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RIT Sports Hall of Fame honors seven Tiger athletes

The RIT Sports Hall of Fame grew to 142 members with the induction of seven on Nov. 13, 2004.

The newest members of the RIT Sports Hall of Fame are, from left: Rob Grow, Len Williams, Paul Schojan, Ushi Patel, Meredith Ray, Kevin Collins, and Jeff Molisani.

New members are:

Kevin R. Collins ’99 (medical illustration). A native of Cicero, N.Y., Collins was a five-time All-American in cross country and track. In cross country, he won two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) crowns and three league titles and set marks for most invitational wins in a season (six) and career (14). In 1996 he was the first American finisher in the 100th Boston Marathon. In 2003 he was second in the U.S. Marathon Championship and the first American finisher in the World Cup Marathon in Paris. Collins is a sales representative with Fleet Feet in Syracuse, N.Y.

Robert C. Grow ’88 (marketing). A native of Henrietta, N.Y., Grow played three years of baseball and took over as coach in 1992. As an infielder/outfielder, the two-year captain compiled a .342 batting average and a .953 fielding average. In 1987, he was named All-Independent College Athletic Conference. In his 12 seasons as coach, Grow has more wins than anyone in RIT baseball history (200). In 2000, he was Empire 8 Coach of the Year. In addition to coaching, Grow is director of reunions and affinity groups for the RIT Alumni Relations Office.

Jeffrey S. Molisani ’93 (criminal justice). The Clyde, N.Y. native played basketball two years after transferring from Monroe Community College. He capped off his career as Senior Athlete of the Year in 1993. Two-time captain, twice MVP and Most Inspirational, Molisani achieved national recognition as an assist man. He was All-Region and twice All-ECAC and All-League. Molisani, who lives in Fairport, N.Y., is a teacher and coach at Marion (N,Y.) Central School.

Urvashi “Ushi” P. Patel ’00 (printing management). Patel, a native of San Jose, Calif., was twice named Academic All-American in volleyball and in 1999 she was the NCAA College Division Academic All-American of the Year with a 3.82 grade point average. She was named to 26 All-Tournament teams with seven MVP honors. She capped her career as an All-American in 1999 and was selected WHAM Radio College Sportswoman of the Year. Now living in New York City, she is a project development manager for SYDA Foundation, an international not-for-profit organization.

Meredith Ann Ray. Meredith Ray, named to the Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service, has interacted with thousands of student-athletes during her 27 years at RIT.

As coordinator of RIT Interpreting Services for the Center for Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, the native of Huntington, W.V., assigns interpreters to intercollegiate athletic events and has interpreted for most of RIT’s 24 varsity sports. In 1997, she received the Coaches Appreciation Award for outstanding contributions and service to Intercollegiate Athletics.

Paul J. Schojan ’03 (applied arts and sciences). Soccer player Schojan distinguished himself as two-time All-American (1984 and 1985) and Senior Athlete of the Year. Four times he was All-League, including two Player of the Year honors. Schojan served as captain and was the Outstanding Player in 1984. He was chosen to play in the indoor and outdoor All-Star games in 1985 and went on to be drafted by the Minnesota Strikers of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Schojan is special accounts representative with Frontier Communications in Rochester.

Leonard C. Williams ’79 (business administration). In the 1973-75 hockey seasons, Williams scored 95 points on 59 goals and 36 assists. The Lake Placid, N.Y., native scored five goals in a contest on three occasions. In addition to extensive youth hockey coaching, he served as junior varsity and assistant coach at RIT from 1976 to 1980. He also coached at Eastridge High School in the Rochester area and was assistant instructor at the Stan Mikita Hockey Camp for Hearing Impaired in Chicago. In 1975 and 1979 he played on the Deaf Olympic Team and the USA Deaf World Team where he led the team in scoring. Williams is a resource and reimbursement agent with the New York State Office of Mental Health.


J. Roger Dykes