Rider Athletics Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Rider Sports Information  
Release:  06/10/2014

Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Courtesy: Peter G. Borg (Rider University)
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The Hall of Fame celebrates legendary athletic excellence at Rider.

The Rider University Athletics Hall of Fame is Looking for Nominees

If you know of someone who should be in the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame, send his or her name and pertinent information to Bud Focht at focht@rider.edu. NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BY SEPTEMBER 1.

To be nominated a candidate must meet the following criteria:

Display the character, leadership and dedication that exemplify the strong traditions of the University's athletics program.

Produce a significant achievement or provide outstanding contributions in time and service to the Rider athletics program.

No athlete shall be eligible for nomination until after his or her seventh year of graduation from Rider or after the seventh year following the date of his or her significant achievement was attained.

Before you nominate someone, please check the current list of inductees below.

 

Name

Sport(s)/Contribution

Date of Induction

George Abel

Basketball, Soccer

January 2004

Ed Adams

Soccer, Baseball, Basketball

February 1999

Christina Ang

Field Hockey

June 2013

Terrance Armstrong

Cross Country, Track & Field

February 2006

Kevin Bannon

Basketball

February 2001

Alberto Baptiste

Basketball

February 1998

Kevin Barry

Baseball

February 2009

Mary Ellen Baynes-Tutzauer

Basketball

October 1992

Jessica Beck

Basketball

February 2003

Clair Bee

Basketball, Football, Baseball

October 1990

Joe Behot

Football

January 2008

Heather Beintema

Softball

June 2014

Diane Bisacky

Swimming

February 2003

Mike Brady

Cross Country, Track & Field

January 2002

Curt Blake

Administrator

June 2010

Greg Burston

Basketball

January 2007

Barry Burtnett

Wrestling

January 2002

John Carvalheira

Wrestling

January 2004

Leo Chester

Basketball, Baseball

December 1994

Russ Coleman

Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Track & Field, Baseball

December 1994

Rich Coppola

Swimming

February 1999

William Buzz Costello

Golf

June 2010

Jack Cryan

Basketball

October 1993

Jen Dahl

Softball

January 2005

Adam Derengowski

Wrestling

February 1998

Martin Devlin

Administrator

February 2003

Louis DiSerafino

Wrestling

October 1990

Frank Donlon

Soccer, Basketball, Track & Field

October 1992

Deanna Dovak

Softball

January 2008

Francis Dunn

Wrestling

February 2006

Sheree Duval Dublin

Women's Track & Field

June 2012

Kelly Eckardt-Zawodny

Basketball

February 1996

Lisa Federici-Cook

Basketball, Softball

December 1994

Jennifer Feeney-Lovell

Basketball

June 2011

Cindy Ford

Basketball

February 1997

Colleen Fox

Softball

February 2006

Diane Fulham-Blaszka

Softball

June 2011

Harry T. Gamble

Football

February 1996

Richard Giallella

Baseball, Soccer

October 1992

Leo Giel

Wrestling

January 2008

Terry Gillespie-Dossick

Softball, Field Hockey

February 1999

Michele Guzowski

Volleyball

June 2012

Kelly Hall-Stiles

Softball, Field Hockey

October 1990

Deon Hames

Basketball

January 2002

John Hangey

Wrestling

February 2000

James Hoey

Baseball

June 2014

Ed Horowitz

Baseball

February 2006

Mario Ianni

Wrestling

June 2012

Steve Jefferson

Basketball

February 2009

Derek Jenkins

Wrestling

June 2013

Jerry Johnson

Basketball

June 2013

Jason Koehler

Baseball

February 2009

Herbert Krautblatt Kay

Basketball

October 1992

Bob Kilgus

Tennis

February 2000

Robert Koehler

Baseball

February 2003

Kenneth C. Kremer

Baseball

February 1998

Dick Kuchen

Basketball

January 2004

Jeff Kunkel

Baseball

February 1997

Charles Lackey

Track & Field

December 1994

Derrick Lamar

Basketball

June 2014

Juliet Lancaster

Swimming

January 2004

Ken Lehman

Track & Field

January 2007

Thomas Leyden

Basketball

October 1993

Chad Liott

Wrestling

June 2014

Mike Lisetski

Baseball

June 2012

Earl Lombardo

Baseball

October 1993

Jose Lopez

Track & Field

January 2008

John Lucerne

Wrestling

February 1997

John Madden

Basketball, Baseball

October 1990

George 'Puggy' Malone

Soccer, Baseball

February 2001

Agnus McGlade-Berenato

Basketball, Volleyball

January 2002

Melissa Michalov

Swimming

June 2010

Matt Miles

Soccer, Tennis

June 2013

Tim Morrison

Wrestling

October 1993

Jason Nase

Wrestling

January 2007

Frank Nerwinski

Soccer

February 2000

Bob O'Connor

Baseball

January 2007

Jen O'Reilly

Swimming

January 2007

Olimpio Pacchioli

Baseball

February 1999

Ryan Pandolfini

Baseball

June 2011

Bill Pearson

Track & Field

June 2011

Michelle Peel

Volleyball, Softball

February 2009

Tom Petroff

Baseball

October 1990

Richard 'Digger' Phelps

Basketball

December 1994

Sonny Pittaro

Baseball

January 2005

Mario Porter

Basketball

January 2008

