Class Of 2013 To Be Inducted Into UMass Hall Of Fame This Sunday
Jan. 20, 2014
The University of Massachusetts will induct six new members into the George "Trigger" Burke Athletics Hall of Fame this Sunday evening following the Minutemen's basketball game against Fordham. The Class of 2013 will be introduced to fans at halftime of the Fordham game before moving over to the Student-Union Ballroom.
The event will begin with a reception at 3 PM before the dinner starts at 4 PM. Following the dinner will be the induction ceremony.
This year's class includes Tony Barbee (Men's Basketball, 1990-93), Ned Deane (Football, 1973-75), Rebecca Donaghue (Cross Country/Track & Field, 1995-98), Julie Ready-Mulvey (Women's Basketball, 1978-81), Doug Welenc (Baseball, 1977-79) and Jim Weller (Men's Lacrosse, 1979-82).
UMass softball legend Elaine Sortino will also be recognized during the evening's events as she was inducted into the Hall of Fame this past October during a Celebration of Life.
For information on attending the 2013 UMass Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, please contact the UMass Athletics Advancement Office at 413-577-0267.
TONY BARBEE (Men's Basketball, 1990-93)
The Indianapolis native finished with 1,643 career points to rank third all-time at UMass (currently seventh). Along with Al Skinner, Barbee is the only player in UMass history to tally 1,500 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists. At the conclusion of his career, he finished his career ranked in the top 10 in 10 different categories. While at UMass, he was a two-time All-Atlantic 10 choice and all-freshman team member.
Barbee spent the 1995-96 season as a graduate assistant with John Calipari during the Minutemen's run to the NCAA Final Four before later joining his mentor as an assistant coach for six years at Memphis. As an assistant at Memphis under Calipari, Barbee helped the Tigers to six postseason appearances including the 2006 NCAA Elite Eight and the 2008 NCAA National Championship game. He also worked for three years over two stints as an assistant coach under Bruiser Flint.
As a head coach, Barbee led UTEP to the 2010 Conference USA regular-season title and participated in the NCAA Tournament. He was named the 2010 NABC District 11 and C-USA Coach of the Year. He is currently in his fourth year as head coach at Auburn.
NED DEANE (Football, 1973-75)
He was considered one of the top offensive linemen in the Northeast in 1974 and 1975. In 1974 he earned First-Team All-Yankee Conference honors as well as First-Team All-New England, and First-Team All-East while helping UMass win the Yankee Conference.
Deane was a team captain in 1975 and helped lead the team to an 8-0 start before losing to New Hampshire 14-11 in a battle up in Durham. The Minutemen finished the season 8-2 losing to Boston College 24-14 at Chestnut Hill. In addition to being named All-Yankee Conference, All-New England, and All-East again in 1975, Deane was also named to the First-Team AP and Kodak All-American teams. In 1975 Ned was voted MVP by his teammates - an honor he is most proud of.
After college Deane signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Deane was an undersized NFL offensive guard and was cut by the Seahawks. He ended up playing for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League in 1976. During the off season, Deane was contacted by the New York Giants for a tryout as a linebacker. He signed a free agent contract with the Giants in 1977.
After a very good rookie camp, Giants linebacker coach Marty Schottenheimer put Deane on the first unit with Harry Carson and Dan Lloyd at the start of training camp. A serious ankle injury curtailed his camp with the Giants. Deane returned to the Canadian Football League and finished up the 1977 season with the Ottawa Rough Riders. In 1978 Deane was the last man cut by the Rough Riders and decided it was time to enter the professional work force.
Deane is an active and ardent supporter of UMass Football for many years and could not be more proud of his association with the University of Massachusetts.
Deane lives in downtown Boston with his wife Teresa and his son Ned who is a junior linebacker across town at Amherst College. Professionally, for the past 30-plus years, he has had a most successful career in the financial services industry.
REBECCA DONAGHUE (Cross Country/Track & Field, 1995-98)
The native of Stow, Mass., was a two-time NCAA qualifier in cross country in both 1995 and 1996 and was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 honoree.
In indoor track & field, Donaghue won an individual title in the 800 meters at the Atlantic 10 championship as a freshman in 1995 then took home gold in both the 800 meters and the mile as a sophomore in 1996, helping the Minutewomen to their first indoor Atlantic 10 championship that same season. She repeated as A-10 champion in the mile the following season as a junior.
