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KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Oct. 5, 2016) – The USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame committee has announced the Hall of Fame Class for 2017. The induction ceremony will take place Friday evening, September 15, during Homecoming Weekend. Ten individuals will enter the Hall of Fame next year.
The group is comprised of Raymond Kruse '56 (Football, Wrestling, Swimming, Track & Field), John Tompkins '65 (Basketball), David Buzanoski '73 (Football), James Pacileo '77 (Football), Michael Woodrick '86 (Football), Brian Coyne '96 (Basketball), Morgan Ames '00 (Lacrosse), Sean Bradley '00 (Basketball), Rebecca (Segert) Hoyt '04 (Basketball), and Joel Meyer '04 (Diving).
Raymond Kruse '56: Kruse earned eight letters for the Mariners playing four different sports as a Midshipman. He lettered three times in track & field, twice in football and wrestling and once as a swimmer. Kruse accomplished all of this while spending his entire sophomore year at sea.
John Tompkins '65: Tompkins started all four years of his basketball career at Kings Point. He led the team in scoring both his senior and sophomore years while helping the Mariners to their best record in Academy history at the time. His squads beat the likes of Wagner, C.W. Post, Coast Guard, and Kings College and scored over 100 points on three occasions. For his play, he was named to the first-team All-Long Island Basketball Team.
David Buzanoski '73: Buzanoski was a four-year starter at quarterback who went on to break most of the Academy's passing records. As a plebe, he led the Mariners to a 7-2 record and a massive win over Ithaca to win the Academy's first and only Lambert Cup. The "Cup," was a parallel trophy to the Lambert Trophy (D-1), recognizing supremacy in Eastern college football.
James Pacileo '77: A three-year letterwiner in football, Pacileo quarterbacked the Mariners to 15 wins and just three losses over three seasons. Throwing for over 2,000 yards in his career, he beat Coast Guard all three times and led KP to a No. 5 ranking in the Lambert Cup poll.
Michael Woodrick '86: Woodrick was a three-time Division III Pizza Hut All-American at defensive tackle for the Mariners. The Stedman Trophy winner at the Academy his senior year, Woodrick received numerous honors during his career. He was an AP Little All-American, twice Liberty Conference Defensive MVP and was also a three-time Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) MVP.
Brian Coyne '96: Former USMMA Head Coach and current NBA assistant coach Andy Greer says in 33 years he has never coached a better leader. Coyne, the 1996 Stedman Trophy winner, started over 80 games for the Mariners and finished his career with 1,319 points and 17.3 ppg. A two-time team captain, Coyne led Kings Point to the 1996 ECAC tournament finals.
Morgan Ames '00: Ames was a record-setting four-year goalie for the Mariners lacrosse team. He was the NCAA Division III Statistical Champion for Saves-in-a-Season with 369 in 1999 and earned an invitation to the 2000 STX/USILA NCAA Division III North-South All-Star Game in which he started in goal for the South squad. Ames holds the USMMA career saves record with 857 and career saves percentage at .655%.
Sean Bradley '00: Bradley dominated Division III basketball in the late 90s and finished as the Academy's No. 2 all-time scorer (2,070 points), rebounder (906), and shot blocker (127). He was a two-time Metropolitan Basketball Writers Division III Player of the Year (1998 and 1999) and helped lead Kings Point to three NCAA appearances and one ECAC appearance.
Rebecca (Segert) Hoyt '04: Hoyt becomes just the fourth female athlete, and fifth overall female, to be inducted into the USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame. She was a clear choice in 2004 to be awarded the Julie A. Burke Trophy given to the most Outstanding Female Athlete. She holds numerous career women's basketball records, including the all-time leader in points (2,076), rebounds (777), and field goals (739). She also set the NCAA Division III record at 26.0 points per game as a freshman and ranked seventh overall in scoring in 2003.
Joel Meyer '04: Meyer won the One-Meter Diving NCAA Division III National Championship in 2004 capping one of the best diving careers in Kings Point history. He was an All-American diver at both the one-meter and three-meter boards in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004. Overall, he was a six-time All-American and was the 2004 National and Metropolitan Diver of the Year.
The USMMA Athletic Hall of Fame Committee consists of Jim Tobin '77 (Chair), Pete Rackett '61, Tom Carpenter '79, Alex Smigelski '79, Mo White (USMMA AD), Mike Toop '77, John Lutz '92, and Gene Albert '79.
The 2017 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 15, 2017 in Melville Hall on the campus of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The event is hosted by the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation. For more information, please contact Gregg Matalas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-773-5544.
More details on the event will be communicated later this year.
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Article written by Gregg Matalas of the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation.