Four Inducted Into Athletics Hall Of Fame On Saturday
2011 Hall of Fame Plaques
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University added four members to its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday afternoon, as Chris Blocher ’99, Jen Bovee ’99, Patricia Boyle-Rassel ’93 and Peter Van Paassen ’01 were honored for their achievements in the Brown and White.
Blocher, an Olean native, capped a stellar golf career with a runner-up finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship his senior season, earning All-Conference honors. A four-year mainstay in the lineup, Blocher led the Bonnies in scoring average both his junior (76.1) and senior (75.6) seasons and was a two-year team captain.
“I’d like to thank everyone from the Hall of Fame Selection Committee; it’s a privilege to join the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame,” Blocher said. “Today is also about the contributions and dedication of former SBU golfers, and I’d especially like to thank Leo Keenan, Steve Campbell and my former teammates.”
He has also excelled in amateur competition, making the round of 16 at the New York State Amateur three times and winning the Southwestern New York-Northwestern Pennsylvania Men’s Amateur in 1997, 1999, 2007 and 2010. Blocher, who will be getting married in three weeks, is currently a physical education teacher and the girls basketball coach at nearby Hinsdale Central High School.
Bovee’s name is littered throughout the Bonnies’ softball record books, and on Saturday became the first Division I softball player inducted into the Hall of Fame. She graduated as the program’s all-time leader in hits (178) and runs scored (106), ranks second in career RBI (93) and third in batting average (.366). As a senior in 1999, Bovee assembled one of the greatest seasons in school history, as she set new marks for hits (60), runs scored (41) and slugging percentage (.731), while ranking second in single-season batting average (.414), RBI (35) and walks (42).
“They tell you not to put all your eggs in one basket, but that’s what I did in deciding to come to St. Bonaventure,” Bovee said. “I had my mind made up since the 9th grade that I was going to play softball at St. Bonaventure, and I made it to St. Bonaventure where I grew as an athlete and a person.”
After graduation, she served as an assistant softball and strength & conditioning coach and was named an All-American Strength & Conditioning Student Athlete. A native of Hornell, N.Y., Bovee is currently a Pennsylvania state trooper.
Boyle-Rassel is the second women’s soccer inductee into the Hall. The Bloomfield, Mich. native graduated as the program’s all-time leader in points (97) and assists (35). A team captain and MVP from 1997-99, Boyle-Rassel led the Bonnies in both goals and assists for four straight years.
“Because of St. Bonaventure, I learned how to grow both on the soccer field and in the classroom,” Rassel said during her induction speech, “and for this I am forever grateful.”
In 1990, Rassel notched 11 assists – tied for the highest single-season total in school history – and 11 goals for 33 points, a mark that ranks fifth in school annals. She is married with three children and teaches full-time at Academy of the Sacred Heart in her hometown.
Van Paassen, a 6-foot-11 forward from the Netherlands, was a fan favorite for his work ethic and outgoing nature. He helped the men’s basketball team to three postseason berths over his four seasons in the Brown and White – NITs in 1998 and 2001 and the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Even after a senior year which ended prematurely due to an injury, Van Paassen ranks 39th on the Bonnies’ career scoring list with 978 points, and finished his career with .500 field goal percentage.
“(Throughout my basketball career), there aren’t many people who use the word ‘special’ to describe the college they went to, but I do,” Van Paassen said. “It’s sometimes hard to define what exactly is special about it … but I love this place and it truly is a special place.”
He also made the Dean’s List eight consecutive semesters and earned a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Van Paassen has enjoyed a long and productive professional basketball career in Europe and has played on the Dutch National Team.