Athletic Hall of Fame
About the Athletic Hall of Fame
The Herkimer County Community College Athletic Hall of Fame honors former Herkimer County Community College athletes, coaches, teams and other individuals who have made an extraordinary contribution to the College through intercollegiate athletics. Nominations will be accepted biannually in four categories:1) athlete 2) team 3) coach and 4) associate member, administrator or contributor. To be eligible for membership in the Athletic Hall of Fame, nominees must meet the following criteria:
- Athletes must have successfully completed at least one full season in a given sport, brought prestige and recognition to the College, and either graduated from Herkimer County Community College or transferred to a four-year college or university where he/she received a bachelor’s degree.
- Teams must have compiled a significant record of accomplishments at the regional and/or national level.
- Coaches must have compiled a significant winning record for a minimum of five complete seasons while contributing to the future success, either in college or employment, of the athletes who competed under his/her leadership.
- Associate members, administrators and contributors must have made special contributions to the quality, growth and reputation of Herkimer’s intercollegiate athletic program at the community, state, and/or national level.
To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must have been disassociated with the College by virtue of graduation, advancement in career or transfer to another institution of higher education for at least five years or have been disassociated with his/her coaching or administrative responsibilities for a period of five years. A selection committee may choose up to six nominees (1 contributor, 1 coach, 1 team, and 3 athletes) for membership in the Hall of Fame biannually.
Class of 2013
(Herkimer County Community College inducted its 2013 class into the Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, October 4, 2013. Pictured above is: Jeanne Galvin, Cynthia Wetmore, Todd Allen, Eileen Coyle, John Fornino and the 1987 Field Hockey Team).
2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Full Story)
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Jeanne Galvin taught physical education and coached field hockey at Herkimer from 1971 until her retirement in 1995. As the first woman in the Physical Education department, the history of women's athletics at Herkimer began with Galvin. Starting in 1971, she organized the field hockey, volleyball, women's basketball and softball teams, coaching all four sports for four years. During her early years at Herkimer, women competed under the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Later, when the NJCAA expanded to include women, Galvin became the women's regional director, and also served as chair of the National Field Hockey Committee for many years. She also served as president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Under Galvin, Herkimer's field hockey program won national titles in 1987 and 1991, and Galvin was named NJCAA Field Hockey Coach of the Year both years. She coached the women's basketball team for 17 years, winning the regional championship in 1979 and 1980, and was named Regional Coach of the Year both times.
Cynthia Wetmore was a multi-sport athlete at Herkimer, where she was outstanding in field hockey, softball and women's basketball. As a first-year starter on the field hockey team, Wetmore scored 22 goals and was named to the All-Region team. In her senior year, the team had a record of 17-2-3, won the Region III championship and finished third in the NJCAA national tournament. That year, Wetmore was named Field Hockey MVP, first team All-Region, first team National Tournament and All-American. In her two years at Herkimer, she scored an incredible 46 goals, an accomplishment that will stand forever in Herkimer's record book. During her first year on the women's basketball team, the team finished 21-3, won the Region III championship and competed in the national tournament in Kansas. The following year, her team went 16-2, and won the regional championship, but only after Wetmore scored 18 points in the double-overtime championship game to help her team qualify for Nationals again. Wetmore continued her education at the University of Rhode Island on a field hockey scholarship, graduating in 1982. As head field hockey coach at SUNY Cortland since 1998, Wetmore led her team to an NCAA Division III title in 2001, being the only former Herkimer athlete or coach to have done so.
Todd Allen played baseball for the Herkimer Generals, and in 2006 was named to the All-Conference team, first team All-Region and first team All-American. As captain in 2007, Allen was named All-Conference player, first team All-Region, second team All-American and HCCC Male Athlete of the Year. He holds the second highest batting average for a season at .480. Allen went on to accept a baseball scholarship to the University of Vermont, making him the first Herkimer Generals baseball player to attend a Division I college to play the sport. He attended SUNY Brockport for his senior year, where he broke the RBI record and was named first team All-Region and first-team All-Conference.
