Division I Hall of Fame

Former star athletes and an FDU trustee, a college dean, a coach and a former athletics administrator took center stage on October 5 when the Division I Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Park Ridge Marriott in Park Ridge, N.J. The event was sponsored by the FDU Alumni Association and Division I athletics.

This year’s individual honorees are, from left, Trustee Michael Clarke, BS’81, track and field; Frank Gilabert, BS’60, baseball; Bob Droste, BS’75, baseball; Ann Gulino, administrator, 1985–2011; Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College, 1969–present; and Al LoBalbo Award recipient Jim Carr, assistant basketball coach of the University of Rhode Island and co-founder of In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation.

Members of the 2001 men’s soccer team include, seated, from left, Vytautas Lenkutis, Victor Celi, Aaron Paye, Matthieu Savaria, Christian Bustos, Beyan Amara, Sergio Riquelme, Dirceu Hurtado, Orce Kozeski; and standing, from left, Head Coach Seth Roland, Neil DiDio, Nathan Olson, Brian Scott, Eric Brandt, Anthony Nylander, Brian Romero and Assistant Coaches Alex Passucci and Rob Edgar.

Also inducted was the 2001 men’s soccer team — Beyan Amara, BS’04; Eric Brandt, BS’03, MBA’08; Christian Bustos, BS’02; Gustavo Cardona, BS’04; Victor Celi, BS’07; Johnny David, BA’04; Joey DiBuno, ’01; Neil DiDio, ’01; Eugene Ferrara, ’01; Jose Gomez, BS’04; Dirceu Hurtado, BA’03; Tyrone James, ’01; Goce Kostoski, BA’04; Orce Kozeski, BS’02, MBA’06; Taffarie Laing, ’01; Vytautas Lenkutis, BS’02; Danny Lozano, BS’04; Eric Montoya, ’01; Derik Niziolek, ’01; Anthony Nylander, BA’03; Nathan Olson, BS’04; Aaron Paye, BA’03; TJ Riggio, ’01; Sergio Riquelme, BS’04; Brian Romero, BA’01; Mirza Rusevic, BS’06; Matthieu Savaria, BA’05; Brian Scott, ’01; Erik Swanson, BA’07, MS’12; Head Coach Seth Roland, Assistant Coach Alex Passucci and Assistant Coach Rob Edgar.

Left photo: George Martin, left, BA’87, former FDU trustee and retired co-captain of the 1987 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, presents the award to Hall of Fame inductee Kenneth Vehrkens, dean, Petrocelli College.

Center photo: David Langford, left, director of athletics, with Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Clarke, BS’81, track and field, and FDU trustee.

Right photo: Ruth LoBalbo, widow of Coach Al LoBalbo, with Jim Carr, assistant basketball coach of the University of Rhode Island, this year’s LoBalbo Award recipient.

In addition, the Al LoBalbo Award was presented to Jim Carr, assistant basketball coach of the University of Rhode Island and co-founder of In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation.

Carr is in his second season as a member of the Rhode Island men’s basketball coaching staff. He and his wife, Natalie, established In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization honoring the spirit and enthusiasm for life of their late son, Brayden. Through service projects and fundraising ventures, the foundation provides athletic, social, rehabilitative and academic opportunities for children with seizure conditions and their related physical needs, as well as providing humanitarian support/relief to their parents.

Carr had spent 13 seasons on the coaching staff at Rutgers University, including five seasons (2004–’05 to 2008–’09) as an assistant coach. During that time, he served as recruiting coordinator for the Scarlet Knights in 2009–’10 before assuming the role of director of basketball operations. Carr has more than 20 years of coaching, administration and recruiting experience at the high-school and college levels. He has also coached multiple all-star teams on overseas tours, including trips to the Ukraine and to the Bahamas. In the early 2000s Carr was an assistant coach at FDU.

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