Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame

 

Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame Dedication Press Release
Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame Dedication Photo Gallery
Class of 1991
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The Stony Brook University Department of Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1991 with the induction of its first members. Since that first ceremony, 46 of Stony Brook's most decorated athletes, celebrated coaches and valued supporters have been enshrined in the Hall in recognition of their accomplishments. As we move forward, the Stony Brook Department of Athletics looks forward to continued opportunities for honoring former athletes, coaches and contributors with future Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.

On October 20, 2007 the Hall of Fame was dedicated as the Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame to honor the memory of Rita and Kurt Eppenstein, two quintessential New Yorkers whose lives serve as a higher lesson in ethics, character and perseverance, and who sacrificed much to enable their son to graduate from college and law school, and to enjoy the opportunities and experiences that flowed from their own American dream. Their son, Ted Eppenstein '68, was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in the fourth class to be inducted in 1994.

The next Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony is currently set for fall 2011. In the 12 months preceding the ceremony, we will solicit Hall of Fame nominations and will post pertinent information on the Department of Athletics website at www.goseawolves.org. We encourage all alumni and fans to participate in this process.

Congratulations to all current Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame members. We look forward to future ceremonies honoring more of the best who have ever represented Stony Brook Athletics.

Class of 1991

Stuart Goldstein '74

  • Stony Brook University 1st All- American, Squash

Rollie Massimino, Men's Basketball coach

  • 2nd Highest winning percentage in USB history .636
  • Led USB to 1st post-season appearance
  • NCAA Division I National Championship @ Villanova

Class of 1992

Jack Esposito '68 

  • 11 Varsity letters: Soccer (4), Cross Country (2), Track (4), Wrestling (1)

A. Henry von Mechow 1952- 91

  • 1st Coach
  • 1st Athletic Director
  • 1st Physical Education Department Chair

Class of 1993

Frank Ross M.D. '81 

  • Founder of Men's Lacrosse Program 1978
  • Four-Year letter winner
  • Four-Year Captain

Janet Travis, '80

  • 13 Varsity Letters in Five sports: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, and Field Hockey
  • Three-Time Athlete of the Year
  • Six-Time Team MVP in three sports

Class of 1994

Theodore G. Eppenstein, '68 Men's Basketball 

  • Men's Basketball team MVP 1965-68
  • Holds fourteen Stony Brook University records: Most career points, most points in a season, most points in a game, PPG average, and most rebounds, most FG's, most FT's
  • All Metropolitan Honorable Mention
  • Wingate Memorial Medal-Athletics, Scholarship, and Character
  • Distinguished Alumni Award 1991

Cordella Hill, '82 Women's Basketball

  • Four-Year letter winner
  • 1,334 Career points
  • Team MVP 1982
  • New York State All- Championship team '81 and '82
  • All- Region Team '82

Class of 1995

Janet Byrne, '81- Women's Volleyball 

  • Team MVP, '80 & '81
  • Team Captain, '80 &'81
  • USB Most Valuable Female Athlete, '82
  • USB Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • All- New York State Championship team '80 & '81
  • Leadership, Dedication, and Success

Class of 1996

Chuck Downey, ' 88 Football 

  • Team MVP 1986 & 1987
  • ECAC Player of the Year '87
  • 1st Team All- American '87
  • 2nd Team All- American '86
  • 33 USB Records
  • 12 NCAA Football records

Jan Fellenz- Bender, '83 Men's Swimming

  • Team MVP 1981- 82 & 1982- 83
  • Six time All- American 1980- 83
  • All- Metropolitan Conference
  • NY A.I.A.W Champion '83
  • Eleven USB swimming records
  • Seven Metropolitan Conference records

Peter Goldschmidt, '73 Men's Soccer

  • Team MVP 1970 & 1972
  • Captain 1971 & 1972
  • Four-Year M.I.S.C All- Star
  • U.S Olympic Development Team '68
  • Drafted By NY Cosmo's of N.A.S.I '74
  • A.S.L All- Star '75

Detra Sarris, '83 Women's Basketball and Softball

  • Four-year starter, Basketball
  • Three-year starter, Softball @ short stop
  • Basketball MVP 1982- 83
  • USB Basketball career leader in FG %
  • Single season record holder for FG%
  • .330 Career Hitter (softball)

Class of 1997

Tom Aird, '85 Men's Swimming 

  • Varsity 1981- 85
  • Three-Time All- American
  • 1st USB Swimming All- American
  • Four time National Qualifier
  • Hold two USB swimming records
  • Nine time Metropolitan Champion
  • ECAC Merit Award
  • Scholar Athlete Award
  • Joe Stetz award

Michelle White, '87 Women's Basketball

  • Varsity 1983- 87
  • Kodak 1st Team All- American
  • Sixth leading scorer in Division III history
  • All- time USB scoring leader (Men's and Women's basketball)
  • Hold all USB scoring records
  • Led team in scoring, assists, and steals four times
  • Four time MVP
  • Three-year captain
  • Two- Time athlete of the Year
  • ECAC All-Star

