WHEELING - The Wheeling Jesuit University athletic department enshrined Roger Guiseppi and Jim Regan into its Athletic Hall of Fame at a Saturday brunch held in the Alma Grace McDonough Center. The ceremony was part of the annual fall homecoming celebration for students, friends, family and alumni. Hall of Fame honorees included:
Guiseppi was a member of the Cardinal soccer team for three season, spanning from 1990 1994, He earned WVIAC All-Conference honors all three years. He helped lead the Cardinals to a 31-18-6 record, and secured NAIA All-American accolades in 1991 and 1994. In addition, Guiseppi was a two-time NAIA All-South Atlantic and NAIA All-Area VIII recipient.
In 1994, he played in the NAIA Senior Bowl and was named an NSCAA All-American. Guiseppi recorded 84 career points with 29 goals and 26 assists as a Cardinal, which currently ranks 8th on WJU's All-Time Scoring list.
After graduating from WJU, Guiseppi played semi-professional soccer with the Lexington Bluegrass Bandits of the United States International Soccer League (USISL) in Lexington, Ky. He played four years with the Bandits and, after a few injuries, decided to pursue a career in banking. He is currently the Bank Manager for Popular Community Bank.
Coach Regan was named Wheeling Jesuit's head men's soccer coach in 1983, and in his first season at the helm, the Cardinals finished 11-6 overall. During his 30 year career, Regan guided the men's team to a 354-205-48 record. He is responsible for elevating the men's program to national prominence, with a top twenty ranking in 2003 and an Elite Eight appearance in the 2000 NCAA Division II National Tournament.
In 1988, Regan established Wheeling Jesuit's women's soccer program. He spent 14 years leading the two teams on the field, before handing over the reigns in 2002 to current head women's coach, former player and WJU Hall of Famer Carrie Hanna.
In addition to the Hall of Fame inductions, the Athletic Department honored the 1991, '92, '93 and 2002 Women's Soccer Teams.
For three consecutive seasons, the '91, '92 and '93 women's teams won Regional Championships and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament. In a three year span, the Cardinals posted an overall record of 53-16 as the '91 team was 15-5, the '92 team went 20-4 and the '93 team finished 16-7.
The 2002 team was the first NCAA Division II National Tournament qualifying team. With a 16-5-1 record, the Cardinals earned WVIAC runner-up and finished the season ranked 20th in the nation.