May 24, 2010

BOSTON, MA - The University of Massachusetts Boston has announced its 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame class today, naming Kristen Bowes, Bill Curley, Larry Higginbottom, Paul Hughes, Frank Kelly, Edward O'Donoghue and Levester Tubbs as its new inductees. The electees were voted in by a 12-member Hall of Fame committee in April and will be formally inducted at a ceremony on October 14, 2010 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.

Kristen Bowes is one of the greatest athletes to have ever played at UMass Boston. She did not just excel in three sports, but was one of the best players in all three. The Quincy native earned 12 varsity letters and was named team Captain in women's soccer, women's basketball and softball, while setting 11 school records, including five standards in women's soccer, four in basketball and two in softball. A 2003 graduate of UMass Boston, Bowes is the greatest goalie to ever play for the Beacons, owning career records for matches played (54), minutes played (4019), saves (815) and save percentage (.806), despite playing for struggling teams. She still ranks ninth on the all-time NCAA list in total saves and saves per game with 15.09. She turned away at least 150 shots in every season and ranked fifth among Little East Conference keepers in 2000 with a .824 mark that saw her stop an incredible 266 shots for the second-most in school annals. She owns the top seven save totals in a game for the Beacons, including five 30-plus efforts and a school-record outing of 37. Bowes posted a career-best .842 save percentage to place fifth in the LEC in 2002 and finished her career with 69 games played to rank second all-time at UMass Boston. Bowes was a well-rounded basketball player as well, averaging 8.1 points, 3.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 steals to go with 27 blocked shots in 100 career games as the Beacons' point guard. The floor general owns the school record for career assists (323), season assists (123) and single-game helpers (12). Her assist average is the fifth-highest in school annals, while her total of 254 steals puts her second all-time at UMass Boston in addition to a school-record 11 steals in a game. The hard-nosed guard ranked among the Little East Conference's top 10 in assists per game for three seasons and recorded 46 or more steals to rank among the top seven in steals in all four seasons. When winter turned to spring, Bowes put on a glove as the softball team's shortstop and showed great range with 228 career assists for the most in school history. She also proved to be a threat on the base paths with a school-record four steals in a game and a career total of 38 to place second all-time for the Beacons. She still ranks among UMass Boston's career leaders in batting average (.342, seventh), total bases (108, sixth), runs scored (57, eighth), hits (80, eighth) and doubles (13, ninth). Bowes turned in a tremendous senior campaign, hitting .387 (36-93) for the sixth-highest mark in the league, while leading the conference with 0.61 stolen bases, placing second with 0.89 runs and 0.36 doubles per game and standing third with 1.29 hits per game.

Bill Curley was one of the most prolific point scorers and consistent offensive players in Boston State Men's Ice Hockey history. The right wing tallied 32 or more points in all four of his campaigns for the Warriors and ranks third on the program's career points list with 139 in 94 games. He made an impact immediately for Boston State, notching 33 points on 18 goals and 15 assists after joining the program for the season's second semester during his freshman year. Named an Assistant Captain as a junior, Curley was one of the best playmaking forwards in school annals, racking up 79 career helpers for the second-highest total by a Warrior. He registered a career-high 23 assists as part of a 41-point season to lead the team as a junior and was named Boston State's Most Valuable Player for the 1978-79 campaign. The 1981 graduate was also selected to the Codfish Bowl All-Tournament team that year. His induction marks the second Hall of Fame that he'll be enshrined in, to go with his 1991 selection into the South Boston High School Hall of Fame.

The precursor to the UMass Boston Athletics program was its club basketball team in the mid to late 1970s. Larry Higginbottom was one of the cogs in that team's success and it being a cornerstone of the varsity athletics program for the University. Many felt that after his stellar career at Brookline High School, that he would have a chance to play on scholarship for an NCAA team, but he elected to play for the UMass Boston club team with current UMass Boston Hall of Famer Michael Mitchell and under the direction of Hall of Famer Charlie Titus. He played four seasons from 1975-79 and pulled down the most rebounds (797) in the club team's existence during his career and netted 1,039 points to cement his status as a ferocious rebounder, who could produce on the offensive end as well. He made the transition to power forward to help the team during his final season and despite being undersized at 6'4", he still averaged a double-double of 13.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He provided intangibles to the team aside from his scoring and rebounding, establishing himself as an excellent defender. His leadership also proved to be invaluable as the team moved forward to varsity status. Following his playing career he earned his degree in 1995 from UMass Boston and also served as a leader in the community, working in social services and went on to obtain his masters degree from Simmons College.

