to ever be named to first team all-Dade cross-country team all four years of high school. The Miami Herald named him cross-country and track and field distance runner of the year twice, and in 2005, he earned the title of Gulliver Athlete of the Year. He was named the 2004-2005 Miami-Dade County Athlete of the Year. Following his success at Gulliver, Bryan attended Princeton University, where he was a four-time Ivy League cross-country varsity runner. In 2007, he competed in the pre-Olympic international track competition in China. In 2013 alone, he had 25 first place victories. Bryan continues to run professionally; his personal best finish was first place at the 2013 Palm Beach Marathon.
Matt Sullivan ‘88 – During his four years at Gulliver, Matt lettered in three sports – football, soccer and baseball. In football, he was a running back, defensive back and kicker for the 1987 state-ranked football team. As a senior, he gained more than 1,500 all-purpose yards and was named first team all-county and second team all-state by The Miami Herald. In soccer, he was Dade County’s leading scorer, with 29 goals his junior year, and earned first team all-county and first team all-state honors. As a senior, Matt led his team to a second consecutive district title and again earned all-county and all-state honors. In baseball, he was a two-year starter at third base for the state-ranked Raiders. Matt went on to play college football at Ithaca College, where he started four years as the team’s placekicker. He went on to set numerous school records, including longest field goal (50 yards), most field goals in a season and career and most points scored in a season. In 1992, Matt graduated as a two-time National Champion (1988 and 1991) and was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 254 points.
Paul Rodger Wallace ‘84 – Paul Wallace was a member of the Gulliver Swim Team throughout his high school career, and was named first team all-Dade and all-state, for four consecutive years. He was also Miami-Dade Swimmer of the Year in 1982, 1983 and 1984, and set two state records for 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke in 1983. Paul, a swimming state runner-up all four years of high school, also won seven individual state titles. At the University of Florida, he earned All-American Honors from 1985 through 1988, was named an Academic All-American in 1985 and was named SEC Swimmer of the Year in 1986. He won the World Swimming Championships gold medal in 4x100 freestyle relay in Spain, and set a record in the same category at the Pan Pacific Games in Japan. He also earned two gold medals at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships, and earned a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley at the 1987 Pan Am Games.
Danielle Polley Bowen ‘94 – Danielle Polley Bowen ‘94 is an extremely versatile player who excelled as a four-sport athlete. During her three years at Gulliver, softball was her main focus. Bowen also played three years of varsity basketball while lettering two years in volleyball and one year in track. In softball, she played various positions throughout her career, including pitcher, catcher, third base, first base and all outfield positions. She played varsity for Gulliver, helping the program transition from slow-pitch to fast-pitch. Quickness and arm strength proved to be valuable during her career, and her leadership was heavily relied upon.
She was recognized by the Miami Herald, earning All County First Team honors her sophomore year, the only player from a school smaller than 6A. By her junior year, Gulliver began competing with larger 6A schools, and Bowen was honored as Softball Player of the Year in Small Schools by the Miami Herald. In Gulliver’s third year of fast-pitch softball, the team was officially dominating Dade County schools, defeating 6A powerhouses Southridge and Sunset. Bowen earned her second Miami Herald Player of the Year for Softball accolades and a trip to the Senior All-Star Game. Her career home-run record was only recently surpassed in 2013! She led her team to the district title, hitting .487, 12 home runs and driving in 36 runs, and she had a 3-2 record as a pitcher. Bowen finished out her high school career as World Magazine’s All-American Fast-Pitch Award winner, was named one of the top six softball players in Florida and one of the top 200 players in the US.
In another Dade County first, she signed a softball scholarship to Georgia State, a Division I program in Atlanta. As a starter her freshman year, Bowen quickly continued her reign, leading her team in home runs. She would do this for all four years while at Georgia State. What’s more, she led the Panthers in batting average, RBIs and runs scored for two years. She was also the team leader in hits her sophomore year. She was named to the All-Conference team in 1996 and 1998, in addition to being named to the All-Conference Tournament Team in 1997 by the Sun Belt Conference. Academically, she received Academic Conference Honors three times during her college career. Bowen still holds career records at Georgia State in doubles, home runs and runs scored.
After college, Bowen moved to Belize, where she married a Belizean and became a citizen. She then joined the Belize National Softball Team and participated in the 2001 Central American Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Bowen pitched and played first base, contributing to the team’s success of a bronze medal!
In 2006, she joined Gulliver in a coaching capacity for varsity volleyball and softball. Since then, Gulliver has won four state championships in softball and was state runner-up in 2007. Pitchers who worked with her have won Miami Herald Pitcher of the Year honors seven times!
Eric Brewton ‘84 – A three-sport athlete at Gulliver, Eric Brewton lettered in football, basketball and track. In the 1982-83 season, he helped the Raider basketball team reach the district championship and its first and only regional championship. That same season, he led the team in assists, was its third-leading scorer and earned its Most Unselfish Player Award. During the 1983-1984 season, he led the team in assists and earned Gulliver Football’s Most Valuable Player award.
