YORK, PA – The York College athletic department is proud to announce that Kerry (Casperson) Zech, Mandy (Crabbs) Bushey, and Paul Saikia have been selected for induction in the York College Athletic Hall of Fame. The threesome will compose the 25th class in Hall of Fame history.
Zech, a 2004 graduate, concluded her career as one of the greatest volleyball players in school history. She was a two-time Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, earning the award in 2002 and 2003. She finished her career ranked, at the time of her induction, third in kills (1,311), second in attack percentage (.252), and second in service aces (195). She played in 130 career matches with 525 assists, 1,336 digs, and 280 total blocks. Zech accumulated 1,678.5 points for her career, an average of 3.78 points per set.
Zech was selected to the Capital Athletic Conference Silver Anniversary team, as she was a three-time all-conference pick. She recorded career highs of 22 kills (twice), a .600 attack percentage (16-1-25) against St. Mary’s, nine service aces against Montclair State and 28 digs in a 2003 contest against Lebanon Valley. She was an AVCA All-American in 2003.
Bushey, a 2004 York College graduate, was a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team. She is the only player in school history to score over 1,000 career points and pull down 1,000 career rebounds. Bushey finished her career with 1,204 career points and 1,051 career rebounds in her 106 career games. The Spartans won 61 games including 37 Capital Athletic Conference wins during Bushey’s career. York made one CAC tournament championship game appearance and earned two CAC semifinal berths during her career.
Bushey owns the school record, at the time of her induction, for field goals in a game as she tossed in 14 buckets in the 2004 contest against Rowan. She scored a career-high 30 points in that game, which ranks eighth in the single-game scoring list. Bushey owns the two highest rebounding games in school history as she recorded a pair 22 rebound games less than a month apart in the winter of 2003. She recorded seven of the top 12 single game rebounding efforts in school history.
Bushey was a three-time first team All-CAC selection during her career.
Saikia was the Spartans’ head baseball coach for 24 seasons before becoming the head of the York College Athletic Department in the winter of 2011. Saikia accumulated a career record of 515-392-4 during his tenure at Jaquet Field. His Spartan squads won three Capital Athletic conference championships (1991, 1996, 1999) as he was named the CAC Coach-of-the-Year three times (1992, 1996, 1999). He guided the Spartans to nine NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. He recruited and coached four CAC Player-of-the-Year award winners and five CAC Rookie-of-the-Year honorees.
Saikia, who served as the Assistant Athletic Director from 2001 to 2011, was elevated to the interim Assistant Dean for Athletics and recreation in the winter of 2011 before having that interim tag removed in the summer of 2011.
Under his guidance, the Spartans have captured 10 Capital Athletic Conference championships including a school-record four titles during the 2013-14 academic year. Academically, the Spartans have also fared well as the cumulative student-athlete GPA continues to be above 3.0 GPA. York had a school-record five CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees in 2013-14.
Zech, Bushey and Saikia will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame on Alumni Weekend in October. The threesome will be joined by last year’s inductee, Andy O’Brien, as he was unable to attend the ceremony last year due to the birth of his daughter. The induction is set for Saturday, October 3, 2015.