Rockland to Induct 10 Hawks in Inaugural Sports Hall Of Fame0


Former Hawks Mitch KleinGary ‘Duffy’ DwyerDanny SamimiWelbert InnocentWilliam ‘Gibby’ SweetRebecca MillerBob SchepisJames BabcockPeter Haubner and Jaymie Rosario will be the first inductees to the newly established Rockland Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

James Babcock ’66, Basketball

A prolific scorer, James Babcock finished his career with 1,310 points. He was named to the All-Region XV team, and among the top-10 scorers in the NJCAA. Jim received NJCAA All-American honors in 1966. A product of Haverstraw High School, James earned RCPSAL All-Star honors and was a unanimous Journal-News All-County selection.

Gary “Duffy” Dwyer ’67, Baseball

After a stellar career at Haverstraw High School, which included three Journal-News All-County team selections, “Duffy” Dwyer excelled at SUNY Rockland. He garnered Region XV “Player-of-the-Year” status in 1966 as a power-hitting third baseman and pitcher. He led the Hawks in batting average (over .350) and wins. Coach Dwyer, as he later became known, coached a verity of sports during his tenure as a Physical Education teacher at North Rockland High School.

William “Gibby” Sweet ’70, Wrestling

A standout three-sport athlete at Pearl River High School, “Gibby” was a dominant force on the wrestling mat while at RCC. Gibby took first place in both the Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV tournaments in 1970. He finished third at the NJCAA wrestling tournament. Gibby was named NJCAA All-American and compiled a most impressive 20-1 record during the season. He also was the captain for the RCC Cross Country and Track and Field teams.

Peter Haubner, ’71, Basketball

Under legendary RCC coach Howie Pierson, Peter Haubner shined as the team’s leading scorer during the 1969-70 season. During that season, Peter was picked to the first-team All-Region XV squad, and was the second leading scorer in the Region. Later, Peter captained the basketball team at C.W. Post.

Mitch Klein ’76, Tennis

Mitchell Klein completed his RCC tennis career having won two singles division Region XV titles (1975 & 1976). With the Region XV title in hand, Mitch competed both years in the NJCAA National tournament. He also was a member of the 1975 Region XV doubles championship. A three year, first-team Journal-News All County selection from Ramapo High School, Mitch was a 1978 ECAC tournament quarterfinalist while attending Hofstra University.

Bob Schepis ’83, Baseball

An Albertus Magnus alum, Bob Schepis is best described as a “complete player”. He still holds the RCC career record for wins (14). Bob was selected to the 1982 All-Region team, and he was named the 1983 Region XV “Player-of-the-Year”. He was named to the 1985 All-Big East Tournament team while at Seton Hall University. Bob was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 28th round of the 1985 baseball draft as an outfielder.

Danny Samimi ’86, Soccer

A record setting goal scorer, Dan Samini holds the RCC career goal scoring record at 62. He was selected to the NJCAA All-American first team. After a stellar RCC career, Danny earned the honor of being named Pace University’s “Most Valuable Athlete” for the 1986-87 sports season. He also played for the Oberding (Germany) Professional Club.

Rebecca Miller ’87, Basketball

After the 1986-87 basketball season, many RCC supporters and fans felt that Becky Miller was arguably the finest female athlete ever to suit up in a Hawk’s uniform She earned All-Conference and All-Region XV honors and helped the Hawks gain a bid to the NJCAA National Tournament. A two sport Journal-News All County selection from Clarkstown South, Becky was a part of two 20-win basketball teams at Pace University.

Webert Innocent ’96, Soccer

Webert Innocent was no stranger to the landscape of Rockland County soccer prior to enrolling at RCC. Webert made his mark on the Rockland County soccer landscape during his years at North Rockland High School. He was named to the Journal-News All County team, the All-League I-B team, the All-Section I team, and the Umbro All-American team his senior year. At RCC he continued to collect accolades. During his two seasons, Webert made the All-Conference and All-Region XV teams. Upon finishing his career as a Hawk he was selected to the NJCAA All-American team.

Jaymie Rosario ’98, Volleyball

A product of Clarkstown South, Jaymie Rosario finished her Hawk volleyball career in style. Simply put, Jaymie was awesome. She was named Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV “Player-of-the-Year” and was MVP of the Region XV Tournament. She was RCC’s first NJCAA Volleyball All-American, earning the honor in 1998. Her record breaking career didn’t stop at RCC as Jaymie captained the 2000 and 2001 squads at Western Connecticut State. After her collegiate career, she had shattered a total of 16 team records at WestConn.

The induction dinner will be dedicated to the memory of Coach Ed Green, RCC’s first Athletic Director, who paved the way for the success of so many students.

The Induction Ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 19, 7:00 p.m., at the Italian American Social Club, 35 Cosgrove Ave, West Haverstraw. $50 includes hors d’ouvres, cocktails, salad, pasta, prime rib, coffee, dessert and dancing. Since 1960, SUNY Rockland athletics has produced 48 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans, and more than 50 former athletes have become coaches after their playing careers. This event is co-sponsored by the Athletic Department and the RCC Foundation.

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