NEW HAVEN, Conn. (August 31, 2017) -- The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2017 on Thursday, as three individuals and one team represent a worthy collection of honorees. The Class of 2017 includes Dan Bailey(Nyack College, men's basketball), Danielle Ciresi Murphy (Caldwell University, women's basketball), Nickie Kelly (Georgian Court University, women's soccer) and the 2007-08 Holy Family University women's basketball team. The official announcement was made by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara.
"We are excited to be recognizing an outstanding class for the CACC Hall of Fame," Commissioner Mara said. "Dan Bailey, Danielle Ciresi Murphy, Nickie Kelly and the 2007-08 Holy Family women's basketball team will go down as some of the most historic figures in conference history and its fitting that we recognize with induction into the conference's hall of fame."
The honorees will be officially inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony at their respective alma mater's campus at some point during the 2017-18 academic year. In its third year of existence, the CACC Hall of Fame will have honored 12 individuals and two teams. Individuals are nominated by their respective institutions and honorees are selected by the conference's hall of fame committee, which is comprised of administrators throughout the CACC.
DAN BAILEY (Nyack College, men's basketball)
Dan Bailey was a standout basketball player and coach for Nyack College, as the program achieved incredible success during his stints as a student-athlete and bench boss. The all-time leading scorer in Nyack men's basketball history (2,345 points), Bailey was a three-time All-CACC honoree, a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American, an NAIA Honorable-Mention All-American and a four-time NCCAA All-District 31 honoree. After his stellar playing career, Bailey returned to the Nyack bench, this time as the program's head coach. He totaled a program-record 178 wins and led the Warriors to the 2000 CACC Championship. Bailey led Nyack to a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances during the 1994-95 and 1999-00 seasons. Bailey's dedication was not limited to Nyack College, as he also served an integral role in the conference, as he served as the President of the CACC Directors Council from 1999-01, as the league was transitioning from the NAIA to the NCAA.
Athletic Director and Head Men's Soccer Coach Keith Davie states, "Dan was a mentor to me when I first arrived at Nyack in 1995. His career has been as testament to dedication and hard work as a player, coach, administrator and builder of the CACC. His legacy is strong in both the CACC and Nyack College Athletics."