DSU Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members and Honors 1971 Baseball Team
Four new members were inducted into the DeSales University Athletic Hall of Fame, during a ceremony held Friday, September 28. The new inductees are Maureen (Shaughnessy) Toy, '81, Susan (Stagliano) O'Mara, '96, Jerry Mayza, '87 and John Weiland, '77. Also, the 1971 baseball team was honored as the first varsity sports team with a winning record.
Each inductee has made an everlasting impression on DeSales University athletics. The newest inductees 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, Jamie (Bicking) Kofalt '87, Jim Seaton '78, Barbara Thomas '96, and Rich DeLeo '81, in this celebrated group.
Toy joins the DSU Hall of Fame as a four-year member of both the women's basketball and volleyball team. She was named the Female Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year twice (1978-79 and 1980-81), basketball team MVP twice and volleyball team MVP once in her career. Toy was the first women's basketball player to score 1,000 career points and continues to rank among the all-time leaders five different statistical categories.
O'Mara was a four-year member of the women's tennis team posting a 43-7 career singles record and a 35-8 career doubles record. She was named the team's Most Valuable Player twice and was honored as the LVAIAW Most Outstanding Women's Tennis Athlete in 1996. O'Mara finished second in the #1 Singles Tournament in the ESAC once and twice in the PAC, while teaming with Heidi Young in 1994 and 1995, to win the #1 Doubles Tournament championship.
Mayza was a four-year member of the men's basketball team where he was named team captain twice and MVP once. He finished his career with 586 career points, 474 assists and 230 steals. His assist and steal totals continue to rank among the three all-time and he is tied for the all-time lead with 112 games played. Mayza received the Stanley J. Orzechowski Award in 1986-87 and upon his graduation in 1987 became the head coach of the women's basketball team for one season leading DeSales to a 27-2 record an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Weiland was a three-sport star in baseball, golf and men's soccer. He served as the team captain for all three teams as a senior and was named the baseball Most Valuable Player in 1977. Weiland was also named the Male Intercollegiate Athlete of the Year in 1976-77 after batting .377 during his senior year in baseball.
The 1971 baseball team became the second team recognized by the University's Hall of Fame Committee. Head coach Joe Bird along with team members Dennis Campbell, Joe Dougherty, Mike Episcopo, Tom Giamoni, Hank Kowaleski, Bill Markham, Jim Rasich, Gene Stupak, Jim Wilson, John Esposito, Vince Yost, Gene Oreszak, Phil Lachimia, and Ron Schiavone. The '71 team became the first-ever varsity sports team to post a winning record as they finished with a 7-4 overall record.
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Press Release: DSU Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members and Honors 1971 Baseball Team | Posted on: 10/4/2007
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