Iona Athletics Inducts Three Into Goal Club Hall of Fame
NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College Athletic Department held its 35th Annual Goal Club Hall of Fame Golf Outing on Monday, June 6, 2016 at Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle.
Three former student-athletes were inducted into the Goal Club Hall of Fame: former rower, current benefactor and Board of Trustee member Michael P. Hegarty ‘66, the first volleyball inductee Mikaela Hogg ‘06, and 1980's track standout Jeffrey C. Piper ‘85.
The Hall of Fame Dinner also included the presentation of the seventh Donald E. Walsh '66 award, presented annually by the Iona College Goal Club to individuals who have demonstrated loyal support and service to Iona College Athletics through exceptional volunteerism. This year's award was presented with great honor and respect to Goal Club Hall of Fame members, Mr. and Mrs. Edward F. Arrigoni ‘56, ‘91H.
The Iona Hall of Fame Golf Outing and Dinner directly benefits the Iona College Goal Club, which is the fund raising arm for Iona's 21-sport athletics program. The donations received from the Hall of Fame Golf Outing will help support scholarships, equipment and other essentials needed to keep Iona College at the forefront of Division I Athletics. Through the support of the community, alumni, families and friends of Iona College, the Goal Club has enabled us to make great strides within our athletic programs.
On behalf of the Athletics Department and all of the student-athletes who will benefit from the generosity of the many people who supported our golf outing, we thank you!
GOAL CLUB HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Michael P. Hegarty ‘66
Michael P. Hegarty ’66 is a lifelong supporter of Iona College and its athletics programs. His generosity has been vital to the development and growth of the athletics department and its varsity programs. Hegarty has been a great ambassador for the College and has served in a variety of important roles. He has been a member of the Iona College Board of Trustees and has chaired the Athletic Affairs Committee; a subcommittee of the board. Hegarty has also served as the “Iona Forever” campaign co-chair.
The Hegarty Family Foundation has supported many Iona College Athletic initiatives. This includes the naming of the Hegarty Multipurpose Room in the Hynes Athletics Center. The room supports many campus and athletics events throughout the year.
In addition, Hegarty is the recipient of the 1996 Loftus Award and the 2016 Brother Williams B. Cornelia Award for Outstanding Service to Iona College.
Mikaela Hogg ‘06
Mikaela “Miki” Hogg ‘06 is one of the most decorated volleyball players in Iona College history. At the time of her induction, Hogg ranked as the all-time leader in several statistical categories including: career points (1884.5), kills (1536) and blocks (555).
Hogg was a key member of the 2004 MAAC Championship team; the first MAAC Championship in program history. For her outstanding play, Hogg was awarded the 2004 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year award. She was a 2004 & 2005 All-MAAC First Team selection and a 2003 All-MAAC Second Team selection.
Hogg was honored as a “Greatest Gael” in the Maroon & Gold Legacy Book which highlighted outstanding players from all sports through the first 75 years of Iona College’s history.
Hogg is the first inductee for the volleyball program into the Iona College Goal Club Hall of Fame.
Jeffrey C. Piper ‘85
Jeffrey C. Piper ’85 was a standout track and field performer for the Maroon & Gold from 1981 through 1985. His accomplishments place him as one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Iona College Track & Field history.
Piper owned several Iona records at the time of his graduation including: the indoor freshman 600-yard dash, indoor 500-meter run, indoor 800-meter run, indoor and outdoor distance medley relays, and outdoor mile relay.
Piper’s individual accomplishments also included recognition as champion in many indoor and outdoor events. In 1982, he was the Millrose Games collegiate champion in the 4x400-meter relay. A year later, he won the indoor Collegiate Track Conference championship in the 500-meter event and the 4x800-meter relay. On the outdoor track, he was also the Collegiate Track Conference champion in the 800-meter event and 4x800-meter relay. In 1985, Piper won the indoor championship for the MAAC, Collegiate Track Conference and IC4A 800-meter events and was a part of the All-East Team and qualified for the NCAA Championships for his performance in the event. That same year, Piper was also the 800-meter outdoor Collegiate Track Conference champion.
Piper was part of several championship teams during his career, winning the outdoor Collegiate Track Conference meets in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985.
Piper served as Iona Track & Field’s co-captain in 1985.