2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Class Announced

by Public Relations | Aug 15, 2019
 

LATROBE, PA – Saint Vincent College will induct eight individuals and one team into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a 6 p.m. reception and dinner on Saturday, Sept. 28 in the Fred M. Rogers Center. The inductees will also be introduced that afternoon during halftime of the Saint Vincent football game against Carnegie Mellon University that afternoon which begins at 1 p.m. at Chuck Noll Field.

The 2019 inductees include the 1994 women’s volleyball team; Patricia Chabala, C’88 (softball); Dan Consuegra, C’06 (baseball); Nicole (Hinerman) Karr, C’04 (softball); Kenny Roberts, C’05 (men’s basketball); Edward Sagan, C’87 (men’s soccer); Dr. Terrance Smith, C’05 (men’s basketball); David Suski, C’06 (men’s soccer); and Tony Washam, C’05 (men’s basketball).

“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 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.”

PATRICIA J. CHABALA
Patricia J. Chabala graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of arts degree in liberal arts, with aPatricia Chabala sociology concentration. A native of Bridgeville, she was a member of the first softball team in Saint Vincent College history and put together an impressive four-year career in the pitcher’s circle despite never having pitched before enrolling at SVC. Chabala was a four-time All-NAIA District 18/Keystone Empire College Conference honoree and authored both the first no-hitter and perfect game in program history. Despite being a new program, the Bearcats posted a winning record in all four of Chabala’s seasons, going a combined 45-24. The team’s 15 victories in 1986 remained a school record until 2008. Following her graduation, Chabala enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving as a member of its search and rescue team. She would go on to earn a masters degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently employed as a licensed social worker and special needs coordinator at the Francis F. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She has traveled to Uganda on several occasions to volunteer with missionary teams, while she is also a volunteer at the Comea House homeless shelter and serves as a foster home for Cheyenne Animal Shelter. Chabala chose to attend Saint Vincent because she wanted to remain in western Pennsylvania and because of the College’s wonderful liberal arts curriculum. Her favorite part of her college experience was making new friends and creating lasting memories all the time, while she lists Coach Kristen Zawacki as her biggest influence at SVC, not just for having enough confidence in Chabala’s athletic ability to change her position in softball but also for having the faith and trust in her as a leader to her teammates. The daughter of Martin and Loretta Chabala, she enjoys softball, running, hiking and volunteering and recently completed a 200-mile running relay in Colorado with a team comprised of active duty and veteran military women.

DANIEL E. CONSUEGRA
Daniel E. Consuegra graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree in management,Dan Consuegra before going on to earn master’s degrees from Saint Vincent in both curriculum and instruction and school administration. A native of Damascus, Maryland, Consuegra was the Bearcat baseball team’s most decorated player over the winningest four-year span in team history. He is the team’s only two-time All-America selection, earning the accolade following both his freshman and senior seasons, while he was a three-time All-American Mideast Conference (AMC) honoree and three-time NAIA All-Region selection. Consuegra spent the first three years of his career as a middle infielder before moving to catcher as a senior and graduated as the team’s all-time leader with 188 career hits, which currently ranks second in the team’s history books. Over the course of his 150-game career, he batted .395 with 12 home runs, 35 doubles, 98 runs scored and 135 RBI. During Consuegra’s 2003 freshman season, the Bearcats won a team-record 27 games, before following that up with a 26-win campaign in 2004 that resulted in the team’s only AMC title and a trip to the NAIA Region IX finals, where they finished one game short of advancing to the NAIA World Series. The team would go on to top the 20-win mark and reach the AMC playoffs in each of Consuegra’s final two seasons. His fondest memories of his time at SVC include his friendships with teammates and meeting his wife, Kristin, while his biggest influence during his college experience was head coach Mick Janosko, who always pushed his players to be better. Consuegra is currently the principal at Apollo-Ridge High School, where he strives to provide each student the skills to succeed beyond high school. He and wife Kristin (Hozak), a 2008 SVC graduate, reside in Plum with their children, Tyson, Paxton and Lucy.