Eileen Coyle, a standout soccer player, was named Mohawk Valley Collegiate Conference Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and was a two-time first team NJCAA All-American. In 2005, Coyle played 21 games for Herkimer, scoring 29 goals with 7 assists. She was also first team All-Region and NSCAA All-American. Coyle was captain in 2006, scoring 43 goals with 15 assists in 19 games, and was again an NSCAA All-American. She went on to be the leading scorer at SUNY Geneseo in 2007 and was a member of their SUNYAC championship team in 2010. Coyle played soccer professionally for the Rochester Ravens FC in the W-League of the United Soccer Leagues from 2010 – 2011.
John Fornino, of Frankfort, NY, has made special contributions to the quality, growth and reputation of Herkimer County Community College's nationally recognized soccer program. A successful soccer player and coach for over 30 years, one of Fornino's biggest thrills was coaching the U17 Coliseum Girls as they won the International Tournament in Italy in 2001, as well as the U17 Indoor National Championship. Through his support, both as a fan and a contributor, he has made an extraordinary impact on the sport of soccer at Herkimer. By working with the family business, Casa Imports, he generously donated toward a new scoreboard that serves both soccer and lacrosse at Herkimer. Recently, Fornino also received the Coliseum Soccer Club's Presidential Award for his support of soccer at Herkimer.
The 1987 field hockey team was the first team in the history of the College to win a national championship. After going 15-1 and winning the regional championship that year, Herkimer defeated Becker Junior College (Leicester, MA) 1-0 in the final game to win the NJCAA national championship. All but two of the team members were present to accept the honor. Coached by Jeanne Galvin, the team included: Dana Alberico Lonis, Christine Battisti Keane, LaRae Benedict, Carol Ann Champlin Hammons, Mary Clifford, Pam Comins Armstrong, Beth Crouch, Tracey D'Amore Burris, Terri Dean Jackson, Michelle Dudak Farrell, Shelly Fallon Reinold, Kathy Hawk Holden, Lori Lupini, Wendy Russell, Terri Scoville, Dexa Wojcik Iamele, Dori Yerina Gilman, Suzanne Yerina, Laura Zerrillo Morris and team manager Amy Geloso D'Amato.
Class of 2011
Herkimer County Community College inducted its inaugural class into the Athletic Hall of Fame Friday, September 30, 2011. Pictured above (from left): Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie, Thomas LaPuma, Marguerite Alofs (accepting the award for her late husband Jack Alofs), Dwight Barnett and Sharon Gleasman-Howell. View full story
Of Frankfort, is a professor emeritus and served as the
College’s first athletic director. He built the foundation
for a national championship athletic program, developed the
physical education curriculum, fitness center and intramural
program, and coached several sports during his tenure. LaPuma
retired after 33 years of service to Herkimer County Community
John W. (Jack) Alofs as honored posthumously. Alofs taught
physical education and was head coach for the Herkimer Generals
men’s basketball team for 20 years. He achieved a 72% winning
record and won the program’s only national championship in
1991. He was twice named NY State Junior College Coach of the Year,
and was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame. Alofs
published a book in which he shared his coaching techniques and
strategies, as well as many coaching stories.
A native of Jamaica, NY, led the 2005 Herkimer Generals
men’s soccer team to a national championship and received a
multitude of awards, as well as an athletic scholarship to Lynn
University. He was the first Herkimer Generals men’s soccer
player to be drafted by Major League Soccer.
Of Ilion, NY excelled as a multi-sport athlete at Herkimer.
Howell was a member of the 1978 and 1979 volleyball, basketball and
women’s track teams. She helped lead the 1979 women’s
track team to a state title and held multiple school records. She
was HCCC Female Athlete of the Year in 1979, was named Most
Valuable Player and All-American for track, and was one of the
College’s first female athletes to receive a Division I
Of Boston, MA, was a two-time All-American defenseman for the
1982 and 1983 Generals Lacrosse teams. Dr. Opie continued his
collegiate lacrosse career at Syracuse University where he led the
team in two national championship games. He also played
professionally for the New York Saints in the Major Indoor Lacrosse
League and for Team USA’s World Championship team in 1990.
Opie earned a Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and
Public Affairs, Syracuse University and is Professor of History and
Foodways at Babson College.