Cazenovia Pete Liddell, a 1984 graduate of Cazenovia High School and former assistant athletics director and men’s baseball coach at Cazenovia College, was inducted into the Cazenovia College Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Liddell was recognized as the college’s all-time leader in wins (159) and total games coached (373) from 1994-2005.
This recognition “is a culmination of effort from a variety of people,” Liddell said. “Personally, I’ve always had a great support structure from my entire family. Professionally, I worked with many student-athletes, administrators, staff and coaches who have been instrumental in helping our athletics and baseball programs. This is a tribute I share with all of those people.”
As the head men’s baseball coach at Cazenovia College from 1993-2005, Liddell totaled 159 wins, four conference championships and was selected as the coach of the year three times as a member of both the NEAC and CUNYAC conferences. Serving as assistant athletics director for more than 18 years, Liddell was instrumental in saving the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) for the 2004-05 seasons when the conference expanded to 12 teams after being reduced to just three in 2004.
Without Liddell, and the persistence of three to four student-athletes in 1993, there would not be a baseball program at Cazenovia College today. The college was looking to increase male enrollment at the time, and Liddell’s revival of the baseball program more than 50 years after its original inception was part of that solution.
The early years did not come without its difficulties, however. “We failed to win a lot of games early on but those years are some of the best I have ever experienced professionally,” Liddell said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for the ‘pioneers’ in the early years. We were persistent and wins gradually came, resulting in a more competitive program.”