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Morrisville State inducts six into Athletic Wall of Fame

On Friday, June 8, four former student-athletes and two coaches were inducted into the Morrisville State College Athletic Wall of Fame at the annual Night of Champions event, held at Madison Hall on the Morrisville State campus.
Inducted into the Class of 2007 were: Bill Henggeler, Frank Baumgardner, Alex Lewis, Custavious Patterson, Paul Rose and Jim Hall.

After serving in the United States Army, Henggeler enrolled at Morrisville State College in 1948 where he quickly became a key member of the Mustang athletic teams which dominated their opponents at that time. A letter winner in football, basketball and baseball, Bill, who was a member of the heralded undefeated 1949 football team coached by fellow Wall of Fame member Coach Robert Drake, was a versatile athlete who played multiple positions in each of his sports.

Baumgardner served as captain of the Morrisville State College’s first NJCAA National Champion undefeated ice hockey team (2001-2002). In the championship game he scored two goals, including the game winner, while tallying one assist. In 2002 he graduated with an associate’s degree in business administration with a grade point average of 3.65 and was named to the Dean’s List three of his four semesters at Morrisville.

A member of the Morrisville State College football teams in 2000 and 2001, Lewis was named to the NJCAA All-America team at the linebacker position in 2001 as well as the Northeast Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year. A team captain his senior season, he compiled 101 tackles, 61 of which were solo. As a member of the track and field team at Morrisville, Lewis was the national champion in the discus in 2000. With his leadership and dedication unparalleled, he accepted a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin where he was a star linebacker for two-years earning several All-Big Ten honors for athletic and academic achievement. Upon completion of his career at Wisconsin, Lewis was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2004 NFL draft.

Patterson was a member of the Morrisville State College football teams in 1998 and 1999 pioneering the way for others. During his career as a two-year starting quarterback, he set several records including career passing yardage, touchdown passes, and total offense most of which still stand at the time of his induction. Captain of the 1999 team, Patterson led the Mustangs to their first Northeast Football Conference Championship in the modern era and was named to the All-Conference squad as well as the NJCAA honorable mention All-America team. After graduating from Morrisville, he continued his football career both as a player and coach, and will continue to mentor many student-athletes for years to come.

Rose joined the staff at Morrisville State College as the head coach of the lacrosse team and admissions counselor in 1987 after successful coaching positions at Clarkson University, SUNY Geneseo and Colgate University. As his admissions office duties grew, he resigned from his coaching duties in 1993. Upon his retirement as Dean of Enrollment Management in 2001, Rose returned to the head coach position through the 2007 season. During his years as head coach, he coached three NJCAA All-Americans and more than 20 academic All-Americans. His teams qualified for several Region III tournaments and he was twice named to the coaching staff for the NJCAA North/South Lacrosse Classic.

Hall came to Morrisville State College in 1987 with a dual role as head coach of the wrestling team and admissions counselor. As the head coach of the wrestling team he established himself as one of the finest collegiate coaches in the northeast. During his tenure, Mustang wrestling teams won four NJCAA Region III Championships (1989, 1990, 1992 and 1997). In addition, Hall’s teams claimed second place in the region six times. As a result of his success he was named NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year in 1990, 1992 and 1997.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.