University at Albany Athletics Hall of Fame

1984:  Gerald Amyot ’36 (Basketball/Baseball), Edith Cobane (Athletic Staff), Merlin Hathaway (Athletic Staff), Gary Holway ’59 (Basketball), Peter Telfer ’53 (Basketball/Soccer).

1985:  Donald Cohen ’61 (Basketball/Tennis), Warren Crow ’67 (Wrestling), Joseph Garcia (Athletic Staff), Carlton Maxson ’58 (Soccer), Thomas Robinson ’65 (Cross Country).

1986:  Clem Crow ’62 (Wrestling), Karl Gerstenberger ’62 (Soccer), Richard Margison ’69 (Basketball), Joseph Pizzillo ’66 (Baseball/Cross Country), J. Ralph Tibbetts (Honorary).

1987:  Carlo Cherubino ’76 (Cross Country/Track), Richard Crossett ’65 (Basketball), Charles Kruzan (Athletic Staff), William Lindberg ’54 (Soccer), Larry Mims ’75 (Wrestling).

1988:  John Bertuzzi ’76 (Football), Eugene Monaco ’65 (Wrestling), James Shrader ’80 (Track & Field), Leslie Siegel (Athletic Staff).

1989:  Deborah Rohrmiller-Baranowski ’79 (Cross Country/Track), Robert Burlingame (Athletic Staff), Thomas Hesiter ’72 (Lacrosse/Football), Victor Herman ‘83 (Wrestling), John Leahy ’73 (Baseball), Vincent Reda ’74 (Cross Country), Suzanne Stern ’82 (Track & Field).

1990:  Paul Feldman ’79 (Tennis), Vernita McCormick ’78 (Track & Field), Richard Odorizzi ’65 (Baseball), James Oppedisano ’63 (Basketball), Arnold Will ’76 (Football).

1991:  David Averill ’85 (Wrestling), Barry Cavanaugh ’79 (Basketball), Lisa Denenmark ’81 (Tennis), John Dieckelman ’83 (Basketball), Thomas Jacobs ’85 (Football), Andrew Seras ’86 (Wrestling).

1992:  David Cerny ’86 (Lacrosse), Elizabeth Rosentel-Insley ’83 (Volleyball), Terrance Kenny ’74 (Baseball), Wilhelmena Lesane Gooney ’87 (Basketball), Peggy L. Mann (Athletic Staff), Gary Penfield ’63 (Soccer), Thomas Schmitz ’86 (Tennis), Philip Van Orden, M.D. (Honorary).

1993:  Daniel Croutier ’85 (Basketball), John Donnelly ’86 (Football), Scott James ’82 (Cross Country/Track), Marc Mercurio ’85 (Track & Field), Peter Spina ’61 (Baseball).

1994:  Thomas DeBlois ’77 (Football), Heidi Grunwald ’88 (Volleyball), Byron Miller ’74 (Basketball), Roger Plantier ’79 (Baseball), Adam Ursprung ’87 (Basketball).

1995:  Carlos Arango ’78 (Soccer), Winsome Foderingham-Herard ’88 (Track & Field), Johnny Rolando ’77 (Soccer), Karen Smiley ’90 (Softball), George Webb ’69 (Baseball).

1996:  Jim Canfield ’83 (Football), Kevin Quinn ’74 (Baseball), Regina Richardson ’90 (Basketball), Morrison Teague ’89 (Basketball), Dr. William Moore (Athletic Administrator), Howard Woodruff ’63 (Honorary).

1997:  Glenn Carlin ’88 (Football), Jeff O’Donnell ’74 (Lacrosse, Football, Soccer), John Quattrocchi ’73 (Basketball).

1998:  Nick Ascienzo ’73 (Baseball), Frank Sarcone ’88 (Football), Frank Selca ’79 (Soccer), David Theleman ’86 (Baseball).

1999:  Rob Clune ’81 (Basketball), Jason Graber ’94 (Basketball), Frank Villanova ’76 (Football), Wendy Williams ’86 (Softball).

2000:  Jack Jordan ’72 (Basketball), Pat Ryder ’90 (Football), Jeffrey York ’96 (Track & Field).

2001:  Debbie August '96 (Lacrosse), Don Mion '75 (Football, Wrestling), Lynda Nealis '94 (Basketball), Wilfredo Rodriguez '92 (Track & Field).

2002:  Tonya Dodge '97 (Cross Country/Track), Meredith Jackel '97 (Field Hockey), Blake Kim '92 (Lacrosse), Cort Kim '92 (Lacrosse), Rudy Vido '78 (Football, Wrestling, Track).

2003:  Scott Carroll '93 (Cross Country/Track), Patty Munhall-Blacklock '87 (Volleyball), Richard " Doc" Sauers (Basketball Coach, 1955-97), Chris Tironi '89 (Wrestling), Scott Turrin '94 (Football).

2004:  Xiomara Davila Diaz (Track & Field '99), Peter Pedro (Football '90), Kimberly Toone (Track & Field '95, posthumously), Bill Vanos (Cross Country/Track '94).

2005:  Dan Gmelin (Football '98), Rafaela Nikas (Lacrosse, Volleyball '98), Joe Rajczak (Football '80), Joe Savino (Football '98), Dr. Richard Hall (Honorary).

