UMass Inducts 2005 Hall Of Fame Class
June 28, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. - Five former athletes and one special contributor were inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame as the Class of 2005 at a banquet at the Campus Center Friday night. This year's class includes Holly Aprile (1989-92, softball), David Bartley (1953-56, basketball, special service), Gary DiSarcina (1986-88, baseball), Lou Roe (1991-95, basketball), Briana Scurry (1990-93, soccer), and Jerry Whelchel (1962-64, football). With the addition of these six, the Hall of Fame membership now stands at 79.
In addition, Aprile was named the A-10 Rookie of the Year in 1989, A-10 Pitcher of the Year in 1992, A-10 Tournament MVP in 1990, and the A-10 Tournament's outstanding pitcher in both 1989 and 1992. Aprile was also named to both the All-Northeast Region team and All-New England team on two occasions and was a member of the 1992 ECAC All-Star team. In the classroom, Aprile was named to the 1992 A-10 Academic All-Conference team. She graduated from UMass in 1993 with a degree in Sport Management.
An outstanding all-around player, she led Massachusetts to four Atlantic 10 titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances and the school's first NCAA College World Series trip in 1992. Aprile still ranks among the school's top 10 in 17 single-season record lists and 15 career charts.
In addition to his service to the University, Bartley played basketball while an undergraduate. As a junior in the 1954-55 season, he averaged 3.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. As a senior in 1955-56, he averaged 8.7 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 4.4 assists. That season, UMass finished 17-6 overall and 5-1 in the Yankee Conference. His career numbers were 6.5 points per game, 4.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists.
Bartley graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Government in 1956 and followed that up with a Master's of Education in 1961 and a Doctorate of Education in 1988 from the University of Massachusetts. After retiring from the House in 1975, he became President of Holyoke Community College, a post he held for 28 years until 2003. In 1982 and 1983, he was the Executive Secretary of Administration and Finance for then Governor King.
DiSarcina led UMass to an overall record of 36-16 during his junior season in 1988, shattering the school single-season record for victories at the time (the old record was 26 wins). He paced the team by hitting .366 during the 1988 season, with six home runs and a team-best 39 RBI. An outstanding contact hitter, he would strike out only 10 times in 202 at bats. As a sophomore, he batted .340, with three homers and 24 RBI. At the time he left UMass, held school single-season records for hits (74 in 1988), at bats (202 in 1988) and total bases (108 in 1988) and finished his UMass career with a .336 batting average, along with 17 doubles, nine triples, 11 home runs, 74 RBI and 29 stolen bases.
He was drafted by the California Angels in the sixth round following his junior season in 1988 and made his major league debut with the Angels in 1989 and became their starting shortstop in 1992. In 1995, he was named to the American League All-Star team, when he hit .307 with five homers and 41 RBI, while committing only six errors all season. DiSarcina was voted the Angels' team MVP following the 1998 season, after batting .287 with 39 doubles and 56 RBI, while also posting a .980 fielding percentage with 437 assists and 103 double plays.
During his 12-year major league career, he had a .258 batting average with 444 runs scored, 186 doubles, 20 triples, 28 home runs, 355 RBI and 47 stolen bases and had a career major league fielding percentage of .974, making only 131 errors in 4,970 total chances, while being in on 674 double plays. He retired following the 2002 season. He is currently working as a Red Sox post and pre-game analyst on the NESN.
He finished his UMass career averaging 14.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, and shot 53%. Roe's numbers included 7.8 points and 6.4 rebounds as a freshman, 13.8 points and 9.2 rebounds as sophomore, 18.6 points and 8.3 rebounds as a junior, and 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior. He was selected a team captain twice.
After his stellar UMass career, Roe was drafted in the second round by the Detriot Pistons of the National Basketball Association in 1995. He played for Detroit in the '95-'96 season and for Golden State in '96-'97. Today he continues to play overseas in Spain with Caja San Fernando. Last season, he was the league's runner-up in the MVP voting.
Scurry also starred on the international soccer scene, playing on the U.S. National Team from 1994-2000, and then again in 2002 and 2004. She played in more games than any goalkeeper in U.S. Women's National Team history. She won an Olympic gold medal in 1996 and 2004 and was the starting goalie for the U.S. on the 1999 gold medal winning World Cup team and also started in goal for the 2003 World Cup. Scurry played professionally in the WUSA, earning first team All-WUSA and goalkeeper of the year in 2003.
He was All-Yankee Conference in both 1963 and 1964 and won the Bulger Lowe Award as New England's top player in 1964. In his UMass career, he accounted for 30 touchdowns, rushing for 13 and throwing for 17 more. In addition to playing quarterback, Whelchel was also the kicker making 30 of 45 extra points and made both his field goal attempts, scoring 228 points. The team's record with Whelchel at starting quarterback 22-5-1 overall and 14-1 in the Yankee Conference. Two of those years, UMass won the Yankee Conference.
After his UMass career, Whelchel was selected in the ninth round of the American Football League draft by the San Diego Chargers in 1965.
Nominations for the Class of 2006 will be accepted until March 15, 2006.