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June 5, 2013

Local coach tops Buffalo Hall Class of 2013

Dick Diminuco will be inducted this fall at Buffalo Hyatt Regency



In his six NFL seasons, McConkey was used as a receiver, and frequently returned punts and kickoffs on special teams. Statistically, his best season was in 1985 when he caught 25 passes for 404 yards, returned 53 punts for 442 yards and gained 234 yards returning kickoffs.
Pam Amabile
A graduate of Frontier High School, Pam took Erie Community College by storm and became the Kats’ first true female superstar, being named All-America in both softball and basketball.
She was named ECC’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1979 and inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992.
Following her Hall of Fame career at ECC, she pitched the Indiana Hoosiers to the National Championship Series. Her pioneering days continued in 2001 when the Empire Games offered women’s ice hockey and Amabile, then 40, made the team. She went on to win three gold medals and one silver.
For the past 23 years she has served as pitching coach for Buffalo State’s nationally-recognized softball program, helping lead the Lady Bengals to three conference championships and eight NCAA Tournament appearances.
General Bass
One of the very first African American men to graduate from Canisius College, General Bass introduced tennis to inner city youth and was an iconic sports figure and community leader in Western New York.
Bass was born in South Carolina, but lived in Buffalo for most of his 82 years. He was a baseball and basketball star at Hutch Tech. After receiving his diploma from Canisius, he became one of the city’s first black police officers – a job he proudly held for 19 years. 
He went onto develop sports  programs at local centers, and directed the Police Athletic League before being hired by GBSHOF inductee Dr. Daniel P. Starr to coach the women’s tennis team at his alma mater. From 1983-96, Bass posted an amazing mark of 127-66 that included 10 consecutive winning campaigns and nine years with at least 10 wins. He took third three times in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and was inducted into the Canisius Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

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