Led by the most outstanding female individual performer in University history, five former athletes were enshrined into its Athletic Hall of Fame at the 12th annual Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony on Saturday. Joining 13-time NCAA Div. III All-American Winsome Foderingham-Herard '88 were inductees Carlos Arango '78, soccer; track & field; Johnny Rolando '77, soccer; Karen Smiley '90, softball; and George Webb '69, baseball.
"I was truly honored by the induction," said Foderingham-Herard, who is now assistant project coordinator with the University's Center for Technology in Government. "The award and the festivities accompanying it offered a special time of reflection for me on the invaluable life-lessons I learned from competing in track and field for the University."
The only woman in the history of Albany's track & field program to win an individual NCAA championship, Foderingham-Herard won the 200-meter dash in 1986 and 1988 and captured the 100-meter hurdles title 1987.
In addition to her 13 All-American titles, she won four Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championships, seven New York State (NYSWCAA) titles, and set 10 school records. In the 1988 NCAA outdoor championships, she accumulated 26 points by herself as Albany finished fourth in the team standings.
Foderingham-Herard was twice selected the Univer-sity's Female Athlete of the Year, and re-ceived the 1988 Capital District Female Athlete-of-the-Year Award from the City of Albany Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she was the first Albany woman to be invited to the Penn Relays, the Wanamaker Millrose Games at Madison Square Garden, and the Jamaican Olympic Trials.
Foderingham-Herard earned a B.A. in psychology and a master's degree in public administration.
Arango (1974-78) led Albany to one ECAC and two NCAA Tournament berths. Selected to the SUNY Athletic Conference all-star team three times during the 1970s, he was a first-team all-New York state choice in 1977 and '78. During his career, the Great Danes reached the NCAA Division III Tournament in 1975 and 1978.
Arango received an undergraduate degree in criminal justice and sociology He currently works for the Ford Motor Company in Italy.
Rolando (1973-77) helped Albany reverse a trend of 11 consecutive losing seasons into a pair of NCAA Tournament bids in 1973 and 1975 and an ECAC Tournament appearance in 1976.
A native of Ecuador, South America, he was named first team all-New York State on three occasions, and received all-SUNY Athletic Conference recognition in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He presently teaches in the New York City public school system.
Smiley (1986-90) was a record-setting pitcher, leading Albany to two New York State (NYSWCAA) championships in 1988-1989 and a third-place finish in 1990.
As the team's only hurler in her final two collegiate seasons, Smiley was chosen the University's Female Athlete of the Year in 1989 and '90. Following her graduation with a B.A. in psychology, she returned to Albany as an assistant softball coach for two years.
She is now a special education teacher for Shenendehowa Central Schools.
Webb (1965-69) was a three-year varsity pitcher who tied a single-season record with five victories in leading Albany to an 11-6 mark in 1969. A two-time team MVP, he led the Great Danes in batting average and won three games as a hurler in 1968.
A Riesley Award recipient, Webb earned both a B.A. in history and master's degrees in history and social sciences. He has worked in the New York State Department of Education for more than two decades, and serves as Assistant Director, Division of Education Business.
With this year's class, there are now 65 former athletes, coaches and administrators who have been inducted into the University's Hall of Fame.
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