Hartwick College 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction

Hartwick Inducts Seven Into Athletic Hall of Fame

October 1, 2012

A dinner celebration was held inside Binder Physical Education Center's Lambros Arena on Saturday, September 29, 2012 to welcome the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

The 2012 Class of the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame included the late Dr. James (Jim) Elting, Larry Serfis '60, Shannon McConville Hay '93, Dave Root '94, Tiffany Hurley Carr '02, Kelly Cooman Kingsbury '05, and Bronwen Knox '08.

With the addition of this year's class, Hartwick has 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.

After dinner and welcoming remarks from emcee Neal Miller '72, Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich addressed the evening's honorees and attendees.

"We're here to do something very important, which is to recognize excellence," said Drugovich. "This is as much of a tribute to many remarkable years as it is to the athletes themselves. Excellence is always within our reach."

To begin, Head Men's Soccer Coach John Scott was present to accept the award on behalf of Serfis. In 1959, 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.

Introduced by her mother, Linda Lechner, Hay was just the sixth player in the history of Hartwick women's soccer to garner All-America honors. She led her team to 37 victories in her three seasons with the program and three appearances in postseason play. She helped Hartwick to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1990 and a spot in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament the following season.

"When it came time to decide where to go to college, she [Shannon] knew she wanted to stay close to home," shared Lechner.

"Hartwick was where I belonged," said Hay. "My time at Hartwick prepared me to accept challenges in my life with my head held high."

Root was introduced by former Hartwick men's lacrosse coach Rory Whipple, who noted that Root oftentimes "took over the game - he was that kind of guy."

Root is the first two-time men's lacrosse All-American at Hartwick College. He led his team to 24 victories in his two seasons, which included two Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Upstate Tournament appearances and the 1992 title.

"From the people to the institution, from the staff, to the administration and my teammates - Hartwick did right by me," said Root.

Tiffany Hurley Carr was introduced by her husband and Hartwick football coach, Mark Carr. "We are proud and grateful of our affiliation with Hartwick," said M. Carr.

Originally from Oneonta, NY, T. Carr is one of just two players in Hartwick women's and men's basketball history to score more than 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds for her career. She 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.

"Hartwick College has always been a special place for me," said T. Carr during her acceptance speech. "It taught me that perseverance does pay off."

Kingsbury was presented with her award by Hartwick head field hockey coach Anna Meyer, who noted that she was a "first rate, competitive athlete during her time at Hartwick."

Kingsbury is 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).

"It is an honor to be inducted into the Hartwick Athletic Hall of Fame," said Kingsbury. "I have a true love and passion for the sport, and my player/coach relationship with Anna [Meyer] was and is still special - something that I will always cherish."

Knox was presented by Hartwick water polo coach Alan Huckins. He shared with attendees that Knox is "the best player I have ever coached."

Knox is the only player in the history of the water polo 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. 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 a bronze for her country at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, registering 12 goals.

"Hartwick is a tremendous school," said Knox. "I received great opportunities, an experience that is unrivaled and had the chance to make lifelong friends."

Elting had 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 Elting brought it to Hartwick College in the 1970's.

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, who presented Elting's award on Saturday evening.

"This award represents unity, loyalty, teamwork and solidarity," said Mitchell. "It is a celebration and a tribute to the 40 years of special attention that Jim gave to Hartwick."

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.

"Jim loved sports - he loved the purity of the effort, no matter the athletic event," said Karen Elting. "He always strived for the best and encouraged others to do so as well."

For more information on the Hartwick College Athletic Hall of Fame and the 2012 inductees, visit View the ceremony's photo gallery here.

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