Hall of Fame

1979 Inductees


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Fred Campbell
Graduated: 1969

Fred Campbell was named to the All-Region III soccer team in 1968 and 1969 and was selected as an All-American in 1969. He scored 28 goals in his career and established a school record with five goals in one game.

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Vincent Carnevale
Graduated: 1970
Baseball, Football

A two-year starter at shortstop for Hudson Valley, Vincent Carnevale earned NJCAA baseball All-American honors in 1970 after hitting .392 and committing only two errors in the field. He established a school record with 11 doubles in a season. He also earned All-Region III accolades and was named to the Topps Chewing Gum All-American Team. Carnevale was a defensive back on Hudson Valley’s first football team in 1969. He received the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award in 1970 as the school’s most outstanding male athlete.

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Morris Collins
Graduated: 1973
Football, Track and Field

An exceptional blocker and runner as a fullback on the football team, Morris Collins established a single season record by averaging 6.3 yards per carry. He helped lead the football team to a 14-4 record over two seasons. He also ran track at Hudson Valley.

Timothy Dennis
Graduated: 1966

Timothy Dennis caught and called every pitch of every inning for the Hudson Valley baseball team for two years, earning NJCAA All-American status. He established school records for RBI in a season (32) and in a career (50). Dennis was the recipient of the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award in 1966 as the college’s most outstanding male athlete. He also won the team’s Most Valuable Player award that season. He began teaching in Hudson Valley’s Construction Technology Department in 1971. He served as an assistant baseball coach from 1971 to 1978.

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Norman “Pop” Gates
Graduated: 1956

Norman “Pop” Gates averaged a school record 35 points per game in his career for the Hudson Valley men’s basketball team. He scored 50 points in a game twice during his career and became the first Hudson Valley basketball player to be named a First Team All-American.

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Dennis Greene
Graduated: 1973
Football, Track and Field

Dennis Greene was a two-time NJCAA All-American running back on the football team. In 1973, he rushed for 1,030 yards and 15 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He finished his career with 1,724 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. As a runner on the track and field team, Greene ran the 100- and 200-yard dash and was on the 440-yard relay team. He helped the track and field team earn two Region III championships.

Edward Harvey
Graduated: 1971
Baseball, Basketball, Football

One of the most versatile athletes in Hudson Valley history, Edward Harvey was a starter on the baseball, basketball and football teams. He hit a team-leading .412 for the 1971 baseball team that advanced to the NJCAA World Series. Harvey was given the Thomas Cahill Award in 1971 as the college’s most outstanding male athlete. He continued his education at the University of Connecticut, where he played football and baseball.

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Michael Hetman
Graduated: 1968

Michael Hetman garnered All-American honors in baseball in 1967 and 1968. He helped lead the baseball team to its first NJCAA World Series appearance in 1968, and was named to the All-Tournament Team after batting .400 for the series.

John Hopper
Graduated: 1973

A two-time NJCAA All-American football player, John Hopper established a school record with 18 career interceptions. Following his playing days at Hudson Valley, Hopper starred for the semi-professional Uncle Sam’s Football Club in Troy.

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Paul Jordan
Graduated: 1963

Paul Jordan scored 760 points and averaged 15.3 points per game for the men’s basketball team in 1962, earning him Third Team NJCAA All-American honors. Jordan started two years for teams that won 42 of 50 games. He led the 1961-62 team to an Empire State Conference championship with a 10-0 conference record.

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Richard McDonald
Graduated: 1968

Richard McDonald helped lead the Hudson Valley baseball team to a fourth-place finish at the 1968 NJCAA World Series. He was twice named to the All-Region III Team as a pitcher and outfielder. McDonald attended the University of Northern Colorado after graduating from Hudson Valley and was named an Academic All-American in 1968-69 and 1969-70.

