The Canisius College athletic department announced today that Derrick Bishop ‘95 – hockey, Brian Dux ’03, MS 13 – men’s basketball, Mark Miyashita ‘03 – men’s lacrosse, Jill Wright ’03 – synchronized swimming, and the 1994 softball team have been chosen as the Class of 2013 for the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame. Additionally, Dr. Keith Stube - team physician, will be presented with the first Rev. Paul J. Dugan, S.J. Award, a new honor that recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to Canisius athletics.
The ceremonies for the 51st induction class of the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, when the men’s basketball team hosts Iona 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 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Montante Cultural Center. The cost is $30 per person and includes a light buffet, 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. 27, 2014.
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 180 individual members and four teams with the addition of the 2013 class.
Derrick Bishop – A four-year letterwinner for the Golden Griffins from 1991-95, Derrick Bishop is the ninth former member of the hockey program to be inducted into the College’s Sports Hall of Fame. A two-time team captain, he ranks ninth in career points scored with 144 after he tallied 46 goals and 98 assists in 103 career games. His 98 career assists ranks fourth on the program’s career helpers list, and his 33 assists in 1992-93 still ranks fifth on the school’s single-season assists chart. He led the team in points in 1994-95 when he was credited with 44 on the power of 16 goals and 48 assists. He finished his career in Blue and Gold with a +80 rating and he tallied 13 power play goals, highlighted by his career-high six markers on the man-advantage in 1993-94. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after the 1994-95 campaign and he was honored as the program’s top forward in two different seasons. He earned his undergraduate degree from Canisius in marketing and he currently lives with his family in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Brian Dux ‘03 – One of two players in school history to score more than 1,000 career points while dishing out 500-plus career assists, Brian Dux is the 53rd former men’s basketball player to be enshrined into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame. He is one of nine Griffs to earn All-MAAC honors in two different seasons, and he was also recognized to the MAAC All-Tournament Team twice in his career. He played in 119 career games, making 110 starts, and he currently ranks 16th in school history with his 1,239 career points. He tallied 508 career assists in a Canisius uniform and he is the school’s all-time leader in career free-throw percentage at 82.9 percent. He still ranks 10th in school history with 140 career steals and his 4.3 assists per game average is fourth-best in the school’s record book. After he graduated from Canisius with his undergraduate degree physical education, he went overseas to play professionally for four seasons. His pro career was cut short after a serious car accident in England in 2007, but he recently earned his master’s degree in sport administration from the College.
Mark Miyashita ‘03 – Mark Miyashita is the fifth former men’s lacrosse player to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame after he played 42 games over four seasons in a Canisius uniform. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 National Lacrosse League Draft, Miyashita ranks seventh in career points (145), 15th in career goals scored (71) and seventh in career assists (74). He led the Griffs in points in both 2000 and 2003, two seasons where he also earned All-MAAC First Team honors. The school’s all-time leader in career faceoff percentage (.593) and ground balls (329), he led the nation in ground balls per game in 2000 with 10.69, a number that still ranks second-best in NCAA history to this day. He ended his career with 7.83 ground balls per game, a number that currently ranks eighth all-time in NCAA men’s lacrosse history. After graduating from Canisius with his undergraduate in social studies, Miyashita played in the NLL for five seasons and also played three years in the Western lacrosse League. He is currently an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Sacred Heart University.
Jill Wright ‘03 – The first three-time All-American in Canisius synchronized swimming program history, Jill Wright is the third former member of the synchronized swimming program to be inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame, joining Jill (Evans) Benham and her mother and former coach, Joanne Wright. As a student-athlete, she helped lead the Griffs to four-straight ECAC Championships and she was a four-time ECAC solo event champion as well. As a sophomore, she finished third in the solo event at the U.S. Collegiate Nationals and she placed fourth in her junior year. A member of the 1999 U.S. Junior National Synchronized Swimming team, she is currently the Griffs’ head coach, a position she has held for the nine seasons.
1994 Softball Team – The 1994 softball team is the fourth team to be enshrined in the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame, joining the 1955-56 men’s basketball team, the 1948 football team and the 1982-83 women’s basketball team. The Griffs posted a 36-8 overall record and a 7-1 mark in MAAC play in 1994, capped with a trip to the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament. Canisius won both the 1994 MAAC regular season and tournament titles and then went on to beat UNC-Greensboro in a best-of-three play-in series to earn a date with No. 1 Arizona in the NCAA Tournament regional. Canisius lost to the top-seeded Wildcats, but bounced back to beat Rutgers before being eliminated by Texas A&M. The Griffs won the 1994 East Carolina Pirate Invitational and placed second at the 36-team Georgia Tech Invitational during the regular season and closed out the year with the MAAC Player of the Year (Jody Tassone), the MAAC Championship MVP (Michelle Corrigan) and the MAAC Coach of the Year (Mike Rappl). All three of those individuals are already members of the Sports Hall of Fame.
Dr. Keith Stube – The Griffs’ team physician for 19 years, Dr. Keith Stube is the first winner of the Rev. Paul J. Dugan S.J. Award, presented to individuals who do not qualify for consideration into the Sports Hall of Fame, but whose acts or efforts have significantly benefitted Canisius athletics. An orthopedic surgeon, Stube is the co-owner of the Knee Center of Western New York and he also serves as the attending physician on the sidelines of Golden Griffin home games. He conducts weekly clinics at Canisius to evaluate injured student-athletes and works closely with the department’s athletic training staff in efforts of rehabilitation and injury prevention. He is an adjunct professor in the College’s athletic training education program. An avid sports fan, Stube can often be found at many Canisius home games, sitting right behind the Griffs’ bench.