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Five inducted into AU Hall of Fame
ALFRED, NY – Four former athletes and a former coach were inducted into Alfred University’s Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet ceremony Saturday evening on the AU campus.
Former swimming and diving coach Mike Schaeberle, former cross country and track and field standout Joe DiCamillo ’62, football player Paul McDonnell ’89, former swimmer Brian Striker ’00; and former women’s lacrosse player Lauren D’Aurio ’00 were inducted as members of the 38th Hall of Fame class. Induction ceremonies are held as part of the University’s Homecoming Weekend.
Schaeberle was one of the top men’s swimming and diving coaches in the nation during his 24-year tenure at AU, from 1972-95. He coached 27 All-Americans, including six-time NCAA Division III?champ and AU Hall of Fame member Howard Seidman.
He had a 172-95 career record in men’s dual meets and was coach of the Saxon teams that set a school record for consecutive wins in dual meets (28, from 1987-89, equaled in 2009). Schaeberle was coach of 10 current members of the AU Hall of Fame, including his sons, Tim ’85 and Cary ’87. His daughter Theresa ’98 also graduated from Alfred.
“This is quite an honor,” Schaeberle said, as dozens of swimmers, past and present, rose to applaud him. “It was a wonderful 24 years. I really enjoyed being here.”
Schaeberle thanked his wife, Sonia Anne, for her support over the years. She helped with scoring and timing at meets early in his career, before timing systems became automated. He jokingly thanked former athletic director Gene Castrovillo, “for keeping me out of trouble,” and Don King, former vice president for Student Affairs, “for keeping my swimmers out of trouble.”
“Thank you all for being here,” Schaeberle said. “I will always be a supporter of AU athletics and AU swimming.”
Since his retirement from AU in 1995, Schaeberle has been active as a swimming official. He officiates high school boys’ and girls’ meets at the dual-meet, sectional and state championship level, and also officiates locally at the collegiate level. He and his wife, Sonia Anne, live in Hammondsport, NY.
DiCamillo ran cross country and track at AU for four seasons. A member of AU teams that won three state cross country titles and two track championships, he was a two-time state track champ in the 880-yard run (1960 and 1961) and twice competed in the NCAA cross country championships.
After graduating from AU in 1962 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, DiCamillo was a high school chemistry teacher at Alfred-Almond Central School while working toward a master’s in education at AU, which he received in 1965. He was guidance counselor at Gates-Chili High School near Rochester, NY, from 1965 until his retirement in 1996.
DiCamillo stayed active in cross country after his collegiate career ended, coaching the varsity and freshman cross country teams in 1961 and 1962 and serving as varsity cross country coach at Gates-Chili High School from 1970-80. DiCamillo, who passed away in 2007, and his wife, Christine ’62, resided in Rochester and had three daughters.
“It’s a pleasure to be here tonight,” said Christine DiCamillo, who accepted the honor for her late husband. My family and I thank you for the privilege.”
“Not only did Joe love running, he loved coaching, and he passed that love for long-distance running on to so many kids,” she said.
Larrie Sweet, a teammate of DiCamillo’s, offered some words on his behalf.
“Joe was the kind of guy you’d want as a friend,” Sweet said. “Welcome to the Hall of Fame, Joseph Anthony DiCamillo. It’s nice to have you aboard.”
McDonnell was a standout quarterback and punter on the football team, earning All-American honors as junior in 1987, when he threw for 1,404 yards. A four-year starter (1985-88), he was quarterback on the 1986 team that went 9-2 and won the ECAC?North Championship Bowl.
For his career, he threw for 4,431 yards — which placed him third on the AU career list at the time of his graduation — which ranks seventh on the current all-time list. He earned honorable mention All-American honors in 1987 and was a 1988 preseason All-American. He led New York Upstate teams in passer efficiency in 1987 and was top five in the ECAC in punting each of his four seasons at Alfred.
McDonnell lists the 1987 season as most memorable. That year, he and two teammates — tailback Ray Rogers and defensive back Greg Prusia — earned All-American honors.
“I’m very, very humbled by this honor,” McDonnell said, tracing his path to Alfred from his childhood home of Frostproof, FL.
