On Saturday, Nov. 7, eight former Manhattan College student-athletes were inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame and two of the College’s most memorable teams received special recognition at the 37th annual Hall of Fame ceremony.
The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame honorees are:
- Karen Chevolleau ’92 (women’s track and field)
- Christer Hagberg ’98 (men’s track and field)
- Stephen Herishen ’95 (wrestling)
- Siobhan Kilkenny ’03 (women’s basketball)
- Joseph Maguire ’74 (men’s swimming and diving)
- Martin Redmond ’87 (men’s cross country/track and field)
- Luka Van Cauteren ’04 (volleyball)
- Russ Williams ’92 (men’s basketball)
- 1982 football team
- 2002 volleyball team
Chevolleau is the College’s first female runner to qualify for the NCAA Championships, where she reached the semifinals of the 55-meter hurdles at the 1993 NCAA Indoor Championships as a graduate student in her final year of eligibility. She set seven school records during her time as a Jasper, including three marks that still stand today.
A three-time All-American, Hagberg is another standout field performer in a long line of Jasper greats. He was seventh in the discus at the 1997 NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming an All-American for the first time in his career. He followed that by gaining All-American honors in the weight throw at the 1998 NCAA Indoor Championships and again at the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he finished fourth in the discus.
One of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the program, Herishen is the only Jasper to earn a victory at the NCAA Championships. In 1995, he scored the biggest upset of the national tournament, defeating two-time All-American Lindsay Durlacher from Illinois to advance to the round of 16. A two-time All-New York State wrestler, he won 76 bouts as a Jasper, including 19 pins.
A terrific all-around player, Kilkenny earned MAAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors to lead the women’s basketball team to the 2003 MAAC title and its most recent NCAA Tournament berth. A former member of Ireland’s national team, Kilkenny capped her college career with 959 points, 448 rebounds, 232 assists and 201 steals.
During his time in Riverdale, Maguire set six school records and six Metropolitan Conference records in the pool. Named the conference’s most valuable swimmer in 1973, he led the Jaspers to the conference title that season, a year after setting the school record in points scored at the conference championship. After graduation, Maguire served as a Navy SEAL for 34 years and earned the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award given by the U.S. intelligence community.
A four-time Metropolitan champion, Redmond won titles in the 1500, 3000 and 5000-meter races. He placed fourth, earning All-American honors in the 3000 meters at the 1986 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and also competed in the 5000 meters at the 1987 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Redmond still holds school records in the indoor 3000 meters, outdoor 5000 meters and outdoor distance medley relay.
When Van Cauteren transferred to Manhattan in 2002, it was a transformational moment for the Jaspers’ volleyball team. In her two years in Riverdale, she led Manhattan to two MAAC Championships, including the first conference title in program history. In those two years, she was also named the conference’s player of the year. Her 610 kills and 4.84 kills per set during the 2003 season remain program records.
One of the catalysts behind the Manhattan men’s basketball program’s two NCAA Tournament appearances in the 1990s, Williams was the leader of the 1991-92 squad that won 25 games, establishing a new school record. That season, the Jaspers captured their first MAAC regular season title and advanced to the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinals. Williams is one of 36 players to score more than 1,000 points as a Jasper.
Bolstered by four All-Americans and 10 all-conference performers, the 1982 football team was one of the finest collections of Jaspers to step on the gridiron. That season, Manhattan won eight of 10 games, won the Mid-Atlantic Conference and advanced to the National Club Football Association title game.
The 2002 volleyball team won its first MAAC championship in style, posting a 30-4 record on its way to the first of two straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament. After losing its season opener, Manhattan won 22 straight matches over the span of two months. The school record of 30 victories still stands, and the Jaspers’ .882 winning percentage was the ninth best mark in the NCAA that season.
For more information, visit the Athletic Hall of Fame site.