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September 17, 2013

O-State to induct seven Saturday

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Franklin resident David Bailey and six former student-athletes will be inducted into the Oneonta State Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Bailey became the Red Dragons’ first hired athletic trainer in 1963 and held the position for the next 16 years. He will be honored with basketball players Tom Nuttall (Class of 1965) and Ralph Christian (1977); tennis players Alan E. Chaskin (1970) and Susan Ritter Monfort (1991); baseball player Richard Yandoli (1977); and multisport athlete Rosemary Sorensen Harvey (1973) in Oneonta’s 15th Hall of Fame class.

The seven will be inducted during a ceremony at the Alumni Field House at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Class of 2013 brings the total number of O-State Hall of Famers to 110. Bailey will be the seventh honorary inductee. The rest of the Hall features former student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

David Bailey

In addition to serving Oneonta as its athletic trainer, Bailey also took charge of intramurals and coached golf. He went on to become the men’s athletic director from 1977-79, then left the college to join the United States Sports Academy as its Director of Sports Medicine.

Bailey stayed with the academy until 1984, then worked as a physical therapist for Orthopedic Associates in Mobile, Ala., until 2000.

In 2000, Bailey served Spring Hill College as a part-time athletic trainer. He retired in 2002.

Alan E. Chaskin

Chaskin is the first men’s tennis Hall of Famer. He was the team’s top player from 1967-70.

Chaskin played at first singles as a freshman and won his his first SUNY Athletic Conference title in 1967. He went on to win two more conference singles crowns, as well as a doubles championship in 1969.

The Red Dragons’ MVP as a senior, Chaskin went on to teach middle-school science for 33 years in the Patchogue-Medford School District. He also coached modified tennis for 30 years.

Chaskin still plays and is ranked second by the Eastern Tennis Association as a 60-and-over singles player. He also ranks second in doubles with his son.

Ralph Christian

Christian helped captain the 1976-77 basketball team that played for the NCAA Division III championship. He earned All-Tournament accolades that season, which included a Second Team All-SUNYAC selection and an appearance in the CUNY/SUNY All-Star game.

Christian went on to serve Binghamton University as an assistant basketball coach and later became an official with the Board 49 Southern Tier Men’s Chapter. He earned Official of the Year for the 1990-91 season.

Christian’s 1976-77 Oneonta team was inducted into O-State’s Hall as a Team of Distinction in 2008.

Rosemary Sorensen Harvey

Sorensen Harvey was a standout in volleyball, basketball and softball in the 1970s. She led the volleyball team to the AIAW national tournament in 1971, 1972 and 1973 and was selected as the Most Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1973.

From 1973-81, Sorensen Harvey was a Dietitian at Huntington Hospital. For the last 25 years, she has been a self-employed consultant dietitian for a local nursing home and individuals with developmental disabilities.

Susan Ritter Monfort

Ritter Monfort is the first women’s tennis Hall of Famer. She finished her four-year stint at O-State with an overall record of 40-5 in singles play, including an 11-0 mark as a senior.

Ritter Monfort won a SUNYAC title at third singles as a freshman in 1987. She also won back-to-back SUNYAC crowns at first doubles, in 1988 and 1989.

Ritter Monfort, who later worked in cardiac rehab and as a personal trainer, is the mother of four children ages 9-16.

Tom Nuttall

Nuttall, who lost sight in his left eye when he was 8 years old, played guard for the Red Dragons in the early 1960s. His free throw percentage of 86.3 (120-for-139) during the 1962-63 season is still a single-season record at Oneonta, and his all-time free throw percentage of 82.7 still ranks third.

Nuttall spent his entire professional career in education, beginning in 1966 as a mathematics teacher in Niskayuna. He later relocated to Virginia, where he spent 30 more years in education.

Richard Yandoli

Yandoli played baseball for Don Axtell from 1974-77. He started at catcher and helped Oneonta to four winning seasons that included one SUNYAC title and two Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament championships.

A two-year captain, Yandoli made the SUNYAC All-Conference First Team three times. He also was an ECAC Upstate All-Star as a senior.

Yandoli batted .300 all-time and caught a no-hitter by Oneonta Hall of Famer Roger Weaver, who went on to pitch for the Detroit Tigers.

Yandoli went on to own and operate nine McDonald’s Restaurant franchises from 1990-2007. He is the president/owner of Optimized Hospitality Corporation, which is a consulting business for restaurant and beverage companies.