Five to be Inducted into Genesee's Athletic Hall of Fame

BATAVIA, New York – The Genesee Community College office of Alumni Affairs along with the Athletics Department are pleased to announce the 2011 class of inductees into the Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame.

BATAVIA, New York – The Genesee Community College office of Alumni Affairs along with the Athletics Department are pleased to announce the 2011 class of inductees into the Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame. The second class of honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a reception at the Homecoming celebration on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM in the Stuart Steiner Theatre.

The Selection Committee identified four outstanding individuals, as well as one team to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame is the highest athletic honor that the College bestows on its alumni and supporters, and recognizes the outstanding athletic achievements of individuals and teams of every era who have fostered athletic achievement and sportsmanship at the College.

The four individuals and one team inducted into the 2011 Athletic Hall of Fame include:

•William “Bill” Van Gundy
Men’s Basketball Coach and Instructor of Physical Education, 1984-2000
William “Bill” Van Gundy had over 300 career wins with the men’s basketball team throughout the mid eighties and nineties. Under his coaching, the men’s teams won five Penn-York championships and Van Gundy was awarded NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year three times. Coach Van Gundy also coached three 1000 point scorers. In 1988, Bill was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches Merit Award. In 2002, he was inducted into the New York State Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame and in 2005 he was awarded the “Guardian of the Game” award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Bill is the father of Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Van Gundy, who have both served as coaches in the NBA. He is married to his wife Cynthia and they reside in Sanford, Florida.

•Petra (Pankova) Knoche
Women’s Basketball, 1995-1997
Petra (Pankova) Knoche was an accomplished women’s basketball player scoring 1021 career points. She was a first team All Region player in the 1995-1996 season and a Region III Player of the Year in the 1996-1997 season. She also led the Women’s basketball team to two National Championship appearances. She went on to play basketball at Cleveland State University where she earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Communication. She is currently the assistant director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She is active in her local community and has been assistant coach of the women’s basketball team at Oakland University. Petra and her husband Christopher reside in Waterford, MI.

•Lloyd Huling
Men’s Basketball 1975-1977, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach and Women’s Softball Coach
The late Lloyd Huling was an outstanding athlete and coach at GCC. He was named an All Region player for both basketball seasons and had 323 points and 229 rebounds while at Genesee. He was awarded the Douglas E. Evans award in 1977 and the GCC Coaches award for 1976-1977. He graduated from GCC with a degree in Political Science. He went on to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology. During his high school years at Attica Central School, Lloyd held the career high scoring average in basketball from 1975-1996 and averaged 21 points per game. In addition to his player honors, he was the assistant women’s basketball coach where he led the team to their first Region III title. He also served as the head women’s softball coach at GCC. He was married to Shirley Lynn Richmond and they had five children, Aaron, Amy, Sarah, Caleb and Kyle. Lloyd Huling passed away in 1996.

•Cyndy (Merlau) Hynes ‘76
Women’s Basketball and Volleyball, 1974-1976
Cyndy (Merlau) Hynes was an All-Region Player in both Women’s basketball and Women’s volleyball. She led the women’s volleyball team to a National Championship appearance. She went on to attend Ithaca College where she played volleyball, basketball and softball and she was also the captain of the volleyball and basketball teams. Cyndy is currently a physical education teacher at Candor Elementary School in Candor, NY. She has held the position for 33 years. During her teaching career, she has coached the entire time, at all levels of sports. From little league, to pee wee basketball to JV and varsity volleyball and basketball, she has been awarded with several coaching honors. She resides in Candor with her husband Michael and together they have two children, Colin and Erin.

•2002-2003 Men’s Basketball Team
The 2002-2003 Men’s Basketball team was the first division II team ever to go undefeated in Region III with a record of 32-0. The team went to the NJCAA national tournament in Danville, IL and won the national title. Members of the team included: Rob King, Brian Jackson, Deverin Dillion, Jonas Kuntz, Melvin Council, Joe Robinson, Vilius Raulusevicius, Mark Buckenmeyer, Isiah Ewing, Darnell Jackson, Akim Neverson and Terry George. The team was coached by Mike von Schiller and assisted by Don Bovenzi.

“This group of inductees represents the range of great athletes and coaches that have served the College over the years,” Peg Sisson, Athletic Director at GCC and selection committee member said. “We honor these individuals and teams as they serve as inspiration to our current and future student athletes at GCC.”

The induction ceremony will take place during Homecoming 2011 weekend. The five honorees will be inducted and celebrated on Saturday, September 17 at 5:00 pm in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at the Batavia Campus. Family and friends of the inductees are welcomed to attend. A reception will follow the ceremony in the lobby of the Genesee Center for the Arts.

For further information or photos of the inductees, please contact Jackie Christenson, Alumni Coordinator at 585-343-0055 x6265 or email:

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