June 17, 2009
BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston has announced its 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame class today, naming Leo Dawson, Andreen Gilpin, Brian Leahy, Ed Miller, Quazi Sadruzzaman, Pat Sperduto and Wayne Starkey along with the 1967-68 Boston State College men's ice hockey team, as its new inductees. The electees were voted in by a 13-member Hall of Fame committee in May and will be formally inducted at a ceremony on October 14, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Campus Center ballroom on the campus of UMass Boston. For ticket information please contact David Marsters at 617-287-7802.
The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors former outstanding UMass Boston/Boston State College student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends of the athletic program for their accomplishments and services to the Department of Athletics.
Leo Dawson is known as one of the greatest defenseman in Boston State College men's lacrosse history. He was a Co-Captain on the 1974 team that compiled an 11-3 mark and captured the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Colonial League Championship. The Warriors also made an appearance in the ECAC Division III Championship Tournament that year as Dawson earned All-New England and All-Colonial League honors as well as a spot on the New England Division I College All-Star Game roster. These accolades were not new to Dawson, who helped Boston State register a 28-13 record during his three-year career, as he was named to the All-Colonial League team the prior year as a junior. He was an integral part of the 1972 team that finished with an 11-2 record and the USILA Colonial League crown. The Warriors advanced to the quarterfinals in their first appearance in the USILA National Championship Tournament that year, due in large part to Dawson and the defense's tremendous feat of allowing just 4.1 goals per game. Following his 1974 graduation from Boston State, Dawson Leo continued his playing career with the Brine Lacrosse Club of Cambridge, Massachusetts in the United States Club Lacrosse Association from 1975-1982. He and fellow Warrior lacrosse players, Bill Rafuse and John Yeager led the Brine team to the 1976 USCLA National Championship Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland, where they advanced to the title game, before falling to the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club. When he wasn't playing lacrosse he was coaching it as Assistant Coach for Gordie Webb at Boston State College from 1974-1976 and later as the Varsity Head Lacrosse Coach at Merrimack College from 1976-1982. His 1979 Merrimack team earned the New England Lacrosse Coaches Association, Most Improved Team Award. Dawson remained in the game following his coaching career as a referee at the NCAA level for 10 years and is presently the Principal of the Atlantic Benefits Group in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The art of rebounding the basketball and Andreen Gilpin go hand-in-hand. Gilpin stands as UMass Boston's all-time leading rebounder with 1,342 boards for her career, which also ranks her 12th in NCAA Division III history as does her 13.2 rebounds per game. The post player ripped down 15.7 caroms per outing during her senior campaign to lead the nation and establish a school record with 408 total rebounds, while also averaging 16.2 points per game to give her 422 points on the season to become the only player in school history with over 400 points and rebounds in a season. A 2004 graduate of UMass Boston, Gilpin is also the only player in UMB history to post 300 or more points and 300 or more rebounds in three different campaigns. She showcased her rebounding prowess early in her career when she pulled down an NCAA Division II/III record 38 rebounds during her freshman year vs. Rivier College on February 11, 1999 and went on to post four of the top nine season rebound totals in school annals. The Boston native averaged 13.7 rebounds during her rookie season and ranked 18th in the nation with 11.9 as a sophomore and 15th with 11.8 the following year. Gilpin was named a Little East Conference All-Star three times to become just the fourth Beacon to earn the honor at least three times, including twice as a First Team selection. She was a force on the offensive end of the court as well for UMass Boston, averaging 12.6 points in 102 games for a total of 1,380 to rank third on the UMass Boston career scoring list and posted 61 double-doubles (points-rebounds) during her career. She improved her accuracy at the line throughout her tenure at UMB, sinking 346 free throws for the most in school history and capped her career with the sixth-most efficient season percentage in school history as a senior. Gilpin altered opponents' offense in the paint as well with 125 career blocked shots to stand fourth on the Beacons' career list.
