2022 Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inducted
Class of 2022 Honorees, Kimberly Fredenburgh, Dani Drews, Helen Putriment, Willie Wall
Albany, NY — Russell Sage College's Department of Athletics inducted the latest class into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy.
This year's inductees included former Director of Athletics, Dani Drews (Oswego, NY), former women's volleyball and track standout performer Helen Putriment (Cobleskill, NY), Russell Sage College softball performer Kimberly (Fredenburgh) Costa (Grahamville, NY), as well as former Junior College of Albany men's basketball player Willie Wall (Johnstown, NY), who was a member of the 1983-1985 teams.
With this year's induction, the Hall of Fame which started in 1993, boasts 44 members.
Dani Drews (Oswego, NY)
(Athletic Director Sandy Augstein-Collins (l), Dani Drews (m) and Vice President for Student Life Trish Cellemme (r)
Hired at Russell Sage in July of 2005, Dani Drews oversaw the tremendous growth in the Athletics Department at the college during her distinguished career as Director of Athletics. She was the guiding force behind the development of the program from a single-gender, NCAA Division III independent competitor with just five programs to one that had expanded to sponsor 17 varsity programs when she departed in 2017.
Under her direction, the athletic department continued to develop and expand. Sage joined the Skyline Conference in 2007 and immediately began to thrive. Sage's women's volleyball team captured the conference championship in both 2007 and 2008, which resulted in the college's first NCAA Tournament appearances in any sport. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Sage won the College's first ECAC Championship title as the men's soccer team won the 2012 ECAC Upstate Title and in the Spring of 2013, Sage's men's volleyball team captured the 2013 ECAC Division III North Championship after being tapped to serve as the host for the tournament. Sage teams also captured the Skyline Conference Championships in women's basketball in 2014, women's volleyball in 2014, men's basketball in 2015, men's soccer in 2015, as well as women's basketball in 2017, all resulting in NCAA Division III Tournament appearances for those programs.
Under her direction, Sage moved from the Skyline Conference to the Empire 8, commencing play in the new league with the start of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Drews also undertook the redesign of the Gator logo in 2008 and an official brand for the athletic teams and department. In addition, Drews was instrumental in the launch of the Gator Golf Classic, which has played a major role in the financial support of Sage's student-athletes, coaches and the development of the department as a whole. The 2022 Gator Golf Classic marks the 17th year of the department's largest fund-raising event.
While Sage continued to grow and succeed on the playing courts and fields during her tenure, so did the impressive number of academic awards and acclaim bestowed upon several Gators, another tribute to her lasting legacy upon the department.
Prior to her arrival at Sage, Drews was the head women's volleyball coach at Oswego State from 1991-2005, where she was named the 1991 and 1994 SUNYAC Coach of the Year. She was also named the 1994 NYSWCAA Coach of the Year in volleyball after leading the team to a 42-3 record, a mark that stands today for most wins in a season at Oswego State. She also served as Assistant Athletic Director at Oswego State from 2000-2005. She was the Senior Woman Administrator and President of the SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) before arriving at Sage.
As an undergraduate at Hamilton College, she was a three-time captain and four-year competitor in volleyball and softball. She helped the volleyball team to three-straight NYSWCAA tournament appearances during her playing career. As a pitcher on the 1988 softball squad, she established a school record, which still stands today as she was undefeated and helped the team to their second-most wins in a season in program history. She earned a bachelor's degree from Hamilton in 1988. Following graduation from Hamilton, she pursued and earned a masters' degree from the University of Connecticut in 1989.
She is extremely active professionally as she is a member of NADIIIAA, NACDA, and NACWAA, now known as Women Leaders in College Sports, having served on the nominating committee. She was appointed to NACWAA's Education and Professional Development Committee in 2012. She also served as a member of the NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Committee from 2013-2016 and wrapped her service to the committee as the chair in her final year.
Since departing Sage in the summer of 2017, Drews joined the Brockport Athletics staff as the Assistant Director of Athletics and she was promoted to Associate Athletic Director in the winter of 2022.
Drews is married to Mary Powell and the couple are the proud parents of two daughters, Hunter and Rylee, both accomplished student-athletes.
Helen Putriment (Cobleskill, NY/Cobleskill-Richmondville)
(Helen Putriment (l) and Director of Athletics and Head Women's Volleyball Coach Sandy Augstein-Collins (r)
During her outstanding time as a Gator student-athlete, Helen Putriment, excelled. She capped her stellar career garnering the department's highest honor as she was named the 2014-2015 Sage Co-Female Athlete of the Year. Named the Gator of the Year in both women's volleyball and women's track and field, she defied the odds as a non-traditional student-athlete.
In volleyball, she distinguished herself throughout her career, becoming the program's first four-time Skyline Conference All-Star, while also wrapping the year with a selection to the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) New York Regional Honorable Mention Team.
