RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Standouts in women's basketball and men's soccer, and one of the founders of intercollegiate athletics at Felician University, were presented for induction into the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame at the group's sixth annual banquet and induction ceremony on Thursday, October 11, at The Holiday Inn in Hasbrouck Heights.
In his opening remarks, director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. provided the roughly 80 Felician faculty, staff, alumni and friends in attendance with an update on the recent growth of the athletics department and achievements of Golden Falcon student-athletes. Dr. Ronald Gray, vice president of student affairs, offered a welcome and congratulations to the honorees on behalf of Felician president Dr. Anne M. Prisco.
After dinner, Golden Falcon women's basketball coach Steve Fagan kicked off the award presentations by introducing his only all-region performer at Felician, Quay Baskerville '11. Baskerville, who was raised and still lives in Hartford, Conn., ranks second in Felician history in scoring average (16.4) and third in rebound average (8.0). She transferred to Felician from Globe Institute of Technology, where she had also played for Fagan.
"To even be considered for this award is such a great honor," Baskerville said through tears. "I'm from Hartford – not too many young athletes make it out. I am so thankful to my mother for taking a chance on coach Fagan, and to coach Fagan for signing me to a scholarship when no one knew who I was. It changed my life so much."
Next on the dais was Dr. Alfredo Castro, a native of Costa Rica now living in Wantage. Castro is in his 24th year as a professor of chemistry and natural sciences 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 the fall of 1988, Castro took over as Felician's faculty athletics representative (FAR). He helped oversee the academic aspects of the Golden Falcons' reclassification from the NAIA to NCAA Division II, and served as the University's FAR to the NCAA until 2015. He was appropriately presented for induction by DiNallo, the only person to work in the department of athletics for all 23 years of its existence.
"I never played intercollegiate athletics," Castro said, before jumping into a slew of thank yous. "(But) during my role as FAR, I've witnessed a lot of growth in Felician athletics. It's truly been a team effort, and I'm honored and proud to have been a part of it."
Gary Hanly '03 of Athboy, Ireland, and John McGarry '03 of Toronto, Ontario, were the offensive catalysts for the most successful era of Felician men's soccer. From 1999-2002, they led the Golden Falcons to a won-lost-tied record of 45-38-3, two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championships, and two NAIA regional titles. Both were presented by Felician teammate Aidan O'Brien '03.
Hanly scored 55 goals with 17 assists in four seasons. He was a two-time all-CACC performer and was chosen an Honorable-Mention NAIA all-American in 1999.
"We had nine guys on scholarship my first year," Hanly said. "It was like a family. We had many losses that first year, but (coach) Tony (Scorciolla) got the shape of the team together, and the next year we began to jell and bond. I give so much credit to Tony and (assistant coach) Mike (Mueller) – they worked so hard, and pretty soon no one pushed us around anymore. We were a team, and we worked very hard together, on and off the field."
McGarry is Felician's all-time scoring leader with 131 points on 55 goals and 21 assists. He was voted all-CACC three times and CACC All-Tournament twice.
"I'm not much for words when it comes to stuff like this, but this is a true honor," McGarry told the assembled throng. "I'm extremely happy that my family and my children and my wife are here to share this with me."
In late August, Felician began its 23rd season of varsity intercollegiate athletics.