Oct. 2, 2012
Former men's basketball coach Mike Deane, golfer Bryan Bigley `07 and swimmer Kelly (Pangburn) Morrissey '03 are the newest members of the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame. Bigley and Morrissey were formally inducted on Friday, December 7 at 4:30 p.m. at TASTE in Albany. Deane's induction will be held after the basketball season with full details to follow in a later release.
Deane is the seventh coach to be inducted into the Siena Athletic Hall of Fame, joining Dan Cunha (Basketball, 1967), Leo Callahan (Freshman Basketball, Golf, Intramurals, 1978), Tony Rossi (Baseball, 1986), Joe Hogan (Women's Basketball, 1989), Russ Ferris (Lacrosse, 1996) and Hank Wysocki (Volleyball, 2011). He coached the Saints from 1986-1994, compiling a 166-77 record. His .683 win percentage is third best in Siena's Division I era. Deane may be best remembered for guiding Siena to its first NCAA (1989) and NIT (1998) appearances. In 1989, Siena upset No. 3 seed Stanford in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C., and pressed Minnesota to the limit in the Second Round. Deane also led the Saints to the 1994 NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden with wins over Georgia Tech, Tulane, Bradley and Kansas State in the consolation finals. Deane was at the helm for three regular-season conference championships, and was the New York State Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1991.
Bigley joins his brother Robby '06 who was inducted last year. He was a two-time Siena College Student Athlete of the Year, and two-time Golf Coaches Association of America PING Division I All-Region Mid-Atlantic Team selection and All-American Scholar Athlete. Bigley was the top golfer on two MAAC Championship teams, and the top Siena scorer in the program's two NCAA Tournament Appearances. He captured the Charles "Scott" McLeod Award twice for winning the MAAC individual championship, and won four other individual tournament championships during his career. Bigley shattered the school record with a round of six-under-par 64 in winning the Saint Bonaventure Invitational as a senior.
Morrissey becomes the first Siena swimmer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. She is the most accomplished distance free swimmer in program history, still holding the Siena record in the 1,650 freestyle event (17:21.43), after graduating as the 1,000 free record holder. In the 2002 MAAC Championships, she took first place in the 500 free, and was named the conference's Most Outstanding Swimmer after the meet. As a senior she built on that success, taking first place in five events at the 2003 MAAC Championships with three titles in individual events. Morrissey's performance keyed a second-place finish for the Saints that year, still the best placing in program history.