Her list of accomplishments in volleyball is extensive. The Gator tri-captain was named the Most Valuable Player at the 2014 Skyline Conference Women's Volleyball Championship, after collecting her fourth straight Skyline Conference Women's Volleyball All-Star First Team pick. Among her numerous awards in 2014, she was chosen as both the Skyline Player of the Week and Eastern College Athletic Conference Corvais Division III Metro/Upstate Player of the Week twice. She opened the season garnering All-Tournament Team honors at the University of Rochester in early September as well as a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the Plattsburgh State Invitational. In late September, she was honored with a selection as the Tournament Most Valuable Player as she helped lead the Sage team to the championship at the Skidmore College Classic.
During her 2014 season, she led the team with her impressive 13 double-doubles. She tallied 310 kills with 371 digs and added 17 total blocks with 30 aces and a .908 reception percentage. Overall as a Gator, Putriment ranks No. 2 all-time in career kills (1,354), while standing No. 3 in career digs with 1,700. She is one of just three players in the history of Sage women's volleyball with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She finished her career ranked No. 2 in kills per game average (3.04), No. 5 in attack percentage (.244), No. 5 in digs per set average (3.81), and No. 13 in aces (119).
After winning the 2014 Skyline Conference Championship, Sage earned a spot in the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament and wrapped the campaign with a 25-7 record after a perfect campaign in the league for the second straight year.
In women's track and field, Putriment was hampered by an injury at the start of the season. She opened the season in mid-April at the Wesleyan Classic. She took second in the 100 meter hurdles in 17.47, while adding a second in the shot put (9.72 meters), and a third in the high jump (1.52 meters).
In April of 2015, she competed for the Gators at the Capital District Championship at RPI. In the high jump, she won the event with a school record performance of 1.59 meters. She won the event, marking the first victory by a Sage female track and field performer in the two-year history of the team. She was in a jump off and won with her ECAC Division III qualifying mark of 1.59 meters, another Sage program first. She added a ninth place finish in the javelin with her throw of 25.56 meters, while also taking 12th in the 100 meter hurdles (20.67).
The next week, she was a winner once again in the high jump at the Matthew Vassar Twighlight Meet. She won the event with a school-record performance, bettering her previous mark as she posted a performance of 1.62 meters, improving upon her ECAC qualifying leap. She became Sage's first two-time event winner for the young Gator program. She added a second place in the javelin with a throw of 30.51 meters and a second in the shot put (9.72 meters). She capped the regular-season competing at the UAlbany's Purple and Gold Last Chance Meet before making the trip to Springfield College to compete in the 2015 ECAC Division III Championships becoming the first Sage competitor at the event.
She was seeded seventh entering the championship with her qualifying effort of 1.62 meters, a Sage school record. She tallied a jump of 1.55 meters in the first round, but did not qualify for the finals and finished tied for 14th place with her efforts.
Since graduating from Russell Sage, she has enjoyed a highly successful career as a registered nurse, specializing in hemodialysis at Bassett Medical Center. Since arriving there in 2017, she has excelled and developed standardized operating procedures for the care of intravenous infusion patients. She has since obtained her RN II promotion and is working towards achieving her RN accreditation at Bassett Medical Center.
Together with her husband Ronnie Romeyn, she is the proud parent of two daughters, Bridgette and Fiona.
Kimberly Fredenburgh Costa (Grahamsville, NY)
Director of Athletics Sandy Augstein-Collins (l), Kimberly (Fredenburgh) Costa (m) and former RSC Softball Coach Mike Dinova (r)
In her time with the Russell Sage College softball team, Kim helped the program thrive over her four years as a pitcher. An ace for the Gators, she led the team to the 1991 and 1992 New York State Collegiate Athletic Association Championship Tournament. Along the way, she racked up nine wins as a member of the 1991 team and backed it up with 10 wins the next spring, both accomplishments still rank in the Top 15 in single-season records.
In 1992, she combined for a 1.81 ERA, which still ranks third among single-season performances. She helped the 1981 team rack up 18 wins on the season, at the time the most of any RSC intercollegiate program. Under the guidance of head coach Michael Dinova, the Gators posted a record of 18-6 in 1991 and finished in fifth place at the NYSWCAA, while Fredenburgh went 9-2 in the circle. A 12-game starter in 1992, she was 10-6 for the Gators as they combined for a 13-8 mark and finished in sixth place in the NYSWCAA. As a junior, she was 3-3 in 45 innings of work and closed her career with a 5-8 record as a senior in 1994 having made 14 starts in 15 outings with a 2.96 ERA.
Over the course of her career, she was honored as a Scholar-Athlete by the National Softball Coaches Association in 1993, while also being recognized during the National Women in Sports Celebration. After her time with the program, she most certainly left her mark as she is among the top in numerous categories. She boasts a 2.64 career ERA, which is second best, while her 27 career wins was tops during her time with the program, but now ranks third all-time. She amassed 38 career complete games (No. 4), while adding 95 strikeouts (No. 13) in 268 innings of work (No. 9) in 52 appearances (No. 7).