In track, Brewton qualified for the state championships in the long jump, triple jump, 200-meter and 4x100 relay. He earned the Gulliver’s Boy’s Track Outstanding Performer Award for the 1982-1983 and 1983-1984 school years as well as Gulliver’s Sportsmanship/Leadership Award.
In football, Brewton played running back and safety on a team that posted a 9-1 record, leading the team in rushing and serving as its third-leading tackler. For the 1983-1984 season, the Miami Herald selected him All-Dade County first-team on offense, and Gulliver named him Best Offense Player and Most Valuable Player.
After Gulliver, Brewton enrolled at Gardner-Webb University and became the school’s only three-time NAIA All-American football player. During his freshman year, he was Named ESPN National Player of the Week, and was selected Defensive Player of the Week several times throughout his college career. He also earned the Best Special Teams Award during his freshman season. During his senior season, Brewton served as co-captain and earned MVP and President’s Achievement awards, as well as the Best Male Athlete and Academics awards. A four-time All-South Atlantic Conference defensive back, Brewton still holds the university’s record for interceptions in a single season, with 13; he made 25 interceptions (then a record) throughout his college career. In 1998, Brewton was inducted into the Gardner-Webb Athletics Hall of Fame, in his first year of eligibility.
Following graduation, Brewton worked at QS/1 Data System as a software engineer for seven years. He then returned to Gardner-Webb University, where he installed the university’s first computer network and first wireless network, which at one time was the fastest network in Southeast U.S. Before leaving Gardner-Webb, he set up seven remote sites and more than 5,000 total computers in its network.
Brewton is currently a full-time NCAA basketball and WNBA official. He has worked seven Final Four tournaments, two NCAA National Championships and 12 ACC Finals in a row. He has also worked two WNBA All-Star Games, 12 WNBA Finals and has been a full-time crew chief for 10 years.
Brewton is married to Kimberly Brewton, an assistant women’s basketball coach at Middle Tennessee State University. They have five children and two grandchildren.
Julio Guzman ‘93 – Julio Guzman enjoyed an impressive men’s soccer career with the Raiders, playing for the high school varsity squad since he was in seventh grade. He was a member of the US-17 national soccer team that played in the 1990 Youth World Cup, finishing in fifth place and defeating the Italian host team.
As a junior, Guzman was an integral part of the 1992 state championship team, the first in Gulliver’s history for a team sport. During the state final championship game, Julio was responsible for scoring the winning goal. After Clearwater Central Catholic and Gulliver played to a 1-1 tie in regulation, a penalty kick was awarded with 11 minutes left in overtime. It was Guzman who stepped up to take the spot kick, placing it in top left corner with all the confidence of national level player propelling Gulliver into the history books. He also helped lead Gulliver to three consecutive trips to the state final four, under the direction of Coach Jorge Dieppa. He was a two-time Parade magazine All-American and the 1993 Gatorade/Scholastic Magazine Florida Player of the Year with 20 goals and 13 assists. During his time at Gulliver, Guzman was recognized by the Miami Herald as Player of the Year in Soccer for the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons. He was also honored with Miami Herald All-Dade Boys Soccer First Team in 1991 and 1993, Miami Herald All-County First Team 1992–93, and the National Soccer Coaches Association selected Guzman for the high school All-American Team. Other accomplishments included South Atlantic Conference All Conference First Team in 1992 and 1993, Florida Athletic Coaches Association regional player in 1992 and 1993 and Puma National High School All-Star Team in 1993.
Guzman then attended Yale University, where he dominated the starting forward position on the soccer team. He was selected as All New England and All Ivy in 1996. He was awarded the Walter J. McNerney Leadership and MVP award.
Following graduation, Guzman joined the US Air Force, where he was a special agent and counterespionage case officer with the Office of Special Investigations. He separated after 10 years, having attained the rank of major. Guzman is currently a consultant and crisis responder with The Ackerman Group, based out of Fort Lauderdale.
Megan K. Rivera ‘01 – By the age of five years old, Megan Rivera had a passion for the game of soccer that would continue throughout her high school and collegiate career. She began honing her skills through South Florida’s AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) program, the Miami Strike Force Soccer Club and Miami Premier Soccer Club.
As a freshman, Rivera was a starting goalkeeper for Gulliver’s varsity team – a position she continued in throughout her time at the school. In 2000, she was chosen for a coveted spot to be part of the U.S. Under-16 Women’s National Team. In 2001, she earned the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year Award, honoring excellence in athletics and academics.
College soccer programs soon came calling with scholarship opportunities. Rivera chose Auburn University, where she was a starting goalkeeper for the Auburn Tigers from her freshman through senior years. She has since re-written the women’s soccer record books, becoming Auburn’s first four-time All-American Athlete with an astounding 33 career shutouts, eight Southeast All-Region honors, four All-SEC team honors and an SEC Freshman of the Year Award, as well as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American award. Shortly after, she became the first soccer player to be inducted into Auburn’s Athletic Hall of Fame, prominently known as the Tiger Trail.
