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Two #NECMBB Greats Join LIU Softball Legend in Newest Hall of Fame Class

 

Welcome to the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame, Mike Iuzzolino, Lesley Renninger and Howie Dickenman!

This year’s three-member class raises the total number of names enshrined in Somerset to 29.

Here’s something you should know about each of the three newest honorees.

 

Mike Iuzzolino (Saint Francis U)

Before going on to star in the NBA Jam video game alongside Dallas Mavericks teammate Derek Harper, Iuzzolino was responsible for arguably the most-impressive individual two-year stretch in the league’s 37 seasons of men’s basketball. SFU’s Academic All-American shot 52.3 percent from three-point range while piling up 1,346 points in two seasons after transferring from Penn State.

 

Lesley Renninger (LIU Brooklyn)

Her collegiate career ended 25 years ago, but there is still no LIU pitcher with a better career earned-run average than Renninger. The Academic All-American, who helped the Blackbirds to a conference crown as a freshman, won 55 of her 71 decisions in the circle.

 

Howie Dickenman (Central Connecticut)

Coach D, a mentor and friend to so many, bleeds CCSU blue. The former Blue Devil hoops star returned to his alma mater as the head men’s basketball coach in 1996 and proceeded to win four NEC Coach of the Year awards while thrice taking CCSU to the Big Dance.

 

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Two #NECWBB Legends, One LIU Brooklyn Soccer Great Comprise #NECHOF’s Sixth Class

The Northeast Conference unveiled a three-member class that will receive induction into the NEC Hall of Fame.

Two former student-athletes (one man, one woman) and one coach earned the necessary numbers of votes for enshrinement and will represent the sixth class to take its place in the Hall of Fame since the historical body was founded in 2010.

The election of Susie Rowlyk (Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball), Giovanni Savarese (LIU Brooklyn men’s soccer) and the late Bill Sheahan (Mount St. Mary’s women’s basketball) increase the Hall of Fame’s membership to 23 individuals.

Rowlyk, a two-time #NECWBB Player of the Year, is the fifth former women’s basketball star to earn #NECHOF induction.

Sheahan is the fourth coach, but first-ever women’s basketball coach, to earn #NECHOF status. Sheahan’s former Mount St. Mary’s colleague — Jim Phelan, who amassed 830 victories as the Mount’s men’s hoops coach — was a member of the NEC Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.

Together, Sheahan and Rowlyk made Northeast Conference history. They guided Mount St. Mary’s to a perfect 18-0 run through the 1993-94 regular season conference schedule before posting a 19-point victory over Saint Francis U in the 1994 #NECWBB Championship Game. In addition to securing the program’s first-ever NEC Tournament title, Sheahan, Rowlyk and the 1993-94 Mountaineers were the first-ever team to represent the Northeast Conference in the NCAA Tournament.

Back in 2009, Sheahan and Rowlyk were featured in an historical article that appeared in the official NEC Tournament program. Click here to read that piece – Reaching Higher: Where Dynasties Once Ruled NEC Hoops, A New Guard Emerges.

As for Savarese, the Venezuelan-born soccer star earned three all-NEC selections while competing for LIU Brooklyn. The 1992 NSCAA First Team All-American moved onto a professional playing career, scoring 44 goals in three seasons with the Metrostars of Major League Soccer.

Savarese is still heavily connected to the game; he has served as New York Cosmos head coach since 2013 and has led the team to the NASL crown in two of his three years at the helm of the club.

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