Brian Leahy is known as the "Godfather of Boston State College Football". Following a two-year football career at Boston College and a tour of duty in Vietnam for the United States Marines, Leahy earned his degree from Boston State College in 1971. In the time he spent with the Warriors, he was the driving force behind the school's football program becoming a reality. Leahy, who was the BSC Student Government President in 1969-70, gained approval from Athletic Director James P. "Gus" Sullivan and the Board of Trustees to begin a football program with entry on the club level for the 1970 season. He raised the funding, solicited players, secured playing fields and developed a schedule, all while leading the team as an offensive lineman. He was named the Captain and Most Valuable Player for the team as well. His vision became a reality the following season when the Warriors were granted NCAA varsity status following his graduation. Leahy also competed as a heavyweight for the 1970-71 wresting squad that finished with an 8-5 record and a second place showing in the New England State College Athletic Conference Tournament. He received his Master's Degree from Boston State as well and in the 30 years before passing away in January of 2009, he was the Retirement Director for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Manager of Mayor Kevin White's Little City Hall in Dorchester, a community activist in Neponset and a legendary Coach in Dorchester youth sports. Known as the" Mayor of Dorchester, he could also be seen making his traditional New Year's Day swim with the L Street Brownies in his beloved Dorchester Bay.
Legendary Boston State College Head Men's Basketball Coach Jim Loscutoff said, "Ed is doing what no other player before him has done for me at State. He takes complete control of the coaching while on the floor. He is like a general out there, he really takes command". That's high praise for Ed Miller, considered one of the greatest point guards in Boston State history. The guard helped the Warriors to a 56-25 three-year record, good for a .691 winning percentage. Miller was the Most Valuable Player as Boston State's Co-Captain in 1970-71, while leading the squad to a 20-7 record and its first-ever New England State College Athletic Conference Championship. He netted 22 points and dished for a pair of assists in the semifinal contest vs. Rhode Island College, en-route to the title and was later named All-New England following the campaign. Miller led that team with 3.5 assists to go with a career-high 16.4 points per game to as the team's second-leading scorer and poured in a career-high 39 points vs. Bentley, earlier in the season. He finished the season with a .752 (124-165) free throw mark and never shot lower than 70% from the line in any season during his career to finish with a career percentage of .753 (216-287). His 175 lifetime assists stood as the highest total of any player in BSC history at the time to go with 762 points in 80 games. Miller finished his career with one season of baseball for Boston State as a shortstop. Following his 1971 graduation from BSC, he compiled a 275-130 (.680) record as a Head High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach with stints at North Quincy (1972-87) and Marshfield (1987-94), before becoming the Director of Athletics for Marshfield Public Schools from 1992-99. He assumed the same position for Quincy Public Schools from 1999-2006 as well. He has remained a prominent figure in youth basketball circles, serving as a Vice-Chairman for the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Basketball Committee, President of the Suburban League Coaches Association, Atlantic Coast League Athletic Directors and the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 54 Basketball Officials. Miller is being inducted into his third hall of fame with membership as one of the elite for the Massachusetts High School Basketball Coaches and North Quincy High School Athletic Halls of Fame.
Quazi Sadruzzaman is the greatest men's tennis singles player in UMass Boston history. Period. He is the only player in history to win the Little East Conference Flight One Singles Championship all four times and also captured the Flight One Doubles crown with partner Dat Nguyen in 2004 to give him five overall LEC titles. A four-time LEC Player of the Week, Sadruzzaman played all 56 of his singles matches from the number one spot in the lineup and won 50 of them for an astounding winning percentage of .893 for the highest mark of any player at UMB with over 20 matches played. His win total is also the most in school annals. The netter didn't just win matches, he dominated them. From April 27, 2002 to May 8, 2004, he won 28 straight singles contests to go undefeated for the final two and a half seasons of his career and won 25 of those matches in straight sets, including a string of 17 straight outings, where he dropped no more than four games in a set. Sadruzzaman made it his trademark to play short matches, having won 44 of his matches in straight sets and proved to be tough even in defeat, taking his opponent to three sets in half of his six losses. His success wasn't limited to singles play as evidenced by a 36-17 record in doubles action for a .679 career winning percentage to rank eighth among players with two or more seasons at UMB. A 2004 UMass Boston graduate, his victory total in doubles play stands as the second most in school history and contributes to an overall combined record of 86-23 for a .789 winning mark to rank first in combined wins and fourth in combined winning percentage for players with two or more seasons for the Beacons. A native of Bangladesh, who immigrated to the United States in 1994, he finished his collegiate career in style, posting a 24-3 combined record as a senior for an impressive .889 winning percentage and won 12 consecutive matches to close out his career, including six in doubles play.