Class of 1998

Leslie Hathaway-Cassidy, '89 Women's Basketball 

  • 1,471 Career points
  • District I Academic All- American, '88
  • Top 10 in rebounds in Division III, '88
  • All- Time USB leader in Rebounds
  • All- Time Career field goal percentage leader (.510)
  • 2nd All- Time Career steals

Lucille Gianuzzi, '84 Softball and Women's Basketball

  • Four USB Softball records
  • Softball MVP, '82
  • NCAA Division III All- Regional Softball team
  • Four-year Softball player
  • All- Time USB in Singles and Runs
  • Only three Strikeouts in Four years
  • Three-year starter for Basketball

Denise Logan-Heuser, '77 Women's Diving and Crew

  • Metropolitan Division II Three-Meter Dive Champion 1976 and 1977
  • National Qualifier Champions, '76 men's and women's championships
  • Co-Captain 1976
  • Four-year athlete

Lisa White, '87 Women's Basketball

  • 1,294 career points
  • Team Captain 1985- 87
  • Member of 1st team in USB history to make a NCAA appearance
  • ECAC Championship, '86
  • Rookie of the year, '83
  • Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Liberty

Class of 1999

John Ramsey, '63- '83 Administrator and Men's Soccer Coach 

  • Thirty-six years of service in the USB Athletic Department
  • Chairman of the Department of Physical Education
  • 1st Division of Physical Education and Athletic Director
  • Founder and 1st coach of the men's soccer program
  • Compiled 82-68-1 record in fifteen years as a coach
  • Coached Metropolitan Division II Conference Championship team '70
  • Metropolitan Coach of the Year 1970 and 1974

Gregory Speer, '71 Men's Soccer

  • Four-year starter @ Midfield
  • Co-Captain, '68,'69, and'70
  • Leading goal scorer, '68
  • Metropolitan Championship team, '70
  • Member of the Metropolitan Finalist team, '69

John Ragimierski, '87 Football

  • Two-Time MVP, '84 and'85
  • Honorable mention Pizza Hut All- American Quarterback
  • Ranked 3rd on Nation for All- Time return yards
  • 2nd All- Time USB touchdown passes
  • 2nd All- Time USB highest Quarterback rating 113.3
  • Started four different positions in three years

William Zagger, 1992 Football & Baseball

  • Two- Time football MVP, 1990 &1991
  • Single season record for return yards- 961
  • Single season record for kick return yards- 851
  • 1st Team Liberty Conference All-Star
  • Longest Interception return for a touchdown- 100 yards
  • Baseball team MVP 1991
  • 1st team All-Skyline Conference
  • 5th highest single season batting average .437

Anastasia Nikas-DeBonis, 1993 Volleyball

  • Division III Co- National player of the year 1992
  • Two- Time All- American 1991 & 1992
  • Two- Time Northeast Region 1991 &1992
  • Three-Time All-NYS 1990, 1991, 1992
  • Three-Time team MVP 1990, 1991, 92
  • All- Tournament @ NCAA Final Four
  • Played on two State Championship teams
  • 1st USB Volleyball player to play professionally

Class of 2000

Thomas Blumbergs, '88 Men' Basketball 

  • 894 career points and 535 rebounds in two seasons
  • 5th All- Time blocked shots
  • All- Time record for blocked shots in a season
  • Team Scoring leader in 1987-88
  • Team MVP 1987-88

Ronald Bryant, '87 Basketball

  • 791 Career points in two seasons
  • 17.9 Career scoring average
  • Team leader in scoring, assists, steals in 1986-87
  • Team MVP 1985-86 & 1986-87

Cheryl Chong-Hunter,'86 Track and Field

  • Five- time All- American
  • Three-time team MVP
  • USB Female Athlete of the year,'85
  • USB Record holder Javelin throw123'3"
  • USB Record holder Discus throw 145'3"

Paul Klyap,'89 Football

  • USB All- Time career Interception leader
  • USB 2nd All-Time total tackles record
  • 1st team All- ECAC '88
  • Team MVP'88

Bob Snider, 1966-94 Physical Educator, Intramural Director, and Squash coach

  • Founder of USB squash program
  • Over 300 career victories
  • Team ranked top 20 in Nation 24 times
  • Coached four All-Americans
  • Founded Intramural Program @ USB

Class of 2001

Katie Browngardt Renna, 1991 Women's Basketball 

  • 1,527 Career points
  • District III All-Region 1989-90
  • Team Captain 1989-90 & 1990-91
  • Team MVP 1989-90& 1990-91
  • Holds SBU career record for three point percentage (.406)
  • Metropolitan Coaches Association Player of the Year 1991
  • 2nd All-Time in Field Goals (649) and 3rd in Rebounds (748)

Bjoun Hansen, '85 Men's Swimming

  • Varsity swimming 1981-85
  • Two-Time All-American
  • Three-Time National Qualifier
  • Holds two SB records
  • Three-time Metropolitan Champions
  • Two-time team MVP
  • Team Captain
  • NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship
  • Joe Stetz Award

