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The University Magazine

Grads from '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s join Sports Hall of Fame

2008 RIT Athletics Hall of Fame inductees, from left: Tony Wallace, Tim Hern, Sean Bratches, Marie McKee Benson, Doug Murdock, Krissy Mamon, Tom Masaschi, Dave Mick. (Photo by Ken Huth '88)

The RIT Athletics Hall of Fame has eight new members.

Marie McKee Benson '80 (applied computer technology) excelled as a singles tennis player during her three seasons at RIT. She was named the RIT Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 1980 and won the NTID Female Athlete of the Year honor in 1978. She finished her RIT career with a 29-2 mark, capping off her stellar career with a perfect 11-0 mark as a senior.

Sean Bratches '84 (business administration) was a hard-nosed lacrosse midfielder who helped lead the Tigers to their first NCAA appearance in 1983. He tallied 15 goals to go along with five assists in 37 career games. Bratches currently serves as executive vice president, sales and marketing, for ESPN, overseeing all affiliate sales, advertising sales, and research, marketing and special events. He was the driving force to bring the ESPN Zone to RIT, which became the first college to have an ESPN Zone on campus. Bratches also has been an advocate for hiring RIT alumni and students to full-time and co-op positions at ESPN.

Tim Hern '00 (business administration/accounting) did not miss a game in four seasons and was one of the best all-around baseball players in the history of the program. As a senior, Hern, a second baseman, hit .358 with 43 hits, 27 runs scored and 14 stolen bases. That season, Hern earned All-Empire first team and All-Region third team honors. He led the Tigers to the Empire 8 Championship game and received the conference's Sportsmanship Award. When Hern graduated, he ranked first in all-time hits (138), runs scored (104), at-bats (447), games played (135), assists (267) and double plays turned (62) and was second in stolen bases (41). His career record as a player was 72-63.

Krissy Mamon '01 (imaging technology) was one of the most successful pitchers in RIT softball history. She compiled a 43-21 won-lost record, leading the Tigers to their first NCAA Tournament Appearance in 2001. In 2001, Mamon finished 18-3 with a miniscule 1.31 earned run average. She tossed three no-hitters and struck out 17 batters in a seven-inning game that year and was the 2001 RIT Senior Female Athlete of the Year. She earned GTE Academic All-American honors in 2000 and 2001, with a 3.45 grade-point average. After graduation, she returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach and took over as head coach of the Tigers in 2007.

Tom Masaschi '92 (business administration) was a two-sport standout in hockey and lacrosse. Masaschi was a three-time All-American midfielder in lacrosse and garnered second team All-American honors in 1990 and 1991 while earning third team accolades in 1992. A two-year captain, he led the Tigers to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 1990. In hockey, he recorded 132 career points (48 goals and 84 assists) in 116 games, leading the Tigers to an ECAC West title and NCAA Championship game appearance in 1989. He served as assistant captain during the 1990-91 season and captain the next year. Masaschi led his team to a 74-41-8 record and earned All-ECAC West second team honors in 1992.

Dave Mick '74 (printing) emerged as a tremendous football player for the Tigers. Defensively, Mick was a feared defensive end who set the school single-season record with six fumbles recovered in 1972. He was named the RIT Defensive Player of the Year that season. As a senior, Mick recorded 74 tackles. He averaged eight tackles per game during his three-year varsity stint (1972-74).

Doug Murdock '90 (mechanical engineering) enjoyed a tremendous three-year stint with the RIT men's basketball team, averaging 13.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in 76 career contests. Murdock was the RIT Male Senior Athlete of the Year in 1990. He was an All-Empire Athletic Association second team selection in 1989 and a first team pick in 1990. Murdock was the 1990 Stephen King Award winner for sportsmanship, as well a team captain. Murdock held the school record for best field goal percentage in a season (54.4 percent). He finished with 1,027 points.

Tony Wallace '03 (business administration) recorded 108 wins, second most in the history of RIT wrestling, finishing his career with a 108-27 record. As a freshman, Wallace competed at the NCAA Championships and finished seventh in the 174-pound weight class, earning All-American honors. Two years later, he placed seventh at nationals. In 2002, Wallace bulked up to the 184-pound weight class and placed eighth at nationals, giving him his third All-American honor in four years. He was a two-time champion at the RIT Invitational in 1998 and 2001, and won several other tournaments. After finishing his wrestling career at RIT, Wallace was an assistant coach for the Tigers from 2003-05.

Joe Venniro

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