In November 2017, Corning Community College elected 4 former student-athletes to the Hall of Fame at their annual Reflections recognition event on main campus. Kristen M. (Wheaton) Schoonover '03, Cassie A. (Rupp) Sullivan '99, Ernest E. Hoover, Jr. '79, and Karl A. Simmons were officially inducted and recognized at the event.
Below is a list of their many accomplishments:
Ernest E. Hoover, Jr. '79
Ernie was a two-year starting guard on the men's basketball team at CCC. He was not only a solid defender, creating numerous steals, but most importantly, he was the floor general setting teammates up for easy buckets. In fact, Hoover still holds the single game record at CCC for assists as he dished 18 against Jefferson Community College. With his basketball success, Ernie earned admirers from the stands, including CCC students and his future wife.
After CCC, Ernie attended Utica College of Syracuse University and played on its men's basketball team. He was named 2nd Team All-State for the Pioneers. Ernie continued playing after Utica in the European Pro Basketball League where he was on the roster for La Sportique in Belgium. He also participated for the Glens Falls touring team with ex-NBA players, including Andre McCarter, Larry Fogle, and Jim Bradley. Additionally, Ernie won a Gold Medal at the 1979 Empire State Games, Men's Basketball Open Division, Central Region.
Ernie has continued to give back to the sport of basketball operating numerous youth summer camps and coaching AAU basketball. He credits the lessons he learned from CCC Coach Wayne Kenner for the foundation of his coaching philosophy. Ernie put in a number of years as a Transportation Officer with the NYS Department of Corrections.
He resides in Saratoga Springs with his wife of 39 years, Nancy. The couple have three sons (Erik, Troy, and Tim), two daughters-in-law (Amy and Liz), and three grandchildren (Ben, Kevin, and Anna).
Kristen M. (Wheaton) Schoonover '03 - Softball & Volleyball
Kristen came to CCC from Corning East High School following a volleyball career that was highlighted with three consecutive trips to the NYS Final Four Tournament. She brought her talents to CCC and was a rare two-sport athlete who not only participated, but excelled in volleyball and softball.
In her freshman season, she was a force on the volleyball court setting school records in kills and digs while leading the team to the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC), MSAC Championship, and earning MSAC Conference Player of the Year honors. The team captured the (National Junior College Athletic Association) NJCAA Region III Championship and twice participated in the NJCAA National Volleyball Championship Tournament. In the spring, she earned All-MSAC honors, made the All-Region III Team, and was named the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) All-American on the softball diamond.
Her sophomore season continued to bring success on the volleyball court and softball field. In volleyball, she was named to the All-Conference Team, MSAC Conference Player of the Year for the second year in a row, the NJCAA All-Region Team, and received NJCAA All-American honors. In softball, she again was named to the All-MSAC Team, All-Regional Team, NFCA All-American Team, and NJCAA All-American Team.
Kristen is one of only two players to be named an All-American in two different sports at CCC.
Kristen continued her education at Elmira College where she was a two-year member of the volleyball team, leading the team as an outside hitter. She earned her Master's degree in Reading and Literacy from Walden University.
Kristen resides in Corning with her daughter, Sophie, and teaches fourth grade at Severn Elementary School in the Corning-Painted Post School District.
Cassie A. (Rupp) Sullivan '99 - Softball
Cassie is one of the most decorated softball players in CCC history considering team and individual honors. She led the Red Barons to back-to-back NJCAA Region III Championships and two straight appearances at the NJCAA National Softball Tournament.
Cassie was the winning pitcher for the NJCAA National Championship game as the Red Barons captured their first ever National title. She was named to the All-Region III team and the NJCAA National Tournament All-Tournament team. In her sophomore campaign, she led her squad to a third-place finish and was again named to the All-Region III team and the NJCAA National Tournament All-Tournament team.
Her success on the diamond led to a Softball Division I scholarship to Stony Brook University where she continued her playing career. She was a two-year co-captain and named the 1999 softball MVP. She was appointed to the student-athlete advisory committee where she participated in community service, social, and educational projects.
She received her Bachelor's degree in 2000 and went on to earn a Master's degree in Counseling in 2004 at SUNY Alfred.
Cassie began her career as a middle and high school counselor in Dryden assisting with the softball team. She is currently a school counselor at Campbell-Savona Junior/Senior High School.
She resides in Horseheads with her husband Patrick, and their two children, Brogan Patrick and Hadley Carolynn.
Karl A. Simmons
Karl, a member of the men's basketball team at CCC in 1975, displayed incredible athleticism and was a pure shooter. He was selected to the NJCAA All-Region Team, led the nation in scoring with 37.5 points per game, and was named to the NJCAA All-American Team. Karl set numerous individual records, some of which still stand, including the single season point record with 964 points achieved in 27 games.
Karl transferred and continued playing at Whittier College in Southern California. He was named First Team All-SCIAC and First Team All-District III, Southern California College Player of the Year, as well as Southern California Sports Broadcasting Association Player of the Year. He was selected as Whittier College's Male Athlete of the Year, and he is a member of its Athletics Hall of Fame. Karl earned his Bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
He resides in Snellville, Georgia, with his wife, Beverly, and is the owner of K-Glass & Mirror.