University of Massachusetts
Marjorie Anderson played attack for the women¹s lacrosse team and forward on the women¹s soccer team, earning a total of seven letters from 1978-1982. In 1982, she was the captain of the women¹s lacrosse team that captured UMass¹ first NCAA title. She led the team to a 10-0 record in 1982 and was named team MVP, while scoring a goal in the NCAA championship win over the College of New Jersey.
Over the course of her four years, Anderson led the Minutewoman lacrosse team to an overall record of 46-8, including the 1982 national championship and a national runner-up finish in 1979. She still ranks among UMass¹ all-time leaders in career points (180 / fourth), career goals (121 / third) and career assists (59 / third), while standing second on the single-season list for goals scored (47 in 1981), fifth on the single-season chart for points (65 in 1981) and 10th on the single-season list for assists (18 in 1981).
On the women¹s soccer team, Anderson totaled 71 career points on 30 goals and 11 assists, while leading the team to an overall record of 41-9-4 during her three seasons. She held the school records for both goals and points scored at the time of her graduation, and still ranks 10th in goals and 11th in points today. In 1978, Anderson scored 12 goals while leading the Minutewomen to an overall record of 15-0-1, which remains the only undefeated season in school history.
Following her graduation from UMass, Anderson was a member of the Unites States women¹s lacrosse national team from 1981-1990. She scored the winning goal in sudden death overtime to lead the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 1989 World Cup, and was the leading scorer of the 1986 World Cup when the U.S. won the silver medal. Anderson also served as the head women¹s lacrosse coach (1985-1993) and head women¹s soccer coach (1985-1995) at the University of New Hampshire. She compiled a 75-36-1 record in lacrosse, leading the Wildcats to six ECAC and three NCAA appearances (1985, 1986 and 1991) as well as two ECAC championships (1986 1987). As a soccer coach, Anderson compiled an 86-80-12 record.
Aprile, an outstanding softball pitcher, finished her career with a then-school record 77 victories. Today, that total is second to Danielle Henderson's 108. She was a four-time Atlantic 10 All-Conference performer, a three-time A-10 Player of the Year, and a third team All-America selection in 1982. As a senior, she went 11-3 with a 1.19 ERA, allowing just 61 hits and 34 walks in 94 innings, while striking out 53. At the plate, she hit .333 with nine doubles, six triples, two home runs and 19 RBI. 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.
Banda was the head women's soccer coach from 1980 through 1987, compiling a 120-25-10 (.806) record. He led the Minutewomen to six consecutive NCAA appearances, including five straight trips to the final four. In 1987, the team was the national runner-up, falling to North Carolina 1-0 in the national championship game. He left the university in 1987, after coaching 20 All-America selections and 31 All-New England Selections. A native of Malawi, Africa, Banda also served as women's track and field coach for eight years. A 1975 graduate of UMass, he is currently the head men's soccer coach at the University of Wisconsin, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
Bartley is the only University of Massachusetts graduate to become the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving seven years. He was a member of the House of Representatives for 13 years, elected first in 1963. During the period he was the Speaker, he used his power to greatly enhance and further the causes of the University and its athletics department. 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.
A standout soccer player at UMass from 1984-87, Belkin was a three-time first team All-America selection and All-New England (1985-87). Despite playing in the backfield, she stands 10th on the UMass all-time points list (70), 10th in career goals (25), ninth in career assists (20) and 10th in single-season goals (11). At the time of her graduation, she ranked third in career points, fourth in single-season goals, fourth in career goals, and fifth in career assists. Belkin was chosen as the final four Defensive MVP in 1987. She was named to the Soccer America MVP team for the 1986 and 1987 seasons, and was named to the Soccer America All-Decade team for the 1980s. Belkin was a two-time NCAA All-Tournament Team selection (1985-86). Belkin was a six-year member of the United States Women's national team (1986-92), and was a member of the 1991 team that captured the first FIFA Women's World Cup. Belkin has been the head women's soccer coach at the University of Michigan since 1993, after serving as the head coach at Fairfield University (1991-93). Belkin led Michigan to its first Big Ten title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997. A native of Needham, Belkin currently lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.
A member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, Bergquist is the all-time winningest coach in UMass baseball history. He compiled a 392-321-5 record in 21 seasons at the helm of the UMass program, leading UMass to seven Yankee Conference championships (1967, '69, '71, '73, '78-80), two New England titles (1969, 1978), one Atlantic 10 championship (1980), five NCAA Tournament appearances (1967, '69, '71, '73, '78) and one trip to the College World Series (1969). He coached the 1969 team to a fifth-place finish in the College World Series, including a 2-0 upset of No. 1 Southern Illinois. For his performance he was named District I and New England Coach of the Year. During his tenure, he coached five All-America selections, 14 Northeast Region All-America selections and 35 All-Yankee Conference selections. Bergquist was the president of the New England College Baseball Coaches Association from 1974-76 and served on the Executive Committee of the American Baseball Coaches Association for three years. After retiring from coaching, he was the Executive Director of the ABCA from 1990-94 and served as a faculty member in the UMass Sport Management department. Bergquist coached 34 players who have played professional baseball, including Major League stars Jeff Reardon, Cy Young Award winner Mike Flanagan, Gary DiSarcina and current UMass Hall of Famer Joe DiSarcina. He earned two letters in varsity baseball at UMass from 1956-57 as a member of Earl Lorden's squad as well as two letters in football (1955-56). His number, 26, has been retired and the bleachers at Earl Lorden Field have been dedicated in his honor. The Orange, Mass., native currently lives in Amherst, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
A former standout in gymnastics, Burger was the first female All-American in school history and was the first woman to be inducted into the UMass Hall of Fame (in 1981). Burger earned All-America honors in each of her four years. She led her team to the 1973 national championship during her sophomore year, the first national title in school history. During her other three years, the team finished second, third and fourth nationally, missing the 1974 championship by a single point. A native of Beaver Falls, Pa., Burger is married to another member of the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame, Greg Landry.
