AMHERST, Mass. -
The University of Massachusetts Athletic Department has announced five new members will be inducted into the George "Trigger" Burke UMass Athletic Hall of Fame, making up the class of 2010. The legends will be honored on Friday, September 10, 2010 at a dinner held at the Campus Center Auditorium at 6 p.m. To attend to induction, please contact the advancement office at 413-577-0267. UMass will induct these all-time legends: Marcus Camby (basketball, 1993-96), Bill Gillin (cross country/track & field, 1971-75), Scott Hiller (lacrosse 1987-90), Sarah Jones (rowing, 1996-97) and the late Bob Pickett (football coach, administrator, 1971-2003).
MARCUS CAMBY (Basketball 1993-96)
One of the most decorated athletes UMass has ever produced, Marcus Camby is among the top basketball players in the school's storied history. Camby was named the Naismith National Player of the Year in 1996 in leading the Minutemen to the NCAA Final Four and a 35-2 record, the most successful season in program history. He was named a consensus first-team All-American that season as he averaged 20.5 points to lead the Atlantic 10. Camby was named to the ESPN Silver Anniversary All-Time Atlantic 10 Team in 2004. In his three seasons at UMass, he was a two-time NABC All-District selection and Atlantic 10 First-Team pick twice. The Minutemen won the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championship in each of his three seasons. He was named the Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year in 1994. He left UMass as the school's all-time leading shot blocker in a career (336) and single-season (128). Camby scored 1,387 points in his career to rank in the top 10 after his final season in maroon & white. He was the highest NBA Draft Pick in UMass history, being taken second overall by the Toronto Raptors in 1996. He has gone on to play in the NBA with the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers and is currently with the Portland Trailblazers.
BILL GILLIN (Cross Country/Track & Field 1971-75)
An All-American athlete in cross country and star in track & field, Bill Gillin had one of the best careers in UMass history. As a cross country runner, he was an All-East selection three times as well as being a four-time All-Yankee Conference selection and a member of the All-New England Team. He helped UMass to four consecutive Yankee Conference Championships in cross country. As a senior in 1974, he co-captained the team to the IC4A Championship and a runner-up finish in the New England Championship. His All-America performance led the team to an eighth-place finish nationally in the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. In track & field, Gillin was named All-East five times in the steeplechase and distance medley relays. He earned numerous accolades as an All-Yankee Conference selection and All-New England pick in both indoor and outdoor track in a variety of events including the mile, steeplechase, 5000 meters and a variety of relays. Gillin set the UMass record in the steeplechase (8:44.6), which still stands to this day. That mark produced a second-place finish at the IC4A Championships. He also won the New England Steeplechase championship three years in a row. He competed in the NCAA Championships in the indoor distance medley relay in 1975 and outdoor steeplechase in 1974, placing fifth nationally. He currently resides in Worcester, Mass and has been the long time coach of the boys and girls cross country and track & field teams at Sutton High School.
SCOTT HILLER (Lacrosse 1987-90)
One of only three UMass athletes to be named a four-time All-American, Scott Hiller starred on the lacrosse field. He was a four-time All-New England selection with the Minutemen. He is third all-time in career goals scored (135) and sixth in career scoring (190). Hiller is one of only three players in UMass history to have 40 or more points in his four seasons. He helped the Minutemen to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons and four New England Championships. Hiller led the team in scoring for three years in a row from 1987-89. Following his graduation in 1990, Hiller was a member of the United States National Team in 1994. In Major League Lacrosse, he has served as head coach, general manager and team executive with the Baltimore Bayhawks, Boston Cannons and Chicago Machine. He earned MLL Coach of the Year two times while at the helm in Boston. He has also served as an assistant coach at Harvard and with his wife Kelly Amonte-Hiller for the Northwestern women's lacrosse team. Hiller is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Illinois. A native of Garden City, N.Y., he resides in Evanston, Illinois.
SARAH JONES (Rowing 1996-97)
The first-ever UMass Hall of Famer from the rowing program, Sarah Jones has had a decorated career in college and with the United States National Team and Olympic Team. With the Minutewomen, she was an NCAA Silver Medalist in 1997 in the Varsity 8+. She was a two-time Atlantic 10 Champion in both 1996 and 1997. Jones was a member of the first collegiate team to win the women's 8+ at the Head of the Schuylkill in 1996 and helped UMass to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta Silver Medal in 1996 with the Varsity 8+. Jones was a member of United States National Team from 1997-2003. She competed for Team USA at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, helping the stars and stripes to a sixth-place finish. She scored six times in the World Championships. Jones was a two-time U.S. Rowing National Championship gold medalist in both 1999 and 2000. She was also a silver medalist at the Head of the Charles in 1998 and 1999 and took bronze in 1997. A native of Olympia, Washington, Jones currently resides in San Francisco.
BOB PICKETT (Football Coach/Administrator 1971-2003)
The late Bob Pickett spent more than three decades at UMass as a football coach, administrator and radio broadcaster. Pickett served as head coach of the Minutemen from 1978-83, winning four Yankee Conference Championships. He went on to serve as an Associate Athletic Director at UMass until retiring in 1997. He also worked as a color commentator on radio broadcasts of Minutemen football from 1998-2003. In his first season as a head coach in 1978, Pickett led UMass to a berth in the first-ever NCAA Division I-AA championship game. UMass lost to Florida A&M 35-28 at the Pioneer Bowl in Wichita Falls, Texas, but on the way to the championship game, the Minutemen routed previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked Nevada-Reno on its home turf. For his accomplishments that season, Pickett was named Coach of the Year by both the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the ECAC, while the team earned the Lambert Cup (given to the best Division I-AA team in the East) and was named ECAC Team of the Year. In his six-year tour as head coach, Pickett compiled a 36-28 record and led the Minutemen to four Yankee Conference titles. Prior to serving as head coach, he was UMass' defensive coordinator for seven seasons from 1971-77. During that time, UMass captured four Yankee Conference championships under head coach Dick MacPherson. The Portland, Maine native passed away in February 2010.