Hartwick WAA Hall of Fame Induction

Hartwick to Induct Seven Into Hall of Fame on September 29

August 30, 2012

The 2012 Class of the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame will include Dr. James Elting, Larry Serfis '60, Shannon McConville Hay '93, Dave Root '94, Tiffany Hurley Carr '02, Kelly Cooman Kingsbury '05, and Bronwen Knox '08. The ceremony will take place in Binder Gymnasium's Lambros Arena on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

With the addition of this year's class, Hartwick will have inducted 125 former student-athletes, coaches, teams, and supporters into its Hall of Fame. It honors those who have made outstanding contributions to Hartwick's intercollegiate athletics programs. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction, honor, and excellence to Hartwick through their athletic accomplishments.

The cost of the dinner is $60 per person. Advanced registration is required. For additional information, contact Maria Parrella at 607-431-4081 or

Bios on the seven inductees can be found below.

Dr. James Eltinghad a vision to provide the student-athletes of Hartwick College with one central place to have their injuries treated by an orthopedic doctor, to rehabilitate those injuries, and a place to work out and strengthen their muscles. This was a new concept when Dr. Elting brought it to Hartwick College in the 1970's.

Dr. Elting provided the oversight to the athletic trainers who worked for his Otsego Orthopedics practice and spent their time in the Hartwick athletic department working with the student athletes on a daily basis. During this time the athletic training area flourished. Dr. Elting served as the team physician and spent many years on the sideline for the football and men's soccer teams. He worked to have other orthopedic surgeons from Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY volunteer their time with the sport programs at Hartwick. This practice continued after the athletic trainers became full-time employees of Hartwick College in 2001.

In 1993, his generous donations allowed for the creation of the Elting Fitness Center which allowed students access to a space in which to maintain and increase their strength and fitness levels. His love for Hartwick athletics and the student athletes continued and in 2003 he provided the funding to create the Mitchell Room, thus expanding the Elting Fitness Center to better serve the athletes. The Mitchell Room was named in honor of George Mitchell, his close friend and Hartwick College's first athletic trainer.

Dr. Elting's passion and dedication to the Hartwick College student-athletes and athletic department will endure forever. He passed away on August 10, 2012 and is survived by his wife Karen, his daughters Kimberly, Laird and Regan, and sons Clay and Will.

Larry Serfis '60, an Oneonta, NY native, played a major role in the early beginnings of the remarkable history of the Hartwick College men's soccer program. Serfis, under the leadership of Hal Greig, played for the Warriors in the 1958 and 1959 seasons which were the 3rd and 4th for the program.

In 1958, Serfis recorded a goal and an assist in a 3-1 win over King's to ensure the team's first winning season. The feat triggered a string of 33 consecutive years for Hartwick without recording a losing season.

The following year, Serfis finished second on the team in both goals scored and points. With a knack for finding the net when it counted, Serfis tallied game-winning goals in 3-2 wins over Ithaca and Clarkson as well as the winner in a 3-1 victory over Hobart. At the conclusion of the 1959 season, the senior midfielder was an all-region selection and he later became Hartwick College's first All-America selection.

Shannon McConville Hay '93was just the sixth player in the history of Hartwick women's soccer to garner All-America honors. She led the Warriors to 37 victories in her three seasons with the program and three appearances in postseason play.

Despite only three years with the team, Hay remains third in 'Wick history in both points (73) and goals (29), and is tied for 4th in assists (15). She helped Hartwick to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990 and a spot in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament the following season.

In 1992, she tallied 13 times and registered 30 points to guide the team to a College-record 14 wins and the program's only ECAC Championship. A three-time New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association all-star and two-time Empire Athletic Association First Team selection, Hay was tabbed all-region and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Second Team All-America after her senior season.

Dave Root '94is the first two-time men's lacrosse All-American at Hartwick College. A transfer from Herkimer County Community College, Root led the Warriors to 24 victories in his two seasons, which included two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Upstate Tournament appearances and the 1992 title.

