Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony Honors Seven New Members
The St. John Fisher College Department of Athletics inducted seven new members into its Hall of Fame during a formal ceremony on Friday, Nov. 3.
Founded in 1992 with four charter members in the inaugural class, the Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the College’s athletic programs and reputation. With Friday’s inductions, the Hall of Fame surpasses 100 members, all of whom helped grow the tradition of athletic excellence and pride at the College.
“A recurring theme I hear at this event each year is that—aside from their athletic accomplishments—our inductees left Fisher with many important lessons learned and coaches who they consider to be mentors to this day,” said Jose Perales, vice president for enrollment management, during the ceremony. “Some of the life lessons—attention to detail, discipline, and perseverance, to name a few—have translated into the professional and personal lives of our inductees, launching their fulfilling lives after Fisher.”
This year’s inductees include:
Gina Divito Keyes ’93 started the men’s rugby program more than 25 years ago. In that span, the program has become one of the nation’s top club rugby programs, with the Fisher Kings winning State Championship titles in 1999 and 2012. Under her guidance, the club was been recognized by the College numerous times as Club of the Year and is known for its academic reputation. To date, she has mentored and coached hundreds of Fisher students, many of whom are still active in both the Fisher and rugby communities. Former rugby players cite the tremendous impact she had not only on their athletic careers, but how each of them was able to take the philosophies that she preached and apply them to their personal and professional lives.
Trisha Tofany ’04, a mainstay on the women’s basketball team, still ranks among the program’s best in several categories. Currently, she ranks 16th all-time in scoring with 1,148 career points, 10th in career rebounds (751), fifth in career steals (287) and sixth in career assists (363). Over 101 games, she averaged 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.8 steals—all while helping her team go 84-21 in that span and net an Empire 8 title in 2003. She was a two-time Empire 8 First-Team All-Conference selection during her time at Fisher and was honored by the conference three times overall. In addition, she was named All-Region by D3hoops.com in 2003.
Noah Fehrenbach ’06 rewrote the record books of Fisher’s football team and is still the program's all-time leader in receiving yards with 3,083 (nearly 1,500 yards more than second place), receptions (205), touchdowns (36), and is tied for eighth all-time in receiving average with 15.0 yards per catch. He also ranks ninth all-time with 25 punt returns and is seventh all-time with 294 punt return yards. He was named First-Team All-Conference by the Empire 8 three times and was selected as an All-American in 2005. His name also appears several times in the single-season top 10 list. He ranks third (77) and ninth (63) in single season receptions and is first (1,108) and fourth (949) in single season receiving yards. His 15 touchdowns are the most ever in a single season while his 12 touchdowns rank third all-time for a single season. As a senior, Fehrenbach posted one of the best stat lines in Fisher's history with 77 receptions for 1,180 yards and 15 touchdowns.
A two-time All-American, Gene Lang ’07 was named to the Third-Team All-Decade Team by D3football.com at the conclusion of his career as linebacker. He was also named a preseason All-American in 2006. To date, Lang still ranks third all-time in total tackles with 325. On the single season list, he ranks both second and third all-time in tackles with 147 and 143, respectively. He is tied for fourth all-time on the single season list having forced three fumbles and is tied for second with four fumble recoveries during the 2006 campaign. Lang was a two-time First-Team All-Conference selection by the Empire 8 and was named the Conference's Defensive Player of the Year in 2006—the Conference’s first-ever player to earn that award. Furthermore, he was named All East Region by D3football.com twice and went on to be named the 2006 Don Hansen Gazette Linebacker of the Year.
Theresa Nobilski ’07 ranks among the all-time greats in women’s lacrosse program history. Currently, she ranks second all-time in caused turnovers (119), third in ground balls (206), sixth in draw controls (129), and is 10th all-time in assists with 42. During her four years at Fisher, Nobilski helped lead the team to 37 wins, including an Empire 8 title and as a senior, to an appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Championship. She was named All-Conference by the Empire 8 in each of her four seasons.
A former member of the men’s tennis team, Jason Byam ’08 is Fisher's all-time leader in wins with 81. He was a six-time All-Conference selection in singles and doubles competition. In 2003, he was named Second-Team in both singles and doubles. In 2004, he was named First-Team in singles and Honorable Mention in doubles, and in 2005, he was First-Team in singles and Second-Team in doubles. During his time in a Fisher uniform, Byam guided the Cardinals to the postseason four times.
Golf alumnus Scott Harris Jr. ’08 is Fisher’s only individual National Champion after taking medalist honors at the 2008 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship. That year, he helped guide Fisher to its highest-ever finish at nationals, with the Cardinals placing third overall. He still holds numerous program records including single-season scoring average (72.68), tournament wins (13 – seven in ’’07-’08 and six in ’’06-’07), and career scoring average (73.35). Harris was a two-time Empire 8 Player of the Year and two-time First-Team All-Conference honoree. He was a two-time All-Region selection and was named All-American twice in his career at Fisher (First-Team All-American in ’08, Third-Team in ’07). In 2008, he became Fisher’s only golfer to win the Jack Nicklaus award, which honors the top Division III golfer in the country. He also earned the Arnold Palmer Award in 2008.