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Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 10/25/2006
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Brother Francis Bowers, FSC Served as the first Coordinator of Academic Advisement for Athletics, holding the position for 16 years, and guiding Manhattan College's athletic graduation rate to one of the highest in the nation. He served Manhattan College for 44 years, and, as a member of the Faculty Committee on Athletics in the 1960's, Bowers was instrumental in providing the building blocks Manhattan needed to strengthen its athletics program by improving the quality of team schedules, increasing financial aid, and raising the position of Sports Information Director to full time status.
Clifford Bruce '74 Member of the 1973 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship team, placing third in the 1000-yard run. He broke eight school records, was named an NCAA All-American, an AAU All-American, was a three-time IC4A Champion, and a three-time Metropolitan Champion. Ran 2:08.3 to win the 1972 IC4A 1000-yard run, a meet record that still stands today. Was named an Outstanding College Athlete of America his senior year.
Joseph Coppo '75 Captained the Jasper baseball team his senior season, leading the team in ERA (3.32), Innings (46.2), and slugging percentage (.493), and was known as a teammate that put the team first and himself second. Following his career as a Jasper, Coppo continued his passion for sports by becoming a Little League coach in his town of New Canaan, CT, imparting the value of learning about oneself and life from the sport rather than worrying about the score of the day. The Waveny Park Little League baseball field in New Canaan was renamed in his honor following his passing in 2001.
Richard Garner '72 Known as “Mr. Defense” because of his ability to rebound and steal, Garner earned All-Met, All-East, and All-America Honorable Mention accolades during his career as a member of the men's basketball team. The first Jasper to be honored as the Haggerty Award winner, Garner was drafted by the New York Knicks following his senior season. A co-founder of the Mount Vernon Summer Basketball League, Garner serves as the pastor of he Redeemed Church of Jesus Christ in Mount Vernon as well as the assistant principal at Mount Vernon Middle School.
William Miller '48 Has heralded Jasper sports for nearly 60 years, having served as sports editor of The Quadrangle as well as the College's yearbook, and as a freelance writer for The New York Times. The College's first Sports Information Director, Miller was instrumental in turning the focus of the sports betting scandal from the perpetrators to Junius Kellogg, who helped expose the scandal. Arriving at Manhattan on a track scholarship, Miller was a member of the prestigious Pen and Sword Society, and has received numerous awards throughout his career for his coverage of sport and dedication to track and field.
George Sheehan III '67 One of the greatest distance runners in Manhattan College history, Sheehan won numerous IC4A, Metropolitan, and Penn Relays honors. Set an indoor Manhattan record in the three-mile run his junior season, as well as outdoor two and three mile records. He was a team captain his senior year. Son of fellow Hall of Famer George A. Sheehan, Jr., MD.
Leigh Ann Walker Finley '91 A four-year starter on the women's basketball team, she helped lead the Lady Jaspers to the MAAC Championship in 1990, and graduated as the school's all-time leading rebounded and as the seventh women's basketball player to eclipse the 1,000 point barrier. A tenacious rebounder, Finley led the team in that category all four years, was a Second Team All-MAAC selection her senior season, and was the first Lady Jasper to receive MAAC All-Rookie honors.
Danielle Yearick '94 One of the most decorated softball players in Manhattan history, Yearick was a three-time All-MAAC selection as well as a three-time MAAC All-Academic honoree. She was the first Manhattan female to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, as well as the first Lady Jasper to receive GTE National Academic All-America honors. As a freshman, she tallied 70 RBI, including a game where she belted three home runs and recorded nine RBI.


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