Hood Announces 2012-13 Athletic Hall of Fame Class
FREDERICK, Md.--The Hood College athletic department proudly announced that five individuals, one coach and one team will represent the 2012-13 induction class into the Hood College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in Coblentz Dining Room prior to a basketball doubleheader at BB&T Arena.
The 2012-13 Athletic Hall of Fame class follows below.
Cheryl Banks '06, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Basketball
Cheryl Banks graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and history and a minor in African American studies in 2006. A three-sport athlete, she earned four letters in field hockey, three in lacrosse and one in basketball. Banks experienced a great deal of success as both a goalkeeper for the field hockey team and a midfielder on the lacrosse team. She was a first team all-Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference selection all three years in lacrosse and all four years in field hockey. She capped her senior field hockey in grand fashion by leading the Blazers to the AWCC tournament championship and claiming the most outstanding player award. Banks racked up 874 saves in 59 games in the cage, which is good for ninth-best all-time in all of NCAA Division III. On the lacrosse pitch, Banks finished her three-year career with 76 goals and 27 assists for 103 points, which ranks her sixth all-time at Hood. She also owns three of the top four single-season marks on Hood’s ground ball chart and was ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III in ground balls as a junior. A former work study student in the Hood athletic department, Banks currently resides in Baltimore and continues to serve her alma mater as the assistant director of admission while pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.
Kelly Buriak Stevens '06, M.S. '12, Tennis, Cross Country, Track & Field
Kelly Buriak Stevens graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in biochemistry and just recently received her master’s degree in biomedical science. She was one of the busiest student-athletes on campus during her time at Hood, and showed her grit and unyielding determination by participating in multiple athletic competitions on the same day. A two-time most valuable runner in cross country, Stevens was also honored with the 2005 Silver Blazer Award in 2005 for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher. She won three individual titles at Mary Baldwin College, Hollins College and Wilmington University and led the Blazers to a pair of team titles. In track and field, she was a former school record holder in the 5000 meters which until recently stood as the stadium record at Lebanon Valley College. On the tennis court, Stevens captured four Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference singles titles and a pair of AWCC doubles titles while leading Hood to the conference tournament championship in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She ranks second all-time at Hood in career doubles wins (19) and third in career singles wins (39). Stevens was heralded as Hood’s 2005-06 outstanding female student-athlete. Still an active runner, she currently resides in Frederick with her husband, David, and two-year-old son, William and works at a biological contract manufacturing organization as an operational excellence process analyst.
Santo Provenzano '06, Basketball
Santo Provenzano graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in communication arts. A member of the inaugural men’s basketball team in 2003-04, Provenzano ended his Blazer career as the most prolific scorer in Hood history despite playing just three seasons. In 74 games in the blue-and-grey, Provenzano scored 1,633 points, reaching double figures in all 74 games. He sits atop the Hood record book in field goals attempted (1,101), field goals made (596), free throws attempted (695) and free throws made (427) and ranks second all-time in field-goal percentage (.541), fifth in rebounding (405), fifth in assists (147) and eighth in steals (69). A member of seven all-tournament teams, he earned most valuable player accolades at the 2006 Moravian College tournament and was voted to the 2005-06 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III south region all-star team. During the 2004-05 season, he scored 596 points and ranked ninth in all of NCAA Division III with a scoring average of 23.8 points per game. Originally from Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Provenzano currently resides in Dublin, Ireland and works in the start-up internet industry.
Tiffany Still '05, M.A. '07, C'08, Lacrosse, Field Hockey
Tiffany Still earned her bachelor of arts degree in three years in communication arts (2005), then went on to earn her master’s degree in human sciences in 2007 and received a thanatology certificate in 2008. A three-year team captain in lacrosse, Still also played one year of field hockey for the Blazers. A midfielder for the blue-and-grey, she received three all-Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference first team certificates in lacrosse and was named the team’s most valuable player as a freshman and junior. Still led the Blazers to the AWCC championship game in 2005 and despite finishing as the tournament runner-up, Still was selected as the most valuable player in the conference. She was also selected to play in the Division III Women’s Lacrosse Senior All-Star game. Still finished her Blazer career with 96 goals and 12 assists for 108 points which stood as a school record until the 2010 season. In her lone season with the field hockey team, Still was the team’s top scorer as a freshman. Still served as an admission counselor at Hood for several years following graduation and currently holds the position of senior assistant director of enrollment management at Arcadia University.
