SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - Six Pirates legends have been named members of the Seton Hall University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012. This star-studded class will be celebrated on Monday, June 11, 2012, at the Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, N.J.
Members of the 2012 Class include: Michael Costigan of men's golf, Nolle Graham of women's track & field, Shaheen Holloway of men's basketball, Sacha Kljestan of men's soccer and George Ramos Curvy of baseball. Loyal Pirate Blue supporter Al Frungillo will also be inducted as an honorary member.
This year the Hall of Fame ceremony will include a golf outing in addition to the Enshrinement Dinner. The day begins with lunch at 11:00 a.m. and a shotgun tee time at 12:30 p.m. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and inductions at 7:00 p.m.
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Mike Costigan's career at Seton Hall began in impressive fashion, when as a freshman in 1996 he became the first golfer in school history to capture the BIG EAST Championship. Seton Hall qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championship in 1998 and 1999, and recorded a program-record 17th place finish at the NCAA Regional in 1999 when Costigan placed 53rd overall. The Pirates won a program-record seven tournaments during the 1998-99 season, with Costigan firing a personal-best 73.73 scoring average that fall. His four-under par 140 at the James Madison Invitational in 1998 is the second-lowest par-72, two-round score in SHU history. Costigan was named the Seton Hall University Overall Athlete of the Year in 1999, and also captured Sophomore and Junior Athlete of the Year honors earlier in his collegiate career.
George Ramos Curvy starred on the diamond for Seton Hall during a historic career in the 1970's. Seton Hall's first African-American All-American, Ramos helped the Pirates advance to back-to-back College World Series appearances in 1974 and 1975, and saw the team post a 135-51-2 mark over his four seasons. Ramos earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Second-Team All-America honors in 1977, when he was also tabbed as the New Jersey Baseball Writer's Association Player of the Year. His .372 lifetime batting average ranks fourth in school history and he stole 47 bases during the 1977 season, SHU's third-highest single-season total. Ramos was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1977 and played for three seasons in the organization's minor league system.
The philanthropy of Al Frungillo, founder and Chairman of Gourmet Dining LLC, has played a critical role in the advancement of Seton Hall athletics for nearly three decades. Gourmet Dining has served the Northern New Jersey region since opening business in 1987 and has provided food services to Seton Hall University since its inception and also to 24 other Northern New Jersey locations. Al Frungillo's son's Michael ('00) and Anthony ('05) are both Seton Hall graduates, and operate as Vice Presidents in Gourmet Dining. Frungillo, along with his wife Hope and partner Ben Aiello, have been Seton Hall donors since 1989, supporting the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund, Seton Hall University and the College Seminary. His University giving designations have contributed to Galleon Room renovations and upgrades, the Italian Studies Program, the Boland Hall Memorial Fund, the Library Endowment, the Law School Endowment Fund and the Many Are One Alumni Scholarship.
Nolle Graham was a dominant force for the Seton Hall women's track & field team over four seasons. She finished her career as a five-time All-American in the long jump, finishing second at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2000, fourth in 2001 and fifth in 2002. Graham also garnered All-America honors in the long jump at the 2000 and 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships, placing seventh each time. She was a nine-time BIG EAST champion, capturing the conference indoor title in the long jump from 2000-02, and the outdoor championships in 2001 and 2002. She set an indoor BIG EAST record with a distance of 6.43 meters in 2002, and leapt 6.40 meters at the 2001 BIG EAST Outdoor Meet, setting a meet record on the way to being named the Most Outstanding Performer at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships. Graham competed for Jamaica at the 2000 Junior World Championships in Chile, running on the championship 4x100 relay team in addition to finishing second in the 200-meter dash.
Perhaps the greatest point guard to ever wear a Seton Hall uniform, Shaheen Holloway will join the Pirates' other all-time basketball greats in the Athletics Hall of Fame. Holloway ranks first in school history with 681 assists, third with 437 steals and 12th in scoring, with 1,588 points. He capped off his impressive four-year career by guiding the Pirates to the Sweet 16 in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, hitting a game-winning lay-up at the buzzer against Oregon in the opening round before upsetting second-seeded Temple in the second round. Holloway finished his career as a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, garnering Second-Team All-Conference accolades in 1997 and 2000, and Third-Team All-BIG EAST recognition in 1998. He was named the BIG EAST Most Improved Player in 2000 and was a unanimous selection to the BIG EAST All-Rookie team in 1997. After returning to Seton Hall to serve as an administrative assistant for the basketball team during the 2006-07 season, Holloway joined Kevin Willard's coaching staff at Iona College and is now the Pirates' associate head coach.
An integral component to the resurgence of the Seton Hall men's soccer program at the start of the new millennium, Sacha Kljestan left The Hall as one of the most prolific players in school history. Kljestan led the Pirates to three-straight NCAA berths from 2003-05 and a runner-up finish in the 2004 BIG EAST Championship. He was a First-Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2004 and 2005, and received First-Team All-America honors in 2004, and Third-Team All-America accolades in 2005. Kljestan's 15 assists during the 2005 campaign still stands as an SHU single-season record and he ranks fifth in school history with 28-career assists. After being drafted fifth overall in the 2006 MLS Super Draft, Kljestan embarked on a successful international playing career. He represented the United States Olympic Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and currently plays for Anderlecht in the Belgian Jupiler League.