UMass' Retired Numbers

#6 Greg Menton (Menís Water Polo)

The first full scholarship athlete in the history of the UMass aquatics program, Greg Menton was a three-year member of the Minuteman swimming and water polo teams. He held school records in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke, and swam the anchor leg on the school record-setting 200-yard medley relay team at the 1995 Atlantic 10 Championship. Menton was also a key member of the 1995 UMass water polo team which posted a 28-7 overall mark and advanced to the NCAA final four, marking the first time in water polo history that an Eastern school advanced to the national semifinals. On January 10, 1996, Menton passed away after collapsing during a dual meet at Dartmouth College, leaving a legacy of success both in and out of the pool. In recognition of his accomplishments, his water polo number 6 was retired in a ceremony at Joseph R. Rogers, Jr., Pool on April 13, 1996. A member of the 1994-1995 UMass Athletic Directorís Honor Roll, Menton also received an honorary posthumous bachelorís degree in Sport Management from UMass chancellor David Scott.



#15 Lou Roe (Menís Basketball)

The first consensus All-American in the history of the UMass basketball program, Lou Roe helped lead the Minutemen into national prominence during his four-year career from 1991-1995. The first player ever to Atlantic 10 All-Tournament honors four times, in addition to being a three-time first team All-Atlantic 10 selection, Roe finished his career as UMassí all-time leader in career rebounds (1,070), career games played (134), career free throws made (578) and career free throw attempts (838). He also finished his career in second place on the all-time UMass scoring list with 1,950 career points, and is one of only two players in school history to total over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Roe also led the Minutemen to an overall record of 111-24 and four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his career. In 1995, he was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP, after leading UMass to the conferenceís regular season and tournament titles for the fourth straight season. Roeís 1995 Minutemen also made the schoolís first ever appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight, while being ranked No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history, a spot which they held on to for five weeks.

#26 Dick Bergquist (Baseball)

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 UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

#30 Al Skinner (Menís Basketball)

A three-time letterwinner in basketball, Skinner led the team in rebounding from 1972-74, totaling 749 rebounds. He set a school record for highest career field goal percentage at UMass (.557), as well as in a single-season (.620), records he held for nearly 20 years. He was a three-time first-team All-Yankee Conference selection, and helped UMass to two Yankee Conference titles. He led the league in scoring in 1974, averaging 18.7 points per game. He was the eighth player in school history to join the 1,000-point club, finishing his career with 1,235 points. Upon completion of his UMass career, Skinner went on to play professionally. A ninth-round pick by the Celtics in 1974, Skinner wound up playing for the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association, where he was named to the ABAís All-Rookie team. Upon completion of his playing career, Skinner went into coaching. Currently, Skinner serves as the head coach at Boston College. He was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1982.







#32 Julius Erving (Menís Basketball)

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 UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1980.




#32 George ďTriggerĒ Burke (Menís Basketball)

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.






#44 Danielle Henderson (Softball)

One of the most decorated athletes UMass has ever produced, Danielle Henderson rewrote the UMass record book in her four seasons on the mound. A three-time All-America selection, Henderson was a four-time All-Atlantic 10 selection and a four-time A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Henderson capped her brilliant UMass career in 1999 by winning the Honda Award, given annually to the nationís top softball player. The holder of 25 school records, Henderson finished her career second all-time on the NCAAís strikeout list with 1,343 in her four-year career. The nationís leader in strikeouts per seven innings in both 1998 and 1999, Henderson completed her career with two of the top 10 strikeout seasons, with 465 strikeouts in 1999, which ranks fourth, and 430 strikeouts in 1998, which ranks sixth. In 1999, Henderson set a new NCAA record for consecutive scoreless innings, stretching out 105 scoreless frames from March 16-May 2. She also reeled off a 26-game win streak (Feb. 27-May 21), which ranks as the seventh-best streak in NCAA history. In her four-year career, she posted a 108-35 record in 161 appearances (964 innings), a 0.70 ERA, 72 shutouts, 135 complete games, and threw an astounding 14 no-hitters and three perfect games. She ranks in the top 20 in NCAA history in strikeouts, games, innings, starts, complete games, victories, strikeout ratio and shutouts. A member of the U.S. softball team which won gold medals at the 2000 Olympics, the 1999 Pan American Games and the 1999 Canada Cup, Henderson was inducted into the New England Womenís Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.