New Digital Display Part of New Upgrades to the Clark Athletic Center
As a student athlete, Katherine Wall ’08 says she never dreamed she’d be among the company of the men and women in the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Hall of Fame.
“When you see the plaques on the wall, you want to be on there. I just never thought I’d be one of them,” said Wall, a three-sport athlete who earned accolades in softball, ice hockey, and soccer.
UMass Boston’s Division of Athletics and Recreation, Special Programs and Projects will induct its eleventh Hall of Fame class on Thursday at 5: 30 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center. The hall includes alumni of UMass Boston and Boston State College.
This year’s inductees are:
- Melissa Belmonte '11 Women's Ice Hockey
- Nick Conway '08 Baseball
- Craig Cullen '72 Men's Ice Hockey
- Dan Hayes '79 Lacrosse
- Bruce Lehane '70 Cross Country, Track and Field
- Katherine Wall '08 Women's Soccer, Women's Ice Hockey, Softball
- 1990 UMass Boston Men's Tennis Team (Head Coach Michael Bradley, Matthew Ashe, David Bouley, Jr., Kevin Counter, Tom Esper, Pat Finnegan, Oscar Jara, Jeff Kearns, Stephan Krause, Chris Lyons, Daniel Pollard, Phil Robbins, Tom Savoie, Robert Wright)
Wall is second in school history with four career short-handed goals in ice hockey, but her biggest memory is the soccer team’s first Little East Conference win, which happened during her senior year. Last year Wall, who works in a therapeutic classroom, returned to the soccer team as assistant coach and got to be a part of the team’s first LEC title.
“I loved going to UMass Boston. To be able to come back and be a part of it again was just really important to me and I loved it. It was awesome,” Wall said.
Bruce Lehane ’70 is instilling the values he learned on Boston State College’s cross-country and track-and-field teams in a new generation of students. He is now head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country teams and assistant director of men’s and women’s track and field at Boston University.
“The fundamental value instilled through my experiences at Boston State College was respect for the uniqueness and potential of each individual. Unquestionably, my favorite memories have to do with our coach, Bill Squires. He was much more than a coach. He was a friend, a mentor, a father figure, a teacher—a tremendous motivator. Larger than life, he was a joy to be around at practice, trips, or races. The debt I owe him I can never repay,” Lehane said.
Previous inductees say the ceremony is a powerful event. One of last year’s inductees, Jack Lambert ’00, travelled from Florida with his wife Kelly and two sons, 7-year-old Jackson and 2-year-old Jett. Jackson joined his dad on stage.
“It was a very emotional time for me and my family. I was just very thankful to be inducted,” Jack Lambert said.
This year’s induction ceremony will take place in the renovated Clark Athletic Center. Attendees will also get a chance to see the new digital Hall of Fame, an interactive display that has replaced the plaques that lined the walls when Wall was a student. Designed by 1157 Design Concepts out of Sidney, Ohio, visitors will be able to see headshots, biographical information, and video of the Hall of Fame members. The display is the centerpiece of the Clark Athletic Center lobby, which will be getting some additional upgrades in the coming weeks.
Tickets to the induction celebration are $85 per person and are available online.
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