College announces 2012 Athletic HOF class
As a catcher for former Marietta College baseball coach Don Schaly in the late 1990s, Josh Streit ’99 was a brash competitor who wanted nothing more than to whip his opponent.
What a lot of people didn’t see was the determined competitor in the classroom as well.
Streit says those two worlds have helped shape him into the hard-working businessman and loving husband and father.
“I would imagine that I am not unlike many former players in that hardly a day goes by that I don’t recollect what it was like to play baseball at Marietta. It was without a doubt a very special time in my life,” Streit says. “Baseball and study is what drew me to Marietta and kept me there for those four years. As a result of my time there, I have met my wife, had children, and (so far) enjoyed a successful career in business. Essentially, what has become my life is due to or ‘owed’ to my time spent at Marietta.”
Streit’s baseball career may be over, but the two-time All-American is going to join four other former Marietta athletes in February for induction into the College's Athletic Hall of Fame.
“I am humbled by this nomination,” says Streit, who lives in Dublin, Ohio. “I look forward to my opportunity to thank those responsible for this nomination as well as the chance to call attention to the achievements of those before and after my time there.”
Streit will be joined on campus during Winter Weekend by basketball standout Jeff Faloba ’77, all-conference football player Mark Boy ’79, All-American baseball player James J. Tracy ’79 and all-region softball player Brandi Yellin ’97.
The Hall of Fame ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center.
Jeff Faloba '77 — Basketball
Faloba earned four varsity letters as a 6-foot-7 center, who was one of the best rebounders in the OAC from 1974-77. He graduated as the fourth-leading scorer in school history with 1,367 points, and he now ranks ninth all-time.
He was a catalyst in the Pioneers’ run toward a conference championship and invite to the NCAA Tournament in 1974-75. He was second-team All-OAC in 1974-75 and honorable mention his other three seasons.
“Playing basketball with the outstanding group of individuals I did was truly one of the greatest learning experiences of my life. Never have I seen a group of individuals collectively give so unselfishly of themselves for the good of any team,” he says. “From the student assistant to role players to the starters it was always whatever they needed to do...whatever role they needed to fulfill to help achieve our goals. I say this was a great learning experience because it was living proof to me that by working with others and with the right attitude far greater things can be accomplished as a team than by any individual working alone.”
He is currently an operations manager for Patriot Water Treatment.
“I am honored to be chosen for induction into the Marietta Hall of Fame. It is even more meaningful knowing how hard my teammates and high school coach lobbied for my selection,” Faloba says. “Marietta will always hold a special place in my heart. The education a poor country boy from rural Ohio received (both academically and personally) provided a solid foundation for a struggling young man to find his place in the world. This was a story I personally saw over and over again at my Marietta.”
Mark Boy ’79 — Football
Boy also earned four varsity letters as a running back from 1975-78, and he captained the team his senior season. He also earned first team All-OAC honors during his sophomore and junior seasons.
He graduated as the career leader in rushing attempts (621), and ranked second in rushing yards for a season with 1,223 in 1976.
Boy is a retired science teacher/football, wrestling and track coach from the Carlisle Local and Miamisburg City Schools. He resides in Franklin, Ohio, with his wife Theresa, and children Kayla, 15, and Caleb, 11. His oldest son Chris, 28, graduated from Marietta in 2005.
"That was probably among the best four years of my life. I was in a suite with seven other guys and some of them are already in the Hall of Fame. I roomed with a bunch of great guys, and Coach (Joe) McDaniel was one of my favorites," Boy says. "I was incredibly flattered when I got the call. It was a long time ago. That was something that I did and enjoyed and to be rewarded for it is even better. My high school does not even have a hall of fame, so to be inducted into my college Hall of Fame is one of my athletic highlights."
James J. Tracy ’79 — Baseball
Tracy, a current member of the College’s Board of Trustees, was a three-year letter winner on Schaly’s baseball team from 1977-79. He was named third team All-American in 1977, while earning conference player of the year honors.
He was named to the Mideast Region All-Tournament Team in 1977 and 1979, and he was on the postseason roster for four-straight Mideast Regional championships.
Tracy lives in Powell, Ohio, and is the Managing Director and Director of National Sales and Business Development for the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Brandi Yellin ’97 — Softball/Soccer
Yellin earned four varsity letters for coach Jeanne Arbuckle’s softball team, and picked up another in one season with the Marietta women’s soccer team.
She was a standout pitcher and slugger during one of the best runs in Marietta history. Yellin ranks fourth all-time in a number of career categories—32-20 record, 2.24 ERA, nine shut outs, 188 strikeouts and 359.6 innings pitched.
During her sophomore and junior seasons, Marietta finished first in the OAC regular season with records of 21-12 in 1995 and 25-9 in 1996. The latter team also won the OAC Tournament championship and became the first women’s program in school history to earn a spot in an NCAA Tournament.
She went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise science from California (Pa.) University and she is now a Certified Athletic Trainer. She currently works as a trainer at a community college in New Jersey.
“I am deeply honored to be getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. I was extremely fortunate to have played softball with many talented and awesome teammates. Not to mention all the fun we had together on and off the field,” Yellin says. “If it weren’t for my teammates, this honor would not have been achievable. My years spent at Marietta College were some of the best years of my life. I am so grateful for the great education I received and the many life long friends I made along the way.”
Josh Streit ’99 — Baseball
Streit was one of the more feared hitters in the OAC as a power-hitting left-hander for the Etta Express.
The 1999 Way-Weigelt Award Winner still ranks among some of the best in the conference. He is fourth in career RBI (201), first in career doubles (60), fourth in career home runs (38), third in career total bases (421) and second in walks drawn (146).
He was first-team All-OAC, All-Mideast Region and All-American in 1998 and 1999. He was part of two Mideast Regional Championship squads that advanced to the NCAA Division III Baseball Championships in 1996 and 1999.
Streit played one season of professional baseball with the Chillicothe Paints of the independent Frontier League in 1999. He is a diagnostic solutions account executive with Nuance Communications Inc.