The man for whom the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame is named, Burke was a standout basketball player for two years at UMass in the mid-1950s. A 1956 second-team All-America selection, Burke was also named first team All-East, first team All-New England, first team All-Yankee Conference, and first team All-Boston Garden. He was the first player ever to lead UMass in both scoring and assists in the same season. He remains one of only three former Minutemen to have his jersey number retired, and his #32, shared with fellow UMass legend Julius Erving, hangs from the rafters of the Mullins Center. Burke held many school records which were eventually broken by the great Dr. J. In 1996, Burke revived the Athletic Hall of Fame through his generous contribution. He once said that his 1981 induction into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame was one of the greatest honors he received. A former acting mayor of the City of Quincy and District Attorney of Norfolk County, Burke enjoyed a successful law career long after his playing days at UMass and with the Boston Celtics.
A three-time letterwinner from 1931-33, Bush was UMass' first All-American in football and still holds many UMass records over 60 years after his last game as an "Aggie". Bush was phenomenal in 1931 and 1932, scoring 39 touchdowns over that span, an average of over two per game. In his first year of collegiate football in 1931, Bush led the nation in touchdowns with 20. Bush finished at UMass with 45 touchdowns, before his career was cut short by an early season injury during his senior campaign. Beside setting UMass season (20) and career (45) marks for touchdowns, Bush also holds the game record, twice scoring five touchdowns (vs. Wagner in 1931 and Cooper Union in 1932). One of his five-touchdown performances led UMass to its largest victory ever, a 77-0 thrashing of Wagner in 1931. While at UMass, Bush also played baseball and basketball, and was a member of the school's only undefeated basketball team (12-0) in 1934. As a member of the baseball team, Bush helped UMass to a 26-16 record, and later signed a professional contract to play with the Boston Braves of the National League. Bush was a charter member of the UMass Hall of Fame, inducted in 1969.
A three-year member of both the hockey and baseball teams, Cain was one of the great players of early UMass hockey history. Known for "raising Cain," George helped the 1931 hockey team to a 9-3 mark. He scored 14 goals that year, including four in a victory over Army. In 1932, when UMass downed the then Connecticut Aggies 17-0, Cain led the way with five goals. His 1933 team finished 5-2-1, including a 13-5 rout of Colgate and a 7-0 demolition of Amherst College. Cain was also an outstanding pitcher for the UMass baseball team, leading the 1932 team to a 9-6 record. His six innings of scoreless work in the season opener helped the Aggies to a 12-5 win over Northeastern. In his next start at CCNY, Cain held the opposition to just two runs in the 5-2 victory. In his following start, the boys from Bowdoin could only manage one run off of Sugar, as UMass won 5-1. He was inducted into the all of fame in 1981.
John Calipari led the UMass men's basketball team to an overall record of 193-71 in his eight seasons as head coach from 1988-1996. His .731 career winning percentage remains the best in school history, and he ranks second all time at UMass in victories with 193. Calipari led the Minutemen to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1992-1996, after UMass had gone to the NCAAs only once in the first 81 years of the program. His Minutemen made the Atlantic 10's first and only Final Four appearance during the 1996 season, during which they went 35-2 overall and spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 in the nation. Following the 1996 season, Calipari was named National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, The Sporting News and Boost / Naismith.
UMass won five straight Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and tournament titles under Calipari from 1992-1996, becoming only the second team in NCAA history to win its conference championships in both the regular and postseason for five consecutive years. A three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year selection in 1992, 1993 and 1996, Calipari coached a National Player of the Year (Marcus Camby, 1996), two first team All-Americans (Lou Roe, 1995; Camby, 1996), three Atlantic 10 Players of the Year (Harper Williams, 1992; Roe, 1995; Camby, 1996) and a total of 24 All-Atlantic 10 selections during his eight seasons at UMass.
Following his time at UMass, Calipari served as head coach of the New Jersey Nets in the National Basketball Association from 1996-1999. He led the Nets to a second-place finish in the NBA's Atlantic Division and the playoffs in 1998, ending a five-year postseason drought for the franchise with the club's highest league finish at the time. Calipari's Nets also had a 17-game turnaround in 1997-1998, the best that season in the NBA.
After spending one season as an assistant coach for the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers in 1999-2000, Calipari took over as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Memphis. During his first four seasons at Memphis, Calipari has compiled an overall record of 93-39, winning over 20 games each season.
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.
