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MCCC announces inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame class

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Three national championship teams, two Major League Baseball players and a legendary basketball coach are among the 18 inductees of the inaugural class of the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Athletics Hall of Fame.
 
The MCCC Foundation’s Mercer Athletics Committee (MAC) made its selection of the first Hall of Fame class – three teams and 15 individuals – based on nominations from the public. While over the years Mercer has honored several teams and players in a variety of ways within a particular sport, the new Athletics Hall of Fame will celebrate the college’s outstanding athletic history across the entire sports program, according to MAC Chair Dan Klim. The honorees will be inducted during a reception and dinner on Nov. 14 at the Trenton Country Club.
 
The Vikings are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 19 and the Garden State Athletic Conference. In its more than half-century of sports excellence, MCCC’s athletics history includes 14 national championship teams, with nearly 250 student-athletes achieving All-American honors. Over the past decade, 44 MCCC student athletes have been recognized as Academic All-Americans. Many Mercer student-athletes successfully transfer to four-year colleges throughout the United States, and dozens have gone on to play professional sports.
 
Further details about the induction ceremony and reception, including ticket purchases and sponsorship opportunities, will soon be available. All proceeds will go to scholarships for MCCC student athletes and the improvement of the college’s athletics facilities. Updates will be posted at www.mccc.edu/hof.
The 18 inaugural inductees are:
Teams
1963 men’s soccer: First of eight national championship teams
1973 men’s basketball: First of two national championship teams
1999 women’s tennis: First of four national championship teams
Men’s athletics
Heath Fillmyer (baseball) –All-American (2014) and MLB
Mickey Forker (soccer) – All-American (1968 and 1969)
Dave Gallagher (baseball) – 17 years of professional baseball with nine years in MLB and MCCC coach (2000-2002)
Randy Garber (soccer) – All-American (1971 and 1972 and Penn State 1974) and NASL 1975-1979
Mel Weldon (basketball) –All-American and National Player of the Year (1973)
Connie White (basketball) – All-American and National Player of the Year (1974)
Women’s athletics
Elyse Diamond (soccer) – First Mercer All-American in the sport (1983) and current women’s soccer coach
Terri Dorner (basketball) – First Mercer All-American in the sport (1980) and Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame
Joanne Zola (softball) – First Mercer All-American in the sport (1985) and MCCC coach (2000-2002)
Administrators
Lisa Camillone (athletic trainer/assistant athletic director 1983-2016) – pioneering figure for female athletic trainers
Stan Dlugosz (men’s soccer coach 1963-1981 and men’s tennis coach 1974-2007) – two soccer national championships
Charles Inverso (men’s soccer coach 1986-2009) – five national championship teams
Al Leister (athletic director 1973-1989) – innovative health and physical education professor (1970-2006)
Butch Miller (baseball coach 1973-1993) – 503-263 coaching record and 1981 Junior College World Series
 
Special recognition
Howie Landa (legendary basketball coach) – two national championships, three times National Coach of the Year


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