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Jack McMahon
Graduated: 1964

A two-year starter on the men’s basketball team, Jack McMahon averaged 19 points per game for his career and led Hudson Valley in scoring for two straight years. He was twice named to the Empire State Conference All-Conference Team and the All-Region III Team. According to head coach Don Schmidt, “Jack could shoot the eyes out of the basket at 20 to 22 feet.”

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Robert Norton
Graduated: 1967

An outstanding hitter and pitcher for the Hudson Valley baseball team, Robert “Bubba” Norton batted .394 with six triples for his career. He also had a career 9-1 record with a 0.91 earned run average. Norton earned NJCAA First Team All-American honors as a second baseman in 1967.

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Thomas Ogden
Graduated: 1967

When he graduated, Thomas Ogden was the most accomplished golfer in Hudson Valley history. He led Hudson Valley to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in 1966 and 1967. Ogden won Region III medals in 1966 and 1967.

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Donald W. Schmidt
Coached: 1959-1971

As Hudson Valley’s first full-time time director of athletics, Donald Schmidt expanded the athletic program from three to 14 teams. He served as a director of the National Junior College Athletic Association for five years and was the editor of the JUCO Review for three years. His 1961-62 basketball team had a 21-game winning streak and won the Empire State Conference while compiling an overall record of 22-3. The Upstate New York Sportswriters Association named him Coach of the Year in 1962. He also directed the baseball team to an NJCAA Region III title in 1965. He was named executive assistant to the president in 1971 and ultimately became senior vice president of the college.

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Roger Seymour
Graduated: 1964
Basketball, Soccer, Tennis

Roger Seymour played basketball, soccer and tennis at Hudson Valley. He was named to the NJCAA All-American team both years after leading the Hudson Valley soccer team to two Region III titles. Seymour was the team’s leading scorer and was named the team’s Most Valuable Player in both seasons. He scored the game-winning goal in overtime to win the 1963 Region III championship game over Monroe Community College. Seymour also was the Most Valuable Player of the tennis team.

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Richard Spurling
Graduated: 1968
Cross Country

Richard Spurling was selected to the All-Region III cross country team in 1966 and 1967. He won the Viking Invitational two straight years.

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Ronald Tatar
Graduated: 1969

As a captain and Most Valuable Player of the 1968-69 wrestling team, Ronald Tatar led the team in dual meets and tournament victories. He was the Region III champion in the 137-pound weight class in 1969. He was a two-time finalist at the Collar City Classic, winning the 137 pound title in 1969. Tatar received the Thomas Cahill Memorial Award in 1968 as the college’s most outstanding male athlete. After leaving Hudson Valley, Tatar finished his education and collegiate wrestling career at Central Connecticut State University.

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Kathryn Wagoner
Graduated: 1972
Basketball, Volleyball

Kathryn Wagoner earned First Team All-Region III honors in basketball, volleyball and softball. Wagoner is one of the best ball handlers in Hudson Valley history and averaged 20 points per game. She became the first woman at Hudson Valley to earn a full athletic scholarship.

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Gary Walcot
Graduated: 1971

When he graduated in 1971, Gary Walcot dominated the Hudson Valley pitching records, including most wins (15), best winning percentage (15-1, .968), most innings (131) and most strikeouts (180). He once fanned 20 batters in one game. Walcot led the Vikings to two Region III championships and a trip to the 1971 NJCAA World Series in Colorado. Walcot was named an NJCAA All-American in 1971.

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Gregory Wilson
Graduated: 1966

Gregory Wilson was the Most Valuable Player of the Hudson Valley men’s basketball team for two years. He also earned All-Region III honors. Wilson established a school record with 29 rebounds in one game.

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Rudy Wurtemberger
Coached: 1963-1970

Rudy Wurtemberger coached baseball, soccer and golf, guiding the Vikings to Region III championships in all three sports. He led the Hudson Valley soccer team to Region III titles in 1962 and 1963. He guided the baseball team to a regional championship in 1964, and the golf team to regional titles in 1969 and 1970.