The Saint Peter's University Athletics Hall of Fame was formed on February 25, 1981. Its purpose is the annual selection of Saint Peter's alumni, alumnae and non-graduates who have, in some way, been associated with the college, the an "Athletic Hall of Fame", wherein achievements may be set forth for honor and recognition.
The Hall of Fame's inaugural dinner was held October 17, 1981. There were 19 charter members inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2013 Hall of Fame Class
Gulhan Cakcak Miller, Women's Volleyball, Class of 2006
Gulhan Cakcak Miller made an instant impact on the Saint Peter’s women’s volleyball team after arriving from Dickinson State University in South Dakota
In her senior season, she helped the Peacocks to their first winning season in four years with a 15-13 overall record while the team also finished 5-4 in league play for the second-straight year. On of her best performances that season was when she recorded 24 kills against La Salle. Pacing the team in kills, service aces and also ranking second in digs, she was named to the All-MAAC first team for the second-straight season.
A native of Turkey, Gulhan Cakcak graduated from Saint Peter’s in 2006 with a degree in international business and trade. She now resides in St. Cloud, Minnesota with her husband Derek and her son Deniz and works at St. Cloud State University.
Yolande Doctor, Women's Basketball, Class of 1990
Yolande Doctor will go down as one of the first women’s basketball shot blockers in program history and set the standard for years to come.
She made that distinction as a presence inside in her first season under legendary head coach Mike Granelli, posting a single-season program record 34 blocks in 1986-87 to rank second in the MAAC in the category. She scored a career-high 20 points in a 91-55 win against Delaware State. She helped the team to an 18-9 overall mark and a 7-5 record in league play.
In her second season, she scored double figures 11 times, including matching her career high with 20 points against La Salle. She had two double-digit rebound performances, including a career-best 12 caroms in a 92-63 win against Wisconsin. The Peacocks finished 19-10 and won its MAAC first round game against Manhattan before falling to La Salle in the second round.
After averaging a little over eight points a game in her first season, Doctor stepped up her scoring in her third season to average 10.2 points per game. She posted double figures in points 16 times as a junior, including a career-high 24 points in a big win against Holy Cross and also matched her career rebound total with 12 boards against Wagner. Named to the MAAC All-Academic team and an Honorable Mention All-America on the National Jesuit News’ all-star team, she also tied her single-season record for blocks with 34 rejections. The team went 20-8 overall and 8-4 in MAAC play.
Her senior year was highlighted by 11 double-figure performances and becoming the ninth player in program history to score 1,000 points in her career with 12 points against Siena in her final regular season game. She scored double figures in her last five games of her career, including 23 points against Hartford. Named to the MAAC All-Academic team for the second-straight year, she helped the Peacocks to share of the MAAC Regular Season title after finishing 22-6 overall and 8-2 in league play.
She left as the program’s all-time leader in blocks and currently ranks fifth. She also ranks 12th in rebounding and 18th in points for her career.
Jennifer Eickhorst Reeves, Women's Soccer, Class of 1999
Statistics sometimes defines playing careers, but for Jennifer Eickhorst Reeves her biggest contributions to the women’s soccer program are hardly noted in the record book. During her four-year playing career, she was responsible for marking the opponents top scoring threat and she flourished to lead the Peacocks to three of its four best seasons in program history,
In her first season, she helped the Peacocks to its second-straight winning season with a 10-6-2 overall mark and a 5-2 record in MAAC play. After starting the season with a loss, she helped Saint Peter’s to six-straight wins that included four shutouts. The squad then won four of its final regular season games and the defense highlighted this stretch with two shutouts. The Peacocks tied Fairfield in the MAAC Tournament, but the Stags advanced in penalty kicks.
Her second season in Jersey City will go down as the best in women’s soccer history after the squad finished 12-6-1 overall and 6-1 in MAAC play to win the MAAC regular season for the only time in program history. The team started off strong again after winning seven of its first eight games that included a six-game winning streak. In those seven wins, the Peacocks did not allow more than one goal a game and had four shutouts. After the second loss of the season, the squad rolled off three more wins and in the first 12 games of the season the Peacocks only gave up two goals once thanks to that strong defense. The team defeated Loyola in the final regular season game to earn the MAAC regular season crown, but lost to Siena in the MAAC Tournament.