In the classroom, she excelled earning a selection to the Russell Sage Athenian Honor Society and graduated from RSC in 1994 Cum Laude. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Utica College in 2007 and has spent her career specializing in pediatric physical therapy for over 25 years. She holds her NDT and SIPT certifications and owns her own business specializing in pediatric therapy.
Active in her community, she has coached Little League, AYSO Soccer, Bear Club Basketball, as well as the Little League All-Star Team and has served on the board of directors for both AYSO Soccer and Little League. She has also donated her time to assisting with training and development with Early Intervention Programs for local daycare providers and the Head Start staff. In addition, she has also served as a member of the coaching staff for both the softball and soccer programs for over the last five years at the Tri-Valley Central School.
A standout performer in high school, she was the 1990 Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well as a WSL First-Team All-League performer as a senior. She pitched three no-hitters as a senior with 101 strikeouts to go with her 1.36 ERA.
Willie Wall (Johnstown, NY)
Director of Athletics, Sandy Augstein-Collins (l), Willie Wall (m), former JCA Men's Basketball Coach Bill Toomey (r)
A member of the men's basketball team at Junior College of Albany, Wall played for the squad from 1983-1985. He capped his time with the program having tallied 1,034 points and is one of just three players in the team's history to have eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau. He finished his time with the Sabres ranking third all-time in scoring.
As a newcomer, he racked up 502 points, good enough for a 16.7 point per game average. In his second season with the team, he was honored with a selection to the NJCAA Region III Second Team after scoring a team-best 532 points. He averaged 17.2 points per game and tallied a career-best 32 points in a single game along the way. He capped his time with JCA having also averaged 4.1 rebounds per game.
A quiet leader, he earned the respect from his teammates and coaches during his time on the hardwood. A two-year starter, and a team co-captain, he helped the team excel. During his career, the Sabres combined for a 43-19 record advancing to the finals of the NJCAA Region III East both seasons. The 1983-1984 team went 22-9 on the year and backed up their success with a 21-10 record the following year under the guidance of head coach Bill Toomey.
After finishing his time at JCA, Walls attended Fredonia State University, where he earned his degree. After graduation, he worked for the Pizza Hut Corporation, where he was employed for over 20 years, serving as a manager and a district manager. More recently, he now works for the Stewart's Corporation, where he is a district manager and is currently serving as a district food safety inspector.
He has also served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve for the past 36 years. He holds the rank of E-8 Master Sergeant. He and his unit were deployed to Kuwait in 2012 and the Middle East in 2019 where his unit oversaw logistic mission activities in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Jordan.
He is a proud parent of three adult children, Lavonia Wall, Christian Wall, and Logan Wall.
Sage Athletic Hall of Fame Guidelines
Selection Committee Makeup:
- Director of Athletics
- Athletic Communication Director
- Senior Management Team
- Alumnae/i Director
- Alumna/ae Representative
- Current Sage Student-Athlete (SAAC President)
- Institutional Advancement Representative
Nomination Criteria for Student-Athlete:
- TSC graduate
- Five years past graduation date
- Significant impact on sport
- Athlete in good standing during athletic career
- Citizen in good standing
- Sustained commitment to The Sage Colleges
Nomination Criteria for Coach/Administrator:
- Outstanding Coach for Five + years
- Coaching achievements officially recorded in Athletic Office
- Team must have been cited at conference/state/regional/national level
- In good standing during employment
- Citizen in good standing
2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction class
This year’s inductees included former women’s volleyball standout for Russell Sage College Allison (Archambault) Winter (Hudson Falls, NY), Russell Sage College women’s tennis performer Amy Masonson Reese (Monroe, NY), contributor Dr. Dora Metrelis, (Holland, MA), a 1954 Russell Sage College graduate as well as former Junior College of Albany men’s basketball coaching legends, Mike Long, Sr. (Slingerlands, NY) and Bill Toomey (Albany, NY).
With this year’s induction, the Hall of Fame which started in 1993, boasts 44 members.
Alison Archambault Winter (Hudson Falls, NY)
During her time with the Gator women’s volleyball team, Winter served as a team captain during her career as a junior and senior. She was a two-time NYSWCAA First Team All-State pick and also earned acclaim as a member of the AVCA New York Honorable Mention All-Region performer in 2003 as a senior. She was the first Sage women’s volleyball player to surpass the 1,000 career plateau, and finished with 1,173 career kills which was No. 1 during her playing days on the Gator career record book. She also held the team’s career digs mark with 1,708 digs and now stands No. 2 in the category, while also breaking the career ace record with 241 aces and total blocks (438), and is now No. 2 in the record book in both categories. She capped her outstanding career as the program’s statistical leader in almost every major category.
