OSWEGO — The Oswego State Athletic Hall of Fame inducted five new members during a ceremony at Sheldon Hall on Saturday.
The new hall of famers are Gary Bartemus, Erin Hanlon, Mark Howard, Tom McFall, and Susan McWilliams.
Bartemus, a 1976 graduate, was a two-year member of the Oswego State swimming and diving team. He was an All-American three-meter diver for the Lakers in 1975 and was the first All-American diver from Oswego State.
His success in 1975 also propelled the Lakers to a 25th-place finish at the NCAA championships in 2005.
Humbled by the nomination submission, written by his three daughters, Bartemus said, “(My daughter) Lisa’s a great writer if nothing else.”
“It was really fun to come back to Oswego today. It’s been 43 years since I graduated,” he said.
Hanlon, who graduated in 2003, is the only All-American in Oswego State volleyball program history. She was a two-year player for the Lakers, but was named All-New York Region first team both her junior and senior years. After her junior season, she was also named the SUNYAC West Division’s First Year Player of the Year.
Hanlon’s former coach, Dani Drews, nominated her for the award.
“Erin’s statistical accomplishments only tell a portion of her story,” Drews said in the nomination. “Everyone in the gym knew that our offense ran through Erin, yet no one could stop her.”
Hanlon’s career hitting percentage, single-season career hitting percentage, and single-season kills (612) all rank first in program history. Hanlon totaled 1,168 kills in just two seasons, putting her second all-time for Oswego State.
She also had the unique opportunity to be coached by her mother, Pat Hanlon, who was an assistant at Oswego State while Hanlon was in college. Pat Hanlon is now a coach for the Fulton varsity girls volleyball team.
“It was an amazing experience playing for Oswego State and I take great pride knowing that I performed at my highest level,” Hanlon said. “If I could do it all over again, I would. My collegiate experience is one that I will never forget, and will often miss.”
Mark Howard, a 1984 graduate, adds yet another piece to the Howard family legacy at Oswego State. He joins his father Jim Howard in the hall of fame. Mark’s brother, Mike, is the head coach for the Laker golf and wrestling teams, and his niece, Brittany, is the head coach for women’s lacrosse.
Howard was a two-year member of the Oswego State wrestling team after transferring back home following a two-year stint at North Carolina State, a Division I program. His father coached Mark.
“Mark had to earn his own right to represent SUNY Oswego, and he did just that,” Jim Howard said in his nomination. “Ultimately, Mark inspired and influenced the whole team with his Division I experience.”
In his two seasons, Howard qualified for the NCAA Tournament, placing eighth in the 134-pound weight class and earning All-America honors his junior year.
“I have many great memories of Oswego State athletics and have known many great athletes that have competed for this great university,” Mark said. “I was proud to stand on the podium at the NCAA Tournament representing Oswego State.”
McFall, a 1990 graduate, was the 14th member of the hall of fame from the men’s hockey program. He remains the top-scoring defenseman for the Lakers in program history. He registered 139 points in his career, 118 of those being assists. He holds the single-season record for assists by a defenseman with 38.
Throughout his 123 games as a Laker, his total assists are eighth most in program history. Hall of famer Sean Fitzgerald, who was on the hockey team and graduated in 1989, nominated McFall.
“When his teammates were asked to describe Tom’s career in a few words, nobody mentioned about being the all-time leading scorer, but mentioned things like being a leader or a competitor,” Fitzgerald said. “Tom’s best attribute was that he was a team-first guy. Tom made everybody on the ice better when he was playing.”
In his career, McFall earned SUNYAC honors three times. He received second-team honors during his sophomore and junior years and was named to the first team his senior season.
“When I arrived here in 1985, I wasn’t sure if I was going to last here a week. And now, it’s turned into a lifetime,” McFall said. “Oswego means a lot to me. I can’t wait to come back and watch them beat Plattsburgh in November.”
McWilliams, who ran on the cross country and track and field teams from 2001 to 2004, wasn’t able to attend the ceremony. While running for the Lakers, she qualified for the NCAA championship cross country race in all four years. She placed fifth at the national race in 2002.
In 2003, McWilliams became the first female and third-overall All-American cross country runner from Oswego State. McWilliams is also part of the SUNYAC Championship hall of fame.