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Public Invited to College Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Dinner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 29, 2008

CONTACT: Lisa Saunders

(845) 574 - 4244

 

Public Invited to SUNY Rockland Community College Sports Hall of Fame
Induction and Dinner

 

25 Former Student-Athletes Honored

 

Suffern, NY - SUNY Rockland Community College invites the community to its second Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner to be held on Saturday, January 17, 7:00 p.m., at the Italian American Social Club, 35 Cosgrove Ave, West Haverstraw.  $50 includes hors d'ouvres, cocktails, salad, pasta, prime rib, coffee, dessert and dancing.

 

Since 1960, SUNY Rockland athletics has produced 48 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans, and more than 50 former athletes have become coaches after their playing careers. This event is co-sponsored by the Athletic Department and the RCC Foundation.

 

Inductees:

 

Richard Geiger '61, Soccer

Richard Geiger of Suffern, a graduate of Spring Valley High School, was RCC's first All-American in 1960. While at Rockland, Geiger was a letter winner in both soccer and basketball.  Along with his selection to the All-American team, he earned first-team All-New York State honors in soccer for the Junior College Division. Upon completing his studies at Rockland, Geiger joined the staff of his family business – Geiger Lumber Company. He sold the business in 1996 and now enjoys playing golf, tennis and traveling. He and his wife Jean have two children.

 

William Seymour '84, Baseball

Billy Seymour of Sloatsburg, a graduate of Suffern High School, was the first RCC baseball player to earn NJCAA First Team All-American status in 1983. He attended Moorehead State before transferring to RCC in 1982. After RCC, Seymour became involved with the Seymour Trucking Company. He is currently in his 22nd year with the company. He and his wife Jennifer have three children.

 

Mike Schmidt '91, Golf

Mike Schmidt of Mahwah, NJ, a graduate of Suffern High School, has earned numerous awards and accolades throughout his golf career.  Most notably, while at Rockland as a freshman, he was finished third in the 1990 NJCAA National Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The next year, he earned NJCAA First-Team All-American honors and competed in the NJCAA National Tournament in Midland, Texas. After graduating RCC, Schmidt attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is a financial manager for BMW North America.

 

Michelle Despinasse '95, Women's Basketball, honored posthumously

Michelle Despinasse, a Spring Valley High School graduate and a two-time All-Region XV selection, will be honored posthumously.  Despinasse played for the Lady Hawks basketball team in 1991, recovered from an injury in 1992 and returned to court in 1993 before entering the RCC Nursing Program. She was a 1990 graduate of Spring Valley High School and first attended Dominican College.  Currently there are scholarships and awards in her honor at both RCC and Spring Valley High School. She has a girl's basketball tournament named in her honor at Spring Valley.

 

The 1993 Baseball Team is RCC's first team to be honored by the Hall of Fame.  The baseball team were Mid-Hudson Conference Champions, Region XV Champions, New York State Champions, and won the Northeast District Playoffs advancing them to the NJCAA JUCO World Series at Grand Junction Colorado.  They are the only baseball team in RCC history to advance to the World Series. Team members:

Pat Alicea
Joe Chako
Russ Cohen
Eric Figueroa
Keith Finnerty
Steve Gonzalez
Brian Kerr
Mike Larkin
Chris Lemonis
Bill MacKinnon
Eli Molina
Frank Pandolfi
Ray Pawlyk
Jose Pena
Dean Podias
Ken Pommerencke
Brian Reilly
Gil Rodriguez
Keith Smith
Vin Truglio
Jamel Washington

Baseball Head Coach: Dan Keeley
Assistant Coaches: John DiGirolamo, Tom McNamara, Jim Rooney

 

For reservations or information, contact Dan Keeley, Director, Arena Management & Athletics, at (845) 574-4452, dkeeley@sunyrockland.edu or Kevin Hanlon, Assistant Athletic Director, khanlon@sunyrockland.edu, at (845)574-4512.

 

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Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality education...at a price you can afford.

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