Vickers, Glenn

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Vickers, Glenn

Glenn Vickers

Induction Year: 1994

Category: Basketball

Location: Babylon

Glenn Vickers was inducted into the Iona College Hall of Fame following an outstanding four-year career with the men’s basketball program from 1976-80. Prior to his college career though, Vickers had a sensational career at Babylon High School.

In 1973, he became the second freshman in school history to play on the varsity basketball team and was even named a starter. As a sophomore, Vickers was named All League.

His greatest accomplishments came in 1975-1976 during his junior and senior years. Both of these years, Vickers was named All League, All County, All Long Island, Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs, and Most Valuable Player of the Long Island Championship.

Vickers was instrumental in elevating Iona basketball to national prominence, guiding the team to an 84-31 overall record and the Gaels first two appearances in the NCAA Tournament. His presence was immediately made as Iona College had the worst record in the NCAA of 2-22 in 1974. In 1976, Vickers helped the team reach a record of 15-10. Recognized as one of the best high school players in the East, Hall of Fame coach Jim Valvano claimed that signing Vickers paved the way for the Gaels recruiting successes of the late 1970s.

Vickers ended his career as Iona’s top assist man, recording 432 assists during his four-year career. He also ranked third on the all-time scoring chart with 1,644 points. Vickers scored a career-high 31 points versus St. Bonaventure his freshman season and recorded a career-high 15 assists against Wisconsin-Milwaukee during the 1977-78 season.

Vickers was named Metropolitan Rookie of the Year by the Metropolitan Writers Association after averaging a team-high 17.9 points per game during the 1976-77 campaign.

Glenn entered the Iona College Hall of Fame alongside his fellow Long Island teammate, Kevin Hamilton. Vickers and Hamilton combined to form one of the best backcourt combinations in the history of Iona College basketball.

In 1981, Vickers graduated with a degree in marketing and achieved Excellence in Marketing Recognition.

In 1987, he became the first African American to make the Dean’s List at Toro Law School. Four years later, he became the Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney.

Currently, Vickers is married and has five children. He also has a private practice where he works as a trial attorney.