Elmira College Athletics Inducts Inaugural Hall of Fame Class
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - The Elmira Riverview Holiday Inn was packed Friday night as Elmira College Athletics held their inaugural Hall of Fame Induction. The 2019 class includes 4 team inductees and 3 individual inductees.
All 4 team inductees have won National Championships. The 2000 and 2007 cheerleading teams were inducted into this year's class. The 2000 championship was the first national title that Elmira College had won in any sport. The 2007 team followed it up with a score of 8.73 in the National Title to take first out of 9 teams in Daytona Beach.
The other two team inductees were the 2002 and 2003 Women's Ice Hockey teams. 2002 was the first year of the women's ice hockey team's existence, and they rolled through the season going 26-1-1 and winning the National Title in their inaugural season. The women were right there again in 2003, going 23-4-2 and beating Manhattanville for the National Championship, a rematch of the previous year.
The three individual inductees started with Pat Thompson ('75). Thompson has been a key figure at Elmira College for over 4 decades. She spent 43 years as an administrator, including serving as the Vice President of Athletics for 18 years. During her time at EC, Thompson added 10 new varsity sports and also was the Head Coach of the Cheerleading team that won the National Championship in 2000.
The second individual inductee was Joey Spinelli ('92) from the Men's Ice Hockey team. Spinelli is a 3-time All-American in 1990, '91, and '92. He is the only 3-time All-American in program history. Spinelli is also the program's all-time leader in points with 256, assists (152), and he is second in goals at 104.
The last inductee of the night was a special one as the late Laura Hurd was inducted from the Women's Ice Hockey team. Hurd tragically passed away in a car accident in 2006 just at the age of 24. Hurd is known as one of the best Division III ice hockey players to ever play the game. She is a 4-time First Team All-American, and was named the Division III National Player of the Year in 2005. During her playing career at EC, Laura racked up 237 points on 120 goals and 117 assists.
WENY was able to speak with Laura's Mother Jen, and she described how much this recognition means and how much Elmira College has meant to her daughter and her family.
"I didn't realize she had done so much" said Hurd. "I'm really impressed with Elmira College with the support that they've given myself and my family when Lara passed. She always said to me, Mom, there's no I in team and I couldn't have achieved any of my goals without my teammates and my friends." It was bittersweet, I wish she was here."
Check out the video for the full interview with Jen Hurd and recap of the big day for EC Athletics.