Five inducted into FSU Hall of Fame

Fredonia’s Department of Athletics will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame during a campus ceremony in October.

The induction class of 2014 will consist of Danielle Bleecker (women’s soccer), Matt Clark (baseball), Heather (Martin) McIntosh (women’s volleyball), Heather Mercer (softball) and Eric Preston (men’s hockey).

The ceremony will take place Oct. 18 during Homecoming Weekend in the Cranston Marche. Ticket information will be announced at a later date.

Here’s a capsule look at each of the inductees:

A two-sport athlete for the Blue Devils, Danielle Bleecker was the first four-time SUNYAC all-conference player in the history of the women’s soccer program. She was also viewed as one of the top defenders in the area and made the National Soccer Coaches Association of American D-III New York all-region team three times. She never missed a game during her four seasons (2004 through 2007) and served as team captain her junior and senior years.

Bleecker was also a three-year player in women’s basketball and placed in the top 10 all-time in scoring and steals. A 2008 Fredonia State graduate, Bleecker served as assistant coach for two years while earning a master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction (Inclusive Education). She currently resides in Pittsford.

Matt Clark was deemed Hall worthy based on his batting statistics over four seasons in the blue and white. From 2000 through 2003, the powerful right-hander batted .362 with 27 doubles, 11 homers, 91 RBIs and 73 runs scored. His 142 hits rank No. 2 on the Fredonia all-time list (he was No. 1 after his senior year).

Clark currently holds the career school record for most extra-base hits (43) and single-season team records for most RBI (38) and most total bases (89). Clark was twice voted to the all-conference team and was once chosen an ECAC Upstate New York all-star. He completed his collegiate studies in 2006 by earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Clark resides in Lewiston and is the PGA head golf professional at River Oaks Golf Club in Grand Island, N.Y.

Like Bleecker, Heather (Martin) McIntosh played two sports at Fredonia State. She excelled in volleyball as a four-year starter and letter winner from 2001 to 2004. A complete player who could hit, block and pass, McIntosh holds career school records for kills (1,506) and attack attempts (3,967) and is among the Top 10 career statistical leaders in attack percentage, aces, digs, blocks, solo blocks, and block assists. She was named SUNYAC West MVP in 2003 and made the SUNYAC West First Team in 2003 and 2004.

McIntosh also played four seasons of women’s basketball and was one of her team’s top three-point shooting threats. McIntosh earned her Fredonia bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education-Math in 2005. She resides in Orchard Park, and works as a third grade teacher at Allegany-Limestone Elementary School.

A four-year starter in center field from 2001 through 2004, Heather Mercer set batting records in softball, which have served as the team standards ever since. She graduated as the career leader in 10 offensive categories and still holds six records – games played (153), runs scored (128), doubles (37), home runs (9), slugging percentage (.513) and total bases (255).

Mercer is also second in batting average, hits, triples, walks and stolen bases and is the single-season leader in games played, runs scored and doubles. She’s only one of three Blue Devil regulars to have an errorless season. A team captain her junior and senior seasons, Mercer is one of two Blue Devils to play in two SUNYAC tournaments and she was chosen SUNYAC all-conference twice and an ECAC Upstate all-star once.

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management, Mercer works for Wave Transit in Wilmington, N.C., as an assistant fixed route operations manager.

Eric Preston is the latest member of Fredonia’s two NCAA Final Four hockey teams to receive induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame. As a freshman, he was a member of the winningest team in program history, the 1993-94 team which went 29-1-4 and finished third in the nation. The Blue Devils were national runners-up the following year and lost just six of 68 games during his four seasons.

Preston was the 1993-94 SUNYAC Rookie of the Year and made the 1996-97 All-SUNYAC Second Team. He remains second in career goals (89) and career power-play goals (41) and third in career points (194) and career assists (105). Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Preston resides in Phoenix, Ariz., where he’s a senior loan officer for Alliance Home Loans.