Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet
Felician University will induct one of its athletics department's founding contributors and three multiple-time all-conference performers into the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The Hall of Fame will honor its sixth class of inductees as part of the University's Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Dr. Alfredo Castro, Felician's first faculty athletics representative to the NCAA, will become the third Hall of Fame member to be honored in the Contributor category. He will be inducted alongside women's basketball standout Quay Baskerville '11 and two of the men's soccer program's most explosive scorers – Gary Hanly '03 and John McGarry '03. The 2018 class swells the membership in the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame to 19 individuals (15 athletes, three contributors, one coach) and two teams.
"I'm very excited to honor our sixth class of Athletics Hall of Fame inductees," said Felician University president Dr. Anne M. Prisco. "Dr. Castro's years of dedicated service to our students deserve to be celebrated. Quay helped the women's basketball team soar to new heights, and Gary and John are early models of quality international student-athletes that extended our recruiting reach."
Baskerville enjoyed two outstanding seasons after transferring from Globe Institute of Technology. She was named to the all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Third Team as a junior in 2009-10. The following year, Baskerville averaged 18.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 steals in earning First Team all-CACC and Second Team all-region honors. Felician was 34-20 during her career after posting a 5-22 record the season before her arrival. Baskerville, who was raised and still lives in Hartford, Conn., totaled 887 points, 434 rebounds and 116 steals in 54 games as a Golden Falcon.
Castro, of Wantage, recently completed his 25th year as a professor of chemistry at Felician. Shortly after arriving on campus, he became part of the advisory team which was instrumental in starting the Golden Falcons' athletics program. In 1998, he began a run as Felician's faculty athletics representative (FAR), helping oversee academic aspects of the Golden Falcons' reclassification from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. He served as the University's FAR to the NCAA until 2015.
For 13 years, Castro coordinated Felician's nominations for the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar award from the periodical Diverse Issues in Higher Education. He served four years as the chair of the CACC FAR Committee, and was an original member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee.
Hanly and McGarry comprised the front line of the most successful Felician men's soccer squads, and remain the top two scorers in program history. From 1999-2002, their teams complied a record of 45-38-3 and won two CACC championships and two NAIA regional titles. Each player scored 55 goals during that period.
Hanly, from Rosscommon, Ireland, was a two-time all-CACC performer and was named an NAIA Honorable-Mention All-American in his freshman season of 1999. He totaled 17 career assists for 127 collegiate points. Toronto, Ontario, native McGarry produced 21 assists for 131 career points, and led the CACC in 2001 with 18 goals. He was elected to the all-CACC team on three occasions.
The Sixth Annual Felician University Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will be held at the Holiday Inn in Hasbrouck Heights at 6 p.m. on October 11. Tickets are $80 each and can be purchased by emailing Mark Mentone, sports information director, or calling him at 201-559-3257. Program book advertisements and other sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will kick off Felician's Homecoming and Family Weekend. Several activities are scheduled on both Felician campuses on Friday and Saturday, October 12-13, to celebrate all alumni classes and current students. On Saturday, the women's volleyball team hosts the Jefferson Rams at 11 a.m. and Lincoln (Pa.) University at 3 p.m. in Job Gymnasium, and the women's and men's soccer teams entertain Holy Family University at 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.