Five New Members Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame

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The new members of the Athletic Hall of Fame are: Melissa Lazaro Bastone, Cara Piasecki, Chad Jeffries, Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P., and John Fitzsimmons. (Shown left to right.)

The Dominican College Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed five new members during an Induction Ceremony on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The five new members are:  Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P.; Chad Jeffries, ’99; John Fitzsimmons, ’01; Cara Piasecki, ’10; and Melissa Lazaro Bastone, ’02.  The new inductees enjoyed a champagne toast in the Badami Room before heading to the Granito Center for the official ceremony where they received medals and plaques.  Photos of the inductees will be hung alongside past honorees on the first floor of the Hennessy Center. 

Sr. Kathleen Sullivan, O.P., Service – In her acceptance speech, Sr. Kathleen joked, “My father would never believe that I would be elected to a Hall of Fame in Athletics.  Never.”  Sr. Kathleen, who is a familiar face at basketball, baseball, and softball games, was honored for her service. Athletic Director Joseph Clinton said,  “She is our guiding light for our athletic programs.“  He called her the “Energizer Bunny” and pointed out that although she is currently Chancellor of External Affairs, her past positions at Dominican College have included Assistant Professor Of French, Director of Admissions, Academic Dean, and President. Sr. Kathleen has also served on the Board of Trustees for Malloy College and the Board of Directors for the Rockland Business Association, Good Samaritan Hospital, and United Way.  “I don’t know where she gets the stamina and energy, but it is amazing,” said Clinton.   

Chad Jeffries, ’99, Baseball – Baseball Coach Rick Giannetti remembers Jeffries as a phenomenal, complete baseball player, who during his junior year had 191 at bats, 87 hits, 78 runs scored, 84 RBIs, 18 doubles, 8 triples, 8 homeruns, and 25 stolen bases.  “I can honestly say that was probably the best individual season anyone has ever had,” said Giannetti. “I’ve never had a player with that power, speed, and baseball knowledge.” Jeffries led the team to the College World Series.

Jefferies stressed that everything in life happens for a reason. He said he originally planned to attend college in Texas, but when his scholarship fell through, he ended up attending Dominican College.  ”I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world,” he said. “Dominican is my second home.” 

John Fitzsimmons, ’01, Basketball – When he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, Fitzsimmons recalled his years as a student.  “I had an amazing time at Dominican.  It was four of the best years of my life.  I love coming back here.”  Coach Clinton described Fitsimmons as a “true gentleman” and said he will go down in Dominican College history, “as one of the best – if not the best – shooters of all time.”  Fitzsimmons accumulated many honors during his Dominican College career including 2001 CACC Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-American.  He accumulated 1299 career points and was 1st in all-time games played at 125.

Cara Piasecki, ’10, Softball – At the induction ceremony, Piasecki said she could take credit only for about 50 percent of her success as an athlete.  “The other 50 percent was my family, my friends, my teammates, and my coaches who have supported me when I didn’t believe in myself.”

Piasecki is the all-time career leader in home runs (31) and base on balls (86).  She is 3rd all-time in runs scored (149) and RBIs (137).  She was the captain of the 2009 and 2010 softball teams.  Those teams made the first NCAA regional appearances in school history for softball.  The 2009 team was the CACC regular season campions, and the 2010 team captured the regular season and the Post season CACC championships. Piasecki has been a part-time assistant coach at Dominican College since her playing days ended.  Coach Joe Burbridge credited her with helping to create the winning culture that is still present today. 

Melissa Lazaro Bastone, ’02, Volleyball – Bastone is the first volleyball player ever to be inducted into the Dominican College Athletic Hall of Fame.  While the statistics are incomplete, she had more than 600 kills and 975 digs in just her last two years on the team. Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students John Burke described Bastone as passionate, tremendously skilled, a great teammate, and a hard worker.  He also pointed out that although she stands at only 5’3”, she is an amazing jumper who competed against much taller athletes.  “She is the best overall complete volleyball player that Dominican has ever had,” said Burke.  

Bastone said she has great memories of playing volleyball at Dominican College. “I just love competing and the comradery of the team, “she said. 

