February 6, 2008

Two Football Players & Former Coach Inducted To 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. Included among the 2008 inductees are former football players Pete Kimener (Class of 1967) and David Stecchi (Class of 1959), and former head football coach Mark Duffner.

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.

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.

This year's other inductees are Ronnie Cote (Class of 1956, baseball) and Anna Kinne Patel (Class of 2000, basketball).

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.