Homecoming 2007 served as the occasion to induct seven individuals into the UB Athletics Hall of Fame. From left: Steve Butcher, BS ’05, men’s soccer; Kate Ricci-Mierzwa, BA ’92, women’s soccer; Belle Farrar Theobald, JD ’44 & BA ’42, Pioneering Award; Tiffany Bell, BS ’02, women’s basketball; and Drew Haddad, BA ’02, football. Unable to attend were William Kazer, BA ’72, fencing; and Doris Kostrinsky, EdB ’66, Distinguished Alumni Award.
Seven alumni were admitted into the Dr. and Mrs. Edmond J. Gicewicz Family UB Athletics Hall of Fame during the 35th induction cere-mony October 5.
The Pioneering Award was given to Belle Farrar Theobald, JD ’44 & BA ’42, of Tinton Falls, NJ. The first woman to participate in varsity men’s sports at UB, Theobald competed on the 1940 and 1941 tennis teams.
The Distinguished Alumni Award went to Doris Kostrinsky, EdB ’66, of Venice, FL, cocaptain of the UB volleyball and basketball teams, who went on to great success at Ithaca College, where she coached field hockey, softball, basketball and golf. Kate Ricci-Mierzwa, BA ’92, of Burbank, CA, is the only All-American in the history of the UB women’s soccer program. Ricci-Mierzwa completed her career in 1991, UB’s first as a Division I program.
Fencing star William Kazer, BA ’72, of Flushing, NY, posted a 30-0 record for the unbeaten freshman team and graduated with the title of All-American by finishing third in the NCAA Championships.
Women’s basketball standout Tiffany Bell, BS ’02, of Bowie, MD, is the second-leading scorer in the history of UB women’s basketball with 1,632 points. She holds the record for points and scoring average in a single season.
Men’s soccer standout Steve Butcher, BS ’05, of North Tonawanda, NY, scored a UB-record 16 goals as a sophomore, bettered his own mark by two in his junior year and was named MAC player of the year following his senior season.
Football player Drew Haddad, BA ’02, of Westlake, OH, is the football team’s career leader in receptions with 240 and in receiving yardage with 3,409.