August 10, 2016
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Adelphi’s Many Olympians


by Amanda Hayman '17

As attention turns to the Olympics, it’s inspiring to consider the many Olympians among Adelphi’s alumni and the alumni with strong ties to the Olympics.

Two alumni, in fact, have been involved in the Rio games. Al Trautwig ’78, sports commentator for the MSG Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network and USA Network, is giving us the play-by-play action of the games. Just before the games, Eric Shibata ’02 carried the Olympic torch for 200 meters.

Eleven more alumni have qualified for or competed at the games and four have won gold medals.

June Griffith Collison ’81, M.B.A. ’84

June Griffith Collison ’81, M.B.A. ’84

Chris Armas ’94

Chris Armas ’94

Al Trautwig ’78

Al Trautwig ’78

Dorothy (Dot) Richardson, M.A. ’88

Dorothy (Dot) Richardson, M.A. ’88

Here’s a rundown:

Track and Field

Bob Beamon ’72, who still holds the Olympic long-jump record, took home gold in the 1968 Summer Olympics.

June Griffith Collison ’81, M.B.A. ’84, competed in the Pan American Games and qualified for the 1980 Olympic Games for the Women’s 400 but did not compete.

Mel Pender ’76 competed in the 1964 Summer Olympics and took home gold in the 1968 Summer Olympics for the Men’s 4×100. 


Dorothy (Dot) Richardson, M.A. ’88, won gold in both the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.

Regina Dooley ’85 took home gold in the 1984 Olympics Exhibition Game.


Chris Armas ’94 helped Team USA finish 4th in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

Michael Windischmann ’86 competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics.


Portia Lack ’83 placed 7th and 6th in the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics.

Kevin Serrapede placed 14th and 10th in the 1972 and 1978 Summer Olympics.


Philip Reilly ’77, M.B.A., placed 6th in the 1984 Summer Olympics.


Michael Porcelli ’98, M.A., was set to compete in the 1998 Olympics, but was sidelined by an injury.  

About Adelphi: A modern metropolitan university with a personalized approach to higher learning.

Adelphi University is a highly awarded, nationally ranked, powerfully connected doctoral research university offering exceptional liberal arts and sciences programs and professional training with particular strength in its Core Four—Arts and Humanities, STEM and Social Sciences, the Business and Education Professions, and Health and Wellness. Adelphi is dedicated to transforming students’ lives through small classes, hands-on learning and innovative ways to support student success.

Founded in Brooklyn in 1896, Adelphi is Long Island’s oldest private coeducational university. Today Adelphi serves nearly 8,000 students at its beautiful main campus in Garden City, New York—just 23 miles from New York City’s cultural and internship opportunities—and at dynamic learning hubs in Manhattan, the Hudson Valley and Suffolk County, and online.

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