The 2015 Gannon Athletics Hall of Fame induction took place on Saturday, Feb. 14, following a basketball doubleheader against Pitt-Johnstown. This year, eight individuals and one team were inducted, all of which are very excited.
Among the inductees this year, there are a few that have stayed around the game they played so religiously while at Gannon. Charles Doan, a water-polo phenom from the class of 2009, has been an assistant coach for the men’s water polo team since 2011. Additionally, Dave Patronik, a golfer from the class of 2006, served as the men’s golf team’s head coach during the 2009-10 season. Finally, rounding out the pack is the 1989 Men’s Soccer team, who finished third in the country according to national soccer coaches from the season.
This year’s Distinguished Service Award goes to Robert Hausmann, from the class of 1956. Hausmann is most remembered for helping to start and advance the Gannon Golden Knight Booster Organization. Since Hausmann started the program, it has slowly grown over years of his guidance and direction, eventually expanding to support all 20 varsity sports.
Another milestone for the Hall of Fame this year is the induction of Kat Bucceri, from the Women’s Water Polo team. Bucceri is the first-student athlete from the women’s team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. During her years at Gannon, she set the all-time scoring record with 256 career goals, and was named to the All-Collegiate Water Polo Association Western Division Team twice. She rounded out her career in 2008 with the single-season scoring record two years running, scoring 85 goals in 2006, and 75 in 2008.
Kelly Moyer is another player of note being inducted this year. Moyer completed her undergraduate career in 1992, and earned her master’s in 1998 at Gannon. During that time, she was a four-year letter winner in both basketball and softball. She earned Gannon’s Student-Athlete of the Year twice, and holds the 7th-best single season Earned Run Average of all-time in (Gannon?) softball.
Dave Kruszewski is another inductee for this year, graduating from Gannon in 1990. Kruszewski was the second wrestler in school history to earn All-American Honors. He currently holds the second place record for overall victories and win percentage, as well as dual victories and win percentage.
Mike Runski was a four-year letter winner for the Men’s Basketball Team, graduating in 1989. Runski was a member of the Hall of Fame team from 1986 to 1987, which captured the NCAA Division Two East Regional title, and made it to the Divisional Title Game. He is currently a top 10 spot holder for eight different records in men’s basketball history, including games played, points, and free throws.
Finally, we have David Leven, a football player from the class of 1997. The defensive lineman earned All-American Honors three times in his career, and holds the program record for tackles for a loss and sacks. He was the third student-athlete in program history to play in the NCAA Division Two All-Star Game.
Overall, there are a lot of accomplished athletes entering the Hall of Fame this year. This provides not only another reason to celebrate Gannon Athletics, but a role model for our current athletes to look up to.
Complete information on each candidate can be found at www.gannonsports.com.