BARUCH COLLEGE INAUGURATES ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME: NINE WHO BUILT BARUCH ATHLETICS ARE INDUCTED

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               New York, NY, June 8, 2006-Baruch College today inaugurates an Athletics Hall of Fame honoring the extraordinary student-athletes and administrators who have brought prestige and outstanding sports achievement to the College since 1968.

               Nine men and women who helped shape the College’s athletics programs and fostered its competitive spirit will be inducted into the Baruch Athletics Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held at the College’s Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Avenue, at 6 pm on Thursday, June 8. The event will include a celebratory dinner.       

              Commenting on the new Athletics Hall of Fame, Kathleen Waldron, president of Baruch College said, “I have always believed that academic excellence and athletic prowess go hand in hand, and the recent history of Baruch confirms this.  As our students have excelled scholastically, so too have our student-athletes. I believe that the Hall of Fame will create important connections between Baruch’s past and its future and stimulate more alumni interest and involvement in the school.”            

              Bill Eng, Director of Athletics at Baruch for more than 20 years, noted the dramatic transformation of the College’s athletic facilities since the opening of the Newman Vertical Campus in 2001. “The inauguration of the Athletics Hall of Fame symbolizes how far we have come from the days when our sports facilities consisted of a single cramped and hard-to-find gymnasium on the 6th floor of 17 Lexington Avenue,” said Eng.  “Today, our athletics facilities are second to none, and the impact on the morale of our teams can’t be measured.”

THE INDUCTEES

              Burt Beagle -- Baseball & Basketball   Beagle (’56) has served the College over many years as sports information director, baseball coach, basketball statistician and repository of athletics history and folklore.

            Yvette Forges-Caraballo – Cheerleading & Dance Team   A 1993 graduate who led the Baruch cheerleading squad to 15 championships; she served as the team’s choreographer from 1988 to 2002.

              Sean McGee – Men’s Basketball   A 1996 graduate and a three-time CUNYAC all-star basketball star, who as a junior ranked second in the nation in rebounding (13.8), was named the CUNYAC MVP during his senior season.

               Sybil SmithWomen’s Basketball & Volleyball   A 1995 graduate, Smith is a  three-time basketball and one-time volleyball CUNYAC MVP. She won the 1995 NCAA Division III rebounding title (23.8) and finished second in scoring (21.1).

              Hilary WilliamsWomen’s Basketball  A 1991 graduate and dean’s list student, Hilary is a two-time CUNYAC MVP.  She is the team’s all-time leader in scoring (1,830), rebounding (1,341) and steals (477) and was the first player in school history to record a triple-double. 

              Rodger Miller – Men’s Basketball  A 1985 graduate, Rodger was a four-year starter (1979-83) on the men’s basketball team.  He became the school’s leading scorer with 1,540 career points and owns the all-time record for points in a game (42).

              Al Peredo – Fencing Coach & Administrator  Al started the men’s and women’s fencing program at Baruch.  He coached an Olympic foil fencer to the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and to a runner-up spot in the NCAA National Championship.  He was chair of the Athletics Department for more than 10 years. 

              Narces Phanor – Men’s Soccer, Volleyball & Basketball  A 1995 graduate, Narces is one of Baruch’s greatest all-around athletes. He was the first male athlete to be named a CUNYAC all-star in two sports (soccer and volleyball).  In his senior year, he was also a starter on the men’s basketball team.

              Harvey Jackson – Administrator  For over 30 years, Harvey has been the athlete’s best and most influential friend.  As director of SEEK transfers and academic counselor, he has been a source of sage advice and guidance to scores of athletes.  He also served as Men’s Basketball Coach for two years (1976-78).

              In the years following their athletic achievements, these men and women have followed divergent career paths.  Hilary Williams works in a shelter for abused families; Sybil Smith is a special education teacher; Sean McGee is vice president at Goldman Sachs and Harvey Jackson is a counselor in the Baruch SEEK program.  Burt Beagle, a retired accountant, has become a legendary statistician and an inspiration to generations of student-athletes.

              The 2005-6 academic year was a time of outstanding success and achievement for Baruch College’s teams.  Three teams (men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball) played in NCAA tournaments, while men’s volleyball was ranked as the 15th- best team in the country among NCAA Division III schools.  The Bearcats also won four conference championships and finished runner-up in two tournaments to clinch Baruch’s first-ever Commissioner’s Cup Trophy, awarded to the best athletics program in CUNY.

Contact:  New & Public Information Director, Zane Berzins, (646) 660-6113, zane_berzins@baruch.cuny.edu; Baruch Athletics, John Neves, (646) 312-5048, john_neves@baruch.cuny.edu