In 2002, Rivera was named to the U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team, a coveted position with only two spots in the country for qualifying goalkeepers. The team went on to win the Gold Medal in the first-ever Under-19 Women’s Soccer World Championship.
After graduation, Rivera followed her commitment to fitness and earned her certification in personal training while pursuing business interests. She has since used her strong communication skills, team-building acumen and steadfast resolve to propel a successful career in the medical sales industry.
Among Rivera’s proudest recent accomplishments was completing the HITS Napa Valley Ironman competition. The rigorous course pushed her mind and body to the limit, but a year of grueling training paid off, as she placed second in the women’s division.In her free time, Rivera enjoys traveling, boating and spending time with her friends and family, especially her young niece and nephews. Now and again, she can even be spotted coaching on the sidelines of one of their weekend game.
Ricardo “Rick” Sarille ’95 – An incoming transfer student his sophomore year, Rick Sarille was a three-sport student-athlete who made an immediate impact for the Raiders in football, soccer, and track and field. He was best known for his prowess on the gridiron, but not to be overshadowed was his role as a starting left fullback for the Gulliver Soccer Team, which won the district championship three years in a row. The team, coached by Jorge Dieppa, made it to the Florida High School Athletic Association Final Four during Sarille’s junior year in 1993 and fell one game shy of a repeat for the Final Four in the conference championship game.
On the track, he competed in the 100 and 200-meter events as well as the 4x100 relay; as a senior, he took home multiple medals in the district championship: second place in the 100-meter dash, third in the 200-meter dash and first place as the lead-off leg of a 4x100 relay team that set a school record that stood for more than 10 years. That same relay team qualified for the FSHAA state championship meet with a time of 43.3 seconds.
As a senior starting running back, Sarille was named three times as a Miami Herald Player of the Week under head coach John McCloskey. He rushed for a total of 1,117 yards on 180 carries, with an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Sarille amassed 15 total touchdowns, rushing for 11, connecting for three passing touchdowns and adding another on a kickoff return. His total of 1,762 all-purpose yards ranks among the top five in Gulliver football history. This earned him honors as first-team running back selection for All-Dade, All-Conference selection and third team All-State selection.
Sarille accepted a scholarship to play football at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. As a freshman running back, Sarille rushed for a record 271 yards in his first game. He won the Eastern College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year, although only starting two games while passing the 1,000 yard mark. Sarille was a two-time Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He led Division 1-AA as a senior in all-purpose yardage, with 207.5 yards per game. He finished his career with 5,290 rushing yards, 7,338 all-purpose yards, 55 touchdowns and 334 points scored, all of which stand as school records and two of which amounted to a top-10 finish in all-NCAA history at the time of his graduation. Sarille was Wagner College’s first three-time team captain and selected as the 1999 Associated Press First-Team All-American All-Purpose Back and the 1997 Associated Press Third-Team All-American kick returner.
Professionally, Sarille signed with the XFL out of college after many workouts with NFL teams. When the XFL folded, Sarille played in Europe for two seasons, where his Milano Falcons won the Italian League Championship and Sarille was named MVP. Most recently, Sarille was named to his college’s 2014 hall of fame class, and in 2015 was named to the Northeast Conference silver anniversary team as the first team running back.
2000 State Football Champion Team
In 2000, Gulliver, led by coach Steve Howey, won the school’s first, and to-date only, state championship in football, defeating Marianna High School in the Class 2A state championship game in Gainesville, 31-21. In fact, the Raiders made history, becoming the first private school and the first “small” school from Miami-Dade County to win a football state championship. The late, great Sean Taylor led Gulliver on the field – he was a standout on both sides of the ball and on special teams, scoring a then-record 44 touchdowns during the 2000 season. Taylor scored three touchdowns during the championship game, earning game MVP and cementing his legacy as the greatest player in Gulliver football history.
Quarterback Buck Ortega, a versatile runner and passer, assisted Taylor on offense. Running back Alfredo Pascal excelled as strong safety on defense. Unsung running back Ricky Berrin added to the offensive arsenal. Tight end Tim Tobey deftly blocked and caught the football and Jonathan Warshaw stretched the field with long receptions from Ortega. Eric Blacher and Casey Dunn anchored the offensive line.
The defense was led by linebackers Mike Caviglia and Alex Gonzalez, as well as defensive linemen T.J. Hacker, Greg Bellamy, Jared Dall’au and Jason Gasso. And Peter Simon’s 27-yard field goal late in the championship game gave Gulliver an insurmountable lead.
Others also contributed to the win, including Asgar Ali, Marcus Jones, Alex Fournaris, Pierre Gaunaurd, Bobby Haney, Jorge Larrauri, Javier Perez-Giz, Mariano Pagano and John Valdes. Coach Howey received assistance from Ralph Ortega, Dave Burns, David Lawrence, Dirk Moran, Gary Armstrong, Brian Ludwig, Lee Horn and John McCloskey.