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SUNY Potsdam announces Hall of Fame Class of 2014

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POTSDAM - Three former SUNY Potsdam student-athletes have been selected for induction into the Bears Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014: Jodi Ziemba ‘07 (women’s soccer), Ryan Hanretty ‘05 (men’s lacrosse) and Tom Hutchinson ‘77 (men’s basketball).

The ceremony is scheduled to take place Saturday, July 12, at the Knowles Conference Center on the SUNY Potsdam campus beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a reception followed by a noon lunch and the presentations.

Of the 130 people and four teams inducted into the Bears Hall of Fame, Ziemba will receive the honor of being the first women’s soccer player selected to join the prestigious group.

A native of Russell and former Edwards-Knox Central standouts, Ziemba, was an offensive dynamo in her time with the Potsdam women’s soccer team. Ziemba played in 66 career games and recorded 45 goals and 12 assists for 102 points. Since the women’s soccer program started in 1988, no Bear has recorded more points. She was the SUNYAC Rookie in the Year in 2001 after she tied the conference record for most goals in a single season with 13. It is a co-record that still stands today. She was a three-time All-SUNYAC selection (first team in 2001 and second team in both 2002 and 2003). After Potsdam, Ziemba served as a graduate assistant coach on Ithaca College’s 2011 National Semifinalist women’s soccer team. She is currently a health coaching supervisor at WellCall, Inc. in Alameda, Calif.

Hanretty, a native of Williamsville, N.Y., was a 2005 All-American goalie and a member of the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team in both 2004 and 2005. A member of the All-SUNYAC first team in 2005 and second team in 2004, Hanretty ranks first on the men’s lacrosse program’s all-time saves list (764 saves in 2,755 minutes and 50 games) and is Potsdam’s all-time wins leader (18). He is first on Potsdam’s saves-per-game list (20.88/game) and ranks 10th all-time in save percentage (.607). He will become the eighth men’s lacrosse representative inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hanretty is currently a senior manager of branch operations with AXA Advisors in Buffalo, N.Y.

Tom Hutchinson, a native of Camillus, N.Y., ranks third in Potsdam men’s basketball program history for rebounding (819) and fifth in rebounding average (7.7). In 107 games played, he also recorded 637 points and 253 assists. Hutchinson was a three-year captain who helped the Bears make two NCAA Tournament appearances (1972-73 and 1973-74). He also helped Potsdam to two SUNYAC Co-Championship teams (1973-74, 1976-77) and was a member of the ECAC Upstate Championship team that was named the team of the year (1976-77). Hutchinson scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds with five assists in the ECAC title game against No. 1-seeded Hamilton College. He is the 36th representative of men’s basketball to be inducted in the Hall. Hutchinson works in social services and resides in the Phoenix, Ariz. area.

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