The Canisius College athletic department announced today that Darren Fenn '01 - men's basketball, Shauna (Geronzin) Green '02 - women's basketball, Kristy Grossman '02, MS '07 - women's lacrosse, Lynn Stoczynski '01 - softball, Brian Swatland '98, MS '02 - football and former baseball head coach Don Colpoys have been chosen as the Class of 2012 for the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame.
The ceremonies for the 50th induction class of the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, when the men's basketball team hosts Siena in the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time is set for 2 p.m. The annual Hall of Fame Day will begin with a special "Induction Lunch" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Chester Hon '01 and Diane Stranzek Commons in Science Hall. The cost is $30 per person and includes a light buffet and beverages and a ticket to the game. Those interested in taking part in the "Induction Lunch" are asked to RSVP to the Canisius Office of Alumni Engagement by calling 1-800-201-4952 no later than Jan. 14, 2013.
To be eligible for the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame, a former student-athlete must have completed his/her eligibility 10 years prior to induction, be a graduate of the College, been acclaimed as an undergraduate as one of the outstanding athletes in the history of the school and, since graduation, the student-athletes' life must have continued to reflect favorably on the College. Non-athletes may be inducted if they have made outstanding contributions to Canisius College athletics.
The Canisius Sports Hall of Fame, which began in 1963, now boasts 176 individual members and three teams with the addition of the 2012 class.
Darren Fenn '01 - One of only three players in school history to exceed 1,400 career points and grab over 800 career rebounds, Fenn was a four-year letterwinner for the Canisius men's basketball program and he becomes the 52nd former men's basketball player to be enshrined into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame. Fenn was the team's captain in 2000-01 when the Golden Griffins last won 20 games and advanced to the MAAC Tournament Championship game. That season, he was named All-MAAC Second Team after he averaged 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. The Tonawanda, N.Y., native was an All-MAAC First-Team honoree after his junior campaign in 1999-00 when he averaged a double-double with 17.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, making him the last Griff to accomplish that feat. A member of the program's 1,000-point club, he ranks in the top-10 in four different offensive categories in the Canisius record book, and his 132 career blocked shots is seventh in program history. He was also honored three times as a MAAC All-Academic honoree for his work in the classroom.
Shauna (Geronzin) Green '02 - The women's basketball program's all-time leading scorer, Shauna (Geronzin) Green ranks sixth in MAAC history with her 2,012-career points. A four-time All-MAAC honoree, Green led the Golden Griffins in scoring and rebounding in all four years with the program, and she is the only player in Canisius women's basketball history to average better than 20 points per game in two different seasons. She still ranks second in career scoring average (18.8 points per game), second in career rebounds (910), which are the most for any player since the program moved to the Division I level, second in career free-throws made (446) and she ranks in the top-10 in program history with her 104 career 3-point field goals. A four-time All-MAAC selection and a three-time All-MAAC First-Team honoree, she was named the 1999 MAAC Rookie of the Year and she was also voted the 2002 Canisius Female Athlete of the Year. She is currently an assistant women's basketball coach at the University of Dayton.
Kristy Grossman '99, MS '04 - Grossman is the first Canisius women's lacrosse player to be inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame. A four-year letterwinner, she owns the school's all-time records in career caused turnovers (187) and career ground balls (215). A four-time All-MAAC choice, she was a three-time All-MAAC First-Team selection during her time in the Blue and Gold and she is one of two players in program history to receive all-conference honors in all four seasons as a Griff. She still ranks third all-time in NCAA history with her 187 career caused turnovers and her 4.13 caused turnovers per game ranks sixth all-time in the NCAA's history book. A defender and midfielder, she tallied 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 points in 52 games as a Griff.
Lynn Stoczynski '01 - A four-year starter for the Canisius softball program, Stoczynski played in and started all 184 games during her career for the Golden Griffins from 1998-01. A two-time All-MAAC choice, she was named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team three-straight years and helped the Griffs win the 2000 MAAC crown as she hit .303 with 10 doubles, 31 RBIs and nine stolen bases. She hit .317 for her career with 32 doubles, 14 home runs and 94 RBIs, and she is currently the school's career leader with 449 fielding assists. Her 32 career stolen bases ranks 13th in program history, and she was also recognized for her work in the classroom, as she was honored as a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American, with those accolades coming after her junior and senior seasons.
Brian Swatland '98, MS '02 - A four-year letterwinner as a defensive tackle, Swatland played in 39 games on the gridiron for the Golden Griffins from 1994-97. He racked up 149 tackles (86 solo) and he collected 17 sacks and 40 tackles for a loss. He was a key member of the 1997 defense that ranked 23rd in the nation in total defense and he finished that season ranked second on the team with 14 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks, which helped him earn All-MAAC Second-Team honors. An All-MAAC First-Team choice in 1996, he had a career-high seven sacks to go with 51 tackles in nine games.Don Colpoys - The head coach of the Canisius baseball program for 25 years, Don Colpoys is the program's all-time leader in career wins with 325 victories. In 1994, Colpoys led the Golden Griffins to the program's first MAAC regular-season championship as the Blue and Gold went 17-1 in league play. The 1994 MAAC Coach of the Year, Colpoys was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.