 

Former Dominican College Athlete Inducted Into CACC Hall of Fame

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Director of Athletics Joe Clinton, Maryellen Massey Montera ’88, and CACC Commissioner Dan Mara, shown left to right.

Former Dominican College basketball and softball star Maryellen Massey Montera ’88 was Inducted into the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This is the first year that the CACC has inducted athletes into a Hall of Fame.   

The ceremony honoring Montera took place in Hennessy Center between games of the Dominican-Philadelphia University basketball doubleheader. CACC Commissioner Dan Mara presented Montera with a framed portrait featuring photos from her legendary career.

In women’s basketball at Dominican College, Montera is the all-time leading scorer with 2,066 points. In softball, she was a standout as both a pitcher and a hitter.  She posted a 1.23 earned during her career, which is tops in program history. She also pitched a pair of no-hitters, including a perfect game against John Jay College.  At the plate, she had a .414 batting average and became the first and only student athlete in school history to have her jersey retired in 2009. 

Just six athletes, including Montera, were chosen for the inaugural class of the CACC Hall of Fame. The CACC is a NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 schools in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  

 

Symposium Educates Parents and Health Care Professionals About Concussions

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Parents, health care professionals, and nursing students listened to top experts on concussions during Dominican College’s Healthcare Symposium entitled “Concussions: What You Need to Know” on Monday, November 16 in the Prusmack Center.    

The evening symposium was moderated by Dr. N. Noel Testa, Former Clinical Professor of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center, and a Consultant with the Department of Education NYC, Public School Athletic League.  Dr. Testa urged those in attendance to become educated and find out what kind of concussion programs their school has.    “I am asking all of you, as parents, guardians and educators to get yourself involved,”  he said. ” You’ve got to go into the schools.  You’ve got to ask what is going on.”

The experts stressed that a concussion may not cause you to lose consciousness, and it may not be detected by an MRI. Coaching staff should be aware that the signs of a concussion include an athlete who appears dazed or stunned, is confused about an assignment or moves clumsily.  Athletes should be aware of symptoms including a headache, nausea, balance problems, double vision, and confusion. 

One of the panelists, Dr. John Galluci, who is the Medical Coordinator of Major League Soccer and the President of JAG Physical Therapy, said that awareness of concussions has increased greatly,  “What this has really done – and I call it the concussion revolution – is put healthcare first now in sports.”  Dr. Gallucci said the team approach is critical and nurses, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and doctors need to advocate every day. 

This is the third annual Healthcare Symposium presented by Dominican College. 

 

Basketball Coach Joe Clinton Inducted into Union College Athletics Hall of Fame

Clinton UHOF2Dominican College Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Clinton was inducted into the Union College Athletics Hall of Fame on November 14, 2015.

Clinton is a 1983 graduate of Union College and traveled up to Schenectady, NY, with his family for the ceremony.  “It was really a nice night.  All my buddies from college, my roommates, my teammates and my coach came back,” said Clinton.  “It was good reminiscing.”

At Union College, Clinton was a standout on the basketball court and set the all-time assists record as a junior,  finishing his career with 556 assists, while also owning the single season and game records for most assists with 182 and 15 respectively.  In addition, Clinton graduated as the third highest all-time scorer with 1,270 points, a mark that now ranks 11th.

A two-year team captain, Clinton helped the Dutchmen to an overall record of 20-4 and a NCAA tournament berth his  senior year.  Clinton was also a great baseball player, and played for the Dutchmen in 1982 and 1984.

It’s been an exciting year for Clinton , who was inducted into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame back in April.  Clinton is also a member of the  Hall of Fame at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia.

Upcoming Symposium Educates About Concussions

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The Third Annual Healthcare Symposium “Concussions: Everything You Need to Know” will be held on Monday, November 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone involved in youth sports will want to take part in this interesting and informative evening, which will feature a panel of experts and open discussion. Physicians, coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, nurses, and parents are all invited to attend.

The moderator of the event will be Dr. N. Noel Testa, Former Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Medical Center. The keynote address will be delivered by Dennis Cardone, DO, Associate Professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Attendees will learn about the epidemiology of concussions, on-field assessment, post- concussion syndrome, rehabilitation and therapy, guidelines for returning to school, injury prevention, and protective equipment.

