Four to be inducted into Wagner's 2018 Hall of Fame Class on Oct. 13
By Staten Island Advance Sports Desk
Staten Island, NY - Wagner College Athletic Director Walt Hameline has announced the four former student-athletes who will comprise the 2018 Seahawk Hall of Fame class: Natosha Davis (Class of 2001, Volleyball/Lacrosse), Dedrick Dye (Class of 2003, Men's Basketball), Jermaine Hall (Class of 2003, Men's Basketball), and Tom Masella(Class of 1981, Football). These former Seahawk greats were selected on the merit of their athletic prowess and will be inducted on October 13, 2018, the day the Wagner football team hosts Saint Francis U at 12:00 pm. The Class of 2018 will be formally inducted at a morning ceremony in the VIP Room on the Spiro Sports Center's second floor, before being publicly recognized at halftime. The Hall of Fame, in 2018, will enjoy its 28th year of nominating, selecting and displaying those Wagner athletes who have distinguished themselves as extraordinary representatives of the Green & White. With the addition of these four individuals, the number of members in the Wagner Hall of Fame will grow to 174, each representing the best among the thousands of student-athletes who have dedicated themselves to competition in the name of Wagner College.
Volleyball/Lacrosse (W) (1997-2001)
Natosha Davis was one of the top all-around volleyball players in Wagner history, in addition to being a women's lacrosse record-holder in several statistical categories and served as a team captain in each of these sports. In 1997, Davis played an important role in leading Wagner to its first, and only, NEC Volleyball Championship, which earned the Seahawks their first and only NCAA Tournament appearance. In volleyball, she ranks in the top-five all-time in aces (2nd, 186), aces per game (2nd, 0.46), digs (2nd, 1,518 [next player on list has less than 1,000), digs per game (2nd, 3.76 [next player on list averaged less than 3.00]), kills (3rd, 926), kill Average (2.29) and games played (4th, 404). On the lacrosse field, she ranks second all-time in ground balls (184) and third in caused turnovers (85). Additionally, the 67 ground balls that she collected in 2000 ranked second on the all-time Seahawk single-season list. Prior to her arrival on Grymes Hill, Davis was a standout multi-sport athlete at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, Florida. Dedrick Dye
Men's Basketball (1999-2003)
Dedrick Dye was the starting point guard, captain and a First-Team All-Northeast Conference performer for the 2002-03 Seahawks, which remains the only men's basketball team in Wagner history to win the NEC Tournament Championship and earn an NCAA Tournament bid. The Clinton, Tennessee native made his presence felt early in his Seahawk career, earning a spot on the NEC All-Rookie Team in 1999-2000. The ultimate playmaker, Dye developed into a First-Team All-NEC performer as a senior in 2002-2003. A dynamic and charismatic leader, Dye's name is etched throughout the Seahawk career season and single-game record books. On the Wagner all-time career record list, the 6-0 guard ranks among the top five in steals (221, 2nd), three-point field goals made (270, 2nd), three-point field goal attempts (670, 2nd), three-point field goal percentage (.403, T-5th), and games played (117, T-8th), in addition to ranking 16th all-time in scoring with 1,349 career points. On the Seahawks' all-time single-season list, he ranks among the top all-time top 10 in three-point field goal attempts (217, 4th; 2002-2003), three-point field goal percentage (.442, 5th; 2002-2003) and steals (63, 7th; 2000-2001). His eight steals also tie for first on the single-game record list, while his seven made three-point attempts, which he accomplished three times, tie for third all time. Dye, who guided that 2002-03 NEC title team to a 21-11 record, which followed a 19-10 mark in 2001-02, ranks 10th all-time in NEC history with his 270 made three-pointers. Jermaine Hall
Men's Basketball (1999-2003)
Jermaine Hall was a gifted 6-5, 220-pound power forward, captain and First-Team All-NEC performer for the 2002-03 Seahawks, which remains the only men's basketball team in Wagner history to win the NEC Tournament Championship and earn an NCAA Tournament bid. This skilled and physical left-handed force from Dublin, GA was a unanimous selection as the 2002-03 NEC Player of the Year in a vote conducted by league head coaches. He was also named MVP of the NEC Tournament where he averaged 22.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds in the three games, highlighted by a magnificent 27-point, 12-rebound effort in the championship game win over St. Francis Brooklyn. For his career, Hall is Wagner's second all-time leading scorer with 2,278 points, which also ranks fourth on the NEC all-time scoring list. His 19.5 points per game scoring average ranks third all-time. He also ranks in the career top 10 in field goals made (914, 2nd), field goals attempted (1,583, 2nd), field goal percentage (.577, 5th), blocks (124, 4th), games played (117, T-8th), free throws made (434, 2nd), and free throws attempted (609, 2nd). Hall's name appears throughout Wagner's all-time single-season record books as well, including two of the top 10 all-time scoring averages. In 2002-03, his 21.4 points per game average ranks seventh all time while his 21.0 scoring average in 2001-02 is eighth. In helping to lead Wagner to a 21-11 record during the magical 2002-03 season, which was preceded by a 19-10 mark in 2001-02, Hall recorded 273 made field goals, a figure that ranks third all-time in program history and fifth all-time in NEC history. Tom Masella Football (1978-1981)
Tom Masella was a standout defensive back throughout his four-year Seahawk career, highlighted by his leading Wagner to a combined 17-3 record over his final two seasons on Grymes Hill. In Massella's junior season of 1980, Wagner compiled an 8-2 record, capped by the program's first-ever postseason appearance, as the Seahawks earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Playoffs. The following season, in 1981, with Masella serving as one of the Seahawks' team captains, the Green & White went 9-1, as the Seahawks' rebounded from an opening-day loss to Montclair St. by winning nine straight. After making the team as a walk-on in 1978, Masella played three seasons for head coach Bill Russo and was a senior on Walt Hameline's first Seahawk team in 1981, when he recorded a career-high 69 tackles along with four interceptions. "Tom was a top player and leader on my first team at Wagner back in 1981 and was a driving force in our 9-1 season," said Hamelime. As a sophomore in 1979, he earned the Nick Lia Memorial Trophy as the outstanding defensive player in the Homecoming Game. Over the course of his ultra-productive career, Masella came up with 14 career receptions, a figure that some 37 years later, ties for fifth all time in Seahawk history. A three-year starter, upon graduation, he served as an assistant coach under Hameline from 1982-84. He returned to Wagner as Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator in 2012 and helped guide the Seahawks to their first and only NEC Championship that season. The 2012 team remains the only NEC team to have ever won an NCAA FCS Playoff game. During his career, he has coached at 10 different institutions, and has held head coaching positions at four institutions - Fairfield, Boston University, Central Connecticut and Fordham.