2006: Dawn Di Micco (Lacrosse, Basketball '00), Scott Price (Basketball '69), Steve Shoen (Football '98).

2007: Alan Cornfield (Lacrosse '85, posthumously), Mike Grever (Football '99), Kelly Poynton (Softball '99).

2008: Tom Alexander (Lacrosse '98), Andre Duncan (Basketball '99), Afrim Nezaj (Soccer '82), Kelly Paolino (Basketball '99), Liz Peck (Field Hockey '97).

2009: Tovah Atwell Lisky (Field Hockey '99), Bob Conklin (Baseball '84), J.T. Herfurth (Football '00), Janna Johnston (Track & Field '99), Jack Koelmel (Athletic Staff).

2010: Mike Cinque (Basketball '87), Joe McCullen (Cross Country/Track '92), R.K. Munsey (Cross Country/Track Coach, 1962-85), Valerie Terry (Softball '02).

2011: Megan Buchanan (Women’s Basketball ‘00), Steve Checksfield (Baseball, Football ‘02), Samantha Cohen (Cross Country/Track & Field ‘99), Howard Sellers (Track & Field ‘94).

2012: Amy Di Micco (Field Hockey, Women’s Lacrosse ‘01), Andee Lindgren (Softball ‘04), Ted Hotaling (Men’s Basketball ‘05), Joe DeMeo (Wrestling Coach, 1978-95), 1993-94 Men’s Basketball Team.

2013: Alissa Gibbs (Volleyball ‘02), Todd Cetnar (Men’s Basketball ‘00), 1974 Football Team.

Alissa Gibbs (Volleyball, 1999-2002) – A two-time first-team All-America East Conference honoree, Alissa Gibbs marked the first dominant player in the Great Danes’ Division I volleyball era. Gibbs led UAlbany to its first winning Division I season in 2002 with a 16-15 overall record, while being named the 2002-03 America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also ranked fourth among the conference leaders in kills (3.76 pg) and second in aces (0.57 pg) during her senior campaign.

As a junior, Gibbs ranked 10th among NCAA leaders in kills, averaging 5.01 per game. She was also named to the first team All-Independent Conference as a sophomore.

Despite the adversity of being both a diabetic and a college athlete, the outside hitter finished her career ranked second on the school’s all-time list in kills with 1,376, as well as fourth in digs with 992. A decade later, she still ranks among the top-10, sitting in third for all-time kills and 10th for digs.

The Ballston Lake, N.Y. native earned the ECAC Merit Medal in 2003, given to the University’s top senior female student-athlete.

Todd Cetnar (Basketball, 1996-2000) – The 1999-2000 UAlbany Male Athlete of the Year, Todd Cetnar played in 109 games in four seasons with the Great Danes. With 1,345 points, Cetnar finished his career ninth on the all-time scoring list and marked one of two players in school history at the time to combine for 1,000 points, 350 assists, and 150 steals.

At the time of his graduation, the 6-foot guard ranked second in steals (188), fifth in assists (367), and third in both three-point field goals (215) and free throw percentage (.816) in UAlbany’s record book, and still ranks among the Great Danes’ top-10 over a decade later.

Scoring a career-high 30 points against Elon in the program’s first Division I victory, Cetnar was named first-team All-Independent Conference in the program’s inaugural DI campaign in 2000. That season, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.    

Cetnar was also named to the 1999 All-New England Collegiate Conference team, averaging 16.2 points and 3.8 assists as a junior. As a sophomore, Cetnar started on the 1997-98 team that went 19-8 and made an ECAC Division II appearance.

After graduation, Cetnar went on to play professionally, participating in a number of NBA camps, and played in the CBA, NBDL and USBL. Cetnar is also a former assistant coach at Plymouth State and Union College.

1974 Football Team – The 1974 football squad is the second team inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining the 1993-94 men’s basketball team. In just the second season as a varsity program, the ’74 squad, headed by coaching legend Bob Ford, made history with a perfect 9-0 record. In 40 varsity seasons, the team is the only football team to go undefeated.

Not only did the team triumph every game, they did so in dominating fashion, winning by an average margin of 31.2 points.

Offensively, sophomore fullback Tom DeBlois became the first UAlbany player to gain more than 1,000 rushing yards in one season, totaling 1,009. In addition, Orin Griffin, Marvin Perry, and Glenn Sowalskie rushed for a combined total of 1,596 yards, as the team totaled 3,254 yards on the ground. Mike Basla, Tom Cleary, Ty Curran, Andy Lee, Bruce Court, and Dom Roncone cleared the way and opened holes on the offensive line.

In the pocket, quarterbacks John Bertuzzi and Dave Ahonen completed a combined total of 22 passes, including 11 for touchdowns. Bob Baxter led the squad with 10 catches and six scores, while Don Whitley had three receptions and two touchdowns.

Defensively, the starters consisting of Rudy Vido, Frank Villanova, Tim Myers, Dom Pagano, Don Mion, Skip Scurry, Bill Brown, Arnie Will, Ken Schoen, Ralph Naples, and Bruce Cummings held opponents to a miniscule average of 2.4 yards on the ground and three total rushing touchdowns. They also logged 28 interceptions, averaging 3.2 per game.

The UAlbany 1974 football team was one of just five NCAA Division III programs in the nation to go undefeated that season.