A-State to Induct Three into Hall of Fame

Kathy Stedman - Hall of FameMike Brown - Hall of FameThe Alfred State College athletic department will induct three new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on January 26.  Kathryn Stedman (volleyball & softball), Joseba Sarriegui (cross country & track & field), and Mike Brown (baseball) will be inducted at a brunch ceremony in the Allegany Room of Central Dining Hall and then honored in between games of the basketball doubleheader with Jamestown CC the same afternoon.

Stedman was part of the only two volleyball teams prior to 2007 to win a Region III Championship at Alfred State.  In 1976, Stedman and the Lady Pioneers advanced to the NJCAA National Championships for the first time in school history and earned a 17th place finish.  In 1977, Alfred returned to Nationals and earned an 11th place finish.  Stedman was named 1st team All-Region and was a Region III Tournament 1st team selection.  During the regular season the Lady Pioneers were ranked as high as #5 in the national poll.

On the softball diamond, Stedman was an All-Region selection in 1978 and earned a scholarship to continue her playing career at the University of Wyoming.

Following her collegiate career, Stedman has spent time coaching and teaching at the University of Wyoming, Whitesville Central High School, Canaseraga Central High School, and Jamestown CC.

At Jamestown, Stedman led the volleyball team to four Region III Championships and four 4th place finishes at the National Championships.  She also coached the Jayhawk softball team for eight seasons.  She is currently the Jayhawks director of Physical Education and Health Studies and assistant athletic director.

During his time at Alfred State, Sarriegui established himself as one of the top distance runners in school history.

In cross country, Sarriegui was a two-time NJCAA Division I All American.  He finished 14th overall in 1985 and 3rd overall in 1986.  He helped his team to third place national finishes both years.  He still currently holds the school record for the fastest 8K (24:40).

During the 1987 indoor track and field season, Sarriegui led Alfred to an 8th place finish at Nationals.  During that competition he earned a 3rd place finish in the two-mile race.  In outdoor track and field competition, Sarriegui established the top time in school history in the 5,000 m (14:28.2).  He also is part of the record setting 3,200 meter relay team (7:53.06).  Indoors he holds the 3,000 m record (8:37.3).

After finishing at Alfred State, Sarriegui went on to Wake Forest University on a full scholarship.  He also competed in the Spanish Championships in the 3,000 m. steeplechase, the 5,000 m., the 10,000 m, half marathon, and cross country competitions.

Currently, Sarriegui teaches and coaches in Spain where he coaches athletes that now compete internationally.

Brown was one of the top baseball pitchers in Alfred State history.  He helped the Pioneers to their first Region III Championship in 1997 and the programs first WNYAC Championship in 1998.  During his two years at Alfred, the baseball program had a 90-35 record.

During the 1996-97 season, Brown was 10-4 in 95 1/3 innings of work.  He tossed a record four shutouts and struck out 77 batters.  He was named 2nd team All-Region and the Alfred State Most Valuable Pitcher.

In 1997-98 he was 7-5 in 91 2/3 innings of work.  He made 16 appearances and made 14 starts on the year and recorded 87 strikeouts.  He was named All-WNYAC and was named Alfred State Most Valuable Pitcher in both the fall and the spring season.

Currently, Brown ranks in the top ten in ASC history in wins (17), games pitched (33), starts (29), complete games (16), shutouts (4), and innings pitched (187).

After Alfred, Brown received a baseball scholarship to the Mansfield University.  Brown became a police officer in Delaware before tragically dying in a motor vehicle accident.

The trio of inductees will bring the membership of the Hall of Fame up to 44 athletes (the Hall of Fame was established in 1992). 

Coaches, alumni, and former athletes make nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame. Nominees must have been out of ASC for at least five years upon graduation of transfer and must have had at least a 2.00 GPA.   To be selected a nominee must receive 2/3 of the votes.