Springfield, MA, October 23, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Springfield natives Kevin Collins and Michael Bailey are among the 10 former athletes who will be inducted into the American International College Hall of Fame. The Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 will be formally inducted as part of Homecoming Weekend. The ceremony will take place Friday, Oct. 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the O'Donnell Hall of Fame Room in the Metcalf Gymnasium.
The newest members of the Athletic Hall of Fame include Michael Bailey '73 (men’s golf), Gary Barcher '80 (baseball), Kevin Collins '72 (men’s ice hockey), Donna (Crum) Coombs '71 (softball), Tonia McCown '91 (women's basketball), Mike Mitchell '00 (wrestling), Malik Moore '04 (men’s basketball), Milton J. Piepul (coach, administrator), Terry Randolf '77 (football) and Paul Stockley '81 (baseball).
The Class of 2013 is the sixth to be inducted into the American International College Athletic Hall of Fame, which was first established in 2005. The 10 new Athletic Hall of Fame members bring the total number of inductees to 71.
Bailey, a Springfield native, was a three-year starter for a very successful AIC men’s golf team, and has enjoyed a successful career as both a player and Professional Golf Association (PGA) Club Professional.
Barcher, a native of Pittsfield, Mass., was a four-year starter at second base and shortstop as a member of the AIC baseball team, helping transform the program into a regional power, which culminated with capturing the 1979 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II-III championship.
Springfield native Kevin Collins was a three-year letterwinner as a member of the men’s ice hockey team before embarking on a career in professional hockey officiating. Collins was a linesman in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 28 seasons, during which he worked 12 Stanley Cup Finals and two NHL All-Star Games. In total, Collins officiated 1,964 regular season NHL games and 300 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Coombs of West Springfield was one of the original members of the AIC softball and basketball teams when the College first began sponsoring women’s athletics programs. She was an outstanding softball player who outpaced the level of the still developing collegiate Yellow Jackets, developing her considerable talents at the highest levels of women’s softball.
McCown of West Haven, Connecticut was one of the first elite women’s basketball players ever at AIC. She was a three-year co-captain and a two-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection, earning First-Team honors in 1990 and Second-Team honors in 1991. She finished her career as the Yellow Jackets’ career leader in points (1,567), rebounds (1,041), rebounds per game (10.4) and free throws made (351).
Mitchell of Yonkers, N.Y., was a two-time All-American and three-time national qualifier in his four seasons as a member of the wrestling team, placing second in the nation at 174-pounds in 2000 and again in 2001. He was a two-time East Region champion at 174 pounds. Mitchell had a career record of 124-30 (.805) in his four seasons as a Yellow Jacket, marking the most individual victories in program history, a record that still stands today.
Moore, a Philadelphia native, put together one of the finest resumes in the history of the men’s basketball program, culminating with his being named the 2002 Northeast-10 and Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a Third-Team All-American. He was named First-Team Northreast-10 All-Conference Selection, ECAC All-Star, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District selection and a Daktronics All-Region selection in each of his three seasons with the Yellow Jackets.
Piepul an Enfield, Conn., native, and Cathedral High School graduate, was an All-American football player at Notre Dame. The architect of the modern athletic department at AIC, Piepul built the program while also serving as head football coach for five years. On the field, he had a career record of 26-19 (.578) and won a then school-record eight games in 1975, a record that stood until 1999, and in doing so was named the New England Coach of the Year by the New England Football Writers.
Randolph of Teaneck, N.J., was a four year starter as a member of the AIC football team at both running back and defensive back. During his career, Randolph was a five time selection to the ECAC Weekly Honor Roll and was named All-New England twice during his collegiate career, earning the award as a defensive back in 1976 and as a running back in 1977.
Stockley, a Pittsfield native, joined the Yellow Jacket baseball program in the Fall of 1976 along with fellow Pittsfield native and Hall of Fame inductee Gary Barcher. Together they helped transform the program into a regional power, culminating in the capturing of the 1979 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II-III championship.