UMass Boston Inducts 13th Hall of Fame Class
UMass Boston’s Athletics Department inducted its 13th Hall of Fame class on Tuesday.
Several of the new inductees shared memories of their playing days at UMass Boston and Boston State College.
Kate (McWhorter) Carlson ’10 spoke fondly of her time as a member of the women’s volleyball team. She transferred to UMass Boston her junior year, led the Beacons to their first Little East Conference championship and first NCAA tournament appearance, and is now in her third year as assistant coach. The team came to support her Tuesday night.
“I felt UMass Boston fit what I was looking for as far as the program for volleyball and school-wise. When I came to visit and be on campus and met with [Coach] Terry Condon … I felt that I could still learn from her as a player even having only two years left,” Carlson said. “UMass Boston in general was just such a good fit for me to finish and graduate from.”
Chancellor J. Keith Motley said he attributes the current success of UMass Boston’s athletics teams to the examples set by the Hall of Fame inductees.
“It’s a great time to be a Beacon,” Motley said. “Last fall there was so much confusion [about what game to follow because there] were multiple playoff games at one time. That’s the legacy you’ve created.”
Football player Michael Bogart ’80 set the single-season reception record with 35 in 1975, and also held the mark for total yards with 456.
“Being a student athlete was one of the best experiences of my life, and a dream of mine since I was a kid. Boston State helped me to fulfill that dream. Boston State College was the right school at the right time for me, with great teachers who had a positive influence on my life. I received a great education, which opened a lot of doors for me,” Bogart said.
Frank Kelley ’68, a member of the 1965-66 Boston State College hockey team that posted a 20-0-0 record, spoke fondly of his time on the ice, sharing the night with three generations of his family and his former teammates.
“We shared a moment in time, long since past. Happily, the memories of practice time, on and off the ice, in the dressing room, games, and trips, have not passed,” Kelley said.
The full of list of 2015 inductees is:
- Frank Kelley '68 (Boston State College) - men's ice hockey
- Steve Hunt '78 (Boston State College) - cross country/outdoor track and field
- Michael Bogart '80 (Boston State College) - football
- Raymond Buckland '86 (Boston State College) - men's basketball
- Chris Hanafin '07 (UMass Boston) - lacrosse
- Katherine (McWhorter) Carlson '10 (UMass Boston) - volleyball
- 1996 UMass Boston men's lacrosse team
Ninety-nine individuals and 15 teams have now earned the university’s most prestigious sports honor. These student-athletes, coaches, teams, and administrators from UMass Boston and Boston State College have their names permanently displayed in the Clark Athletic Center. Read about the accomplishments of this year’s inductees here.
“When I think about the Hall of Fame ceremony and how it's grown over the past 13 years, I think how it's mirrored the growth of this great university,” Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs Charlie Titus said in his opening remarks. “I'm reminded of the dedicated individuals who have given back and I'm honored to see what the future holds.”
The Athletics Department also gave out two additional awards. Patrick Gaston ’83, a former Athletics Department intern who served as senior advisor to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and is now the president of the Western Union Foundation, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Community Relations Gail Hobin received the Shining Beacon Award for her contributions to the Athletics Department.