Canisius Selects Six to Join Sports Hall of Fame

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Canisius College has selected six former student-athletes to its Sports Hall of Fame. The new members are: Jacque (Jake) Austin '50 ? football and baseball; Darrell Barley '96 ? men's basketball; Andr? Bourgeault '96, MS '00 ? ice hockey; Micheal Meeks ?96 ? men's basketball; Jody Tassone '96, MS '01 - softball and Kim Wilson '94, MS '99 ? softball.

The ceremonies for the Hall of Fame will be held Saturday, Jan. 20, during halftime of the Golden Griffins' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball contest versus Marist, which tips off at 2 p.m. A post-game reception will be held in the Montante Cultural Center. For more information, contact the Alumni Office at (716) 888-2700.

To be eligible for the Canisius College Hall of Fame, a student-athlete must have completed his/her eligibility 10 years prior to induction, be a graduate of the college, been acclaimed as an undergraduate as one of the outstanding athletes in the history of the college and, since graduation, the athlete's life must have continued to reflect favorably on the college. Non-athletes may be inducted if they have made outstanding contributions to Canisius College athletics.

The addition of the new inductees brings the total number of members in the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame to 150.

Jacque (Jake) Austin ?50
? Austin excelled in both football and baseball at Canisius, earning four letters on the gridiron and three on the diamond. After serving in World War II, Austin enrolled at Canisius and played in every varsity football game from 1946-49. He led the Griffs to three consecutive Little Three titles and a bid in the 1948 Great Lakes Bowl, the school's only appearance in a bowl game. He earned second-team All-Little Three honors in 1947 and first-team accolades in 1948 after averaging 6.5 yards a carry. In addition, The Buffalo Evening News and The New York World Telegram named Austin second-team All-Western New York in 1948. He led Canisius in scoring in 1949 and registered all four touchdowns in a 28-26 upset win over Youngstown College. Austin pitched and played in the outfield on the Canisius baseball team and posted a career <#IMAGE:3#>batting average of over .400. After graduating from Canisius, he played professional baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization and was in the first class of inductees into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. He is currently the Assistant Budget Director for the Town of Wheatfield and previously worked 34 years for Erie County.

Darrell Barley ?96
? A four-year letterwinner, Barley (top right) helped the Griffs make three straight postseason tournament appearances, including one in the NIT Final Four and one in the NCAA Tournament, the school's first in 39 years. Despite playing in just seven games during his freshman season, Barley managed to finish fifth on the Canisius career scoring list with 1,587 points and eighth in rebounding with 692. He was named the MAAC Player of the Year and earned first-team all-league honors in 1996, second-team accolades in 1994 and 1995, and his teams won 72 games, including 34 in the MAAC, during his career. Barley is currently the head varsity coach at East High School in Rochester, N.Y.

Andr? Bourgeault '96, MS '00
? The Griffs recorded a 69-32-8 record during his four-year playing career, and Bourgeault (second right) played on the teams with the top-three single-season winning percentages in program history. He finished his career sixth on the school's all-time scoring list (148 points), fifth in assists (93) and tied for 10th in goals (55). He still owns the school record with eight points in a game in 1993 and is one of six Griffs to score four goals in a game, another school record. As an assistant coach, he helped the Griffs record 62 victories, and in his final season on the staff, Canisius posted a 21-10-4 overall mark and a 16-8-3 MAAC Hockey League record, setting a school record for wins in the league. He is currently a Senior Merchandiser for Lackawanna Products Corporation.

Micheal Meeks '96
? When his four-year career ended in 1996, he went into the record books as the all-time leading Canadian-born scorer in NCAA history with 1,827 points, a mark that was not eclipsed until nine years later. Meeks (third right) is the only Griff in school history to log over 1,000 points, 800 rebounds, 150 blocked shots and 100 steals. He was named first?team All-MAAC in 1994, 1995 and 1996, and helped lead the Griffs to three straight postseason appearances, including one in the NIT Final Four in 1995 and one in the NCAA Tournament in 1996. He ranks second on the Canisius career scoring list, third in rebounds (838), first in blocked shots (183), third in games played (119) and first in games started (118). Meeks continued his basketball career professionally overseas and is currently in his 11th season in Europe, most recently in the Czech Republic. He resides in Germany where he is rehabbing a knee injury, suffered this past season. Meeks is also one of two former basketball Griffs to compete in the Olympics as he played for Team Canada in the Sydney Games in 2000.

Jody Tassone '96, MS '01
? The four-year letterwinner is one of the best hitters in the history of Canisius softball. Her .422 career batting average ranks second in MAAC history, and her 215 career hits are a school record. She is also the school's all-time leader in doubles and triples and ranks second in RBIs. Tassone started every game she played in and led her team to an impressive 133-32 overall record and a 45-3 MAAC mark. Canisius won four MAAC regular-season championships, four MAAC Tournament Championships and made three NCAA appearances during her career. Her best season came as a sophomore in 1994, when she finished fifth in the nation in batting average (.481), 27th in RBIs (39) and 17th in slugging percentage (.705), while helping the Griffs to a MAAC Championship and an NCAA Tournament appearance. She was named the MAAC Player of the Year and a Mid-Atlantic Region First-Team All-American. Tassone is currently a counselor for Transitional Services, which provides aid to the mentally ill in Buffalo.

Kim Wilson '94, MS '99
? Her teammates have referred to Wilson as the rock that anchored the 1994 Canisius softball MAAC Championship team that made the school's first NCAA Regional appearance in Tucson, Ariz. The Griffs went 36-8 that season, and Wilson was the defensive star at shortstop. She also hit .280 with eight doubles, three triples, a home run and 17 RBIs. Wilson started all 147 games of her career at shortstop and led the Griffs to a 121-28 overall record. She posted back-to-back 100-plus assist seasons in 1993 and 1994 and finished her career third in all-time assists at Canisius with 304. In 516 chances, Wilson made just 30 errors. She was solid offensively as well, posting a .266 career batting average with 103 hits, 17 doubles, eight triples, two homers and 57 RBIs. Wilson is currently the HVAC Project Coordinator for RR Industries in Ormond Beach, Fla.
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