A three-year letterwinner for UMass from 1951-53, Chambers earned All-America status in 1952, making 36 catches for 455 yards and seven TDs. Chambers teamed with fellow UMass Athletic Hall of Famer Noel Reedenbacker on what remains one of the most prolific passing tandems in UMass history. Chambers was named All-Yankee Conference and All-New England in addition to his All-America honors. While excelling on offense, Chamber's love was on the defensive end of the field, where he played every minute of every game in the 1952 season. Among Chambers' coaches at UMass were baseball coaching legend (and football end coach) Earl Lorden and line coach Chester Gladchuk. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.
Enthusiasm, unlimited energy, leadership and constant optimism made Bernie Dallas a great athlete and man. Dallas was a two-year letterwinner in football for UMass in 1963 and 1965. He earned All-Yankee Conference and All-New England honors in 1965. He also served as team captain during his senior season. As a sophomore, he played offensive center and defensive line and was a spark plug on the undefeated 8-0-1 team that captured the school's first outright Yankee Conference football title. Following his career at UMass, Dallas went on to play professionally for the Philadelphia Bulldogs. An automobile accident took Dallas' life on April 29, 1968, but the Dallas Memorial Mall across from the east side of McGuirk Stadium keeps his name and spirit alive. Dallas was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971.
DeFlavio was a football player from 1969 to 1971, going from walk-on to first team All American. An undersized defensive lineman, DeFlavio earned first team All-Yankee Conference honors three times. He was named All-East as both a junior and senior in 1970 and 1971. As a senior, he became UMass' sixth first team All-American in 1971. DeFlavio led UMass to two Yankee Conference championships in 1969 and 1971. In his era, sacks and tackles for loss weren't kept, but accounts of the games indicate that he would have been a team leader in both categories. After his UMass playing days were over, DeFlavio went on to play professionally in the World Football League, with New York and Charlotte, and in the Canadian Football League, with Montreal. After a business career with Nike, he is now in real estate and development in Massachusetts. DeFlavio has stayed active with UMass Football, serving as President of The Friends of Football. He graduated from UMass with a degree in Physical Education in 1973.
DiSarcina, one UMass' top shortstops ever, parlayed three outstanding collegiate seasons into a 12-year major league career with the California/Anaheim Angels. While at UMass, he earned first team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a junior in 1988 and was named first team All-New England selection, twice, in 1987 and 1988. 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.
A two-sport standout athlete, DiSarcina competed for both the UMass basketball and baseball teams from 1966-69. An All-America selection at shortstop in 1969, DiSarcina was also a three-time All-Yankee Conference selection and two-time All-Northeast and All-New England selection. In 1969, DiSarcina was a key member of the UMass team that captured the Yankee Conference championship and upset No. 1 Southern Illinois, 2-0, in the College World Series. As a guard on the basketball team, DiSarcina set set several school records, including assists in a game (15), a season (167) and career (431). His single-game mark still stands in the UMass record books. A captain of both sports his senior year, DiSarcina was the Samuel Grossman Two Sport Athlete Award winner in 1969. Currently, DiSarcina resides in Burlington, Mass. His nephews Glenn and Gary both played baseball at UMass, and Gary still plays in the Major Leagues. DiSarcina was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
Donnelly, despite attending UMass at a time when a women's swimming team was nonexistent, went on to become a world-class swimmer. She worked out with the Massachusetts men's team in the distance events and according to her nominator, was "the best swimmer of either sex at the time." Donnelly was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1940, and competed in the 100-meter freestyle, the 400-meter freestyle and as a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay, but did not place in any of the events. A native of Worcester, Mass., Donnelly reached her peak during the War years when no games were held. She continued to swim until her death in 2000 and was very active in AAU master swimming events and holds every world record in her age group. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Donnelly finished her UMass career as the only four-time first team All-America selection in school history. Donnelly was the 1986 Broderick Award winner, presented to the nation's top field hockey athlete. She was a 1983 NCAA All-Tournament selection and was named to the NCAA All-Decade Team (1981-91). Donnelly was a member of four consecutive NCAA Tournament teams, including the 1982 team that advanced to the final four. A two-time Academic All-American, she has been nominated for the GTE CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. From 1985-88 she was a member of the U.S. National Team, including the 1988 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey Team that participated in the Seoul Games. A 1986 graduate of UMass, Donnelly earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina and is now a vice president at Wachovia Bank in Atlanta, Georgia. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
A two-sport star, Ellerbrook competed on the UMass baseball and basketball teams from 1967-70. A two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in basketball (1969 and 1970), Ellerbrook was a third-team All-New England selection in 1968-69. He was also a two-time All-Yankee Conference selection in baseball (1969 and 1970) and an honorable mention All-New England and All-Northeast second team selection in 1970. A member of the basketball team that captured three straight Yankee Conference titles (1968-70), Ellerbrook was the captain of the 1969-70 squad that advanced to the National Invitation Tournament for the first time in school history. Ellerbrook scored 1,224 career points in three seasons, which ranks 18th on the all-time chart. At the time of his graduation he ranked second in career assists, fourth in points, third in field goal attempts and sixth in scoring. His 16.5 points per game ranks ninth on the all-time list while his 1156 career field goal attempts is 10th. In baseball, Ellerbrook posted a career batting average of .299. He was a member of the 1969 squad that captured the Yankee Conference title and advanced to the College World Series, upsetting No. 1 Southern Illinois, 2-0. Ellerbrook was the Samuel S. Crossman Two-Sport Athlete Award winner in 1970. The Hawthorne, N.J., native is the Director of Recreation in Northampton, Mass., and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
After lettering in football and basketball for three years (1927-29), Ellert later went on to coach the basketball team for three seasons (1930-31, 1932-33, 1940-41), posting an 18-16 mark. During his playing days, Ellert was a two-time captain of the UMass basketball team, guiding the 1929-30 squad to an 11-3 mark. As a football player, Ellert earned a spot on the 1929 All-New England team. He caught a touchdown pass from Ken McKittrick to upset Bates 6-0 in 1928. He also had a 95-yard touchdown run against Tufts in the season finale, a school record which stood until 1996. Upon completion of his collegiate athletic career and along with his coaching stints, Ellert became a member of the UMass faculty. He retired from teaching in 1970, and was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1971.
