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.
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
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.
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
James J. Fitzgibbons
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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