Welcome Back


Dear Blue Devil Basketball Alumni,

On behalf of our Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs, I wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you for making the special effort to be here at Detrick Gymnasium on Saturday.  This alumni day has become a very special tradition because of you as valued members of our Blue Devil family.  We were delighted to have you back on campus to visit with your friends and teammates, share stories and reminisce.   Special thanks again go to Coach Detrick for his vested interest in, and yeoman effort to contact and encourage so many people to attend.  Great job coach!  Thanks again also to Maggie Cosgrove and Steve Villanti for making the day memorable for you all. Please take a few minutes to enjoy the photo gallery from Saturday compiled by our Sports Information staff.   http://www.ccsubluedevils.com/athletics/photos/Basketball_Alumni_Day/launchparty.

We take great pride in honoring the rich tradition of our strong alumni network.  You represent our proud history in the sport of basketball and serve as exceptional role models for our current student-athletes.  It is with your continued support that we will continue to progress on our path toward athletic and academic excellence.

Please know that you and your families are always welcome here in Kaiser Hall, so do not hesitate to let us know in advance whenever you have the opportunity to come back and attend a game so we can visit.  We hope to see you all again before the season is over but if you cannot be here in person, please remember all the options you have to watch Blue Devil Basketball on CPTV Sports, online at www.NECFrontRow.com or on Fox Sports Radio 1410 in Hartford and ESPN Radio 1300 in New Haven, as well as online on www.iHeartRadio.com.

Thanks again for your loyalty and passion for Central.  Continued best wishes to you all for a healthy and happy 2013.

With kindest regards, Paul  

Follow the Blue Devils…


Blue Devil Fans,

I hope you all had a Happy New Year and a great Holiday season.  As the calendar hits mid-January we dive right into the Northeast Conference basketball season.  The men’s team had a big home win vs. Sacred Heart last night as they moved to 2-1 in NEC action.  Both the men’s and women’s teams will be in action at home on Saturday against Bryant.  The women’s team plays at 1 p.m., the men tip-off at 3:30 p.m.

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know of the several ways that you can follow CCSU basketball action this winter.  We recently signed on with CPTV Sports to televise seven home men’s and women’s games this season, starting with last night’s win over Sacred Heart.  CPTV Sports is available on every cable outlet in Connecticut so please check your local listings or log on to http://www.cptvsports.org to find the channel where you can watch the game.  This marks the second year of our deal with CPTV Sports and is a chance for us to reach our thousands of alumni in the state.  Saturday’s doubleheader vs. Bryant will also be televised.  Please check our website for the complete schedule.

In addition to CPTV Sports, we have teamed with The Pack Network to provide an HD online video stream of every home men’s and women’s game this season.  We consider this enhanced broadcast the best in the league and it is available for fans for free on http://www.NECFrontRow.com.  You can get an idea of the product we are producing by watching the archive of last night’s game here: http://necfrontrow.com/fulleventvideo.php?CCSU-442.

As always you can listen to all men’s games on Fox Sports Radio 1410 in Hartford and ESPN Radio 1300 in New Haven, as well as online on http://www.iHeartRadio.com.

We hope you can take advantage of all of the ways to follow CCSU men’s and women’s basketball this winter.  Of course, the best way to view the game is right inside Detrick Gym, and you can purchase your tickets to every game online at http://www.CCSUTickets.com or at the door on the day of the game.

We hope to see you soon.

Go Blue Devils.


Happy Holidays!

Dear Blue Devil Family and Friends,
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Central Connecticut Athletics.  On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, we thank you for all your efforts to support our program throughout the year. We are blessed for what we have and grateful for what is before us.
In this week of reflection, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families impacted by the tragic events in Newtown.  May the holiday season bring us all peace, happiness, relaxation and special time with family and friends.   Here’s wishing all of you a very healthy and very prosperous 2013.  I hope to see you on campus sometime in the new year.
Be safe in your travels!
With kindest regards, Paul

Hall of Fame Class


The Central Connecticut Department of Athletics announced the 2013 Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame class on Wednesday.  The class consists of five individuals and one team.  The 1961 cross country team becomes the first team to be inducted into the Hall. The class will be inducted on Friday night January 25, 2013, on the CCSU campus.  The individuals joining the Hall of Fame are Bruce Biel ’88 (broadcaster), Christine Dadducci ’96 (volleyball), Dawn Hankey ’96 (softball), Joe Murphy ’69 (football) and Ronald Thompson ’68 (cross country/track).

“The men and women in this Blue Devil Hall of Fame class represent everything that makes Central Connecticut Athletics special.  Clearly they are being inducted for their excellence in athletics, but they are also first class individuals who have achieved great success in their professional lives,” Director of Athletics Paul Schlickmann said.  “The five individuals who will enter our Hall continue to represent CCSU in a positive light in everything that they do.  We are also thrilled to award our first ever team induction.  The 1961 Cross Country team is indicative of the rich tradition and history of success achieved by many teams in our storied Blue Devil past.  They are most deserving of this unique honor.”

