MIDDLESEX COUNTY - Three athletes, one coach and one administrator will make up the inaugural class of Middlesex County College’s Hall of Fame.
The first class will feature Robert Edmonds (Track and Field), Dave Meads (Baseball), Jill Romanovsky (Softball), John Sacchi (Wrestling Coach) and Robert Zifchak (Athletic Administrator).
“We are really excited to announce the first class of inductees to the MCC Hall of Fame,” said Athletic Director Derrick Johnson. “We have such a rich history of athletics and this recognition really is long overdue.”
Edmonds (Metuchen), from Woodbridge, attended MCC from 1974-1976. He was a standout on the men's indoor and outdoor track & 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-feet 6 -nches tall. He placed eighth out of 16 jumpers nationally. While at MCC Edmonds also excelled in the long jump and 4x110 events.
Meads a native of Monroe Township, New Jersey 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 sixth 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 Astros. Meads went 8-4 overall. He now lives in California.
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.
Sacchi (Edison) 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. He is the second winningest two-year college coach in history. 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.
Zifchak (Edison) 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. Zifchak began his career at Middlesex County College in 1968 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 of Education Amendments in 1972. During his tenure he accumulated over 60 team championships for several sports.
“The inductees include some of the school’s finest athletes from the earliest days of Blue Colt Athletics, and recognizes those who were instrumental in getting our programs off the ground,” Johnson said. “I could not have hoped for a more deserving group of inductees for our first Hall of Fame class.”
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 through their involvement in athletics.
The inaugural class members will be inducted at the MCC Hall of Fame Ceremony on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at West Hall on the campus of Middlesex County College.
For more information regarding the Blue Colt Athletic Hall of Fame, visit the MCC website or contact the athletic office at (732) 906-2558.