Scott Rich

Baseball

June 2012

Keith Richardson

Soccer

June 2010

Kerri Robertson-Wasko

Field Hockey

June 2011

David Rowan

Swimming

October 1990

Shawn Scannell

Wrestling

February 2009

Bob Schultz

Track & Field

February 2000

Jack Schwerzler

Swimming

February 2001

Chuck Simon

Basketball

June 2013

Ron Simpson

Basketball

June 2010

Bobby Smith

Soccer

February 1997

Debbie Snyder

Basketball

February 2000

Nicholas Spadaccini

Football, Basketball

January 2005

Barry Spears

Basketball

December 1994

Rick Strandskov

Tennis

January 2004

Sandy Stringham

Softball

February 2009

Darrick Suber

Basketball

February 1999

Fred Swick

Baseball, Soccer

June 2014

Ed Torres

Tennis

October 1993

John Wagner

Soccer, Baseball

January 2002

Meg Walsh

Basketball, Volleyball

February 2001

Kathy Weiss-Hallam

Volleyball

February 1998

Terence Wheat

Cross Country, Track & Field

January 2005

Ed Whited

Baseball

February 1996

Craig Wicken

Soccer

January 2005

Mark Wilcox

Basketball

February 2006

Harvey Yavener

Sportswriter

February 2003

Lou Zara

Basketball, Baseball

February 1996

 
 
Rider Athletics Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
 

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—A two-sport athlete from the 1950s, a basketball player from the 1980s, a wrestler from the 1990s, a softball player in her first year on the ballot and a former major league pitcher made up the 2014 induction class of the Rider Athletics Hall of Fame.

Fred Swick ’55 of the baseball and soccer teams, Derrick Lamar ’85 of the basketball team, wrestler Chad Liott ’99, and pitchers Heather Beintema ’06 and James Hoey were inducted in a ceremony during Reunion Weekend June 7.

Swick set Rider records for single season batting average (.473) and career batting average (.371) that stood for 32 years, as well as numerous other single season records. He led the 1953 baseball team to the NJIAC Title and the 1955 team to a 15-4 record and played two years on the professional level in Class D and Class C minors.

On the soccer field Swick was the team’s leading scorer in 1953 and 1954, the first two years of varsity status after a four-year hiatus.

Lamar graduated fifth in career scoring and eighth in career rebounds at Rider. His sophomore season Rider was 20-9 and his junior year the Broncs won the East Coast Conference with a 20-10 record and went to the NCAA tournament.

Liott was a three-time conference champion and three-time NCAA qualifier, compiling a 104-30 record on the wrestling mats. He placed second at the prestigious Midlands Championships and was ranked as high as third in the nation in his weight class as a senior. As a junior he came within one win of All-America honors, winning three bouts at Nationals.

Beintema set the Rider softball single season and career strikeout records and tied the single season record for wins with 22. The MAAC Pitcher of the Year as a sophomore, she ranked among the top 21 pitchers in the nation in both strikeouts and earned run average. As a freshman she was the MAAC Rookie of the Year and the MAAC Championship Tournament MVP, leading Rider to the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

Hoey won 12 games, saved 10 others and compiled 156 strikeouts in three seasons at Rider before being selected in the 13th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft. He set the Rider single season record for appearances with 23 as a sophomore. He spent three seasons (2006, ’07, ’11) in the major leagues with Baltimore and Minnesota. In a minor league game his fastball was once clocked at 100 mph.

The 1990-91 and 1991-92 cross country, indoor track and outdoor track & field teams, which won the East Coast Conference ‘triple crown’ of Championships, was presented with the Clair Bee Outstanding Team Achievement Award.

 
Rider Athletics Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Class
 

The sports of basketball, field hockey, soccer, tennis and wrestling was represented at the 2013 Rider Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony.

First-year ballot selections Jerry Johnson '05 of the basketball team and Christina Ang '05 of the field hockey team will be joined by wrestler Derek Jenkins '03, basketball player Chuck Simon '77 and soccer/tennis star from the 1990s Matt Miles '06 as 2013 inductees.

"Every year the Hall of Fame Committee works very hard in selecting the best nominees for this prestigious athletic honor," said Don Harnum, Rider Director of Athletics. "Once again they did an outstanding job as all of our honorees are very well accomplished in their respective sports."

Johnson, of Lancaster, PA, graduated second in career scoring at Rider as just the ninth New Jersey Division I player to compile 2,000 career points.  A three-time First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection, Johnson averaged 17.6 points per game for his career while graduating fifth in career assists. Johnson holds the Rider single-season record with 102 three-point field goals.

