MANSFIELD, Mass. — Former All-American men’s basketball player Steve Dagostino from The College of Saint Rose has been elected to the Northeast-10 Conference Hall of Fame.
He becomes just the third representative from Saint Rose to be inducted, joining the 2011 national champion women’s soccer team and 2007 national champion diver Brandon Birchak, who were each enshrined in 2018.
Dagostino, a Guilderland resident, will join an exclusive group that consists of a mere 90 former student athletes, only a dozen of which represent men’s basketball, in the NE10 Hall of Fame.
“To be inducted in to the NE10 Hall of Fame is an honor that for me I couldn’t fathom when I started my career at Saint Rose,” Dagostino said in a release from the school. “Basketball is a team sport, without the success that my teammates sustained over our four years, this wouldn’t be possible. It was a heck of a ride.
“I want to extend a special thanks to Coach [Brian] Beaury who believed in me when no one else did. Saint Rose is a special place for me and the community, including former President [Dr. R. Mark] Sullivan, Barry Hughes, and countless others deserve a piece of this honor as well. I want to mention my father, mother, and brother. They were always there to help me keep things on and off the court in perspective. Lastly, I want to thank my wife Colleen, who I met my freshman year at Saint Rose, for not only her support, but also all of the nights we spent in the gym with her rebounding for me.”
A 2008 graduate who was inducted into the Saint Rose Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018, Dagostino was a two-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American and NE10 Player of the Year.
Dagostino led Saint Rose to three NCAA Tournament Appearances and an 85-37 (.670) four-year record. He is one of only five NE10 players in league history to be named its Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
Dagostino was also honored as the 2008 Daktronics Northeast Region Player of the Year, the NE10 Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Robbins Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was twice named a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American, was a three-time NE10 All-League honoree, and is the only player in Golden Knights annals to amass 1,500 points, 500 assists and 200 steals.