Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Oswego Alumni Association and the Oswego Athletic Department will induct four members of the Laker sports legacy into the Oswego State Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday, November 2. Baseball, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, women's swimming and wrestling will be represented.  REGISTER NOW to attend the Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon to recognize this year's honorees.

(L to R): Bob Brutsch '71, Anne Sarkissian DeRue '04, Brian V. McGann '70, Kathryn 'Kat' Stead '05

Bob Brutsch ’71
was a four-year member of the Oswego State baseball team from 1968 to 1971. He was a catcher for three seasons, earning First Team All-SUNYAC recognition in 1970 when he wrapped up the season batting over .300 and was named the squad's Most Valuable Player. He followed up that season by moving from behind the plate onto the mound where the senior captain posted an overall earned run average of 1.54, while recording a 0.75 ERA in SUNYAC play. Brutsch finished the season 5-0 to become one of only eight Laker pitchers to finish a campaign undefeated. When he was not toeing the rubber, Brutsch played first base en route to capturing First Team All-SUNYAC honors as a utility player.

Brutsch has remained active in the SUNY Oswego and Oswego communities, serving as SUNY Oswego Alumni Association President, an alumni representative to the SUNY Oswego College Council, an Oswego United Way volunteer, a member of the SUNY Oswego Intercollegiate Athletic Board and a former member of the Oswego Health Board of Directors. He is also a qualifying and lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international association of life insurance and financial services professionals, and a member of the Oswego City Softball Hall of Fame.

Anne Sarkissian DeRue '04 enters the Oswego Athletic Hall of Fame as a 12-time All-American in swimming, and arguably the most-decorated athlete in school history. Her best season came in 2002-03 as a junior when she was an All-American in six events at the NCAA Championships, including a runner-up finish in her marquis event – the 100 butterfly – helping the Lakers place 16th. The three-time NCAA qualifier was a four-time conference champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly, earning SUNYAC Outstanding Female Swimmer honors in 2002 and 2004. Sarkissian DeRue also received the 2004 SUNYAC Grace Mowatt Award, which is given to the senior female swimmer/diver based on athletic and academic achievement. She remains one of the premier swimmers to ever compete in the SUNYAC, as she owns the oldest SUNYAC Championship Meet and overall conference swimming records in the 100 butterfly to go along with her school records in the 100 and 200 butterfly. Sarkissian DeRue was also an inaugural recipient of the SUNYAC Award of Valor, which is given to individuals who have overcome obstacles and served as an inspiration to others.

Sarkissian DeRue has stayed involved with the Oswego State men's and women's swimming and diving programs as an assistant coach, while being employed as a math teacher in the Fulton City School District.

Brian V. McGann '70 served as a four-year co-captain on the wrestling team from 1965 to 1969. McGann earned NCAA College Division All-America honors in 1969 at 130 pounds following a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He was crowned SUNYAC Champion in 1966 at 123 pounds and 1969 at 130 pounds, while finishing second in 1968. During his freshman season, McGann was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Eastern Championships after winning the title at 115 pounds against competitors across all NCAA divisions. He also posted an undefeated record of 22-0 as a freshman and a sophomore.

McGann continued to be involved with education after graduation, as he became a technology education teacher and was named the 2004 Miami-Dade County Technology Education Teacher of the Year. He volunteers his time at county, state and federal prisons as well as with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at The Arc. McGann remains a sports fan, having attended Olympic Games hosted by Montreal, Atlanta and Beijing.

Kathryn 'Kat' Stead '05 had a proven nose for the net when she graduated as the school's premier scorer in women's lacrosse and among the top five scorers in women's soccer. Stead holds every career offensive record in women's lacrosse, having scored 304 points on 221 goals and 83 assists. In addition to owning the single-season goals record of 66 set as a freshman, she boasts three of the top-five single-season scoring marks in history after scoring 90 points in 2001, 85 points in 2000 and 72 points in 2003. Stead was a three-time First Team All-SUNYAC selection (2000, 2001 and 2003), a two-time First Team Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association All-New York Region honoree (2002 and 2003), an honorable mention All-SUNYAC pick in 2002, a Second Team New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association honoree in 2003 and a two-time captain.

In soccer, Stead ended her career ranked second in assists (22), fifth in points (68) and sixth in goals (23). She was a three-time First Team All-SUNYAC selection (2000, 2001 and 2002), a two-time First Team NYSWCAA honoree (2001 and 2002), an honorable mention NSCAA All-Northeast Region pick in 2000, a Second Team NSCAA All-Northeast Region honoree in 2001, a First Team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in 2002 and a two-time captain.

The Oswego Alumni Association established the Hall of Fame in 2001 to honor those persons who have made outstanding contributions to Oswego State Athletics. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those persons who have brought honor, distinction and excellence to Oswego State in athletics.

-Adele Burk