Former Athletes Honored in WCC’s Hall of Fame
Established in 2006, the WCC Hall of Fame honors outstanding student athletes who excelled in their respective sports while attending WCC and went on to achieve national prominence.
In addition, College personnel who contributed to the athletics program at WCC are eligible for induction into the Hall. Westchester teams are members of Region XV of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Mid Hudson Conference. While most of our sports compete at the Division III level, Men’s Basketball is Division I and there is no Division setup in Men’s and Women’s Bowling. WCC is proud of the national recognition its teams and athletes have gained for the college.
WCC Athletic Department hosted the 2017 Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Banquet on Friday, Nov. 17. The event took place at Juliano’s Restaurant in New Rochelle, New York. It feature seven members of the WCC Athletic community who will be enshrined into our Hall of Fame, as well as the presentation of the Eugene “Buzz” Keefe Award.
The WCC sports hall of fame: this year’s induction class included six former WCC student-athletes, and one legendary department employee. The class includes:
Antonio Azraga – one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the Westchester Bowling program.
Frank Chousa – One of two WCC Football alums being inducted, Chousa was a member of the 1971 team that was inducted into the WCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
William Ciccarelli – Enjoyed a storied career as a member of the WCC Wrestling Team, a career that including a regional championship, and trip to the NJCAA National Tournament.
Joaquin Garcia – A member of the WCC Football team who will earn the rare distinction of being inducted for the second time as he was a member of the 1971 team that earned induction in 2010.
Johnny Jones – For more than a quarter century, Johnny Jones has served as the voice of WCC Basketball.
Bashkim Mustafaj – An All-American Basketball player at WCC, who led the Vikings to the National Tournament.
Rachel Poccia – A three-sport athlete at WCC (Volleyball, Basketball, Softball), who led the WCC Women’s Basketball team to a regional championship.
The Eugene “Buzz” Keefe Award will go to local sports legend Bob Hyland, who starred as a football player at Boston College. He moved on to a successful career in the National Football League. This included a Super Bowl Championship with the Green Bay Packers, and stints with the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, and New England Patriots.