Oswego Hall of Fame inducts eight


imageEight former athletes and coaches were honored by the Oswego Alumni Athletic Association with induction into the Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 9, on the SUNY Oswego campus.

Dr. Milton F. Brown, a 1963 graduate of the college, was honored for his achievements in basketball, baseball and soccer. He was a member of two championship basketball teams, one championship baseball team and named All-SUNYAC in three sports.

Grace Mowatt Burritt was Oswego State’s swimming coach from 1963 to 1993, receiving the SUNY Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award in 1992. She coached four NCAA swimming and diving All-Americans as well as 22 NCAA swimming and diving qualifiers. The top SUNYAC senior award has been named “The Grace Mowatt Award” in her honor. 

Karann Andrusky Durr of the class of 1993 was inducted to the hall of fame for her achievements in swimming. She was a three-time NCAA qualifier, two-time All-American in the 500-meter and 1650-meter freestyle and a SUNYAC record-holder in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle. She had school records in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle; 200 and 400 individual medley; and the 400 and 800 freestyle. 

Walter Jaskot, a 1971 graduate, was honored for his career in wrestling. He was a two-time All-American and three-time SUNY champion as well as a member of two SUNYAC wrestling championship teams. He finished fourth place in College Division Nationals in 1970-1971 season and fifth place in the 1969-1970 season. Jaskot was also a C.W. Post College tournament champion in 1968.

Dan Johnson of the class of 1985 was honored for his achievements in swimming. He was the first three-time All-American in one season in school history and held school records in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and 400-meter freestyle relay. He was an All-American three consecutive years (1982 to 1985) in three different events (50 and 100 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay). He was a SUNYAC champion in seven events and held three SUNYAC records. Johnson was also the swim team captain during the 1984-1985 season.

Michael Picciano, a 1962 graduate, was honored for his achievements in basketball. He was led the team in assists, was First-Team All-SUNY Tournament Team and team captain during the 1961 and 1962 seasons. In 1962 he was the SUNYAC Tournament MVP and led the team to SUNY Championships in both 1960 and 1962.

Glenn Sisman was the first freshman to play varsity hockey at Oswego and was also MVP and leading scorer during that year (1971-72).  He was named to the Hamilton College All-Tournament Team in 1972 and Elmira College All-Tournament Team in 1974. During the 1974-1975 season, he was team captain and entered the Oswego Hockey Hall of Fame in 1991.

Honored posthumously was Gardner “Tully” Wells, former chair of the department of health, physical education and athletics at Oswego. He was instrumental in starting the first hockey team and ice hockey arena in SUNY in 1962 and was directly involved with architects in the design of Laker Hall in 1967. Widely admired as a “coach’s coach,” he was known a congenial leader who inspired leadership in his coaches and was a positive community ambassador for SUNY Oswego.

The Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2001 by the Oswego Alumni Association to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to Oswego State athletics. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought honor, distinction and excellence to the State University of New York at Oswego in athletics.

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PHOTO CAPTION—HALL OF FAME CLASS—Eight former athletes and coaches were inducted into the Oswego Athletic Association Hall of Fame Oct. 9. In the front row, from left, are Walter Jaskot, a 1971 graduate of the college, honored for his achievements in wrestling; Karann Andrusky Durr, a 1993 graduate, swimming; Grace Mowatt Burritt, swimming coach emerita; and Michael Picciano, a 1962 graduate, basketball. In the back row are, from left, Daniel Johnson, a 1985 graduate, swimming; Glenn Sisman, a 1975 graduate, ice hockey; 1965 graduate Dr. Milton Brown, basketball, soccer and baseball; and Rick Wells, accepting the posthumous award for his father Gardner “Tully” Wells, former chair of Oswego’s department of health, physical education and athletics.

(Posted: Oct 22, 2004)

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