Manhattan College Inducts Eight Honorees to Athletic Hall of Fame

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Fran Fraschilla, ESPN college basketball commentator, among others, inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 10.

Manhattan College held its 34th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Smith Auditorium, sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society. The honored inductees were: Richard Alexander ’81, track and field; James Amandola ’02, men’s lacrosse; George Fisher ’74, golf; Fran Fraschilla, men’s basketball coach; Sandy Gordon ’88, women’s basketball; Bo Kucyna ’81, men’s soccer; Travis Lyons ’98, men’s basketball; and Tiffanie Poole Gentles ’00, track and field.

The 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their dedication and devotion to Manhattan College’s athletic program.

Their accomplishments include:

  • Richard Alexander ’81, track and field (Succasunna, N.J.) – Alexander set or tied at least 10 indoor and outdoor high jump records while at Manhattan. In total, he scored in eight New York Metropolitan Collegiate Championships, many as the champion, and six IC4As.
  • James Amandola ’02, men’s lacrosse (New City, N.Y.) – Amandola is the only three-time Outstanding Performer in Manhattan lacrosse history. During his senior year as captain, the team went undefeated and won its first MAAC Championship.
  • George Fisher ’74, golf (Upland, Calif.) – As a Jasper, Fisher’s round of 68 remained an unbroken school record until 2009. Senior year, Fisher shot the lowest Jasper score of 80 at the ECAC Tournament and the lowest score among Jaspers at the Metropolitan Golf Association Tournament.
  • Fran Fraschilla, men’s basketball coach 1992-1996 (Dallas, Texas) – Fraschilla has the highest winning percentage (.716) of any men’s basketball coach in the College’s history. During the 1994-1995 season, he was recognized as MAAC Coach of the Year after Manhattan became the first MAAC team to receive an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. He went on to become an ESPN college basketball studio analyst and kicks off his 11th season this year.
  • Sandy Gordon ’88, women’s basketball (Hawthorne, N.J.) – Gordon is the Jaspers’ all-time career assists leader with 592 and all-time single-season assist leader with 220. Named MVP in the Loyola Invitational Tournament in 1986, she was key to the Jaspers’ first-ever MAAC Tournament victory under coach and Hall of Famer Kathy Solano in 1987.
  • Bo Kucyna ’81, men’s soccer (Whippany, N.J.) – Kucyna was named First Team All-Conference all four years and was named Conference MVP as a senior. He was invited to the All-Tournament Team of the Kronenburg Indoor Invitational in 1980 and received All-New York State Honorable Mentions as a junior and a senior, and was named Most Outstanding Player at the College’s Block M Awards.
  • Travis Lyons ’98, men’s basketball (Upper Marlboro, Md.) – During the 1994-1995 season, Lyons was the only freshman to play in every basketball game, shooting more than 50 percent from the field and free throw line. As a senior, he became captain and shot 62.1 percent from the field, the second highest in the history of Manhattan basketball, and was also named to the All-MAAC First Team that same year.
  • Tiffanie Poole Gentles ’00, track and field (Freeport, N.Y.) – More than a decade later, three of Poole Gentles’ records at Manhattan still stand. Indoors, she ran the 200 meters in 24.22 seconds at the New York Sports Museum Invitational, and two weeks later added a time of 3:41.01 in the 4x400-meter relay in the Jasper Relays. Outdoors, she and her teammates recorded a 4x400 time of 3:39.64 at the Penn Relays in 1997.

Photos of the inductees are available at

About Manhattan College:
Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line and accessible by MTA subway line No. 1. For directions to the campus, visit

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Lasallian Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of arts, business, education and health, engineering and science, along with continuing and professional studies, and a graduate division. For more information about Manhattan College, visit

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