Saint Vincent College will induct nine individual alumni into its prestigious Athletic Hall of Fame during a reception and dinner to be held at the Fred M. Rogers Center at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. The alumni will also be recognized during the halftime ceremony of the Saint Vincent vs. Westminster College football game at 1 p.m.
The soon-to-be inducted individuals include: Richard Boysen of Belle Vernon; Jeffrey Giordan of Latrobe; Melissa Hayes of South Fayette Township; Kelly Morda of Ford City; Anthony Morocco of Trafford; Eugene Oberst of Rochester, New York; Jeffrey Sheldon of New Kensington; Tara Cochrane-Warrington of Mount Pleasant; South Carolina; and Dean Zanella of Everett.
“The Athletic Hall of Fame is the highest level of recognition presented to student-athletes, coaches and teams at Saint Vincent College,” commented Shawn Gouch, director of alumni relations. “Each year, Saint Vincent College formally recognizes student-athletes and teams who not only excelled in the classroom and on the field of athletic competition during their collegiate careers, but also excelled once leaving Saint Vincent. Those individuals and teams that are selected to be members of the Hall of Fame exemplify the lessons they learned in athletics and through their Benedictine education.”
Richard E. Boysen
Richard E. Boysen received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Saint Vincent College in 1986. During his time at college, he was a co-captain on the men’s soccer team, and was honored as a national first-team National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)/National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American as well as a three-time regional all-American, three-time all-district and three-time all-conference player. He is a recipient of the Albert Deluca Award from SVC, which is given in recognition of athletes who displayed dependable and responsible leadership during their athletic careers. For the past 15 years, Boysen has been operating a security and video surveillance company that sells, installs and services security systems to both commercial and residential customers. His two sons, Ricky and Ryan Boysen, enjoy playing ice hockey, which Boysen coached at Mon Valley. Additionally, Boysen enjoys fishing, boating, hunting, golfing, traveling, water skiing and snow skiing. He is a member of Saint Sebastian Church in Belle Vernon. One of his fondest memories at SVC includes competing in the NAIA Soccer National Championship, when his team upset the number-one seed in overtime.
Jeffrey A. Giordan
Jeffrey A. Giordan received a bachelor of arts degree in information science with a minor in finance from Saint Vincent College in 1993. While attending SVC, he participated in both cross country and lacrosse, for which he was a four-time Allegheny Lacrosse League All-Star Goalie. He was also a recipient of the Albert Deluca Award for dependable and responsible leadership as an athlete. After graduation, he was the assistant to the SVC men’s lacrosse coach from 1993-1998 and has been a goalie clinician for the Nike Girls camp at SVC for the past 15 years. He currently works as a technical specialist for Westmoreland County Information Systems, in addition to being the head coach of girls’ field hockey and assistant coach of girls’ lacrosse at Latrobe High School, along with being a goalie coach for True Lacrosse in Pittsburgh. He was also formerly a coach for the boy’s lacrosse team at Latrobe High School. Giordan says that SVC made a difference in his life by showing him the important balance of academics and athletics, along with the importance of community in athletics and the college experience as a whole.
Melissa A. (Shell) Hayes
Melissa Hayes received a bachelor of science degree in business management with a minor in accounting from Saint Vincent College in 1997. She was the recipient of a full scholarship award and was appointed as a starter all four years on the SVC women’s varsity basketball team. Hayes set the SVC school record for the most steals in a career at 502 and amassed 1,204 career points. She was a four-time All-Conference selection, including Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year, in addition to several other basketball accolades. She was named a 1996-97 Kodak All-American and received the William Rafferty Award for athletes who achieved excellence both athletically and academically. Hayes made the Dean’s List for four semesters, was named in Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities and was nominated for the National Collegiate Business Merit Award in 1997. Additionally, she was SVC’s first-ever homecoming queen. She currently works as an account executive at UPMC Health Plan and lives with her husband, John Hayes, in South Fayette Township. She has two stepsons, Hunter and Ryan, who attend the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, respectively. Her hobbies include kettleball, crossfit, running, traveling, music, kayaking, canoeing, networking, entertaining clients outside of work events and attending her stepson’s college football games. She is currently a member of St. Barbara Parish in Pittsburgh.
Kelly N. Morda
Kelly N. Morda graduated from SVC in 2002 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and elementary education. She continued her education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she received a Health and Physical Education Teaching Certificate. She participated in the women’s basketball team at SVC and was named 1998-99 Freshman of the Year for the AMC conference, first team all-AMC conference in 2000, 2001 and 2002, was named NAIA all-American in 2002, received the NAIA All-American Collegiate Scholar Award and Albert Deluca Award, and was the second leading SVC scorer with 1,776 points. She is currently a health and physical education teacher at Riverview School District, in addition to volunteering at SVC women’s basketball summer camps and as a women’s basketball team chaperone. She was also an assistant coach for the Ford City High School volleyball and basketball teams and an assistant basketball coach for the Riverview High School basketball team. She is a member of the Ford City Garden Club and enjoys skiing, swimming, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. One of her favorite SVC memories was being a part of the national-bound SVC women’s basketball team, along with the memories she made with her team and her coach, the late Kristen Zawacki.
