GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation recently inducted the 2018 SUNY Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame class. The group was honored at the annual Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, November 3, at the Riviera Theatre on Center St. in Geneseo.
The 2018 class included a quartet of All-America performers, including women's basketball player Annie Verdino Rose '08, women's track & field star Mary Kosloski '06 and men's ice hockey standouts Brett Walker '05 and Mitch Stephens '07.
A 2006 WBCA Honorable Mention All-American, Rose paced Geneseo to a record of 43-37 over three seasons after transferring from Division II St. Anselm. As a senior, Rose was a key figure in the rebuilding efforts of first year coach Scott Hemer. The Somers, New York native and New Hyde Park High graduate earned All-SUNYAC on three occasions and first team All-ECAC in 2006. Despite playing just three seasons for the Knights, Rose graduated fourth on the career scoring chart with 1,319 points and holds school records for career free throws made (417), career free throws attempted (524), free throws made in a season (163), free throws attempted in a season (204), free throws attempted in a game (22) and free throw percentage in a game (14 of 14). In addition, she appears second on the Geneseo charts in career scoring average (16.5), most points in a season (514) and most points in a game (34).
A native of Tonawanda, New York, and eight-time SUNYAC team champion, Kosloski earned first team All-SUNYAC on six occasions and one second team award over her four years, competing in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, along with the indoor 55 hurdles and outdoor 400 hurdles for coach David Prevosti. Showing her versatility, she is the only student-athlete to appear in the top 10 of the Geneseo all-time lists in all three jump categories. She earned indoor track and field All-America honors with a seventh place finish in the triple jump in 2006. At the time of her graduation, she held the school record in the outdoor triple jump and was second all-time in the indoor high jump and triple jump. The Kenmore East product is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and holds a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University.
A 2005 American Hockey Coaches Association second team All-American goaltender, Walker sparked the resurgence of the Geneseo hockey program in 2002 under first year head coach Brian Hills. The 2002 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and second team All-SUNYAC pick posted a 41-29-10 record over his four seasons as the Ice Knights progressed from a 12-15-2 squad in 2002 to a SUNYAC Championship and an 18-7-4 mark in 2005. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Walker earned 2005 SUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors, graduated second in career save percentage (.904) and single season save percentage (.912 in 2005) and third in career wins (41) and career saves (2,258).
A native of Forrest, Manitoba, Canada, Stephens has impacted the Geneseo ice hockey program for nine seasons as a player and assistant coach, having a hand in four of the five SUNYAC titles in program history. Stephens aided Geneseo to a record of 67-33-11 over his four playing seasons, pacing the Ice Knights to the SUNYAC championship and NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2006, earning SUNYAC Tournament Most Valuable Player recognition in the latter. In 2007, he earned American Hockey Coaches Association first team All-America, SUNYAC Player of the Year and Geneseo's Ira S. Wilson Award as the top male athlete. Stephens graduated ninth in career points (167) and fifth in career assists (117), led NCAA Division III in shorthanded goals (7) in 2006 and played professionally for six seasons in the Central Hockey League and in Europe in both the German and Italian leagues. As an assistant coach, Stephens proved invaluable with video analysis, player evaluation and power play execution. During his five seasons, Geneseo posted a record of 92-35-16, won two SUNYAC titles and participated in three NCAA Division III tournaments, including reaching the Frozen Four in 2014 and 2016.
In addition to highlighting these four individuals, the ceremony included a recognition of the accomplishments of the 2004-05 and 2005-06 SUNYAC Champion and NCAA tournament participant men's hockey teams.