Unquestionably, the greatest known athlete in UMass history, Julius Erving, known simply to the world as "Dr. J," played basketball for two seasons under legendary head coach and fellow UMass Hall of Famer Jack Leaman from 1969-71. During his two seasons, Erving averaged an incredible 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per contest. Incredibly, only once in his 52 career games did he fail to record a double-double. Erving turned pro following his junior year, but not before leading UMass to two Yankee Conference titles and its first two appearances in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Along with Trigger Burke and all-time scoring leader Lou Roe, Erving remains one of only three Minutemen to have his jersey number retired. He set UMass records, both of which have since been broken, in both scoring (1,370 points) and rebounding (1,049), in just two seasons. Erving went on to be one of the greatest players in both ABA and NBA history, leading the then New York Nets to ABA titles in 1974 and 1976, and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 NBA championship. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.
Flaherty was an ice hockey player from 1969-72, earning first team All-America honors in 1972 as a goalie. That year, he led UMass to ECAC Division II championship. At the time of his graduation, he held the career records for victories (38), saves (1,306), save percentage (.881), and goals against average (3.05). Today he still ranks second in wins, third in goals against average, fifth in saves, and sixth in save percentage. After his UMass playing days were over, Flaherty went to play professionally for four seasons. He joined the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans for the 1972-73 season. He spent the next two seasons, in the International Hockey League with Dayton and Fort Wayne, and finished his career with the Cape Codders of the North American Hockey League in 1975-76. Flaherty graduated from UMass with a degree in Physical Education in 1972.
Bob Foote earned three letters as an offensive & defensive tackle on the UMass football team in 1958, 1960 and 1961. He became only the second All-America selection in school history during the 1961 season, being honored by Williamson's Ratings for Mid-Bracket Colleges after leading UMass to a 5-4-0 record.
Foote also earned first team All-Yankee Conference honors as a senior, and was a first team All-New England Major Schools team selection by UPI. In addition, he was named second team All-New England and honorable mention All-East by the Associated Press, while being chosen to Connecticut's All-Opponent team.
In football, he was a two-time ECAC Player of the Week selection in his senior season, Foote recovered a fourth-quarter fumble in mid-air and returned it six yards for a touchdown in UMass' 25-0 win over Rhode Island in 1961. As a junior in 1960, Foote was a member of the UMass team that won a share of the school's first Yankee Conference title and fashioned a 7-2-0 record, the school's best since the 1932 season. Foote is currently the owner of Cook Builders Supply in Western Massachusetts.
Foote also was a member of the UMass lacrosse team.
Fusia was the head coach of the UMass football team from 1961-1970, leading UMass to five Yankee Conference titles. His Redmen had their best season in 1964, when he guided them to the school's first-ever postseason appearance - the Tangerine Bowl - where UMass lost a heart-breaking 14-13 decision to East Carolina. Fusia compiled a 59-32-2 record (.645 winning percentage) in his 10 seasons, and still reigns as the winningest coach in school history, more than 25 years after his retirement. He produced some of the most outstanding football players in UMass history, including NFL stars Greg Landry and Milt Morin. Fusia also directed the stingiest defense in school history in 1963, when his troops allowed only one touchdown the entire season and a toal of 12 points in nine games. In his 10 seasons as head coach which covered some 40 Yankee Conference games, only once did UMass lose a conference game by more than seven points. In 1964, he was named the New England Coach of the Year. Tragically, Fusia died of a heart attack on January 18, 1991, after also working with UMass Athletics' marketing and development, overseeing the football and basketball networks, and ticket promotions and sales since his retirement from coaching in 1970. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.
