The Stevens Department of Athletics inducted welcomes five members into its Hall of Fame Friday night at the annual induction ceremony.
Waleed Farid ’08, Dawn Herring ’09, Brandon MacWhinnie ’08, William Marsillo ’94 and Thomas Sobe ’02 joined 102 other former Stevens student-athletes in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
“We were thrilled to honor this year’s Hall of Fame class,” said Director of Athletics Russell Rogers. “Each one of these inductees were truly special student-athletes during their time at Stevens, and I could not be prouder to welcome them into our Hall of Fame with so many other outstanding people. These honorees represent the essence of what we want the Stevens student-athlete to stand for: talented, hard-working individuals who played their sport with the utmost passion while always representing our institution in a first-class manner.”
This year’s ceremony followed a dinner format for the second year and had well over 100 people in attendance to help kick-off the 11th-annual Homecoming celebration.
Waleed Farid – Men’s Basketball – Class of 2008
Farid was a four-year member of the men’s basketball team and led the squad to its first-ever 20-win season in 2006-07 and then again in 2007-08. Farid, a captain during his senior season, was also part of the first men’s basketball team to reach the NCAA Tournament and the first ECAC Championship title in 2008. In 2006-07, Stevens earned its first national ranking in the top-25 and reached the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Tournament.
Farid ranks first all-time in career steals, second all-time in career points with 1,562, second in career rebounds, third in steals per game and third in made free throws. He is also fifth on the career list in made field goals and assists. His name is just as prevalent on the Stevens single-season lists as well, as he is first in free throws made, second in assists, third and fourth in steals, fourth in points, fifth in assists per game, and seventh and 10th in rebounds.
Farid’s play on the court garnered him numerous post-season accolades over the four-year career. He was an Empire 8 Conference first-team member in 2007-08 and was a NABC All-District first-teamer in 2006-07. D3Hoops.com selected Farid as a Preseason All-American in 07-08 and also picked him as a second-team All-Region performer during his junior and senior campaigns. The NABC placed Farid on the second-team All-District list in 07-08. NJHoops.com named Farid as the DII/III Player of the Year at the conclusion of his senior season, and during that same calendar year, Farid was named Stevens’ top male athlete and the team’s Most Valuable Player (twice). Along with that, he earned the Frank Partel Award in 2008. Finally, Farid was a two-time All-Met honoree, which included a first-team nod in 2006-07.
"Waleed was a very special student athlete. Talented, hardworking, determined, and competitive are just some of the words we can use to describe him. What is more impressive was his leadership. He made everyone around him better and was truly the rock of the program during his 4 years on campus. I am very lucky to have had the chance to coach someone like him.” -- Bobby Hurley – Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Stevens
Dawn Herring – Women’s Volleyball – Class of 2009
Herring was a 2009 graduate of the Institute and was a heralded volleyball player within Canavan Arena. By the end of her career, Herring was the most prolific player in Stevens’ women’s volleyball history as she ranked first in kills, kills per set, total points and points per set. She was also second in attack percentage and service aces. On the single season list, Herring ranked within the top four on eight different occasions in four separate categories.
The Ducks reached four NCAA Tournaments with two trips to the national quarterfinals when Herring was in Cardinal and Gray. Stevens won three Skyline Conference Titles and one Empire 8 crown as well. In 2006 and 2007, the Ducks were ranked nationally in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll.
During her rookie campaign in 2004, Herring was named Rookie of the Year in the Skyline and Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She was twice named Skyline Player of the Year and was a three-time first-team member in the conference. In the inaugural season as an Empire 8 member, Herring landed on the first team. The AVCA also named Herring as an all-region performer twice and an honorable mention All-American in 2006 and 2007.
"Dawn was an exceptional volleyball player during her time at Stevens. Her combination of passing, hitting, and defense immediately made her one of the best players in the Region. I had a feeling that Dawn was going to have a good career at Stevens when she broke the school record for kills in a single match, during her very first collegiate match. I'm thrilled to hear of her induction into the Stevens Athletic Hall of Fame.” -- JJ O’Connell – Former Head Women’s Volleyball Coach, Stevens
Brandon MacWhinnie – Wrestling – Class of 2008
MacWhinnie graduated from Stevens in 2008 and was the first-ever All-American in wrestling history with a third place finish his senior season. He was a two-time Centennial Conference Wrestler of the Year, a Centennial Conference champion twice and was named the Most Outstanding Wrestler of the Championship meet twice as well. MacWhinnie qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four years he grappled for the Ducks. He was also a two-time NWCA Scholar All-American and a three-time Stevens MVP.
MacWhinnie ranks first all-time in career wins, falls, technical fall and major decisions. He is also second in win-loss percentage on the career list. In single-season history, he lands on the top ten wins list four times, four times in tech. falls, four times for major decisions and three times for winning percentage and falls.
“When Brandon decided to choose Stevens as his college, he picked a school that had just started a new wrestling program. He made a decision to be a leader. He led both on and off the mats in helping to build a vision for Stevens Wrestling.” -- Mike Clayton – Head Wrestling Coach, Stevens
William Marsillo – Men’s Soccer – Class of 1994
Marsillo graduated in 1994 and still remains one of the most talked about and respected men’s soccer players in program history – a program with a rich tradition and a great deal of success. Marsillo was a three-time All-Independent Conference honoree and was also twice named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Region team. A 1993 CSANJ All-State pick, Marsillo was the first-ever CoSIDA Academic All-American in the history of the Stevens men’s soccer program – an honor that identifies the top performing athletic and academic student-athletes in the nation each fall. He won both the Joel Crouch and Manny Sambade Men’s Soccer awards and was the Gear & Triangle Best Athlete Senior Class honoree in ’94. A three-time All-Jersey 9 performer, Marsillo added adidas Scholar-Athlete accoldaes to his credentials twice over the course of his career.
A midfielder by trade, Marsillo still finds himself the program leaders in assists, checking in at No. 4 and assists per game (also fourth). His 11 assists in the 1994 season is fourth in the single-season record book.
“Bill Marsillo was the consummate midfielder and leader. He enjoyed and relished the opportunity to find the open player and create goal scoring chances. A testament to his leadership was to lead by example. Practicing as hard as he played and demanding that same level of commitment from his team mates. On the field and in the classroom, Bill was exceptional in his accomplishments. He garnered multiple soccer and academic awards. He was valedictorian with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.” -- Nick Mykulak – Former Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Stevens
Thomas Sobe – Baseball – Class of 2008
Sobe, a 2002 graduate, led his senior-year baseball team to the first and only appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He was a 2002 NCAA Division III ABCA Rawlings All-Region performer and also earned North-South All-Star honors that year. He was twice named to All-ECAC and was an All-Knickerbocker honoree in 1999 and 2002. Sobe also was named All-Skyline Conference twice in his career and received the Frank J. Misar baseball award.
The Woodbridge, N.J. resident still finds himself entrenched in the Stevens record books despite playing far fewer games than many more-recent players. In single-season records, he is sixth in hits and sixth in batting average. Career-wise, Sobe is 4th in batting average.
“Tom was a winner in the truest sense of the word. He never quit and always played the game the way it was meant to be played no matter what the situation. You can be a great baseball player and never win, but it took a leader like Tom to propel his team to the NCAA Tournament.” -- Mike Lippencott – Former Head Baseball Coach/Current Associate Athletic Director, Stevens