Hall of Fame

1981 Inductees

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William Adams
Graduated: 1971

One of the best linemen ever to play football at Hudson Valley, William Adams was a captain and the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1970. Adams was an honors student in business administration. After graduation, he attended the University at Albany where he played guard for two years.

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Nelson Bagnardi
Graduated: 1975
Football, Track and Field

Nelson Bagnardi was the team captain for the football and the track and field teams. He received the Louis Grosso Award for Sportsmanship and Academic Excellence, and received the Otto V. Guenther Memorial Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence. Bagnardi graduated from Hudson Valley with a degree in recreation management.

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Raymond Bigrow
Graduated: 1975
Cross Country

Raymond Bigrow was named Hudson Valley’s Athlete of the Year in 1975 after excelling in cross country and track and field. He established a new school record in the mile (4:12.75) and the three-mile (14:27). He captained the 1975 track and field team to an undefeated Region III championship, earning NJCAA All-American honors. Bigrow led the cross country team to the 1975 Region III title by winning the Region III individual championship.

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Deborah Dubois
Graduated: 1973
Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

A four-sport athlete at Hudson Valley, Deborah Dubois played basketball, tennis, softball and volleyball. Dubois was a two-year captain for the volleyball and basketball teams. She averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a senior on the basketball team.

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James J. Fitzgibbons
Employed: 1954-1979

Without the special contributions and support of Hudson Valley President James J. Fitzgibbons, the athletics programs could not have reached the growth and popularity it enjoys today. He supported the program in the 1950s, when the basketball games were played in the college’s gymnasium on the upper floors of the Hudson Valley Technical Institute, located on Seventh Avenue in downtown Troy. Under the direction of President Fitzgibbons, Hudson Valley built a new field house in 1968 that was the envy of other community colleges across the country, and became one of only a handful of two-year colleges in the state to offer football in 1969.

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Casmir Galka
Graduated: 1966

An All-Region III pitcher in 1965, Casmir Galka led the Hudson Valley baseball team in strikeouts and earned run average. Hudson Valley won the Region III title with an 18-4 record. He struck out 12 consecutive batters in a 1965 game against UAlbany.

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Robert Kirchberger
Coached: 1962-1969

Robert Kirchberger coached men’s basketball, tennis, skiing and cross country at Hudson Valley. He compiled a 129-63 record as the basketball coach from 1962 to 1969 and coached and won more than 20 games in five different seasons. Kirchberger led Hudson Valley to the Region III tournament in four of his seven years and to the regional finals twice. He also coached the men’s and women’s tennis teams to the national tournament. Kirchberger was selected as the Tri-Cities’ College Coach of the Year in 1965-66.

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Matthew Kupic
Graduated: 1962

As captain of the men’s basketball team, Matthew Kupic earned All-Conference and All-Region III honors after leading Hudson Valley to an Empire State Conference championship in the 1961-62 season. He posted a 117-86 record as the Hudson Valley men’s basketball coach from 1971-79.

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Dominic Martino
Graduated: 1965

Dominic Martino earned First Team All-Region III and NJCAA All-American honors for baseball in 1965. He finished with a lifetime batting average of .360 with seven home runs. He established school records with nine RBI and 12 total bases in one game.

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Jack Payette

Jack Payette was not only a dedicated equipment manager, he was a Viking fan. He was at all of the games. He was there to listen to the coaches and athletic staff. You could always depend on Jack.

1968 Baseball Team

Coached by Joseph Purello, the 1968 Hudson Valley baseball team finished 20-3 and captured the Region III Tournament and Northeastern District Tournament before finishing fourth at the NJCAA World Series. It was the first Hudson Valley team to compete at an NJCAA national event.

Members: James Ryan; Thomas Murley; Fred Miller; Richard McDonald; Michael Hetman; Samuel Fitzgerald; Philip Sweeney; Carlo Spartano; David Day; Douglas Getz; John Narduzzo; John Breen; William Leicht; Michael Fusco; Anthony Ryan; Anthony Tedesco; Timothy Hurley; William Coppola; Michael Sharrow; Bruce Maki; Michael Houck; manager John Lord; assistant coach John Pastore; head coach Joe Purello.

1968 Baseball Team