CANANDAIGUA — The Finger Lakes Community College Department of Athletics is pleased to welcome the two newest members of its Athletic Hall of Fame: current men's basketball coach Richard Jones, and Elly Disbrow '10, a standout on the women's soccer and softball teams.
Jones, who recently completed his 15th season at the helm of the men's basketball program, is FLCC's all-time career wins leader with 284. His teams have appeared in nine conference championship games in his 15 seasons, winning 72 percent of their conference games.
Under Jones, FLCC captured the school's first-ever Region III basketball championship in 2006, a feat that earned Jones New York State Junior College Coach of the Year honors. Jones also earned the Mid-State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2007, 2011, and 2015.
Ten of Jones' former student-athletes received basketball scholarships to study at and play for four-year institutions, while five of his former student-athletes played basketball professionally overseas.
For his commitment, his ability to inspire athletes and build teams, and his place in FLCC history as the College's winningest men's basketball coach, Jones was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.
"Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is not only an honor for me, but a testament to all of the players and staff at FLCC who have contributed to the success of our program over these 15 years," Jones said.
Prior to FLCC, Jones spent 17 years coaching high school basketball in New York and North Carolina. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Westminster College, and he is also a graduate of Alfred University, where he earned his master's in school psychology. He currently works as a school psychologist with the Phelps-Clifton Springs School District, and he resides in Clifton Springs with his wife, Louise, and daughters Haley and Lauren.
Disbrow was a three-sport student-athlete during her first season at FLCC (2008-09), guiding the women's soccer team to a perfect 19-0-1 record and a berth in the regional championship.
A midfielder, Disbrow's strong play earned her MSAC All-Conference honors and a spot on the NJCAA All-Region team.
During the winter, she was a member of the women's basketball team that compiled a 24-6 record, and in the spring, Disbrow batted over .300 while excelling on the softball diamond.
In the 2009-10 season, Disbrow's leadership and play helped FLCC compile an 18-2-1 record and another trip to the regional championship game. She was again named to the MSAC All-Conference team and the NJCAA All-Region team.
As a center fielder for the softball team, Disbrow batted .391 and was an on-base machine for the Lakers. Disbrow was named 1st team Academic All-Region and 1st team NJCAA Academic All-American, and she also was named FLCC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Disbrow, a recipient of several FLCC Foundation scholarships, maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and received her associate degree in liberal arts and sciences.
Disbrow transferred to Division III Keuka College and excelled in soccer and softball. She earned All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) honors on the diamond in both 2011 and 2012, and was named the 2012 NEAC co-Player of the Year.
Disbrow earned her bachelor's degree in business management, graduating summa cum laude. Today, Disbrow is a specialist within Bausch & Lomb's Global Product Surveillance and Safety Division.
For her love of the game, the leadership abilities she demonstrated on the field, and her dignity, integrity and grace, Disbrow was inducted into the FLCC Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Finger Lakes Community College Athletic Hall of Fame began in 1991. Induction recognizes alumni who excelled as athletes on College teams and who, since graduating, serve as role models for current student athletes. In addition, induction honors coaches who inspire exceptional performance in both individual athletes and teams.