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Yeshiva University Athletics Department Announces Its 2023 Hall of Fame Class

(yumacs.com) The Yeshiva University Athletics Department is proud to announce six new inductees: Jonathan Halpert, Stu Poloner, Lior Hod, Ayal Hod, Stephanie Greenberg and Rachel Mirsky into its Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2023. The third Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 15, at Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood. The Athletics Hall of Fame honors YU student-athletes and coaches who have distinguished themselves in competition, and who best exemplify the University’s highest ideals of character and integrity.

“These six honorees have played a vital role in helping to create a legacy of athletics excellence at YU,” said Director of Athletics Greg Fox. “Their stories of dedication, accomplishment, character, teamwork, perseverance and courage are what has set them apart and made them the successes they have become in their lives after leaving this incredible institution.”

The honorees include the following:

Jonathan Halpert

Men’s Basketball (1972-2014 as head coach / 1962-1966 as player)

Jonathan Halpert served as head coach of the Yeshiva University men’s basketball program for 42 seasons, becoming the longest tenured head men’s basketball coach in New York City history. He has coached over 300 student-athletes, including several father/son tandems. This basketball icon won 416 games in his illustrious coaching career, the sixth most in the history of New York City collegiate basketball. Halpert led the Maccabees to 15 straight seasons of.500-plus records (1987-88 to 2001-02). A two-time Skyline Coach of the Year (1999-00 and 2009-10), he earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) “Guardians of the Game” honor in 2003-04. Halpert played on the YU men’s basketball team for four years, where he was team captain as a senior and was coached by the legendary Bernard “Red” Sarachek.

Stu Poloner

Men’s Basketball (1967-1969, 1970-71)

Stu Poloner set a standard of excellence on the basketball court for YU, establishing himself as one of the greatest to wear the blue and white. In three years with the program, he scored 1,378 career points, which ranked No. 1 on YU’s all-time scoring list. Following a gap year in Israel as a junior in which he missed the 1969-70 campaign, Poloner recorded 28.1 points per game as a senior co-captain in 1970-71, the highest single-season mark in school history. He tallied a 47-point game as a senior and produced ten 30-plus point games over his career. Following his final season, he earned a spot on the College Division All-America team. From 1973-75, he served as an assistant coach on Jonathan Halpert’s staff.

Lior Hod

Men’s Basketball (1984-1988)

Lior Hod finished his illustrious YU career as the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,541 points. Hod’s legacy continued to spread at YU as his three sons, Jordan (2013-17), Justin (2015-19), and Tyler (2016-20) all played on the men’s basketball team. A two-time co-captain, in 1987-88, Hod was named All-Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association First Team and was selected Independent Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player after averaging 19.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. That year he helped the MACS to 16 wins, tied at the time for most in program history. A year prior, he earned a spot on the All-IAC Team.

Ayal Hod

Men’s Basketball (1985-1989)

Ayal Hod, the younger brother of fellow Yeshiva Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Lior Hod, completed his prolific career as YU’s All-Time Leading Scorer with 1,807 points. Still No. 3 on YU’s All-Time Rebounding List with 1,109 career boards, he is one of just four 1,000-1,000 players in program history. He scored 514 points (22.3 ppg) and snatched 320 rebounds (13.9 rpg) during a senior season in which he was named First-Team All-Conference and All-Met. Hod brought down 30 rebounds in a game in ‘89. As a freshman in 1985-86, Hod was named Independent Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year. During his impressive career, he was a two-time IAC first team honoree.

Stephanie Greenberg

Women’s Basketball/Women’s Cross Country (2012-2015)

Stephanie Greenberg was a dominant figure in both basketball and cross country during her time at YU. On the court, she recorded 884 career points and produced career averages of 16.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. She accumulated 194 steals during her time at YU, leading the nation in that category (4.3 spg) as a junior in 2013-14. That year, she was selected to the Hudson Valley Athletic All-Conference team and garnered Jewish Sports Review All-America accolades.

In cross country, she holds program records for fastest 5k times at Van Cortlandt Park, Hudson Valley Sports Dome, and Branch Brook Park. Greenberg is a three-time All-Conference selection who helped YU capture its first ever HVIAC Championship. As a junior, Greenberg was the top finisher at the CCNY Invitational (out of 85 runners). As a senior, she won the Queensborough Invitational against 114 other runners to propel the MACS to a first-place finish.

Rachel Mirsky

Softball/Women’s Basketball (2013-2016)

Rachel Mirsky graduated YU as a record holder in several categories as a member of the softball team. As a pitcher, she earned 14 wins and struck out 141 batters. At the plate, she hit.328 during her career, including a.348 batting average with 22 runs as a junior in 2015. Mirsky belted 11 home runs and drilled 16 doubles during her three years, and knocked in 20 runs as a senior. The White Plains native was named to the Capital One/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team, and is a two-time Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic All-Conference team honoree.

A two-sport athlete, Mirsky participated for three seasons as a solid member of the YU women’s basketball team.

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