The Sage Colleges Announces Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees for 2010

March 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm

The Sage Colleges has announced the inductees for the 2010 class for The Colleges Athletic Hall of Fame. The two inductees are a pair of former mens basketball players, Chad Thomas (Rochester, NY) and James Taylor (Albany, NY).

The pair will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, March 27 at a 7 p.m. banquet to be held at Carmelas Banquet House (Rensselaer, NY). The event costs $40 per person and please RSVP to Rosaire Murphy by telephone at 518-244-2283 or via email murphr@sage.edu by Monday, March 22.

Sage started the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and has previously inducted 21 individuals, including 17 former student-athletes. Taylor and Thomas become the first male student-athletes to join the hall of fame after excelling on the hardwood for the former Sabres mens basketball program at JCA.

During his playing career at JCA, Thomas helped to rewrite the mens basketball records. Thomas played for the team during the 1993-1995 seasons and tallied a program-high 1,229 points. He added 452 rebounds during those two seasons, which ranks fourth on the all-time career list as well, while holding the school career mark for most steals with 230. Twice during his career, he surpassed the 40-point plateau during a game as he netted 42 points against Hesser and 41 against Genesee. He also holds the school mark for most steals in a game (11), and is third with blocked shots in a contest (6). He averaged 23.6 ppg for his second season with the program in 1994-1995 after racking up 638 points with 121 steals, all program high water marks.

He left Sage as the all-time leading scorer, while also ranking earning Junior College All-America honors. He became the first program to attend a Division I program after JCA as he attended the University of Rhode Island after his graduation. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year at URI in both 1996 and 1997 and helped the 1997 team earn a spot in the NCAA Division I Tournament.

Since his time at JCA, he earned his bachelors degree from URI in 1998 and went on to earn his masters degree from Nazareth College in 2004. A former high school business teacher for six years, he also coached girls varsity basketball for four years. He is currently employed as a high school teacher in Rochester, NY.

Taylor also excelled for the JCA during his career and graduated in 1989. He served as the squads team captain during his senior season. The previous year, he earned NJCAA Region III Honorable Mention honors and was named to the 1988-89 NJCAA Region III Third Team as a senior. He was named to the FIT Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team twice as well as the JCA Sabre Classic both times during his career. He also earned a spot on the Champlain Chicken Wing Classic Team as a rookie. At the time of his graduation, he was the programs third all-time leading scorer with his 919 points, which is currently seventh. He added 518 rebounds which was tops during his playing days, but is now second best on the career list. He added 17 rebounds in one game against North Country which was fourth best on the single-game record list. He also ranks third with his six blocks in a game. He added 276 rebounds during the 1988-89 season which is fourth highest on the individual season records, while his 252 rebounds the previous season ranks sixth best. He also set the programs single-season mark with his 66 blocks in 1987-88.

Active in the community, he served as an assistant coach for the 2002-2004 seasons with the Albany Youth Basketball League helped the teams to a combined 32-5 record. He continues to remain active as a youth mentor in the community.