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Queens College HOF to induct nine

Olympians, All-Americans to be honored at Oct. 13 ceremony

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

Olympians and former All-Americans will be among nine players, coaches and staff inducted into the Queens Collece Sports Hall of Fame in a cremony to be held on Oct. 13.

•Lou DeLuca was captain of the hockey team and its most valuable player, playing from 1968 to 1972. He also played on the baseball and lacrosse teams, and coached the school’s hockey team from 1972 to 1974.

•Guido Foglia will be honored posthumously. He played varsity and semi-pro basketball in the early 1940s. At Queens College he taught health and coached basketball, tennis and a soccer team that made the state finals.

As chairman of the Physical Education Department, he initiated innovative academic programs such as the college’s Institute for Exceptional Children and its Laboratory of Applied Physiology.

•Margaret (Peg) Franco was an award-winning field hockey and softball player and a champion swimmer, who went on to coach the women’s swimming and basketball teams in the 1960s and 1970s.

She was selected coach of the year and served as an official at the Olympic Swim Trials in 1964. She also served as the college’s first female associate athletic director and chair of the Health & Physical Education Department.

•Robert Koehler was the founder, player and coach of the Queens College water polo team in the 1950s. He swam for the 1952 U.S. Olympic water polo team in Helsinki, Finland.

He also served as a college-level referee and fundraiser for the AAU and Olympic water polo teams and was elected to the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame.

•Lucille Kyvallos became head coach of women’s basketball team in 1968. The team’s success paved the way to an appearance at Madison Square Garden. A pioneer and risk-taker, she is credited with bringing the national spotlight to women’s basketball competition.

•Gail Marquis won a silver medal in women’s basketball in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. She was a two-time All-American who led Queens College to post-season competition and national ranking for four straight years. She also won championships playing in Europe.

The first woman of color inducted into the NYC Basketball Hall of Fame, she also participated in the first women’s collegiate basketball game ever played at Madison Square Garden.

*Fox Sports called Donna Orender one of the top 10 most influential women in sports, and “Business Week” named her to its list of the 100 most influential people in sports.

She was an all-American basketball player, graduating in 1978. She has worked in network television sports at ABC and the Sports Channel, and has served in executive positions with the WNBA and the PGA Golf Tour.

*Doug Ress was the most valuable player and captain of the 1975-76 varsity ice hockey team, considered one of the finest in the sport at the time. He was co-recipient of the college’s scholar-athlete award and became the school’s first state finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Pennsylvania, he still plays competitive hockey two or three times a week.

*From 1947 to the 1970s, Bob Salmons served as a teacher and the coach of the Queens College basketball and golf teams.

He was liaison for the architects who built and designed Fitzgerald Gymnasium, and administrator of the department’s graduate program. In his collegiate days he was an All-American in basketball at Murray State.

He too will be honored posthumously.

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