Rider Athletics 2012 Hall of Fame Class
First from Women's Track, Two Baseball Players, Volleyball and Wrestling also Represented
One of Rider's youngest varsity sports, women's track & field, will have its first Hall of Fame inductee, as well as a pair of baseball players 35 years apart, and a pair of Rider Athletes of the Year from volleyball and wrestling.
Sheree Duval Dublin '01, '07 from track & field, Mike Lisetski '70 from baseball. Scott Rich '05 from baseball, Michele Guzowski '95 of volleyball and Mario Ianni '75 of wrestling will be inducted into the Rider University Athletics Hall of Fame June 9.
"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.
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 Mid 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 ECC Championships will also be honored with the Outstanding Team Achievement award.