August 21, 2018

DELAWARE VALLEY UNIVERSITY TO INDUCT THREE INTO ITS ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

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DOYLESTOWN (PA) -- The Delaware Valley University Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is proud to announce that Damien Ciecwisz ’06 (football), Mike Everingham ’06 and Amber Smolinsky Mercuro ’03 (women’s basketball) have been selected for the Class of 2018. The three will officially be inducted at halftime of the Aggies' home football opener against Wilkes University on Saturday, September 15 (kickoff - 1 p.m.).

Ciecwisz was the anchor of the offensive line from his center position and was a key figure in the dramatic turnaround of the DelVal football program. In his first years with the team, Ciecwisz and the Aggies notched a 2-8 record. The next year, DelVal won nine of 11 games, including its first-ever trip to the postseason where it captured the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Southeast Championship.

Then came the 2004 and 2005 seasons for Ciecwisz and the Aggies. They went a perfect 10-0 during each regular season and won the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championship both times. They earned the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs, the first such berths for the school in a team-qualifying sport. The Aggies won their first two postseason games at home and reached the quarterfinals in both ’04 and ’05 and finished each year with a 12-1 record.

Ciecwisz received numerous accolades following the 2005 campaign, including first-team all-MAC and D3football.com all-East Region honors. He was then selected as a first-team All-American by D3football.com and was later the recipient of the Rimington Award as the nation’s top center in all of Division III. Ciecwisz is still the lone DelVal football player to receive an award as the country’s top player at his position. 

Everingham shined during the best four-year run in Aggie men’s golf history. As a freshman, he was part of a team that went 6-1 and placed second out of 14 teams at the MAC Championships. The next year, DelVal went undefeated (6-0) and won the first invitational in program history before taking fifth at the MACs.

As a junior in 2005, Everingham saw the MAC split into Freedom and Commonwealth Conferences for men’s golf. He finished as the Freedom runner-up and led the Aggies to the program’s first-ever conference championship. DelVal went undefeated again in 2006 (5-0) and nearly won the Freedom crown again as it was the runner-up. Meanwhile, Everingham dominated the championship and won the individual title while being named the Freedom Conference Golfer of the Year. 

A two-time all-MAC Freedom honoree, Smolinsky Mercuro put up numbers that still rank among the best in Aggie women’s basketball history. She graduated as the program’s fourth all-time leading scorer (now sixth) with 1,409 points. She was also the career leader (now second) in free throws made with 436 and third in assists (now eighth) with 294.

DelVal notched 56 wins during Smolinsky Mercuro’s tenure, including 48 over her last three years as the Aggies went to the Freedom playoffs all three times and the ECAC postseasons on a pair of occasions. In 2000-01, DelVal won its first 11 games and went on to a school-record 21 triumphs (21-6), including the program’s second ECAC South Region Championship.

In 2001-02, Smolinsky Mercuro was a second-team all-conference honoree as the Aggies won 16 games, including an upset of seventh-ranked King’s College in the Freedom semifinals for their first-ever berth in the conference championship game. They also qualified for the ECACs that year. DelVal then returned to the Freedom Conference playoffs in Smolinsky Mercuro’s senior year as she was a first-team honoree. 

In addition to the three Hall of Fame inductees, the recipients of the Ned A. Linta Hall of Fame Scholarships will be announced at the September 15 ceremony.

The Delaware Valley University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to honor former outstanding student-athletes who graduated from The National Farm School, National Agricultural College, Delaware Valley College and Delaware Valley University. This year’s class raises the number of members to 127.