Hempstead, NY - The 2011 Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in the Hofstra University Club.The 10-person group
will be honored at the Hall of Fame Luncheon prior to the Pride's men's basketball game against
Drexel at 4 p.m. The group will also be recognized at halftime of the basketball game.
The 10-member class (6 men, 4 women) represents 10 sports and includes four multi-sport athletes.
The Hofstra Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2011 includes:
Giovanni Carmazzi , a quarterback on the football team from 1996 to 1999, was a member of two NCAA I-AA Playoff teams and helped the team achieve a #5 national ranking in 1999. Hofstra's all-time leader in passing yards with 9,371 and completions with 764, Carmazzi also holds the school mark for touchdown passes (71) and total offense (10,415 yards). A three-time All-American and a Payton Award finalist as a senior, as well as the 1999 National Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Carmazzi was a third round selection of the San Francisco 49ers in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Craig "Speedy" Claxton , a point guard on the men's basketball team from 1996 to 2000, finished his career with 2,015 points and holds the Hofstra record for assists (660) and steals (288). Claxton led the team to an NIT berth in 1999 and then to the NCAA Tournament as a senior in 2000. The 1998 and 2000 America East Player of the Year, Claxton also earned the Haggerty Award as the top player in the New York Metropolitan Area as a senior. A first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2000 NBA Draft, Claxton was a member of the 2003 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. He enjoyed a decade-long NBA career before announcing his retirement in 2010.
Michael D'Amato was a defensive back on the football team from 1964 to 1967 and an attackman on the lacrosse team from 1965 to 1968. Called "the finest defensive back he ever coached" by Hall of Fame Coach Howdy Myers, D'Amato was a two-time Middle Atlantic Conference All-Star. D'Amato earned All-America honors on the lacrosse field in 1968 after posting 34 goals and 15 assists. Drafted by the New York Jets in the 10th Round of the 1968 NFL Draft, D'Amato was part of the franchise's 1969 Super Bowl-winning team.
Rudy Fiorvanti played football, lacrosse and wrestled from 1972 to 1975. A defensive lineman on the gridiron, Fiorvanti served as a game captain. He also captained the lacrosse team, where he was a defenseman and midfielder, and helped the team to the NCAA Tournament in 1974 and 1975. As a member of the wrestling team, Fiorvanti served as team captain and was a NCAA Qualifier at 177 pounds in 1975. He would also earn All-East Coast Conference accolades on the mat.
Kate Gordon-Clifford , a forward on the women's basketball team from 1994 to 1998, ranks third on the Hofstra career-scoring list with 1,714 points. She is also the Pride's career leader in rebounds with 1,031 and is the only player in program history to record more than 1,000 points and rebounds. Gordon, who ranks second all-time with 272 steals and fourth all-time with 341 free throws, led the team in rebounding in each of her four years and was the leading scorer three times. Gordon was also a four-time all-conference selection and once scored 38 points in a game, which is the second-highest single game total in program history.
John Irving played forward for the men's basketball team from 1974 to 1977 and is one of only two players to record more than 1,000 points and rebounds in a career (the second is Hall of Famer Bill Thieben). Irving scored 1,018 points and grabbed 1,186 rebounds during his three-year career, averaging 13.2 points and 15.4 rebounds per game. He led the team in rebounding in each of his three years and is the last Hofstra player to record a double-digit rebounding average in three consecutive seasons. A member of two NCAA Tournament teams, Irving was a third round selection of the Detroit Pistons in the 1977 NBA Draft.
Christine (Moore) Newins was a member of the volleyball team from 1983 to 1987. During her career she tallied 1,098 kills, 271 blocks and 1,274 digs. She is Hofstra's all-time leader in service aces with 268 and also holds the single match record for block assists with 15 against Florida State. A three-time All-East Coast Conference selection, Newins was the 1987 ECC Most Valuable Player and the team MVP in 1986 and 1987. At the time of her graduation, Newins held records for most digs in a match (25) and season (453) and her career total of 1,274 was also tops in the record book. She currently ranks in the top 10 in seven career records and is a member of the Hofstra Volleyball Court of Honor.
Andrew Rumpelt was a member of the baseball team from 1982 to 1986 and was an All-East Coast Conference selection as a junior and senior. Rumpelt batted .504 as a junior in 1985, which ranked second in the nation and is currently the 13th-highest average in NCAA Division I history. He also holds the NCAA Division I record for runs per game with 57 in 30 games (1.9 rpg) in 1985. Rumpelt is ranked in the Hofstra career top 10 in every major offensive category.
Leslie Schlegel-Danowski , a dual-sport athlete and later the women's basketball coach, played softball from 1988 to 1991 and women's basketball from 1989 to 1991, serving as a team captain on both teams. She ranks 10th all-time in rebounds with 583 in just two seasons and also scored 616 points. Her 24 rebounds versus Drexel during the 1990-91 season stand as a Hofstra record. As a senior she ranked fifth in the nation in rebounding (12.4 rpg) and was an All-East Coast Conference selection. A pitcher on the softball team, she compiled 44 wins, which rank sixth on the career list, and 231 strikeouts, which is ninth all-time. Following graduation, Schlegel-Danowski played professional basketball in Spain. She returned to Hofstra in 1993 and served as head women's basketball coach for nine seasons.
Janet (Walsh) Rogler was also a dual-sport athlete during her playing career. She competed on the field hockey team from 1995 to 1998 and on the women's lacrosse team from 1996 to 2000. As a member of the field hockey team, she was an all-region and all-conference performer. She ranks as Hofstra's all-time leader in points (127) and goals (55), while ranking eighth all-time in assists (17). She is tied for the single-season record for goals scored with 20 in 1998. Rogler was a three-time All-America East selection, as well a Regional All-American in women's lacrosse. She tallied 101 goals, 48 assists and 149 points during her tenure and ranks in the career top 10 in all three categories. In addition, she was a member of the 2000 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.