Her place in the record book still stands among the leaders in Gator history as she is No. 3 in career kills, No. 5 in career kills per set (2.72), No. 7 career kills percentage (.222), No. 2 in digs, No. 4 in digs per set (4.0), and No. 2 in blocks per set (1.03). She also left her mark in the single-season record book as well as she is No. 4 and No. 12 in single-season kills in both 2003 and 2002, respectively. She is also in the Top 15 in kills per game average in a season as well as kills percentage, digs, digs per set averages, aces and ace percentage, and total blocks, blocks per set.
Playing under former coach Lisa Greiner, she was named the Gator of the Year in 2003 and earned numerous awards during her career including the MVP of the 2003 RSC Classic, while having also excelled in the classroom earning Dean’s List acclaim in 2004. Tapped for numerous player of the week awards, she was a four-year starter. Active on campus, she also worked as an ambassador in the Admission’s Office, and was featured in television ads promoting the college. After her RSC graduation, she remained active with the volleyball team and served as a volunteer assistant coach.
Amy Masonson Reese (Monroe, NY)
Arguably one of the greatest performers to step onto the tennis court, Amy Masonson Reese (Monroe, NY) left her mark on the women’s tennis program. A letterwinner for the tennis team in 1993, 1994, and 1995 she was coached by Jack Boyajian and excelled during her time in a Sage uniform.
As a sophomore, she arrived on the Troy campus after attending the University at Buffalo where she held down the top spot in the singles’ lineup for the Division I program. At RSC, she helped to lead the team to an 8-3 overall record, while individually excelling in both singles and doubles. She went 9-1 overall with an 8-1 record at No. 2 singles. She also picked up a win at No. 1 singles that fall. She added a 6-1 mark on the doubles ladder as well playing with Denise Johnson and Sara Woeppel. Over the course of the season, she was involved with key team victories as the Gators topped SUNY-Plattsburgh, 7-2 as well as Wells, Clarkson University, Bard, Castleton, and Castleton as the team won six consecutive matches along the way.
As a junior on the 1994 team, she went 6-1 in singles during the 1994 season, adding a 5-3 mark in doubles competition. She helped the program win five consecutive matches that fall including wins over North Adams State, SUNY-Potsdam, Saint Rose, Clarkson, and Castleton. The team also picked up a fourth place finish early in the season while competing at the RPI Tournament to open September off in style. In doubles, she teamed with Sara Woeppel and they went 4-1 with one another at No. 1 doubles. She also partnered with Renee Lamoreaux, Allison Manzi, Patricia Schatz, and Kate Hollingworth in doubles and finished the year with a 5-4 record.
As a senior in 1995, she helped the Gators to a 6-4 team record and also served as the team’s captain. She led the team in wins as she shined individually with a 7-2 record in singles action. In doubles play, she went 2-5 on the year with her partners Allison Manel and Woeppel. The Gators once again had some impressive wins that fall as they beat Utica, Potsdam, Clarkson, and Castleton, and had two shutouts victories beating both North Adams State and Wells, 9-0.
During her career, she strung together a 22-4 career record in singles action having played mostly at the No. 1 spot with a few matches at the No. 2 spot in singles matches. In doubles, she was 13-9 having also played in the No. 1 or No. 2 doubles position for the Gators.
A 1996 graduate of Russell Sage College, she has gone on to a distinguished career as a physical therapist.
Bill Toomey (Albany, NY)
For eight seasons, Bill Toomey led the Sabre men’s basketball program at the Junior College of Albany. In addition to his role as the head men’s basketball coach at JCA, Toomey was also the program’s director of athletics from 1982 until the mid 1990’s. He was an assistant coach at JCA from 1980-82 before assuming his role as the head coach in the summer of 1982. His tenure as the Sabres’ head coach spanned from 1982 until 1990 and he finished his career with an impressive .634 career win percentage. Three times during his tenure, the program had 20 plus wins as the 1982-1983 team went 23-4 and the following year, the Sabres were 22-9.
He produced a career record with JCA of 142-82 and had a school-record 17-game win streak along the way as his 1982-83 team excelled on the hardwood.
Presented with the Sage Colleges’ 75th Anniversary Commemorative medal in 1991, Toomey has coached two Sage Athletic Hall of Fame players in James Taylor and John Wagner. Taylor was third all-time in rebounding and eighth in career scoring during his time at JCA, while Wagner set the mark for most career assists with 366 under Toomey. Willie Wall scored 1,000 points during his time with Toomey and during his time on the hardwood was the first JCA performer to eclipse 1,000 points finishing with 1,034. Several of Toomey’s former players hold single-game records as well as ranking in the Top 10 in scoring all-time as Matt McClure, Taylor, and Ralph Simeone all played for him and round out the Sabres’ all-time career scoring list. McClure finished seventh in career scoring and went on to serve as a team captain for the University at Albany men’s team in 1988-1989. Another player that earned acclaim under Toomey was Steve Novotny, a NJCAA Academic All-American.
