2018 Inductees to the Hall of Fame

Samuel N. Crosby ‘01, Stephen Jacob Ingersoll ‘03, Mandy Lay ‘98, Bryan Sirmon ‘03, David McG. Smith (former Headmaster), Alex Gounares ‘89, and Bayside Academy 2005 U1200 Chess Team

Bayside Hall of Fame
-Professional and Athletic-
2018 Inductees

Samuel N. Crosby ‘01 Dr. Sam Crosby specializes in orthopedic surgery of the upper extremity for both adult and pediatric patients. Sam graduated from the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt University Medical School. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship at the Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship where he worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He lives in Nashville and is associated with Elite Sports Medicine and Orthopedics. Due to scheduling difficulties, Sam has deferred his induction to 2019.

Stephen Jacob Ingersoll ‘03 Following his graduation from Jacksonville University with a degree in Aviation Management and Flight Operations, Lt. Cmdr. Jacob Ingersoll, U.S.N.R. served in the United States Navy for 10 years where he was a Combat Section Lead Pilot and a Primary Instructor Pilot. Jacob was twice awarded the Air Medal and was awarded the Naval Unit Commendation and the Afghanistan Campaign Medal among others. He is a First Officer with American Airlines and is a Navy Reservist with Training Squadron 10 at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

Mandy Lay ‘98 Mandy Lay played varsity soccer, volleyball, and basketball during her Bayside career. She was a member of two volleyball state championship teams and was starting soccer goalkeeper for three years. She is a recipient of Bayside’s Ralph Pierotti Award and served as starting goalkeeper for the South team in the North/South Soccer All-Star Game. Mandy attended the University of Montevallo on a soccer scholarship. A former board member of Baldwin County Child Advocacy Center, Mandy is a Business Analyst with BBVA Compass in Birmingham.

Bryan Sirmon ‘03 Dr. Bryan Sirmon served as team captain for Bayside’s soccer, basketball, and football teams. He was a member of Bayside’s first football team, earning All-State honorable mention. He was All-State second team in soccer his senior year and led the team to the state finals, and the basketball team made it to the second round of state playoffs under his leadership. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, completed his orthopedic residency at Emory University, and has recently finished a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in hand and upper extremity surgery. Bryan is associated with Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow in Atlanta as an orthopedic surgeon.

David McG. Smith David Smith is a graduate of Southwestern at Memphis and earned his master’s degree from Memphis State University. He taught in the public school system in Virginia before moving to independent education where he taught for seven and a half years in schools from from Memphis to Mobile. His first Bayside association was as a volunteer, introducing prospective students and parents to the tenants of an independent school education. David served as Bayside’s Headmaster for its first 3 years. He lives in Birmingham where he is enjoying retirement.

Alex Gounares ‘89 Alex Gounares is the founder and CEO of Polyverse Corporation, the world’s leading cybersecurity vendor of moving target defense technologies for Linux. Previously, Alex led Concurix Corporation and has served as AOL’s Chief Technology Officer. Alex joined AOL from Microsoft, where he was a Corporate Vice President and served as Technology Advisor to Microsoft chairman and founder Bill Gates. Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, Alex worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also an inventor with more than 200 U.S. patents filed and pending. Alex holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Princeton University and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Bayside Academy 2005 U1200 Chess Team In 2005, the Bayside Chess team traveled to Nashville to compete in the Super Nationals, the largest rated chess event in the United States, with over 5,000 students competing. The win by the U1200 Bayside team was the school’s first national championship. Team members are Sam Davis ‘05, J.B. Galle ‘05, David Gardner ‘06, David Mackey ‘05, Joey Nickerson ‘07, Jay Smith ‘05, and Stephen Smith ‘07. Eric Nager is the coach, and Sally Kalaris serves as faculty sponsor.


Mary Dumas
Director of Alumni Affairs