Brooklyn, NY — LIU Brooklyn Director of Athletics John Suarez has announced the inductees for the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014. A total of six former student-athletes have been chosen for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame, based on their achievements and contributions to the Blackbirds. The 15th Hall of Fame class will be recognized at halftime of the men’s basketball game against Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, Jan. 25.
“We are very excited to be inducting a class of extraordinary individuals into the LIU Athletics Hall of Fame,” Suarez said. “This group of inductees embodies the great athletics tradition of LIU Brooklyn and it is a pleasure to honor their accomplishments and contributions.”
The members of this year’s class were chosen by a committee of current and former administrators, faculty and staff. This year’s group of inductees includes Robert Cole (Men’s Basketball), Rosario Composto (Men’s Soccer), Richard James (Men’s Track & Field), Nichole Lopez (Women’s Soccer/Lacrosse), Shannon Payne (Softball) and John Stavros (Men’s Soccer).
John Stavros was a four-time All-State and All-Met selection who graduated fourth on LIU’s all-time goal scoring list with 44. As a sophomore, he scored a career-high 17 goals including the Blackbirds’ lone tally in the NCAA Tournament against Cornell. During the course of his career, Stavros was on teams that appeared in three straight NCAA Tournaments, held consecutive No. 1 rankings in the New York region and twice finished the year ranked in the nation’s top 10. He was drafted by the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League and played professionally for New York and New Jersey of the NASL.