2020 Induction Ceremony

April 23, 6–9 pm
West Hall, Parkview Room

Mission

The Middlesex County College Athletic Hall of Fame is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the role sports play in contributing to the student-athlete college experience.

The Hall of Fame honors athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, and community leaders who have brought fame or honor to the Middlesex County College community through their involvement in athletics.

Furthermore, the Hall of Fame encourages participation in sports among young people by recognizing Middlesex student-athletes; sponsoring local athletic events; and providing sports-related clinics for the benefit of athletes, their coaches, and parents.

Inductees

Robert Edmonds

Robert Edmonds Track and Field (1974–1976)

Edmonds, a Woodbridge native who hailed from Woodbridge High School, attended MCC from 1974-1976 and was a standout on the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams. During his freshman year at MCC, he claimed the Region Championship as a pole vaulter. Edmonds still holds the pole vaulting record at MCC after 43 years of competition. During his sophomore year he repeated as region champ in the pole vault and competed in the National Championship. Edmonds also qualified for Nationals in the high jump, recording a 6 foot jump while standing 5’6 inches tall. He placed 8th out of 16 jumpers nationally. While at MCC, Edmonds also excelled in the long jump and 4x110 events.

Dave Meads

Dave Meads Baseball (1983)

Meads, a native of Monroe Township, was a left-handed pitcher while at MCC and became the first player in Middlesex athletic history to rise to the ranks of Major League Baseball. Meads, a Monroe High School graduate, was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 6th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball January Draft. The southpaw harbored a dream to pitch in the big leagues and on April 13, 1987, he appeared in his first game with the Houston Astros. Meads won two-thirds of his major league games, recording an 8-4 overall pitching record.

Jill Romanovsky

Jill Romanovsky Softball (1996–1997)

Romanovsky, a former J. P. Stephens High School student athlete from Edison, participated in the 1996 and 1997 seasons for Blue Colts Softball, and she was among the most dominant in Region XIX during her time at MCC. A hard-throwing pitcher with a devastating drop pitch in her arsenal, Romanovsky set Middlesex’s career records for strikeouts in a season with 256, respectively, along with records in single season (22), career wins (42), single season earned run average (1.61) and career earned run average (2.05) during her time as a student-athlete. Romanovsky was named an NJCAA All-American, as well as Region XIX Player of the Year, leading the team to the Region XIX postseason in both of her seasons. She now lives in Ocean County.

John Sacchi

John Sacchi Wrestling Coach (1967–1990)

Sacchi served as the head wrestling coach at MCC for over 23 seasons. While at MCC he totaled a 280-59-4 record including three undefeated seasons. With that record he became the second all-time winningest two-year college coach in the nation. Sacchi’s wrestling campaigns produced 39 junior college All-Americans and five national champions. His teams won 38 tournament championships, placed second 24 times, and captured 160 individual championships. With Sacchi, MCC wrestling found a home in the top 20 polls 17 times and placed fourth in 1973, 1983, and 1986.

Robert Zifchak

Robert Zifchak Athletic Administrator (1968–2002)

Zifchak, most notably known for his commitment and dedication to MCC athletics for 34 years, was a long-time administrator and coach. Zifchak is considered as one of the trailblazers of two-year college athletics. He began his career at Middlesex County College as an adjunct faculty member and athletic director. Upon arrival he completed the installation of several women’s sports into the athletic arsenal, which predated the Title IX Education Amendments in 1972. During his tenure he accumulated over 60 team championships for several sports. Zifchak has lived in Edison for over 30 years now.

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