RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University president Dr. Anne M. Prisco presented four former standout Golden Falcon student-athletes for induction into the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame at the group's fourth annual banquet and induction ceremony on Thursday, October 13, at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Prisco provided the nearly 100 Felician faculty, staff, alumni and friends in attendance with an update on the recent exploits of Golden Falcon athletes on the fields of play, academically, and in the community. She then shared a directive from St. Francis of Assisi to his followers, relating it to the night's four honorees: "I have done what I need to do; now I need you to go out and do yours."
After dinner, former Felician cross-country coach John Brennan kicked off the award presentations by introducing Amanda Scibetta Mammolito '09 of Middletown. Mammolito, the 2006 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Runner of the Year, was a three-time all-CACC performer and still holds seven Golden Falcon women's course records.
During an emotional acceptance speech, Mammolito recalled the day she captured the conference crown in Wilmington, Del., as a sophomore. "I can still remember keeping pace with an elite pack, rounding the horse stables, and as I came to the final 300 meters, coach (Sebastian) Powell yelling, 'Scibetta! Go get her!' With that, I gave everything I had into a 300-meter sprint, and passed the final runner ahead of me. I will never forget that moment."
Next on the dais was Frank Quintana, who was raised and still lives in Miami, Fla. A two-time all-region baseball player at first base, Quintana was the CACC Player of the Year and an honorable-mention All-American in 2007. He remains the Golden Falcons' career leader in home runs and runs batted in.
Quintana was introduced by Felician baseball coach Chris Langan.
"I look back at my career, and I know that I did everything I could to play at the highest level of my ability, day in and day out," Quintana said in his address. "I am truly grateful for every inning I played, and every time I stood in the batter's box. Those four years at Felician were the best times of my life."
Valerie Esposito '03, a 2015 Felician Hall of Fame inductee, was on hand to introduce her former Golden Falcon softball teammate, Jackie Sparpari '05 of Monroe Township. A three-time all-CACC performer and 2005 Felician Senior Female Athlete of the Year, Scarpari is still prominently featured in the school record books for both pitching and batting.
"I could go out and pitch a shutout, and the next day trip over my shoelaces," Scarpari said to laughter amid a series of thank-yous. "I'm so happy that I picked Felician. The professors were as invested in your education as you were. I was terrified to leave home, go to college and play college ball, but my upperclass teammates were great to me, and took me under their wing."
Sadot Williams '06 of Irvington, a men's basketball standout from 2002-06, was the final inductee of the evening. Williams is Felician's all-time leader in three-point field goals, and is second on the school scoring and assist lists. A two-time all-CACC honoree, his teams won 60 games during his career. Williams was presented by former teammate and current Golden Falcon head coach Ivan Lewis '04.
"The places where I grew up were poverty-stricken," Williams told the assembled throng. "But I could just see in my Mom's eyes, that I knew I had to do something to get out. I never thought I would fall in love with basketball as much as I did. Felician was a good family environment where student-athletes had no animosity toward one another. My teammates and I came together and just played like brothers."
Last month, Felician began its 21st season of varsity intercollegiate athletics.