Quick Facts from the St. Bonaventure University Hall of Fame

 


The first female to be inducted into the St. Bonaventure University Hall of Fame was Kathleen M. Lynch in 1991. This was 22 years after the first male athlete was inducted in 1969.



There are 29 Hall of Fame inductees who were once SBU athletes and then went on to have coaching careers either at St. Bonaventure or elsewhere. Those inductees include:

Hugh Jennings, inducted in 1969 for baseball

Frank LoVuolo, inducted in 1969 for football

Charles Major, inducted in 1969 for track and field

John McGraw, inducted in 1969 for baseball

John "Jack" Butler, inducted in 1970 for football

Edward Donovan, inducted in 1970 for basketball

Ted Marachibroda, inducted in 1970 for football

Norman Utecht, inducted in 1971 for football, basketball and baseball

Lawrence Weise, inducted in 1971 for basketball

Fr. Silas Rooney, inducted in 1974 for football and baseball

Ed Don George, inducted in 1975 for wrestling

Bob Lanier, inducted in 1975 for basketball

George V. (Gige) Kenneally, inducted in 1976 for football

Rev. John Bell, inducted in 1977 for cross country

Dr. Lewis Gregory, inducted in 1977 for cross country

Paul Owens, inducted in 1977 for baseball 

James "Bucky" Freeman, inducted in 1978 for baseball and football

Thomas "Okie" O'Connor, inducted in 1978 for baseball and football

Bernie Popson, inducted in 1982 for football

Walter Carew, inducted in 1987 for football, basketball and baseball

James J. Satalin, inducted in 1987 for basketball 

Essie Hollis, inducted in 1988 for basketball

William Kalbaugh, inducted in 1989 for basketball

Robert Sassone, inducted in 1990 for basketball

Mike Bennett, inducted in 2006 for baseball

David Vanterpool, inducted in 2006 for basketball

Jim Baron, inducted in 2009 for basketball

Mary Jane Telford, inducted in 2012 for women's basketball

Hilary Waltman, inducted in 2012 for women's basketball

 



The only father-son pair in the Hall of Fame is father John J. McNamee, Jr. who founded the swimming program and coached the team and his son Kevin McNamee who coached the swim team later on. John was inducted in 1988, and Kevin was inducted in 2002.



Seven athletes in the Hall of Fame either made it to the Olympics or the Olympic Trials. Those athletes are:
 

Ed Don George, inducted in 1975 for wrestling, appeared in the 1928 Olympics

Rev. John D. Bell, inducted in 1977 for cross country, appeared in the 1924 Olympics and made it to the 1928 Olympic Trials

Dr. Lewis P. Gregory, inducted in 1977 for cross country, appeared in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics

Ken Fairfield, inducted in 1982 for basketball, made it to the 1960 Olympic Trials

Chris Malott, inducted in 2000 for swimming, made it to the 1988 Olympic Trials

Garvin Ferguson, inducted in 2005 for swimming, appeared in the 1988 Olympics

Barry Mungar, inducted in 2005 for basketball, appeared in the 1988 Olympics

 


The largest amount of athletes to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in one year was 14 athletes in 1969. The least amount was one athlete in 1980.



Seven jerseys have been retired by Hall of Fame inductees. They include:
 

William "Butts" Butler, inducted in 1969 for basketball, wore jersey #14

Ronald "Whitey" Martin, inducted in 1969 for basketball, wore jersey #34

Kenneth S. Murray, Jr., inducted in 1969 for basketball, wore jersey #13

Samuel E. Stith, inducted in 1969 for basketball, wore jersey #22

Thomas A. Stith, inducted in 1969 for basketball, wore jersey #42

Russell Frederick Crawford, inducted in 1970 for basketball, wore jersey #54

Bob Lanier, inducted in 1975 for basketball, wore jersey #31

 


Brothers Samuel E. Stith and Thomas A. Stith were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969, both played basketball and both had their jerseys retired.



There have been 28 athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame who were captains or co-captains of their team. Those inductees are:
 

William "Butts" Butler, inducted in 1969, captain of the basketball team

Philip J. Colella, inducted in 1969, co-captain of the football team

Frank LoVuolo, inducted in 1969, co-captain of the football team

Ronald "Whitey" Martin, inducted in 1969, co-captain of the basketball team

Mitchell P. Smiarowski, inducted in 1969, co-captain of the football team

Samuel E. Stith, inducted in 1969, captain of the basketball team

Thomas A. Stith, inducted in 1969, co-captain of the basketball team

Sam Urzetta, inducted in 1969, co-captain of the basketball team

Russell Frederick Crawford, inducted in 1970, captain of the basketball team

Francis "Weenie" Flynn, inducted in 1970, captain of the football team

Lawrence Weise, inducted in 1971, co-captain of the basketball team

Dominic J. Denio, inducted in 1973, captain of the football team

Harold "Zeke" Martineau, inducted in 1973, captain of the basketball and football teams

