-- The College’s 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Will Be Honored at a Dinner Reception to Follow --
FLUSHING, NY, September 17, 2015 − Recognizing good sports on the court, the field, the ice, and the staff, the Queens College’s Athletics Office will honor its new Hall of Fame inductees at a dinner following its annual Golf Outing on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington. All proceeds from the outing, which is held during Athletics Alumni Weekend, are used for student-athlete scholarships and support services. These funds help students pursue a rigorous education while competing on the NCAA Division II level. This year Queens College offered more than $1.1 million in scholarships to approximately 200 student athletes.
Launched four years ago, the Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding performances by former students and coaches. “This induction class is very special,” says China Jude, QC’s athletics director. “Many of these inductees are still engaged in collegiate sports as athletes, coaches, and administrators, and have received honors for their work around the country.”
For golf outing tickets and schedule information, as well as tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner, please visit http://www.qcgolfhof.com/ or call the QC Athletics Office at (718) 997-2795. Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner are $125 each; a table for 12 is priced at $1,300.
Here are the 2015 Hall of Fame inductees:
● Sharon Beverly competed in basketball from 1974 to 1976 and participated on the team that won the AIAW regional championship. After serving as an assistant coach under the legendary Lucille Kyvallos, Beverly became head coach in 1980. She played a significant role in the department’s transition from Division III to Division II, and ended her administrative tenure at QC as an assistant athletic director. She is currently the Assistant Vice President/Executive Director of Athletics at the College of New Jersey.
● Joseph Brancaccio (track and field) specialized in the hammer throw and shot discus hammer. A conference champion in multiple categories, he served as track team captain for 1982-83, became an All-American for hammer throw at the end of that season, and was invited to compete in the Olympic Development Meets. He continues to compete on the senior level while serving as a detective with the NYPD. He is currently Queens College’s Assistant Track and Field Coach. His throwers were instrumental in the team winning two East Coast Championships in 2013 and 2014.
● Paul Chakrian played varsity lacrosse for QC from 1976 to 1981, serving as team captain during his last season, when he broke the school record for saves in a single game. A physical education major, he subsequently coached QC varsity lacrosse for two years and studied educational supervision and administration at Brooklyn College.
● Scott Cohen played varsity ice hockey at Queens College from 1973 to 1977. As head coach of the team, he led it to consecutive league championships in 1979 and 1980.
● Pete Ginnegar was conference champion in hockey, established the school’s assist record in lacrosse, and played defense in soccer. He holds a BS in physical education from QC and a master of arts in athletics administration from Springfield College. Ginnegar currently coaches the Israeli National Lacrosse Team and the men’s lacrosse team at Claremont College in California.
● Aline Pascale Lubin was QC’s head volleyball coach from 1993 to 2010. Under her leadership, the women’s volleyball team won the first Conference Championship. Her athletes were frequently named conference MVPs, and most of the 2003-2004 roster was chosen for the all-conference team. Lubin was NYCAC Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1997 and ECC Conference Coach of the Year in 2003 and 2004.
● Gregory Vaughn (deceased) was a top performer in basketball in the 1970s, setting four QC records that stand to this day. He organized tournaments and sports-related programs in Brooklyn and Queens while mentoring youths. He also helped develop playgrounds and basketball courts in public housing projects in Queens. Basketball courts in Baisley Pond Park, Jamaica, have been dedicated and named in his memory.
● Shalonda Young played basketball for QC from 1984 to 1988. Scoring over 2,000 career points, she finished her collegiate career as the 30th highest scorer and 11th highest in free throw percentage in the nation. An American Women’s Sports Federation All-American in 1987, Young was named to the First Team All-Conference in the Mideast Conference and selected twice in the Cosmopolitan Conference.
In addition to recognizing these individuals for their athletic performance, team contributions, and/or leadership, the Hall of Fame also names a “Team of Distinction” in alternating years. For 2015 the honoree is the 1978-1979 Varsity Ice Hockey Team coached by
Lou DeLuca, whichwon two straight Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference Championships.
On the same night, Dr. Harry Kent ’64 will receive the inaugural Madden Award, which recognizes an outstanding former student who excelled in athletics or contributed to the professional field of sports. Kent’s success as an exceptional student—he starred in eight sports—during the house plans, fraternity, and independent team days at Queens College demonstrates his commitment to the area of healthy competition. This inaugural award sets a high bar for recognizing a former student who has made an impact on the campus community.