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Hudson Valley Announces 2003 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 2, 2003

The Hudson Valley Community College athletic department will induct six people and one team into its Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 16.

"Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest award given by Hudson Valley athletics," said athletics director Drew Marrochello. "Each one of this year's inductees has made a significant contribution to Hudson Valley athletics and will forever be remembered by having their plaque placed on the Hall of Fame wall in the McDonough Sports Complex."

Four former student-athletes will be inducted: bowler Mark Ray '88 of Latham; football and baseball player Mark Galuski '81 of Troy; softball star Mary Nagle '95 of Saratoga Springs; and three-sport standout Jenifer Baldrey Nichols '89 of Averill Park. New inductees also include former volleyball and women's basketball coach Paul Bishop of Troy, former men's basketball coach Daniel Hytko of Cohoes and the 1992-93 women's basketball team.

In conjunction with the Hall of Fame event and the college's 50th anniversary celebration, Hudson Valley is introducing the Viking Club, a fundraising program developed to support Hudson Valley athletics and its student-athletes. The Oct. 16 dinner, which will begin at 6 p.m., also is slated to feature a renovated Hall of Fame and displays of memorabilia.

The accomplishments of each inductee are highlighted below:

1992-93 Women's Basketball Team
The 1992-93 Hudson Valley women's basketball team became the first team at the school to win a national title. The Lady Vikings finished the season 25-2, winning Mountain Valley Conference and Region III titles. The team members were: Barbara Benson; Kris Bowels; Desiree Burgos; Angela Butler; Jennifer Chiera; Kerri Davis; Robin Finnegan; Latasha Johnson; Natasha Murray; Christy Squires; Corey Wasula; assistant coach Carole Selner; assistant coach Christine Kelly; assistant coach Kristen Randall; head coach Paul Bishop.

Paul Bishop
Paul Bishop has more wins than any other coach in Hudson Valley history. >From 1971 to 1999, Bishop was 358-197 as the head coach of the Hudson Valley women's basketball team. He led the Lady Vikings to four Mountain Valley Conference titles, three Region III championships and the 1992-93 NJCAA national championship. He was named NJCAA Coach of the Year following the 1992-93 season. Bishop also coached the volleyball team from 1971 to 1988, posting a 276-153-4 record. His volleyball teams won four conference titles and one regional championship. The Hudson Valley Coach of the Year award is named after Bishop.

Mark Galuski
A two-year starting quarterback on the football team, Mark Galuski was selected as a First Team All-Conference quarterback in 1979 and was the starting signal-caller for the North All Stars at the 1979 East Tennessee State All-Star Game. He had more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in 1979. As a two-year starter on the baseball team, Galuski was an excellent centerfielder. He also is a member of the Catholic Central High School and the South Troy Dodgers Hall of Fames.

Daniel Hytko
Daniel Hytko has contributed to Hudson Valley athletics as a student-athlete, coach and administrator. Hytko played basketball and tennis at Hudson Valley before graduating in 1971. A two-year starter on the basketball team, Hytko ranked second in the nation in free throw percentage his second year and was garnered Second Team All-Region honors. As the men's basketball coach, Hytko posted a record of 129-69 from 1981 to 1988. He guided the Vikings to four Mountain Valley Conference championships. As the tennis coach, Hytko led Hudson Valley to two conference titles in four years. He also served as the assistant athletics director for six years.

Mary Nagle
A two-time First Team All-Region III performer and softball team Most Valuable Player, Mary Nagle had a career earned run average of 1.05. She posted an 18-1 career record from 1994 to 1995, striking out 137 batters in 126.1 innings of work. The Lady Vikings were 41-3 during the two years that Nagle was the team's ace. Nagle won the Lester Higbee Memorial award in 1995, which is given annually to the most outstanding female athlete at Hudson Valley.

Jenifer Baldrey Nichols
A three-sport standout at Hudson Valley from 1987 to 1989, Jenifer Baldrey Nichols played soccer, basketball and softball. She was ranked as the fourth best goalie in the country in 1987, allowing only 1.06 goals per game. Nichols co-captained the basketball team during the 1988-89 season. She averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game during her career. She won the Otto V. Guenther Award in 1989, which is given annually to the Hudson Valley student-athlete that has the best combination of academics and athletics. Nichols played two years of soccer and softball at Russell Sage College after graduating from Hudson Valley.

Mark Ray
One of the most accomplished bowlers in school history, Mark Ray was decorated with First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference, First Team-All-Region III and First Team All-American honors in 1988. He finished third at the 1988 Region III championships and second at the NJCAA tournament. He also finished third at the NCAA finals in Denver. Ray rolled a conference-high 217 average in 1988.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame were accepted from January 16 to February 7. A committee consisting of Hudson Valley administration, media, and supporters from the community chose the Hall of Fame Class of 2003 from the nominees that were submitted. According to Hall of Fame guidelines, up to five student-athletes, one coach, one contributor and one team may be selected each year.

The Hudson Valley Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Hudson Valley athletics. There are currently 44 members of the Hall of Fame. The last inductions took place in 1995. For more information on the Hall of Fame banquet or to be included on the event's mailing list, call the Hudson Valley athletic department at (518) 629-7328.