By Joe Pinter, News Editor, @JPinter93
This Day in Bonaventure History
January 14, 2006
Mike Bennett, Suzie Dailer, Becky (Okoniewski) Sapio and David Vanterpool may not be the most well-known athletes, but they all share something in common — enshrinement in the St. Bonaventure University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Bennett played second base, third base and left field for the Bonnies’ baseball team. He helped elevate the program after getting named to three straight Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams (1993, 1994, 1995). He remains one of the school’s all-time leaders in hits and batting average. Bennett played three years of minor league baseball.
Sapio was one of the top sprinters in the history of the women’s swimming program. During her four years of competition (1991-94), she set school records in nearly ten events, and also won many events at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
Dailer played women’s basketball from 1992-1995. As a sophomore, she led the nation in three-point field goals and was consistently near the top of the nation in scoring. A top-10 scorer in program history, Dailer was All-Conference three times.
When Vanterpool arrived at Bonaventure, the men’s basketball program was still on its way back. But by the time he left, the foundation had been laid for the future. Vanterpool went on to a lengthy career in professional basketball, playing for NBA teams such as the Washington Wizards and the New Jersey Nets. After the NBA, he went overseas and played in Europe and Asia. He is currently an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.