Paul Hughes' legend has grown as possibly the greatest baseball player to swing a bat at Boston State College. Whether it was his majestic home runs, such as the 480-foot blast at Bowen Field, which was the longest homer hit there, or the fact that major league scouts would routinely attend Warriors' games to see him play. Hughes was a stellar center fielder, covering enough ground to play all three outfield spots during a game, but could also swing the lumber with a .323 (71-220) career batting average to rank among Boston State's all-time greats. He was the catalyst of the 1960 team that won the New England Teachers College Conference Championship and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament, leading the squad with a .383 batting mark and a school-record 20 runs scored as a sophomore. He helped the Warriors to a 35-18-1 (.657) record over his four-year career from 1959-62 and batted .300 or better in each season, while being named a Captain for his senior campaign. Hughes graduated in 1962 and is Boston State's career leader in run scored (49), triples (nine), runs batted in (51), slugging percentage (.588) and games played (54). Hughes spent summers among the league leaders in various semi-pro leagues in such places as Nova Scotia and South Dakota and after his graduation played in the legendary Boston Park League. He earned his masters degree from Boston State, while teaching and coaching baseball at Oliver Ames High School for 20 years and has spent the last 20 years as a Training Manager for Stone & Webster, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also a recipient of the laboratory's legendary Milestone Award for establishing the first college degree program for nuclear reactor operators.

The Boston State Men's Lacrosse team's defense was one of the nation's best in the early 1970s and Frank Kelly was a big reason for it. He is the only defender in school history to be named All-New England twice to go along with a pair of Colonial League All-Star selections. The greatest defensemen to ever play for the Warriors helped them to a 28-9 (.757) record in his three-year career, including a 23-3 mark over his final two campaigns. He was named the team's Most Valuable Player during the 1971 season when it was 12-1 and routinely was assigned to opponent's top scorers throughout his career. He was so adept at maneuvering through the defensive zone, that Hall of Fame coach Gordie Webb dubbed the transitional move the "Kelly Clear". The shutdown defender started all 37 games of his career and helped the Warriors to the Colonial League crown as a senior and their first appearance in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship Tournament. The 1972 graduate led the defense that established a school-record for fewest goals allowed per game in 1972 at four. His legend includes such milestones as the first defenseman in school history to net a goal and the first to record an assist.

Ed O'Donoghue was the greatest field athlete in Boston State College track and field history. His 1967 season was nothing short of spectacular, winning the NCAA Division II National Championship in the hammer throw, while becoming the first track All-American in school history. Not only was he the first Warrior to win an NCAA field championship with his throw in Salt Lake City, Utah that year, but he helped Boston State to its second consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference crown, while winning the NESCAC championship in the hammer. The 1968 graduate never lost to a NESCAC competitor in the hammer throw during his entire career and competed in such prestigious meets as the Boston College Relays and the Penn Relays. O'Donoghue is the school's record holder with a throw of 164'8" in the hammer and a mark of 48'4" in the 35lb. weight toss. Following his graduation from BSC, he became the varsity track & field coach at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School from 1972-99 as well as the football team's defensive coordinator from 1972-89, while earning his masters degree from Boston State. He also lent his knowledge to NCAA Division I hammer champion Boris Djerassi of Northeastern University in his quest for a spot on the United State Olympic squad at the 1980 trials. A competitive weight lifter and power lifter, he finished second in the Massachusetts Bench Press Championship in 1984 and third in the Massachusetts Powerlifting Championship in 1980. He retired as Superintendant of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District after 31 years and also earned a masters degree from Boston College. He is currently an educational consultant/guest lecturer at Bridgewater State College, where he received the Distinguished Service Award in 1999.

Any new athletics program needs its supporters and former UMass Boston Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Levester Tubbs was definitely a key person behind the emergence of the UMass Boston varsity athletics program. From 1974-80, Tubbs worked extremely hard to establish a strong recreation program at the new Harbor Campus, a viable club sports program and ultimately an NCAA Division III athletics program, which became a reality in 1980. Tubbs was instrumental in building student life and student activities on campus, while expressing his vision, which led to what is now UMass Boston athletics. Without such a pioneer, leader and visionary administrator such as Tubbs, the ascension of athletics at UMass Boston surely would not have been as rapid.