A member of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Garber coached at UMass from 1955-90. A native of Harrisonburg, Va., Garber compiled a 300-142-3 overall record in 36 seasons at UMass and is the winningest coach in college lacrosse history. Garber led UMass to nine NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 New England Championships. He coached 80 All-America selections, 105 All-New England selections, and 40 North-South Game participants. A three-time national Coach of the Year (1969, 1976, 1989) and 14-time New England Coach of the Year, Garber served as head coach of the North All-Stars at the North-South game twice (1965 and 1983). During Garber's tenure, UMass was ranked in the top 15 nationally in 17 of his last 18 seasons. In 1969, Garber led UMass to its only undefeated lacrosse season, posting a perfect 10-0 mark in the year. In 1992, "Upper Boyden Field" was renamed Richard F. Garber Field in his honor. Garber was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
An All-American in both soccer and softball, Jacqueline Gaw earned four letters in both sports from 1979-83. A two-time All-America selection in softball and a soccer All-America selection in 1982, Gaw was UMass' first first-team All-America pick in softball. She was a member of the 1980 softball team that advanced to the AIAW National Tournament and the first women's soccer team to advance to the NCAA Tournament (1982). As a senior, she captained both the soccer and softball teams. A native of Springfield, Mass., she earned her degree in business and finance in 1983. She is currently employed as a victim witness advocate in the district attorney's office in Springfield, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.
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.
A two-year letterwinner in football, Gore played quarterback for the 1911 and 1912 UMass football teams. Upon his graduation in 1913, Gore went on to become an assistant in the physical education department, before becoming a full-time professor in 1916. He was instrumental in reinstating the school's basketball program in 1916 after an eight-year hiatus, assuming the head coaching duties. He went on to compile an 85-53 record in 11 years at the helm of the basketball program between 1916-30, and again during the 1931-32 season. His 1924-25 team won the New England Championship. His 11-year tenure stands as the second-longest by any hoops coach in school history. He served as head football coach from 1919-1927, compiling a 33-32-5 career mark,and finished his career as the all-time winningest coach in school history (he now ranks fifth). Gore was also responsible for reinstating the school's baseball program, which he did in 1919, after a three-year hiatus. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
A letterwinner in three sports at UMass (baseball, basketball and football), Grayson won eight letters during his career and is regarded as one of the most versatile athletes in UMass history. He also competed in hockey and track. He played as a backup halfback on the football team during his freshman year, alternating between the backfield and the end position. In his junior year, he played in the first game on the "new" Alumni Field (where the Whitmore Adminstration Building now stands) and helped power Massachusetts Agricultural College to a 26-0 win over Colby. He went on to serve as team captain in his senior season. He played both forward and center on the basketball team, and captained his freshman squad. Upon graduation, he went on to play professionally with the Easthampton team in the Interstate League, a league which included the Original Celtics. He was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1969.
Grutchfield was a three-year letterman for coaches Robert T. Curran and Matthew Zunic, and set 13 school records during his career from 1959-61. He tallied a then-school record 1,257 points in just 74 games for the Maroon and White, a figure that currently ranks as the 15th-best mark in school history. Grutchfield earned second team All-Yankee Conference honors as a sophomore in 1958-59, then earned unanimous first team recognition in his final two seasons while also being named first team All-ECAC. He still ranks among UMass' all-time leaders in scoring, scoring average (17.0 ppg, eighth), field goals attempted (1,207, ninth) and rebound average (10.6 rpg, seventh). His 782 rebounds was a school record at the time of his graduation, and sits just outside the all-time UMass top 10 today. A 1961 UMass graduate and a native of North Quincy, Mass., Grutchfield was one of the Commonwealth's most successful high school basketball coaches ever, and recently retired as the Athletic Director at Fitchburg (Mass.) High School. He began his high school coaching career at Amherst Regional High School, where he won the first of his 21 career conference championships in 1963-64. All-told, his teams won 588 games at Amherst and Fitchburg, 21 league titles and seven district championships. As an administrator, Grutchfield was named the 1994 National High School Athletic Director of the Year. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.
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
Hixon ranks as not only one of UMass' greatest coaches ever, but as one of field hockey's finest, too. The fifth-winningest coach in collegiate field hockey history, Hixon directed the Massachusetts field hockey program for 17 seasons (1978-93 and 1996) and led her team to postseason play every year. She took the Minutewomen to 14 NCAA Tournaments, one AIAW Tournament and a pair of EAIAW Tournaments. Hixon's teams made four NCAA Final Four appearances, finishing second in 1981, and never had a losing season. The winningest coach in New England collegiate field hockey history, she owns an all-time record of 272-75-18 (.768) and led UMass to four Atlantic 10 Conference titles. Selected as the national field hockey coach of the year in 1981, she earned six Atlantic 10 coach of the year citations. During her storied career, she coached a national player of the year, a Broderick Award winner, five Broderick Award nominees, 29 of the school's 34 All-Americans, 17 first-team all-Atlantic 10 Conference selections, four coaches Academic All-Americans and five Olympians. Hixon was the head coach of the U.S. National Team and the 1996 Olympic Team coach. She led the U.S. to a top three world ranking and is recognized as the most successful national coach in U.S. field hockey history. In addition to coaching the UMass field hockey team, she served as head coach of the women's lacrosse program for nine seasons, fashioning a 91-30-2 (.748) record. She led the school to its first women's NCAA national championship in school history in 1982. Hixon was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
A three-year letterwinner in football and lacrosse at UMass, Hoss shined under legendary lacrosse mentor Dick Garber from 1959-61, earning honorable mention All-America honors as a midfielder in 1960 and 1961. In his senior season, he served as team captain, was an All-New England selection and participated in the prestigious North-South All-Star game. During his three year with the lacrosse team, UMass complied a 21-9-1 overall record. He led the nation in 1960 with 37 goals and his 46 points that year led all New England midfielders. As a football player, Hoss was the team's starting fullback and punter. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981.
