Long-time coach Gary Rost, former track star Sue Devlin ‘04 and former baseball standout Robb Vogtli were inducted into the Erie Community College Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony that was held at the Burt Flickinger Athletic center Thursday evening.
Coach Rost has been on the bench for Erie’s ice hockey program since the 1978-79 season, serving as an assistant from 1978 to 2001 and again from 2003 to 2007and as the head coach from 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2010. Rost earned Region III Coach of the Year and Buffalo Fan Awards College Coach of the Year recognition in 2009. Rost has been a part of all eight Region III titles, including leading the Kats to the 2009 and 2010 regional championships as the head coach. Rost also served as the golf coach from 1982 to 2008. He led Erie to a ninth place finish at the 2004 NJCAA championship. An active member of the Western New York hockey scene, Rost has served on the boards of the Western New York Amateur Hockey League and Southtowns High School Club Hockey League, and coached in the Cazenovia Park Hockey Association and for Canisius High School.
Devlin was a two-year member of the cross country and track and field teams at Erie. She earned All-American status in the 10,000-meter run at the 2003 NJCAA championship at the age of 44. She was a two-time recipient of the Grace M. Galanti Athletic Achievement Award in 2003 and 2004. Devlin went on to excel in cross country for two years at Hilbert College. She is very active in the Western New York running community, serving as race director for the BPAC Six Hour Distance Classic, Chestnut Ridge 10K Challenge and the Meghan Memorial Cross Country Race.
A two-year captain of the baseball team, Robb Vogtli was a pitcher, centerfielder and shortstop for the Erie baseball team that qualified for the Region III Tournament in 1994 and 1995. He had eight home runs and 51 RBI in 1995 and was named an NJCAA Third Team All-American. That year he also received the Lawrence C. Spring Award and the Paschal C. Rubino award. He was named an NJCAA Top 100 Prospect in 1995. Vogtli moved on to play two years at Saint Bonaventure University and then three years in the New York Yankees organization.
The ECC Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1991 to recognize outstanding achievements by ECC student-athletes, coaches and contributors and currently is comprised of 50 members.