Athletics announces 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees

Felician University will recruit three student-athletes from all regions, including its only graduate who plays in Major League Baseball, to the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 29, 2022. The Hall of Fame will honor the ninth batch of inductees as part of the weekend for the university.

James Vander Wiele ’12 for the men’s Golden Falcon team excelled in cross country during the end of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship dynasty. He will be inducted alongside two of the baseball program’s most prolific battery members – catcher Marcos Torres 10 and pitcher Gerard J “Jerry” Fasto ’14. The 2022 class swells membership in the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame to 31 individuals (25 athletes, four contributors, and coaches) and four teams.

“This year we honor three student-athletes who have been instrumental in starting or maintaining the distinction of two of our most successful programs,” said Andrew Torrillo, Director of Athletics, Felician. “James Vander Weil helped end the only true dynasty in the history of the Golden Falcon. Marcos Torres and Jerry Fasto elevated the baseball team to new heights. I am proud that they represented the Hall of Fame chapter in my first year as director of athletics at Felician.”

Marcos Torres was a baseball player for four years, and was a three-time pick from the All-CACC and Daktronics Second Team All-East Region in 2009. He graduated as a successful program captain with 214, still a good fifth in the school’s history. In 186 games as the Golden Falcon, he hit 44 doubles and 12 points at home while scoring 106 throws. After graduation, Torres played briefly with the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

Vander Wiele, a Pequannock Township High School graduate, won the 2008 CACC Championship race for Best Sprinter of the Conference and Best Rookie of the Year. He also led Felician to the team championship. Weil earned All-Conference honors during all of his four seasons at the Golden Falcon and helped guide Felician to his last three CACC titles under Hall of-Fame coach John Brennan. He capped his career by finishing 23rd in the 2011 NCAA Division II East Championship, joining teammate Rob Albano as the first all-area team in the program. Received the Felician Award for Student Athlete I for the year 2011-12.

Left-hander Vasto’s rise to the field staff coincided with the emergence of the Felician baseball team as a regional power and CACC. He started five games with the 2012 team that won the league title in the regular season. Two years later, he led the rotation as the Golden Falcons earned their first CACC crown and their first regional appearance in the NCAA. Vasto was named the 2014 CACC Pitcher of the Year, First Team All-Region and NCBWA Honorable-Mention All-American after setting a record 6-3 and 79 strikes in 68 1/3 innings.

Fasto was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 24th round of the 2014 MLB Player of the Year draft. On June 10, 2018, he made his Premier League debut for the Rockies. He then moved on to present five more games for the Kansas City Royals later that year. Vasto was a two-time CACC All-Tournament and two-time CACC All-Academic. His 159 career strokes are still sixth in Felicien’s, and he is in second place with an average of 9.23 strokes per nine.

The 9th Annual Felician University Athletics Hall of Fame and Induction Gala will be held at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge at 6 p.m. on September 29. Tickets can be purchased over here. Advertisements for program books and other sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information, contact Athletics Hall of Fame President Brendan Bonacum At BonacumB@felician.edu.

The Hall of Fame Banquet will kick off the weekend at Felician 2022. Several activities are scheduled on the Felician Rutherford campus on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, to celebrate all alumni classes. Saturday’s women’s volleyball team hosts Georgian Court University, while the women’s soccer team and men’s team host Chestnut Hill College.

For more information on contacting Homecoming Weekend Scott KoskowskiVice President of the University of Progress.