Six Individuals to be Inducted in New Paltz Athletics Hall of Fame
6/19/2014 12:57:00 PM
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - Six individuals will join the esteemed ranks of the New Paltz Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, as announced Tuesday by the State University of New York at New Paltz Department of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation. The six inductees will comprise the Hall of Fame's 18th induction class.
The class will include Sue Cooney '91 (women's swimming), Gordon Krajna '62 (men's tennis/men's soccer), Mario Lavacca '06 (men's soccer), Rich Marazzi '65 (baseball), Jess (Nadolny) Waldorf '00 (women's soccer/women's lacrosse) and Jill (Tournour) Burke '93 (women's swimming).
There will be a reception from 6-6:45 p.m. prior to the 7 p.m. dinner and ceremony. The dinner and ceremony will take place in the College's Multi-Purpose Room in the Student Union Building, while the reception will occur in the lobby outside of the room.
Cooney became the College's first female State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) individual champion in any sport, as she was a double-event winner at the 1989 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships. Cooney touched first in the 200 freestyle (2:01.70) and the 1,650 freestyle (18:33.54). Cooney, who is a Kingston, N.Y., native, helped develop a tradition of success for the women's team at the SUNYAC meet, as the Hawks fielded a SUNYAC champion in each of the next three years.
Krajna, a native of Kingston, N.Y., was one of the College's first standout student-athletes following World War II. A dual-sport student-athlete who played both men's soccer and men's tennis, he was a Second-Team All-SUNYAC selection in men's soccer in 1961 and helped the Hawks' men's tennis team win its first SUNYAC championship in 1959-60. Krajna, who attended New Paltz from 1958-62, went undefeated in singles play during his first three years at the College before losing to a student-athlete from East Stroudsburg State College in the spring of 1962. Krajna's unbeaten streak had stretched across 35 matches.
Lavacca, a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region selection, helped develop a winning culture within the men's soccer program, leading the team to the SUNYAC Tournament during his senior season in 2003. That marked the Hawks' first appearance in the tournament since 1987. Lavacca, a native of Port Washington, N.Y., became the program's first-ever SUNYAC Player of the Year in 2003 after a season in which he scored 14 goals and contributed one assist for 29 points. Lavacca earned All-SUNYAC honors in each of his four years on the team, collecting Honorable Mention accolades in 2000, Second-Team recognition in 2001 and First-Team laurels in 2002 and 2003.
Marazzi competed for the Hawks' baseball team from 1964-65 after transferring to New Paltz during the 1963-64 academic year from Quinnipiac College, where he earned his Associate of Arts degree. Marazzi's biggest impact on the College, however, came with his contributions to the game of baseball following his graduation; he worked for 23 years as an umpire at the high school, college and independent league levels and became one of the foremost experts on the rules of baseball. A native of Ansonia, Conn., Marazzi currently serves as the rules consultant for the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres. He also has been affiliated with the Cleveland Indians, the Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since 2006, Marazzi has served as the host of Inside Yankee Baseball, which airs on ESPN-AM 1300 radio. Furthermore, Marazzi has authored five baseball books.
Waldorf finished her career as one of the most decorated student-athletes in New Paltz women's soccer's history. To this day, Waldorf remains the only Hawk women's soccer student-athlete to earn three All-SUNYAC awards, as she was an Honorable Mention choice in 1997 before earning First-Team honors in 1998 and 1999. The Washingtonville, N.Y., native finished her career with 41 points (17 goals, 7 assists), and during her senior season in 1999, she became the first New Paltz women's soccer student-athlete to garner a spot in the NSCAA All-Region Team. Waldorf also helped get the New Paltz women's lacrosse team off the ground, competing during the program's first two seasons in 1998 and 1999. She completed her lacrosse career with 19 goals and six assists for 25 points.
Burke joined Cooney as one of the pioneers of New Paltz women's swimming in the SUNYAC. She finished her career with four SUNYAC championships, including three in the 400 individual medley. Burke captured her first SUNYAC title in 1990, winning the 400 individual medley in 4:49.72. She then won two events at the 1991 conference meet, touching first in the 200 individual medley (2:18.70) and the 400 individual medley (4:52.31). Finally, she capped off her career by winning her third straight championship in the 400 individual medley in 1992 with a time of 4:53.39. Burke, who is a native of North Massapequa, N.Y., wrapped up her career as the program record holder in the 200 individual medley.
The New Paltz Athletics Hall of Fame was established in October 1982 as a means of recognizing alumni who competed as athletes at New Paltz or those who made a significant contribution to the athletic program at the College and who have distinguished themselves in their professions and their communities. New members have been inducted every few years, with the present number totaling 70 individuals and six teams.