Gannon University Announces 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Class

Athletics_LogoPosted: January 28, 2015

Gannon University will celebrate the latest inductees of its Athletics Hall of Fame with the induction of eight new individual members along with the 1989 Men's Soccer Team.

The new class increases the Gannon Hall of Fame membership to 83 inductees. The Class of 2015 will be formally inducted at the Annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet Saturday, February 14 at Gannon's Yehl Alumni Room in the Waldron Campus Center.

Reservations for the Hall of Fame Banquet can be made online here. Seating will be limited to the first 250 registrations. Cost for the event is $35 and includes admission to the women's and men's basketball games against Pitt-Johnstown on Saturday, February 14, 2015. The women's contest begins at 1 p.m., followed by the men's game at 3 p.m. The Hall of Fame reception kicks off at 5 p.m. with the banquet to follow at 5:45 p.m. Please direct any questions to Cindy Toland in University Advancement at 814-871-7608 or by e-mail here.

The 2015 inductees include former women's water polo standout Kat Bucceri; former men's water polo great Charles Doane '09; former wrestling standout Dave Kruszewski '90; former football great David Leven '97; former women's basketball and softball standout Kelly Moyer '92, '98M; former men's golf great Dave Patronik '06 and former men's basketball standout Mike Runski '89. Robert Hausmann '56 will be inducted as the 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient. In addition to the eight individual inductees, the Athletics Hall of Fame will induct the 1989 Men's Soccer Team. A brief summary of the 2015 inductees' achievements follows in alphabetical order.

Kat Bucceri (Women's Water Polo) is the first women's water polo student-athlete to be inducted into the Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame. She was a two-time All-Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Western Division first-team selection. Bucceri was one of only two non-NCAA Division I players named to the first team as a junior and senior. The prestigious team included players from powerhouse NCAA Division I schools such as Indiana University and the University of Michigan.

The Lakeville, Conn., native is Gannon's all-time scoring leader with 256 career goals. She ranks fourth all-time at Gannon in earned kick-outs (103), ninth in assists (67) and 12th in steals (112). Bucceri concluded her collegiate career with the program's top two single-season scoring totals, producing 85 goals as a junior in 2006 and 75 scores as a senior in 2008. Those totals now rank second and third, respectively.

Charles Doane  '09 (Men's Water Polo) becomes the first men's water polo student-athlete ever inducted into the Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame. He remains the only All-American in program history, earning a first-team distinction as a junior in 2004. A three-time All-CWPA honoree, Doane was part of Gannon's second-ever varsity water polo team and led Gannon to double-digit victories during each of his first three seasons. He later came back to the program as an assistant coach in 2011.

The Salt Lake City, Utah, native is still Gannon's all-time leader in career goals (287) and drawn penalties (133). Doane graduated second in career steals (206) and fifth in career assists (75). His post-graduate accomplishments include the Utah Open Water Triple Crown where he completed swims across the eight-mile Great Salt Lake, the seven-mile Bear Lake and the 10-mile Deer Creek Reservoir.

Dave Kruszewski '90 (Wrestling) was one of Gannon's wrestling pioneers, becoming the second wrestler in program history to earn all-america honors with an eighth-place finish in the 134-pound division of the 1990 NCAA Division II National Championships. A three-time national qualifier, Kruszewski won 78 percent of his career dual matches with a 38-11 record. His 102-53 overall record equaled a .658 winning percentage.

The Erie, Pa., native served as Gannon's team captain during his final two collegiate seasons. Kruszewski graduated second all-time at Gannon in overall victories, dual victories, overall winning percentage and dual winning percentage. He still ranks among the top five in overall wins and dual wins.

David Leven '97 (Football) was a three-time All-American, being selected to a pair of preseason teams in 1994 and 1995, before landing a spot on an all-america postseason team following his junior campaign in 1996. The defensive lineman earned back-to-back All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) accolades as a freshman and sophomore. He later graduated as Gannon's all-time leader in sacks (23.5) and tackles for a loss (46).

The Monroeville, Pa., native became the third student-athlete in program history to play in the NCAA Division II All-Star Game when he started for the East Team in the 1995 Snow Bowl that was televised nationally. Leven still holds the program's single-season sack record, hauling down 11 quarterbacks as a junior in 1994. No other Golden Knight in program history has recorded more than nine sacks in a single season. He graduated fourth all-time at Gannon in solo tackles (99) and sixth in total tackles (196).

Kelly Moyer '92, '98M (Women's Basketball/Softball) was a two-sport athlete at Gannon, graduating as a four-year letterwinner in basketball and softball. She ranks second all-time at Gannon in three-point field goal percentage (.459), 11th in field goals (499) and 14th in points (1,186). Moyer sat sixth in field goals and points upon her graduation.

The Linesville, Pa., native drilled 67 career three-pointers. Her .578 three-point field goal percentage (26-45) during the 1990-91 season remains the best single-season mark all-time at Gannon. Moyer's .453 career three-point field goal percentage (34-75) ranks sixth all-time at Gannon.

