Gannon University Announces 2015 Athletics Hall of Fame Class
Posted: 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.
'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
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
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
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.
'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
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