During his time on the sidelines, Toomey has garnered considerable acclaim as well as having led five teams to the NJCAA Region III Eastern finals.
A 1977 graduate of Siena College, Toomey also earned his juris doctorate degree from the Albany Law School in 1993. He played his high school basketball at CBA and was also a member of the Siena Saints’ team from 1973-1976.
Active in the community and in athletics, Toomey is a member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) having joined the organization in 1990. Since 1998, he is a member of the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA). In 2010, he was honored by the IAABO as the recipient of the prestigious Jack Cahill Award. He has spent countless hours serving as the head coach of the Adirondack Regional Men’s Open Basketball program with the New York State Empire State Games from 1987-1989. He is also still active on the sidelines serving as an assistant basketball coach at the Christian Brothers Academy in Albany, his alma mater, while additionally providing guidance as an attorney for the institution.
Retiring in 2015 from his career as the Chief Counsel to the New York State Legislative Bill Drafting Commission, Toomey is the second of nine children of Bill and Joanne Toomey.
Mike Long, Sr. (Slingerlands, NY)
The venerable mentor Mike Long, Sr. has been a staple in the coaching ranks for the past 50 years and is a member of three different Halls of Fame, adding the latest to his distinguished resume as he now joins his fourth hall of fame with his induction this year into Sage’s Athletic Department Hall of Fame.
Mike Long spent 13 years on the sidelines as the head men’s basketball coach at Junior College of Albany from 1990-2003 and took over the reins from Bill Toomey in 1990 after spending the previous four seasons as his assistant.
During his time at JCA, Long directed the Sabres to an impressive record of 222-142, for a .609 win percentage. The 2001-2002 season was the most successful season the Sabres ever had. The team went 27-4, losing all four games by no more than seven points, again advancing to the NJCAA Division II Region III tournament. The team was nationally ranked the whole season, reaching No. 8 at its highest point. The 27 victories is the record for most wins in a season in the program’s history and Long was rewarded for his success as he earned NJCAA Region III Division II Coach of the Year status for his efforts.
In his last season at the helm of JCA’s program, Long led the team to a 19-9 finish in 2002-2003 and helped the program advance to the semi-finals of the NJCAA Division II Region III tournament.
Among the many great JCA players Mike Long coached are Sage Athletic Hall of Fame honorees, Chad Thomas, Rafael Salazar, Dwayne Barnes, and Greg Plummer. Long’s players hold program marks as well as both Thomas and Plummer are the only 1,000 point scorers in JCA history, while former Sabre Dan McGraw holds the mark for most career three pointers and Rob Villanueva holds the record for most rebounds at JCA.
Long came to JCA from The College of Saint Rose after serving as the head coach for the Golden Knights from 1973-1986. He later returned to Saint Rose and spent many years as an assistant for the men’s basketball program. He is affectionately nicknamed "The Father of Saint Rose Basketball" and on November 15, 2008, the court at Saint Rose College was named in his honor.
Long received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Siena in 1968. While at Siena, he played three years of basketball for the varsity squad, and was named team captain his senior year. During the course of his early coaching stints, Long was an assistant coach and player for the Ft. Sheridan Post team, while fulfilling his military duties until 1971. Upon completion, he became the JV coach at his alma mater, Siena College, for a season.
He was instrumental in bringing men’s basketball to the athletics program at Saint Rose, as he took the reins for the Golden Knights inaugural varsity season in 1973. Long completed his 13 seasons with a 164-156 record, and was inducted into Saint Rose Athletics Hall of Fame in April, 1992. Long was subsequently inducted into the Bishop Maginn High School Hall of Fame in 2006 and New York’s Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame as well in 2010.
Among the many accomplishments during his tenure as a basketball coach in the Capital District, Long has led nine teams to regular-season conference titles, four conference tournament crowns, a pair of NAC Coach of the Year citations (1979 and 1980), as well as a the Paul F. Bishop Coach of the Year (2016) and the Sam Perkins Sportsmanship Award in 2013.
On August 12, 2013, Long was named as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. On December 8, 2013, the Vikings beat Corning Community College giving Long his 400th career victory as a collegiate head coach. Since his arrival at HVCC, Long has led the team to several titles and accomplishment and was honored in 2016 as the Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year as well as the NJCAA Region 3 Coach of the Year. To date, Long boasts a career coaching record of 496-378, while owning a mark of 320-213 in the NJCAA.
Dr. Dora Metrelis (Holland, MA)
Joining the Athletic Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to the Department of Athletics is 1954 Russell Sage College graduate, Dr. Dora Metrelis. Since graduating from RSC, Metrelis has had a long career of service and giving.
Dr. Dora Metrelis served as the Southern Connecticut State University Owls’ head field hockey coach from 1961-76 and was a professor at the university from 1961-88. During her time on the sidelines, she guided the Owls to their most successful era in program history and closed her career with a record of 81-31-30. Her teams posted three consecutive undefeated campaigns from 1963-65, with the 1965 team not meriting a goal throughout the entire season. She led the SCSU field hockey team to a sixth place finish in the prestigious Associate for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Tournament in 1976.
