Coast Guard Honored Several Former and Current Athletes on Homecoming

The 2017 Hall of Fame Class were joined by 12 other Hall of Fame Members on Thursday night.
The 2017 Hall of Fame Class were joined by 12 other Hall of Fame Members on Thursday night.

It was another successful Homecoming at the Academy this past weekend as the Hall of Fame welcomed seven new members and several athletes were presented with rings to signify national excellence while several teams hosted Alumni games and men's lacrosse hosted the third annual Fall Fest.

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On Thursday in the Otto Graham Hall of Athletic Excellence in Billard Hall seven members were inducted in the Hall of Fame.

The Class of 1996 led the way with a trio of honorees in Robert Hueller ('96), Gretchen (Wagner) Jones ('96), Drew Orsinger ('96) and they were joined by Craig Sattergren ('81), Christian Lee ('97), Hayley (Feindel) Greaver ('12) and Bill Zack ('80), who was named as an honorary member.

Hueller was the first two-time national champion and only two-time national champion swimmer in Coast Guard Academy history winning the 200 backstroke in 1995 and 1996. He also won the New England Championship in the 200 backstroke in 1995 and 1996. Hueller was a  seven-time All-American while also earning honorable mention All-America honors four times. He did not lose a dual meet in the 200 backstroke during his collegiate career and still holds the school record in the event with a time of 1:51.07.

Jones was a two-time All-American in cross country earning the honors in both 1994 and 1995. She finished 12th in 1994 and 21st in 1995. She was a three-time All-American in the 5,000 meters earning indoor honors in 1995 and outdoor All-America honors in both 1994 and 1995. She still holds three school records (5,000 meters both indoor and outdoor as well as being part of the record holding 4x800 outdoor relay).

Orsinger qualified for the NCAA Championships in the pole vault all eight seasons and won the 1995 Indoor Championship, the first CGA track national championship, and placed second outdoors. He is a five-time All-American and earned both Division III and Open All-New England honors six times and was a three-time ECAC Champion. Orsinger still holds the indoor (17-1) and the outdoor (16-9.75) school records. He broke his own records 15 times during his collegiate career, set over 20 meet and facility records across the country and placed first in 36 track meets during his time at the Academy.

Sattergren was an All-American heavyweight wrestler in 1981 earning a sixth place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. He was a three-time All-New England selection, placing second once and third twice. He was part of a pair of team New England Championships in 1980 and 1981. Sattergren had the most falls on the team in 1980 and 1981. He was inducted into the New England Wrestling Association Hall of Fame in 2012.

Lee, who was a three-sport performer, was a starting wide receiver for four years and set a single-season record with 938 receiving yards while setting career marks with 149 receptions, 23 touchdowns and still holds the record with 2,356 receiving yards. He was captain of the 1996 team which made the first ever NCAA appearance in football program history. Lee was a first team All-conference wide receiver and kick returner as well being named an ECAC and New England Football Writers first team wide receiver in 1996.

On the diamond, Lee led the baseball team with 15 stolen bases and 24 runs scored while hitting .321 in 1997 to earn second team All-conference honors. In track, he was part of the 4x100 relay team which set then Academy records and competed in the New England Championship and the Penn Relays. He was named the most outstanding senior athlete at the Academy in 1997.

Greaver, the only Coast Guard athlete to have her number retired, finished her magnificent career as the NCAA Division III all-time leader in wins (124), strikeouts (1,457), innings pitched (1,029.7), games (160), games started (156), complete games (140) and she is second all-time in Division III with 62 shutouts. She had a career-record of 124-30 with nine no-hitters and a pair of perfect games.

During her four years, she led the Bears to four straight NCAA tournament appearances, three straight NEWMAC regular season (2009, 2010, 2011) and tournament championships (2010, 2011, 2012). Coast Guard had never won a NEWMAC regular season or tournament championship and never appeared in the NCAA tournament before she arrived on campus. The Bears had a four-year record of 139-40-1, the most wins over a four-year period in school history.

She was the 2011 New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) Player of the Year and a three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. She had scoreless innings streaks of 55 and a career-best 75 innings during the 2011 season.

Zack, won three gold medals at the Dad Vail Regatta, won a silver in the Freshman 8 in 1977, won gold in the JV 8 in 1978 and a silver in the JV 8 in 1979. He attended Olympic Development Camp in 1977 and 1979. Zack, currently the head women's rowing coach at  San Diego State University, was an assistant men's rowing coach at the Academy from 1986-1991 and has accomplished so much in the sport of rowing.

Throughout his career Zack has been very involved with USRowing. Moving up from the U.S. Olympic Festival team manager in 1989, he served as an assistant team leader for the 1996 Olympic rowing team and has served as a team leader for the Pan-American Games, World Rowing Championships and the Junior World Rowing Championships. Zack coached the women's lightweight quad to a sixth-place finish at the 1997 World Rowing Championships. In addition, Zack saw the junior women's quad to a 13th-place finish at the 2008 World Rowing Junior Championships.

He serves as the vice president and a member of the board of directors for the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Zack is one of two Division I representatives on the board from NCAA Region 4. He also serves as the head of the CRCA's Legislative Review Committee.

On Saturday, at halftime of the football game, the Bear Club presented championship rings sponsored by the Class of 1987 to those whose performance on the national stage met the criteria during the 2016-17 academic year.

Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard; Rear Admiral James Rendon, Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy; Mr. Tim Fitzpatrick, Director of Athletics; and two representatives from the class of 1987, Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan, Commander, 9th District and Rear Admiral Jack Vogt, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy were on hand to present the rings.

THE FOLLOWING WERE PRESENTED RINGS:

Darius Adams won the national championship in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He posted the two best jumps in the championship winning with a leap of 24 feet, 1.5 inches.

Chasse Sodemann earned All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke with a sixth place finish in a time of 54.75 at the NCAA Division III Championship.

In pistol members of both the women's and open teams were honored. Brian Kim, Johnny Ly, Kevin Bennett, and Meghan Van Hise. Unable to attend the ceremony were cadets Helen Oh and Annika Lehenbauer.

In team standings, the open team consisting of Kim, Oh, Lehenbauer, and Bennett won the Standard Pistol National Championship, and also placed third in the team aggregate. The women's team of Oh, Van Hise and Lehenbauer captured the team Women's Air Pistol National Championship and went on to place third in the Women's aggregate competition.

In individual competition, Helen Oh earned her second individual national championship, placing first in the Women's air pistol championship. Brian Kim won his fourth individual championship, winning the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championship Individual Aggregate, which combines the scores from three pistol events, and won both the Men's and Open Air Pistol individual championships.

Also, the women's sailing team, who finished third at the Sperry National Championship in May, were at a competition and will be presented with their rings later this year.

Thank you to all the Coast Guard alumni and fans who returned home to the Academy to celebrate Homecoming.