Colleen Barber ’04 (Field Hockey)
An extraordinary combination of athletic prowess and academic excellence established Colleen Barber ’04 as one of the best players in the history of Women’s Field Hockey and one of Skidmore’s finest scholar-athletes.
A three-time First Team All American (2002, 2003, 2004), she led the Thoroughbreds to a four-year record of 63-14, two consecutive Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association titles (2002, 2003), a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III semi-final appearance, and two straight the NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinal appearances (2002, 2003).
Barber is a four-time UCAA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) and the 2003 UCAA and Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year. That year, she was the NCAA Division III leader in assists with a Skidmore record of 21.
She finished her career as Skidmore’s all-time assist leader with 51 assists. Barber is fourth on the all-time points list with 37 goals and 51 assists for 125 points. She was team captain her junior and senior years.
Named Senior Female Athlete of the Year (2004), the summa cum laude psychology graduate is a three-time College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American (2002, 2003, 2004), three-time UCAA All-Academic selection, (2002, 2003, 2004), and the 2004 At-Large CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.
Taryn Howard Drake ’03 (Field hockey, Lacrosse)
Taryn Howard Drake ’03 is a study in achieving “firsts.” The first Thoroughbred to become a two-sport (field hockey, lacrosse) First Team All American, she was also the first Skidmore athlete to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd for breaking a National Collegiate Athletic Association field hockey record by scoring five goals in a playoff game. The Littleton, NH, native is said to have rewritten the Thoroughbred field hockey record book, leading the nation in scoring in 2003 with 30 goals. A two-time field hockey All American, she is Skidmore’s all-time leading scorer with 76 goals and 28 assists for 180 points.
As team forward, Howard led the Thoroughbreds to three NCAA tournaments, including a final four appearance in 2001. An Upstate Collegiate Athletic Conference Field Hockey All Star (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), she was also named UCAA Rookie of the Year (1999) and First Team Regional All American (2000, 2001, 2002). She dominated in lacrosse as well, earning all-conference, and all-region honors as a midfielder. Fifth on Skidmore’s all-time leading career scorer list in lacrosse with 116 goals and 33 assists, she was an UCAA Lacrosse All Star (2002, 2003) and a Lacrosse Division III First Team All American (2003). Howard’s dedication to excellence also extended beyond the playing field, earning her Academic All Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association honors in both sports. She was named Skidmore Senior Athlete of the Year in 2003.
Dana Martin ’05 (Basketball)
Dana Martin ’05 is one of the most prolific scorers and influential players in the history of Men’s Basketball. The 2005 Liberty League Player of the Year captained the Thoroughbreds to a 16-10 record and the Liberty League Tournament Championship that year.
Martin was selected Liberty League Guard of the Week four times and ECAC Upstate New York Player of the Week twice during the 2004-2005 season. His astounding roster of honors also includes two-time Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week (2004, 2005), Liberty League All-Star (2004, 2005), ECAC All-Star (2005), and NCAC Division III Basketball First Team All-New York (2005).
Team scoring leader all four years, he averaged 22.7 points per game in league play for 1500 career points, placing him third on Skidmore’s all-time list. (In 2005, he shattered a school record by sinking eight 3-pointers in a 77-75 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.) Martin finished his career as top Liberty League scorer and ranked 20th nationally (12th among guards).
One of only three Skidmore alumni to play professionally, he led the Vermont Frost Heaves to an American Basketball Association Championship title and played on the league’s traveling team in Germany and Austria.
Former Coach John Quattrocchi recalls Martin as a “pound for pound, inch for inch one of the finest, if not the finest basketball player in Skidmore Men’s Basketball history. A great clutch player and tireless worker, Dana thrived on competitive situations, making countless important baskets to lead Skidmore to its finest season ever. Well respected by coaches and his peers, Dana was an outstanding captain; he led by example with unsurpassed dedication and loyalty.”
Josef Pohle ’02 (Golf)
Josef Pohle’s ’02 extraordinary performance as a player and team leader—equally matched by his remarkable academic achievement—leaves a legacy of excellence that ranks among the finest in the history of Men’s Golf. Team MVP in 2000, 2001, and 2002, he led the Thoroughbreds to a third place finish in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Championships (2000), capping a season that brought the team seven tournament wins and a third straight Eastern College Athletic Association title. He was team captain his senior year.
Named NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 2000, the three-time All American was First Team in 2000 and 2002, and an Honorable Mention selection in 2001. Pohle was twice honored as Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year (1999, 2001). He captured 11 collegiate tournament championships, finishing second 11 times. He played in 35 collegiate and three NCAA tournaments, finishing in the top ten 31 out of 38 times, including a second place finish in the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
Winner of the 1999 New England Amateur Open Championship, he qualified to play in the U.S. Amateur Open the same year. Pohle’s singular roster of accomplishments does not end on the links. An All American Scholar (2002), he was selected Skidmore Senior Male Athlete of the Year (2002).