Saint Peter’s continued its winning ways in her junior year, posting a 10-8-1 overall mark. The Peacocks started the year 3-1-1 and only allowed two goals in those five matches. Finishing the season strong, the team won its final four games and outscored the opponent 12-2 in those contests.
The 1998 season saw a return to the MAAC Tournament after finishing 6-3 in league play. The defense posted four shutouts and only gave up one goal four times on the year.
Anchoring the defense, during her four seasons in Jersey City she helped the team to the second-best four-year stretch in program history, posting a 40-29-5 overall mark and 16-11 in MAAC play.
She graduated in 1999 with a degree in elementary education and American studies. She is married to 1998 Saint Peter’s graduate Mike Reeves and the couple lives in Somerset, New Jersey with their children Madison, Devin and Chase.
Juan Gaviria, Men's Soccer, Class of 2008
Now if you are not a defensive-minded person and are more about offense statistics then our next inductee will fit your bill. Juan Gaviria played four years for the Peacocks men’s soccer team and he will go down as one of the greatest offensive players in program history.
He arrived on campus the year after the Peacocks won the MAAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round so the team. The squad finished 9-6-5 overall and 6-2-1 in MAAC play before falling to Marist in the MAAC first round. The squad tied 20th-ranked Seton Hall 1-all on and Gaviria posted five goals and three assists for 13 points to earn a spot on the All-MAAC Rookie team and show a glimpse of what was to come for the next three years.
In his second year in Jersey City, he posted the seventh-most goals and the sixth-most points in program history after tallying 14 goals and five assists for 33 points. His offensive outburst in his sophomore year earned him his first All-MAAC first-team recognition and a Mid-Atlantic Region All-American second-team nod.
He continued his offensive prowess in his third season to also help the Peacocks back to the MAAC Championship Game thanks to a 10-8-2 overall mark and 6-3 record in league play. He finished with 15 goals and three assists for 33 points to earn the MAAC Player of the Year honors and a spot on the All-MAAC first team for the second-straight season. The 15 goals were the third-most in a single season in program history and scored a goal in a 3-0 win against Niagara to put the Peacocks back in the MAAC Championship Game before falling to Fairfield 1-0 in the championship bout.
The 2007 season was a special one for the men’s soccer program. Gaviria posted 10 goals and six assists for 26 points to earn his third All-MAAC first-team recognition. In the MAAC Semifinals, he helped the Saint Peter’s avenge it loss to the Stags in the championship game after he scored the decisive goal to send the Peacocks back to the title game for the second-straight season. The squad then lost to Loyola 1-0 in the title game, but Saint Peter’s became the first MAAC school to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after finishing 15-6-1 overall and 6-2-1 in league play.
Gaviria finished his career as the all-time leader in shots and ranks second in team history on goals and points and seventh in assists. The Peacocks posted a 41-29-12 overall mark and 20-10-5 record in the circuit.
A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, he graduated in 2008 with a degree in business management. He remains in his hometown with his wife Roxana and is the store manager at Sherwin Willliams in Jersey City.
Christina Porter, Softball, Class of 2000
Christina Porter arrived at Saint Peter’s just at the right time in the fall of 1996. The Peacocks softball team was just coming off its first Co-MAAC Regular Season title and its first 30-win season in program history.
For the next four years, Porter and the Saint Peter’s softball team won 30 games in each season and participated in the MAAC Softball Championships.
In her first season, Saint Peter’s started the season 9-1. The squad would go on and post two seven-game winning streaks, including posting wins against the likes of St. Johns, Rutgers and Seton Hall. The Peacocks finished with its second-straight 30-win season at 32-16-1 overall and 7-4-1 in the MAAC while advancing to the MAAC Tournament and winning its first round matchup against Niagara.
The Peacocks went 32-12-1 overall and 12-3-1 in MAAC play in her second season that included doubleheader sweeps against Seton Hall and St. Johns. The squad advanced to the MAAC Tournament for the third-straight year, but lost both contests it played.
Another great season came in her junior year after Saint Peter’s finished 31-20 overall and 12-4 in league play. The squad won nine straight games midway through the season and defeated Fairfield in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament.
