Hall of Fame Class Includes Former Professional Football Player
As part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration, UMass Boston’s Division of Athletics and Recreation, Special Programs and Projects will induct its twelfth Hall of Fame class on Thursday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Clark Athletic Center. The hall includes alumni of UMass Boston and Boston State College alumni.
This year’s inductees are:
- Brian Baharian ’97 Men’s Lacrosse
- Michael Beatrice ’78 Football
- Laura Delaney George ’83 Softball and Volleyball
- Robert Ferraro ’95 Football
- Thomas Ferraro ’81 Men’s Lacrosse
- William Poehler ’70 Men’s Basketball
- 1982-83 Men's Basketball Team (Head Coach Charlie Titus, assistant coaches Rodney Hughes and Al Holland, and players Robert Awiszus, Paul Costa, Cedrick Daniels, Ken Hall, Barry Johnson, Roscoe Patterson, John Rice, Mike Shay, Nate Smith, Anthony Tippets, Robert White, and Thomas Williams)
Brian Baharian ‘97
In his two years with the lacrosse program, Brian Baharian racked up 116 points, putting him among the top 15 scorers in Beacons history. Named a Pilgrim League Southeast Division and All-New England honoree in 1996, he was also selected to compete in the prestigious USILA North/South All-Star game.
Michael Beatrice ‘78
A two-time New England Football Conference honoree, defensive captain Michael Beatrice led the Boston State College Warriors to the 1975 NEFC title and was named the most valuable player at the end of the season. Beatrice is Boston State’s career leader in tackles (272), solo tackles (136), forced fumbles (17), and fumble recoveries (8). After graduation, Beatrice signed with the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts.
Laura Delaney George ‘83
Softball and Volleyball
Double threat Laura Delaney George was a member of UMass Boston’s first softball and volleyball varsity programs. As a pitcher, Delaney George was the first player in school history to reach 100 strikeouts. Her 164 strikeouts are third most in program history. In 1982, Delaney George helped the Beacons volleyball team cross the 10-win mark for the first time. The team finished the season 14-5.
Robert Ferraro ‘95
Robert Ferraro is the all-time leader in interceptions, punt returns, and punts for the Beacons. During the 1992 season, Ferraro was named the Associated Press All-New England Defensive Back.
Thomas Ferraro ‘81
An All-New England honoree in 1979, Thomas Ferraro is regarded as one of the greatest netminders in Boston State College history. He led the country in 1977 and 1979 in save percentage, and still holds the school records for most games played
(54) and career victories (39).
William Poehler ‘70
A four-year starter, William Poehler was Boston State College’s second-best scorer as both a sophomore and junior, averaging 16 and 12.7 points per game, respectively. As a senior, he was the Warriors’ top shooter, averaging 18.3 points per game. Poehler, the father of actors Amy and Greg Poehler, is also in the hall as a member of the 1966–67 Boston State College men’s basketball team.
1982-83 Men's Basketball Team
Led by Head Coach Charlie Titus, the 1982-83 men’s basketball team was the first in Beacons history to compete in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Just three years after earning NCAA varsity status, the Beacons earned their first-ever NCAA postseason victory with a 75-68 win over Muskingum. The team also holds the school record for most wins in a season (19).
Tickets to the induction celebration are $85 per person and are available online.
About UMass Boston
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