Anthony L. Morocco III
Anthony L. Morocco III received a bachelor of science degree in business management from Saint Vincent College in 1998. He was the captain of the men’s basketball team from 1997 to 1998 and was a Bearcat Athletic Club Senior of the Year in 1998. While attending Saint Vincent College, he broke Harry Folk’s 40-year all-time career points record and currently holds the third all-time career point total for SVC men’s basketball at 1,738 points, along with several other basketball records, including most assists in career, most assists in season, most three-point goals made in career, season and game. He also helped lead the men’s basketball team to most wins in a season and its highest National Tournament finish in the Elite Eight. In addition to his accomplishments in SVC sports, he is also the recipient of Lifetime Athletic Achievement Award for fostering youth sports in Trafford, was inducted into the East Boro Sports Hall of Fame and is the vice president of community relations for the Coach Rich 4 Kids charity event. Morocco currently works as an executive general manager for Virtual Manager, a company based in Brisbane, Australia. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, bowling, traveling and being an avid Steelers and Penguins fan. He is a member of St. Regis Catholic Church in Trafford, where he resides with his wife, Viviana.
Eugene T. Oberst
Eugene T. Oberst graduated in 1971 with a bachelor of arts in history and continued his education at Ohio University, receiving a master of arts degree in history in 1973. While at Saint Vincent, he was the co-captain of the wrestling team. He is currently a teacher and department chair for social studies at Aquinas Institute in Rochester, New York. In addition to his career as an educator, Oberst is involved in the Parish Council at Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish in Rochester and serves as the treasurer for the Rochester Area Council of Social Studies. He is a member of the New York State and National Council for Social Studies and a member of the Portland Avenue Revitalization Committee and was an item writer for the New York State Regents Examinations and ACT tests. He currently lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, Margaret, with whom he has five children: Patrick, Maria, Kevin, Theresa and Andrew.
Jeffrey A. Sheldon
Jeffrey A. Sheldon graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sociology in 1984 and continued his education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he received a master of arts degree in criminology, and at the FBI National Academy, where he graduated in 2000 as a member of the 203rd class. While at SVC, he participated on the men’s soccer team for four years and received the Albert Deluca Award in 1984. He credits his soccer coach, John Granish, as one of his biggest influences, saying that he inspired and motivated him to be the best person he could be. He also wanted to credit the Opportunity Program, which he says gave him a chance to be successful. Sheldon currently serves as director of school police at Highland School District in Natrona Heights. In addition to his career, he has done volunteer work with the Special Olympics and Stampede in the Park, is involved in the Miss America Pageant and is the director of security for the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant. In his spare time, Sheldon enjoys traveling and golfing. He and his wife, Jayne Sheldon, reside in New Kensington and are the parents of two children, Juliann and Drew Sheldon.
Tara L. Cochrane-Warrington
Tara L. Cochrane-Warrington graduated in 2000 from SVC with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and her certification in elementary education. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a Principal K-12 certification in 2008 and a master of education in administrative and policy studies, school leadership in 2012. She played basketball at SVC, scored more than 1,000 career points, became a 1999-2000 NAIA All-American, a 1999-2000 Kodak All-American and SVC Player of the Year in 2000. She currently works as the director of curriculum and instruction at Meeting Street Schools in Charleston, South Carolina. Warrington said that she was inspired to become an educator for urban youth because of her experiences through Saint Vincent’s Pathways to Success Program. She attends Mass at Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, where she lives with her husband, John Warrington.
Dean M. Zanella
Dean M. Zanella graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of arts in history. While at SVC, he played on the men’s soccer team for four years and became a team captain. While playing soccer, he received the Albert Deluca Award and was named an NAIA All-American, All-Region and All-Conference player. In addition to his athletic achievements, Zanella was an SGA senator and received a leadership scholarship. Outside of SVC, he worked with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, retiring as a platoon sergeant. He was inducted into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club and was Brigade Soldier of the Year. He has also volunteered as a church youth group leader, a Boy Scouts of America cubmaster, American Youth Soccer Organization head coach and referee, and as a varsity soccer coach. He is also the recipient of the Laurel Highlands Coach of the Year Award for his efforts in coaching. Additionally, he is involved in American Legion Post #8 and the Everett Sportsman Club and currently works as a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner at Bedford-Somerset Developmental and Behavioral Health Services. He and his wife, Barbara, have two children: Alexandra and Matthew. Zanella is a member of First Christian Church in Everett. When asked about his favorite memories at college, Zanella cited all of the great people he met both on and off the field, especially his Spanish professor, Fr. Simon Toth, for his teaching style, personality and classroom lessons that encompassed far more than just Spanish.
For information and reservations for the dinner, please contact the Alumni Office at Saint Vincent, 724-805-2894.
Photos: Richard Boysen, Jeffrey Giordan, Melissa Hayes, Kelly Morda, Anthony Morocco, Eugene Oberst, Jeffrey Sheldon, Tara Cochrane-Warrington and Dean Zanella.
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