Billups, Aswad [MC1999]
Marketing Specialist at Nike
Greater New York City Area
Marketing and Advertising
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Eight Jaspers To Be Inducted Into Athletic Hall Of Fame Saturday
Courtesy: Manhattan Athletics Department
RIVERDALE, N.Y. – Seven former Manhattan College student-athletes, including four in their first year of eligibility, and one coach will be inducted into the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The 2014 Hall of Fame honorees are:
Gerald Buckley ’64 (track & field)
Patrick Callahan ’99 (baseball)
LaCole Fields ’00 (track & field)
Luis Flores ’04 (men’s basketball)
Thomas Jacob Freeman ’04 (track & field)
Steve Lappas, coach (men’s basketball)
Rosalee Mason ’04 (women’s basketball)
Nicholas Silva ’04 (men’s lacrosse)
“The Manhattan College Athletic Department is pleased to welcome these eight very accomplished contributors into our Hall of Fame,” Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre said. “The diversity of the 2014 class in sport disciplines, contributing roles and generations is a credit to the well-roundedness and longevity of our overall athletic program success.”
Buckley (posthumous) was a valuable middle distance runner on head coach George Eastment’s teams, serving as co-captain his senior year. He helped the two-mile relay squad capture first place at both the Millrose Games and Metropolitan Indoor Championships in 1962, and he took third in the 880 yards at the 1963 Metropolitan Outdoor Championships.
In 1997, Callahan became the first Jaspers baseball player ever to earn Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year honors after leading the league with a .381 batting average. He posted a .317 career batting average and was Manhattan’s all-time leader in hits (147) at the time of his graduation.
LaCole Fields set four Manhattan records in the shot put and weight throw during her career, and still holds the indoor mark in the shot put. She was named All-East seven times and won a total of 13 individual MAAC championships. During the 2000 outdoor season, Fields captured the MAAC title and scored at the ECAC Championships in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
Manhattan’s all-time leading scorer (2,046 points), Flores was named MAAC Player of the Year and MAAC Tournament MVP in both 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. He led the Jaspers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004, when Manhattan upset Florida in the Round of 64. Flores was inducted into the MAAC Honor Roll at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2014 MAAC Tournament.
Freeman is the only eight-time All-American in the history of the track & field program. He won a pair of NCAA Championships at Manhattan (2003 indoor weight throw, 2004 outdoor hammer throw). Freeman also captured four consecutive IC4A titles in the hammer throw and is the NCAA record holder in the event. He finished third in the hammer throw at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and represented the United States at the 2009 World Championships.
Lappas coached the Jaspers for four seasons from 1988-1989 to 1991-1992. He led Manhattan back to prominence during his tenure, capped by a 25-9 campaign in 1991-1992. That season, the Jaspers reached the MAAC championship game for the first time and made their first postseason appearance in nearly 20 years, reaching the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).
A three-time first team All-MAAC selection, Mason is the MAAC’s all-time leading rebounder (1,217). She also ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time scoring list (1,875). In 2002-2003, Mason led the Jaspers to both the MAAC regular season and tournament championships and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Silva was named MAAC Player of the Year in 2002, as he led the Jaspers to their first ever MAAC championship. He ranks second on Manhattan’s all-time assists chart (84) and has the two highest single-season assist totals in program history. Silva is also third on the all-time list with 155 career points.
The 36th Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame event will begin with a Mass in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers at 4 p.m., followed by the induction ceremony and dinner in the Great Room of the new Raymond W. Kelly ’63 Student Commons at 5 p.m.
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Coach Jim Hurt Welcomes Aliann Pompey To Staff As Sprints Coach
Four-time Olympian and former NCAA champion joins Red Storm coaching staff.
Sept. 26, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – St. John’s head women’s track & field and cross country coach Jim Hurt has announced the addition of four-time Olympian and former NCAA champion Aliann Pompey to his staff as the new sprints coach for the Red Storm.
“We are exceptionally pleased to have Aliann Pompey join our staff to work with our sprinters and hurdlers and to head up our recruiting efforts,” said Hurt. “Aliann enjoyed a storied and exceptional athletic career, winning an NCAA title and competing in four Olympic Games. The fact that she attained such a high level of success while training here in New York City will have a significant impact on our program and further its long tradition of developing student-athletes to the highest level of the sport. More importantly, Aliann is a person of great character and integrity that reflects the values of St. John’s University. We are sure that she will have a very positive impact on the entire lives of our student-athletes and I cannot wait to see what she will accomplish in her new position. I am very excited that she has decided to bring her varied and immense talents to our program.”
Pompey, a native of Georgetown, Guyana, brings a world-class athletic resume and the experience of representing her country in four-consecutive Summer Olympic Games to St. John’s. A 400-meter specialist who owns the South American indoor record of 51.83 seconds at the distance, Pompey adds a gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo to a long list of accomplishments.
Pompey has represented her native Guyana at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in addition to participating in the World Championships in Athletics five times and the IAAF World Indoor Championships on four occasions. Her personal-best 400-meter time of 50.71 was achieved in August 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. A graduate of Manhattan College, Pompey became the Jaspers’ first-ever national champion after winning the 400-meter dash at the 2000 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships, and also added multiple Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Metropolitan titles to her collegiate resume. A team captain during her time at Manhattan, Pompey was ranked 12th in the world in the indoor 400-meter dash as a senior at Manhattan.
Since retiring from competition following the London Olympic Games, Pompey has dedicated her time to Armory College Prep, a non-profit college access and success program that works to get high school students from New York City’s “high need” schools into college.
While pursuing her Olympic dreams, Pompey worked as a personal trainer at New York Sports Clubs, taught at the Harlem Academy and Urban Institute of Math and Science for Young Women, and served as a Director of Development for PowerPlay NYC and a Development Associate for Harlem Renaissance High School. A dedicated volunteer, she has also served as board member for the Manhattan College Alumni Society, regional board member for the Catholic Youth Organization and president of the Manhattan College Black Alumni Club.
Pompey earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Communications in 1999 and a M.B.A. in Finance in 2003 from Manhattan College. She moved to the United States at the age of 14 and graduated from Cohoes High School in Albany County, N.Y.
Pompey takes over a Red Storm sprinting unit that has an excellent track record both past and present at the BIG EAST Championship and on the regional and national stage. St. John’s sent a quartet of sprinters to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., while the Red Storm won conference titles in the 60-meter, 400-meter and 500-meter dashes last season to go with an indoor 4×400-meter relay BIG EAST crown and a 500-meter dash ECAC Championships title.
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