Former Football Coach Robert Salois Named to Hall of Fame

Former TCNJ Director of Athletics, Roy Van Ness, Passes Away

Roy Van Ness, director of athletics at The College from 1964 to 1987, passed away on November 21, 1999, following a short illness. The first full-time athletic director in the history of The College, Van Ness retired from coaching in 1973 with a record unparalleled in the history of NCAA Division III athletics.
   Van Ness was a former coach and eight-time letterwinner at The College. A graduate of the class of 1943, he continued on at The College as a coach in football, track and field, and basketball, in addition to his role as a faculty member in the health and physical education department.
   In 1986, he was honored as a recipient of the Garden State Award, which is presented annually by the College Athletic Administrators of New Jersey. The organization cited Van Ness for his efforts in bringing The College to the forefront of Division III athletics and for his role in the development of The College's outstanding athletic and recreational facilities. In 1982 he was inducted into The College's Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame.
   Van Ness is survived by his wife, Edna, and four children.


Four former student-athletes and one former coach entered TCNJ's Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on October 29, 1999. The alumni were formally inducted at a dinner held in their honor. They are Daniel Franchetti '79 (Hammonton, NJ), Kimberly Lacken '88 (Robinsville, NJ), Anthony Ianiero '74, '76 (Bloomsburg, PA), Antoniette LaPann '81 (Landisville, PA), and Robert Salois, coach (Indialantic, FL).

Baseball Great Daniel Franchetti Enters Hall of Fame

Second baseman Daniel Franchetti was the first player from The College to be named to the NCAA Division III All-America First-Team and earn New Jersey College Baseball Player of the Year honors. From 1977 to 1979, Franchetti was picked for the New Jersey College All Star Team First-Team and the All-NJAC First-Team. In 1977, he was the first player from The College to start in the New Jersey All-Star Game, and he also started in 1978 and 1979. Franchetti was named to the All-District 2 USA First-Team in 1978 and 1979. By 1979, Franchetti had earned four varsity letters in baseball and had established seventeen school records. He still holds The College's record for career runs scored (162) and shares the record for career triples (12) and the single-season record for most bases on balls (41). After his college career, Franchetti played semi-professional baseball with the Atlantic County League and became the owner and head instructor of the Fundamental Baseball Camp. Franchetti began his career in the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office as a paralegal assistant. He rose through the ranks as a NJ Casino Control Commission inspector, and since 1988 has served as a senior inspector. Franchetti donates his time and money to many organizations and is a member of the Hammonton Home School Association and St. Elizabeth's Church in Absecon, NJ.

Basketball Champion Kimberly Lacken Joins Hall of Fame

In her four-year basketball career, Kimberly Lacken earned four varsity letters and served as co-captain for the 1986-1987 and 1987-1988 seasons. As a junior and senior, Lacken was voted a GTE Academic All-American, and as a senior was also tapped as a Kodak All-American. She set and still holds the following records at TCNJ: most career points (1,518), most points in a season (538), most points in a game (33), most rebounds in a game (24), and most rebounds in a season (281). Lacken earned her law degree at Rutgers University School of Law in 1991. She is currently a Mercer County assistant prosecutor. She also teaches various areas of law to local law enforcement personnel, and since 1995 has served as an adjunct professor in TCNJ's law and justice department. Kimberly is active in many community outreach programs, including the Mercer County Chapter of the Inns of Court, a mentor program for young attorneys. Lacken also organizes and runs the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office “Buddy Program,” which invites elementary and high school students to spend the day with an assistant prosecutor and learn firsthand how the criminal justice system works. Lacken is currently a candidate for the GTE Academic All-America Hall of Fame and is a former recipient of TCNJ's Athletic Department Alumni Citation.