Porter and the Peacocks won the MAAC Regular Season Crown in her senior year after going 32-19-1 overall and 12-4 in MAAC games. In the MAAC Tournament, Saint Peter’s defeated Canisius and Fairfield to reach the championship game for the first time in program history before the Golden Griffins won the last two games to claim the title.
A slap hitter by trade, Porter is the program’s all-time leader in hits and at-bats. She also ranks second in stolen bases, fourth in games played (195), fourth in runs scored, fifth in batting average and eighth in total bases.
A native of Tempe, Arizona, she graduated in 2000 with a degree in English. She resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband Warner, son Brooks and is expecting her second child in March. She works at Bessemer Trust Company.
Todd Sowell, Men's Basketball, Class of 2008
Just like our women’s basketball Hall of Fame inductee, Todd Sowell was a force to be reckoned with on the inside and left as the all-time leader in shot blocks and second in career rebounds and he earned the nickname Mr. Double-Double.
He played in 28 games in his freshman year, including two starts. He recorded eight points twice as a freshman and notched his best game of the season at Seton Hall when he tallied seven points and 12 rebounds against the Pirates. The Peacocks finished with a winning record after going 15-13 overall and 10-8 in league play and advanced to the second round of the MAAC Tournament after defeating Rider in the first round.
Recording a breakthrough sophomore year, he became the fourth player in program history to average a double-double with 11.6 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 32 games, including 29 starts. He recorded 15 double-doubles on the year, including a career-best 25 points and 18 rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson. His prowess as a shot blocker became more evident after recording 57 blocks to move into the program’s Top-10 for career blocks just after two seasons. An All-MAAC third-team selection, he recorded a career-high seven rejections against Canisius. The Peacocks finished 15-13 overall and 9-9 in MAAC play.
In his first game of his junior year, he tallied 11 points and 10 rebounds to help first-year head coach John Dunne to his first career victory. Again he gave Fairleigh Dickinson fits, tallying 21 points and 12 rebounds and also had 23 points and 11 rebounds against Florida State. An All-MAAC second-team selection, he averaged 13.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in his third season and turned away 55 shots to increase his career total to 131.
After averaging a double-double as a sophomore, he completed his career by averaging 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and recorded a then program record 67 blocks. He paced the Peacocks in rebounds in all but three games that season and had a team high in points seven times. He recorded a season-high 23 points and 18 rebounds against Monmouth and finished his career with a 20-point performance against Manhattan in the MAAC Tournament.
He currently ranks second in program history in blocks, second in rebounds and 18th in points. After graduation, he played three seasons professionally.
A 2008 graduate with a degree in marketing management, Sowell remains in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York and works for Asphalt Green.
Coach Sean Powers, Special Services
Many of you know our last Hall of Fame inductee whether it was on the football field, in the weight room or the equipment room. If you ask him what his title is, he will jokingly tell you that is the Strength and Condition Coach, Equipment Manager, Human Fork Lift or Master Folder, but Sean Powers has been a Saint Peter’s staple for the last 18 years.
He came to Saint Peter’s in 1996 as an offensive line coach and spent 11 years on the sideline with the Peacocks football program. During the 2001 season, he helped the Saint Peter’s offense rank 15th nationally in Division I-AA rushing offense and his offensive line only allowed 15 sacks during the 10-1 Saint Peter’s Hall of Fame season of 2001. The next year the offense was even better and ranked ninth while his O-line allowed 18 sacks.
In addition to serving as an assistant football coach, he has served as strength and conditioning coach and equipment manager.
2011 Hall of Fame Class
Keydren Clark, Basketball, Class of 2006
Keydren Clark will go down as one of the greatest players in Saint Peter’s history. He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American and Collegehoops.net Honorable Mention All-American in 2006. He reached the Semifinals of the Three Point Contest at the 2006 Final Four. Clark was named to the 2006 All-MAAC Tournament Team and became the Sixth Player in NCAA Division I History to reach the 3,000-point plateau. He is the third player in Saint Peter’s history to reach the 500-assist plateau. The 2006 MAAC Pepsi Player of the Year, Clark was named to the All-MAAC First Team three times, to the NABC District 3 Second Team four times and the MAAC Rookie of the Year. He was the 2005 Haggerty Award Winner (Best Division I Basketball Player in Metropolitan NY) and a Mid-Major All-American (One of 21 selected by College Insider.com). Clark is currently playing professionally in Europe.
