Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Inductees


From Pace Athletics website

The 1985 baseball team will be recognized during the Pace’s Hall of Fame event.

Natalia Alvarez Pagan, Sports Editor

On Mon., Feb. 2, Pace Athletics announced the names of the five members who will be inducted into the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame.

Ronald Focazio (Men’s Basketball ’64), Kerri Kaylor (Women’s Soccer ’04), Elizabeth Hernandez (Women’s Basketball ’83), Jeffrey Kelly (Men’s Basketball ’69) and Dr. George Pinkham (Football ’86) will all be recognized during the Apr. 23 ceremony that will be held at the Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison, NY.

The 1985 Pace Baseball team will also be recognized, becoming the second ever recipient of the Team of Distinction Award. The 1985 team was one of the most successful in Pace baseball history, having finished their season with a record of 30-8.

The team gathered a few accolades along the way, winning the Knickerbocker Conference Regular Season title with a 21-3 conference record. The team also went on to win the Knickerbocker Conference.

The players saw much success as well, with seven of the players from the ’85 team having been drafted by Major League teams, four going in the ’85 draft.

The individual inductees boast quite a few accolades of their own. Hernandez for instance was the first 1,000-point scorer in program history while also having graduated as the all-time leader in assists with 618.

Focazio graduated as the second all-time leading scorer in program history, now ranking 24 with 1,126 points. Kelly was the leading scorer for three seasons during his time with the men’s basketball program, averaging 21 points each season, including 24.4 points his senior year, where he scored a total of 512 points.

Dr. Pinkham currently stands as Pace football’s all-time interceptions leader with 16.

Finally, Kaylor will become the first women’s soccer player to be inducted into the Pace Hall of Fame since its inception in 1998. Kaylor graduated as the all-time leader in points, though now she stands number four on that list with 46 points.

The ceremony will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $100 per person. Visit the paceuathletics site for more information or to register.