Two-Sport Letterwinner Anthony Ianiero Enters Hall of Fame

A four-year letterwinner in football and baseball, Anthony Ianiero also served as an assistant football and baseball coach at The College before being promoted to assistant head football coach and defensive coordinator from 1977 to 1983. During his tenure, the team and his defense were both nationally ranked, and the team won two conference titles and compiled a record of 47-19-2. While at The College, Ianiero also held several other positions. Between 1976 and 1983 he was sports information director and assistant director of alumni affairs, director of alumni affairs, and assistant director of college development. In addition, he created and implemented the Athletic Alumni Hall of Fame. From 1984 to 1989 Ianiero served as director of development at Bloomsburg University. In 1989, he was named assistant vice president for development and executive director of the Bloomsburg University Foundation. Since 1995 he has served as vice president for university advancement. Ianiero has been the recipient of many honors including Outstanding College Athletes of America Award (1974), nominee to the National Hall of Fame of Outstanding College Athletes of America (1974), TSC Merit Award for Management Personnel (1979 and 1980), Gold Award from the Delaware Valley United Way Campaign (1980 and 1981), and Outstanding Young Man of America Award (1983).

Swimming Stand-Out Antoinette LaPann Joins Hall of Fame

Throughout her career at The College, Antoinette LaPann excelled under the guidance of coach Brenda Campbell. In 1980 and 1981, she was named most valuable player of the team, and was also an NCAA Division III qualifier. In her junior year, she earned a spot as an alternate All-American, and as a senior, she was named All-American for the 50-yard butterfly. LaPann set and held records in many events. Her record in the 100-yard butterfly of 1:00.00, set in 1981 at an NCAA championship, was only broken last year-eighteen years after being established. Immediately following graduation, LaPann began coaching swimming at various swim clubs. She has participated in master's swimming, instructed older adult swimnastics, and has served as president of her son's swim club in Lancaster, PA. She currently enjoys running, participating in several road races each year, and cross-country skiing. LaPann remains an active part of TCNJ's swimming program. She has assisted with recruitment calls to potential students and swimmers and is an invited guest speaker at the annual Swim Banquet. Now attending TCNJ's swim meets as a spectator, she assists in the meal arrangements for the Lion swimmers during the Franklin & Marshall Invitational, held annually in December.

Former Football Coach Robert Salois Named to Hall of Fame

The College entered a new era of varsity football in 1957, when Robert Salois became the fifth head football coach. He established a solid varsity football program, and the 1957 season was the Lions' best in six years. The 1957 squad compiled a 5-2 record and nearly quadrupled their point scoring. Highlights of Salois' sixteen-year tenure include 7-1 campaigns in 1959 and 1963. In 1968, Salois was tapped as the Coach of the Year by the Eastern Football Conference after leading his team to a 5-2-1 season. In June 1978, The College and the football program honored Salois with the very first “Honorary Alumni Football Award” in appreciation for the service and leadership that he provided from 1957 until 1972. During his tenure as football coach, Salois earned a 55-67-5 record, produced countless all-conference players, and helped shape the future of the football program. A 1953 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Salois also served as head men's golf coach and baseball coach during his tenure at The College. His 1968 golf team produced a 10-0-1 season, won the conference championship, and posted a third-place finish at the N.A.I.A. District Tournament.

Field Hockey Team Wins Ninth NCAA Championship

The College of New Jersey field hockey team posted a 4-1 win over Amherst College to win the program's ninth NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship on Sunday, November 14, 1999, in Lions' Stadium. The Lions finished the 1999 season with a perfect 20-0 record under the direction of coach Sharon Pfluger. The win marked the seventh time coach Pfluger has guided the Lions to the NCAA Championship. The Lions have now compiled a record of 54-10 in NCAA Tournament play.
Field Hockey Coach and Player Receive National Recognition
Head field hockey coach Sharon Pfluger was named the 1999 Dita/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Division III Coach of the Year. Now in her fifteenth season, Pfluger owns a career field hockey coaching record of 289-23-5. Acknowledged as one of the premier lacrosse and field hockey coaches in Division III, Pfluger became TCNJ's all-time winningest coach in both sports in less than six full years at her alma mater. Also earning national recognition was TCNJ's senior forward Tiffany Trockenbrod, who was named the NFHCA Division III National Player of the Year. Trockenbrod became a three-time NFHCA Division III All-American this past season, while rewriting TCNJ's career scoring marks. She finished her