Class of 2018
PHILADELPHIA – The University of the Sciences Athletics Department is pleased to announce that Keith Armson P'94, MA, PharmD (basketball), Shelby Rance PharmD'09 (basketball) and Paul Caceres PharmD'12 (tennis) have been induced into the USciences Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.
The trio will be honored in a ceremony at the McNeil Science and Technology Center on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2:30 p.m. as part of the University's Alumni Reunion weekend.
"Being inducted into the USciences Athletics Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor. These individuals are deserving of this recognition for their contributions on the playing surface, in the classroom, and in the community," said Dr. Marc Caserio, USciences Athletic Director. "I am excited to celebrate their athletic and academic successes while they were student-athletes at the University."
Keith Armson P'94, MA, PharmD: From 1989-1993, Armson played 116 career games for the men's basketball team and helped lead the team to the first two of four NAIA Tournament berths in program history. On Nov. 22, 2008, he was one of 20 former players selected to the USciences All-Millennium Basketball Team as the University celebrated 100 years of men's basketball.
Dr. Armson is the all-time leader in blocked shots with 432 for his career, a number that ranks first in NAIA Division II history and is 246 more than any other player in program history. He recorded at least 100 blocks in each of his four seasons, including a school-record 116 in 1990-91, while no other Devil has recorded more than 71.
Dr. Armson also ranks fourth in all-time in field goal percentage (.551), eighth in offensive rebounds (223) and defensive rebounds (488) and 10th in field goals made (626). His 1,479 career points and 711 career rebounds rank just outside the top-10. He led the team in scoring with 14.4 points per game in 1990-91 and also led team in rebounding the following season with 6.5 per game.
Born in Reading, Pa., Dr. Armson grew up in Pottsville, Pa., and graduated from Pottsville Area High School. He received a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from the then Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, a master's degree in health administration from Wilkes University and a PharmD from Shenandoah University.
Dr. Armson is currently a co-owner of Care First Pharmacy Services, a long-term care pharmacy that serves their senior population in personal care, skilled nursing, and assisted living facilities throughout 17 counties in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Armson and his family have resided in Loyalsock Township, near Montoursville, Pa., since 1994. He is married to alumna Karen Kendter Armson MPT'94. They have two children, Dylan and Dane.
Shelby Rance PharmD'09: A three-time All-CACC (Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference) selection, Dr. Rance is one of the most decorated student-athletes in USciences women's basketball history. She played a played a vital role in helping lead the Devils to CACC championships and NCAA East regional appearances in both 2004 and 2006.
On the court, Dr. Rance was a fierce competitor who could score from anywhere, which is evident from some of her all-time rankings. She ranks in the top-five of program history in several statistical categories, including second all-time with 1,939 career points and an .860 free throw percentage. She is also third all-time in field goals made (680), three-point field goals made (161) and free throws made (418), fourth in career scoring average (16.2) and fifth in steals (120).
Dr. Rance also features in the single-season portion of the record book, as her 545 points in 2005-06 and 525 points in 2004-05 rank third and seventh, respectively. Her free throw percentage in each of her four seasons are in the top-10 of the program's single-season annals, while she also features in the top-10 twice in single-season points per game, field goals made and free throws made, as well as once in single-season three-point field goals made.
A successful student, Dr. Rance maintained a cumulative 3.563 GPA and graduated in 2009 with her PharmD.
Dr. Rance currently serves as a pharmacist at Acme-Savon.
Paul Caceres PharmD'12: Captain of the 2008-09 men's tennis team that made the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, Dr. Caceres helped the team finish the season ranked in the top-10 of the Division II East Region. That same season, he set the program record for most career singles victories and most career wins (singles and doubles) with a total of 43 and 83, respectively, and was voted the senior athlete of the year.
In his first year competing on the men's tennis team in 2005-06, Dr. Caceres went undefeated in singles as a freshman. The following year, he helped his team earn the best single-season record in program history. He then finished the 2007-2008 season with the best singles and doubles record on the team.
In the inaugural season of men's tennis as a CACC championship sport in 2008-09, Dr. Caceres went undefeated in both singles and doubles dual competition. He helped USciences clinch a spot in the CACC tournament, where the Devils would make it to the championship match. He was also a semifinalist in the CACC individual tournament for both singles and doubles and would go on to earn postseason recognition by being selected to the first-ever All-CACC men's tennis team.
In addition to being the all-time leader in both career and singles wins when he graduated, Dr. Caceres was also second in singles' winning percentage (.878), career doubles wins (40) and doubles winning percentage (.816). He is still in the top-three in all five categories to this day.
Dr. Caceres also holds the program record for best singles record in a season when he finished a perfect 11-0 in 2005-06, and he is in the top-nine of the record book for single-season singles winning percentage for each of his four seasons.
In addition to graduating with a PharmD degree, Dr. Caceres also received a minor in sociology. During his academic career, he was a merit scholarship recipient and made dean's list four semesters. He also participated in the emerging leaders workshop in spring 2008 and received the 2011 USciences community engagement award.
After graduating, Dr. Caceres went on to complete a residency in Arizona. He recently became board certified in geriatric pharmacy.
Dr. Caceres is a member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and continues to play competitive tennis all year round. He continues to stay active off the court as well, volunteering his time at a number of different organizations including the Philadelphia Medical Reserve Corps, Center for Food Action, and Project HEARTH (Helping Elderly Adults Remain in Their Homes).