Ithaca College Sports Legends Enshrined
President Whalen and nine others are named
to the College's Sports Hall of Fame.
Ithaca College Sports Hall of Fame welcomed new members over Homecoming
weekend, including President James J. Whalen. The inductions,
which bring Hall of Fame membership to 152, were held September
21 in the Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall.
Also inducted were Joseph D'Orazio '36, Alberta Sebring '39, John
O'Neill '42, Robert Wojnar '73, Dorsi Raynolds '85, Cathy Livingston
Allen '88, Jannette Bonrouhi '90, Tracy Deyle '90, and Lauri Hancock
"I feel really good about the individuals being inducted,"
Ithaca College athletic director and Hall of Fame committee chair
Robert Deming said prior to the ceremony. "It's nice to see
so many females getting the respect and the votes of the committee."
Deming said the president's induction is particularly satisfying
because Ithaca College athletics aligned with NCAA Division III
and grew to a nationally renowned, 23-sport program during his
tenure. "There is no question that the program would not
be as advanced as it is were it not for Jim Whalen's presence
since 1975," said Deming. "Everyone wants an opportunity
for success, and he has given this program that opportunity. He's
been a major contributor on all points, and I just can't say enough
about the positive impact he's had."
Whalen was a charter member of the NCAA Presidents Commission
and served as chairman of the Division III subcommittee. He was
a member of the Knight Foundation's Commission on Intercollegiate
Athletics, and in 1992 he was named cochair of the NCAA Gender-Equity
- Inducted posthumously, Joseph D'Orazio participated
in football, wrestling, and track at Ithaca. A tackle in football,
he earned a tryout with the Washington Redskins before an injury
ended his professional hopes. D'Orazio was the first in a long
line of standout heavyweights in wrestling and competed in the
weight events in track.
- An inaugural member of the Ithaca College Sports Booster Club,
Alberta Sebring has been active in the central New York
sports scene for more than 60 years. She participated in a number
of class-related activities-intercollegiate athletic opportunities
for women were lacking during Sebring's time at Ithaca-and became
a successful physical education instructor after graduation. Sebring
at one time coached the Newfield Central High School six-man football
squad and the Romulus Central High School baseball team.
- John O'Neill was a football center at Ithaca. A decorated
member of the United States Marines during World War II, O'Neill
participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and was awarded a bronze
star. He returned to Ithaca College as an assistant football and
baseball coach after leaving the service and in 1948 started an
11-year stint with the Cornell football staff as an assistant
- Robert Wojnar, a two-time all-American and first-team
all-ECAC performer, was one of the top offensive linemen in Ithaca's
gridiron history. He did not miss a varsity start in three seasons
and was a team captain as a senior.
- Dorsi Raynolds was a walk-on with the swimming program
who emerged as a 16-time all-American. Raynolds has excelled in
the coaching profession, most recently as head of the women's
program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. The Royals
have won three straight league titles and in 1996 Raynolds was
named the Mid-Continent Conference coach of the year.
- Cathy Livingston Allen was a mainstay on some of Ithaca's
strongest cross-country and track teams. She was a two-time cross-country
all-American and was named a track all-American in the 1,500 meters.
A captain in both sports, Allen capped her collegiate career with
selection to the GTE academic all-American squad.
- Jannette Bonrouhi is the only four-time cross-country
all-American in school history. During the outdoor track campaigns
Bonrouhi accumulated six more all-American honors with three top-seven
efforts each in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. A two-year captain
in the two sports, Bonrouhi was a GTE academic all-American in
- A member of NCAA play-off teams in two sports, Tracy Deyle
helped boost Ithaca soccer and lacrosse squads into the national
spotlight. The only three-time women's soccer all-American in
school history, Deyle helped the Bombers earn berths in the NCAA
play-offs in each of her four seasons. In lacrosse, Deyle produced
two 20-goal seasons, played on two ECAC mid-Atlantic championship
clubs, and was a member of Ithaca's first NCAA postseason women's
lacrosse unit in 1989.
- A star performer in basketball and track, Lauri Hancock
was a productive two-sport athlete. She became the second player
in South Hill basketball history to tally 1,000 career points
and she accumulated a school-record 886 rebounds. In outdoor track,
Hancock earned all-American laurels in the high jump and the javelin.
Athletes become eligible for the Ithaca College Sports Hall of
Fame five years after graduating. Alumni who distinguish themselves
in the field of athletics subsequent to their graduation and College
coaches, trainers, and administrators are also considered.
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