FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Queens College Athletics Hall of Fame will have eight new members inducted into the distinguished group at the sixth annual Golf Classic and Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Oct. 13, at Harbor Links Golf Club in Port Washington, N.Y.
The Class of 2017 features Alan Landes '70, Frank Saracino '55, Cheryl Vigo '03, Howard M. Elson '69 and Nicole Young '01. In addition, three teams of distinction will be inducted, including the 1967 baseball team, 1980 softball team and 2007 women's tennis team.
"We are proud to induct this group of outstanding individuals and teams of distinction into the Hall of Fame," said Queens College Assistant Vice President for Athletics, Dr. China Jude. "The sixth class is a special one, filled with tremendously talented former QC athletes, coaches and three championship teams. Each member of this group joins an elite club in the Athletics Hall of Fame, and rightfully so, as they have earned it."
For more information and to register for the QC Golf Classic and Hall of Fame Dinner, please visit qcgolfhof.com.
Howard M. Elson was a standout pitcher for the Queens College baseball team in the late 1960s. During the 1967 season, Elson helped lead the nationally ranked Knights to their first Knickerbocker Conference Championship, while he earned Knickerbocker Pitcher of the Year and all-conference honors. He led the team with a 6-2 record in 1967, and his 1.57 ERA that season ranks among the lowest in single season school history. Elson is fourth in program history in career wins (16) and sixth in single season strikeouts (64).
Alan Landes coached the Queens College men's tennis team for 27 seasons, leading the Knights to 342 victories. While at the helm, the Knights earned six NCAA tournament bids and reached the round of 32 in both 2005 and 2006. He led the program to six conference titles before Queens joined the NYCAC in 1993. That year, Queens captured the conference's inaugural men's tennis crown, while Landes garnered NYCAC Coach of the Year honors. He later won Eastern Tennis Association Coach of the Year in 2003 and was named ITA East Region Coach of the Year in 2004. An alumnus and former teacher at Queens, Landes was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in June before passing away after a courageous battle against cancer.
Frank Saracino was a key member of the Queens College baseball team during the early 1950s. Saracino was recognized with all-conference accolades from the Knickerbocker Conference in 1953 and 1954 at catcher. In 1953, he was the Knickerbocker Conference batting champion, posting an outstanding .453 batting average that season. Saracino was also team captain of the bowling team during his time at Queens. He went on to play minor league baseball and was an all-star catcher for the N.Y. Oaks in the Tri State League.
Cheryl Vigo was a four-year member of the Queens College softball and women's basketball teams. Vigo played a major role in the softball team's success in the early 2000s. She was a two-time All-American (2001, 2003), a three-time all-region and all-conference selection (2000, 2001, 2003), and earned the Queens College Silver Knight Award in 2001 and 2003. Vigo garnered NYCAC Player of the Year in 2000 after hitting .432 with 38 RBI and a .729 slugging percentage. In 2001, she batted .450 with six home runs and 48 RBI, claiming All-America status. That season, Vigo led head coach Brian DeMasters' team to the NYCAC title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. She capped her softball career with a .404 career batting average (.478 in conference), 197 hits and 139 RBI.
Nicole Young spent four seasons as a member of the Queens College women's swimming and water polo teams from 1996-2001. As a swimmer, Young garnered a handful of all-conference honors and conference championships during her time at Queens, while also claiming the Queens College Silver Knight Award. She set a number of program and conference records at the time, and currently still holds the school record in the 500-yard freestyle. Additionally, Young was a part of the Knights' conference champion water polo team, and she was a three-year captain of the swimming team.
1967 Baseball Team
In 1967, the Queens College baseball team won its first-ever Knickerbocker Conference Championship. Under the guidance of Hall of Fame coach Robert J. Tierney, the Knights went 13-4 overall that season, winning the Knickerbocker title with an 8-0 mark in conference play. Fellow Hall of Fame inductee Howard Elson led the squad on the mound, earning Knickerbocker Pitcher of the Year after going 6-2 with a 1.57 ERA and 64 strikeouts.
1980 Softball Team
During the 1980 season, the Queens College softball team captured the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Conference Championship (New York State Division III Championship). The Knights put together a 17-6 overall record in 1980 with head coach Lynne Withers guiding the way. Eileen MacLellan, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013, was one of many standouts on a talented squad ahead of its time.
2007 Women's Tennis Team
The Queens College women's tennis team took home the East Coast Conference (ECC) Championship during the 2007 season. It was the team's sixth straight conference title, dominating the NYCAC before it became the ECC. Led by head coach Alan Nagel, the Lady Knights stormed through the ECC with a 7-0 conference mark, earning a spot in the NCAA Division II East Regionals. Nagel earned ECC Coach of the Year, while Alyssa Morra, Laura Mocodeanu, Jessie Franklin, Kirby Reiss and Jennifer Merideth garnered all-conference honors.