Brendan McCann, inducted in 1975, captain of the basketball team

Bob Lanier, inducted in 1975, co-captain for the NCAA Final Four basketball team

James Cyril (Cy) Kritzer, inducted in 1976, captain of the baseball team

Ken Fairfield, inducted in 1982, co-captain of the basketball team

Bernie Popson, inducted in 1982, co-captain of the football team

James J. Satalin, inducted in 1987, captain of the football team

Essie Hollis, inducted in 1988 for basketball, co-captian of the 1977 NIT championship team

William Kalbaugh, inducted in 1989, co-captain of the NCAA Final Four basketball team

Kathleen M. Lynch, inducted in 1991, captain of the softball team

Greg Gary, inducted in 1995, captain of the 1971 NIT basketball team

Mark Jones, inducted in 1995, captain of the 1983 NIT basketball team

John Connors, inducted in 1998, co-captain of the basketball team

Bob Rozyczko, inducted in 2002, captain of the basketball team

Sue Shay, inducted in 2002, co-captain of the basketball team

Jim Baron, inducted in 2009, co-captain of the basketball team

Chris Blocher, inducted in 2011, captain of the golf team

James Duffy Hickey, inducted in 2014, captain of the swimming team

Kyle Johnson, inducted in 2014, co-captain of the baseball team

Nikki Renninger, inducted in 2014, captain of the volleyball team 

 


The longest stretch between Hall of Fame inductees was five years between 1982 and 1987.




Twenty-Two of the Hall of Fame inductees have gone on to professional sports careers after playing as Bonnies. These inductees are:

 

Hugh Jennings, inducted in 1969, played baseball for the Baltimore Orioles

Frank LoVuolo, inducted in 1969, played football for the New York Giants

Ronald "Whitey" Martin, inducted in 1969, played basketball for the New York Knicks 

John McGraw, inducted in 1969, played baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals and New York Giants

Kenneth S. Murray, Jr., inducted in 1969, played basketball for the Chicago Stags

Sam Stith, inducted in 1969, played basketball for the New York Knicks

Tom Stith, inducted in 1969, playes basketball for the New York Knicks

John Butler, inducted in 1970, played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Russell Frederick Crawford, inducted in 1970, played basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks

Ted Marchibroda, inducted in 1970, played football for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals

William "Clete" Kenville, inducted in 1971, played basketball for the Syracuse Nationals and the Fort Wayne/Detroit Pistons

John Gildea, inducted in 1972, played football for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Giants

George Carter, inducted in 1974, played basketball for the Virginia Squires (ABA) and the New York Nets

Bob Lanier, inducted in 1975, played basketball for the Detroit Pistons and the Milwaukee Bucks

Brendan McCann, inducted in 1975, played basketball for the New York Knicks

George V. (Gige) Kenneally, inducted in 1976, played football for the Potsville Maroons, the Boston Braves, the Chicago Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles

Essie Hollis, inducted in 1988, played basketball for the New Orleans Jazz and the Detroit Pistons, and overseas in Spain and Italy

Matt Gantt, inducted in 1990, played basketball overseas

Glenn Hagan, inducted in 1992, played basketball for the Detroit Pistons

Mark Jones, inducted in 1995, played basketball for the New Jersey Nets

David Vanterpool, inducted in 2006, played basketball in the NBA for the Washington Wizards, the Detroit Pistons and the New Jersey Nets, and overseas in China, Italy and Russia; also a pro scout with the Oklahoma City Thunder and assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers

Peter Van Passen, inducted in 2011, played basketball for the BC Telent Oostende(Belgium), Melilla Baloncesto (Spain), Den Helder Kings (Netherlands), ABC Amsterdam (Netherlands), Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Netherlands) and Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Belgium)

 


Four inductees in the Hall of Fame either started off as SBU athletes or coaches and then became SBU professors or were SBU professors while coaching a team. Those inductees include:

Carroll "Mike" Reilly, inducted in 1969 as a basketball and football coach, was also an SBU math instructor

Fred D. Handler, inducted in 1992 as a baseball and basketball coach, was also chair of the physical education department

Dr. Pat Panzarella, inducted in 2003 as a tennis coach, was also a professor of English for 37 years

Enrique Barrera, inducted in 2008 as a soccer player and coach, also a professor of modern languages for 42 years


All athletics teams are represented in the St. Bonaventure University Hall of Fame except for lacrosse.

 

 Dr. Lewis P. Gregory recorded two different world records. One was at the age of 76, where he broke the record of a marathon by a hour and eight minutes. The other one occured at age 75.