Rita Willis '06, Basketball
Rita Willis graduated in 2006 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. A three-time Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference first team performer, Willis was voted the most outstanding player in the league as a sophomore and junior. She led the Blazers to two AWCC team titles which resulted in two trips to the Division III NCAA women’s basketball tournament. An exceptional all-around player who excelled in all areas of the game, Willis is one of eight Hood women’s basketball players to score at least 1,000 career points. She currently lists seventh all-time at Hood in scoring (1,170), second in assists (315), third in blocked shots (68) and third in steals (200). Her 118 assists in 2004-05 are still a single-season school record today and her 35 point-performance against Mary Baldwin on Feb. 28, 2004 stood as a school record until 2008. During her four years at Hood, the Blazers posted an overall record of 66-38 and went 43-5 in AWCC games, including two perfect seasons in 2003-04 and 2004-05. Willis overcame academic adversity her freshman year and maintained a solid GPA her final three years. Willis currently resides in Hyattsville, Md., and works as a police officer with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
Len Latkovski, Ph.D., P'93, Tennis Coach
Len Latkovski, Ph.D, has the record of being Hood’s most successful women’s tennis coach. He coached the women’s tennis team from 1995-2005. Latkovski guided the Blazers to the Atlantic Women’s Colleges Conference championship six straight years from 1999-00 to 2004-05. One of the most dominant Hood programs in the conference, Latkovski mentored numerous all-AWCC honorees, several AWCC players of the year and a multitude of AWCC singles and doubles champions. Latkovski was honored by his peers as the conference’s coach of the year three times and was named the Hood College coach of the year in 2004. Noteworthy is the Hood tennis team record in this period against the U.S. Naval Academy's team. The Blazers defeated Navy four times, no small feat for a Division III women’s college. In addition to his squad’s success on the court, Latkovski’s Blazers also excelled in the classroom. His tennis teams boasted the highest collective grade point average in the athletic department nearly every year he was at the helm. A longtime history professor at Hood, he has been a professional tennis instructor for more than three decades working with players at all levels. Latkovski earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Bellarmine University in 1964, a master of arts degree in Russia and Eastern Europe with a minor in European diplomatic history from Georgetown University in 1967 and a doctor of philosophy in Russian history from Georgetown University in 1973. Latkovksi has also served as Hood’s faculty athletic representative, lacrosse team mentor and in various other athletic-related positions.
2006-07 Men’s Basketball Team - Tim Abercrombie, Justin Junghans, Ryan Junghans, Nick Scott, Darnell Edmonds, Anthony Bennett, Arthur Claybon, Chris LeGrand, Mike McCarrick, Jeff Willison, Jesse Gutekunst, Nnamdi Uzoukwu, Sean Robine, Joe Carpenter, Clyde Moore (manager), Tom Dickman (head coach), Emonte Hill (assistant coach), Keith Adams (assistant coach), Adam Dickman (assistant coach)
The 2006-07 Hood men's basketball team experienced one of the most brilliant campaigns in Hood athletics history and arguably in all of NCAA Division III. In just its fourth season as a varsity program, head coach Tom Dickman guided the Blazers to a 21-8 overall record, the Capital Athletic Conference regular season championship, a berth in the CAC title game and an at-large bid in the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament. The former coaching legend at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School came to Hood in 2003-04 and built the men's basketball program from scratch with a group of 13 freshmen. The Blazers won their second regular season tournament title at Lebanon Valley College in November 2006 which was a sign of the remarkable success that would be forthcoming for Dickman's clan. Less than two weeks later, Hood hosted its first-ever CAC contest against Gallaudet University. The Blazers knocked off the Bison, 77-64, for their first conference triumph in program history. Hood got into the thick of its conference slate in January and managed to defeat all eight CAC schools at least once in its inaugural season in the conference. The Blazers won their final three league contests to clinch the 2007 CAC regular season crown. By virtue of winning the regular season title, the Blazers secured home-court advantage throughout the CAC tournament. Top-seeded Hood defeated eighth-seeded Goucher College and fifth-seeded St. Mary’s College (Md.) to advance to the title game against defending champion Catholic University. The second-seeded Cardinals handed Hood just its second home loss of the season, 85-75. Hood's disappointment from losing the title game was transformed into jubilation a little over 24 hours later when Dickman and the Blazers learned they were one of 18 elite squads to garner an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Hood traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., to take on the Old Dominion Athletic Conference champion Hampden-Sydney College Tigers in the first round. Despite a valiant effort, the Blazers failed to advance in the tournament, falling 68-65. Dickman was lauded for his superb effort with three coach of the year citations. The Blazers also landed two players on the CAC first team in center Jesse Gutekunst and guard Ryan Junghans. Gutekunst and Junghans were also named to the all-region first and second teams, respectively.