She also coached the softball team at SCSU for 10 seasons. Metrelis was also a faculty member at SCSU and was a decorated official and instructor. During her career, she also coached softball, basketball and badminton. She has been recognized by numerous organizations for her contributions to athletics including: Connecticut AHPERD Certification of Appreciation and Professional Honor Awards, recognition from the Connecticut Field Hockey Coaches Association, honorary membership in the EAPECW and induction into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for her work as an official.
In 2018, SCSU honored Dr. Metrelis by inducting her into their Athletic Hall of Fame for the tremendous contributions to athletics at the university.
Active in the community, Metrelis served many roles in her hometown of Holland, Massachusetts. She served on the Board of Health from 1990-1994 as well as a member of the town’s Fire Department from 1989-2003. She retired at the rank of lieutenant after almost 15 years of service to her hometown. She also spent time as the Town Moderator holding that role from 1990 to 2003 as well.
She has also been very generous to her alma mater having endowed a scholarship at RSC for academically successful junior and senior Russell Sage College students. She was also very instrumental with a gift to aid in the return of the sport of field hockey at The Sage Colleges as the Gators launched the program once again in the Fall of 2018.
2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class
The Sage Colleges’ Department of Athletics inducted Judith Davidson Vogt (Princeton, NJ) of Russell Sage College, Sage College of Albany men’s volleyball player Kyle Ray (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads), and Junior College of Albany men’s basketball player, Greg Plummer (Brooklyn, NY/Transit Tech) in 2018 as well as the 2013 Sage Men’s Volleyball Team as the second team selected for induction as a Team of Distinction.
A 1965 graduate of Russell Sage College, Judith Davidson Vogt has distinguished herself throughout her career and has made an impact on countless numbers of people with love and expertise in the sport of tennis. A former teacher at Trenton State College and Rutgers University, she also coached softball, basketball, field hockey, volleyball and track and field. A member of the Mercer County (NJ) Hall of Fame, she also earned her Masters’ Degree in Guidance and Counselling from Millersville University and a Masters’ Degree in Health and Physical Education from TSC. While at Trenton State, she coached the track and field program and led the women’s basketball to a state championship title.
She also worked in the Department of Human Kinetics at Rutgers College, before it became Douglass College in the early 1970’s. While at Douglass, she also served as Athletic Director and created and coached the sports of volleyball and basketball. In addition to her success with those teams, she also served as the head coach for the college’s softball team and led them to an undefeated season and was the program’s winningest coach as well at Rutgers.
A certified tennis professional, she holds certification from the USPTA and the PTR and is the co-owner of the prestigious Princeton Racquet Club. A coordinator of the Middle States Tennis Association, she has won numerous tennis championships, but has not limited her success to just the courts. She is an accomplished golfer and a former semi-pro softball player. A past president of the New Jersey Tennis Association, she is also active in her community having served on the boards of directors for the Princeton Republicans, the United Way, and the Middle State Tennis Association.
A licensed real estate agent, she is also a member of the Cherry Valley Country Club, and the proud parent of two children and a grandmother to four grandchildren.
Greg Plummer (now of San Diego, CA) excelled on the hardwood for Junior College of Albany from 2001-2003. In just two seasons, he helped to rewrite the program’s record book. He led the 2003 team to the Sabre Classic Championship with a victory over Champlain College 84-81 and earned MVP honors for his play.
Voted the Most Improved Player in 2002-2003, he finished his time as a Sabre No. 2 all-time in scoring with 1,042 points, No. 2 in rebounding with 523 boards, while also adding 75 three-pointers and laying claim to numerous other marks. He holds the single-game rebounding record with 26 boards against Jamestown (11/9/02), while also standing 8th in single-game rebounding with 18 in a match-up with JCC-Cattaraugus (11/23/02).
In his second season at JCA he added 629 points and had a 21.7 ppg per game average. He ranks second in a season in scoring, while his points per game average is fourth. He also set the single-season rebounding mark with 315 rebounds in 2002-2003. His 61 blocks in a season stands third best, while his career three-pointers is sixth highest among JCA players.
After JCA, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Eckerd College in May of 2005 and continued his athletic endeavors as well. He would continue his basketball career for the next decade playing in various international Professional Basketball Leagues and was also drafted into the NBA Development League 2007. In 2011, Plummer was awarded the NYC NIKE Player of the Year and selected to play with NYC Team NIKE in 2012 to compete in Paris, London, and the World Basketball Festival in Washington, D.C.
Plummer has also given back to the game of basketball and coached internationally, as well as working to educate athletes at numerous youth camps and clinics. From 2011-2015, he was a lead organizer for the Big and Little Skills Academy (BLSA) at Grand Street Campus in Brooklyn, NY. BLSA is an organization designed to educate inner city youth about the importance of physical fitness, nutrition and excellence in the classroom. That involvement with numerous students of the game, helped him to pursue a career in education.
