Athletic Department Inducts Four Into Hall of Fame

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The Athletic Department inducted four individuals into the Baruch College Athletic Hall of Fame in a special dinner featuring VIPs, alumni and current student-athletes on Friday, October 16.

Greg Clerkin (baseball), Len Mitchell (men’s basketball), Jamees Wright (women’s basketball) and Ralph Sirianni (equipment manager) were inducted into a special group that now features 24 former student-athletes or athletic administrators. Ralph Sirianni, who passed away during March 2009, was inducted posthumously in front of his family and friends.

The Hall of Fame was created four years ago and serves to honor individuals for their hard work and success during their time with the department. To nominate a future Hall of Fame candidate, please contact Ray Rankis at 646-312-5045.

2009 Athletic Department Inductees

Pictured from left to right: Ray Rankis (Associate Athletic Director), Greg Clerkin (Baseball), Len Mitchell (Men’s Basketball), Jamees Wright (Women’s Basketball), Stan Altman (Baruch College President), Dr. William Eng (Athletic Director)

Greg Clerkin (Baseball)
Greg was a highly recruited all-city player who came to Baruch College in 1998 from James Madison High School in Brooklyn. He earned an academic scholarship to attend Baruch, and quickly acquired the nickname “Franchise” because of his value to the team. Greg was a three year team captain and led Baruch to its first baseball championship in 2001, capping off a stellar playing career and the resurgence of Baruch baseball. His career batting average was .352, with over 100 RBI’s and 133 hits. He earned All-Star honors four times, and was also an outstanding pitcher -- leading the team twice in wins.                 

Len Mitchell (Men's Basketball)
From 1996-2000, Len exhibited a unique combination of hoops power and skill. A four year starter, Len finished his career with 1,549 points, which stands as a Baruch record. Len also ranks second in games played (107), third in blocked shots (136), and fifth in rebounding (735). A two-time CUNYAC All-Star, Len led the (then) Statesmen to their first CUNYAC Championship in 2000.

Ralph Sirianni (Equipment Manager)
For over 35 years (1972-2007), Ralph was the “Godfather of Baruch Athletics.” As equipment manager, he was unassuming and an irreplaceable asset to the athletics family. As curator and steward, Ralph Sirianni was a friend to the athletes and a faithful champion of integrity, commitment, and service of excellence to the entire Baruch College community.

Jamees Wright (Women's Basketball)
From 2000-2003, Jamees was a versatile and talented leader. As a three-year starter and captain, she finished in the top 10 Baruch career statistical categories for points (1,052), rebounds (620), steals (368), assists (296) and blocked shots (107). Each year, the team displayed growth and improvement by increasing its win total every season and advancing further into the playoffs. Overall, Jamees was a dominant player for Baruch College.