Ithaca College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Susan Bassett '79 is pleased to announce the 47th Hall of Fame class. The following group of nine individuals and two teams will be inducted into the illustrious Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 in the Athletics and Events Center. IC alumnus and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Kevin Connors '97 will be returning as the Master of Ceremonies.
"The Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony provides a time for the Bomber family to pause and celebrate our rich tradition of excellence in all sports. The 2016 Hall of Fame class represents the best of that tradition and will inspire us all to emulate their outstanding careers and accomplishments," said Bassett.
1990-91 WOMEN'S SOCCER
The first women's back-to-back national championships in school history, the 1990 and 1991 women's soccer teams went 35-7-7 during the title runs under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Pat Farmer.
The 1990 squad went 16-5-4 and defeated SUNY Cortland on penalty kicks in the national championship contest after a scoreless draw. Ithaca allowed just eight goals all season and posted 17 shutouts, including six straight to end the year. Two of the Bombers' victories during the campaign came against Division I competition, Binghamton (2-0) and St. Bonaventure (2-0).
In 1991, the Bombers went 19-2-3 and won their last nine contests of the season, which was capped off with a 2-0 victory over the University of Rochester in the national title match. The '91 squad still holds the school-record for wins in a season, and the team notched 18 shutouts. Ithaca also surrendered just eight goals and held the nation's 13th-best save percentage at .930.
Hall of Fame goalie and two-time All-American, Beth Howland '92, still ranks 12th all-time in career goals-against average at .355. Megan Collins Heiar '94, Catherine Moss Johnson '93 and Kristin Kaupang '94 are also IC Hall of Famers that played on the teams.
STEVE L. BELL '06
Steve Bell was a four-year member of the men's soccer program that posted an overall record of 47-14-9 from 2002-05, and reached the NCAA Division III Tournament in the '02 season. He was a two-time all-Empire 8 performer as a back and was also selected as an NSCAA All-Northeast Region player as a senior. He did all of this while battling through Cystic Fibrosis – a disease that severely damages the lungs and digestive system.
Since graduating from IC, Bell has become the face of and spokesperson for the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. He has been featured in numerous written publications throughout the years, as well as on CBS Saturday Morning and a Dick's Sporting Goods commercial.
Bell has competed in eight marathons since 2008, finishing in under four hours six different times, and also ran in 15 half-marathons during that same time.
Bell has helped raise more than $125,000 towards Cystic Fibrosis research and has worked alongside of former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason to help people in the Cystic Fibrosis community through the Boomer Esiason Foundation.
JOSHUA J. FELICETTI '06
Arguably the greatest quarterback in the storied history of Ithaca College football, Josh Felicetti departed South Hill as the program's leader in 14 categories, including six on career lists. He was the Empire 8 Player of the Year in 2005 and the E8 and ECAC Northwest Rookie of the Year in 2002.
Felicetti was named all-conference all four years at Ithaca and a three-time all-star by the ECAC, as he started 40 games in his career – the most-ever by a quarterback. He was also chosen as the Kenny van Sickle Male Athlete of the year as a senior.
Felicetti led the Bombers program to a 34-11 record in four seasons with two appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship. He passed for 9,092 yards on 718 completions and 86 touchdowns – all IC records. Felicetti also completed 62.5-percent of his passes and held a 147.0 passing efficiency rating during his career. During his senior season, Felicetti threw for 2,883 yards and 34 touchdowns to set single-season records in both categories.
KATHLEEN HENZE BAILEY '93
Women's Swimming & Diving
Kathy Henze was one of the most decorated swimmers in her three years of competition at Ithaca College. Henze recorded 12 All-American performances, including five as a sophomore and five as a senior. She also won 10 ICAC titles in individual and relay events.
During her sophomore season, she placed third in the 400 medley relay, fifth in the 200 medley relay, sixth in the freestyle relay and seventh in the 200 and 800 freestyle relays. As a senior, Henze notched her top All-America showing with a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. In her three trips to the NCAA Championships, Ithaca finished sixth twice and ninth as a team.
To date, Henze's name still appears on the top 20 times in five different events, including the top spot in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:30.91.
STACY L. JOHNSON '93
Stacy Johnson was a transfer to IC and played two seasons on the softball team, but in that time, made a tremendous impact on the program. Johnson helped return Ithaca back into the national spotlight with back-to-back trips to the NCAA Northeast Regionals in 1991 and 1992. The Bombers took eventual national champions, Eastern Connecticut, to 10 innings in the '91 regional as Johnson pitched every inning of that tournament.
The Bombers compiled a 46-25 record during Johnson's two years at IC and her name still appears in the College's record book. She ranks 10th in career strikeouts with 191 and is tied for 12th in career wins with 31.
In 1992, Johnson ranked 10th nationally in wins (17), 19th in strikeouts-per-seven innings (4.7) and 23rd in ERA (1.42). That season set Ithaca standards in strikeouts (112) and wins.
