Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Class of 2013

10/26/2013 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cedar Hill Country Club
100 Walnut Street
Livingston, NJ 07039
$125 per person and $100 for faculty, staff and alumni
(973) 618-3260
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HOF 2013CALDWELL, N.J. – Caldwell University Athletics, in conjunction with Cougar Pride, will induct five former student-athletes into its Hall of Fame this year, the Hall of Fame Committee announced. The 2013 Hall of Fame class will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Saturday, October 26 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J.

The Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2010 to honor student-athletes, coaches and contributors who have played significant roles in the success of the intercollegiate athletic programs at Caldwell University. There are now 26 members in the Hall of Fame, which is located on the first floor of the George R. Newman Center. The Hall of Fame Dinner is the main fundraising event for Cougar Pride, the official booster club of Caldwell University Athletics.

“Now that the Hall of Fame is in its fourth year, the definition of what it takes to be a Hall of Famer has been established,” said Mark A. Corino, Executive Director of Athletics. “Our newest inductees all were outstanding student-athletes whose accomplishments are worthy of this honor, and we congratulate them and welcome them into this exclusive group.”

The 2013 class of the Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame includes Derek Bailey ’96 (men’s basketball), Joseph Chorba ’00 (baseball), Tom Tonkovich ’00 (men’s basketball), Theresa Davison ’02 (softball) and Cyndi Lambo ’03 (women’s soccer). Additionally, Cougar Pride will present Colleen DeTroia with a special award for her continued support of the Caldwell University Athletics Department and its student-athletes.

Derek Bailey was a key member of Caldwell’s first two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men’s basketball championship squads. His physical presence inside helped the Cougars win conference titles in 1993 and 1996. As a senior in 1996, Bailey carried the Cougars past Dominican in the CACC championship game, racking up 19 points and 17 rebounds. A three-time all-CACC honoree and an honorable mention All-American as a junior and senior, Bailey currently ranks fourth all-time at Caldwell with 1,643 points in his career. A native of Voorhees, N.J., he is a supervisor for the Department of Child Protection.

Joseph Chorba was a freshman on Caldwell’s first baseball team in 1996, and established himself as the program’s first workhorse on the mound. His 206 career innings pitched stood as the school record for nine years. A member of the all-CACC team as a junior and senior, Chorba was 6-1 with an earned run average of 3.61 in his final season. That year, he helped lead the Cougars to the finals of the CACC Tournament. Over his career, he was 17-9 to rank fourth all-time in winning percentage and fifth in victories at Caldwell. Chorba grew up in West Milford, N.J. and attended DePaul Catholic High School. He currently lives in Livingston, N.J., and is a CPA at Wilkin and Guttenplan.

Tom Tonkovich joined his older brother, Brian at Caldwell in 1996, and now he becomes the second Tonkovich brother to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The program’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,049 rebounds, Tom Tonkovich also holds the school record for career field goal percentage (.665). He was an important part of the Cougars’ CACC championships in 1998 and 1999, earning All-American honorable mention in 1999 after leading the NAIA in field goal percentage. His 1,489 career points rank fifth on Caldwell’s all-time scoring list. A financial advisor at Wells Fargo, Tonkovich resides in his hometown of Point Pleasant, N.J.

Theresa Davison gave the Cougar softball team its first true power hitter. During her career, the outfielder set program records for home runs (26), runs batted in (159) and slugging percentage (.680). As a sophomore she belted nine home runs and recorded 53 RBI, both single-season records that stood for 10 years. In her career, Davison earned all-CACC honors four times and was named to the all-Tournament Team three times. She recorded 202 career hits, and was one of just six Cougars to reach 200 hits in a career. Davison is a police officer in Beverly City, N.J., near her hometown of Burlington City.

Cindy Lambo joined the women’s soccer team at Caldwell in its second year of existence and quickly established herself as the program’s first star. A four-time all-CACC forward, Lambo holds school records for career goals (75), assists (22) and points (172). She recorded three 20-goal seasons at Caldwell and is the only Cougar to deliver 10 assists in a season. As a senior in 2002, she tallied 21 goals and 10 assists for 52 points in 18 games, setting conference records for goals per game and points per game that still stand today. Originally from Basking Ridge, N.J., Lambo is an attorney in Somerville.

Colleen DeTroia has been an ardent supporter of Caldwell University Athletics since joining the admissions staff in 1995. Her presence at virtually every home game and Cougar Pride event is appreciated by the athletics department and its student-athletes. The North Caldwell resident also has been a friendly face on campus for the student-athletes, willing to offer her help whenever it is needed.

“The opportunity to be a small part of the student-athletes’ experiences at Caldwell University has given me more than I have ever given them,” DeTroia said. “I sincerely thank the athletic department for this award, and I look forward to many more successful seasons as a Cougar fan.”

The Hall of Fame Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 26 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Livingston, N.J. The cocktail hour begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and the Hall of Fame ceremony at 7:00 p.m. Cost is $125 per person. Tickets for alumni, faculty and staff are $100. All proceeds will go to the Cougar Pride General Fund, which supports the degree completion program and enhancements for the 12 intercollegiate athletic programs. For reservations and more information, contact Caldwell University Athletics at (973) 618-3260.

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