Ingoglia was a football player from 1992-95, who was named first team All-America in 1995 and second team All-America in 1994. He was picked to the Yankee Conference's 50th Anniversary Team, after earning spots on the Yankee Conference's first team in 1994 and 1995, and second team in 1993. As a running back, he set the career school rushing record with 4,624 yards, which now stands third behind Marcel Shipp and Steve Baylark and is 24th all-time in NCAA 1-AA football. He also set the school record for rushing yards in a game with 313 against Rhode Island in 1994, which currently stands second. His 54 touchdowns is second best at UMass and eighth best in 1-AA football. A two-time captain, Ingoglia was the first UMass back to average over 100 yards a game for a career and had 21 games with 100 or more rushing yards. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards three times, with those single season totals standing sixth (1,505), seventh (1,285), and ninth (1,178). After his UMass career, he played in the 1996 Hula Bowl All-Star Game and played in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and in NFL Europe with the Frankfort Galaxy, where he scored a touchdown in World Bowl '99. He is currently a member of the Orlando Police Department, where he has won two awards of commendation. He graduated from UMass in 1996 with a degree in Exercise Science.
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.
A three-time NSCAA All-America (1988, 1989, 1990) midfielder, Kater earned the 1990 Hermann Trophy, given annually to the nation's top female collegiate soccer player. A four-year letterwinner for the Minutewoman soccer team from 1987-90, she was a three-time All-New England selection who earned 1987 Soccer America Freshman of the Year honors, then garnered first team All-America awards in each of her final three seasons. Kater is tied for first on UMass' all-time list for game-winning goals scored (12), tied for fourth in goals scored (35), fifth on UMass' all-time points list (92), seventh on the shots chart (179) and tied for eighth in assists (22). At the time of her graduation, her points, goals and game-winning goals marks all stood as school records. The Minutewomen fashioned a 56-14-7 mark with Kater on the team, posting a school record 20 wins during her freshman (1987) season. UMass advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times during her career, finishing second in 1987 and advancing to the quarterfinals in 1988 and 1989. Kater captained the team as a junior and senior, and twice earned adidas first team academic All-America honors. She also played in the 1989 and 1990 Olympic Sports Festivals. Upon graduating from UMass in 1991 with a sport management degree, Kater began her coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at West Virginia Wesleyan University in 1991 and 1992. She returned to her alma mater as an assistant coach under Jim Rudy in 1993 and 1994, before being named the head women's soccer coach at Syracuse University. Kater started that program from scratch and has guided the Orangewomen to a 79-49-7 seven-year record, two NCAA Tournament appearances and six winning seasons. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.
Keenan earned three letters in ice hockey at UMass (1970-73) and was a two-time first-team All-America selection for coach Jack Canniff. A member of the Minutemen's 1971-72 ECAC Division II championship squad which finished with a then-school-record 19-7 overall record, Keenan still ranks as the all-time leading scorer in school history with 180 points. He also holds school records for goals scored (105) and ranks third in assists (75). In addition to his career marks, Keenan holds the three best single-season marks for points and goals scored (65 points, 43 goals in 1972-73, 59 points and 43 goals in 1971-72 and 56 points and 28 goals in 1970-71). He also still holds the UMass single-game records for points (9 vs. Holy Cross in 1970) and goals (7 vs. Holy Cross in 1970). After completing his career at UMass, Keenan went on to play one season for the Cape Cod Cubs of the North American Hockey League. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2001.
Leary was a swimmer from 1986-90, who set five individual records during her UMass career. Four of those still stand today, holding marks in the 50-free (23.67), the 100-free (50.81), the 200-free (1:52.17), and the 100-fly (57.36). She was a team Most Valuable Performer three times and was a six-time New England Champion, winning the 50, 100, and 200 frees in both 1989 and 1990. She also was a part of six New England relay championships. As a senior, Leary won the Kay Fromer Award that goes to the swimmer that scored the most points at the New England Championships over a four-year career. She accomplished all of this while coming back from a heart attack in the fall of 1989. She was awarded the ECAC Award of Valor in 1990 and won the Courageous Student-Athlete Giants Steps Award on National Student-Athlete Day. Leary is currently a doctor in Southern California. She graduated with a degree in zoology from the University of Massachusetts in 1990.
Dick MacPherson served as the head coach of the UMass football program for seven seasons, from 1971-1977, leading the team to four Yankee Conference championships (1971, 1972, 1974 and 1977). During his seven seasons, MacPherson recorded a 45-27-1 record and led UMass to its only postseason bowl victory, as his 1972 squad defeated the University of California at Davis 35-14 in the 1972 Boardwalk Bowl.
MacPherson's 45 victories rank third all-time in UMass history. His squads also posted a 28-8-1 mark in Yankee Conference games, and his .778 winning percentage ranks fifth-best in league history. The first coach in UMass history to win eight or more games in three different seasons, his nine-win campaign in 1972 tied the school record for single-season victories first set in 1901.