Walter Greenhalgh, Football, Class of 1971
Walter Greenhalgh was a three year starter on the offensive line for the Peacocks. His teams were ranked 2nd in the Nation and were awarded a Lambert Bowl from the NY Athletic Club. Greenhalgh was the team’s leading run and pass blocker and was a student senator, president of the senior class and helped lead the way for the football program to become intercollegiate. He is currently a partner at Duane Morris, LLP law firm.
Sean Mayers, Football/Track and Field, Class of 2006
Sean Mayers was one of the most prolific runners in Peacock history. He set the all-time rushing mark with 3,413 yards and is also first all-time in rushing attempts, second in touchdowns, sixth in rush average and second in yards per game. He is also third all-time in total offensive yards and second all-time in all purpose yard. Mayers is third all-time in total points scored and second all-time in total touchdowns scored. He also ran track and set records in the shorter distances.
Sandy Attanasio, Softball, Class of 2002
Sandy Attanasio was the ace of the staff on the Peahens NCAA team in 2001. She is ranked second all-time in ERA, eighth in strikeouts per seven innings, third in wins, fourth in saves, first in appearances, fourth in games started, first in shutouts and second in innings pitched. In 2001 she was 22-8 with a 1.66 ERA, 12 shutouts, 24 complete games and 155 strikeouts and was named MAAC Pitcher of the Year. She also pitched the only perfect game in school history against Fairleigh Dickinson.
Tonya Gertrude, Basketball, Class of 1997
Tonya Gertrunde was a key contributor to the 1996-97 team that was the first team in the history of the MAAC to go undefeated in the regular season. Gertrude’s team won the MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships that season and went to NCAA Tournament. She was named to 1997 MAAC All-Tournament team and was on three MAAC Regular Season Championship Teams. She currently ranks in the top 20 in eight categories all-time at Saint Peter’s.
Michelle Spratford, Bowling, Class of 2003
Michelle Spratford was a four-year member of the Saint Peter’s women’s bowling team from 1999-2003, and served one season as Head Coach. She was named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference (EIBC) All-Conference First Team three consecutive seasons, and was selected Most Valuable Player in 2001 and again in 2003. Sptratford was also an honorable mention selection to the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association All-American Team of 2002. Perhaps her greatest achievement were her efforts at the 2003 EIBC Sectional, which propelled the Peahens to their only Intercollegiate Bowling Conference National Tournament appearance. Sptratford became the Head Coach at Saint Peter’s for the 2005-06 season and was instrumental in the transition from intercollegiate club bowling to the development of the current NCAA Division I Women’s Bowling program.
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Joe Sirangelo, Class of 1971
Joe Sirangelo is the Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Hudson County Schools of Technology. He has dedicated over forty years of his professional career to educating the youth of Hudson County, both on and off the athletic field. After receiving the Hudson County Coaches Association Scholarship and the Jersey Journal Student Athlete Award, he decided to attend Saint Peter’s College. For the past 30 years Sirangelo has been a key administrator at the highly acclaimed Hudson County Schools of Technology. The school district has been honored as one of the most innovative and technologically advanced in the state and was featured in PC Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Wired Schools in the Country”. The district has received two New Jersey Star School designations from the State and has been highly ranked in US News and World Report. New Jersey Magazine rated one of its High Schools, High Tech, as one of the state’s great high schools. The State also recognized it as one of the Governor’s Schools of Excellence. Sirangelo is most proud of the “second chance” alternative programs which have successfully graduated thousands of students who would have been high school dropouts.
SPECIAL SERVICE AWARD
Dr. Eileen Poiani
Dr. Eileen Poiani spent over 40 years at Saint Peter’s College as a faculty member and then Vice President of Student Affairs. She was appointed to the VP role in 1999, making her the first woman vice-president in the history of Saint Peter’s College. During her time as the VP she was a strong supporter of athletics as she oversaw the athletics department. Before becoming VP she directed the College’s self study that led to unconditional NCAA Division I certification. She remains at Saint Peter’s College as a Special Assistant to the President.