In addition to the Hall of Fame Inductees, former football student-athlete Dan Siracusa ’79, will be awarded the Harrison J. Kaiser Alumni Service Award.  The Kaiser Alumni Service Award is given to a CCSU alumnus/alumna who participated in intercollegiate athletics at CCSU and who, since graduation, has distinguished himself or herself and the University by his/her accomplishments and service.

“As our Kaiser Award recipient, Dan Siracusa has translated the lessons he learned on the field of play into exceptional success as a businessman, as an engaged and generous alumnus and as a mentor and leader in the community,” Schlickmann said.

The CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former outstanding CCSU student-athletes for their contributions and achievements in athletics. Nominees, in general, must be of good character and worthy of the award, and individuals, who, through their actions, have shown support for the ideals of the University. Nominees shall have represented CCSU in a positive manner both on and off the playing arena.  There are currently 132 members of the CCSU Alumni Athletics Hall of Fame.

“These Blue Devils were chosen from a very competitive group of nominees and the selection committee is very proud to announce them as the best of the class of 2013,” Schlickmann said.


Bruce Biel is a 1988 CCSU graduate and has been the voice of CCSU on the radio for the past 25 years, since his days as an undergraduate student. Biel is a former sports director of the campus radio station and holds the distinction of calling the school’s first-ever Division I contest in 1986. He also called the school’s first-ever Division I NCAA Tournament game in March of 2000. Co-workers of Biel have said “His passion for and commitment to the university cannot be fully measured,” and “Bruce is part of the reason the audience and excitement for the CCSU athletics program continues to grow.” Biel has been entertaining and informing audiences for a quarter of a century and has been a staple of CCSU basketball broadcasts on its radio network, most recently on Fox Sports Radio 1410 and ESPN Radio 1300. Biel is a former producer at WVIT NBC-30 in West Hartford and was also a broadcaster for the New Britain Red Sox from 1986-1989. He also broadcasts CCSU football games.

Christine Dadducci, a standout volleyball player for the Blue Devils from 1992-95, holds four career records including matches played (139), sets played (500), kills (1,678) and blocks (506). She also holds three of the top five spots in single-season kills; first (471), second (470) and fifth (431). Dadducci is second in single-season hitting percentage (.377) and single-season blocks (153). Her .304 career hitting percentage is fifth overall. In addition to her impressive hitting and blocking statistics, Dadducci also ranks fourth all-time among Central volleyball players in service aces (157), seventh in digs (945) and is tied for eighth in single-season service aces (53). Dadducci earned numerous conference accolades during her athletic career in the East Coast Conference and in the Mid-Continent Conference. She was named to the All-East Coast Conference second team in 1993. She was also named Mid-Con Player of the Week twice and Defensive Player of the Week once. She earned a spot on the Mid-Con Conference First Team in 1994 and Mid-Con Conference East Division First Team in 1995. In 1994 she was ranked 15th nationally and first in the Mid-Con Conference with a .377 hitting percentage. Dadducci capped of her career with placement on numerous all-tournament teams, a tournament MVP nod and even tried out for the U.S.A. National team.    

Dawn Hankey set multiple records while playing softball for the Blue Devils from 1993-96. She currently holds four career records and ranks in the top four on the career list in 10 out of 11 major statistical categories. The 1996 graduate holds the school record for triples (18), RBI (108), total bases (290) and slugging percentage (.543). She is second in batting average (.337), hits (180) and at bats (534). Hankey finished her career with 15 homeruns, 29 doubles and 83 runs scored, putting her fourth all-time in each of those categories. Hankey holds the record for putouts in a single season (140) and is tied for the most triples in a single season with eight. Hankey played in every game in three-straight seasons, 1994, 1995 and 1996. In 1996 she received Mid-Continent Conference Player of the Week honors and was named to the All-Mid Con Conference First Team. In each of her four seasons, Hankey finished first on the team in RBI and finished in the top two in batting average and hits. She was first on the team in doubles, triples (tied), home runs and slugging percentage in three of her four seasons.

Joe Murphy, a 1969 graduate of Central, was a key member of the Central football defensive line during his time as a Blue Devil. He served as a defensive co-captain during the 1968 season in which Central allowed only 4.4 points per game in nine games. The 1968 team finished first nationally in the NCAA college division in points allowed per game. During his third year, Central suffered only one loss with Murphy as the defensive co-captain. He was the first Blue Devil to be honored with a spot on the Eastern College Athletic Conference team and also earned a spot on the Associated Press Second Defensive Team for New England among stars from Harvard and Yale in 1968. Murphy’s coach, Bill Loika, described Murphy as “the heart of our defense,” Loika said, “He always comes up with the big play, the key tackle.” Following his impressive football career, Murphy earned his master’s degree from Central in 1972.

