Siena Inducting Four Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Dave Pahucki
Nov. 18, 2015

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Siena's 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Class features four all-time greats who led Siena to NCAA Tournaments in baseball, basketball and volleyball. 2010 graduates Alex Franklin (basketball) and Burgandy McCurty (volleyball) will be enshrined alongside baseball's Dave Pachucki '02 and volleyball's Christie Gustafson '07.

The induction ceremony will be held Saturday, January 30 from 5-7 p.m. at 677 Prime in Albany prior to Siena's men's basketball home game against Marist at Times Union Center. Tickets to the induction ceremony are priced at $54 for adults and $48 for children and include admission to the game.

Franklin is the only player in program history to rank in the top-5 on Siena's all-time scoring (fifth) and rebounding (fifth) charts. He was the 2009-2010 MAAC Player of the Year and 2010 MAAC Tournament MVP. A three-time MAAC Champion, Franklin helped lead Siena to program-defining NCAA Tournament wins over Vanderbilt (2008) and Ohio State (2009). In 2010, he was honored as a First Team All-MAAC selection, and he was a 2008 and 2009 Second Team All-MAAC pick. Franklin was selected to the MAAC All-Tournament team in 2008, 2009 and 2010. A 2010 NABC District I First Team selection and 2009 NABC District I Second Team selection, Franklin was part of winningest basketball class in school history along with Ronald Moore and Edwin Ubiles. They are the only three players to win 20 games in each of their four seasons with the program. Franklin has gone on to enjoy a successful playing career overseas, including a selection to Puerto Rican national team.

Gustfason played volleyball from 2003-06, and helped lead the Saints to the MAAC Championship and NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006. She is one of four players in program history to register 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs (Kristin May, Lauren Weber, Taylor Akana). Gustafson was named Siena's Female Student Athlete of the Year as a senior. In her final year with the program, she led Siena to its second straight MAAC title and NCAA appearance, earning MAAC Tournament MVP and MAAC First Team accolades along the way. She was also named MAAC Tournament MVP and Second Team All-MAAC as a junior in 2005 after leading a Siena squad picked ninth to its first MAAC title in a decade. An excellent student, Gustafson was a three-time MAAC All-Academic Team and MAAC Honor Roll selection.

Pahucki is Siena's all-time record holder in victories (23), strikeouts (222), and innings pitched (313.1), and ranks second all-time in games started (47). He broke Siena's single-season record with nine wins (since broken by John Lannan) as a freshman in 1999, helping Siena to the MAAC Championship and the program's first NCAA appearance. He was named 1999 MAAC Tournament MVP after pitching Siena to a 10-2 opening game victory over Rider. Pahucki was selected Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Baseball America, and his only loss as a rookie came in the NCAA Tournament against Wake Forest. Pahucki was named to the MAAC Academic Team as a sophomore, and went 6-4 with a career-best 3.16 ERA as a senior. Following graduation, Pahucki was a 23rd Round Draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in the 2002 First Year Player's Draft.

McCurty is arguably the greatest athlete ever to wear the green and gold. On the hardwood, she was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was also named Siena College Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2009, standing as the only repeat selection ever. McCurty stands as the MAAC's all-time kills leader (1,945 career kills), and Siena's all-time leader in kills per set (4.27), and attack percentage (.353). She ranks fourth all-time in blocks (389) at Siena. McCurty was named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week an amazing 13 times. She was the 2006 MAAC Rookie of the Year, and a 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 MAAC First Team selection. McCurty led Siena to MAAC Championship and NCAA appearance in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She ranked sixth nationally and second all-time in MAAC history with a .427 attack percentage as a sophomore, and her 561 kills as a junior are second most in program history and fourth most in MAAC history. McCurty ended her senior season ranked second nationally with a school and MAAC record 5.37 kills per set. Her 575 kills as a senior are most in program history and third most in MAAC history. An excellent student, McCurty was the 2010 Siena College Academic Excellence and Achievement Award Recipient, a 2009 MAAC All-Academic Team selection, and 2010 MAAC Honor Roll honoree. She graduated with 3.36 GPA in accounting and received her master's from Siena in accounting 2011. McCurty then went on to letter for two seasons on the women's lacrosse team (2010-11) after having not played organized lacrosse in four years. She helped lead the Saints to MAAC Tournament berths each year, and was a MAAC All-Tournament Team selection in 2011.