Photo courtesy of the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2016) – This weekend, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is happy to be celebrating Homecoming 2016. The Academy has a number of activities scheduled for this week both on and off the fields of play and we are looking forward to seeing our wonderful alumni back at Kings Point. See below for more information.
The Office of Student Activities has been busy this entire week with fun activities for the Midshipmen on campus every single day so far. There are still many more activities planned for the week.
For the complete list of those activities, visit this link.
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016
The 2016 Athletic Awards Dinner is taking place on Friday night during Homecoming 2016 with reception beginning at 6 p.m. at Melville Hall. The event will honor Jim Yocum '47, Joe Martucci '70 and the 1979 Dinghy Team. For more information on attending the dinner, click here.
Jim Yocum '47 (Reading, Pa.) will receive the 2016 Acta Non Verba Award, which is the highest honor presented by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Department of Athletics and honors an individual or organization who has gone far beyond expectations in his or her support of Kings Point Athletics. The award was established in 1994 and presented biennially. Jim Yocum will be 12th recipient of this award, given only to those who have dedicated a portion of their lives or business to the success of Kings Point and Kings Point Athletics.
Jim's passion and dedication for the USMMA Waterfront and Sailing Programs is literally second-to-none. Named in his family's honor in 1994, the Yocum Sailing Center is one of the premier sailing centers in the country for modern-day, intercollegiate sailing. Home to numerous personal and team national championships, Kings Point sailing would not be what is is today without Jim Yocum. He has dedicated decades of service to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the Regiment of Midshipmen.
Joe Martucci, Jr. '70 (Asbury Park, N.J.) will become the sixth recipient of the 2016 "Skip" Prosser Achievement Award, which was established in 2007 to honor the memory and life of George Edward "Skip" Prosser '72. The award is presented biennially to a USMMA alumnus who epitomizes the true spirit and qualities of "Skip" Prosser '72, which included honesty, integrity, dedication and determination to serve others. Before his sudden passing in 2006, "Skip" Prosser was the one of the NCAA's up-and-coming coaches. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 and was the only coach in NCAA history to take three separate schools to the NCAA Tournament in his first year coaching the teams.
In his work as an educator, motivator, and leader to the men and women Midshipmen, Joe Martucci embodies the true essence of "Skip" Prosser and his service toward others. He is constantly thinking about the Academy, Kings Point Athletics, and the Midshipmen. He was a long-time assistant football coach at USMMA, along with being heavily involved in the recruiting efforts of multiple team sports. He has also donated countless amount of auction items to the Blue & Gray Golf Classics, thus helping raise thousands of dollars for the athletic department.
A first for Kings Point, the 1979 Dinghy Team, which won the 1979 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Championship, will be the first team ever to be inducted into the USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee voted in August to induct the 1979 Dinghy Team this Homecoming (2016) to also coincide with Jim Yocum '47 winning the 2016 Acta Non Verba Award.
The Dinghy Team was the first U.S. Merchant Marine Academy athletic program to win a team national championship. The victory catapulted the USMMA sailing program to win four additional national championships which led to the dedication of the Yocum Sailing Center in 1994. The 1979 squad consisted of Head Coach Ken Legler, Alex Smigelski '79, Tom Lincoln '80, John Eckart '80, John Duclos '80, Tito Giron '81, Bernie Rodal '82, Gary Stewart '82, David Sloane '82, and Tom Lihan '82. They not only dominated intercollegiate sailing but also brought Kings Point into the forefront of college sailing. The win sparked recruiting, attracting the likes of Morgan Reeser '84, Jay Renehan '85 and William Hardesty '98, all of whom won ICSA College Sailor of the Year honors.
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016
Men's Soccer will host St. Joseph's of Brooklyn at 10 a.m. at Brooks Stadium with the first ever webcast featuring an announcer, as John Kelly Jr. will be behind the mic for the contest. The live video feed can be accessed at this link, while live stats for the game are available by following this link.
Football squares off against Liberty League foe Rochester in the Mariners' 2016 home-opener. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. at Brooks Stadium. Live video, with play-by-play man Jaden Daly calling the action, is available by following this link, with live stats available by at this link.
Prior to the football game there will be an Alumni Reunion March On for the graduating classes ending in 1's and 6's. A brief ceremony will then take place to honor our Acta Non Verba and Skip Prosser Award winners, as well as the Hall of Fame Inductees.
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Parts of the USMMAAF's release about the Athletic Awards Dinner was used in this release.