By John Boccacino/Sports Information Director
The Keuka College Athletics Hall of Fame honors the outstanding accomplishments and achievements of deserving student-athletes, coaches and administrators.
Founded in 2006, the Hall of Fame is the highest honor a Storm student-athlete can achieve, and membership in the Hall of Fame grew to 17 with the induction of basketball standout Jim Crowley (class of 1993) and synchronized swimming standout Jessica Trainer Carey (2002) Saturday afternoon during a ceremony inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Crowley was a four-year letterman and three-time captain of Keuka’s men’s basketball team who also coached the Storm’s women’s basketball program for three years and both the men’s and women’s cross country squads for two seasons while in Keuka Park. He has since transformed the St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball program from bottom-feeder to perennial power, with four-straight seasons with 20-plus victories and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament.
He was honored by ESPN.com as its Division I Coach of the Year.
Carey was part of a deep and talented synchronized swimming program that routinely competed with and fared well against the nation’s best squads. Carey and her Storm teammates earned top-7 finishes at the U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships all four years, led by sixth-place finishes in both 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.
Together, and surrounded by 60 friends, family members and classmates, the two were enshrined into Keuka’s Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday afternoon in an often emotional ceremony in the lobby area of the Weed, outside of the basketball court.
The Storm’s men’s basketball team compiled a 62-40 mark during Crowley’s tenure, which saw him serve as captain three of four seasons, including for the 1990-91 squad that went 20-6, the best mark in school history. He often served as a player-coach under then-head men’s basketball coach David Sweet.
In Crowley’s three-year stint leading women’s basketball, the Storm posted a 39-37 overall record. Following a 14-11 record in his inaugural campaign, Crowley’s best season at Keuka came during his second year, when the Storm recorded an 18-10 record and advanced into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate New York tournament before falling to Elmira College in the championship.
Crowley has worked his coaching magic at the Division I level, too. Since taking over the coaching reigns at Division I St. Bonaventure University, Crowley has compiled a 185-178 record in 12 seasons, highlighted by a 31-4 mark, the school’s fourth-straight 20-win season.
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