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UAlbany Enshrines Coach, Team, And Three Former Players In 2012 Class

ALBANY, N.Y.-
University at Albany VP of Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics Dr. Lee McElroy announces the 2012 Great Dane Hall of Fame Class on Monday, September 10.Three former players, a former coach and the 1993-1994 men's basketball team will be inducted into the University at Albany Hall of Fame on Friday, September 28 at the 29th annual HOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony. A reception for the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees begins at 6 p.m., with the dinner and ceremony to follow in SEFCU Arena on campus.

The induction ceremony will take place on Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes field hockey hosting Boston University at 3 p.m. On Saturday, football hosts Monmouth at 1 p.m. and following that the men's soccer team will be hosting Stony Brook at 5 p.m. Finally on Sunday, field hockey will host Louisville at 1 p.m. and volleyball will be on the road playing Stony Brook at 1 p.m.

The new inductees and their sports: Amy Di Micco '01, field hockey & lacrosse; Andee Lindren '04, softball; Ted Hotaling '95, basketball; and head coach Joe DeMeo '95, wrestling.

With this year's class, there are 136 former athletes, coaches and administrators and one team who have been inducted into the University at Albany's Athletic Hall of Fame

Amy Di Micco (1998-2001)- A two-sport athlete who was very successful both on the field and off the field. A decorated freshman that still holds records in both sports she played in. Di Micco's highest honor was that she was named the 2001-02 UAlbany Female Athlete of the Year.

From 2001-02, Di Micco led the Great Danes in scoring with six goals and four assists as a senior. For her career in field hockey, she is currently tied-for third on the school's all-time scoring list with 99 points (41 goals, 17 assists). She was named to the NFHCA All-Mideast Region second team and second team All-America East Conference midfielder. Di Micco was picked from the Great Danes to play in the 2001 NFHCA Division I North-South Senior All-Star Game.

In 1998-99, Di Micco set the freshman scoring record in, field hockey, with 31 points (13 goals, 5 assist). She was named to the NFHCA Division II All-America second team that same year. Then in her spring semester of her freshman year, she went on to establish the freshman scoring record, in lacrosse, with 41 points (34 goals, 7 assists). Di Micco would follow her outstanding scoring season with the honor of being named to the Brine/IWLCA Division II All-America second team.

Off the field, Di Micco was the president of UAlbany's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was awarded the ECAC Merit Medal as school's top senior female student-athlete. She was also awarded the Merlin W. Hathaway Scholarship which is given to the scholar-athlete for outstanding academic and athletic achievement, leadership, integrity and commitment to the University.

Andee Lindgren (2002-04)- One of UAlbany's top two-year softball pitchers all-time and was named the 2003-04 UAlbany Female Athlete of the Year.

In two seasons, Lindgren recorded a career 38-10 pitching record with a 1.11 earned run average, 13 shutouts and 350 strikeouts in the circle. At UAlbany currently, her 38 wins are seventh all-time, the 1.11 ERA is third all-time and the 350 strikeouts are sixth all-time. As a hitter, she hit a .368 average (third all-time), 102 hits, 54 runs batted in and a then school record 25 doubles.

In 2004, Lindgren was a dominate force both in the circle and in the batter's box her senior season, posting an 18-4 record and set a then single-season school record with 179 strikeouts while leading the America East Conference and ranked 11th among the NCAA leaders in hitting with a .430 batting average. She ranked 28th nationally in earned run average (1.04) and led the conference in strikeouts per seven innings (8.08). The senior pitcher was named the America East Conference Player of the year after being named player of the week twice and pitcher of the week twice during the season.

In 2003 as a junior, she recorded a 20-6 pitching record with five saves and nine shutouts. Her numbers in the circle were good enough to be named the America East Pitcher of the Year.

Ted Hotaling (1991-95)-  A captain his senior season in which he helped lead the Great Danes make their second run in the Division III NCAA Tournament. Hotaling is currently 21st at UAlbany in all-time scoring with a mark of 1,125 points.

In the 1994-95 season, Hotaling averaged 17.9 points and 5.7 rebounds and helped UAlbany to an 18-8 record which pushed them to a NCAA Division III Tournament second-round appearance. He scored in double figures in 28 consecutive games, including 30 points in the NCAA opening-round win at St. John Fisher. He was named to the Division III All-East Region second team.

In the 1993-94 season, he was a key part to the Great Danes school record mark of 24-3 and a NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance. Hotaling averaged 12.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists that season. Coach Richard "Doc" Sauers, before the season, had this to say about Hotaling, "Ted can post-up or shoot the three. We are counting on him to play a lot of minutes this season".

He finished eighth among the UAlbany career steals leaders with 125 and that mark currently sits 11th. Off the court, Hotaling was named to the ECAC Upstate New York Honor Roll seven times.

After UAlbany, he went on to play professionally in Wales and England and was an assistant coach at both Eastern Kentucky and Yale. He is currently the head coach at New Haven.

Joe DeMeo (1978-95)- One of UAlbany's top wrestling head coaches and was inducted to the 1996 National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame. He was a mentor to 32 All-American wrestlers and two Olympians.

At UAlbany, DeMeo posted a 162-116-1 record in 16 seasons. The Great Danes finished third in 1987 at the NCAA Division III national championships and fifth in 1986 under DeMeo. He was able to led UAlbany to the 1992 New York State crown and to a fourth place finish in 1986.

Under his tutelage, five wrestlers won NCAA titles, three were New York State champions, three made the World Wrestling Team and most notably Andy Seras, in 1988, and Shawn Sheldon, in 1992 and 1998, were members of the U.S Olympic Team.

DeMeo, outside of coaching at UAlbany, served as head coach of the 1994 USA Greco-Roman World Team and was the World Team assistant for nine years.

1993-94 Men's Basketball team- Since 1910, this men's basketball program had the best finish with a 25-3 mark and made an NCAA Division III Elite Eight Tournament appearance.

During the 1993-94 season, this squad averaged 74.5 points and held opponents to 62.8 points per game, which are currently ninth and third best at UAlbany. Its most notable wins were against St. John Fisher, 84-72, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and Richard Stockton, 60-54, in the second round.

The 1993-94 team currently holds five records at UAlbany which include the free-throw percentage for a game (100%; 28-for-28 vs. Potsdam Feb. 19) and for a season (78.5%; 456-for-581), most steals in a season (333), most wins in a season (25) and most consecutive wins in a season (16; Nov. 30,1993 to Feb. 8, 1994).

Notable players on the squad were captain Jason Graber and Gary Murray. Graber, for his career, scored over 568 points (3rd all-time at UAlbany), averaged 20.3 points per game (7th best at UAlbany), shot 85.7 percent from the free-throw line (4th all-time at UAlbany) and led his team in rebounding with 8.6 rebounds a game that season. Murray, for his career, tallied 135 assists (11th best at UAlbany), averaged 4.86 assists a game, totaled 81 steals (1st all-time at UAlbany) and currently holds the record at UAlbany for most consecutive free-throws made in a season with 39.

For more information on the ceremony and/or to reserve a spot please call the ticket box office at (518) 442-4683 or email Ticket Manager Brian Rudolph at brudolph@albany.edu