12 Outstanding Stevens Athletes from Throughout Stevens History

These ducks have flown high on the court, in the classroom and in their communities

Stevens Athletics has evolved dramatically throughout the university’s 150-year history. Once an all-male institution with a limited number of sports programs, the university has grown to offer a total of 25 men’s and women’s varsity sports, several of which have earned national titles. Here, Stevens honors a selection of 12 outstanding scholar-athletes from throughout university history. Whether on the field, in the classroom or in their communities, these individuals have made an impact, exemplify excellence and are part of our proud legacy.

Ralph “Swede” Carlson Class of 1921

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1990 (Inaugural Class)

Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball

Career Highlights:

  • Called the “Greatest Athlete in the History of Stevens” by one Hudson County sportswriter

  • Member of two undefeated football teams

  • Played professional basketball with Wilkes-Barre in the Pennsylvania State League

  • Served in the U.S. Navy


Zach Carr ’11 M.Eng. ’13

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Sport: Soccer

Career Highlights:

  • During Carr’s four seasons as a goalkeeper, the Ducks went 68-9-12 and won four conference titles

  • Piloted the team to the 2008 Division III national championship match

  • All-time NCAA Division III leader in career shutouts (55)

  • Two-time First Team All-American and two-time First Team Academic

  • All-American Division III Academic All-American of the Year, 2010

  • Received the 2011 NCAA Top VIII Award for success in his sport, in the classroom and community

  • Program manager, biologics and drug delivery at ClearPoint Neuro, Inc.


Tim Ferriter ’17

Sport: Volleyball

Career Highlights:

  • Helped lead the Ducks to the only team national championship in university history in 2015

  • Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NCAA DIII National Championship match

  • Four-time First Team American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American

  • Current program manager with Weiss-Aug surgical products division


ToyKen Yee ’85

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1991

Sport: Fencing

Career Highlights:

  • Member of the 1982 women’s fencing team — the first women’s varsity team to reach their sport’s respective NCAA Tournament

  • Finished 14th at the 1982 NCAA Individual Finals; the only student-athlete in program history to reach the NCAAs

  • Senior adviser, Hudson Financial Group, Inc.


Victor Starzenski Class of 1907

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 1991

Sport: Lacrosse

Career Highlights:

  • Coached and founded lacrosse programs at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Union College and the University of New Mexico

  • Elected to the Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame

  • Memorialized with the Starzenski Award, presented to the Stevens men’s lacrosse program’s most improved sophomore


Gladys Njoku ’16

Sport: Track & Field

Career Highlights:

  • Won the high jump at the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships

  • Won a second national championship title in 2016

  • Named 2015 Division III Indoor Field Athlete of the Year

  • Production control manager at Allied Beverage Group


Waleed Farid ’08

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013

Sport: Basketball

Career Highlights:

  • Led the basketball program to their first:

    • NCAA Tournament appearance (2007)

    • ECAC Championship (2008)

  • Two-time All-Met Basketball Writers selection

  • Played professional basketball in Egypt for one season

  • Current head men’s basketball coach at Hartwick College


Laura Barito ’11

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016

Sports: Swimming, Track & Field

Career Highlights:

  • National champion in each of her sports: 50-yard freestyle (swimming) and outdoor 400-meter hurdles (track & field)

  • 22-time All-American

  • Two-time Academic All-American

  • Named 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year

  • Nationally ranked weightlifter as well as owner and coach of White Buffalo Training Systems in Louisville, Kentucky


Aracely Cruz ’05

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010

Sports: Basketball, Tennis

Career Highlights:

  • Two-time Skyline Conference Player of the Year in basketball

  • Seven all-conference selections

  • Played professional basketball in Puerto Rico

  • Currently an engineer at Kreisler Manufacturing Corporation


Matthew Heinrich ’16

Sport: Tennis

Career Highlights:

  • Victories at both the NCAA Individual and Doubles Championships

  • Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Rookie of the Year, 2013

  • NCAA Elite 89 Award winner in 2015, for the highest GPA among all players at the tennis national championship

  • Earned a 4.0 during his time at Stevens and graduated (tied) first in his class

  • D. candidate in mechanical engineering at Princeton University


Valerie Barnhart ’06

Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2011

Sports: Soccer, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Equestrian

Career Highlights:

  • Guided the women’s soccer program to three NCAA Tournament appearances

  • Helped the women’s lacrosse program to three conference championships and one trip to the NCAA Tournament

  • Earned three All-America selections

  • Works in AIO IT design and development for AIG and as assistant coach with the Stevens women’s soccer program


Amy Regan ’17

Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field

Career Highlights:

  • Most decorated female student-athlete in department history

  • Won six national championships between both sports

  • 14-time All-American

  • Two-time Academic All-American

  • Engineering business development program manager with Garmin International