DURHAM, N.C. - The LIU Brooklyn Department of Athletics is set to enshrine its 13th Hall of Fame Class Saturday, February 4 with Duke volleyball assistant coach Cristina Pintilie among the six former student-athletes to be honored. The class will be inducted during a ceremony at halftime of the men's basketball game against Central Connecticut State with a banquet set for Saturday evening.
Pintilie is the first Hall of Fame inductee from the Blackbirds' volleyball program. A standout from 2002-04, she holds the LIU all-time kills record (2,037), almost 400 more than the second-ranked player. Also the all-time leader in attacks (4,526), Pintilie is third in program history in aces (170), fifth in blocks (213) and seventh in digs (990). A three-time All-NEC first team selection, she earned NEC Player of the Year honors in 2002 and was the NEC Tournament MVP in 2004 after leading the Blackbirds to their first conference title.
Pintilie has made an immediate impact in her three seasons as an assistant coach with the Blue Devils. Since her arrival in 2009, Duke has compiled a 75-22 (.773) overall record and a 48-12 (.800) mark in ACC play. Pintilie has helped the Blue Devils advance to the NCAA Tournament in each of her three seasons in Durham, including 2010 when the Blue Devils enjoyed a run to the NCAA Regional Final against eventual national champion Penn State.
A committee of current and former administrators, faculty and staff chose the members of this year's class, which includes members from LIU's men's basketball, women's track and field, baseball, men's soccer, softball and volleyball programs. The latest class of inductees joins 78 individuals and three teams that are permanently enshrined in the LIU Brooklyn Athletics Hall of Fame on display at the entrance to the Wellness, Recreation and Athletics Center.