NICOLE H. KARR
Nicole H. (Hinerman) Karr graduated in 2004 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychologyNicole Karr education and early childhood and elementary education, before earning a master’s degree from Saint Vincent in curriculum and instruction. A native of Greensburg, Karr was a four-year starter and three-year captain for the Bearcat softball team and remains the program’s record-holder in nearly every offensive category. She burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2001 by hitting a then-school-record 13 doubles. As a junior in 2003, she earned All-AMC accolades after batting .415 with 34 hits, setting school records with six triples and 15 doubles. Her 2004 senior season remains arguably the finest in team history, as she led the AMC with a .538 batting average and 21 doubles, both of which remain school records, while she also set school standards with a .925 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage. Following the season, she was named a recipient of the Saint Vincent athletic department’s E. Albert DeLuca Award for dependable and responsible leadership. Following her graduation, she remained with the Bearcat program as an assistant under head coach Kristen Zawacki, before being named the third head coach in team history in 2006. She has since built the Bearcats into a national power, leading the team to 257 wins over her 13-year tenure, which has included Presidents’ Athletic Conference titles and trips to the NCAA Division III national playoffs in both 2016 and 2019. Karr chose to attend Saint Vincent because of its excellent education program and the warm and welcoming feel of the campus, while her fondest memories are of all of the great people she met, both on and off the field. The daughter of Richard and Janet Hinerman, she resides in Irwin and enjoys exercising, the outdoors, traveling and spending time with her family.

KENNY J. ROBERTS
Kenny J. Roberts graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts in communication and minor inKenny Roberts sociology. A native of Falling Waters, West Virginia, Roberts was among the top point guards in the nation during his four-year career (2001-05) with the Bearcat men’s basketball team. Roberts started all 121 games at point guard over the four-year span, scoring 1,704 points, the fourth most all-time in team history. He also ranks second in team history with 467 career assists and 249 steals, while his 192 career three-point field goals rank in the top five all-time among SVC players. Roberts was twice named NAIA All-America, earning the honors as a junior in 2004 and a senior in 2005, while he was a four-time All-AMC selection. With Roberts at point guard, the Bearcats went a combined 97-24, reaching the NAIA National Championship Tournament in each of his four years. In 2003, Roberts hit one of the biggest shots in team history, a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of regulation that lifted SVC to a 71-68 win over Geneva in the AMC semifinals. Less than 24 hours later, the Bearcats defeated Ohio Dominican to win the conference title and earn a trip to the national tournament. Following graduation, Roberts played professionally in England, while also serving a stint as assistant coach on D.P. Harris’ Saint Vincent staff. Currently, he resides in Inwood, West Virginia and is employed by Grafton Integrated Health Network as a direct support professional and is a regional director for ACN. Roberts’ fondest memories at Saint Vincent include winning the conference championship and cutting down the nets every year with his teammates, as well as bus trips to away games, life in the dorms and meeting friends whom he considers family. His biggest influences at SVC were his head coach, D.P. Harris, athletic director Fr. Myron Kirsch, O.S.B and Spanish professor Fr. Simon Toth, O.S.B.  Roberts is especially excited to be able to enter the Hall of Fame with his best friend, Tony Washam, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to reunite with his teammates.

