Wesley Inducts Hall of Fame ClassJun 17th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Sports
Wesley College welcomed 16 new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame over Homecoming Weekend this past fall. Inductees were honored at a ceremony held at the Schwartz Center on Friday, October 15 and were announced during the halftime show at Saturday’s football game at Scott D. Miller Stadium.
The Athletic Hall of Fame tradition at Wesley was initiated by the College’s Alumni Association in 1983. It is designed to pay tribute to individuals with outstanding achievements in the field of intercollegiate athletics who also have helped bring distinction and excellence to Wesley College. The process involves a committee of athletic administrators, coaches and alumni and is now administered by Wesley’s Intercollegiate Athletic Department.
The 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame induction class included the following alumni, listed alphabetically.
Nate Casella ’99 was a standout on the gridiron for Wesley. He was an American Football Coaches Association All-American and a two-time Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star. A participant in the Aztec Bowl after his senior year, he still ranks in the school’s top 10 in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. He was twice honored as the Wesley College Male Athlete of the Year and won the Joseph Murray Award as the team MVP. The versatile Casella was a team captain as a senior and played both offense and defense his junior and senior seasons.
Chasity Cole ’04 was a member of the field hockey and softball teams at Wesley. The two-time All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) pick helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament on the field hockey field and aided Wesley to PAC titles in both sports. Cole still rates as the Wolverines’ all-time leading goal scorer in field hockey and remains in the record books for career points, ranking second, and for career assists, ranking sixth.
Petie Davis ’04 was an All-American football player at Wesley in 1994. Division III’s 10th all-time leading rusher, he holds the Wolverines’ career record by nearly 600 yards. He also holds Wesley’s single game rushing record and career scoring record, while ranking second in career rushing touchdowns. Davis also was named an ECAC All-Star twice and was the National Player of the Week on three occasions.
Marshall Downes ’95 was Wesley’s first All-Region honoree in men’s soccer. After leading the team in scoring as a junior, he moved to defense to help bolster the Wolverines’ back line. A team captain his senior year, Downes helped lead Wesley to the ECAC Tournament, where he was named to the All-Tournament team. Beyond Wesley, he continued playing for a year with the South Jersey Barons, formerly of the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues (USISL) division III professional league.
David Harris ’03 helped lead Wesley to its first conference championship on the baseball diamond at the Division III level. He was twice named as an All-PAC selection and set season records in doubles as well as batting average. Among all-time leaders in Wesley baseball, Harris rates second in games played and seventh in career hits. He also holds a spot in the team’s top 10 in runs batted in.
Cliff Hatch ’99 led the Wolverines to a pair of ECAC Bowl Championships on the football field. He was an ECAC All-Star and a National Player of the Week recipient who ranks among Wesley’s all-time leaders in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles. After his playing career, Hatch became an assistant coach for the Wolverines.
Joe Krajewski ’94 was a two-sport standout at Wesley, leading the football team to a pair of ECAC titles and winning another on the baseball field. One of the Wolverines’ all-time tackle leaders, he was a four-year starter in both sports and a dean’s list student. After finishing his playing career, Krajewski helped coach both the baseball and football teams at Wesley.
Bill Laphen ’99 was named a Sporting News All-American as a senior and was a two-time National Player of the Week. He helped lead a 1995 defense that ranked second in Division III. An ECAC All-Star and an All-Atlantic Central Football Conference (ACFC) pick, he led the team in sacks three times and set what at the time was the school’s single season record.
Joe Mangano ’97/’00 was a standout football player at Wesley. As an ECAC All-Star, he blocked for a pair of All-American running backs during his time at the College and was named an All-American himself. He was a team captain and started every game in his football career. He went on to become a coach at Wesley and at North Stafford High School in Virginia.
Melissa McGarry ’00 played on the College’s first varsity women’s soccer team and she still ranks among the school’s all-time leading scorers. She rates second in the program’s record books for career goals and points, while ranking sixth at Wesley in career assists. McGarry also was an All-PAC selection in 1998 and she was named the Wesley Female Athlete of the Year.
Shawn Money ’97 played on the 1995 defense that ranked second in the nation. He was named to the Division III All-Star Game and was an All-ECAC pick and All-America Honorable Mention as well. He still ranks among the football program’s career leaders in tackles, tackles for loss and pass breakups. He was twice named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year and also was a team captain.
Matthew Sellitto ’67 was a standout from the Wesley Junior College era. He was chosen as both a Junior College All-Star and All-Coastal Conference after leading the team in rushing during both of his seasons with the Wolverines. After his career, he earned a Distinguished American Award and coached at both Millburn (N.J.) High School and at Seton Hall University. Sellitto also was instrumental in establishing the Morris County (N.J.) chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Wendy Smith ’02 was an All-Region field hockey player for the Wolverines. Also a two-time All-PAC pick, she ranks in the top 10 at Wesley in goals, points and assists. Smith led Wesley field hockey to its first PAC Championship and NCAA bid during her senior year, when she was named the Wesley Female Athlete of the Year. Smith also was a team captain and a dean’s list student.
Brandon Steinheim ’98 was a finalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, given to the top football player in Division III. As a two-time All-American and National Player of the Week pick, he was third in the nation in rushing in 1996. He still holds the Division III season record for kick return average and set a Division III standard by rushing for at least 100 yards in 19 consecutive games. A dean’s list student and team captain, Steinheim is Wesley’s career leader in rushing touchdowns, ranks second in career rush yards, holds the single season rushing record, and holds the Wesley record for touchdowns in a game and in a season.
Demetrius Stevenson ’98 was a standout on the defensive line and also played on the Wolverines’ secondranked defense in 1995. He was a threetime All-American and a Division III All-Star game participant. He rates in Wesley’s all-time top 10 in tackles, sacks, tackles for loss and holds the school record for forced fumbles. A two-time team captain, he went on to help coach the Wolverines after finishing his career.
Brian Warren ’94 was named an All-American as well as an ECAC All-Star after his senior year on the football field. He still rates among the Wolverines’ all-time career leaders in interceptions and pass breakups and he set a school record with three interceptions in one game. As a two-time team captain, Warren also was a dean’s list student a Wesley.
Former players or coaches of any varsity athletic program in the institution’s history are eligible for nomination in Wesley’s Athletic Hall of Fame. A special category also exists for other individuals who have made outstanding contributions to intercollegiate athletics at the College. Nominations are accepted annually with a deadline of February 1 for consideration for the fall induction. Please visit the Alumni section of athletics.wesley.edu for details on the eligibility criteria, selection process and to complete a nomination form.