Women's Basketball

Women's Hoop Coach Named To Hall Of Fame

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (518) 373-1262
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 20, 2001

Colleen Ferris of Hudson Valley Community College was recently elected to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Section IV Hall of Fame for her accomplishments as a high school athlete. Ferris, who just completed her second season as head coach of Hudson Valley's women's basketball team, leading the Lady Vikings to the number-two ranking in the nation among NJCAA Division III teams, was honored for her feats at Stamford High School from 1986 to 1990.

A Stamford native and Averill Park resident, Ferris played four seasons of varsity soccer, basketball and softball before graduating from Stamford in 1990. Among her high school achievements, Ferris won her basketball team's Most Valuable Player award four times. She also was named MVP of the softball squad three times.

Ferris finished her high school basketball career with 1,222 points and 1,030 rebounds. She led Stamford to the Section IV championship as a senior. As a soccer player, Ferris tallied 127 goals in four years, and once scored six in a game. She also was a member of the New York State Select team. On the softball field, Ferris earned Delaware League MVP honors as a senior, batting .416 and combining with teammate Deb Eckert to pitch the first no-hitter in Stamford history.

Salutatorian of her graduating class, Ferris played three seasons of varsity basketball at SUNY Cortland. She led the 1994-95 team in rebounding (7.0 per game) and field goal percentage (51.0) and won the school's Senior Athlete award.

Ferris received a B.S.E. in physical education from SUNY Cortland in 1994, graduating Cum Laude. She earned a M.S. in exercise physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1997. Prior to landing at Hudson Valley, Ferris served as an assistant basketball and head volleyball coach at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She also was an adjunct professor there, and she taught elementary physical education at Gabriel Abbott Memorial in Massachusetts.

Ferris led the Lady Vikings to a 24-3 record this season, earning NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year honors. She also coaches Hudson Valley's women's cross country team.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.