As a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Personal Trainer at Equinox Tribeca, Plummer worked with and educated athletes on all levels from beginner to professional in addition to working as an independent Skills and Development Coach. Officially retiring from the basketball game in 2014, he recently relocated to San Diego, CA with his wife Ashley and son, Gregory III.
Kyle Ray joined The Sage Colleges in 2009 to become a member of the very first Sage Men’s Volleyball team and graduated from SCA in 2013 with a degree in Computer Science. He was a four-time captain and the team's first four-time letterwinner. He now works for the Ad Platforms Product Design team at Oath, Inc. and resides in New York City.
As a senior during the 2013 season, Ray had 1,304 setting assists on his way to establishing the program's career record at 2,910 setting assists. Ray also held the career service aces mark (98), the record for most sets played (397) and most career matches played (115) during his time as a Gator. Over his career, he ranked No. 5 in career points (513.5) and No. 3 in total blocks (105).
Ray had many accomplishments over his collegiate career both as an academic and as an athletic.
Due to his efforts in the classroom, Ray received multiple Dean’s List honorable mentions and collected four selections to both Sage’s Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and the Skyline Conference Scholar-Athlete Team. He was also inducted into Sage’s Athletic Honor Society and was a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-District At-Large First Team in 2013.
For his success on the volleyball court, Ray was honored as Gator of the Year his first year at Sage; as a sophomore, he was honored as the Male Athlete of the Year at the annual athletic award banquet; and as a senior, he was featured by the NCAA Champion Magazine in an article written by Brian Burnsed, earned Skyline Conference and ECAC Division III Men’s North All-Star First Team honors and once again was named the Gator of the Year.
Since graduating from The Sage Colleges, Ray has continued to be active in his community and to give back. Dedicating his time to organizations such as Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless in Albany, NY and, most recently, the Edie Windsor SAGE Center in New York City, he strives to make a better community space for people of the LGBTQ+ community. He recently traveled to Paris, France to participate in the 2018 Gay Games as a volleyball player in order to help promote equality for queer players in sport.
Ray was a tri-captain - alongside Dylan Krowicki and Spencer Hilland - of the 2013 Sage Men’s Volleyball Team that achieved unparalleled success under the guidance of Head Coach Sandy Augstein-Collins, which posted a school record 30-win season. The team went 30-7 on the year with a pair of championship tournament appearances, advancing to the Skyline Conference Championship match for the first time in school history. Falling to Kean in the finals, the Sage Men’s Volleyball team took home the Skyline Conference Runner-up trophy but their successes throughout the season parlayed into a berth to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament - a tournament which the Gators would host on their home court. In the tournament to end their successful season, Sage posted two 3-1 victories over Daniel Webster College in the semifinals and Wentworth Institute of Technology in the finals to win the ECAC North Division III Championship.
Among the many honors earned by Sage on the record-setting season, Augstein-Collins was named the Skyline Conference Coach of the Year; rookie Andy Fishman was saluted as the league’s Rookie of the Year and earned Second Team honors with his teammates Hilland and Krowicki; Ray was named to the First Team at setter; and the ECAC Tournament MVP honors went to Hilland. Fishman capped the year as the NCAA’s ace leader having averaged 0.83 aces per set, racking up 96 aces on the season; and senior Ryan Kramer was honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team pick, the ECAC Robbins Scholar-Athlete of the Year and as the Valedictorian for The Sage Colleges class of 2013 at the SCA graduation.
Additional support for the Gators on their championship season came from juniors Robert Ainsworth, Cory Gransbury, Zachary Kuhn, Justin Pruiksma, Connor Thompson and sophomore Matthew DeGeyter.
Class of 2017 Honored
The Class of 2017 included former Russell Sage College women’s volleyball player, Kaitlin Olmstead (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads), and former Russell Sage College women’s soccer player Rebecca Marszalek (Adams, MA/Hoosac Valley). In addition to inducting these two former outstanding student-athletes, Sage will also be adding a new element with the addition of a “Team of Distinction.” The inaugural team of distinction is the 2007 Russell Sage College Women’s Volleyball Team.
As a senior setter on the 2005-2008 Sage women’s volleyball teams, Olmstead excelled both on the court and in the classroom. As a senior, she was recognized by the NCAA as she was named the Skyline Conference Woman of the Year nominee for the 2009 NCAA Women of the Year. She was one of 132 women that vied for recognition as the NCAA Woman of the Year.
