The Mount’s Athletic Hall of Fame designated five former student athlete alumni as 2016 inductees during a Jan. 30 ceremony in Cardinal Keeler Dining Hall.
Inductees included Chris Fallon (C’76, Baseball), Mike Kuhn (C’89 Men’s Soccer), Tom Muth (C’89, Men’s Soccer), Naomi Campano-Radio (C’04, Women’s Lacrosse), and Nicole Trumpler (C’99, Women’s Soccer and Softball).
According to Maureen Plant, Director of Alumni Relations, this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony received the largest turnout of returning Hall of Famers in Mount history. Many previously-inducted Hall of Famers came from across the country, despite the weather, to share in the tradition and show their support of the new inductees.
Former Men’s Basketball coach Jim Phelan was in attendance for the ceremony along with the 1981 Men’s Basketball team, which was inducted into the hall of fame 5 years ago. Colin Ward, a Mount alum (C’94), served as the Master of Ceremony for the Event, as he has for several years now.
“It shows their respect for the event”, said Plant. “They want to celebrate the next class of inductees; they want to celebrate their accomplishments with them.”
Chris Fallon had a .627 batting average in his freshman year and was a three-time All Mason-Dixon Conference selection. Fallon earned the title of team MVP in his junior and senior seasons.
Michael Kuhn had 73 career starts for the Mount soccer team and witnessed the transition of Mount soccer from Division II to Division I. Kuhn was a defensive standout on the 1987 team that posted a school record 14 wins. Michael is the son of Ed Kuhn (C’63), who was inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2007.
Tom Muth was a teammate of Michael Kuhn’s and a key part of the soccer team’s defensive backline that allowed an average of 0.58 goals against per game in 1987. This earned the team a spot in the top 10 in the nation (NCAA Division II).
Naomi Campano-Radio played goalie for the women’s lacrosse team, which earned its first two Northeast Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2005. Naomi was also the goalie for the women’s soccer team.
Nicole Trumpler is a dual sport inductee for Women’s Soccer and Softball. One of the best goalies in Mount history, Nicole was named the Northeast Conference Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the year for the 1998-1999 season. As a softball player, she was named to the First Team All-NEC in her senior season.
The 2016 Distinguished Young Alumni Award was announced during the Hall of Fame ceremony. Recipients Kevin and Corey Downs, members of the Class of 2013, are founders of the nonprofit organization Ranchin’ Vets, whose mission is “to assist in the reintegration of veterans into civilian life through a variety of programs offered within the ranching and agricultural industry.”
Many post 9/11 veterans suffer from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and face high levels of unemployment. Ranchin’ Vets recognizes that these vets, who are fast learning and task oriented, “find peace working with animals in a quiet, rural setting.”
President Newman was in attendance for the ceremonies, and took the opportunity to announce the expansion of the Mount St. Mary’s NCAA Division I athletic program, with the addition of Men’s Swimming and Diving in the 2016-2017 season. The Mount now has 17 NCAA Division I teams.
“Mount St. Mary’s has one of the longest traditions of sports excellence of any member of the NCAA, excellence that is measured in terms of meeting the highest standards of sportsmanship and student-athlete success in addition to games and championships won,” Newman said.
“We are expanding upon that strong foundation,” he added. “College athletics play an integral role in the university experience of athletes and spectators alike. I am extremely proud of our athletics program and fully committed to its continued growth and development.”