July 28, 2014

CGA Announces 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Coast Guard Academy will add four new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 9th at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Officers' Club as part of Homecoming Weekend this Fall.

The four members represent four different decades of Coast Guard Athletics.  Joseph Maka (’64), a three-sport athlete, along with a trio of two-sport athletes George Capacci (’75), Jennifer Yount (’81) and Aaron Waters (’94) round out the 2014 Hall of Fame Class.

Maka was the starting safety and halfback on the 1963 football team which went to the Tangerine Bowl under head coach Otto Graham. Maka earned All-ECAC honors in football and was the starting centerfielder during his junior and senior seasons on the baseball team. During his junior season the team won a then school-record 13 games and finished with a 13-6 record.  He was also a member of the 1962 pistol team that participated in the national championship.

Capacci was a three-time All-New England wrestler, two-time runner up and four time NCAA qualifier. He was the New England freshman champion at 190 pounds in 1972. Capacci was also a Division II/III honorable mention All-American as a member of the football team and led the team in tackles during his senior season.

Yount was a pioneer for women’s athletics at the Academy as she was a member of both the first volleyball and basketball teams. She averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and 11.5 rebounds during the 1980-’81 basketball season, the first season in program history.

Waters was a star both on the football field and on the baseball diamond. He was a Freedom Football Conference first team selection during his senior season when he led the team in tackles. He was an All-New England outfielder in baseball and was a first team All-conference performer in both 1993 and 1994. During his senior season, the Bears won a then school-record 21 games and a conference championship while also earning an ECAC tournament berth, the first in program history.

He set single-season school records with 121 at-bats, 36 runs, 48 hits, 13 doubles, 18 extra base hits and 72 total bases during his senior season. He also led the team with a .397 average during his final season after leading the team in ten statistical categories while hitting .374 and finishing 12th nationally with five triples during his junior season when he hit .417 in conference games.

“It will be a true pleasure to welcome such a distinguished and accomplished group of former CGA cadet-athletes to our Hall of Fame this fall,” said CGA Director of Athletics, Tim Fitzpatrick.  “This year’s honorees are quite diverse in their talents and experience  – not only do they represent a variety of sports, but it is also interesting to note that each individual competed in a different era of CGA athletic history. What they all have in common is the high level of athletic excellence that they achieved, which is both noteworthy and inspiring. As is always the case, these new Hall of Fame members were selected by our committee after a rigorous, thorough evaluation process from a very strong pool of nominees. It’s great for our current cadet-athletes to know that the legacy of athletic success at CGA has been paved over time by such outstanding performers.”






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