Ed SaganEDWARD R. SAGAN
Edward R. Sagan, Jr., graduated from Saint Vincent College in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and minor in mathematics. A four-year starter in goal for the Bearcat men’s soccer team, Sagan played a major role during arguably the most successful era in the team’s history. A two-time all-conference honoree, Sagan remains listed among the program’s all-time leaders in nearly every significant statistical category. He earned 39 wins in goal over his four-year career, which still remain a program record more than 30 years after his graduation. As a sophomore in 1984, Sagan recorded six shutouts, which remained a program record for more than 20 years and still ranks second in a single season in team history. His 23 saves in a 1985 bout with Geneva are also the second most in a single game in the 53-year history of SVC men’s soccer. After helping the Bearcats to a school-record 12 victories in 1984, Sagan played an integral role a year later during the most successful season in team history. The 1985 Bearcats went 17-3 overall and a perfect 9-0 in conference play, advancing to the NAIA National Tournament. In the first round, SVC defeated Alabama-Huntsville by a 2-1 score in overtime, before suffering a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat in the second round to Fresno Pacific, who would eventually reach the national championship finals. Sagan performed admirably on the national stage, earning a spot on the NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team, while also being named Small-College All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association. A season later, Sagan helped the Bearcats reach the regional championship game and went on to receive All-America accolades for the second consecutive season. He remains one of just two players in team history to be named All-America in two different seasons. Following his graduation from Saint Vincent, Sagan earned an MBA from Ohio University. He has remained active as a youth soccer official and coach and has run six Chicago Marathons as part of Team World Vision, which raises money to provide clean water to villages and children in Africa. He and wife, Kris (Gray), a 1989 Saint Vincent graduate, are the proud parents of two sons, Jack and Matthew.

DR. TERRANCE D. SMITH
Dr. Terrance D. Smith graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of science degree in businessTerrance Smith management, and has subsequently earned an MBA from Grantham University and a doctorate of business administration from Walden University. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Smith enjoyed a prolific four-year career for the Bearcat men’s basketball team (1997-2001), as he was twice named NAIA All-America while also earning three All-AMC honors. Smith graduated as the Bearcats’ all-time career scoring leader with 1,819 points, which still ranks second in team history, while he also totaled 173 career three-point field goals and averaged 3.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists for his career. During his career, the Bearcats posted a four-year record of 85-42, winning conference championships and advancing to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in both 1998 and 2000. Following Saint Vincent, Smith enlisted in the U.S. Army, reaching the rank of chief warrant officer 2. Over his 12-year military career, he served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a number of honors, including a Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation and Army Achievement Medals and Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals with Combat Stars. After his military career, Smith returned to SVC to serve as assistant men’s basketball coach while also joining the faculty in the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government. During his five-year tenure as assistant coach, the Bearcats posted a record of 101-35, twice winning PAC titles and advancing to the NCAA Division III playoffs. In April 2019, Smith was elevated to head coach, and will begin his first full season at the helm this fall. In the McKenna School, he serves as an assistant professor of management, teaching courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, while he serves as the executive director of the McKenna School’s Kennametal Center for Operational Excellence. Smith said he chose to attend Saint Vincent because he felt at home on every visit to campus, and because he immediately saw the faculty, administrators and coaching staff take a genuine interest in his well-being. He is happy to note that this family atmosphere on campus still thrives to this day. The son of Sharon Johnson, Smith resides in Latrobe and has four children: Kobe, Maya and twins Cadence and Kyra.

DAVID J. SUSKI
David J. Suski graduated from Saint Vincent in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree inDavid Suski communication. A native of Donora, he started every game over his four-year career with the Bearcat men’s soccer team and remains the program’s all-time leader in both career goals (56) and points (137). Named both NAIA All-America and NSCAA/Adidas All-Region following his 2005 senior season, Suski was a four-time All-American Mideast Conference (AMC) honoree. Suski scored at least 10 goals and 27 points in all four of his seasons in the green and gold and was the team’s leading scorer in each of his final three years. He twice netted 16 goals in a season, in both 2003 and 2005, which remains the third-most in a single season by a Bearcat player. The total also ranked first in the AMC in 2005, a season in which the Bearcats won 12 games – second most in a season in team history – and advanced to the NAIA Region IX semifinals. Suski was named the recipient of the 2005-06 Bearcat Athletic Club Award, given to the College’s most outstanding athlete. He currently works as a senior analyst for procurement for Seneca Resources in Pittsburgh, while he is an active volunteer with the Cranberry CUP, an organization of homeowners’ associations in the Cranberry Township area that raises funds for those who have experienced severe financial stress due to medical or other hardships. Suski’s fondest memory of Saint Vincent is the friendship and camaraderie of him and his teammates, as they formed memories that will last forever, and he feels that the education he received at SVC laid the foundation for his professional success, teaching him how to adapt and apply new concepts that he’s been able to utilize throughout his career. The son of Dave and Diane Suski, he and wife, Shelly, have two children, Greyson and Oaklynn, and they reside in Cranberry Township.