After graduating in 1998 with a degree in Art Education, Donaghue has gone on to compete internationally as a professional distance runner, currently with sponsorship from PowerBar, Oiselle, and Oakley.
Among her professional highlights, Donaghue was the 2008 USATF Club Cross Country National Champion. She then signed a professional contract with New Balance in 2009. That same year, she finished second in both the 2009 USATF 5k and 10k Road Championships. Also in 2009, Donaghue represented Team USA at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Aaman, Jordan.
She competed in three United States Olympic Trials in three different events: the 5,000 meters, the 10,000 meters and the Marathon. Her highest finish in those competitions was an 8th place mark in the 5,000 meters. She made her marathon debut with a 17th place finish at the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials.
Of the last nine years, Donaghue has coached at state College Area High School in State College, Pa., as the head girls cross country coach and assistant track and field coach. She has guided the cross country team to nine consecutive District 6 Championship wins and helped the track and field team to a PIAA State Championship title in 2011. Additionally, she helped one of her athletes win mutliple individual state championship titles.
JULIE READY-MULVEY (Women's Basketball, 1978-81)
Ready finished her career ranked 8th all-time in scoring at UMass with 1,406 career points including a 20.7 point per game average as a senior.
An All-American and All-Region selection as a senior, Ready was also invited to compete for a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team. A stress fracture caused her not to attend the tryout and the games ended up being boycotted by President Carter due to the Soviet Union's invasion of Afganistan.
Ready still ranks among the best all-time at UMass in several categories. She is No. 1 in career field goal percentage (.545), 2nd in points per game (16.5), 3rd in rebounds (831), 3rd in rebounds per game (9.8), and 6th in field goals (615).
Among single season rankings, she still holds the No. 1 rankings for field goal percentage (.565, 1979) and field goals (244, 1981). She is No. 2 all-time in points (581, 1981), points per game (20.7, 1981), and No. 4 in rebounds (292, 1979) and rebounds per game (11.7, 1979).
During her career, she was twice nominated for the Wade Trophy as Player of the Year (30 players nationally nominated each year).
Following graduation, Ready went on to become a basketball and volleyball coach before taking over as the Director of Student Life at Massasoit Community College from 1995-2008. She was deeply involved in the Special Olympics program in Southeastern Massachusetts and was nominated for the Special Olympics Hall of Fame after serving as its Game's Director. Ready is currently the Athletic Director at Massasoit.
Additionally, she was honored with the Rockland-Hanson Rotary Citizen of the Year (1997-98) and the Brockton Rotary Citizen of the Year (1999) awards.
DOUG WELENC (Baseball, 1977-79)
A two-time All-Northeast Region, All-New England and All-Yankee Conference selection, Welenc won nine games in back-to-back seasons (1978-79) with an earned run average under 2.00 both years. In 1979, Welenc also enjoyed a stellar season at the plate, setting a new single-season record for hits with 54, batting .365 with 30 RBI. Welenc also represented the United States that year in the 1979 Pan American Games in Columbia, South America.
To date, the Greenfield, Mass., native still remains in the program's top-10 for career ERA, wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and games started. He holds the record for most complete games in a career with 24.
A 13th round pick by the Houston Astros in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft, Welenc went on to play professionally for five seasons.
JIM WELLER (Men's Lacrosse, 1979-82)
Weller's 162 career goals still ranks No. 1 all-time for the Minutemen - a mark that was not reached by the great names such as Mark Millon, Scott Hiller, Kevin Leveille or Jeff Zywicki.
His 62 goals scored in 1981 along with his 98 points that year both remain single-season records. Additionally, his 94 career assists still ranks 6th all-time. He finished his career with 256 career points which remains the 3rd highest total in program history.
Among the NCAA rankings, Weller's offensive performance ranks among the top-15 all-time in goals, goals per game and points for a single-season, while he is among the top-25 players in each of those career categories as well.
Weller also played for the Canadian National Field Lacrosse Team in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1990. He led the Canadian Team in goals and points at the World Championships in 1982, 1984 and 1986. In 1984 and 1986, he was selected to the All-World Team.
The 1984 World Championship was a special one for Weller as he led the tournament in scoring, was selected to the All-Star Team, and was named the tournament MVP. That year's tournament was dubbed the "Unofficial World Championship" as it was played just before the Los Angeles Olympic Games. It was a pivotal tournament in the lacrosse world because it marked the first time the Iroquois team participated.