Jack Leaman Era Of UMass Basketball, Derek Kellogg, Loe Roe and Octavia Thomas Among 2013 New England Basketball Hall Of Fame Inductees
May 15, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will be well represented in next month's New England Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony when the Class of 2013 is enshrined at the DCU Center in Worcester on June 22.
Former coach and administrator Jack Leaman, current coach Derek Kellogg, former standouts Loe Roe and Octavia Thomas are among more than 100 inductees.
Leaman, who himself was inducted in the NEBHOF in 2003, spent more than 40 years at UMass. He coached the men's basketball team from 1966-79, the women's basketball team in 1986-87 and following that stint, he served the athletics department in a variety of roles as an assistant coach and radio broadcaster until his untimely death on March 6, 2004. The court at the Mullins Center was renamed in his honor on Feb. 25, 2006.
Kellogg is a Springfield native who played at UMass for coach John Calipari from 1991-95. He returned to Amherst in 2008 and has compiled an 85-77 record with a pair of NIT appearances in the last two seasons. His 85 wins rank fourth all-time at UMass, behind Leaman, Calipari and Bruiser Flint.
Roe was the first consensus All-America honoree in program history and ranks fourth in career scoring with 1,905 points. He is one of two Minutemen to score more than 1,000 points and grab at least 1,000 rebounds. He spent 17 years playing professionally in the NBA, Europe, Asia and South America before returning to campus last fall where he has since completed his bachelor's degree in sports broadcasting.
Thomas ranks second in scoring for the Minutewomen, compiling 1,791 points from 1992-96 while leading the women's program's resurgence during the mid-1990s. Thomas helped turn a program that had won nine total games in the previous three seasons into a team that made the WNIT and the NCAA tournaments during her junior and senior campaigns.
Other inductees with UMass ties include Bill Bayno, John Betancourt, Calipari, Flint, Tom McLaughlin, Michael Pyatt, Peter Trow, current women's assistant coach Morgan Valley and Ray Wilson.
The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst College, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame event has become one of the largest sports dinners in America. At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sell out.
For further information, visit nebasketballhalloffame.com.