Athletic Hall of Fame Enshrines Five Individuals, One Team

24 Nov 2021 | 08:49 | Baseball

WAYNE, N.J. – Adam Derner ’14 (baseball), Ryan Gresik ’14 (football), Mike Guadango ’11 (baseball), Michelle Marabondo ’13 (women’s soccer), Toby Barboza (posthumous, support staff) and the 1997-98 Pioneer women’s basketball team became the newest inductees into the William Paterson University Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame when they were inducted Oct. 10.

A two-year starter for the Pioneers, Derner (2011-12) was a 2012 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and first-team all-American, and also a member of the 2012 All-New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA), All-Region and ABCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region First Teams. Named to the 2012 All-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Second Team, he also was selected to the 2011 NJCBA Division II/III All-State Second Team. Derner was the 2012 conference leader in slugging percentage (.804, seventh nationally), RBI (62, first nationally), home runs (13, third in Division III), total bases (115, eighth nationally), RBI/game (1.48, second nationally) and homers/game (0.31, ninth in Division III), ranking second in walks (30, 27th in Division III) and on-base percentage (.527, 14th in Division III). He joined the Pioneers in 2011 after transferring from the University of Rhode Island.

Gresik (2009-13) owns every single Pioneer career passing record – attempts (992), completions (580), completion percentage (.590), yards (6,615) and touchdown passes (40). A two-time all-NJAC selection, Gresik also holds the WP record for total offense with 6,966 career yards from scrimmage, and has the program’s top spots for single-season passing yards (2,546; 2013), completion percentage (.603; 2012) and total offense (2,574; 2013), as well as single-game completions (39; 9/21/13) and touchdown passes (five; 10/5/13).

One of the most decorated players in program history, Guadango (2007-10) was a two-time all-American and a four-time first-team all-New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) pick. He finished his career as William Paterson’s hits (257) and doubles (54) leader, and ranked first in at-bats (622), second in RBI (177), third in runs (167), fourth in home runs (26), fifth in batting average (.413), tied for fifth in hit by pitches (17) and tied for 10th in triples (nine) while starting in 149 of 152 career games. Guadango was selected to the 2010 New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association (NJCBA) Division II/III All-State Second Team and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Mid-Atlantic Region All-Third Team, the 2009 ABCA All-America Third Team and ABCA All-Region, All-ECAC Metro Region and NJCBA Division II/III All-State First Teams, and the 2008 ABCA All-America Second Team and ABCA All-Region, ECAC All-Metro Region and NJCBA Division II/III All-State First Teams. He also earned the 2007 NJCBA Division II/III Rookie Player of the Year award while garnering a spot on the ABCA All-Region Second Team.

The 2012 NJAC Women’s Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Year, Marabondo (2009-12) received three straight first-team all-NJAC awards (2010-12). Named to the 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region Third Team and the 2011 and 2012 ECAC All-Metro/Upstate Region Teams, she led the league with 24 goals (ninth in Division III) and 55 points (ninth nationally), breaking the WP single-season records for both categories as a senior. In 77 career matches, she finished second in school history with 63 goals, 19 game-winning goals and 144 points, was tied for fifth with 18 assists, and was a 2010 first-team NSCAA all-region honoree and the 2009 ECAC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.

A mainstay on the Pioneer sidelines for nearly four decades, Barboza retired in 2011 after serving as the head athletic trainer at WP for 37 years. Barboza began his career in 1974, implementing an athletic training program that was non-existent before his arrival. He served as the program director for eight years and taught as an adjunct professor at WP until 2017.

Paced by all-conference performers Stephanie Arrigo and Meg Renna, the 1997-98 women’s basketball team strung together a 21-game winning streak while posting the best conference record in program history (17-1) en route to the second NCAA Tournament Elite Eight appearance for the Pioneers. WP finished 25-4 overall.

Founded in 1978, the William Paterson University Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame honors student-athletes, coaches and support persons who have made outstanding contributions to Pioneer Athletics. In all, 156 individuals and six teams have already been enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

In order to be considered for induction into the Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame, former student-athletes must have ceased playing and graduated from the University a minimum of five years prior to nomination. Teams become eligible for induction five years after the completion of that season.

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