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Brookdale Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018
The logo for the Brookdale Jersey Blues Hall of Fame, featuring a blue colonial man in a hat.

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Jim Hunter

A veteran broadcaster entering his 21st season as a member of the Orioles broadcast team, Hunter will call a majority of games for the Orioles Radio Network and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network this year. Throughout his nearly 40-year career as a broadcaster, Hunter has also covered the Olympic Games, the Superbowl and the National League Championship Series. A 1977 graduate of St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, Hunter first began covering sports as a Brookdale student reporting on the Jersey Blues for Brookdale Public Radio. He is a past recipient of the Radio/TV Media Excellence Award from the New Jersey Sportswriters Association, was named 2002 Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and is a member of the St. John Vianney High School Athletics Hall of Fame. 

Coach

Doug Welsh

Doug Welsh served as head men’s soccer coach for the Jersey Blues from 1977 – 1988 and as head men’s golf coach from 1990 – 2014. He is the longest-tenured coach in college history in both sports. Throughout his combined 35 years on the field and the links, Welsh coached numerous all-American, all-region and all-conference student athletes. In 1983, Welsh coached the men’s soccer team to its first ever National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship Tournament and an NJCAA Region XIX title. He finished his soccer coaching career with a staggering 150-45-8 record. He has also served as a Brookdale automotive technology professor for the past four decades.

Team

1983 Men’s Soccer

Finishing the season with a record of 17-3-1, the 1983 men’s soccer team shocked the collegiate soccer world by defeating the defending national champion Vikings to claim the NJCAA Region XIX championship. Overcoming devastating injuries to a number of key players throughout the season, the squad went on to make Brookdale history by becoming the first ever men’s soccer team to advance to the NJCAA National Championship tournament. They would continue to hold their own in the tournament against many of the top soccer teams in the national, finishing in fifth place.

  • Roster: Curt Adam, Jeffery Algor, Terry Bodak, Robert Boyce, Paul Bretzger, Antoni Cantaffa, Patrick Coburn, Peter Dawe, Kenneth Finn, Glenn Gargan, Michael Gulino, Michael Kanzler, Eugene LaVergne, Joe Lindo, Russell Patmore, Robert Persamanos, Patrick Praitano, Denis Smith, Paul Tully, Mark Zabilowicz, Paul Zabilowicz

  • Head Coach:               Doug Welsh

  • Assistant Coach:         Jack Ryan

Players

Jeannie Morris Cotta, Women’s Soccer 1981-82 (Wall High School)

  • A trailblazer for Brookdale women’s soccer in the earliest years of the program, Cotta is regarded as one of the most talented and influential players in Jersey Blues history. At a time when women’s soccer teams were not organized into divisions and players received no year-end awards, Cotta averaged a staggering two goals per game over the course of two seasons, helping to put the Jersey Blues – and women’s soccer – on the map.

Glenn Gargan, Men’s Soccer 1982-83 (Neptune High School)

  • One of the top defenders in program history, Gargan helped lead the Jersey Blues to their first ever NJCAA National Championship tournament in 1983. He received all-region honors in 1983 and was selected to the Garden State Athletic Conference’s all-conference team in both 1983 and 1984.

Jay Ham, Men’s Basketball 1991-92 (Freehold Boro High School)

  • A prolific shooter for the Jersey Blues, Ham led the nation in scoring during the 1991-92 season by averaging 31.5 points per game. He received all-region honors and was selected to the Garden State Athletic Conference’s all-conference team.

Tracy Pancoski, Baseball 1986 (Monroe Township High School)

  • An acclaimed outfielder for the Jersey Blues, Pancoski was selected as a first-team all-region and first-team all-conference player following the 1986 season. He helped lead his team to the NJCAA World Series, where they finished third, and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1986. 

Skye Rubel Tiplady, Softball 2007-08 and Women’s Tennis 2008 (Ocean Township High School)

  • Tiplady excelled as a dual-sport athlete for the Jersey Blues, helping the women’s softball team claim the NJCAA Region XIX championship and reach the NJCAA Division III national championship game in 2008 while simultaneously capturing a national title in fourth-flight singles in tennis. Astoundingly, Tiplady won her national tennis title – along with a runner-up finish in second flight doubles – after traveling directly to Arizona from the softball team’s regional championship game on May 4. She then travelled back across the country to Rochester, Minnesota, for the softball team’s national championship tournament 11 days later. The team finished as the runner-up to the NJCAA Division III national championship. Tiplady, a catcher, led the 2008 softball team in RBIs (51) and home runs (8) and was named to the NJCAA Division III All-Tournament Team. As a tennis player, Tiplady was named a first-team all-American in singles and a second-team all-American in doubles. She was also selected as a first-team all-region and all-conference player in both sports. 

Keith Weinkofsky, Baseball 2008-09 (Ocean Township High School)

  • One of the most accomplished baseball players in Jersey Blues history, Weinkofsky was named NJCAA National Player of the Year in 2009 after setting an all-time Brookdale record for home runs in a season (17) and tying the college’s record for career home runs (25). He was also selected as a first-team all-American, a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner and Region XIX Player of the Year following his 2009 campaign, in which he led the Jersey Blues to a Garden State Athletic Conference title, an NJCAA Region XIX championship and a third-place finish at the NJCAA World Series. He was also selected to NJCAA’s All-World Series Team in 2009, and received first-team all-region and all-conference honors in both 2008 and 2009.