Honoring Our Greats
Ten new members are inducted to the Athletic Hall of Fame .
Players representing eight sports, plus a coach/administrator, joined the elite ranks this fall:
Shawn Benoliel '82 helped the women's lacrosse team to a four-year record of 40-12 and two state championships. During her career she collected 206 points in 54 games, a record that lasted 21 years. She still holds team records with 170 career goals, 3.3 goals per game (career), and 4.2 goals per game 1981.
In 1951, as a first baseman, Ron Cole '53, M.S. '59, earned first-team all-East honors. A year later he claimed the baseball program's highest career batting average, .430. Cole (who also played basketball and soccer) helped the team to a combined record of 26-3 in 1952 and '53, signing a professional contract in 1953. He played two years in the Philadelphia Phillies' minor leagues and then spent 30 years as a baseball coach and physical education teacher at Kingston (New York) High School.
Steve Dunham '94 is one of just three Ithaca men's basketball players to earn all-American honors twice. A two-time Empire Athletic Association all-star and the league's 1994 player of the year, he scored 1,120 career points. He helped lead Ithaca to three postseason appearances, including the 1993 NCAA playoffs.
A standout in baseball and basketball, Dave Hollowell '73 earned academic all-American honors three times in both sports, one of just five Division III athletes to be named to six academic all-American teams. Hollowell ranks among the basketball program's career leaders in scoring. As a first baseman, he batted .303 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 64 games.
Ray Kirkgasser '51, M.S. '52, is the only Ithaca College athlete to have been drafted by the National Basketball Association. A 1951 choice of the Syracuse Nationals, he also received an offer to play pro baseball with the Phillies. Kirkgasser played both sports at Ithaca and was captain and MVP of the basketball team as a senior. He spent 23 years coaching baseball at Perry (New York) Central School, where he also served as director of athletics.
An offensive end with the IC football team, Ron Segal '63 earned all-American honors. He was also the team's punter. In 1961 he caught 10 passes, including 3 for touchdowns. He also played baseball at Ithaca. Segal later spent three years as a player/coach for the Jersey City Jets of the Atlantic Coast League.
Jim Shaw '73, who was inducted posthumously, was a top scorer for the men's lacrosse team and played football as well. In lacrosse he scored 193 points -- fourth on the program's all-time list. He ranks among Ithaca's career leaders in goals and assists. As a senior he helped the team win the program's first ECAC title.
Matt Sorochinsky '94 is one of just five Ithaca wrestlers to earn all-state honors four times. The two-time all-American placed third at the NCAA championships as a junior and was the national runner-up at 158 pounds in 1995. He helped the Bombers win the 1994 NCAA title and was a three-time conference champion.
Football player Tim Torrey '86 was a two-time all-American linebacker. He earned second-team honors in 1984 and was a consensus first-team selection as a senior, the year he helped the Bombers to the Stagg Bowl. He finished his career sixth on Ithaca's career list with 228 tackles. Torrey recorded 37 sacks during his last two years, including 22 as a senior.
Arnold Wilhelm spent five years as an assistant coach with the IC football, men's basketball, and baseball teams before becoming director of physical education, then acting dean and associate dean of the School of Health and Physical Education, retiring in 1981. He was named professor emeritus the following year. He was elected president of the New York State Council of Administrators for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in 1964 and chair in 1968. He received the organization's Life Membership Award in 1971.