Varsity Club Inducts Five To Athletic Hall Of Fame

Feb. 6, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross Varsity Club has announced that five individuals have been selected for induction into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame. The 2008 inductees into the Hall of Fame are Ronnie Cote (Class of 1956, baseball), Pete Kimener (Class of 1967, football, track & field), Anna Kinne Patel (Class of 2000, basketball), David Stecchi (Class of 1959, football, track & field) and Mark Duffner (honorary, football coach).

Cote was a standout pitcher on the Crusader baseball team from 1954-1956. During his senior year, he earned first team All-New England honors after posting an 8-2 record with a 2.29 earned run average and 77 strikeouts. Cote also had an outstanding season as a junior, when he was 5-3 with a 1.34 earned run average and 67 strikeouts, while in his sophomore year he posted a 4-0 mark with a 1.13 earned run average and 38 strikeouts. He helped lead Holy Cross to a 44-10 overall record during his three seasons on the varsity squad, with the Crusaders advancing to the NCAA Tournament in both 1954 and 1955. In the final game of his collegiate career, Cote threw a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 victory over Boston College, with the only hit he allowed coming on a scratch single with two outs in the ninth inning. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Cote posted an overall record of 17-5 with a 1.70 earned run average and 182 strikeouts.

Kimener was one of the top receivers for the Holy Cross football team from 1964-1966. He served as team captain during his senior year, when he led the team with 33 receptions for 409 yards and two touchdowns. Kimener was also the Crusaders' leading receiver during his junior season, catching 21 passes for 221 yards. A versatile player who also saw action on defense, he finished his career with 55 receptions for 648 yards, and earned All-New England honors as a senior. One of Kimener's biggest plays came during the final game of his collegiate career, when he caught a touchdown pass from Jack Lentz in the closing seconds to defeat Boston College, 32-26. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, Kimener ran the high hurdles and threw the javelin on the Holy Cross track and field team. He won a total of seven varsity letters, and was named the 1967 Crusader of the Year.

Patel was a key member of the Holy Cross women's basketball team from 1996-2000, leading the Crusaders to an overall record of 88-28 during her four years, including a 44-4 mark in the Patriot League. She also helped Holy Cross to three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, earned All-Patriot League honors three times, and was selected as the Most Valuable Player of the Patriot League Tournament twice. Patel was named the Patriot League Player of the Year following her senior season, when she led the team in scoring (14.3 points per game), in addition to posting 137 assists and 79 steals. She holds the all-time school record with 333 career steals, and also stands in the top two spots on the Crusader single season list for steals (95 in 1997-1998; 92 in 1998-1999). In addition, Patel ranks second all-time at Holy Cross in three-point field goals made (163), fifth in assists (532) and 11th in scoring (1,234 points).

Stecchi was a three-year starter for the Crusader football team on both sides of the ball, playing tight end and defensive end. He led Holy Cross to an overall record of 16-9-2 from 1956-1958, including two victories over both Boston College and Syracuse. During his senior season, Stecchi led the team with 19 receptions for 331 yards and two touchdowns. He was named first team All-East and second team All-New England as a senior, after being selected first team All-New England as a junior. In addition, Stecchi received Catholic All-America honors from Extension Magazine following his sophomore season. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he totaled 41 receptions for 687 yards and four touchdowns. Stecchi was also a member of the Crusader track and field team, competing in the high hurdles.

Duffner became Holy Cross' head football coach prior to the 1986 season, taking over a team in a state of emotional despair and quickly transforming it into the nation's most successful Division I-AA program. He guided the Crusaders to a 60-5-1 record in six seasons, including perfect 11-0 marks in both 1987 and 1991. Holy Cross won five Patriot League championships, four Lambert Cups and four ECAC Team of the Year awards during Duffner's tenure, and also earned the No. 1 ranking in the final 1987 NCAA Division I-AA poll. He was named the Patriot League Coach of the Year four times, and also took home National Coach of the Year honors in 1987 and 1991. Duffner ranks third all-time at Holy Cross with his 60 career victories, while his .917 winning percentage is the best in school and Patriot League history.

These five individuals will be formally inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, May 3, at the Varsity Club's annual dinner, to be held in the Hogan Campus Center.