For her career, Johnson finished with a 31-15 record with 191 strikeouts in 324 innings pitched, to go along with a 1.43 ERA.
KENT D. MASLIN '94
One of just nine three-time All-Americans in wrestling history, Kent Maslin was a runner-up at the 1993-94 national championships with an overall record of 18-1. Maslin competed at the 142- and 150-pound weight classes during his career and finished with an overall record of 93-27-2 with 21 victories by fall.
Maslin's second place finish, which came in an 8-7 loss in the title match, in the 93-94 championships led the Bombers to their third team national crown in six seasons. Ithaca totaled 77.75 points, narrowly edging out Wartburg (75 points) in the team standings.
He placed sixth at the 1991-92 nationals with a 26-7 mark and was fifth in 1992-93 at 33-5. Ithaca took eighth as a team in 1992 and fourth in 1993.
Upon his graduation, Maslin ranked 11th all-time in wins and was just one of three grapplers to claim more than one state championship (Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference).
MARGO McGOWAN BARROWS '98
A two-sport standout at Ithaca, Margo McGowan excelled on the hardwood and diamond from 1994-98. As a four-year player on the basketball team, McGowan cemented her name in numerous single-season and career categories and guided the Bombers to 72 victories and one NCAA appearance in 1996-97 (the first in school history). During her two seasons with the softball program, Ithaca went 61-30 and made two trips to the NCAA Championships.
McGowan was a three-time Empire Athletic Association All-Star, a two-time ECAC Upstate All-Star and the EAA Player of the Year in 1998. She still ranks second in career steals with 352, in tied for second in rebounds with 853 and is eighth in scoring with 1,200 points. On the single-season ranks, she is 3-4-5 in steals, eighth in rebounds and 10th in single-season points.
McGowan was named a First-Team Academic All-American as a softball player, as well as a Third-Team NFCA Northeast Region All-Star. She hit .335 in her two seasons with the team with 56 hits, 16 doubles, three homeruns and 26 RBI. During her senior campaign, McGowan batted .389 in 39 games played.
JEFFREY R. UNGVARY '91
Men's Swimming & Diving
Jeff Ungvary was one of the most accomplished swimmers to ever come through the Ithaca College program over its 51-year existence. Ungvary amassed 11 All-American honors over four years, which ranks third all-time, while also claiming 10 UNYSSA and ICAC titles.
His first All-American performance came during his freshman season, as Ungvary placed eighth in the 800 freestyle relay. The following year, Ungvary was 14th in the 800 freestyle relay and 16th in the 400 freestyle relay. A total of eight All-American showings poured in over the final two seasons in relay events – 200 and 400 medley relays, and 200 and 800 freestyle relays.
During his senior campaign, Ungvary received the ECAC Medal of Merit for excellence in academics, athletics and within the campus community. He was also an UNYSSA All-Academic Team selection.
Ithaca posted a 46-4 record with Ungvary on its roster and placed within the top 14 three different years at the NCAA Division III Championships.
DAEGAN A. GRAY '90
Regarded as one of the most aggressive defensive players at linebacker at Ithaca College football history, Daegan Gray received a total of four All-American honors during his time on the gridiron from 1986-1988.
Gray was an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American during the 1987 season after registering a team-high 122 tackles. He was then named captain in 1988 and earned All-American recognition from the Associated Press, Pizza Hut and Football News after an 89-tackle season.
He was the anchor on Ithaca's national championship team in 1988 that went 13-1 under Hall of Fame coach Jim Butterfield and defeated Central (Iowa), 39-24, in the Stagg Bowl. During his sophomore season, Gray notched 20 tackles in the national semifinal loss to Salisbury, 44-40. Gray was elevated to the varsity program as a freshman in 1985 for the playoffs, making him just one of a handful of players to compete in two Stagg Bowls at Ithaca College.
MAUREEN A. NOLAN-DECILLIS '87
Women's Soccer/Track & Field
A two-sport student-athlete from 1983-87, Maureen Nolan-Decillis was one of the top offensive soccer players in school history and a standout for track & field for three seasons.
Nolan-Decillis held Ithaca's all-time scoring record of 82 points for 23 years, and still ranks within the top five all-time. She finished her career with 32 goals (eighth all-time) and 18 assists (11th) in 68 career games, as the Bombers went 44-23-5 during that time under Hall of Fame coach Linda Buettner.
She led the team in scoring twice and paced the 1984 squad to a No. 18 national ranking with a 14-4-1 record. Nolan-Decillis was also named team MVP three times in her career.
As a jumper, she was a national qualifier in the triple jump as a freshman and was an ECAC champion in the long jump as a sophomore. Nolan-Decillis earned numerous all-state medals throughout her three years and was also a state champion in the 4x100-meter relay as a senior.