2012 UAlbany Cross Country and Track & Field Inducts Inaugural Wall of Fame Class
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany cross country and track & field program inducted eight former athletes and coaches into the inaugural Wall of Fame on Saturday, Sept. 29. Teresa Covert '04, Joe Greene '08, Dr. Tim Hoff '87, Deborah Rohrmiller-Baranowski '79, and Carlo Cherubino '76 are all being inducted as athletes, while former coaches Dr. Kevin Williams, Barbara "Bobbi" Palma and R. Keith Munsey are also being honored. The formal induction program will be at 6pm at the Hotel Albany, with an informal reception beginning at 5pm.
Dr. Kevin Williams is one of UAlbany's most successful cross country coaches, guiding the program for 14 years from 1994-2001. He also was an assistant track coach, mentoring the distance program, from 1988 until 2001. Williams coached the Great Danes to two third-place team finishes at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships. He coached 14 All-Americans, including two individual national champions in Howie Sellers (800m) and Scott Carroll (steeplechase). Williams was named the New England College Conference Coach of the Year in 1997 and 1998, and was the Collegiate Track Conference Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1997. Six of his former student-athletes are members of the UAlbany Athletics Hall of Fame - Sellers, Carroll, Tonya Dodge, Bill Vanos, Joe McCullen, and Samantha Cohen.
Williams, who is currently the Vice Provost and Dean for Graduate Education and a psychology professor at UAlbany, was the Chair of the Psychology Department from 2007-2011.
Barbara "Bobbi" Palma is one of the most influential people for women's athletics at UAlbany. Palma, who was an inaugural member of the USATF Officials Hall of Fame, started the UAlbany women's track and field program - before the NCAA recognized women's sports - and was also the advisor for a successful student-sponsored petition to start the women's soccer program. She was a physical education professor at UAlbany, developing new classes such as officiating courses and self-defense, and also coached women's basketball and softball. The women's championship race of the UAlbany Cross Country Invitational is named in her honor.
Palma's reach extends far beyond the UAlbany campus. She also founded the Albany AAU Track Club and the Electric City Athletic Club for Girls, has been a member of the NYS Speakers Committee on Sport and Physical Fitness, was the coordinator of the first women's Olympic Marathon Trials and established the Track & Field Officials Committee for Adirondack USATF. Palma was the Director of Track & Field for the Empire State Games for ten years. She was also on the staff for several international meets, including two World Championships, the Pan Am Games and the World University Games. Palma has also worked at several Olympic Trials, the Paralympic Trials and was an official at the 1996 Olympics and Paralympics in Atlanta. She has been involved in NCAA National Championships at all levels.
Robert Keith Munsey is the architect of UAlbany men's cross country and track & field programs. He is a 2010 member of the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame, after being a coach for the Great Danes from 1958-1985. Munsey's cross country teams won SUNY Athletic Conference titles in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977 and 1984. The 1973 team finished second at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. His teams qualified for Nationals 11 times, and had six top-20 finishes. In 24 cross country seasons, Munsey's teams were 182-65. In 18 outdoor track & field seasons, his teams were 137-34-1. Seven athletes who were coached by Munsey are also members of the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame, and five student-athletes earned All-America honors. The men's championship race of the UAlbany Cross Country Invitational is named in his honor.
The first of five athletes to be inducted, Carlo Cherubino was a member of the 1973 cross country team that finished second in the NCAA Division III Championship. Already a member of the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame, Cherubino still holds the program's 5.05-mile cross country record (25:03.4) and is tied for the five-mile record (24:38). Cherubino is the sixth-best all-time cross country runner, based on the mile pace for races at or near 8k, with a 4:57.78 mile pace. He was an NCAA College Division All-American in 1974 and was the first Great Dane to win the UAlbany Cross Country Invitational in 1975.
Cherubino also competed in the Olympic Trials in the marathon in 1976, and was the Age Group National Record Holder in the 30 kilometers that same year. In 1979, he was ranked the fourth-best 30-kilometer runner in the US by Runners World and Track & Field News. In more recent years, Cherubino has been a soccer and track & field coach at the Academy of Holy Names. He has led the track & field team to 16 Colonial Council League titles, and the cross country team to four CCL championships. Cherubino's indoor and outdoor programs have won 17 Section II championships and he has coached several individual and relay NYS Track & Field Champions, along with several All-Americans.
Deborah Baranowski was a two-year member of the UAlbany track & field program, graduating in 1979 with a degree in social welfare. She was a two-year captain of the cross country program and was captain of the indoor and outdoor track & field teams for one season. As a senior, Baranowski was named the team MVP of all three programs, en route to earning UAlbany's Sportswoman of the Year award. She set school records in the 440m, 880m, 400m, 800m, 1-mile relay and 2-mile relay, and was inducted into the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.
Dr. Tim Hoff was a two-time NCAA Cross Country National Championship participant, in 1984 and 1986, and finished fifth overall at the 1986 NCAA Regional meet. He had eight top-five finishes in SUNYAC Championship events, and earned three SUNYAC titles, en route to being named to the SUNYAC Cross Country Hall of Fame. Hoff set three school records, including being a member of the 4x800 relay team that set a NYS Division III Collegiate Track Conference record that stood for 25 years until 2011. He is ninth all-time on the UAlbany Cross Country list for 5.05 miles and is on four program top ten lists. As a captain of the cross country and indoor & outdoor track programs in 1986-87, Hoff was second at the NYS Division III Indoor Championship Meet in the 3,000 meters and was seventh at the NYS Division III Cross Country Championship Meet. Hoff was also a member of the 4x800 relay team that won its heat at the 1987 Olympic Invitational and took third in its head at the Milrose Games, setting two school records.
Professionally, Hoff has been a professor at the UAlbany School of Public Health since 1998, in the field of Health Policy and Management. He has published over 40 academic articles and has written a book on the U.S. Primary Care System. A two-time winner of the UAlbany School of Public Health's Excellence in Teaching Award, Hoff has been identified nationally as one of the "Top 100 Most Influential Professors of Public Health."
As an athlete, Teresa Covert was the first NCAA Division I Women's Qualifier, as she was a six-time America East Conference Champion and the ECAC Champion in the 100HH. A team captain, Covert is the school record holder in the indoor 60HH and outdoor 100HH. She also has the top times in school history in the 100m (11.55) and the 100HH (13.30). Covert appears on the UAlbany top ten lists ten times, and is the third-best scorer in America East history with 107 points.
The most recent graduate of the inaugural Wall of Fame Class, Joe Greene was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American. He holds school records in the indoor 400m, outdoor 400m and 400IH individually, and is a member of two indoor relay record-setting teams (4x400m, DMR) and three outdoor relay record-holders (4x200m, 4x400m, SMR). He is on the program's top ten lists six times, earning four IC4A Championships and 11 America East Conference Championships. He is the second-best scorer in America East Championships with 112 points.