Six To Be Inducted Into UMass Hall Of Fame
Nov. 7, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Department of the Athletics has announced six new members will be inducted into the George "Trigger" Burke UMass Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2013. This group will join former UMass softball head coach Elaine Sortino who was inducted in a special ceremony in October following her passing earlier this fall. The newest class of the Hall of Fame will be introduced to UMass fans at halftime of the Minutemen's home basketball game against Fordham on Sunday, January 26 before the official ceremony takes place at 3 PM that afternoon in the Student Union Ballroom. The Class of 2013 is made up of Tony Barbee (Men's Basketball, Ned Deane (Football), Julie Ready-Mulvey (Women's Basketball), Jim Weller (Men's Lacrosse), Rebecca Donaghue (Women's Cross Country/Track & Field) and Doug Welenc (Baseball).
The cost to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony is $50. To register, please contact Jason Germain in UMass Athletics at 413-577-0267.
Tony Barbee (Men's Basketball, 1990-93):
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 also spent six seasons as an assistant at Memphis under Calipari, helping the Tigers to six postseason appearances, including an NCAA Elite Eight in 2006. He is currently in his fourth year as head coach at Auburn.
Ned Deane (Football, 1973-75):
After college, Deane was signed as a free agent by Seattle, but ended up playing two years in the Canadian Football League. In 1976 he played for the Toronto Argonauts before joining the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1977.
In the nomination letter, Deane was described as one of "the fiercest, toughest football player ever to don the pads for UMass."
Deane still remains an active and ardent supporter of UMass Football. Professionally, he has had a most successful career as an executive in the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Boston.
Julie Ready-Mulvey (Women's Basketball, 1978-81):
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).
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 has been deeply involved in the Special Olympics program in Southeastern Massachusetts. She has been nominated for the Special Olympics Hall of Fame after serving as its Game's Director. 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.
Jim Weller (Men's Lacrosse, 1979-82):
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.
Rebecca Donaghue (Women's 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 Oiselle.Among her professional highlights, she finished second in both the 2009 USATF 5k and 10k Road Championships and made her marathon debut with a 17th place finish at the 2012 USATF Olympic Trials.
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, hitting .365 (54-for-148) with 30 RBI.
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.