In 1977, MacPherson's Minutemen were the first team in school history to play in the NCAA playoffs, losing to Lehigh, 30-23, in the NCAA Division II playoffs. He produced 55 first team all-conference selections, as well as seven first team All-Americans in his tenure, with seven of his players going on to play professionally.
Following his time at UMass, MacPherson went on to have a successful stint as the head coach at Syracuse University, appearing in five bowl games (3-1-1) in his 10-year career and retiring as the second-winningest coach in Syracuse history (66-46-4). His 1987 Syracuse team was undefeated (11-0-1) and he was a unanimous choice for National Coach of the Year. He later spent two seasons as head coach of the New England Patriots. Now retired from coaching, MacPherson serves as a color analyst on radio broadcasts of Syracuse football games.
Mark Millon, considered one of the greatest players in the history of lacrosse, was a four-year letterwinner for the Minutemen from 1990-1993. He earned first team All-America honors in 1992 and 1993, becoming the first UMass player to be selected to the first team twice. He was also an honorable mention All-America selection in 1991, while earning All-New England honors three times.
During his four-year career, Millon totaled 213 points on 155 goals and 58 assists, making him the fourth leading scorer in UMass history. He also ranks second on the school's all-time goals scored list and is 15th on the assists chart. The team's leading scorer as a sophomore, junior and senior, Millon tallied 58 goals in 1993, the third-best one-season mark in school history. His 45 goals in 1992 rank as the 10th-best single-season performance in school history, while his 81 points in 1992 stand as the 11th-best one-year effort at Massachusetts.
The MVP of the 1993 North-South All-Star Game, Millon played on UMass teams which qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 1990, 1991 and 1993, and was a member of New England championship clubs in both 1990 and 1993. He captained the Minutemen as a junior and senior, with the team posting an overall record of 38-17 during Millon's career. UMass won at least nine games during each of Millon's four seasons, and finished the season ranked in the top 10 three times.
After he graduated from UMass, Millon went on to be named the MVP of the 1994 World Games, and was the United States' leading scorer in the 1998 World Games with 20 goals scored. He was named the event's Most Valuable Attack player in 1998 and earned All-Tournament honors. A two-time MVP of the U.S. Club Lacrosse Association, Millon was a three-time All-Pro selection in the National Lacrosse League and ranks as the all-time leading regular season goal scorer.
Millon is currently in his fourth season with the Baltimore Bayhawks in Major League Lacrosse, and was named the Warrior MLL Offensive Player of the Year in both 2002 and 2003. He also serves as a sales and marketing representative for Warrior Lacrosse, Inc.
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.
Michael Quinn was a four-year member of the UMass cross country and track and field teams from 1975-1979. He earned All-America honors in cross country in both 1976 and 1977, while qualifying for the NCAA Championship five times in his career (three times in cross country and twice for the 5,000 meters in outdoor track).
A six-time All-Yankee Conference selection, Quinn captured individual cross country titles at the league champion-ship meets in 1976, 1977 and 1978, while leading UMass to team titles every season. He also captured the Yankee Conference title in the indoor mile run in 1979, and was third in the indoor two mile (1976) and third in the outdoor three mile (1976).
A four-time All-New England selection, Quinn was the New England outdoor 5,000-meter run champion in 1979 and finished second at the 1976 New England cross country meet. A six-time All-IC4A performer, his best finish was third in the 5,000 at the 1979 IC4A outdoor meet. Quinn captained the UMass cross country team as a junior and senior, and led the program to NCAA appearances as a team both years.
Quinn still has times which rank among UMass' all-time top performances in the outdoor mile run (second), the 5,000 meters (second) and three mile (third), while owning the school's second-best indoor mile time and third best 3,000 meter mark. He also anchored distance medley relay teams that own the fourth and fifth-fastest times in school history.
Following his time at UMass, Quinn went on to compete in numerous international competitions around the world. He recorded first-place finishes in both the 1984 Hong Kong International and Hong Kong national cross country championships, and the 1985 Hong Kong national cross country championship. He is currently employed by Nike in Beaverton, Ore., where he serves as the company's director of product creations for the women's footwear division.
Roe was the first basketball player in school history to earn first team All-America, getting named in 1995, the same year he was the A-10 Player of the Year. He was also named first team A-10 three times from 1993-1995. He is UMass' all-time leading rebounder with 1,070 and is the third all-time leading scorer with 1,905 points. He led UMass to the NCAA Tournament in all four seasons at UMass, including the Elite Eight as a senior. 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.
BSchubert was a record-setting wide receiver on the UMass football team from 1970-72, who went on to a six-year NFL career from 1974-79 with the New England Patriots and Chicago Bears. He still is among the career leaders in several receiving categories, ranking seventh with 1435 yards, third with 17.7 yards per catch, ninth with 11 touchdown receptions, and seventh in yards per game receiving at 47.8. As for season marks, Schubert held the record with 20.0 yards per catch in 1972 at the time of graduation, which now ranks third. His 81.9 yards per game is still sixth best. That season he was named both First Team Yankee Conference and First Team All-America. As a pro, Schubert was with the Patriots in 1974 and with the Bears from 1975-79. He finished his NFL career with 24 catches for 362 yards and a touchdown. He also had a 60-yard punt return for a TD with Chicago. Schubert graduated with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1973.
