Francis Tripp (Class of '28) served as a
player, coach and athletic director in a glittering career that
spanned over 40 years from 1924 through 1965. In addition, he
also served as a professor in the chemistry department on
campus. A man for whom the athletic center is named after,
Tripp is noted as the guiding light most responsible for the early
development of the athletic program.
William McArdle (Class of '33) was a three-sport star (soccer, baseball and basketball) in an illustriouis career that took place between 1930 and 1933. McArdle was best known for his achievements in soccer and basketball. The starting goaltender for two and a half years on the pitch, Bill recorded four shutouts while leading his mates to a 17-6-2 mark over the time frame. On the hardcourt, Bill was known as a strong rebounder who chipped in with his fair share of points. He became captain of the baseball sqaud as early as his sophomore year.
Stephen "Butch" McNamara (Class of '62) is recognized as one of the greatest players to ever represent the university on the basketball court back when the school was known as New Bedford Textile Institute. A four-year starter, he scored 1,800 points over his career while leading his mates to four very successful seasons. He is remembered best for his standout long-range shooting from the field.
Marie Snyder was the founder of the Women's Athletic Program at SMU. She directed the program from 1971-76 and during her tenure coached both the tennis (12-4) and volleyball (14-7) squads to big winning campaigns. It was her drive, determination and dedication that got the program off to its tremendous start.
David Hill (Class of '76) was the first SMU athletic representative to ever be accorded All-America status. He did so after placing fourth in the NCAA Track and Field Nationals in 1974. A four-year letter winner, he also placed high in several other major New England Championship events.
Joe Jason (Class of '77) was a four-year starter on the baseball diamon. He was SMU's first representative to receive All-America honors on the diamond, earning that honor during his junior season. Joe finished his career with a gaudy .321 mark at the plate and a sure-handed .970 field percentage as a second baseman. During his career, SMU teams posted a mark of 96-59 with a .619 winning percentage and played in two NAIA National Championships. Joe was also honored twice as an All-New England performer.
Sally Darlington (Class of '80) before she was through, Sally 'D' was to become respected as one of the greatest female athletes to ever don the colors of the Blue, White and Gold on the field of athletic combat. A tremendous three-sport standout, she was one of the first women to qualify for the New England Track and Field Championships in two events. On the basketball court, the four-year starter helped lead her mates to a solid record of 45-30 while playing a major contributing role. A physically tough rebounder, she was noted for her strong defensive play. She also chipped in with a steady 8.6 points per game. She played on the 1979 squad that made it to the EAIAW Nationals. In field hockey, she also made her mark. A four-year starter and a captain, her teams compiled a solid 33-12-4 mark. As a mere freshman, she was selected to the Northeast Tournament all-star team.