Dec McMullen 1982-95 Head Women's Basketball coach

  • 203-109 (.651) Career record
  • Two NCAA Division Tournament appearances
  • Ten Post Season appearances
  • ECAC champions '86
  • SBU Women's Coach of the year '86 & '87
  • Metropolitan Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year '86 and '87
  • Converse Division Coach of the year 1987

Robert Serratore 1992 Men's Lacrosse

  • Team MVP '89, 1990,1991,1992
  • Holds seven career records GAA (8.69) and Save %( .677)
  • Four Single game records including GAA (6.93) and Save % (.699)
  • Appeared in 1992 North/ South All-Star game

Class of 2002

Bruno Barbera, 1995 Men's Tennis 

  • Three-Time team MVP 1993-95
  • 39-1 Dual singles match records- 1993-1995
  • 35-5 Dual doubles match records- 1993-1995
  • Outstanding Senior Athlete Award 1995
  • Male Athlete of the Year 1994
  • Three-Time MCTC single champion (flight 1) 1993-1995
  • Two-time northeast ITA Regional Rolex Championships 1993
  • Ranked 2nd in National III 1993-1994
  • Two-time NCAA Division III All-American 1993 and 1994

Jonathan Cayle, '76 Crew

  • Three-year Oarsmen
  • Two man undefeated varsity eight '76
  • Metropolitan Intercollegiate Champion Varsity eight team'76

Daniel Kaye,' 71 Men's Soccer

  • Team Co-Captain '69- '70
  • Four-year starter @ midfield
  • 1st Team M.I.S.C Division II '69- '70
  • M.I.S.C MVP '69
  • Member of SBU 1st Championship team M.I.S.C Division II '70

Lisa Shaffer,1990 Women's Soccer

  • Division I-Northeast All-American team '89
  • Team Captain 1988-90
  • NYS Team '87 & '88
  • NYSWCAA Tournament MVP '87
  • NYSWCAA Championship team '87
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement Award 1990

Yves Simon,1991 Men's Basketball

  • SBU total career points 1,156
  • Four-year starter @ forward 1987-91
  • Hold SBU All-Time records for most games played (113)
  • SBU All-Time record for rebounds (905)
  • SBU All-Time record for steals (195)
  • Team MIP '88
  • Member of ECAC Division III Championship team1990
  • ECAC Division III MVP 1990

Class of 2005

Stuart Sharoff '81 Football 

  • Pioneer of Football Program
  • President, Athletic Director Advisory Council
  • 2002 Distinguished Alumni University Benefactor Award Recipient
  • Member, Stony Brook University Wall Street Group
  • Kennth P. LaValle Stadium scoreboard renamed Sharoff Family Scoreboard in 2005

Theresa "Teri" Tiso 1981-2000 Volleyball Coach

  • Most wins in school history (677)
  • Highest percentage of wins in school history (71%)
  • 20 or more wins in 20 of 26 seasons
  • Division III postseason - 13 of 14 years
  • 1992 New England Collegiate Conference Champions
  • 1995 and 1997 ECAC Champions

John Brisson Jr. '76 Swimming, Crew

  • Metropolitan Division III 100 meter backstroke champion
  • Led team to Division III championships in 1973 and 1974
  • Member of three record-setting relay teams
  • Most wins in crew school history
  • Member of only varsity Metropolitan Crew Championship team
  • Crew Captain in 1975 and 1976

Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny, University President

  • Instrumental in athletics move from Division III to Division I
  • Oversaw major campus building and beautification program, including Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium
  • Member of the board of directors of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York
  • Vice chair of the board of directors of Brookhaven Science Associates

Class of 2006

Joe Nathan, Baseball 1997

  • One of the premier closers in all of Major League Baseball
  • Lead the Seawolves to a conference championship in 1995 and was a sixth-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants.
  • In 2004, he finished fourth in the Cy Young voting.
  • The two-time All-Star was also one of only 30 players to represent the United States in the Inaugural World Baseball Championships in 2006.

Daniel Antonius, Tennis 1999

  • Holds the all-time mark for the highest winning percentage in the history of the men's tennis program.
  • A member of the Sigma Beta Academic Honor Society, Antonius captured the Rolex Regional Singles Championship 1997.
  • Recognized nationally as he was one of only eight players invited to the Rolex National Championships in 1997.
  • He was tabbed the ECAC Robbins Scholar Athlete in 1999 and was a two-time team MVP for the Seawolves.

Robert Burden, Football and Baseball 1990

  • A Pizza Hut All-American third team selection in 1989
  • Holds the Stony Brook all-time mark for most field goals in a game, season, and career, along with most interception return yards in a season.
  • He was also a Liberty Football Conference First-Team selection in 1989 as well as team MVP.
  • Standout for the baseball team as the two-sport star still ranks eighth all-time in stolen bases.

John DeMarie, Swimming

  • Former head men's swimming coach and Chairman of the Physical Education Department
  • DeMarie was at the helm of the men's swimming program for 16 years and led Stony Brook to their first and only undefeated season in 1987-88 as the then Patriots went 10-0.
  • Captured eight titles and was named Metropolitan Coach of the Year in 1988.