In 2008, Olmstead became the first Russell Sage women’s volleyball player to be named Skyline Conference Player of the Year. She led Sage to a 24-12 mark as well as an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Division III Tournament. Over the course of her senior season, the Gators posted a 9-0 Skyline Conference record, while earning the program's second straight Skyline Conference title as well as a second straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
Over the course of her outstanding career, she was part of two Skyline Conference Championship Teams as both the 2007 and 2008 teams won the league title and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Nearly one decade after her graduation, her performances still rank among the all-time leader board at Sage. She holds the all-time record for most career aces at 280, most career setting assists (4,479). And best setting assist per set average (9.07). She also added 1,208 career digs, which during her time in a Gator uniform stood third best.
An education major at Sage, Olmstead was also named to the 2008 Skyline Conference Fall Scholar-Athlete Team for her outstanding efforts in the classroom and graduated from RSC in 2009.
Former women’s soccer all-star, Rebecca Marszalek joins the hall of fame after starring on the soccer pitch. She also participated for two seasons as a member of the Sage women’s basketball team. As a senior on the women’s soccer team, she was chosen as the 2011 Gator of the Year Award as the team Most Valuable Player. Marszalek was named to the Skyline Conference All-Star First Team three times (2009, 2010, 2011).
As a senior in 2011, she was named the Skyline Conference and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Player of Week to close out the month of October. She finished the 2011 season as the Gators’ leading scorer with nine goals and two assists for 20 points with three game-winning goals on the season. She career resume includes numerous records that still stand today. She is Sage’s all-time career point leader (115) and goal scorer (52). She tallied 52 career goals with 11 assists for 115 points. In addition, she also contributed 16 career game-winning goals. She is a 2012 RSC graduate and currently resides in Burnt Hills, NY.
Under the guidance of Head Coach Lisa Gallagher, the 2007 Women’s Volleyball Team became the first RSC and TSC athletic team to garner a Skyline Conference Championship and the first team to earn an NCAA Division III appearance. Her assistant coaches were Kerri Culpepper and Elizabeth Merrill. The 2007 Gators went unbeaten in the Skyline Conference with a perfect 11-0 mark and did not lose a set in the conference tournament, besting Mt. St. Mary College and Farmingdale State College, 3-0 in the tournament.
The 2007 roster was led the player of seniors Catelyn Samoranski, Shannon Young, and Jessica Nelson. Olmstead was the lone junior on the team, while Kellie Jones and Krista Provost were sophomores and Nicole Corbett and Cheryce Harvey were the two newcomers on the record-setting squad.
Sage inducts 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
The Sage Colleges’ Department of Athletics proudly inducted former Junior College of Albany men’s basketball standout, John Wagner (Ridgefield, CT), a 1985 JCA graduate, Russell Sage College women’s soccer star Schuyler Kokernak (Watervliet, NY), a 2008 RSC graduate and former Russell Sage College women’s volleyball all-star, Shannon Young (Utica, NY/T.R Proctor), a 2008 RSC graduate.
They were inducted on December 3, 2016 and were honored earlier in the day with a ceremony at halftime of Sage's men's basketball game.
2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
The Sage Colleges’ Department of Athletics proudly inducted three new members to the Athletic Hall of Fame on December 5, 2015. The newest class includes former Junior College of Albany men’s basketball standout, Sam Greco, Jr. (East Greenbush, NY), a 1964 JCA graduate, Russell Sage College women’s basketball star Karen (Harris) Ratigan (Latham, NY), a 1995 RSC graduate and former Junior College of Albany men’s basketball team MVP, Dwayne Barnes (Sturbridge, MA), a JCA class of 1999 graduate.
Sage started the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and has previously inducted 28 individuals, including 24 former student-athletes.
RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME MEMBERS
|Year of Induction||Name||Year of Graduation||Sport|
|Winter, 1993||Marion Stallwood||Director of Athletics|
|Winter, 1993||Linda Hatheway Farkas||1984||Swimming & Lacrosse|
|Winter, 1993||Therese Costello Shook||1975||Softball|
|Winter, 1993||Kim Trahan||1980||Softball, Field Hockey, Coach, & Athletic Trainer|
|Fall, 1993||Susan Button Kardash||1980||Volleyball & Lacrosse|
|Fall, 1993||Ann Schroeder Swearingen||1979||Volleyball|
|Fall, 1993||Rosann Case||1978||Softball|
|Fall, 1993||Susan Elizabeth Getchell||1987||Tennis|
|1996||Mary Ellen Clancy||Coach & Athletic Trainer|
|1997||Mary Leary||1983||Basketball & Softball|
|1998||Catherine Tenero Hart||1982||Tennis & Basketball|
|1999||Wendy Kuhn||1992||Basketball, Softball & Soccer|
|2000||Kelley Richer Gagnier||1991||Soccer|
|2001||Elizabeth M. Pearl||1991||Basketball|
|2002||Agnes Stillman||Faculty, Coach, Supporter, & Fan|
|2003||Paula Weeden Day||1998||Softball|
|2006||Mike Dinova||Softball Coach|
|Sandy Augstein-Collins||1986||Volleyball Player & Coach|
Elizabeth Lawrence Russillo