(Photo Credit: Melanie Fidler)
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 18, 2017) – This past Friday night, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Athletics Department inducted 10 new members into its Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the Academy's and the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation's (AAF) Homecoming celebration this weekend. The Alumni Association and Foundation hosted the event in Melville Hall on campus here in Kings Point.
The USMMA Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 included track & field, football, wrestling and swimming star Raymond Kruse '56, men's basketball standouts John Tompkins '65, Brian Coyne '96 and Sean Bradley '00, football greats Dave Buzanoski '73, Jim Pacileo '77 and Mike Woodrick '86, men's lacrosse four-year starting goalie Morgan Ames '00, multiple-women's basketball record holder Rebecca (Segert) Hoyt '04 and national champion diver Joel Meyer '04 of men's swimming & diving.
The group joined 113 additional members in the USMMA Athletics Hall of Fame, totaling 123 inductees. (Click Here for Full List).
The 10 new inductees were also celebrated with a special on-field ceremony before the Mariners' Homecoming football game against SUNY Maritime on Saturday.
Photos from the events on Friday night and Saturday can be viewed by following this link.
Below is more information on the inductees.
Raymond Kruse '56
An eight-time letterman, despite spending his entire sophomore year at sea, Raymond Kruse '56 was a member of four different teams at the Academy—track and field, football, wrestling, and swimming. He was a starter on the football team during his Plebe season before an injury limited his time. Kruse was then the leading point-scorer for the swim team as a freshman before joining the wrestling team his junior and senior years, where he competed in the heavyweight class. As a thrower for the outdoor track and field team, Kruse medaled at the Outdoor Conference Championships in both the discus (silver) and the shot put (bronze), setting Academy records in both events. While at sea, still the athlete, Kruse went on to win the Southeast Asian Games Heavyweight boxing championships.
John Tompkins '65
John Tompkins '65 was a four-year starter for the Academy's basketball team and served as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons. He was the MVP and leading scorer during his sophomore and senior years and helped lead the team to the USMMA's best record in history at the time (10-7) during the 1964-65 season. Tompkins was selected to the All-Long Island First Team and All-ECAC Small College Team after his senior season, which helped land him a professional tryout with the New York Knicks. Tompkins was on the baseball team his Plebe year and captain of the golf team and varsity club president his senior year. He also received the Alumni "Esprit De Corps" Award in 1965.
David Buzanoski '73
As a rookie starting quarterback during his Plebe year in 1969, David Buzanoski '73 led the Kings Point football team to its only ECAC Lambert Cup Championship in program history as the best Division III small college team in the East with a 7-2 record. He was the team's starting quarterback all four seasons at the Academy and set numerous passing records during his time on the gridiron. Buzanoski served as the squad's co-captain during his senior season in 1972 along with fellow classmate and USMMA Athletics Hall of Famer Joe Rizzo '73. Upon graduation, he was a five-time letter winner in football (4) and rugby (1).
Jim Pacileo '77
Jim Pacileo '77 was a three-year letter winner and starting quarterback for the Academy football team and was a Captain his senior year. He led the team to a 15-3 record as a starter over three seasons and a major factor in the program's best ever three year record of 21-6. Included in those victories was a perfect record versus archrival Coast Guard. Pacileo threw for over 2,000 yards in his career. During his senior season in 1976, Pacileo quarterbacked the Mariners to an 8-1 record, which earned the Mariners the best national ranking in Academy history - fifth. The Mariners ranked as high as second in the ECAC Lambert Bowl standings of top Division III teams in the East. Pacileo set two single-game Academy records for most completions thrown (18) and most touchdown passes thrown (3). Pacileo also lettered for the Kings Point baseball team as a starting centerfielder.
Mike Woodrick '86
Mike Woodrick '86 was a four-year starting defensive tackle for the USMMA football team who helped turn around the program in the early 1980s after a couple of down years before he arrived at Kings Point. He was a highly-decorated student-athlete, earning the Academy's Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy for top male athlete after his senior year in 1985-86 and being selected as the Hanley-Naegele Award recipient and Team MVP award after his 1985 senior season, serving as team tri-captain. Woodrick was a three-time Division III All-American and three-time ECAC MVP, while also earning Liberty Conference Defensive MVP honors twice and being selected as an AP Division III All-American.
Brian Coyne '96
Brian Coyne '96 was the recipient of the Academy's Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy for top male athlete after his senior season in 1995-96. He was a four-year letter winner and starting guard for the Mariner basketball team and served as the program's captain his junior and senior years. An All-Skyline Conference selection, Coyne finished his career at Kings Point ranked eighth all-time in scoring at the Academy and first in three-pointers made. He led the 1995-96 team to a first-place finish in the Skyline Conference and a trip to the championship game of the ECAC Tournament.
Morgan Ames III '00
Morgan P. Ames, III '00 was a record-setting four-year starting goalie for the USMMA lacrosse team. He set the NCAA Division III record for saves in a season in 1999 with 369—a mark that still stands at the time of his induction— and his .742 save percentage that season ranks fourth all-time in a single season in the NCAA record books. Morgan was selected to play in the STX/USILA NCAA Division III North-South All-Star Game and was the starting goalie for the South team. Throughout his time at Kings Point, he led the Mariners to four straight appearances in the ECAC Metro Tournament, including back-to-back trips to the championship game in his sophomore and junior seasons. He was named the All-ECAC Tournament Team Goalie in 1999.
Sean Bradley '00
Sean Bradley '00 ranks second all-time in USMMA men's basketball history with 2,070 points, 906 rebounds, and 127 blocks. He is also the program leader with 513 free throws made and ranks fifth all-time with 180 steals. Bradley is one of just two Mariners to score 2,000 points or more in his career. The 1999 Admiral Giles C. Stedman Trophy recipient helped lead the Mariners to three NCAA Tournament appearances and one ECAC Tournament appearance throughout his career on the hardwood. He was named the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division III Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 1998 and 1999.
Joel Meyer '04
Joel Meyer '04 was a four-year member of the men's swimming and diving team at the Academy and served as the team's diving captain all four seasons. He was the 2004 NCAA Division III National Champion in the one-meter dive event and earned the Academy's Giles C. Stedman Trophy after his senior year of 2003-04. Throughout his illustrious four years at King Point, he was a six-time All-American on both the one-meter and three-meter boards for four-straight seasons (2001-04) and was named the 2004 National Diver of the Year. Meyer also earned ECAC and Metropolitan Conference Diver of the Year honors in 2004.
Rebecca (Segert) Hoyt '04
At the time of her induction, Rebecca (Segert) Hoyt '04 holds the women's basketball program's all-time career records with 2,076 points, 777 rebounds, 739 field goals made and 466 free throws made. The three-year team captain and four-year MVP was selected as the Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year after the 2000-01 season and Player of the Year after the 2001-02 season. (Segert) Hoyt was named on the Skyline Conference First Team All-Stars throughout all four seasons and was an Honorable Mention Preseason All-American in 2004. During her USMMA tenure, she set the NCAA Division III record for points per game as a freshman with 623 points (26.0 points/game), was ranked seventh in the nation for Division III scoring in 2003, and was the Academy's 2003-04 recipient of the Julie A. Berke Trophy for Most Outstanding 1/C Female Athlete.
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