DeSales University Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members and Honor 1988-89 Women's Basketball Team, Fri., Sept. 30
The DeSales University Athletics Department will induct three new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 30, in Billera Hall. They are Rich DeLeo, '81, Jim Seaton, '78, and Barbara Thomas, '96. Also being honored is the 1988-89 women's basketball team, the first team in any sport at DeSales to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
The upcoming weekend at DeSales is one of much celebration. The 2005 Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday, Sept. 30, is being held during homecoming at DeSales, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and October 1. In addition, DeSales University is observing its 40th anniversary during the 2005 - 2006 academic year. In 1965, DeSales, then known as Allentown College of Saint Francis de Sales, was founded by the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales.
Each inductee has made an everlasting impression on DeSales University athletics and will join current members Dr. John "Coach" Compardo, Lynn Butler-Tubman ' 87, Tony Mazzeo '72, Dennis Ramella '73, Tom Shirley '76, Tina Costello '88, Tim Riggs '91, Bob Koch '69, John Ward '89, Brian Manning '97 and Jamie Bicking-Kofalt '87 into this celebrated group.
DeLeo, of Collegeville, Pa., joins the DSU Hall of Fame as a four-year member of both the men's soccer and baseball team. He was named team captain and earned Most Valuable Player honors in both sports while at DeSales. DeLeo concluded his soccer career with 34 goals and 77 points which rank currently rank him fifth all-time. He also continues to own the school-record for goals scored in game with six tallies vs. United Wesleyan during the 1978 season and was named DSU's Male Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year twice (1979 and 1980).
Seaton, of Ambler, Pa., was a standout player for the men's basketball team in the late '70's and served as the head men's basketball coach from 1982-87. He finished his playing career with over 1,200 career points and more than 250 assists and steals ranking among the top 10 all-time at DeSales in each category. During his five year tenure as the head coach at DeSales, Seaton garnered a 45-92 record and is credited with leading DeSales to its first-ever winning season and conference playoff appearance in 1983-84 finishing with a 16-14 overall record.
Thomas, of Bethlehem, becomes the first volleyball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Highlighting her statistical career is the fact that Thomas is one of just four players in school history to record 1,000+ kills ranking second all-time with 1,140. Thomas was also a two-time All-Conference player earning ESAC honors in 1992 and PAC North Division honors in 1994. During her senior year, Thomas was named team captain and led DeSales to its first and only NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995.
The 1988-89 women's basketball team becomes the first team recognized by the University's Hall of Fame Committee. Head Coach Tom Shirley, '76, of Harleysville, Pa., and assistant coach Gerry Mayza, '87, of Pennsburg, Pa. will be honored. Also, the 13 players are: Maureen Dolan, '89, of Temple, Pa.; Maureen Dugan, of Wilmington, Del.; Traci Edinger, of Milton, Del.; Maureen Fitzpatrick, 89, of New Albany, Ohio; Sue Impink, of Windsor Mill, Md.; Donna Luft, '91, of Reading, Pa.; Patti Oakes, of Port Carbon, Pa.; Karin Povish, '89, of Brighton, Mich.; Paula Rizzuto, '91, of York, Pa.; Carolyn Sanko, '90, of Mcadoo, Pa.; Terri Schultz, '90, of Conshohocken, Pa.; Joann Stiles, '90, of Horham, Pa., and Sue Zegac, '92, of Sellersville, Pa.). The 88-89 team became the first-ever team in any sport at DeSales University to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The team finished with a 24-6 overall record, won an ESAC Championship and not only participated in the NCAA Tournament but defeated Franklin & Marshall College, 74-58, in the opening round.
Press Release: DeSales University Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Three New Members and Honor 1988-89 Women's Basketball Team, Fri., Sept. 30 | Posted on: 9/28/2005
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