Athletics Hall of Fame inducts seven new members
By John Hartrick
Binghamton University inducted its 2012 Hall of Fame class at a ceremony that took place at the Events Center on campus during Homecoming weekend.
Elected to membership for 2012 were former standouts Gina Bonante (swimming, 1995-99), Charlene Cook (softball, 1995-98), Jason Goldman (wrestling, 1995-97), Andrew Magidoff (tennis, 1991-95) and Dave Schneider (soccer, 1989-92). Joining the athletes in the 2012 class were 19-year men's tennis coach Michael Starke and 27-year team physician Douglas Kerr.
(Pictured above: Schneider, Goldman, Starke, Kerr, Bonante and Cook)
Bonante was a three-time All-American in the butterfly. She began as a Division III student-athlete and as a senior, capped her career with a pair of NCAA Division II All-America honors. A two-time MVP and team captain, she won seven conference titles and graduated holding six school records.
Cook was the pitching ace of a softball program that was nationally-ranked all four of her collegiate seasons. A three-time all-region selection, she still holds the program record with 54 career wins and ranks second in both strikeouts (352) and earned run average (1.60). She led the team to a first-ever SUNYAC title in 1995.
Goldman transferred to Binghamton as a junior and made the most of his final two collegiate seasons, placing third at the NCAA Division III Championship in 1996, and fourth in 1997, to graduate with two All-America honors. He went 31-5 in his first season at Binghamton (14-1 duals) and then went 30-7 (9-0 duals) as a senior, winning a conference title along the way. Goldman was a two-time Binghamton University Athlete of the Year.
Magidoff's tenure overlapped with the ascension of the men's tennis program at the national level. He was a two-time NCAA Division III All-American and three-time NCAA qualifier who was ranked as high as No. 20 in the nation. As a senior, Magidoff led Binghamton to a No. 10 national ranking and first-ever team berth in the NCAA tournament.
Schneider was a gifted playmaker and All-American midfielder for Binghamton's highly-successful men's soccer team in the early 1990s. He led the teams to nearly 12 wins per season and three postseason tournament appearances. As a senior in 1992, Schneider tallied 12 goals and a school-record 11 assists in 20 games and was voted one of the six best midfielders in the entire country.
Starke was the mastermind behind the rise of the men's tennis program and produced dozens of individual and team accolades in his 19 full seasons as head coach. He advanced Binghamton to the NCAA Championship at all three divisional levels, including seven times in his final 11 years. He coached 10 All-Americans and 14 Academic All-Americans and held a dual-match winning percentage of 67 percent. Starke was named conference coach of the year six times at all three NCAA levels and was twice honored as the ITA East Region Coach of the Year.
Kerr, a former collegiate athlete and local orthopedic surgeon, served more than 8,000 thousand student-athletes in his 28-year tenure as volunteer team physician. He was on the sidelines for countless basketball and lacrosse home games and performed weekly consults with the school's sports medicine staff. In addition to his expertise treating and operating on student-athletes, Kerr mentored a yearly core of student athletic trainers and his practice, Orthopedic Associates, has sponsored the annual Student Trainer of the Year and Trainer Scholarship awards.
The Binghamton University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1996 and this year's class brought the total number of members to 85.