Hall of Fame

The primary goal of the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals, who by outstanding achievement in athletics or service to the College, have made lasting contributions to the sports program.

While athletic achievement is the primary qualifier for eligibility, the character of the nominee and their contributions to the institution and the community were also considered.

Annually, the selection committee may elect to present honorary Hall of Fame Awards to those individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service and commitment to the SUNY Orange Athletic Department.

The committee also reviews contributions and achievements of past SUNY Orange athletic teams and can choose to present Hall of Fame Team Awards.

Athletes and administrators may be nominated for the Hall of Fame at any time throughout the year. Alumni and friends of the College may submit athletes for consideration, but athletes are also able to nominate themselves if they choose to do so.

The 2013 Induction Ceremony

Six Former Colt Athletes Comprise Hall’s Second Induction Class; Ceremony Set for Oct. 26

The 2013 Induction Ceremony will be part of the College’s Reunion Weekend and Family Day that kicks off with evening reunion events on Friday, Oct. 25, and concludes with a full slate of activities throughout the day on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Induction ceremonies are set for 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame induction are $15 and can be purchased online via the College’s web site.

For more information, contact Mary Roth, alumni relations coordinator, at (845) 341-4179 or visit the Alumni Events page.

Six former SUNY Orange athletes and coaches will comprise the second class of the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame this fall when the College hosts its induction celebration at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown. Set to be enshrined are Walter Cawein ’57, Susan Deer ’71, Lois Hayes ’79, Richard E. Morse ’58, Achilles J. “Kelly” Rossi ’53 and John Scanlan.

During their playing days, the six members of the Class of 2013 represented seven sports, including soccer, basketball, cross country and wrestling on the men’s side along with basketball, tennis and softball for women. Two of the inductees--Deer and Hayes--also coached the Colts’ women’s basketball squad at different times while Deer also served a stint as the College’s athletic director.

“We are looking forward to inducting our second class into the Colt Athletic Hall of Fame,” says Wayne Smith, SUNY Orange athletic director and chair of the hall of fame committee. “On the heels of last year’s inaugural induction, this class once again demonstrates the highly accomplished athletes we’ve had at SUNY Orange throughout our history.

“This group is very diverse. It includes a national champion wrestler, a coach who brought us two regional women’s basketball titles, a regional tennis doubles champion, a former athletic director and several ‘athletes of the year,” Smith adds. “Many of these six also went on to play at four-year colleges, including Navy, Ithaca and Marist.”