HUDSON, N.Y. – Columbia-Greene Community College held its 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony today, Friday, April 26, honoring two former C-GCC teams, one athlete-alumnus, and a community member for their contributions to the college and its athletics program.
The 2019 C-GCC Hall of Fame inductees are:
1978-1979 Women’s Basketball Team,
1978-79 Women’s Volleyball Team,
Anthony Pilatich ’76, and
Joan Koweek, executive director of the Columbia-Greene Community Foundation and director of Development and Alumni Services for C-GCC.
Acting Director of Athletics Nicolas Dyer explained that in addition to achieving a number of firsts for the college, the 1978-79 basketball and volleyball teams shared a number of team members between them. As such. the teams were represented by two players who appeared on both rosters: Dawn DeFino '79, of Saugerties, and Lorraine Balli '79, of Troy.
“The women’s basketball team was the second official team of the C-GCC Athletics,” he said. “The late Richard Schmonsky lead the undefeated team to a 14-3 overall record, and 13-1 NAC record. The team also defeated Berkshire Community College and earned the NAC (North Atlantic Conference) title.
“The women’s volleyball team also had a few firsts, earning the NAC league championship and becoming the first C-GCC team to defeat Hudson Valley Community College with a score of 14-4,” Dyer added, noting the team was lead by Coach Sharon Post. “They scored 720 points over their opponents and had a nine-game winning streak”.
Pilatich, of Catskill, played both baseball and basketball for the Twins; as a basketball player, he made second-team in the NAC, was the leading scorer in the semi-finals scoring 24 points, made the second-team All-star in both the NAC and the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference (MVCC), and was an All-league Basketball Selection. Pilatich’s baseball accolades include earning the Most Valuable Player Award, setting the record for the most strikeouts in a single game and season. In 1976, he had 74 strikeouts as pitcher.
Dyer noted that the 2019 Community Inductee, Joan Koweek of Claverack, has been an essential part of the C-GCC family for many years.
“She connects old- and new-faces C-GCC tirelessly, and has been an avid supporter of athletics for many years,” he said. “Joan continues to enrich the wealth of the C-GCC environment, and has earned our endless respect and admiration.”
Each honoree has been added to the C-GCC Athletic Hall of Fame’s wall of plaques, located adjacent to the gymnasium and athletics offices. For more information, please call 518. 828. 4181, or visit SUNYcgcc.edu.
Caption: 2019 C-GCC Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Dawn DeFino '79, Lorraine Balli '79, Anthony Pilatich '76, and Joan Koweek pose with acting Director of Athletics at C-GCC Nicolas Dyer.