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 Saturday evening 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.