2016 Athletic Hall of Fame Class Inducted
Joseph Cervino ’71
A captain of the baseball team his senior year in 1971, second baseman JOSEPH W. CERVINO ’71 led the nation in stolen bases with 36 in 29 games, a program record which has stood for more than 40 years. Before senior year, Cervino also led the team in batting at .342. During a long career as a physical education teacher and coach at Paramus High School, he guided the baseball and wrestling teams to multiple league and state sectional titles.
Michelle Scecina ’97, G’01
MICHELLE SCECINA ’97, G’01, is one of the finest players in the history of the Springfield College women’s basketball program. She remains the only player to total more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and is Springfield’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,007. As a senior, she contributed an average of 14.4 points and nine rebounds per game. She is a senior lecturer in physical education and athletics at Mount Holyoke College and serves as the school’s head basketball coach.
William J. Sullivan ’59, G’63
The late WILLIAM J. SULLIVAN ’59, G’63, still holds Springfield College baseball pitching records spanning more than 50 years for most games won in a single season (nine in 1958) and most complete games in a single season (10 in 1958). After graduating, he played semi-professional baseball in Nova Scotia. Sullivan also was a member of the men’s basketball program. A former physical education teacher, Sullivan later became dean of the Springfield College graduate school.
Derek Yvon ’07
DEREK YVON ’07 was a star for the men’s basketball and baseball programs. He is currently the all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball history with 2,101 points. A four-year starter, Yvon led the men’s basketball team scoring during all four years. He also ranks number one in program history in three-point field goals made (261). In baseball, he owned a career .305 batting average, 72 RBI and 64 runs scored in 99 games played. He works at Essilor of America as business development manager.
Kathy Mangano ’86, G’88
A two-year captain and four-year starter at first base, KATHY MANGANO ’86, G’88, posted a team-high batting average of .407 in 1985 when she was named a First-Team All-American. She continued her legacy at Springfield College when she became head softball coach in 1989. In 20 seasons, Mangano posted a career record of 481-394-1, including five NCAA tournament appearances, and won a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference championship in 2008. She is a professor of physical education at Springfield College.