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Join Sage on October 12, 2018 for the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!

This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 12 on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy. Tickets are available for $50/person, which includes cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed a dinner at 6 p.m. and the induction ceremony to follow the buffet dinner.  The event will take place on the Russell Sage College campus in the Bush Memorial Center.

With this year’s induction, the Hall of Fame which started in 1993, boasts 39 members.

Can't make the event, but want to watch? Follow along with the video of the night's events!

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Please RSVP by October 5 by contacting the athletic department office, athletics@sage.edu. For additional questions, please contact Director of Athletics, Sandy Augstein-Collins at augsts@sage.edu

Sage Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018

The Sage Colleges’ Department of Athletics proudly announces the 2018 Hall of Fame induction class. Entering the Sage Athletic Hall of Fame will be 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 addition to these three outstanding honorees, Sage is continuing a tradition for the second year of honoring a “Team of Distinction.” Honored this year is the 2013 Sage Men’s Volleyball Team.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, October 12 on the Russell Sage College campus in Troy. Tickets are available for $50/person, which includes cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., followed a dinner at 6 p.m. and the induction ceremony to follow the buffet dinner.  The event will take place on the Russell Sage College campus in the Bush Memorial Center.

With this year’s induction, the Hall of Fame which started in 1993, boasts 39 members.

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.

 

Link to full 2016 Hall of Fame Release

Link to program for 2016 Hall of Fame ceremony

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.

Link to complete release on Class of 2015!

Link to Hall of Fame Program



Sage started the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and has previously inducted 28 individuals, including 24 former student-athletes.

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

Updated 10/2017

 

Sage College Athletic Hall of Fame Nomination Form (Due by June 1, 2018)

Link to Nomination form (Pdf file)

THE SAGE COLLEGES 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
2004 Jocelyn Naple 1998 Basketball
2005 Kelli Martin 1986 Softball
2006 Mike Dinova   Softball Coach
  Sandy Augstein-Collins 1986 Volleyball Player & Coach

2007
2009
2009
2010
2010
2013
2013
2013
2015
2015
2015
2016
2016
2016
2017
2017
2017
2018
2018
2018
2018

 

 

Elizabeth Lawrence Russillo
James Taylor
Chad Thomas
Melissa Roy Basiuk
Nicole Hanks
Caitlin (C.J.) Ostrowksi
Rafael Salazar
Marie Corrado
Sam Greco, Jr.
Karen Harris Ratigan
Dwayne Barnes
John Wagner
Schuyler Kokernak
Shannon Young
Kaitlin Olmstead
Rebecca Marszalek
2007 RSC Women's Volleyball Team
Judith Davidson Vogt
Kyle Ray
Greg Plummer
2013 Sage Men's Volleyball Team

2002
1989
1995
2002
2004
2007
1994
1950
1964
1995
1999
1985
2008
2008
2009
2012

1965
2013
2003

 

Tennis
Basketball
Baskettball
Softball, Basketball
Soccer
Softball, Volleyball
Basketball
Honorary Inductee
Basketball
Basketball
Basketball
Basketball
Women's Soccer
Women's Volleyball
Women's Volleyball
Women's Soccer, Basketball

Honorary Inductee
Men's Volleyball
Men's Basketball