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Queens Magazine Fall/Winter 2012/13

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Q U E E N S ATHLETICS Athletics Hall of Fame Inducts Its First Members By Bob Suter and Mike Balestra With the college observing its 75th Anniversary on October 11, Homecoming Weekend saw the Athletics program celebrating its many achievements over those years with a dinner inaugurating the Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame. The college inducted nine past sports giants, headed by a pair of Olympians in Gail Marquis and Robert Koehler. The other inductees were Lucille Kyvallos, Donna Orender, Doug Ress, Lou DeLuca, and Margaret Franco. Robert Salmons and Guido Foglia were inducted posthumously, with Salmons' wife and Foglia's son accepting the inductions on their behalf. "This is something that's been talked about here for years," says Leslie Busch, whose position as Assistant Athletics Director, External Relations, includes a strong focus on alumni relations. "Other athletic departments do something similar, and it was really a priority for our Assistant Vice President for Athletics China Jude. She wanted to make sure that this happened in 2012." The selection process, explains Busch, began with the naming of six honorary chairs—all alums, some former athletes— who helped develop criteria for 8 QUEENS: The Magazine of Queens College nominees who must be former QC athletes, coaches, administrators, or team staff members. They also determined that teams could be nominated for recognition at each year's induction ceremony, but not for induction. (No team was recognized this year.) "Then we did a mass mailing to athletics alums, asking everyone to submit their nominations via a link on our website," she says. "Our goal was to have 40 nominations, and we received more than 75." Nominees were asked to submit brief bios describing their QC athletic activities, which were reviewed by a separate selection committee. "We got more than 40 bios back," notes Busch. "Our selection committee reviewed them and came up with the nine individuals who were inducted this year. The event began with a cocktail hour sponsored by Doug and Amy Ress, which gave the inductees a chance to talk with each other as well as with past and present Knights and old friends. A buffet dinner and induction ceremony followed, led by master of ceremonies Pat Hogarty '96. "The induction dinner tied in nicely with our Homecoming Weekend," she continues. "Friday night we had MidKnight Madness, our kickoff to the basketball season, which introduced the men's and women's teams to a large, boisterous crowd. Our dinner was Saturday night, and on Sunday we had our Homecoming soccer game." (The Knights shut out St. Thomas Aquinas, 2–0.) LOU DELUCA '72 was captain and MVP of the QC hockey team and later became head coach (1972–74). He tied for the league scoring championship as a sophomore, was in the top five scorers as a junior and senior, and went on to play semi-pro hockey. Upon graduation he received the Gray Knight Award as top senior athlete, having also played varsity baseball (1968–71) and lacrosse (1972). Lou, a director and head coach for the Dix Hills Mites youth hockey program, still plays baseball and ice hockey. GUIDO F. FOGLIA '43 (1922–2011) majored in biology and chemistry at Queens while playing varsity and semipro basketball. After serving in WWII, he received a master's in biochemistry from NYU and joined the QC Physical Education Department, teaching health and coaching basketball, tennis, and soccer. In 1953, the first year he coached soccer, his team made the state finals. Guido became department chair in the L–r: Gail Marquis, Lou DeLuca and Doug Ress, and Lucille Kyvallos in action at QC.

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