Hawks Earn Gold at 07 Empire State Games

Release Date:
July 30, 2007
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Former Hilbert College men’s basketball player Glen Ufland (’07) and current head men’s basketball coach Rob deGrandpre helped the Western Region’s Open men’s basketball team to a gold medal at the 2007 Empire State Games in Westchester County.

Sunday’s 78-64 win over Hudson Valley avenges last year’s loss in the gold medal game and gives the Hilbert player-coach duo their second gold medal in the last three years. The West was paced by University at Buffalo guard Greg Gamble who scored 22 points while Nazareth College product Ryan McAdam chipped in with 20 for the winners.

Ufland didn’t score in Sunday’s finals but contributed a few key buckets in Thursday night’s win over New York City and later in a must-win game over the Central Region on Saturday. “It really is an honor to have the chance to compete against so many talented players,” said Ufland. “I’m happy for my teammates and coaches - that we were able to get to the medal round and return home with the gold.”

For deGrandpre, the gold represents his fifth medal over the past eight years while patrolling the summer sidelines for the Western Region.

A multi-sport event for amateur athletes, the Empire State Games is the largest competition of its kind in the nation and is patterned after the Olympic program. This year some 6,000 participated in final competition throughout the Westchester County area of New York State.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.