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2005 RIT Sports Hall of Fame inductees
2005 Sports Hall of Fame inductees are, from left: Ted Solarek, Chris Palmer, Sheila Stevenson, Dave Stackwick, Janet Testa-Fox, Alberto Montanez, Sue Traynor Pail, Ralph Van Peursem and Brian Hart. Photo by Ken Huth ’88

Meet the newest members of the RIT Sports Hall of Fame:

Brian Hart ’89, ’90 (painting-illustration and art education) wrestled at RIT from 1987 to 1990, earning All-American honors in 1990. He had 36 career tournament wins and was a two-time Academic All-American (’89 and ’90).

Alberto Montanez ’97 (criminal justice) played with the Tigers basketball squad for two seasons, scoring 1,200 career points. In 1993, he was named Eastern College Athletic Conference and Empire Athletic Association Player of the Year and helped the Tigers to an ECAC title.

Chris Palmer ’99 (packaging science) was one of the most prolific hockey scorers in the nation from 1987 to 1990. In his second season, he led RIT to the NCAA Division III title game. Palmer signed a contract with the New Jersey Devils and was assigned to Utica of the UHL. He played in Europe and was a member of the Canadian Olympic Team.

Ted Solarek ’64 (business administration) was a member of undefeated golf teams in 1962 and 1963. He won 23 straight matches and played in two NCAA championship tournaments. He tied for 44th in the 1964 NCAA championships, posting a score of 232, helping the Tigers to a 12th place finish.

Dave Stackwick ’74 (business administration) excelled in baseball and basketball, earning Co-Male Athlete of the Year honors in 1976. He had a .271 career batting average and posted a career .951 fielding percentage. He was a two-time captain and a two-time All-Independent College Athletic Conference selection. Stackwick was captain of the basketball team his senior season and helped RIT to a 20-win season and its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Sheila Stevenson ’79 (printing management) is credited with launching women’s hockey at RIT in 1976 as a club team. Stevenson played in 32 games over four seasons. She has served as president of the ECAC Sports Information Directors Association and has been cited by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with the Kodak Good Person Award. Stevenson also was the recipient of the ECAC Irving T. Marsh Service Award.

Janet Testa-Fox ’89 (hotel and resort management) was the first women’s hockey player to score 50 goals in a career. She captained the squad for two seasons and was named team MVP in 1988-89, capping her career by playing in the Senior All-Star Game. She guided RIT to its first ECAC championship and the team’s first win over a Division I squad.

Sue Traynor Pail ’98 (mechanical engineering) played four sports at RIT but excelled on the women’s soccer team and served as a student trainer. She earned All-Empire Athletic Association honors in 1994 as a sophomore and was named Senior Women’s Athlete of the Year in 1997.

Ralph Van Peursem ’58 (chemistry) was a strong-armed third baseman who was turned into a pitcher. He batted fourth in the lineup and was a longtime RBI record holder. Van Peursem also played basketball for four years, and was a member of the 1955-56 undefeated basketball team.