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Football Standout Signs on With an NFL Team

Former Ram Aki Jones (FCRH ’04) recently signed a free-agent contract with the National Football League’s Washington Redskins.

The 6-4, 290-pound defensive tackle was named to the Second Team All-Patriot League last fall, after his senior season with the Rams. In 10 games, he registered 32 tackles and a team-high five sacks. In 2003, Jones was a First Team All-Patriot League selection.

Jones, who finished his Fordham career with 101 total tackles and 12 sacks in 39 games, practiced with the Redskins during the team’s preseason trainig camp this spring.

Freshman Named A-10 Baseball Rookie of the Year,
Nick Restaino Named Coach of the Year

Freshman pitcher Cory Riordan was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Baseball Rookie of the Year in voting by the A-10 head coaches.

Riordan, who was also named the Second Team All-Conference, finished the regular season with a 10-3 record and a 3.38 earned run average. He made 15 appearances this spring, starting 12 games and recorded four shutouts.

The right-hander pitched 82.2 innings and struck out 62 batters, both team highs. He entered the Atlantic 10 Championship carrying a 25-inning scoreless streak, the second longest in team history.

Interim head coach Nick Restaino was named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, becoming the first Fordham baseball coach to receive the honor.

In his first year as coach, Restaino guided the Rams to a 34-19 regular- season record, 17-7 in the Atlantic 10.

Successful Softball Season Ends With Loss in A-10 Championship Game

The University of Massachusetts defeated the Fordham Rams 7-0 on May 14 to capture the 2005 Atlantic 10 softball championship, ending the Rams’ best season ever. Fordham finished the year with a record 38 wins and captured their first Atlantic 10 regular-season title.

Junior outfielder Katie Davis was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, after finishing the season among the top five in most of the major offensive categories in the A-10; hits (58), batting average (.356), runs (41), doubles (14), home runs (14), RBI (43), and total bases (114).

She was also named to the All-Conference team and the All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team. In addition, the Eastern College Athletic Conference selected Davis to its Division I All-Star Team.

Davis finished the year Also receiving major conference awards were sophomore Sarah Kinney, who was named A-10 Pitcher of the Year; freshman Laura Klaiber, who was named A-10 Rookie of the Year; and Bridget Orchard, who was named A-10 Coach of the Year.

Seth Hoard, Former Rowing Coach, Dies At 98

Seth Weeks Hoard, a pioneering coach in the sport of rowing who first introduced blind students to the sport as a form of rehabilitation in 1951 on New York City's Harlem River, died on Feb. 20 at the age of 98. He served as a rowing coach at Fordham University from 1971 to 1978.

Hoard was a legendary local figure in the sport of rowing. In 1951, while a professor at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind (now known as the New York Institute of Special Education), he helped convince school administration officials to allow him to start a rowing program on the Harlem River in New York City as a form of rehabilitation for blind and visually impaired students.

Recruiting sighted coxswains from local high schools, he introduced the sport to scores of blind pupils at the institute. The program quickly became successful. His blind crews competed in regattas, and in informal races, even beat some novice crews from Columbia University.

In 1971, facing cuts in its federally funded budget, the institute was forced to abandon its rowing program. The boathouse and equipment was sold to the Fordham Rowing Association, the Fordham University rowing alumni support group, and Hoard joined the Fordham University Crew coaching staff, where he served until his retirement in 1978.

In addition to coaching at Fordham, Hoard served as a former director of the Empire State Rowing Association, providing free coaching for individuals who wanted to learn how to row. He continued as an active rower and coach until his early 90s.

A native of Corry, Pa., Hoard was the son of the late W. W. and Mary Weeks Hoard. Prior to joining the Fordham Crew coaching staff, he was a mathematics and linguistics professor at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind; City College of New York and Hunter College. Hoard is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Thode Hoard, of Arden, N.C., a former concert pianist and professor of music at the Bronx Conservatory of Music.

— James Sciales, FCRH ’87

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