inducted into RIT Sports Hall of Fame
With the induction
of six individuals last Nov. 9, RITs Sports Hall of Fame
has grown to 129 members.
latest Sports Hall of Fame inductees are (from left) Karen
Provinski Conlan 96, Tim Turner 87, Jamie Glydon
97, Kathy Vangeli , the late Don Richards (represented
by his parents, Donna Rae and J. Allen Richards), and Arnold
Skip White 70. The Sports Hall of
Fame now has 129 members.
Initial Sports Hall
of Fame planning began in 1968 to honor individuals for their
contributions to intercollegiate athletics. Members include former
athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters. Mark Ellingson,
Harold Steve Brodie, Sherman Hagberg and A. Leo Fox
formed the cornerstone of the project. Ellingson was wrestling
coach at the time and later became president of RIT. Brodie served
as basketball faculty manager for 50 years, Hagberg was the first
director of athletics and Fox was a longtime basketball coach
who guided the 1955-56 team to an undefeated season (17-0).
Vern Titus, Lou Alexander
Jr., A. Stephen Walls and Keith Mosley were ultimately responsible
for starting the Hall of Fame. Alexander was then director of
physical education and athletics. Titus and Walls served terms
as chairmen of the former athletic committee, and Mosley was a
sports information director.
The Sports Hall of
Fame is a function of the Office of Alumni Relations in cooperation
with the Center for Human Performance. Each year the Hall of Fame
executive committee accepts nominations from the RIT community
and other friends. A letter of recommendation and supporting documentation
should be sent to the Office of Alumni Relations. Members of the
Hall of Fame and coaches vote on a slate of candidates with final
approval by the executive committee.
The 2002 inductees
are: Karen L. (Provinski) Conlan 96, Jamie A. Glydon
97, the late Donald A. Richards, Timothy P. Turner 89,
Kathy A. Vangeli and Arnold B. White 70.
a native of Unionville, Pa., was Senior Athlete of the Year in
1996 and received the Ellingson Award for Academic Excellence,
maintaining a 3.81 grade point average in computational math.
On the basketball court, she scored 932 points and pulled down
835 rebounds. She also was named a GTE Academic All-American.
She represented her senior class at convocation and commencement
ceremonies in 1996. Today she is a systems analyst with DuPont
in Wilmington, Del.
a native of West Barnstable, Mass., and now of Randolph, N.J.,
was a five-time All-American, garnering honors in cross country
and track. The packaging science major was Senior Athlete of the
Year in 1996. In cross country, his best finish in the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III championships
was fifth in 1994, while in track he took eighth place in the
1994 and 1995 10,000 meters. He was also the Eastern College Athletic
Conference champion in 1995, topping a field of 150 runners. He
is a senior packaging engineer with Kraft Foods in New Jersey.
a native of Lockport, N.Y., was a two-year swimmer and a 1982
All-American in the 200-yard butterfly before his death in an
automobile accident in 1983. Richards had accumulated 343 points
in two seasons and ranked among RITs top 10 all-time swimmers
in freestyle, individual medley, breaststroke and butterfly events.
Richards majored in packaging science.
a native of Homer, N.Y., and now of Durango, Col., was a two-time
lacrosse All-American, gaining second team honors in 1986 and
1987. The finance major also played in the United States Intercollegiate
Lacrosse Association Senior All-Star Game. Named Empire Athletic
Association Player of the Year in 1987, he finished his career
at midfield with 120 points, ranking him 12th in career scoring.
Turner is owner of Bread, LLC, a bakery in Durango, Colo.
a native of Cortland, N.Y., and now of Henrietta, N.Y., coached
womens swimming from 1980 to 1996 and guided her teams to
11 NCAA appearances, resulting in 44 All-Americans. In 1983 her
squad was 11-1 while the 1984 team posted a 12-1 mark. She also
served as adviser to womens club lacrosse and womens
club field hockey teams. Vangeli is a SUNY Cortland graduate and
received her masters degree from Utah State.
White, a native of Dewitt, N.Y., compiled a 90-13-1 wrestling
record in four seasons. He competed in three NCAA College Division
championships against opponents from Division II and III schools.
He was a three-time state champion and was inducted into the New
York State Wrestlers Hall of Fame. A business administration major,
he was a two-time RIT Invitational champion, served as captain
three years and was assistant coach for one year. He is self-employed
as a homebuilder in Murrells Inlet, S.C.