MSU Announces 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class

Montclair, NJ (2/1/10) - The Montclair State Department of Athletics will add four new members into its Hall of Fame as they will be honored on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ. Softball All-American pitcher Sharon (Ormsbee) Scimeca, volleyball standout Jill Gastelu, and All-Americans Anthony Peeples (basketball) and Rob McOmish (soccer) will comprise the 37th class to be inducted bringing the total number of members to 191.

Also honored will be two more members into the Century Club for coaches who have achieved 100 or more career victories. Joining the list this year will be men’s soccer coach Brian Sentowski, who became the all-time winningest coach in program history this past Fall and field hockey mentor Beth Gottung.

Tickets for the event are $50.00 and further information can be obtained by calling 973-655-6789.

Ormsbee was a two-time First-Team All-America selection as she led Montclair State to the best finish in program history. The lefty led the Red Hawks to a runner-up finish at the 1997 NCAA Division III Softball Championship as she collected the second of her All-America honors. Ormsbee went 58-16 in her four years finishing third all-time wins while also posting the second-highest career strikeout total with 363. Named the NJAC Pitcher of the Year in 1997, Ormsbee also led Montclair State to its second conference championship. She went 23-7 with a 1.61 earned run average that season and struck out a school-record 190 batters. Ormsbee earned two First-Team All-Region honors by the National Softball Coaches Association (NSCA) and also threw the 11th no-hitter in Montclair State history during her freshman season of 1995 when she blanked St. Norbert, 6-0. In addition to finishing second all-time in strikeouts and third in victories, Ormsbee ranked in the Top 5 all time in complete games (50) and shutouts (13) while also boasting the sixth-best earned run average (2.02).

Gastelu was the first superstar for the Montclair State volleyball program which began just its seventh season when she arrived in 1995. After solid freshman and sophomore campaigns she flourished into one of the top players in the New Jersey Athletic Conference earning First-Team All-NJAC honors. The 5-9 outside hitter led the Red Hawks to their first NJAC championship as she recorded a school-record 348 kills along with 89 service aces and 90 total blocks. The next year proved to be even better for Gastelu. She broke her own single-season mark with 386 kills and became the first player in school history to surpass the 1,000-kill plateau. In addition, Gastelu set season records for blocks (116), points scored (554) and was chosen the NJAC Player of the Year while also garnering her second First-Team All-NJAC award. When she finished her career, no player had more kills, aces, blocks and points scored than Gastelu, whose records of 1,103 kills and 235 service aces still stands today.  During Gastelu’s career, Montclair State went 75-38, including the first two 20-win seasons in program history – 20 in 1996 and a school record 21 in her final campaign of 1998.

Peeples (pictured above) played just two seasons for Red Hawks, however he fashioned as fine a career as any men’s basketball player has ever had. Joining the squad for his junior season in 1997 – his first since high school, Peeples was named the NJAC Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District Team. He averaged 18.6 points and 10.9 rebounds per contest while shooting 49 percent from the floor and blocking 40 shots. His 233 field goals were the second-best season total in school history and his 522 points was the eighth-highest seasons total. The following year, Peeples was even better helping the Red Hawks to the ECAC Metro Tournament championship game. He became just the second player in program history to earn All-American honors as he was chosen to the NABC First Team. He became the 21st player in MSU history to reach the 1,000-point mark accomplishing the feat in 55 career games. In addition, Peeples led all of Division III in rebounding at 14.1 boards per contest and averaged 18 points per game for a second straight year.  Peeples joined Bob Lester as the only Montclair State players to average a double-double for a career (18.2 points and 12.4 rebounds).

Like Peeples, McOmish spent two seasons in a Montclair State soccer uniform. Coming to MSU in 1995, McOmish was named First-Team All-NJAC and First-Team All-Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) as he tallied six goals and five assists helping the Red Hawks to the ECAC Division III Metro Tournament championship game.  The next year, McOmish played a integral part in leading Montclair back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years as MSU went 13-5-2. He again earned First-Team honors at conference and regional levels and added one more as he was selected to the NSCAA All-America First Team. At the time, McOmish was only the eighth player in school history to earn All-America honors and just the second to named to the First Team. Appearing in 19 games, he scored four goals and added two assists for 10 points and also received the ultimate honor as he was the only Division III player to be chosen to play in the Umbro/NSCAA Division I Senior All-Star Game.