Ang, of Ocean City, NJ, graduated with Rider records for goals in a season (21, sixth in the nation that year), goals in a career (66) and points in a career (144). A two-time Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Ang was also the NEC Tournament MVP as a sophomore and was on the NEC All-Tournament team again as a senior. The first Bronc to be invited to play in the National Field Hockey All-Star Game, Ang was twice a Second Team All-Region selection and was a First Team All-Region pick as a senior.

Ang and Johnson shared the 2005 Rider Athlete of the Year award.

Jenkins, of Orefield, PA, was the Rider Athlete of the Year in 2003 after earning the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships.  One of only three Rider wrestlers to qualify for Nationals all four years, Jenkins was the sixth Bronc to compile 100 (110) career wins.

Simon, of Toms River, NJ, was the Rider career rebound record holder for 30 years (874) until it was broken by current NBA player Jason Thompson '08.  Simon also graduated seventh in career scoring (1,096) at Rider.  A four-year starter, Simon averaged 10.9 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for his career.

Miles, of Williamstown, NJ, led the Rider soccer team in scoring all four years, including a Rider-record 18 goals and 42 points as a senior when he was named the NEC and the New Jersey Soccer Player of the Year.  An outstanding athlete, Miles also played first singles for the Rider tennis team in the spring.

Also at the Hall of Fame ceremony the Clair Bee Outstanding Team Achievement Award was presented to the 1997 and 1998 men's soccer teams, who won back-to-back MAAC Championships and NCAA Play-In games to advance to the NCAA Championship Tournaments. The 1998 team was ranked 15th in the nation.

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Rider Athletics 2012 Hall of Fame Ceremony
Women's Track, Two Baseball Players, Volleyball and Wrestling

Five former Rider greats were inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame June 9, 2012 in front of a crowd of over 200 people.

Sheree Duval Dublin '01, '07 became the first member of the women's track & field program to be inducted. "I have so many people to thank for this, but especially Coach Ed (former Rider track & field head coach Ed Roskiewicz) for giving me the opportunity to come to Rider."

Mike Lisetski '70, one of the stars on the 1967 College World Series team and Scott Rich '05 became the 20th and 21st members of the baseball program to be enshrined. "I had many opportunities after high school, to play football at Syracuse, to play baseball at Wake Forest, to play professional baseball, but to think of all the things I would have missed out on if I hadn't come to Rider," Lisetski said.

"I'd like to thank all my coaches for this day," Rich said, "from my first coach, my father (Robert), to my high school coach (Rider Hall of Famer) Rich Giallella, my coaches at Rider, Rick Freeman, Jeff Plunkett and (Rider Hall of Famer) Sonny Pittaro, for guiding me in my careers on and off the baseball field."

Dr. Michele Guzowski '95 became just the fourth member of the volleyball team to enter the hall. "I would like to reflect on all of the Rider memories that make me smile, especially the teammates and friends who are more like family."

Mario Ianni '75, one of the first great wrestlers at Rider became the 12th member of the wrestling program to enter the hall. "I am honored and humbled to be a part of this. The 11 other Hall of Fame wrestlers were all All-Americans who raised the bar very high. (Rider Hall of Famer) Coach Barry Burtnett mentored us and guided us, both athletically and academically."

"Every year the Hall of Fame Committee works very hard in selecting the best nominees for this prestigious athletic honor," said Don Harnum, Rider Director of Athletics. "Once again they did an outstanding job as all of our honorees are very well accomplished in their respective sports."

Duval set Rider indoor track records in four individual events and two relays, and set Rider outdoor track records in three individual events and three relays.  She was an All-East performer in both the 400 and 500 and was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships as a freshman, the program's fifth year of varsity status.

Lisetski set Rider single-season baseball records for hits, stolen bases, assists and RBI on the 1967 team that went to the College World Series and graduated second in career hits. He also set the Rider single-season records for runs scored and walks in his career and went on to star on the USA Pan Am team that beat Cuba for the gold medal.

Rich set six Rider career baseball records, including hits, RBI and doubles, and as a senior was 18th in the nation in slugging percentage (.715) before being drafted by the New York Yankees.  Rich earned All-MAAC and All-New Jersey honors when he batted .375 as a senior with 75 hits, including 15 home runs.

Guzowski, the Rider Female Athlete of the Year for 1994-95, was the 1994 Northeast Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year and was Rider's NJAIAW Woman of the Year. The NEC Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior, she led Rider to the NEC Championship and to the NCAA Tournament.

Ianni was named the 1975 Rider Athlete of the Year and graduated with a career record of 43-7-1. A three-time National qualifier, Ianni won his weight class at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships as a freshman, sophomore and junior and as a senior was an East Coast Conference Champion, the first year of the new conference.

The 1989 and 1990 Rider softball teams that enjoyed back-to-back 30-win seasons and East Coast Conference Championships were also honored with the Clair Bee Outstanding Team Achievement Award.

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