The Alfred State athletic department will induct four new members into the Athletic Department Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 27th.
The 2013 Hall of Fame class includes:
- Glenn Patton, swim coach 1967-1975
- Ashleigh Barnhart, cross country & track & field 2001-2003
- Candace Sonberg, cross country & track & field 2002-2004
- Jeff Fetzner, baseball 2002-2004
Glenn Patton was the architect of the National Championship swimming team during the 1970’s at Alfred State. Patton led the Pioneer men’s swimming and diving teams to four straight NJCAA titles.
During his tenure, Alfred State became a national power. On top of coaching the team to four straight titles (1971-1974), he coached two NJCAA Swimmers of the Year - John Meade (1972) and Paul Eaton (1975). He was also named NJCAA Coach of the Year three times and had 19 athletes named All-Americans during the championship years.
Alfred State was the first team to ever win four championships in a row, and (besides Indian River CC) the Pioneers were the last men’s team to win the national title.
Patton also served in numerous positions in the NJCAA Swimming Coaches Association (as secretary, treasurer, and president) and the Western New York State Swimming Coaches Association (as president). He also was the assistant coach for the United States team in the World University Games.
Ashleigh Barnhart had a decorated two-year career as a member of the cross country and track & field teams. She ran to All-American honors four times.
Barnhart led the Lady Pioneers to a third place finish at Nationals and a Region III Championship in 2002 and helped the team to a second place finish at Nationals and a Region III runner-up finish in 2001. Both years she raced to All-American honors. In 2001 she finished in third place, and in 2002 she finished in eighth place.
In the 2003 indoor season, Barnhart finished fifth at the National Championships in the 5K (19:21.63) and helped the Lady Pioneers to a 16th place finish. During the outdoor track & field season, Barnhart earned All-American twice. She set a NJCAA Division III Championship record in the 10,000-meter with a time of 40:41.11. During the 2002 Outdoor National Championships, she was named track athlete of the meet after winning the 5,000 and 10,000-meter competitions.
Barnhart’s name is all over the Alfred State record book. She is first in the 10,000-meter (38:54), fourth in the 1,500-meter (5:00.99), fifth in the 5,000-meter (19:13.75) in the outdoor record book, and is second in the 5,000-meter (19:12.3), third in the 1,500-meter (5:05.58), third in the 1,000-meter (3:15.12), fourth in the 3,000-meter (10:59.89), and sixth in the one-mile (5:44.3). Following her first year at Alfred State, Barnhart was named the Alfred State freshman athlete of the year.
Candace Sonberg was one of the most talented runners in Alfred State history. She won the NJCAA Division III National Cross Country race in 2003 and led the Lady Pioneers to the NJCAA National title.
At the 2003 Nationals, Sonberg ran the 5K course in 22:35, becoming the second Lady Pioneer to ever win the overall title. The team national title was the first female National Championship in school history. This followed a freshman season in which she finished 14th at the 2002 National Championships.
Sonberg was a two-time NJCAA All-American in cross country and in outdoor track & field. Her name is all over the track & field record books. In the Indoor record books, she is ranked first in the 4x800-meter (10:03.82), first in the Distance Medley Relay (13:08.04), third in the 600-meter (1:46.49), fourth in the 800-meter (2:28.34), and seventh in the one-mile. Outdoors, she is ranked fifth in the 4x800-meter and ninth in the 800-meter (2:27.75).
During the 2002 cross country season, Sonberg was a member of both the third place team at Nationals and the Region III Championship team. In the 2004 track season, she was part of the Region III Indoor Track Championship and was on the fourth place finish at Nationals during the outdoor season.
Jeff Fetzner was a catalyst for three championship baseball teams during his two-year career at Alfred State. He appeared in 114 games and helped the Pioneers to an 83-26 record.
In the 2002-03 season, Fetzner was part of the only team in program history to win a WNYAC Championship and a Region III title in the same school year (40-13 overall record). In 2003-04, the Pioneers won the Region III Championship and won 53 games - a program best.
Fetzner was a career .399 hitter (140 for 351) with 24 doubles, 11 triples, one homer, and 85 RBI. He scored 112 runs, stole 49 of 52 bases, and had a .947 fielding percentage. He was named the Region III Player of the Year in 2003-04, twice named All-Region, and was All-WNYAC following his sophomore year. He was named Alfred State’s most valuable position player twice and was named the Alfred State senior athlete of the year in 2004.
He still is in the top five in the baseball record books for batting average and stolen bases and in the top 10 in hits, triples, and walks.
The Hall of Fame ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Cappadonia Auditorium located inside the Orvis Activities Center.