Dr. Patrick Richard Damore of Fredonia has been involved in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and Fredonia State athletics for many years.
Damore has served as the first-and-only commissioner of the SUNYAC since 1979 and has been full-time since 1985.
He has also served as president of NCAA Division II and III College Division Commissioners Association plus Intercollegiate Soccer Association of America.
During his tenure in the SUNYAC, Damore coordinated the addition of women's sports programs in 1983. In the 2008-2009, the women's programs celebrated their 25th anniversary and the SUNYAC also celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Damore was born in Oswego, N.Y, and graduated from Oswego High School in 1948.
He lettered in baseball, basketball, football and boxing in high school before heading off for Brockport State where he lettered in football (1950-1951).
Damore was athletic director at Hammond Central School in the Adirondacks where he was basketball, soccer and baseball coach.
In 1954-1955 and 1955-1956, he won the St. Lawrence Valley Basketball League championships and in 1955-1956 he won the sectional title.
Holding degrees from Brockport State and St. Lawrence University, Damore came to Fredonia State in 1956 as an assistant professor.
He served as the Fredonia State athletic director for 18 years starting in 1968 as well as coaching soccer, tennis and basketball.
Damore, who earned his PhD from Oklahoma in 1971, began the first soccer team at Fredonia State in 1959 and originated the national collegiate soccer rating system in 1968 and served as the first national chairperson.
He coached 12 years of tennis, nine years of soccer and four years of basketball at Fredonia State.
His accolades include NCAA Division III Commissioner's Association Meritorious Service Award, SUNYAC Distinguished Service Award, the Bill Jeffries Award for his contribution to national collegiate soccer and the ECAC James Lynah award for distinguished achievement. He also was awarded the Floyd Peckham Memorial Trophy by the Western New York Soccer Officials Association.
Following his retirement as a captain in the United States Naval Reserve, he received a naval commendation medal. He served on active naval duty during the Korean conflict.
After 29 years at Fredonia State, Damore retired on July 1, 1985.
This marks the fourth Hall of Fame that has been inducted Damore. He is also in the The College at Brockport Athletics Hall of Fame, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame and the Fredonia State Hall of Fame.
Patrick Damore was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
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