Moyer was named Gannon's Female Student-Athlete of the Year as a junior and senior. Her softball exploits were as impressive as basketball. Her 16 pitching victories rank 14th all-time at Gannon. Moyer produced a 1.20 earned run average in 13 games as a junior, equaling the seventh-best single-season ERA in program history.

Dave Patronik  '06 (Men's Golf) became the fifth men's golfer in school history to earn all-america status when he landed a spot on the PING All-America team as a senior. A four-time NCAA Division II Great Lakes Regional qualifier, he concluded his collegiate career with a 74.1 average in 98 rounds. Patronik was just as successful in the classroom, being named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American as a senior.

The Orchard Park, N.Y., native advanced to the NCAA Division II National Championship after winning the Great Lakes Regional as a true freshman, finishing tied for 44th at the national championship. His first collegiate year was capped with the 2003 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Freshman of the Year award. Patronik won numerous amateur events during his stay at Gannon. A two-time (2004-05) Buffalo District Golf Association Men's Amateur champion, he was named Buffalo District Golf Association Player of the Year in 2005. Patronik also won the Callaway Western New York Open, the Elkdale Open and the Niagara Frontier Scratch Individual Championship in 2006.

Patronik came back to Gannon to serve as the program's head coach during the 2009-10 season. Drew Deimel qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships that season with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Atlantic/East Regional. Deimel later placed 18th at the national championships.

Mike Runski '89 (Men's Basketball) was a four-year letterwinner (1983-87) for the Gannon men's basketball team. The forward was a three-time All-Mideast Collegiate Conference (MECC) selection, landing a spot on the first team as a sophomore. He helped Gannon record four 20-win seasons and a 95-32 record during his collegiate career. The Golden Knights qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four years.

The New Kensington, Pa., native was part of the Gannon Hall of Fame 1986-87 team that won the NCAA Division II East Regional and advanced to the NCAA Division II title game. Runski ranks second all-time at Gannon in games played (126), fourth in rebounds (872), sixth in blocked shots (93), eighth in free throws made (304), ninth in free throw attempts (431), 10th in field goals made (547), 10th in field goal attempts (1,080) and 11th in points (1,422).

Robert Hausmann '56 will be the 2015 Distinguished Service Award recipient. Hausmann is considered the founding father of the Gannon Golden Knight Booster Club. In 1974, while serving as the Director of Human Resources at General Telephone and Electronics (GTE), he recruited two fellow alumni and GTE employees in the Erie office - Joe Gaeta '62 and Jim DelMaramo '57 - to help develop a fundraising plan. The trio started a club raffle selling 200 tickets at $10 each prior to the 1974 basketball season which sold out every year.

The Booster Club gradually increased the number of raffles sold throughout the years until hitting 500 tickets sold annually, generating approximately $4,000 for the men's basketball program each year. The program was so successful that former Gannon Director of Athletics Bud Elwell '55, as well as former faculty members Father Yehl and Father Speice, asked Joe Gaeta '62 to expand the program to raise funds for all Gannon intercollegiate programs. In 1986, the Golden Knight Booster Club name was officially adopted and fundraising commenced to support all of Gannon's women's and men's programs. Over these past 40 seasons, the Golden Knight Booster Club has raised over $1 million for Gannon Athletics and supports all 20 varsity sports at the University.

The 1989 Men's Soccer Team is the ninth Gannon team inducted into the Hall of Fame, but it's the first men's soccer squad to receive the honor. The 1989 team finished 18-3-1, out-scoring its opponents 88-21 while recording the second-highest single-season victory total in school history. The Golden Knights advanced to the NCAA Division II Final Four with back-to-back NCAA Tournament home wins against Oakland (2-1 in overtime) and East Stroudsburg (1-0). The national semifinalist team finished third in the country according to the final National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) national poll.

The memorable squad was coached by Gannon Hall of Famer Rob Russo who was assisted by another Gannon Hall of Famer in Gerry Vandemerwe '88, '01M. Team members included Gannon Hall of Famer Troy Bingham '92, Pete Campbell '92, Jim Diana '91, Dave Frew '91, Mike Heeneman '91, Kevin John, Gary Kagiavas '91, Chris Kehoe '92, Gannon Hall of Famer Marco Koolman '91, '01M, Kevin Kozlowski '02, Frank Lauciello, Joe Mancuso '93, Steve Parks '90, '92M,Jonathan Reinhard '92, Mike Skonieczka '92, Gannon Hall of Famer Gary Smallshaw '92, Sean Studders, Dave Talevski '92, John Trechsel '91, Gannon Hall of Famer Terry Waldorf '91 and Tim Wilcox '93. Mitch Christensen '91M served as the team's head athletic trainer.

Current members of Gannon's Athletics Hall of Fame can be viewed here.