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Utica, N.Y. (4/17/2012) – Utica College is set to host its sixth annual Pioneer Hall of Fame & Senior Student-Athlete Recognition ceremony, sponsored by Anaconda Sports, on campus in the Harold T. Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on Wednesday, May 15.  The 2013 induction class includes the current voice of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors: Tim Roye ’81, late 90’s Utica College softball standouts: Dena Frydman ’98 and Bobby McMail Simon ’98, one of the most prolific shooters in the history of the UC men’s basketball program: Justin Cichon ’06, and the most decorated swimmer in program-history: Penny Armstrong Acree  ’83.  

Those interested in attending can register online or call 315.792.3053.

The Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 2008 to celebrate the dedicated student-athletes, coaches, administrators, and benefactors whose extraordinary achievements express the values of Utica College in the spirit of competition within a lifelong learning environment.

2013 Induction Class:
Tim Roye ’81, Lifetime Achievement
Penny Armstrong Acree ’83, Women’s Swimming
Bobbie McMail Simon ’98, Softball
Dena Frydman ’98, Softball
Justin Cichon ’06, Men’s Basketball

Tim Roye


Tim Roye ’81, Lifetime Achievement

Tim Roye is a radio play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. He has called Warrior games for KNBR-AM in San Francisco since 1995. He graduated from Utica College in 1981 and spent eight years (1978–86) as the sports director at Utica’s WIBX–WNYZ radio. Prior to his arrival with Golden State in 1995, Roye spent six seasons with the Sacramento Kings’ broadcast team as the pregame, halftime and postgame host for the team’s radio broadcasts on KHTK-AM and KFBK-AM.  He also handled the radio play-by-play duties for 45 games during the 1994-95 season. Roye served as sports director at KFBK in Sacramento for five years (1989–94). He also served as a radio and television announcer for the Sacramento Gold Miners of the Canadian Football League from 1993–1994, and for Oakland Athletics baseball in 2005-06.

Penny Armstrong Acree


Penny Armstrong Acree ’83, Women’s Swimming

Penny Armstrong Acree swam at Utica from 1980-1983 after transferring in her sophomore year from Cortland State, where she had earned All-American honors as a freshman.  In three seasons she posted 13 school-records and was a State Finalist every year.  She placed second at the State Meet on multiple occasions. As of 1995-96 she held the individual school records in the 50 yard freestyle (0:26.06), 100 yard freestyle (0:57.01), 200 yard freestyle (2:03.90), 500 yard freestyle (5:40.51), 100 yard butterfly (1:03.31), 200 yard butterfly (2:26.66) and 200 yard individual medley (2:22). She was also part of relay teams that held four of the five possible team relay records, including the 200 yard freestyle (1:51.51), 400 yard freestyle (4:07.45), 200 yard medley (1:58.84) and 400 yard medley (4:22.50). 

Bobbie McMail Simon


Bobbie McMail Simon ’98, Softball

Bobbie McMail Simon holds the school-records for career strikeouts (277), fewest walks per 7 innings (0.70) and strikeouts per 7 innings (5.73), while guiding UC to a 36-19 overall record over the course of two seasons as a Pioneer . As a senior she was named the College’s Dick Miller Award winner as the top female athlete at UC.  She holds the second-lowest earned run average in program-history and she also holds the second most wins (35), all in just two years and 55 games played.  She ranks third all-time with 338.1 innings pitched.  She holds the school’s single-season mark for wins with 19 in 1996 and she also broke the single season record for strike outs with 157 in 1997.  She ranks second on the single season list with 190.1 innings pitched in 1997 and third on the single season list with an ERA of 2.30 in 1996. In 1996 she ranked 23rd nationally with an average of 5.3 strikeouts per seven innings.  The entire program has only won 19 games in a single-season on two other occasions – McMail won 19 games on the mound in 1996. 19 wins in ’96 was tied for 15th in the country.  Utica’s winning % of 0.741 in 1996 ranked 25th in the nation.

Dena Frydman


Dena Frydman ’98, Softball

Frydman holds the top three single season batting average records in the program’s history.  She batted a school-record .508 in 1997 and she also ranks second (.507 in 1995) and third (.500 in 1996).  She is the only player in school-history to bat over .500 (minimum 50 at-bats), and she accomplished that feat in three consecutive playing seasons. She also holds the school’s top three marks for on base % set in 1997 (.532), 1996 (.526) and 1995 (.526).  She is also the school’s single season record holder for slugging % (.800 in 1996).  Dena fell 18 at-bats shy of joining just five other players in the history of the NCAA DIII softball record book to register a career .500 batting average.  The NCAA has set a minimum of 200 at-bats to be included on the all-time list.  Dena finished her career with 92 hits in 182 at-bats. In 1995 Frydman ranked 22nd in the country with a batting average of .507.  Utica’s winning % of 0.741 in 1996 ranked 25th in the nation.   

Justin Cichon


Justin Cichon ’06, Men’s Basketball

Cichon was a member of the 2005-2006 Pioneer squad that advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. He captained the team to the “Sweet 16” in his senior season. Cichon capped off an incredible four-year career with a remarkable senior season, averaging 15.4 points on 48 percent shooting from the field, 42 percent from beyond the arc, and a team-best 88 percent from the free-throw line. He was named to the Empire 8 All-Conference First-Team for his efforts. Cichon finished his career as one of the Pioneers’ all-time greats. He is first all-time in games started (108), and minutes played (3,417), while also topping the all-time list in 3-point field goals made (228) and attempted (593). The 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard is also second on the all-time scoring list (1,576), second all-time in field goals made (561) and attempted (1270), fourth all-time in steals (167) and free-throw percentage (79.6), and seventh all-time in assists (239). Cichon is originally from nearby New Hartford, NY.