CCSU ALUMNI ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Harold Crocker '74, CCSU Football alumnus, will receive the Kaiser Alumni Service Award of Outstanding Achievement. The presentation of the award will be at the 2023 Central Connecticut State University Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Tickets for the Central Connecticut State University Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2023 induction ceremony are on sale now. The induction will take place Thursday, October 5 and serve as a kickoff to Homecoming Weekend. The event begins with cocktail hour at 5:30 pm in Alumni Hall.
The Kaiser Award is presented to alumni who, since graduation, have distinguished themselves and their alma mater by their accomplishments and services. The award is named in honor of Harrison J. Kaiser, a 1979 charter member of the CCSU Hall of Fame and the 'Father of Central Athletics', served as coach for CCSU baseball, basketball, football and track and field, as well as athletics director.
Crocker enjoyed a long coaching career and is the winningest coach in Iona College football history. He was a three-time coach of the year with the Gaels, before moving onto a career as a regional scout for the New York Giants and as Director of Athletics at The College of New Rochelle. At CCSU, he was a member of the Blue Devils football team, including earning All-Conference for the 1973 team that posted a 9-1 record and won the Eastern Football Conference with an undefeated record. He graduated from CCSU in 1974 with a BS in Physical Education. Crocker, a football team captain, was also a member of the track and field team.
Crocker is the 53rd recipient of the Kaiser Alumni Service Award.
Five former student-athletes and a championship coach have been selected for induction into the Central Connecticut State University Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame. This year's Hall of Fame class includes, Paul Arciero '86 (tennis), George Kawecki (cross country/track & field coach), Paige (Martin) Krabill '95 (women's basketball), James Mallory (football), Jessica McCavanagh '07 (women's soccer) and Steve Stokoe '90 (men's soccer).
Krabill enjoyed a standout career on the hardwood in the Blue Devils' early years at the Division I level. She became the 10th athlete in program history to score 1,000 career points and graduated with 1,084 career points which ranked 8thin the record book. She finished her career third on the all-time list with 335 career assists, which included 101 as a senior. Her mark of 4.6 assists per game in 1992-93 is the third-best single-season mark at CCSU, and she ranked third in the East Coast Conference as a junior with 3.7 assists per game. A team captain in 1994-95, she earned All-ECC Rookie Team honors in 1991-92.
Mallory was one of the most decorated Blue Devils on the gridiron, earning Third Team AP All-America, AFCA All-America and ECAC All-Star honors in 2009. The 2009 NEC Offensive Player of the Year, Mallory was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award when he ranked fourth nationally with 112.67 rushing yards per game and ran for 1,352 yards total. He ran for 1,520 yards in 2008, which is the second-highest single-season total at CCSU and 10th-most in NEC annals. He finished his career with the third-most rushing yards in school history (3,245 yards) and ran for 256 yards against Bryant in 2008. A two-time New England Sports Writers All-New England selection and two-time All-Northeast Conference pick, he would attend camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
McCavanagh was dominant on the pitch in helping the Blue Devils win three straight conference titles during her career. She still ranks second in career goals (40), third in points (99) and fourth in assists (19). McCavanagh totaled 31 points in 2004, which ranks fifth all-time at CCSU, and posted top-five single-season totals for goals in 2004 (12, 3rd) and 2003 (11, 5th). The 2003 Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, McCavanagh would become a three-time All-NEC First Team pick and was the 2005 NEC Tournament MVP. She also earned NSCAA/United Soccer Coaches All-Region and NEWISA All-New England Second Team honors as a senior. She capped her career being named the NEC Women's Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006 and was the Gail Rutz Award honoree in 2007.
Stokoe was one of the Blue Devils' first standouts at the Division I level, assuming a role as a coach on the field for his squads. A sweeper for CCSU from 1986-89, he was a four-time All-New England selection helping the program to a 43-26-6 record during his career, which included a 15-3 mark as a senior. He won All-Tournament Team honors at the Mass. Challenge Cup and Florida Invitational Cup as an undergraduate before embarking on a successful coaching career. He coached the Connecticut Wolves of the United Soccer League and later led the Connecticut Fusion to the 2018 national final in United Women's Soccer.
The CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former outstanding CCSU student-athletes for their contributions and achievements in athletics. Nominees, in general, must be of good character and worthy of the award, and individuals, who, through their actions, have shown support for the ideals of the University. Nominees shall have represented CCSU in a positive manner both on and off the playing arena. Including the Class of 2023, there are 167 members of the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame, and five teams.