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For Immediate Release: October 1, 2007
Contact: John Hartrick (hartrick@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6800

BU Athletics Hall of Fame to welcome three inductees
Goldberg, Hamilton and Merrill will be enshrined on October 5

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton University's Athletics Hall of Fame will expand by three on October 5, as former athletes Mark Goldberg '79 (tennis), Brian Hamilton '99 (track & field) and Jeff Merrill '94 (basketball) will be enshrined. The dinner and ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the West Gym foyer, in front of the brick wall that displays the plaques of each Hall of Fame member. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by calling 607-777-4558.

Goldberg played four years of tennis before graduating with a degree in philosophy in 1979. He led the team to a top-10 national ranking in three of those years, advancing to the NCAA Championship in singles and doubles and compiling the highest singles win percentage in program history (84%). Goldberg reached the round of 16 at the 1979 NCAA Championship and added a pair of SUNYAC titles to his resume. He remains an active player and has been nationally-ranked in his age group for a decade. Goldberg is currently an attorney practicing in Port Chester, N.Y.

Hamilton owns the distinction of being the school's lone Division II national champion. He earned the title at the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championship, when he long-jumped a school-record 24-feet-2 1/2 inches at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. In his career, Hamilton was a three-time All-American, four-time conference champion, three-time state champion and graduated as the program's record-holder in the indoor and outdoor long jump. He is a graduate of Howard University Dental School and is currently training to become an oral maxillofacial surgeon at Harlem Hospital. ]

Merrill played four years of basketball at Binghamton and the final three seasons remain the best three-year span in the program's 61 years. Before graduating as the all-time rebounding leader (757), Merrill led the team to three straight SUNYAC East Division titles and an overall record of 61-23. He finished third in career points (1,603) and was a first-team all-conference selection three straight years. As a senior, Merrill led the Colonials to a school-record 23 wins and runnerup honors in both the SUNYAC and ECAC tournaments. He went on to receive his master's degree in philosophy from Binghamton in 1999 and has worked as a wildland firefighter and fisheries technician for the United States Forest Service for the last six years.

The Hall of Fame now has 63 members spanning five decades.

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