June 11, 2013
Herkimer County Community College’s 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held Friday, October 4 on campus, as part of the College’s Fall Fest & Alumni Weekend.
The 2013 class includes: Jeanne Galvin, associate professor emeritus and field hockey coach; Todd Allen ‘07 baseball; Eileen Coyle ‘07 women’s soccer; Cynthia Wetmore ‘80 multi-sport athlete; John Fornino, contributor; and the 1987 Field Hockey Team, Herkimer’s first ever national championship team.
About the 2013 Inductees:
Jeanne Galvin, Richfield Springs, NY taught physical education and coached field hockey at Herkimer County Community College from 1971 until her retirement in 1995. As the first woman in the physical education department, Galvin began the women’s athletic department. Starting in 1971, she organized the field hockey, volleyball, women’s basketball and softball teams and coached all four sports for four years. At the time, the women’s division of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) did not exist, so Herkimer competed under the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Later, when the NJCAA expanded to include women, Galvin became the women’s regional director and chaired the national field hockey committee for many years. She also served as president of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Under Galvin, the field hockey program won national titles in 1987 and 1991, and Galvin was named NJCAA Field Hockey Coach of the Year both years. She coached the women’s basketball team for 17 years, winning the regional championship in 1979 and 1980, and was named Regional Coach of the Year both times. Since her retirement, she has remained active in golf and curling.
Todd Allen ‘07, Oriskany, NY played baseball for the Generals, and was named to the All-Conference team in 2006 as well as 1st Team All Region and 1st Team All-American. In 2007, Allen was named All-Conference player, 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All-American and HCCC Male Athlete of the Year. He holds the second highest batting average for a season at .480. Coach Jason Rathbun said “Todd led us to our first two World Series. He was the middle of our lineup both years. Todd was the first All-American in Herkimer baseball.”
Eileen Coyle ‘07, Oneonta, NY captained the women’s soccer team and played in both 2005 & 2006. She was named Mohawk Valley Conference Player of the Year for both years, and was a two-time first team NJCAA All-American. In 2005, Coyle played 21 games for Herkimer, scoring 29 goals and having 7 assists. She was also first-team All-Region and NSCAA All-American. Coyle scored 43 goals in 19 games in 2006, had 15 assists and was NSCAA All-American. Coyle also played women’s lacrosse at Herkimer and SUNY Geneseo. Coach Amy Dommer said, “Eileen was an absolute game changer. Her speed and ability were unmatched throughout the country, which made her such a threat to opposing teams. Eileen is truly an icon of the Herkimer women’s soccer program.”
Cynthia Wetmore ‘80, Ithaca, NY was a multi-sport athlete at Herkimer, outstanding in field hockey, softball and women’s basketball. In her freshman year, her field hockey team finished 16-3 and second place in the Regional Tournament. Wetmore scored 22 goals and was named to the All-Region Team. Her sophomore year, the team had a record of 17-2-3, a regional championship and finished third in the national tournament. Wetmore was Field Hockey MVP, First Team All-Region, First Team National Tournament and All-American. In two years she scored an unbelievable 46 goals, an accomplishment that will stand forever in Herkimer’s record book. As a freshman, Wetmore’s basketball team finished 21-3, won the Region III championship and competed in the national tournament in Kansas. The following year her team, 16-2, won the regional championship and again traveled to the national tournament in Kansas. Wetmore scored 18 points in the double overtime regional championship game to help her team qualify for nationals again. Wetmore also played two years on the softball team. She continued her education at the University of Rhode Island on a field hockey scholarship. After college, she continued to distinguish herself and may be the only former Herkimer athlete who has coached a team to a NCAA national championship. She is currently the head field hockey coach at SUNY Cortland, a position she has held since 1998.
John Fornino, Frankfort, NY, has made special contributions to the quality, growth and reputation of HCCC’s intercollegiate athletic program. A player and coach for over 30 years and an avid Generals soccer fan, Fornino has made extraordinary contributions to players, coaches and the sport of soccer at Herkimer. Fornino has received the Coliseum Presidential Award for going over and above in his contributions to soccer at Herkimer.
The 1987 Field Hockey Team won the first ever national championship in the history of the College. Herkimer defeated Becker Junior College, Leicester, MA 1-0 in the national championship game. The team also won the NJCAA Region III Championship game that year. Team members, coached by Jeanne Galvin, were: Deda Wojcik, Shelly Fallon, Beth Grouch, Tracey D’amore, Kathy Hawk, Sue Yerina, Terri Dean, Michelle Dudrak, Dori Yerina, JeRae Benedict, Laura Zerillo, Pam Comins, Wendy Russell, Mary Clifford, Christine Battisti, Terri Scoville, Lori Lupini, Dana Alberico and Carol Ann Champlin.
More information about the Herkimer County Community College Athletic Hall of Fame is available at http://www.herkimergenerals.com/hof.