Formed in 1999, the Panther Hall of Fame is designed to honor former athletes, coaches, and contributors for their outstanding performance and support of the TC3 athletics program. Inductees will always be an important part of College history and tradition.
Jaime (Fisher) Alsheimer: student athlete, women's basketball
Alsheimer set TC3 records in several categories. When she graduated (2004), she held the records for most points in a game, season, and career, most free throws in a season and career, and was in the top three in most three-pointers made. She earned all-region and all-conference honors at TC3 before continuing on at SUNY Oswego. She graduated from Oswego and is now a teacher and high school coach.
Casey Burns: student athlete, men's soccer
Burns was a two-time NJCAA and NSCAA All-American, earning recognition in 1998 and 1999. He led Region III in scoring in 1998 and was voted All-Mid-State Athletic Conference and All-Region III both years. Burns led TC3 to its first national ranking in soccer, reaching as high as fifth in 1999 and advancing the NJCAA Region III Semi-Finals. He earned a full athletic scholarship to Oneonta State, where he competed for the Division I Red Dragons and earned his four-year degree.
Mike Kilmer: student athlete, wrestling
Kilmer was a standout wrestler in 1992-93 and 1993-94. He was the NJCAA Region III champion his sophomore year after finishing as the runner-up his freshman season. He qualified for the NJCAA national tournament both years and was an Academic All-American in 1992-93. Kilmer was a team captain and voted the TC3 Most Outstanding Wrestler in 1993-94.
Osman Kabia: student athlete, men's soccer
Osman was a member of the first NJCAA men's soccer teams at TC3, playing in 1995 and 1996. He has the distinction of being the first all-American in TC3 soccer history, earning the recognition in 1996. He was twice voted all-Mid-State Athletic Conference and all-Region III. Thanks to his play and hard work in the classroom, he earned a full athletic scholarship to Niagara University. After a successful career at Niagara, he graduated and moved to Atlanta, Georgia to play semi-professional soccer and work with the Olympic Committee during the summer games.
Larry Siany: student athlete, lacrosse
Siany, a 1978 graduate, was elected to the Panther Hall of Fame for his accomplishments both at TC3 and after graduation. He played lacrosse at TC3 in 1977 and 1978. In 1977, he led the team with 16 goals and 26 assists and was held scoreless just once during the ten-game season. With Siany leading the offense, TC3 enjoyed a fine year, beating JV's from both Syracuse University and Ithaca College and earning an NCAA invitation (at the time, the NCAA held post-season tournaments for two-year colleges and JVs from four-year colleges). Siany enjoyed another solid season in 1978, registering 16 goals and 5 assists in 11 games. He finished his TC3 career with 32 goals and 31 assists in 21 games. An Ithaca native, Siany continued his playing career on the Ithaca College varsity. After leaving South Hill, he joined lacrosse legend Richie Moran's coaching staff at Cornell University, spending 12 years as the junior varsity head coach.
James Valentine: coach/contributor
Valentine, a former coach and administrator at TC3, was involved with the wrestling program dates from 1989 to 1999. While serving as the top assistant, he coached two All-Americans, numerous All-Region wrestlers, and several Academic All-Americans. In his final year of coaching, the TC3 squad was named the NJCAA Academic Wrestling Team of the Year. He made a lasting impact on the entire athletics program by leading the effort to create the TC3 fitness center. The state-of-the-art exercise facility is open to the entire community and is a major asset to all the intercollegiate athletics teams. Valentine, more than any other person, was responsible for the start-up of the fitness center and served as its original coordinator.
Wayne Bell: student athlete, wrestling
Bell attended TC3 from 1992-94. At the 167 pound weight class he was the 1993 NJCAA Region III champions and an NJCAA All-American, placing fourth at the national tournament. In 1993, he was a member of the Junior College National Team that wrestled throughout Europe. He was inducted into the NJCAA Region III Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1998.
Tricia (Brown) Garrett: student-athlete, volleyball
Garrett was a student at TC3 from 1992-93, earning Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference honors. She was also the first TC3 volleyball player named to the NJCAA Region III all-region team, earning that recognition after both of her seasons.
Larry Hinkle: coach/contributor
In addition to being a successful wrestling coach, Hinkle took over responsibilities for athletics at TC3 in 1986. He was largely responsible for establishing TC3's credibility in the world of athletics, growing the number of intercollegiate sports offered from two to nine sports. He is credited with laying much of the groundwork for the future success of the College's athletics programs.
Have an affiliation with the Athletics Department for at least five years.
Nominating person/s must submit a letter of recommendation to include a brief history of the nominee's accomplishments while at TC3, life beyond, and reasons why this nominee is deserving of this honor.
All nominations will be delivered to committee members for their consideration at the first Athletic Advisory Board Meeting of the Spring semester. Director of Athletics will insure that previous year recipients receive nominations with instructions to return their votes back by a specific deadline date. Voting will take place at the next available meeting. A nominee must receive at least 75% of the votes cast at the meeting. Votes from prior recipients will be the only votes accepted by mail.
Nominees will be notified by the Director of Athletics.
A standard plaque will include the nominees picture and inscription. One plaque is to be presented to inductee and one is to be put on display at a site chosen by the College. Plaques will be ordered by the Director of Athletics.
The committee will advertise for nomination using the Alumni News and other sources as they deem necessary to obtain nominations.
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