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Hall of Fame class features three individuals, one team
August 24, 2015Tweet
The 20th Binghamton Athletics Hall of Fame induction class has been announced and features a 20-year staff member, two elite Division I athletes and an NCAA soccer team. Set to be enshrined on November 21 are former men’s basketball coach and administrator Jim Norris, volleyball player Jacki Kane ’08, baseball pitcher Zach Groh ’08 and the 1980 men’s soccer team.
The group of three individuals and one team will bring the induction count to 100 in the department’s 20th year celebrating its past.
A lifelong Binghamton native who came to the University in 1991, Norris served in multiple prominent capacities until retiring in 2011. He was head men’s basketball coach for four years, leading Binghamton into its historic NCAA divisional upgrade. Norris’ 1997-98 team won 17 games and advanced to the ECAC Championship game. After transitioning to administration in 2000, Norris served nine years as associate director of athletics with direct oversight of 19 Binghamton University teams. During that time, the sports teams enjoyed notable success and Norris also played a key role in several major facility projects, including the Events Center and Bearcats Sports Complex. He was promoted to Director of Athletics in 2009 and served in that leadership role for the final two-and-a-half years of his tenure.
Kane was one of the most formidable volleyball players in school history. A four-time all-conference middle blocker, she led the program to its inaugural NCAA tournament berth in 2005. She was No. 1 in the America East in blocks in each of her final three collegiate seasons, earning first team all-conference honors each year. Kane was the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2005 America East Championship after steering Binghamton University to the team title. That team won 20 matches and advanced to face No. 2 Penn State in the NCAAs. She ranked eighth in the nation in blocks as a senior and graduated as the all-time blocks leader at Binghamton with 609. Kane also ranks sixth in career kills with 1,032. She was a scholar-athlete and six-time Dean’s List student.
Groh is Binghamton University’s all-time strikeout leader and the heart of a pitching staff that helped produce two straight America East regular season championships. A three-time first team all-conference selection, he was named the America East Pitcher of the Year in 2006 and was the University’s Athlete of the Year that same year. Groh led the entire nation in ERA for most of 2006 and finished ranked 11th with a 1.85 average. One year later, he ranked 17th in the country in strikeouts, fanning nearly 11 per game. Groh owns two record streaks: 42 straight innings without allowing an earned run and 24 consecutive scoreless frames. He was a finalist for the 2006 Roger Clemens Award. He holds the single-season strikeout mark (86) and ranks second in career wins (22) and ERA (3.36).
Coached by Hall of Fame member Tim Schum, the 1980 men’s soccer team is the second team selected for entry, joining the 1983-84 wrestling team, which was enshrined last year. The 1980 squad went 12-4-2, captured the SUNYAC Championship and then won two NCAA tournament games to reach the quarterfinals. It remains the furthest advancement of any team in school history. Both NCAA wins came in sudden death of the second overtime. The team feature five all-conference selections.
The inductees were selected by a panel of 12 voters that included alumni, current Hall of Fame members, local media and athletics staff. The 20th Annual Induction Ceremony is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Events Center. Beforehand, the inductees will be honored at halftime during the women’s basketball game.