Rider Athletics Hall of Fame 2014
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.