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TOP STORY - Athletics Hall of Fame inductions
By John Hartrick
Binghamton University athletics inducted its 2008 Hall of Fame class at a ceremony that took place during Homecoming Weekend. Elected to membership for 2008 were former track and cross country coach Gary Truce (1968-95), baseball player Steve Markman (1975-79), soccer player Maria Fesel (1994-97) and basketball player Bess Greenberg (1997-01).
Truce coached men's track and cross country for 25 years, and the women's programs for 16 years. He produced 14 All-Americans and was named SUNYAC Coach of the Year four times and New York State Coach of the Year twice. Truce led his 1983 women's cross country team to a fifth place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship - the second-highest national finish of any women's team in school history. A longtime professor in the University's physical education department, Truce is internationally known as a lecturer, motivator and consultant on psycho-physiological functions and a demonstrator in the art of hypnotism.
Markman was a four-year baseball standout who was named the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 1979. As a junior, he led the nation in stolen bases with 47 (in 51 attempts). He also hit .390 that season and earned first team all-conference and second team all-region accolades. Markman played center field and batted leadoff, and holds school records for stolen bases in a season and career (72).
Fesel was a two-time All-America sweeper for a women's soccer program that made two NCAA tournament appearances, won an ECAC title and a New York State crown. In back-to-back seasons (1995 and '96), Fesel was named first team All-America after steering her team to 39 combined wins and NCAA berths. She remains the only soccer player in school history to twice be named to the nation's first team. She was named the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 1996 and 1997.
Greenberg amassed a school-record 2,024 career points (18.2 ppg.) and was a two-time Division II basketball All-American. During her prolific four-year career, the Bearcats went 97-16 (86%), advanced to a pair of NCAA tournaments and won ECAC Championships the other two seasons. Greenberg was voted the Player of the Year in the New England Collegiate Conference as a junior and senior and was a postseason tournament MVP in each of her final three years. She set 13 school records and also was a three-time Academic All-American.
The Binghamton University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 1996 and this year's class brings the total number of members to 67.
Last Updated: 11/12/13