BOSTON – The Suffolk University Athletic Hall of Fame officially welcomed eight new members and one outstanding team Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out audience at the Michael S. Smith ’61 and Larry E. Smith ’65 Dining Hall at 20 Somerset on Suffolk’s campus. President Margaret McKenna, Director of Athletics Cary McConnell joined alumni, fans, family and friends of Suffolk Athletics to comprise the enthusiastic guests for the ceremony.
The fifth class of Hall of Famers comprised of eight individuals and one team covers more than five decades of Suffolk’s athletic history.
Paul Vacarro BS '86 and MBA '92 has been a staple on the athletics Hall of Fame podium as Masters of Ceremonies since the inguarl event in 2007 and returned to his post for the fifth time this year. In a new tradition, current student-athletes, baseball's Jon Lapolla and Syndey Littlefield, the Vice President of Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and a sophomore on the volleyball and softball team spoke on what it means to be apart of the Suffolk University Athletics family.
Among the members of the Class of 2015 are two-time All-American and former three-time softball GNAC Player of the Year Jess Ferreira, former GNAC Player of the Year and two-time GNAC baseball champion Mike Maguire, the first women’s basketball player to score 1,000 points Sheryl Scanlon, along with Jason Luisi, a member of a NCAA Tournament Team and two-time GNAC selection in men’s basketball.
In the team category, the 2007-08 women’s basketball team sealed its place among the Rams greats as the first program to eclipse the 20-win plateau, reach the GNAC Championship contest and was selected to the ECAC Tournament under the tutelage of head coach Ed Leyden.
Michael Smith BSBA ’61, was honored as an exemplary Rams Supporter for his leadership philanthropy over the years that has made a significant impact on the University, and his brother, Larry Smith BSBA ’65, was honored both as a Rams Supporter and as a tenacious defensive player on the men’s basketball team and captain in his senior year.
THE SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
The Suffolk University Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2007 with a charter membership of eight individuals and two teams. After this year’s induction ceremony, membership will consist of 38 individuals and five teams.
Membership includes those who laid the foundation of Suffolk’s athletic success; including Charles Law, the first athletic director, Jim “ Coach” Nelson, men’s basketball coach and 30-year Director of Athletics and Joe Walsh, as well as those who have continued to push Suffolk Athletics into the national spotlight.
Former student-athletes become eligible for the Suffolk University Athletics Hall of Fame induction five years after completing their athletics eligibility. Championship teams are eligible seven years after their year of achievement. In addition, an non-student athlete alumnus, whose distinguished contributed to Suffolk Athletics have made a profound impact to the Department and its student-athletes have a five-year waiting period before being induction, while non-alumni, coach, athletic or college administration merits immediate induction into the hall of fame.
Each year, the Suffolk University Athletics Hall of Fame Selection Committee, composed of administrators, faculty, staff and alumni, reviews the accomplishments of hundreds of alumni student-athletes who have been privileged to wear the University’s blue and gold. The Committee’s task is to identify those few who meet the qualifications for induction.
Selection is based upon the candidate meeting one or more of the following criteria: First-team All-American, NCAA Champion, world record setter, Olympic medalist, NCAA Statistical leader, professional athletic success, distinguished him/herself as a “pioneer” student-athlete or significant contributor to Suffolk Athletics while at the University or after graduation. Nomination forms can be found at GoSuffolkRams.com, under Hall of Fame.