RONALD THOMPSON ’68 (Posthumously)
Ronald Thompson, a 1968 graduate of Central, made a long-standing mark on the cross country and track record books. He holds the record in the 400 meter run with a time of 47.24, a record he set in his final season at CCSU that has been unsurpassed in nearly 45 years. Thompson was also a member of the 1967 4×400 meter relay team that currently tops the record book with a time of 3:12.44. Thompson was the co-captain in his final year and was a consistent performer throughout his career. In each his three years, Thompson claimed the New England 440 Yard Championship (1966-1968). As a freshman, Thompson was a member of the freshman one mile relay team that set a new school record by three seconds. As a sophomore he was a member of the relay team that clinched three victories in a meet against Villanova and Georgetown. Thompson finished his career with an impressive collection of first-place victories and school records.

The 1961 Cross Country Team enjoyed a stellar season that remains unmatched in school history. The team, under Head Coach Ted Owen, earned an impressive third place finish at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Omaha, NE. The team boasted three All-Americans in Jim Keefe, Ray Crothers and Greg Bigelow. Keefe earned the national title coming in first place out of 98 participants at the National Championships. He was followed by Crothers in ninth and Bigelow in 10th. Other key members of the team included Augie Grace, Norm Marincic and Ralph Harper.

DAN SIRACUSA ’79 – Kaiser Alumni Service Award
Dan Siracua ’79, will be awarded the Harrison J. Kaiser Alumni Service Award.  The Kaiser Alumni Service Award is given to a CCSU alumnus/alumna who participated in intercollegiate athletics at CCSU and who, since graduation, has distinguished himself or herself and the University by his/her accomplishments and service.  Dan has established one of the premier moving companies in Connecticut since his time as an undergraduate with the Blue Devils.  He also founded Button Up Connecticut, the largest winter coat drive in the country.  Since 1993 they have collected and distributed over 400,000 coats.

Annual Report


Dear Friends of Blue Devil Athletics,

I hope this letter finds you all having experienced a relaxing summer and enjoying a pleasant fall season. It was a very busy summer here on campus as we prepared and set our goals for the coming year. But with planning, there also comes reflection on this past year, our recent history, and an assessment of our accomplishments. As a result, we are pleased to share with you our Athletics Annual Report from 2011-2012. It has been an exciting, energizing and gratifying year to be a Blue Devil. The changes and successes in our department, as seen on the following pages, have had a galvanizing and unifying impact amongst our student-athletes and staff, throughout the entire campus community and across our alumni network.

We have established a commitment to excellence in all that we do and continue to achieve at a high level on and off the field of play. The mission of our athletics program is inextricably linked to the mission of the University. Therefore, as Central Connecticut State University aspires to become the finest public, comprehensive university in the Northeast and a leader among its peer institutions in the nation, we aspire to be the premier athletics program in the Northeast Conference and among comparable Division I institutions in our region and beyond.

Since 2010, our 400 student-athletes have produced an aggregate GPA above a 3.0, have won 5 conference championships, a dozen Northeast Conference player and performer of the year awards and have contributed more than 6,000 hours of community service. In addition, we have created a new brand identity for Blue Devil Athletics that is modern, bold and classy; honoring our rich tradition, re-establishing who we are and who we aspire to be. Our mascot, “Kizer the Blue Devil”, honors the late Harrison Kaiser, the “Father of Central Athletics” and connects our legacy with our future. These new looks reflect the spirit of our program and our remarkable student-athletes.

These accomplishments, past and present; along with our potential for future success, are due in no small way to the commitment and financial support of our donors. The number of contributors to Blue Devil Athletics has increased 83% in the past two years and is growing every day. It is our objective to develop young men and women into champions; in the classroom, on the playing field, on campus, in the community, and ultimately in life.

I extend heartfelt thanks to you for your loyal and generous support of Blue Devil Athletics. Your contributions make a difference in the educational and developmental experience we provide to our student-athletes that will benefit them personally and professionally for the rest of their lives. You are an important part of our history and an integral component to our future success. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this coming year, at our home events and in my travels. Great days ahead…

Go Blue Devils!

Paul Schlickmann
Director of Athletics
Greetings From the Director of Athletics

Chris Williams

It’s been a busy summer in New Britain, and we have many interns working hard to try and help get the word out about our new football stadium, and our home opener on September 8th vs. Lehigh.  One of those interns is Chris Williams, a junior defensive end from Philadelphia.  Mike Anthony from the Hartford Courant followed Chris around one day this week, and featured him in an article which ran on Friday, July 6th.  Check it out HERE.


Letter to the AD…

Dear Paul,

My family and I want to thank you for the wonderful opportunity to be part of the Central basketball game vs. Quinnipiac on this past Sunday. Although our team lost, I want to tell you that the team, coaches, cheerleaders, band and dancers were awesome. My family and I loved the fan participation and the excitement of the game. Thank you again for the great experience, my daughter drove down from Vermont and loved every minute of it. Hats off to a class act and great day.

Sincerely and Gratefully,

Kathy Fabiaschi
Torrington , CT


Thank you so much for your wonderful email.  I am grateful for the feedback and thrilled that you and your family had such a great time.  You depict the type of atmosphere we are striving to provide for our fans.  I hope we get you all back again soon.

Thanks again for being a Blue Devil fan!  Hope you are enjoying this nice warm weather.

Best regards, Paul