EDISON, N.J. – In conjunction with the 2014 MAAC Basketball Championships at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass., the MAAC announced the latest class to be inducted in the MAAC Honor Roll, in which honorees will be enshrined in "The MAAC Experience" exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Longtime Bobcat fans, Patricia Hayes and Keith Gaither, have been rewarded with the honor on Quinnipiac's behalf.
Each member institution of the MAAC had one male and one female of its basketball "family" as part of the 2014 induction class. A private dinner event was held on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Court of Dreams to recognize the Honor Roll inductees, and the Honorees were added to "The MAAC Experience" exhibit.
Each honoree was profiled in the game program for the 2014 MAAC Basketball Championships, and was also featured in a video display at The MAAC Experience. The honorees were also recognized at halftime of the men's championship evening quarterfinal round (session 5).
The 2014 MAAC Hall of Fame Honor Roll includes:
|School||Male Honoree||Female Honoree|
|Canisius||Frank Swiatek||Dr. Ellen Conley|
|Fairfield||George Bisacca||Dianne Nolan|
|Iona||Kevin Hamilton||Celeste Grier-Johnathan|
|Manhattan||Luis Flores||Marianne Reilly|
|Marist||Mike Hart||Julianne Viani|
|Monmouth||Ron Kornegay||Joan Martin|
|Niagara||Juan Mendez||Joan Thornton|
|Quinnipiac||Keith Gaither||Patricia Hayes|
|Rider||Jack Madden||Kelly Eckardt Zawodny|
|Saint Peter's||Don Kennedy, Jr.||Tonya Grant|
|Siena||Billy Harrell||Lisa (Serafino) Ruggiero|
Pat Hayes – Quinnipiac University
Pat Hayes is one of those "behind the scenes" individuals that helps make a large organization run with success. Pat is Accounting Secretary in the Bursar's Office at Quinnipiac, which can be one of the toughest, and most unforgiving, positions on a college campus. However, she is always able to do her job with a smile and a kind word. She regularly interacts with students and student-athletes. Pat is also one of the most dedicated fans of Quinnipiac athletics, and a devotee of the men's and women's basketball programs. She was recognized in 1999 with Quinnipiac athletics' "Behind the Scenes Award," given by the department to dedicated fans for their support, and again in 2004 with the university's Excellence in Service to Students Award.
Keith Gaither – Quinnipiac University
His is a familiar profile at the TD Bank Sports Center for every home Bobcats basketball game. Keith Gaither, recognized by everyone at Quinnipiac as the No. 1 fan for both the men's and women's basketball programs, sits in the corner straight across from the home bench, cheering on both Bobcats' squads. While Gaither may be in a wheelchair and slowed by cerebral palsy, in no way does it stall his passion for Quinnipiac basketball. He never misses a game, and always arrives early to get set in position. "He's a great fan, and our kids really enjoy him. He lights up a room with his enthusiasm, said Bobcats' men's basketball coach Tom Moore. "He's so passionate and competitive on game nights." Quinnipiac honored him two years ago with a ceremony declaring him as the Bobcats No. 1 fan, and he was greeted with a standing ovation.
What People Are Saying About Pat and Keith:
"When we were notified that Quinnipiac would be the next member of the MAAC, we were asked to start thinking about who would be our male and female MAAC Honor Roll candidates. Immediately, we all knew that both Pat Hayes and Keith Gaither would be perfect Bobcat fans to be honored." - Quinnipiac Director of Athletics and Recreation Jack McDonald
"I would like to congratulate Pat Hayes and Keith Gaither on their much-deserved 2014 MAAC Honor Roll Induction. They are two of the most dedicated and passionate Bobcat fans that we have here at Quinnipiac. All of our players and coaches join me in thanking them for their unwavering support and friendship over the years." – Quinnipiac Men's Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore
"Pat Hayes and Keith Gaither are the most passionate fans of Quinnipiac athletics, and two enthusiasts of the men's and women's basketball programs. On behalf of my players and coaches, we sincerely appreciate their devotion to our programs which greatly inspires us on the court. I would like to congratulate Pat and Keith on their induction to the 2014 MAAC Honor Roll and thank them for their continued support of Bobcat basketball." – Quinnipiac Women's Basketball Head Coach Tricia Fabbri
About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
The MAAC, headquartered in Edison, N.J., consists of 11 member institution: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University and Siena College. ANC Sports Enterprises is the league's marketing consultant and has the exclusive sales rights to the MAAC. For more on the conference please visit, www.maacsports.com. Follow the MAAC on Facebook and Twitter: @MAACSports. Follow MAAC Basketball on Twitter using the hashtag #MAACHoops.