UMass Boston's football program began in the mid 1980s as a club program, before reaching NCAA varsity status in 1988. Pat Sperduto saw action on the club team, before playing two impressive seasons at the varsity level in 1988 and 1989 at linebacker and fullback for the Beacons. He led the team with 75 tackles, including 43 solos and six sacks during the 1988 season and gained 33 yards on 10 carries as well. Sperduto enjoyed an outstanding senior campaign, leading the team with 96 tackles, including 54 solos and five sacks to go with a pair of fumble recoveries and was named to the New England Football Conference First Team for his efforts. He graduated from UMass Boston in 1989 and still ranks third on the school's all-time sack list with 11 in just two seasons. He continued his playing career following his time at UMB with a stint in the Canadian Football League with the British Colombia Lions, before joining the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League from 1991-93, where he helped them win a pair of ArenaBowls. He also began his coaching career during this time as an assistant with Murray State University, prior to taking over football operations for the American Sports Foundation of Macelatta in Tolentino, Italy in 1992. He began to focus solely on his coaching career as an assistant for the Storm in 1994 and 1995, helping them to another ArenaBowl crown in 1995. He spent 1996 as the defensive coordinator and director of player personnel for the Connecticut Coyotes (AFL) prior to joining the Nashville Kats' staff in 1997. He was the defensive coordinator and player personnel director during the 1997 season and was elevated to assistant head coach/defensive coordinator for the 1998 campaign. He guided the Kats to a 27-15 mark over the next three seasons and led them to a pair of ArenaBowl appearances. Following the sale of the franchise, Sperduto joined the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League in 2001 as a member of the coaching/scouting staff until 2008. During this time, the Kats returned to Nashville and Sperduto took over the coaching reins again for the next three seasons, before moving on to his current position as a scout for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Wayne Starkey made an impact on both ends of the ice for Boston State College and is considered one of the best offensive defensemen in school history. The blueliner was a part of two historic Warrior teams, having made a significant contribution to the 1965-66 team that finished with a 20-0-0 mark and a number one national ranking with 15 points on nine goals and six assists and the 1967-68 team that finished fourth in the country after advancing to the national semifinals with 17 points, including five scores and a career-high 12 assists. Starkey played on Boston State's top penalty killing unit for his entire career and stands third among the school's defensemen with 68 career points. He also ranks seventh among BSC blueliners with 32 assists and second with 36 goals, including a school-record total of three goals in one period during the 1966-67 campaign. He was named All-East and All-New England following his senior year that saw him lead the Warriors' defensemen with a career-best 21 points on 10 goals and 11 assists. He also helped Boston State to a fourth straight Codfish Bowl Championship, while being named ECAC Player of the Week for the third time in his career. He helped the Warriors to compile a 58-34-1 mark during his 90-game career and graduated from BSC in 1969. Following his time at State, Starkey served his country for the Army from 1970-72 and was a member of the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery in 1972. He has stayed active in amateur leagues for parts of 17 years and has served his community as a Eucharistic Minister for Infant Jesus Church in Port Jefferson, New York and for Special Ministry to Echo Arms Adult Home. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Knights of Columbus.
Boston State College has produced its share of great teams, but it wasn't until the 1967-68 Boston State College Men's Ice Hockey Team that the school would see its athletes compete in the national semifinals. The Warriors finished with a 16-9-1 record for Head Coach Ed Barry that season and defeated Salem State College, 4-3, on Captain Bob Cunio's overtime goal to capture the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Eastern Regional Championship and earn the right to represent the East in the inaugural NAIA National Championship in Saint Paul, MN. Boston State would join Bemidji State College, Lake Superior State College and Gustavus Adolphus College in the final four, before falling to Bemidji State in the semifinals and Gustavus Adolphus in the consolation game to finish fourth in the nation. The Warriors enjoyed some memorable victories along the way that year, winning the Third Annual Codfish Bowl with a 5-4 triumph over University of Massachusetts Amherst, behind the goaltending of tournament Most Valuable Player, Bill Berglund. Boston State also took down Division II national powerhouses University of Vermont, Norwich University, Oswego State and Bowdoin College. The team's offense averaged over five goals per game and was led by sensational leading scorer Terry Barry (20-19-39), Cunio (8-20-28), Dick Leahy (16-19-35), Edward Sullivan (15-14-29), Dick Kelley (7-21-28), Bob Russell (13-14-27) and Gerry Geary (10-14-24). The defense, anchored by Berglund, an NAIA All-American, allowed just three goals per outing. Berglund was backed by a defensive unit that included Wayne Starkey, Kelley, Richard Craven, Joseph Campbell, Lamont Barry and one of the best checking lines in the nation with Joseph McLean, David Crusco and Timothy Murphy. Other members of the team included George Anastas, Jim Danahy, Carl DeSimone, Howard Duvall, Ronald Favreau, Paul Lentini, Kevin McLatchy, John Wappel and team managers Peter Golden and Robert Reardon.