Eight Tigers enter RIT Sports Hall of Fame
Eight new members have joined RIT’s Athletics Hall of Fame. They are:
|New members of the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame are (from left): front row, Ken Hale, Kira Alling-Fauwell, RIT President Albert Simone; back row, Neil Kromer, Andre Schmid, Ritchie Herbert, Tom Sill and Ed Purcell. (Photo by Ken Huth ’88)|
Ken Hale ’57 (mechanical engineering): Hale was a key component of RIT’s only undefeated basketball season in 1955 and is one of 21 players to have scored 1,000 career points. At 6 feet, 7 inchest tall, he averaged 25.2 points per game in 1955 and 20.5 points per game in his career.
Neil Kromer ’80 (management development): Kromer was captain of his Eisenhower College basketball team for four consecutive years as well as being named MVP. He is the only player in Eisenhower history to be named an NAIA All-American, and also was All Conference Player in the Private College Athletic Conference from 1972 to 1974. He has been coaching RIT since 1997.
Ritchie Herbert ’85 (photo illustration): One of the most prolific scorers in RIT hockey history, Herbert is one of the only eight players to score 200 career points. He was the ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1984, helping RIT to a 29-6-0 overall record and trip to the NCAA Tournament. He was an All-ECAC first team selection in 1986 and 1987 and a member of the 1985 national championship team.
Thomas J. Sill ’87 (business administration): Sill was an important member of a stubborn RIT men’s lacrosse defense and received second team All-American honors in 1985. He was the first RIT player ever chosen to play in the USILA North-South Senior All-Star Game. Sill was a team captain and Most Improved Player in 1983.
Andre H. Schmid ’91 (business administration): Schmid played four years of soccer (fullback) and lacrosse (midfield) and competed in eight NCAA Division III post-season playoffs. A three-year soccer starter, he was first team All-Conference (ICAC) and second team All-New York Region. As a senior, Schmid was also named Best Defensive Player.
Kira Alling Fauvell ’84 (graphic design): Alling Fauvell joined the RIT swim team during its formative years. For her first two years, she led the team in scoring with 389 points. She went on to tally 627.25 points. She was a three-time All-American on relay teams and also combined with teammates to win two state crowns. She was named Senior Athlete of the Year in 1984.
Ed Purcell ’86 (business administration): Purcell played lacrosse at RIT from 1982 to 1986, missing the 1985 season due to back injury. He returned in 1986 to help guide the Tigers to an 11-3 record and their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Division III playoffs. He was named to the Empire Athletic Association All-Star Team three times and earned third team All-American honors in 1984. (Note: RIT was saddened by the death of Mr. Prucell Dec. 4, 2006, just weeks after the Sports Hall of Fame event.)
Albert J. Simone, RIT’s eighth president, helped guide RIT athletics into the 21st century. A former college athlete (wrestling at Tufts University), Simone championed the construction of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center (2004), a turf field with lights (2004), and a tennis complex (2003). A major step in RIT sports history occurred on Dec. 15, 2004, when Simone announced that the men’s hockey team would join the Atlantic Hockey Association, becoming the Rochester area's only Division I team.