Hall of Fame doors open for Mohawk College athletes, coach, and builder

The Mohawk College Mountaineers’ Hall of Fame is growing. Four new members will be inducted into the shrine at a ceremony on June 9.

Joining the hall of honour are former women’s softball coach Doug Parry, soccer star Josie Tucceri, cross country running sensation Rodney Alderdice, and basketball and touch football diehard Jim Gaunt. Parry enters the hall in the builder’s category while Tucceri, Alderdice and Gaunt will be recognized for their athletic achievemnts at Mohawk.

Doug Parry was a trailblazer for women’s softball at Mohawk College and was the team’s head coach for 13 years. A coach at various levels, Parry was with the Mohawk program since its inception in 1986 until retiring in 2000. He guided the Mountaineers to 10 Ontario College Atheltic Association championship appearances, capturing one silver and seven bronze medals. He was twice named OCAA Coach of the Year and was awarded the Mountaineer Award for his dedication and outstanding contribution to the Mohawk Athletics program. Parry’s expertise in women’s softball extended to the provincial, national and international levels.

Josie Tucceri was a dominant force for the very successful women’s soccer team during her three years at Mohawk. The Journalism and Communications Media graduate made an immediate impact on the OCAA scene in 1997-98 as the Central West scoring champion and league All-Star for the bronze medal winning Mountaineers. Tucceri was also named a Canadian College Athletic Association All-Canadian, CCAA All-Academic and Mohawk’s Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, in her first season. In her sophomore season she topped the regional scoring charts again as the Mountaineers won the OCAA championship and finished fifth at the national championship. Tucceri capped her brilliant varsity career helping the Mountaineers to the 1999-2000 OCAA silver medal.

Rodney Alderdice’s cross country running career at Mohawk was filled with team and individual honours. Between 1990 and 1995 he dominated OCAA cross country collecting an incredible three individual OCAA gold medals as well as two silvers. The Civil Engineering Technology graduate was named Male Freshman Athlete of the year in 1990-91, also kicking off an amazing run of four consecutive honours as the MVP of the Mountaineer squad. His team benefited greatly from his efforts, winning OCAA gold, silver and bronze medals during this career. In 1993-94, Alderdice was recognized as Mohawk’s Outstanding Male Athlete.

Jim Gaunt’s outstanding contributions to Mohawk Athletics from 1986 –1990 were recognized both in sport and academics. Gaunt had a career 12 points-per-game average, played on two OCAA bronze medal basketball teams and was a Second Team OCAA All Star in 1989. He was team captain for two years and continued as an assistant coach until 1995. The graduate of the Computer Systems Technology program was also outstanding in touch football, helping Mohawk to four straight OCAA gold medals. In 1989 he was named All Round Male Athlete and the following year, Gaunt joined a select group when he was awarded the Dr. Sam Mitminger Award and the President’s Gold Medal at Convocation, Mohawk’s highest awards for achievements athletically and academically.