TONY L. WASHAM
Tony  L. Washam graduated in 2005 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication andTony Washam minor in sociology. A New Castle, Delaware native, he remains the most decorated player in Saint Vincent men’s basketball history. A three-time NAIA All-America and four-time First Team All-AMC selection, Washam scored a school-record 2,747 points over his four-year career, averaging a program-best 25 points per game. He also holds career records for steals (289) and free throws (1,029), while his 971 career rebounds rank second in the team history books. He burst onto the scene as a freshman, averaging 23.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, with his season highlighted by a 47-point performance in a December meeting with perennial conference power Cedarville. As a sophomore in 2002-03, Washam averaged a conference-best 23.4 points while grabbing 8.9 rebounds per game to earn AMC Player of the Year and NAIA All-America accolades for the first time. In 2003-04, despite missing 10 regular season games due to injury, Washam earned All-America honors yet again, averaging a school-record 28.3 points per game and leading the Bearcats to the AMC tournament title and a third straight trip to the NAIA National Tournament. In his final season at SVC, Washam again led the AMC in scoring with an average of 25.2 points, being named AMC Player of the Year for the second time while earning his third straight NAIA All-America honor. His 757 points during the 2004-05 season remain a team record.  With Washam on the team, the Bearcats went a combined 97-24, reaching the NAIA National Championship Tournament in each of his four years. Following graduation, Washam embarked on a 14-year professional career, playing in Israel, Brazil and Argentina and he currently is involved in a number of civic activities as a volunteer with at-risk teens and an advocate for mental health. Washam stated that Saint Vincent will always be a second home and calls his selection into the SVC Hall of Fame one of his greatest accomplishments. Forever grateful to his family for all of the sacrifices they’ve made in helping him achieve such success, Washam is the proud father of one daughter, Kaylee. 

1994 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL TEAM
In 1994, the Saint Vincent College women’s volleyball team reached the NAIA National1994 Women's Volleyball Team Championship Tournament for the first time in program history, finishing with a 26-7 overall record. After losing in the Keystone Empire Collegiate Conference championship match to archrival Westminster, the Bearcats exacted revenge by defeating the Titans on their home court in the championship match of the NAIA Northeast Regional tournament to earn a trip to the national tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee. At the opening ceremony in Chattanooga, SVC players Angie (Hopwood) Shepard and Amy (Anderson) Earnest teamed up to sing the National Anthem, one of many highlights from the memorable trip. Though they were eliminated early from the tournament, Saint Vincent was given the NAIA National Championship Sportsmanship Award. The trip to nationals was the culmination of a stellar season, during which SVC was consistently ranked in the top three of the Northeast Region, and a number of Bearcats earned postseason recognition. Head coach Sue Hozak was named both the KECC and Northeast Region Coach of the Year, while four players – Amy DeLisa, Melanie (Pachuta) Carnot, Kim (Brozinski) Siwula and Becky Pekala – earned All-KECC accolades. DeLisa and Pachuta were also named All-Region and NAIA All-America, while DeLisa and Hopwood were recognized as NAIA All-American Scholars. The 1994 squad remains the only team in SVC volleyball history to reach the national tournament.

For more information and for reservations to the Athletic Hall of Fame dinner, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 724-805-2894.

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