New Paltz to Induct Four Individuals, Three Teams in Athletics Hall of Fame this Fall

by HVSS | Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

NEW PALTZ – The State University of New York at New Paltz Department of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation has announced the New Paltz Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012, which will be inducted on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. Headlining the class individually are John Bowe ’87 (men’s basketball), Joanna Masterson ’06 (women’s swimming), Bill Odeneal (men’s volleyball) and Joe Sagula (volleyball). In addition, the 1984, 1985 and 1986 men’s volleyball teams will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Bowe, a 1982 graduate of Martin Luther High School in Maspeth, N.Y., enjoyed one of the most celebrated careers the New Paltz men’s basketball program has seen in its history. A prolific scorer, Bowe ranks second all-time on the New Paltz basketball career scoring list (2,126), and a special basketball honoring this accomplishment rests in the trophy case in the lobby of the Athletic & Wellness Center. He also stands second all-time in single-season points with 621 in the 1985-86 campaign and sixth all-time with 521 in 1986-87.

Bowe picked up many awards in his four years in the Blue and Orange. In his strong 1985-86 season, he was selected to the All-State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) First Team and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II/III All-District Second Team, making him the first of two Hawks to ever receive this honor. In 1987, he was an Honorable Mention All-SUNYAC selection. That same year, he received the Floyd Patterson Award, which recognizes him as the most outstanding male athlete of the year at New Paltz.

Masterson, a Canandaigua, N.Y., native, ushered in an era of rampant success for the New Paltz women’s swimming team, and she became just the second Hawk swimmer to gain All-America recognition. During her tenure on the team, the Hawks went 20-6 in dual-meet competition, and she set two SUNYAC records (50 and 100 freestyle, both in 2006) and three SUNYAC meet records (50 freestyle [2006], 100 freestyle [2005] and 200 freestyle [2006]). The two-year captain and Canandaigua Academy graduate was twice named the SUNYAC Most Outstanding Female Swimmer—doing so in 2005 and 2006—and she made the All-SUNYAC First Team from 2004-06. Masterson was an eight-time SUNYAC champion, earning titles in the 50 freestyle (2005-06), the 100 freestyle (2004-06), the 200 freestyle (2005-06) and the 200 medley relay (2006). Following the 2006 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships, she was accorded the Grace Mowatt Award, which is awarded annually to a female swimmer/diver for outstanding athletic and academic achievement in her collegiate career.

She twice made it to the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, doing so in 2005 and 2006. During the 2006 campaign, she earned two All-America citations, as she placed third in the 50 freestyle (24.10) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (52.84) at the 2006 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. To date, she is one of only four New Paltz women’s swimmers to place among the top eight at the national meet. The Department of Athletics, Wellness & Recreation also bestowed departmental honors on her in 2005 and 2006, as she earned the Carol Eckman Award, which is given to New Paltz’s most outstanding female athlete. Masterson earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from New Paltz in 2006.

Born on July 15, 1920, in Montevalo, Ala., Dr. William T. Odeneal grew up to become one of the most iconic and influential names in the intercollegiate volleyball world. In 1949, he was named the first men’s and women’s varsity volleyball coach at Florida State University. He held this position until 1964 and posted a 299-7 overall record, a winning percentage of .997. During this period, Odeneal’s teams won three United States Volleyball Association (USVBA) College National Championships and he coached 14 USVBA Collegiate All-Americans. He was inducted into the Florida State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1985.

Odeneal moved on to coach New Paltz men’s volleyball from 1967-87. Over this span, the New Paltz men’s volleyball team recorded a 204-143 overall mark, winning either the Eastern Collegiate Volleyball League (ECVL)  or Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) championship from 1984-86. In addition, his 1984 and 1986 teams went undefeated, and from 1984-86, the Hawks had just two losses. He stands today as the winningest men’s volleyball coach in the program’s history.

Odeneal was selected as a charter member of the NCAA Men’s Volleyball Committee in 1969. He also served as the first chairman of the United States Collegiate Sports Council’s Selection Committee for the Men’s USA Collegiate Volleyball Team for the 1973 World University Games in Moscow. In addition, Odeneal will be inducted into the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class on April 29, 2012.

Sagula, a 1978 graduate of New Paltz and a Bronx, N.Y., native, finished his 31st season of coaching in 2011, and he is one of the most prolific winners in modern women’s volleyball, currently serving as the head coach at the University of North Carolina. Sagula is North Carolina’s winningest volleyball coach, having gone 445-281 since joining the program in 1990. He has guided UNC to five Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) titles and eight of its 12 NCAA appearances, and he has boasted 11 20-win seasons. North Carolina has won more ACC titles—11—than any other program, and he has the most ACC wins of any coach in the league’s history with 224. To boot, his five ACC crowns rank second among any ACC coach.

Sagula’s head coaching career began in 1981 when he took over the helm of the University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball program. Over the course of his nine-year stint with the Quakers, he went 203-123, and Penn won Ivy League titles in 1983, 1986 and 1989. In addition to coaching the Quaker women’s volleyball team, Sagula also served as Penn’s head men’s volleyball coach from 1981-89. His passion for the sport of volleyball began at New Paltz, as he competed for the Hawk men’s volleyball program as a setter while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting. While playing at New Paltz, he was a three-year letter winner, and he captained the team his senior season.

The 1984, 1985 and 1986 men’s volleyball teams were some of the most dominant squads to ever don the Blue and Orange. During those three years, they won either the EIVA or ECVL Class “B” Open championship each of those seasons. Coached by Odeneal, New Paltz dominated schedules in which they played teams from all divisions of the NCAA. During the 1984 and 1986 seasons, the Hawks went undefeated, and during the three-year stretch, they had just two losses, both of which came in 1985.

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