Mount Saint Mary Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013 to be Inducted Saturday

 

Mount Saint Mary College director of athletics Dan Twomey is pleased to announce

the members of the Mount Saint Mary College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The 2013 class

includes: Melissa Anghelone-Tackabury (’05), Louis Arrotta, Jamie Bruzzi-Murphy (’96), Matthew

Dembinsky (’97), Thomas Fuller (’97) and Craig Newton (’98).

 

Anghelone-Tackabury was a two-sport star in her time at the Mount. An offensive stud in softball, she

was a two-time All-Skyline student-athlete and currently holds the Mount record for runs scored in her

career (100). She was twice named the Knights’ MVP (’04, ’05). In 2004, she ranked 25th in the NCAA

with a .472 batting average, and 28th with 0.4 doubles per game. In contrast to her softball specialty,

she was one of the best defensive players in Mount women’s volleyball history. She was named the

2004 Skyline Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. She ranked third nationally in 2004 with 8.12

digs per game. Her name appears six times in the Mount volleyball record books, with records including

most digs in a three-set match, four-set match, five-set match, most digs in a single season (690

in 2004), most digs per set in a season, and digs per set in her career (4.67).

 

She is currently a math teacher at Madison Central School. She is married to her husband, Jay

Tackabury, who played baseball at the Mount and graduated with Melissa in 2005. They have three

children, Jay, Grace and Carter. Her proudest moments at the Mount were being nationally ranked,

statistically, in both softball and volleyball, as well as earning Skyline Conference awards.

 

Arrotta will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A valued member of the Mount

community, Coach Lou, as many know him, coached baseball at nearly every level, including semi-

professional, Little League, American Legion and collegiate. He graduated from Newburgh Free Academy

in 1954 and served with the 11th Airborne Division stationed in Germany. Prior to military service,

he played American Legion baseball for Newburgh, and semi-professional baseball for the Newburgh

Shapiro Jewels. He was also a player/coach for the Kingston Yankees, a semi-professional team that

competed in the Tri-State League in the 1970s.

 

During 1958, Arrotta began coaching for the Newburgh Jr. American Legion baseball program. He

coached baseball for over 43 years, which included 28 years coaching American Legion baseball. He

co-managed the 1963 American Legion team to a state championship and is a former associate

baseball scout for the Chicago White Sox.

 

Arrotta continued his coaching career at Mount Saint Mary College after retiring from IBM in 1990. He

spent 12 years with the Knights, including two as the team’s head coach. He was named the Skyline

Coach of the Year in 2000 after leading the team to the Skyline title. He led the team to a 46-29-1 overall

record in his two years at the helm. He continues as coach emeritus at Mount Saint Mary College.

 

Coach Lou said that a proud moment at the Mount was the satisfaction of turning a bad situation into

something positive. He mentioned examples such as convincing a student to work harder in school, stay

in school, and eventually achieve success.

 

“When someone tells you they learned so much baseball from you, but more importantly, how they

learned to be a good person and accept responsibility for what they do both on and off the field,” said

Arrotta. “It’s a great satisfaction when that happens because a coach can make a difference in one’s

performance.”

 

Bruzzi-Murphy was one of the most prolific scorers in Mount women’s basketball history. She finished

her career as the program leader in career points, and still ranks second all-time with 1,590 points in her

four-year career. She also ranks fourth all-time with 640 rebounds. She owns seven program records,

including most points in single game, single season, most points per game in a single season, most points per game for her

career, field goals made in a single game, field goals made in a single season, and field goals made in her career.

 

Bruzzi-Murphy is a Registered Nurse working as a Visiting Nurse for the Western Connecticut Health

Network. She has been a floor nurse at Danbury Hospital for 13 years. She is married to her husband,

Michael Murphy, who also graduated from the Mount in 1996. They have two sons, Liam Daniel and

Braden Michael. Some of her proudest moments as a Knight are starting as a freshman, reaching the

1,000-point milestone and breaking the all-time program scoring record.

 

Dembinsky made some of the largest contributions to the Mount baseball team in the program’s

history. He was a three-time New York All-Region Team member, a four time All-Skyline and All-

Knickerbocker Conference Team member as a pitcher and designated hitter, one of four players to be

named All-Conference for both pitching and hitting, the Skyline Conference Pitcher of the Year in 1996

and 1997 and the starting pitcher for two conference championships.

 

Dembinsky also served as the Knights’ head coach for eight seasons and an assistant for four. He was the

fifth youngest head coach in the country at 27 years old when he took over in 2002. In this time, he won

a Skyline and Knickerbocker Conference Championships, coached a nationally ranked team, made an

NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in 2003 and he was named Skyline Conference Coach of the

Year and NCAA Division III New York Region Coach of the Year. He still holds the program record with 32

wins in a season. He coached a Division III All-American, 13 ABCA New York All-Region selections, three

conference Players of the Year, one conference Pitcher of the Year, one conference Rookie of the year,

16 First-Team All-Conference selections, 20 Second-Team All-Conference selections, and six ECAC Metro

Region All-Star selections.

 

Dembinsky currently serves as the Student-Athlete Recruiter for Mount Saint Mary College admissions

and also lends a hand at various athletic events. Matt has two twin daughters, Alexandra and Samantha.

One of his proudest moments as a student-athlete was starting the 1994 Knickerbocker Conference

Championship Game at Shea Stadium as a freshman and throwing a five-hit shutout to beat John Jay

College, 1-0.

 

Fuller was part of the first Skyline Championship in the Mount men’s basketball program history.

The 1996-97 Knights won 18 games, a record at the time, en route to a Skyline Co-Championship. He

averaged 14.0 points per game over his four-year career, including 18.1 points per game in 1995-96

and 17.3 points per game in 1996-97. He finished his career with 1,395 total points, which was the

program record at the time, and currently stands as the fourth highest total in program history. He

was an All-Skyline Second Teamer in 1996. He earned First-Team All-Skyline honors in 1997, as well as

NCAA Division III Metropolitan Region All-Star recognition. Fuller also served as an assistant coach with

the Mount women’s basketball team for three years from 2003-06. He helped guide the team to three

Skyline Championships, multiple NCAA Tournament appearances and a ranking of No. 23 in the nation at

one point.

 

Fuller currently works for a Healthcare company named Treo Solutions as a client services

representative. He is married to his wife, Carla Fuller, and they have a two-year old son named Elijah

Thomas Fuller. One of his proudest and most memorable moments was scoring his 1,000th career point

on a dunk against New Jersey Institute of Technology.

 

Newton owns every assist record on the Mount men’s basketball record list. He set the single-game

assists record of 14 twice in the 1996-97 season, first against Medgar Evars on Jan. 21, 1997, and again

on Feb. 20, 1997 against Centenary. That same season, he set the single-season assist record with 216

and the single-season assists per game record with an average of 8.0. His eight assists per game ranked

fourth in the nation in 1996-97. He finished his career with 499 assists, the most in program history. He,

too, was a member of the 1996-97 Skyline Conference champion Knights. He ranks eighth on the all-

time scoring list with 1,292 career points. He was also a prolific defender on the ball and stands second

all-time in program history with 252 steals.

 

Newton currently works as an account executive with UPS, working out of the Kingston, N.Y. area. He

is married to his wife, Suzanne. They have a daughter, Ciara, and a son, Trey. One of his proudest

moments as a Knight was sinking an overtime buzzer beater on the Knights’ home court to beat

New Jersey Institute of Technology, which, at the time, was ranked No. 5 in the nation in Division III

basketball.

 

This prestigious group was inducted in a ceremony on Saturday, April 5.