After high school, McDonnell spent a year working before deciding to go to college. He said he’d been recruited by the University of Central Florida and Alfred University. When things didn’t pan out at Central Florida, he called former AU coach Sam Sanders, who had just took a job coaching the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. Sanders told McDonnell to contact new coach (and now athletic director) Jim Moretti, and he was on campus a week before preseason camp opened. “It wound up being a very good decision on my part,” he said.
“I’m very proud, very honored, and very humbled to be here tonight,” he said.
McDonnell earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from AU in 1989 and went on to earn a master’s in physical education/sports management in 1991 from Springfield (MA) College, where he served two seasons as a graduate assistant football coach.
He is currently an independent manufacturer’s representative in Ballston Lake, NY, representing numerous companies in the sporting goods industry. He has stayed involved with football, serving as a volunteer assistant varsity football coach at Burnt Hill-Ballston Lake High School since 2006. He and his wife, Penny (Giess) ’87, live in Ballston Lake with their two children.
Striker was a four-year letterwinner on the men’s swimming and diving team, earning All-American honors five times (three individual races; two relays). He was a state champ in the 200-yard freestyle in 2000 and is a former school record-holder in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle.
He has been the head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at Alfred University since 2002. In his eight years at the helm of the men’s team, he has guided the Saxons to four Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association championships (2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009) and five Empire 8 Conference championship titles (2003, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009).
Striker is a five-time UNYSCSA and Empire 8 Conference Coach of the Year; athletes he has coached have won 142 Empire 8 individual and relays events and 54 UNYSCSA individual and relay events. He, along with fellow 2010 Hall of Fame inductee Mike Schaeberle, shares the school record for consecutive men’s dual-meet coaching victories (28, from 2005-2009). He has coached six All-Americans during his tenure at AU, during which time 31 individual and 15 relay school records have been set.
Striker said he wasn’t an exceptional swimmer when he first took up the sport while at York Central School — “I didn’t really like swimming, he said. B he began to excel after his younger brother, Todd, became dedicated to the sport. “I couldn’t let him do something I didn’t.”
He and Todd, who was an All-American freestyler and backstroker, were teammates for three seasons at AU, and Striker coached another younger brother, Brandon, for four seasons. Brandon also earned All-American honors.
Striker thanked his family and his coach at AU, T.J. Davis, for “for pushing me and giving me the support I needed.”
He also noted the incredible camaraderie of AU swimming and diving alumni, who regularly show up at the meets to cheer on the Saxons. “In my travels, I don’t see a lot of swim families like this one,” he said.
Striker graduated from AU in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (computer science minor) and earned his MBA from AU in 2006. He remained involved in swimming and diving after graduation. Prior to becoming coach at AU, he served three seasons as varsity coach at his high school alma mater, York (NY) Central School, and three seasons as an assistant coach for the Fairport Area Swim Team.
Striker lives in Hornell with his wife, Ashleigh, and their two children.
D’Aurio was a four-year star attacker on the AU women’s lacrosse team, from 1997-2000, and currently holds school records for goals and points in a career and single season and is the former career and single-season record holder for assists.
At the time of her graduation in 2000, D’Aurio held every single-game, single-season and career scoring record at AU. She still holds school career records for goals (201) and points (251) and the single-season record for goals (75) and points (88), set in 2000.
She also holds the school’s career record for groundballs (204) and draw controls (130), the single-game record for points (12), and shares the school single-game record for goals (10). When she graduated, she held the school career for assists, with 50, which now ranks fourth all-time.
D’Aurio was U.S. Lacrosse honorable mention All-American and a U.S. Lacrosse Second Team Regional All-American her senior season of 2000. That year, she was also named Empire 8 Conference Co-Player of the Year and was an ECAC All-Star. She served as a team captain two seasons at AU.
“It’s difficult to put into words what this awards means to me,” she said. “I’m very humbled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and at the same time am very proud.”
D’Aurio thanked her family “for their overwhelming support. They shared with me my love and passion for lacrosse.”
She also thanked her teammates and coaches. “It’s amazing to be here 10 years later. Having played with each of them has been such a privilege. We share in this honor together.”
D’Aurio earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (concentration in photography/digital media) in 2000. She lives in New York City and has worked in the photography/digital imaging technology industry for the last decade. Since the fall of 2008, she has worked a freelance photographer re-toucher at Box Ltd., a New York City company that provides high-end retouching for fashion and fine art, and photo post-production for major magazines, photographers, and ad agencies.