WCC Hall of Fame Adds Seven Deserving Names to Its Ranks
Pictured above: 2017 WCC Sports Hall of Fame inductees. (Photo: Courtesy of Gowccvikings.com)
The WCC Athletic Department inducted seven new members into the Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 17. The Hall of Fame currently features 42 members on top of six sports teams.
The 2017 Induction Ceremony took place at Juliano’s Caterers in New Rochelle and featured not only the current inductees, but some of the biggest athletic names in WCC history.
WCC Hall of Famer and former Director of Athletics, Larry Massaroni presented the Eugene ‘Buzz’ Kefe Award to local legend Bob Hyland. Hyland began as a star football player at Boston College before going on to win a Super Bowl Championship with the Green Bay Packers. He received this award for his years of support for the WCC Athletic Department.
The seven new inductees were inducted for being outstanding in their specific sports. Two inductees were WCC Alumni being inducted from the 1971 WCC Football team which was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
Antonio Azgra was inducted for being “one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the Westchester Bowling program,” according to the WCC athletic website. He also served the WCC Athletic Department as Assistant Men’s Bowling Coach and was on staff as WCC won the 2000 NJCAA Doubles Championship.
Frank Chousa was one of the 1971 Football team Alumni being inducted at the ceremony. Chousa was a member of the 1971 team that went undefeated in the regular season and went on to eha NJCAA Championship in Minnesota. Along with Chousa, was Joaquin Garcia. After the winning streak in 1971, Garcia went on to join the FBI and wrote a book that detailed some of his experiences there.
William Ciccarelli was inducted as an undefeated wrestling champion, team captain, regional champion and NJCAA National Tournament participant. After his career as a Viking, Ciccarelli went on to wrestle for two more years before receiving a fellowship as Assistant Coach and winning the NCAA Division III National Championship. Ciccarelli also placed third in the US Olympic final qualification round in Canada.
Johnny Jones served as the voice of WCC Basketball for more than a quarter century. Jones was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the mark he left at WCC with his signature calls like “Bang” for a three-pointer.
Bashkim Mustaphaj led the Men’s Basketball team to the NJCAA National Tournament in 1991, where the team finished as the #8 team in the country. After graduating, he went on to play two seasons of Division I Basketball for the Iona Gaels before working for the New York City Board of Education.
Rachel Poccia, the only woman inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017 is “one of the most prolific multi-sport athletes in WCC history,” according to the athletics website. She competed in basketball, softball and volleyball, succeeding in all three. She was a regional MVP in volleyball and an All-Conference selection in basketball. She also led the basketball team to a conference championship in her first season, following with a regional championship one year later.