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Hudson Valley Community College Announces 2007 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, February 15, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College will induct seven men and women into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet in April.

Five former student-athletes – football notables Tim Brown '92 and Kelly Raber '81, tennis star Maria Gutierrez '99, three-sport standout Kris (Bowles) Roach '94 and softball and soccer player Amy (Barnhart) Rodwell '90 – and two long-time advocates for Hudson Valley athletics – Physical Education Professor and former coach Tom Rogan, and former college President John Buono – will be inducted.

The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to Hudson Valley athletics. There are currently 51 members of the Hall of Fame, and the last class was inducted in 2003, as part of the college's 50th anniversary celebration.

This year's induction ceremony is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the McDonough Sports Complex on the Hudson Valley campus. The accomplishments of the 2007 inductees are as follows:

Tim Brown: An NJCAA All-American, Tim Brown was the starting safety for the 1991 Hudson Valley team that finished 6-2 and allowed a nation's-best 38.4 passing yards allowed per game. After graduating from Hudson Valley, he went on to be a Butkus Award candidate at West Virginia University and was the team captain of the 1993 West Virginia team that finished 11-1 and won the Big East title.

Maria Gutierrez: A two-time Region III tennis champion at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, Maria Gutierrez was a perfect 19-0 in singles and 19-0 in doubles matches in Region III play during her two-year career. She advanced to the NJCAA tournament in 1997 and 1998.

Kelly Raber: The only quarterback in Hudson Valley history to be named a First Team NJCAA All-American, Kelly Raber led Hudson Valley to its only Coastal Conference championship and its first bowl game appearance, at the Coca-Cola Bowl, in 1980. After graduating from Hudson Valley, he was a two-year starter at Virginia Military Institute and is a member of VMI's Hall of Fame.

Amy (Barnhart) Rodwell: Originally from West Sand Lake, Amy Rodwell was a two-time All-Region selection in softball and an All-Region selection in soccer during her second year. She led the softball team with 32 hits in 1989 and 36 hits in 1990. She finished her two-year career with a .515 batting average. Rodwell was a captain of the soccer team in 1989 and earned the Lester Higbee Award as the top female athlete at the college during the 1989-90 academic year.

Kris (Bowles) Roach: A three-sport standout at Hudson Valley, Kris Roach excelled in basketball, soccer and softball. She ranks among the top-20, all-time scorers in basketball with 660 points and was a member of the 1992-93 national championship team. She also established a college-record for goals in a season for soccer with 28 in 1992. Roach led the softball team in hitting two consecutive years, batting .488 in 1993 and .478 in 1994. She also holds Hudson Valley's single-season stolen base record with 24 steals.

John Buono: As president of Hudson Valley from 1998 to 2003, Buono oversaw the construction of the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium and provided support for the 2+2 physical education program with Sage College of Albany. During his tenure, he was a diehard supporter of Hudson Valley athletics and its teams.

Tom Rogan: A coach at Hudson Valley for more than 30 years, Rogan posted a 278-178-32 record as the college's men's soccer coach from 1968 to 1998. He also led Hudson Valley's men's track and field teams to eight Region III championships as coach from 1969 to 1991. His overall men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and men's soccer coaching record is 905-451-3. Rogan also is a Physical Education professor at the college.

Nominations for the Hall of Fame were accepted from Jan. 16 through Feb. 7. A committee consisting of Hudson Valley administration, media, and community advocates chose the Hall of Fame Class of 2007 from the nominations 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.

For more information about 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.