Scurry was not only one of UMass' best soccer players ever, but the U.S.'s as well. She was named All-America in 1993 and was also the Adidas Goalkeeper of the Year. The Atlantic 10 recognized her as the conference's Player of the Year. In her UMass career, she had 37 shutouts and goals against average of 0.56. The shutout mark is second all-time and the GAA is fifth and she is second in career saves with 368. Scurry led UMass to a 17-3-3 record and the national semifinals in 1993 and also had a career record of 48-13-4 while at UMass. 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.
Sweet was a lacrosse player from 1978-79, who earned All-America honors both seasons he played at UMass. He was a first teamer in 1979 and was honorable mention in 1978. Both of those years, he was named All-New England as he led the Minutemen to the New England title. Sweet was the team's top scorer both season, as he became the only player in UMass history to score more than 80 points in two years. In 1979, the team made the NCAA Tournament and he scored a then-school record 61 goals, which is now second all-time. Despite only playing two years, Sweet ranks seventh in goals (106), is tied for 13th in assists (66), and is eighth in points (106). As a senior, he was a team captain and represented UMass in the North-South All-Star game. After UMass, he went on to play for Team USA and was selected the MVP of the 1982 World Games, in which the U.S. took gold. He was inducted in to the New England Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1996. Currently, he is an executive with STX Lacrosse on Long Island. Sweet graduated from UMass in 1980 with a degree in Leisure Studies.
Villone played both baseball and football during his days at UMass from 1990-92, before going on to a major league career that has lasted for 12 years and is still going. As a junior, Villone was named a Third Team All-America, when he led the NCAA in strikeouts with 13.5 per game. His career mark at UMass on the mound was 11-6 with a 3.76 ERA. He had 139 strikeouts in 107.2 innings, while walking 83. He also had seven complete games, two of them shutouts, and four saves. Villone was named First Team All-Atlantic 10 in both 1991 and 1992 and First Team All-New England in 1992. As a football tight end, he lettered three times and was named First Team All-Yankee Conference in 1990 and Second Team in 1991. For his career, he caught 47 passes for 316 yards. He pitched for the U.S. Olympic in the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain, before going on to a professional career that has see him pitch for the Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, and now the New York Yankees.
Wennik was a lefthanded pitcher on the baseball from 1958 to 1961, who had a career earned run average of 1.67. As a senior in 1961, he was named first team All-Yankee Conference and first team All-New England, after going 5-1 on the mound with a 1.24 ERA, which is the sixth lowest single season ERA with a minimum of 40 innings pitched in school history. This helped UMass finish second nationally in team ERA. Wennik had ERA's of 1.16 in 1958 and 2.65 in 1960. He also helped the team at the plate, hitting .333 in 1960 and .400 in 1961. He then signed with the Washington Senators organization, playing in the Appalachian League in Middlesboro, Kentucky. After finishing his baseball career, Wennik has spent more than 35 years in the record industry. Today he is semi-retired, but still serves as a consultant. He has been very active supporter of UMass as an alum, serving as the chairman of the Annual Fund in 1992-93, an Alumni Admissions person for 13 years, and being a member of a selection committee for Chancellor. Wennik graduated from UMass with a degree in government in 1962.
Whelchel was the quarterback and team captain of one of UMass' most successful teams, the 1964 squad that played in the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The team went 8-2, including a perfect 5-0 in winning the Yankee Conference. Whelchel was named UMass' MVP in the Tangerine Bowl. 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.
Williams was a two-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 basketball player from 1989-93. He was named the A-10's Tournament Most Valuable Player twice, winning it in 1992 and 1993. He was on the third team in 1991 and was on the All-Rookie team in 1990. He finished his four-year UMass career with 1,534 points and 854 rebounds, both seventh best on the all-time UMass list. His 222 career blocks is third all-time, behind both Marcus Camby and Stephane Lasme. As a junior, Williams was instrumental in leading Coach John Calipari's Minutemen to national prominence, helping lead the team to its first A-10 regular season and tournament titles in 1992. He averaged 13.9 points and 7.5 rebounds. That team went on to win the school's first NCAA Tournament game, advancing to the Sweet 16. As a senior captain, he led the team to the A-10 regular season and tournament titles, along with another NCAA Tournament appearance. He had his most productive year, averaging 15.3 points and 8.4 rebounds. In his four seasons in Amherst, Williams teams went 91-39 and 44-22 in the A-10. His teams had four straight winning seasons, that coming after the school had 11 consecutive losing seasons before his arrival. He received a B.A. in Education from the University of Massachusetts in 1995.
Yando was a two-time All-America in soccer, receiving the honors in 1964 and 1965. A defender, who never scored a goal, was part of a stingy defensive unit to tally seven shutouts. A two-time captain, Yando was named All-New England and All-Yankee Conference twice. As a junior, he was a second team All-America and he followed that up by earning a spot on the first team as a senior, helping lead UMass to the Yankee Conference championship. UMass allowed just 16 goals in 10 games in 1964 and 13 goals in 10 games in 1965. Those two goals allowed totals are ninth and fourth best in school history. Yando received a B.S. in education in 1966 from the University of Massachusetts.