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2010-06-16 / Sports

Amherst resident Starr to enter Greater Buffalo Sports Hall

Daniel P. Starr of Amherst was named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 on Tuesday, June 8. Photos by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Daniel P. Starr of Amherst was named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010 on Tuesday, June 8. Photos by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst resident Daniel P. Starr is among 13 new inductees into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.

The 2010 class was unveiled Tuesday, June 8, in the pavilion of HSBC Arena.

Joining Starr are Lindy Ruff, former Amherst field hockey coach Gail Maloney, Steve Christie, Darris and Rich Kilgour, Dr. Daniel P. Starr, Charlie Dingboom, Gail Maloney, Whitey Martin and George Breen.

Carl Roesch – whose family resides in East Amherst - George Vetter, Jimmy Goodrich and Buddy Rosar will join the Pride of Western New York – which honors Buffalo-area sports immortals posthumously.

It marks the 20th class to be inducted into the Hall of Fame since its inception in 1991 and brings total membership to 228.

The family of the late Carl Roesch, from left, Alan Davis, Susan Roesch, Sharon Roesch-Davis, and Carl Roesch Jr. are present in the pavilion of HSBC Arena on Tuesday, June 8 to hear the announcement of Roesch’s induction in the Pride of Western New York – which honors Buffalo-area sports immortals posthumously. The Roesch family lives in East Amherst. The family of the late Carl Roesch, from left, Alan Davis, Susan Roesch, Sharon Roesch-Davis, and Carl Roesch Jr. are present in the pavilion of HSBC Arena on Tuesday, June 8 to hear the announcement of Roesch’s induction in the Pride of Western New York – which honors Buffalo-area sports immortals posthumously. The Roesch family lives in East Amherst. Induction ceremonies are scheduled for October at the Buffalo Hyatt Regency, but a time and date have not been finalized. For more information, visit www. gbshof. com.

Daniel P. Starr

Starr served as Athletic Director at Canisius College for more than 26 years and upon his departure, was the second longest tenured NCAA Division I AD in the country.

Every female athlete to wear the Blue & Gold can credit Starr’s diligence in moving the women’s sports program to varsity status. Under his watch, Mary Beth Riley became the very first NCAA Woman of the Year and John Beilein found his way to the Main Street campus. Also noteworthy were the successes of the women’s gymnastics, softball and synchronized swim teams as well as the men’s and women’s cross country teams.

Starr also helped move the women’s sports program as well as club hockey to varsity status, also brought in college football and Division I lacrosse, and moved the athletics program into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

His relationships with members of the NIT committee helped secure the Griffs an invitation in 1985, 1994 and 1995.

Starr also served on various community, regional and national committees, including the Empire State Games, the World University Games, various NCAA and ECAC groups, and assisting the charge to bring the NCAA men’s basketball championship and ice hockey Frozen Four to HSBC Arena. He is a past chair of the MAAC Committee on Athletic Administration.

Gail F. Maloney Gail F. Maloney is probably best remembered for her run as women’s basketball coach at Buffalo State College, posting 374 wins and 154 losses – highest winning percentage of any team sport, men or women - in her 21-year career.

Maloney has also been an advocate for women’s sports.

In her 31 years at Buffalo State, which included administrative roles as Assistant Athletics Director, Senior Associate Athletics Director and/or Senior Women‘s Administrator, six women’s programs were added: softball, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, cross country and ice hockey.

Maloney’s basketball teams played in all 16 conference championships held during her tenure, reaching the championship final 12 times and winning the conference title seven times. For her work, she was honored as Coach of the Year three times and was the WBCA District II Coach of the Year once.

She also served as field hockey coach at Amherst High School in the mid-1970s. Her teams won three Section VI championships, including a 19-0 record one season.

Carl Roesch

A pioneer in the local sports community, Carl Roesch gave tirelessly to area sports.

Roesch was an official in volleyball, softball, basketball and swimming, but he was best known as “Mr. Track and Field.”

In 1968, he served as the assistant coach to the U.S. Olympic Track and Field team in Mexico City. In 1969, he was elected secretary of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Committee. He also was the manager of the U.S. Team that competed in Leningrad, Paris and Stuttgart.

He still managed to continue to coach cross country and track at Canisius College from 1948 to 1973.

Roesch was the All-High Champion in the mile from 1928-1930 and won the All-High 880-yard run in 1929 and 1930. He was All-City in cross country. In 1933 and 1934, he was named Outstanding Track Performer of the Year.

He coordinated the first-ever track and field clinics for area youth and initiated a playground physical fitness test for youngsters.

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