The event will be held in the Fury Lecture Hall of the Prusmack Center off Western Highway in Orangeburg, NY.  For more information, and to register for the symposium, please click here.

 

 

Former Charger Basketball Star Signed to Professional Team

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Former Dominican College men’s basketball star Nick Smith has signed a professional contract with the Solna Vikings Basketball Club in Sweden.

While at Dominican College, the 2015 graduate was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Co-Player of the Year and was a member of Dominican College’s 1000 Point Club. Among his many accomplishments, Smith was a member of the first men’s basketball team in College history to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA East Regional in 2013.

“I am very appreciative that the Solna Vikings Basketball Club believe in me and are giving me the opportunity to play professional basketball. I am going to continue to keep growing and never settle for anything less than my absolute best,” said Smith. “Also, there are many people who have been there for me along this long and tough journey. They all played a huge part in my growth as both a person and a player and to them I am truly thankful.”

Chargers Head Coach Joseph Clinton described Smith as an extremely talented young man. “The entire College wishes him only the best moving forward,” he said.

Nick will be travelling to Solna, Sweden to begin training with his new coaches and teammates for the upcoming season.

 

 

 

 

Jamie Kempton Named Coach of Men’s Cross Country and Men’s Track and Field

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Jamie Kempton named coach of the men’s cross country and men’s track and field teams.

Dominican College will add men’s cross country and men’s track and field to its athletics program beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year according to Director of Athletics, Joseph S. Clinton.

“We are excitied about the addition of men’s cross country and track and field programs,” Clinton said. “With cross country already being a conference championship sport and men’s track and field becoming one in 2015, it will allow both programs to have immediate post-season opportunities as part of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.”

Jamie Kempton, currently an assistant coach for the women’s cross country and track and field programs has been named the new head coach for both programs.

“I’m excited to be part of the new athletic programs at Dominican College  and can’t wait to start building the foundation of very competitive units in men’s cross country and track and field,” said Kempton. “I hope to follow the lead of the other established sports teams at Dominican College and make our mark in the CACC and in all our levels of competition.”

Kempton brings a wealth of coaching experience to the staff as he was most recently the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs at St. Thomas Aquinas College from 2004-2007. Prior to that, he served as the head coach of the indoor and outdoor track programs for both the boys and girls squads at Albertus Magnus High School from 1998-1999.

He began his coaching career as an assistant coach for the boys and girls cross country and track programs at Nanuet High School from 1983-1985. He returned to Nanuet in 1995 and ran the program until 1997.

To learn more about men’s cross country and track and field, along with DC’s 12 other NCAA Division II men’s and women’s athletic programs, please visit www.chargerathletics.com.

Alumnus Signed By AZ Diamondbacks

Tyler ClarkMay graduate, Tyler Clark, has been signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and assigned to the Missoula Ospreys, a member of the Pioneer League located in Montana.

After graduation, Clark attended try-outs where he worked out in front of scouts from independent teams. During one of these sessions, Chris Carminucci, who is the independent league scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks saw Clark and contacted the College’s coaching staff about a second work out. Three days after seeing Clark for the second time, Carminucci called and offered a professional contract to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

“I see a lot of raw untapped ability and 6-5 catchers are an anomaly so we feel he has upside and potential. We are excited to have him” Carminucci stated.

During his baseball career at the College, Clark was sixth in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) in doubles and stolen bases, ninth in runs scored, 12th in hits, and 14th in triples. He led the conference in runners caught stealing and sported a .992 fielding percentage with just three errors and 324 put outs. Recently, Clark earned his second consecutive All-CACC Second Team selection and was the recipient of the Dominican College Baseball Co-Coach’s Award. He was also named to the East Region Gold Glove First Team and the 2014 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team.

“Tyler has been an impact player for us the past four years and has always worked hard. I am extremely excited to see him continue his baseball career and wish him the best of luck,” said Chargers Head Coach Rick Giannetti.

In his initial game playing for the Ospreys, his first hit of the night was a home run to left center. The game-winning run came off his bat as he singled to the right side of the infield. The Ospreys beat the Great Falls Voyagers 4-3.