On Saturday, Feb. 1 2014, the CUA Department of Athletics in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations inducted its newest Hall of Fame Class inside the university's Prybyla Center. The inductees were selected by a committee consisting of CUA alumni, university administrators and athletics department staff.
Kate M. Bader, B.S. 1975 Women’s Basketball
During her college sports career, Kate Bader had an impressive history of achievement playing on the varsity basketball, tennis, and field hockey teams. She was the Female Athlete of the Year in 1974-75 and Most Valuable Player in 1973-74 and 1974-75. She also participated in multiple intramural sports, including volleyball and badminton. Playing competitively, always with the highest standards of sportsmanship and ethical conduct, Bader was highly respected by her coaches and teammates. She was a member of the committee that decided which conference CUA would play in, and of another that considered the implications of Title IX and how to implement the law to ensure equal opportunity for women in all sports at CUA.
James M. “Red” Conlen, B.A. 1942 Football
Red Conlen had offers to play football at the University of Florida, the University of North Carolina, and Georgetown University, among others. He chose instead to attend Catholic University, where he played fullback as a freshman before switching to tackle. As a member of the 1940 Sun Bowl team, Conlen's accomplishments earned him MVP on one of CUA's only football teams to participate in a bowl game. His coach at the time noted that Conlen played five different positions, including offense and defense, and excelled at all of them.
Martin “Marty” Dowd, B.A. 1960 Tennis
CUA Men's Tennis Coach Marty Dowd has coached longer and recorded more victories than any other Cardinals coach. Marty who was born in Washington, D.C., in 1937, is a product of Catholic education beginning with Nativity Grade School (1951), Mackin High School (1955), and The Catholic University of America (B.A. 1960 in Art). While a student at CUA, he was sports editor of The Towernewspaper and a four-year member and two-year captain of the men's varsity tennis team. After graduating and completing his military service obligation in the U.S. Coast Guard, Dowd became the Men's Tennis Coach in 1962. In 1965, he married Jone Rastas, CUA's physical education instructor. They had four children, three of whom played tennis for CUA; the fourth accepted a scholarship to play tennis in Division I. In addition to coaching, Marty also designed five opera sets for the CUA School of Music, including La Boheme(1972). Currently, Dowd's record stands at 548 wins and 340 losses. He has achieved 43 winning seasons. Dowd has coached more than 500 CUA students, including four Harris Cup winners. Dowd's longevity and success are summarized by his personal philosophy: "Winning and losing are not as important as playing up to your ability, never giving up, and behaving like gentleman at all times."
Michael B. Moriello, B.A. 1978, Football
Michael Moriello was a four-year starting linebacker whose teams were 24-12. He played club football his first three seasons (1974-76) and competed against a number of Division III teams. Michael helped usher in CUA's first Division III season in 1977. As the 1976 Football Player of the Year, named by the Washington Area Officials Association, Moriello was considered the best player among athletes from area schools, including Division I, such as Maryland, Navy, and Virginia. To this day he is the only CUA player to receive this award. Moriello helped lead CUA football, then a club sport, in its 1976 win over Division III Georgetown.
Mark Robinson, Class of 1976 Men’s Track & Field
Mark Robinson is one of the most decorated athletes in CUA history. He has five Division II All-American designations and three Division I All-American designations. He was the Division II National 800-meter champion in 1974 and 1975. In 1974 he was ranked fourth in the world in the 800-meter by Track and Field News. He was inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2012. He was a member of four relay teams that hold records more than 40 years old at CUA. Robinson holds two individual school records at CUA, including the mile (4:07.6) and the 800-meter (1:46.00). He has been a key figure in athletics at CUA for more than 30 years: first as a world-class runner and later as an outstanding coach who devoted 27 years to coaching CUA track and field and cross country teams. Robinson retired from coaching in 2011.
Mark A. Travaglini, B.A. 1978 Baseball
"Trav" Travaglini was a gifted four-year starter and one of those rare players who excelled both defensively and offensively. He played left field and was a starting pitcher. As an all-ECAC selection in 1977, he hit .378, 10 homeruns, 30 RBIs, seven doubles, and one triple; scored nine runs; and stole four bases. As a pitcher that same year, he was 5-0, with an ERA in the 2.3 range. With a mid-90s fastball, he struck out seven of nine Class A minor leaguers in the Philadelphia Phillies organization in a three-inning stint in Clearwater in 1976 in a game the Cardinals played during a spring break trip.