--Nine Legendary Sports Alumni, Faculty and Staff to be Honored at Oct. 13 Fundraiser to Benefit Athletic Scholarships; Part of QC's Homecoming Weekend Celebration--
FLUSHING, NY, September 14, 2012 – They were the best in their game…an outstanding lineup of Olympians, All-Americans, national champions and sports icons who played an important role in Queens College's athletic history. Now these nine leading sports alumni, faculty and administrators will be inducted into Queens College's new Athletics Hall of Fame at a dinner to be held on Saturday, October 13, at 7 pm in the 4th-floor ballroom of the Student Union. (Two of these athletes—Guido F. Foglia and Robert (Bob) H. Salmons—are being honored posthumously.) The fundraising dinner to benefit athletic scholarships is among the events and activities taking place during the college's annual alumni homecoming weekend celebration.
The Hall of Fame inductees are:
Lou DeLuca: Captain, MVP (1968-72) and head coach of the QC ice hockey team (1972-74); also played varsity baseball and lacrosse. Went on to play semi-pro hockey for the NJ Rockets. Coached youth hockey program that spawned hundreds of new players on Long Island over past 13 years.
Guido F. Foglia: Played varsity and semi-pro basketball in the early 1940s; taught health and coached basketball, tennis and a soccer team that made the state finals. As chairman of the Physical Education Department, he initiated innovative academic programs such as the college's Institute for Exceptional Children and its Laboratory of Applied Physiology.
Margaret (Peg) Franco: An award-winning varsity player in field hockey and softball and champion swimmer who went on to coach the women's basketball and swim teams in the 1960s –'70s. She was selected Coach of the Year and served as an official at the 1964 Olympic Swim Trials. Also served as the college's first female Associate Athletic Director and chair of the Health & Physical Education Dept.
Robert Koehler: Founder, player and coach of the QC water polo team in the 1950s. He swam for the 1952 U.S. Olympic Water Polo team in Helsinki, Finland. He also served as a college-level referee and fundraiser for the AAU and Olympic water polo teams and was elected to the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame.
Lucille Kyvallos: In 1968 became head coach of QC's women's basketball team, which went on to be inducted into the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame. The team's success pavedthe way to an appearance at Madison Square Garden. A pioneer and risk-taker, she taught women how to be winners and brought the national spotlight to women's basketball competition.
Gail Marquis: Two-time QC All-American who led her team to post-season competition and national ranking for four straight years. She was a member of the silver-medal 1976 U.S. Women's Olympic basketball team and won championships in France on the regional, elite division and Cup of Europe levels. The first woman of color inducted into the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame, she also participated in the first women's collegiate basketball game ever played at Madison Square Garden.
Donna Orender: Fox Sports called this All-American one of the top 10 most powerful women in sports and Business Week named her to its list of the 100 most influential people in sports. Her experience in professional women's basketball led to work in network TV sports at ABC and Sports Channel. She also served as president of the Women's National Basketball Association and in executive positions on the PGA Tour, overseeing global television, production and digital media.
Doug Ress: MVP and captain of the 1975-76 varsity ice hockey team, considered one of the finest in the sport at the time. He was co-recipient of the college's scholar-athlete award and became QC's first state finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania, he still plays competitive hockey two or three times a week.
Robert (Bob) H. Salmons: From 1947 to the 1970s, served as teacher and coach of the QC basketball and golf teams, liaison for the architects who built and designed Fitzgerald Gymnasium, and administrator of the department's graduate program. He was admitted to Murray State University (Kentucky) on a football scholarship, and was later named All-American (basketball), All-State and All-Conference.
The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former outstanding Queens College student athletes, coaches, and administrators for their accomplishments and service."Good sports in every sense of the word, these men and women distinguished Queens College by their many athletic achievements," said QC President James Muyskens. "Their collective record will be hard to match."
"As you see by their bios, these nine star athletes were trailblazers and winners at more than college sports," added China Jude, QC Assistant Vice President of Athletics. "Their successful careers are an inspiration to the scores of QC athletes who followed them, and they will serve as the standard-bearers for future inductees into our new Athletics Hall of Fame."