Herkimer County Community College’s Athletic Hall of Fame will add its class of 2013 Oct. 4 at an induction ceremony that will be part of the school’s Fall Fest and Alumni Weekend.
The College will honor five individuals and one team. Jeanne Galvin, associate professor emeritus and field hockey coach, will de inducted, as will her 1987 NJCAA championship field hockey squad. The other inductees are 2007 graduates Todd Allen, a baseball player, and Eileen Coyle, a women’s soccer player, Cynthia Wetmore, multi-sport athlete and 1980 graduate, and John Fornino, a longtime contributor to Herkimer’s athletic program.
Richfield Springs’ Galvin taught physical education and coached field hockey from 1971 until her retirement in 1995. As the first woman in the physical education department, Galvin began the women’s athletic department. Starting in 1971, she organized the field hockey, volleyball, women’s basketball and softball teams and coached all four sports for four years. At the time, the women’s division of the NJCAA did not exist, so Herkimer competed under the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Later, when the NJCAA expanded to include women, Galvin became the women’s regional director and chaired the national field hockey committee for many years. She also served as president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Under Galvin, the 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 back-to-back Region III championships in 1979 and 1980, and was named Regional Coach of the Year both times. Since her retirement, she has remained active in golf and curling.
The 1987 field hockey team won the first of the college’s 43 national championships. Herkimer defeated Becker Junior College of Leicester, Mass., 1-0 in the national championship game. Members of the team coached by Galvin included Deda Wojcik, Shelly Fallon, Beth Grouch, Tracey D’amore, Kathy Hawk, Sue Yerina, Terri Dean, Michelle Dudrak, Dori Yerina, JeRae Benedict, Laura Zerillo, Pam Comins, Wendy Russell, Mary Clifford, Christine Battisti, Terri Scoville, Lori Lupini, Dana Alberico and Carol Ann Champlin.
Oriskany native Allen was twice named to Mountain Valley Conference all-star team and first-team All-Region; he was a first-team all-American as a freshman in 2006 and a second-teamer in 2007. Herkimer’s Male Athlete of the Year as a sophomore, Allen holds the school’s second-highest batting average for a season at .480.
“Todd led us to our first two World Series,” coach Jason Rathbun said. “He was the middle of our lineup both years (and) was the first all-American in Herkimer baseball.”
Oneonta’s Coyle captained the women’s soccer team and was named Mohawk Valley Conference Player of the Year for 2005 and 2006. She was also a two-time first-team all-American. In 2005, Coyle played 21 games and scored 29 goals with seven assists. The following year, Coyle scored 43 goals in 19 games and had 15 assists. She was an NSCAA All-American both seasons and played women’s lacrosse at both Herkimer and SUNY-Geneseo.
Page 2 of 2 - “Eileen was an absolute game changer,” coach Amy Dommer said. “Her speed and ability were unmatched throughout the country, which made her such a threat to opposing teams. Eileen is truly an icon of the Herkimer women’s soccer program.”
Ithaca’s Wetmore was an outstanding field hockey, softball and women’s basketball player during her two years in Herkimer. The field hockey team posted a 33-5-3 record in her two seasons and won a Region III title in 1979. She scored 22 goals as a freshman and and earned regional all-star honors. She was the team’s most valuable player as a sophomore, as well a first-team regional and national tournament all-star and an all-American. Her 46 goals stand as the school’s career record for the sport.
On the basketball court, Wetmore helped the Generals win 37 games over two years and claim back-to-back regional titles. She scored 18 points in Herkimer’s double-overtime win in the regional final as a sophomore.
Wetmore also played two years on the softball team. She continued her education at the University of Rhode Island on a field hockey scholarship. After college, she further distinguished herself and may be the only former Herkimer athlete who has coached a team to a NCAA national championship. She is currently the head field hockey coach at SUNY-Cortland, a position she has held since 1998.
Frankfort’s Fornino has made special contributions to Herkimer’s intercollegiate athletic program. A player and coach for over 30 years and an avid soccer fan, Fornino has made contributions to players, coaches and the sport of soccer at Herkimer. Fornino has received the Coliseum Presidential Award for going over and above in his contributions to soccer at Herkimer.
The Oct. 4 induction event begins at 5 p.m. with a strolling dinner and cash bar, induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. followed by a social hour with dessert. The fee is $35 per person. For reservations, contact the Foundation Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 866-0300, extension 8459.
Compikleed From Times Staff Reports