BUFFALO – May 15 – The Erie Community College Athletics Department inducted the following selections for the Athletics Hall of Fame tonight at the atrium in the ECC City Campus Main Building.
The 2012 class is:
- Perry Jenkins, track & field, XC coach
- James Law, track & field
- Marie Anne Stachowski (posthumously), volleyball & softball
- Laurie Brinkman, bowling
- Jerry Dudley (posthumously), men’s basketball
- 1980 & 1981 softball teams
Perry Jenkins – Under Jenkins, the Kats’ men’s track and field program won the 1998 and 1999 NJCAA Division III outdoor track and field titles and his 1999 women’s squad finished second in the nation. He twice guided the men’s program to four-straight Region III titles, 1990-93 and 1996-99. He coached over 50 NJCAA All-America participants. Jenkins currently serves as the State University at Buffalo’s men’s head track and field coach with additional duties for the sprints and hurdles for both the men’s and women’s programs.
James Law – In addition to setting several records on the track, Law won seven NJCAA championships during his outdoor career at ECC. Law claimed NJCAA titles in the 100 (twice), 200 and 4x100 (twice) and 4x400 (twice) relays. He also recorded nine Region III championships. After his time at ECC, Law was the opening leg for the University of South Carolina’s 2002 NCAA Division I champion 4x400 relay team.
Marie Anne Stachowski – She was part of ECC’s first NJCAA Tournament softball teams in 1978 and 1979 and helped the Kats win back-to-back Penn-York Conference titles. She still ranks among the leaders in single-season stolen bases. Stachowski was a key figure in ECC’s first-ever winning volleyball season in 1977 and part of the Kats’ first 20-win season the following year. She lost a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease less than a year after graduating from ECC.
Laurie Brinkman – As a freshman, Brinkman had an immediate impact on the Kats as she won the NJCAA singles, doubles and all-events titles on her way to All-America honors. As a sophomore, she was honorable mention All-America and earned All-Region III honors. As a team, ECC won numerous tournament titles, including two Region III titles and the 1981 NJCAA championship.
Jerry Dudley – He led the Kats to their first-ever Region III basketball title in 1972 and the NJCAA Tournament. A 26-year-old center who did two tours of duty in Vietman, Dudley ended his career as the all-time leading scorer (1,351 points) and set the school record for single-season rebounds (603). Both marks still lead the ECC record books. In addition, he snared 29 rebounds against Mohawk Valley CC on Feb. 23, 1973.
The 1980 and 1981 softball teams – Under head coach Santo DeSain, these teams won NJCAA, Region III and Penn-York Conference championships. The 1980 squad went 31-4 and won its last 21 games, including a 2-1 decision over Pima (Ariz.) in the title game. In 1981, ECC went 30-3 and rebounded from an opening-day loss at the NJCAA Tournament to repeat as champion. The Kats defeated Lake Michigan twice, including a 2-1 decision in 12 innings in the final, to claim the championship. DeSain won the NJCAA Coach of the Year both seasons while Sally Wood was the 1980 NJCAA Tournament’s most valuable player and Sue O’Callaghan won the 1981 NJCAA Tournament MVP.