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Two With Westchester Ties Inducted Into ECAC Hall Of Fame

Fairfield University Athletic Director Gene Doris, left, former head basketball coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, and longtime Briarcliff Manor resident Frank McLaughlin, athletic director emeritus at Fordham University.
Fairfield University Athletic Director Gene Doris, left, former head basketball coach at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, and longtime Briarcliff Manor resident Frank McLaughlin, athletic director emeritus at Fordham University. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. --  Two inductees into the ‎the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Hall of Fame have ties to Westchester.

Former Stepinac High School head basketball coach and current Fairfield University Athletic Director Gene Doris and Fordham University Athletic Director-Emeritus Frank McLaughlin, who served 27 years as athletic director and longtime Briarcliff Manor resident, were inducted at a gala on Friday night, April 15, in Danbury‎, along with former Providence Friars star and NBA Rookie of the Year Ernie DiGregorio.

Doris coached 11 season at Stepinac in White Plains, including the 1985 championship team. Both Doris and McLaughlin served as assistant coaches to Richard "Digger" Phelps on the memorable 1971 Fordham University team ranked ninth nationally. Doris served as Marist College athletic director prior to arriving at Fairfield.

‎The ECAC has announced the 2016 inductees to the ECAC Hall of Fame. The 2016 class represents a diverse group of former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, teams, officials and support staff from across decades. Honorees have been selected for outstanding achievements, service, dedication, commitment and contributions to the ECAC and its member institutions.

“We are excited to induct this group of people into the ECAC Hall of Fame,” said Kevin T. McGinniss, resident and chief executive officer of the Hall of Fame. “These individuals have been incredible assets to the ECAC over the years and will now be recognized for their exceptional accomplishments and influence on intercollegiate athletics."

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