Pohle’s professional career highlights include winning the 2007 Taylor Made Assistants Championship and the 2009 Callaway TPD Championship. He is currently Golf Professional at Philadelphia Cricket Club and Golf Coach at Chestnut Hill College.
Kathy Tschampel ’02 (Volleyball)
Kathy Tschampel ’02 is said to have propelled Women’s Volleyball to state and regional prominence—and national level competition. An Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association All Conference selection (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), UCAA Rookie of the Year (1998), and UCAA Player of the Year (1998, 2001), she led the Thoroughbreds to the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association Championship (1999), three UCAA Conference Championships (1998, 1999, 2000), and three National Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament appearances (1999, 2000, 2001).
The first Skidmore player to be named National Player of the Week (2000), her roster of awards also includes American Volleyball Coaches New York State All Region Team (2001) and Skidmore Senior Athlete (2002). During Tschampel’s tenure, the Thoroughbreds achieved a record 117 wins and 35 losses (0.770) and 14-2 (0.857) in UCAA play.
Her individual performance is equally stunning. The only Skidmore player to have the most kills all four years, she holds a career tally of 2,296 (4.31 per game) in 5,094 attempts with an impressive 0.308 hitting percentage, and 2,657 points (4.98 per game), ranking her at the top of the Thoroughbred record book for outside hitters. One of 32 players in Division III history to have surpassed 1,600 kills and 1,600 digs, she remains NCAA-ranked tenth in career kills and fourteenth in matches played (152).
1999–2000 Men’s Golf Team (Team)
The Thoroughbreds claimed victory at the highest level of national competition, winning seven tournaments (including the Williams, Palamountain, and Emory Invitationals), finishing third in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships, and capturing a third consecutive Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association title.
The 1999-2000 Men’s Golf Team was ranked third in the nation by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Jared Tendler ’00 Captain
Benjamin Bates ’03
Thomas Brewer ’03
Brian Clark ’02
Philip Gehring ’01
Coach: Tim Brown
1996–1997 Men’s Ice Hockey Team (Team of Distinction)
This powerhouse team captured a record fourth-straight Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association South regular-season title with a 15-8-1 overall and 12-2 league record.
The team beat Assumption College 8-3 in the ECAC North/South/Central playoffs to advance to semifinals, hosting UMASS Dartmouth before a sold-out crowd at the Saratoga City Rink. The talented senior class compiled a 71-22-3 overall and 48-3-2 league record over four seasons, the most successful four-year class in the program history.
Skidmore was unbeaten in league play in 1994 and 1995 and had a 31-game home winning streak.
The four-year performance resulted in an invitation to join the powerful ECAC East league for the 1998-1999 season, laying the groundwork for the program’s subsequent rise to prominence. Chris McMahon ’97 was the 1997 ECAC South Co-Player of the Year and earned ECAC All-Star honors along with Rob Daley ’99 and Peter Conlin ’98.
Michael Di Marco ’97 Captain
Chris McMahon ’97 Captain
Evan Ricker ’97 Captain
Luther Almond ’97
Mark Berube ’98
Hans Beyer ’99
Robert Cerabona ’97
Joshua Clifford ’97
Peter Conlin ’98
Robert Daley ’99
Jeffrey Drake ’00
Joshua Gorham ’00
Brad Holt ’98
Richard Jakub ’97
Todd Lady ’97
Mike Losier ’99
James Moore ’99
Jason Silver ’00
Jerry Swon ’00
Jon Swon ’98
Scott Toth ’00
Derek Weaver ’99
Coach: Paul Dion
Laurence “Larry” Ramos ’77
A true pioneer of Skidmore Athletics, Larry Ramos has had a direct impact on hundreds of student-athletes throughout his almost 30 years of association with the College.
Skidmore’s first male physical education major, Ramos played baseball and coached the College’s men’s basketball team while working toward his 1977 graduation.
After a year as a high school coach, Ramos returned to Skidmore in 1979 as head men’s basketball coach. He spent the following year coaching at Cazenovia College, but Skidmore called him back again to coach the club women’s softball team, assist with men’s basketball, and serve as equipment manager.
Ramos guided the softball team from club status to its first varsity season in 1988. It didn’t take long for the team to be successful. The Thoroughbreds had a winning season in 1989 and made the New York State Championship Tournament in 1992. The 1994 team was 20-8 and narrowly missed an NCAA tournament bid. Ramos’ teams were ranked nationally in several categories and his players were among national leaders in home runs, hitting, and stolen bases. After compiling an 87-51 record over seven seasons, Ramos stepped down from softball to continue as full-time equipment manager.
Skidmore turned to Ramos in 1996 when the women’s basketball coach suddenly resigned. He led the team to the NYSWCAA tournament. Ramos returned to Skidmore once again in 2004 as interim softball coach.
His life-long dedication to student-athletes continues to have an impact on Skidmore as his former players fondly recall their time with “Coach” Ramos.
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