Root, a midfielder, racked up 185 career ground balls to go along with 85 points, 49 goals, and 36 assists. His 94 ground balls as a junior still stands tied for the 9th-highest single-season total in Hartwick history. Root was twice named to the Empire Athletic Association First Team and twice he earned United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association honorable mention All-America honors. After his senior season, he earned an invitation to the prestigious USILA North/South Game and he was the Hartwick recipient of the Harry Mosher Award.

Root also was a wide receiver and return specialist for Hartwick football in 1993. He led the Warriors in receiving yards, touchdown receptions, average yards per reception, and ranked second in receptions and scoring.

Tiffany Hurley Carr '02, originally from Oneonta, NY, is one of just two players in Hartwick women's and men's basketball history to score over 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds for her career. Carr still ranks in the program's all-time top-10 in four categories, including rebounds (1,011 - 2nd), points (1,320 - 7th), steals (149 - 10th), and blocks (76 - 10th). In addition, she still holds the program record for free throws made in a game, sinking all 16 of her attempts against Nazareth in 2001.

Over the course of her four seasons, Carr helped Hartwick to 63 victories and three New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament appearances. She also aided the Hawks in a co-Empire Athletic Association title in 1999 and a spot in the NCAA Division III Tournament while ranking in the national top-10 in four separate individual statistical categories.

Carr was a two-time Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year, a three-time Empire 8 First Team all-star, and a 14-time conference Player of the Week. Following her senior season in 2002, she was tabbed a DIII News All-America, a WBCA/Kodak honorable mention All-America, and selected to both the ECAC Upstate and NYSWCAA First Team.

Kelly Cooman Kingsbury '05is one of the most decorated players in the history of the Hartwick field hockey program, playing four exceptional seasons from 2001-2004. She ranks as the program's all-time leading point producer (164) and top goal scorer (68) while ranking third in career assists (28).

She guided the Hawks to four postseason berths and was an all-state selection in each of her four seasons. Kingsbury led the Empire 8 in scoring in her sophomore, junior, and senior year, while garnering state and conference accolades.

She saved her best year for last as she registered career highs of 24 goals and 10 assists to help Hartwick to 16 victories, the Empire 8 title, and the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004. At the conclusion of the year, Kingsbury was named a 1st Team All-America, the ECAC and Empire 8 Player of the Year, and was a 1st Team Empire 8, all-state, and all-region pick. She was also a NYSWCAA Scholar Athlete, the Hartwick College Athlete of the Year, and 'Wick's representative for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Bronwen Knox '08was one of the most dominant water polo players to ever wear the Blue and White in Moyer Pool. She is the only player in the history of the program to earn second team All-America honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). She helped guide the Hawks to a record of 56-20, two CWPA Northern Division titles, a CWPA Eastern crown, and a sixth-place finish at the 2006 NCAA Division I Championships.

Following her freshman campaign, she was the CWPA Northern and Eastern Championships Rookie of the Year, a first team CWPA Northern and Eastern selection, and was an AWPCA honorable mention All-American. In 2006, Knox led the country in scoring with 127 tallies and was later named Most Valuable Player of both the Northern Division and Eastern Championships. She also earned AWPCA All-Academic team honors and received second team All-America accolades.

Knox still ranks 5th in both career goals (229) and steals (209), and 8th in points (286) in the Hartwick record books. Her 127 goals and 117 steals in 2006 remain all-time program single-season highs.

Since Hartwick, Knox has been a mainstay on the Australian National Team, leading her country to a gold medal at the 2006 FINA World Cup and silver medals at the 2007 World Championships, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2010 World League Super Finals. This summer, Knox tallied four goals to help Australia to a bronze medal at the London Olympics. She also aided in securing her country a bronze at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 after registering 12 goals.

For additional information, contact Hartwick's Assistant Athletic Director Chris Gondek at 607-431-4703 or


Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Chris Gondek
Phone: 607-431-4703