(July 11, 2005) - Hagerstown Community College recently held its 13th annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Four former Hagerstown Junior College student athletes and a former athletic academic advisor were honored as the 2005 inductees.
Allen “Duffy” Samuels played basketball at HJC from 1992 to 1994. As point guard, he tallied a record 292 steals. He led the Hawks to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in 1994. Samuels transferred to Old Dominion University on a Division I scholarship, where he also led in steals. He was named to the CAA All-Defense Team both years at ODU. His post-collegiate participation in basketball provided opportunities for him to play in professional leagues in the Ukraine and Spain, as well as a stint with the Harlem Globetrotters. He received a bachelor’s degree in human services and counseling and is currently CEO of Duffy’s Hope Inc. in Delaware.
Yvette (Brallier) Clingerman played volleyball and basketball at HJC from 1990-1992. In 1990, her volleyball team finished their season with a 47-5 record and a trip to nationals. The 1991 season ended with another trip to nationals with a record of 44-5. During her sophomore year, she was named to the NJCAA All-American Second Team. She ranks in the top three at HJC in career statistics in hitting percentages, service percentages and service aces per game.
As an HJC basketball player, Clingerman and her team went undefeated during the 1990-91 season. She led her team in field goal percentages during that season. She was named to the Maryland JUCO All-Tournament team, the All-Maryland JUCO Conference Team and Region XX All-Tournament Team. She received a scholarship to Radford University and continued her volleyball career. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Tom Strickler played baseball at HJC from 1968 to 1970. As a centerfielder, he hit over .300 in his first year and made second team All-Maryland JUCO. In his second year, he hit .310 and led the team in walks, runs scored and bases stolen. He also posted a base percentage of .500 that year. In the 1979 NJCAA World Series, he hit a two-run homer to help lead the team to victory. He was named to the First Team All-Maryland JUCO and Second Team All-Region that same year. He received a scholarship from East Tennessee State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology. He is currently a sales engineer and writes a column for Eastern Basketball.
William Updegraff played baseball at HJC from 1969 to 1971. During this time, he maintained a batting average of over .300. In 1970, his team won the Region 19 Tournament and he was named to the All-Tournament Team. In 1971, he was honored as a First Team Maryland JUCO selection. He transferred to High Point University, where his 1972 team won the conference and went to the NAIA National Championship Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. He signed with the Oakland Athletics in 1973 and played minor league baseball for two years, before being sidelined by a shoulder injury. He is retired after 23 years of service as a Maryland State trooper.
Marie Nowakowski began to take a special interest in student athletes during her time as head of the HJC counseling department, a position she held from 1973 to 1998. She developed the IMAGE (I Manage A Great Experience) program, which is still used by the athletic department. It stresses individual accountability, commitment and teamwork. Since her retirement in 1998, she has spent countless hours as a volunteer with the athletic department. She mentors student athletes, coordinates various activities and serves as one of the athletic teams’ biggest fans.