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Six inducted into RIT Sports Hall of Fame

With the induction of six individuals last Nov. 9, RIT’s Sports Hall of Fame has grown to 129 members.

The 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 Sport’s 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.

Karen Conlan, 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.

Jamie Glydon, 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.

Don Richards, 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 RIT’s top 10 all-time swimmers in freestyle, individual medley, breaststroke and butterfly events. Richards majored in packaging science.

Tim Turner, 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.

Kathy Vangeli, a native of Cortland, N.Y., and now of Henrietta, N.Y., coached women’s 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 women’s club lacrosse and women’s club field hockey teams. Vangeli is a SUNY Cortland graduate and received her master’s degree from Utah State.

Arnold “Skip” 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 Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.

J. Roger Dykes