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NCAA Div. II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team

Sean Isgan, Mindy Young-Gagliardi Named to NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team
     02/15/13...Former Pitt-Johnstown All-American wrestler Sean Isgan (1977-82) and women's basketball National Player of the Year Mindy Young-Gagliardi (1988-92) were two of just 48 athletes named to the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team on Friday...  (Anniversary Video)

     In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of NCAA Division II, 48 former student-athletes are set to be honored by the NCAA throughout 2013.  Developed through a partnership with the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, the 40th Anniversary Tribute Team highlights one male and one female from each of the division's 23 current conferences, plus two at-large nominees.

     Sean Isgan, a native of Somersset, Pa. and a Pitt-Johnstown Advisory Board member, was a two-time All-American who became the first Mountain Cat Wrestler to reach the National Finals in 1981.  Mr. Isgan earned NAIA All-American honors as a heavyweight by placing fourth and NCAA All-American honors with a national runner-up finish, both in 1981.  He wrapped up his Mountain Cat career with a 92-30 overall record.
     In July 2002, Mr. Isgan’s organization, CME Engineering Inc., rescued the Quecreek miners that were trapped underground through new technology that was used to drill an air hole 240 feet into the ground to provide the miners with oxygen.  All nine miners were safely rescued from the Quecreek Mine in Somerset, Pa.

     Mindy Young-Gagliardi, a Marion Center, Pa. native and Marion Center High School graduate, was tabbed Second-Team American Women’s Sports Federation All-American.  She finished the 1990-91 season ranked third in the nation in assists per game at 8.3.  The 1991-92 season proved to be even more successful for Ms. Young-Gagliardi when she was named the NCAA Division II Champion National Player of the Year.  That same year, Ms. Young-Gagliardi was selected as a Kodak All-American, an honor that only eight others have received in Lady Cat basketball history.  She also earned the Suzie McConnell Award for Achievement after averaging 19.0 points and 5.4 assists per game, leading Pitt-Johnstown to a 25-4 overall record, an East Regional title and the No. 6-ranking in the country.
     Academically, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and her work off the court garnered GTE District II Academic All-American honors.

     "This group of former student-athletes is meant to reflect the core values of Division II athletics," said Josh Looney, associate director of Division II.
     "Commissioners have helped identify a diverse group of championship individuals from Division II's 40-year history. Not only did these former student-athletes act as champions in athletics and in the classroom, they've gone on to live championship lives as well.
     "This group is a true representation of Division II's commitment to providing its student-athletes a 'Life in the Balance' that extends beyond athletics."

     Division II gained its own unique intercollegiate athletics identity when Divisions I, II and III were formalized during a special NCAA Convention held in 1973.  Prior to 1973, the NCAA was organized into two divisions--"University" and "College."

     The year-long 40th Anniversary celebration will feature a number of initiatives branded by Division II's tradition, history and community influence. 

     A special 40th Anniversary highlight video was unveiled to Division II membership during the 2013 NCAA Convention, officially kicking off the celebration.

     Each member of the Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team will receive a commemorative 40th Anniversary gift and is slated to have his/her accomplishments profiled through Division II media channels.

     Conferences were asked to submit a list of nominees representative of Division II's ideals. The only requirement was that nominees exhausted their athletics eligibility within the past 40 years and attended a college or university active in Division II.

The NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team:
California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA)
Violet Palmer (Cal Poly Pomona Women's Basketball, 1984-88)
Chris Wondolowski (Chico State Men's Soccer, 2001-04)

Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)
Michelle DePolo (Georgian Court University Women's Basketball; Soccer; Softball, 1999-03)
Nicholas Harriott (Caldwell College Men's Soccer, 2004-08)

Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA)
Barvenia Wooten-Cherry (Virginia Union University Women's Basketball, 1980-83)
Timmy Newsome (Winston-Salem State University Football, 1976-80)

Conference Carolinas (CC)
Stephanie Ferri-Lewis (Pfeiffer University Women's Cross Country; Soccer; Swimming, 1991-94)
Clint Bryant (Belmont Abbey College Men's Basketball, 1973-77)

East Coast Conference (ECC)
Donna Orender (Queens College Women's Basketball, 1975-78)
Brian Kilmeade (LIU Post Men's Soccer, 1982-86)

Great American Conference (GAC)
Janet Cherobon-Bawcom (Harding University Women's Cross Country; Track and Field, 2000-05)
Drew Beard (Southeastern Oklahoma State University Football, 2001-04)

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)
Gail Goestenkors (Saginaw Valley State University Women's Basketball, 1981-85)
Tom Izzo (Northern Michigan University Men's Basketball, 1973-77)

Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC)
Sandra Magnus (Missouri S&T Women's Soccer, 1983-86)
Larry Tucker (Lewis University Men's Basketball, 1979-83)

Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC)
Mallory Holtman-Fletcher (Central Washington University Softball, 2005-08)
Grant Dykstra (Western Washington University Men's Basketball, 2002-06)

Gulf  South Conference (GSC)
Rachel Price-Bell and Ronda Price-Brinley (University of North Alabama Volleyball, 1996-00)
Radovan Chrz (University of West Florida Men's Tennis, 2000-04)

Heartland Conference (HC)
Kelsey Baird (St. Edward's University Women's Soccer, 2005-09)
Collin Mayer (St. Edward's University Men's Golf, 2007-10)

Lone Star Conference (LSC)
Dr. Tammi Julch-Williams (Texas Women's University Basketball, 1990-94)
Roberto Garza (Texas A&M University-Kingsville Football; Track & Field, 1997-2000)

Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA)
Teri Clemens (Truman State University Volleyball, 1974-78)
Jim Crane (University of Central Missouri Baseball, 1973-76)

Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10)
Johannah Leedham (Franklin Pierce University Women's Basketball, 2006-10)
J. Terence Carleton (Bentley College Men's Soccer, 1973-76)

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC)
Lauren Brown (Winona State University Women's Track and Field; Volleyball, 2007-10)
Bob Bowlsby (Minnesota State University Moorhead Wrestling, 1972-75)

Pacific West Conference (PacWest)
Samantha Murphy (Grand Canyon University Women's Basketball, 2007-11)
Tsung-Hsien "Jet" Chang (BYU-Hawaii Men's Basketball, 2010-12)

Peach Belt Conference (PBC)
Dr. Amy Amundson-Smith (Georgia College and State University Women's Basketball, 1989-92)
Stilian Shishkov (Lander University Men's Soccer, 1993-95)

Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC)
Lori Pio-Jacques (East Stroudsburg University Women's Basketball, 1993-96)
David Williams (Bloomsburg University Men's Tennis, 1978-81)

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC)
Elva Martinez-Dryer (Western State Colorado University Women's Cross Country; Track and Field, 1991-95)
Danny Woodhead (Chadron State College Football, 2004-07)

South Atlantic Conference (SAC)
Kate Griewisch (Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Cross Country; Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, 2009-12)
Patrick Bartlett (Wingate University Men's Basketball; Soccer; Tennis, 1996-00)

Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC)
Selina B. Kohn (Albany State University Women's Basketball, 1990-94)
Edwin Moses (Morehouse College, 1974-78)

Sunshine State Conference
Anna Hallbergson (Barry University Women's Tennis, 1997-2000):
Ken Corigliano (Saint Leo University Men's Cross Country, 2002-06)

West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC)
Mindy Young-Gagliardi (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Women's Basketball, 1988-92)
Sean Isgan (University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Wrestling, 1977-82)

At-Large (NCAA)
Sheila Baxter (Virginia State University Women's Basketball, 1973-77)
Shane Carwin (Western State Colorado University Football and Wrestling, 1995-99)