John Kidd (SMTI '65) earned 11 varsity letters during an outstanding career in the earliest days of athletics at Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute. A standout athlete at nearby Fairhaven (MA) High School, Kidd was a welcomed addition to the Corsair ranks, earning varsity letters in track, soccer and basketball. He served as tri-captain of the soccer team his senior year and co-captain of the basketball team in both his junior and senior seasons. It was in basketball for the Corsairs where Kidd excelled. He was a key member of four teams which won a total of 54 games during his playing days, despite playing the center position at 6'2". Often giving up four to seven inches to opposing players, Kidd still led the team in rebounding all four years. He also scored 1,250 points during his career, ranking him 23rd in UMass Dartmouth's 1000-Point Club. His activities were not limited to sports. He served as Sports Editor of the school's newspaper for two years and belonged to numerous service organizations.
Among a group of outstanding swimmers to compete in the late 1980's, Mark McIlquham (SMU '90) was both a talented athlete and a versatile swimmer. During each season of his four-year career he qualified for the NCAA Division III Nationals in two different strokes, earning All-America Honorable Mention 11 times. As a freshman in 1987 his best finish at the All-Division New Englands was a 12th in the 400 Freestyle Relay and was a national qualifier in that event and the 400 yard Medley Relay. As a sophomore more following year, he was New England Champion in the 100-yard Butterfly, establishing a New England meet record. He had six top-four finishes in the New Englands and added three All-America Honorable Mentions with an 11th in the 400 yard Freestyle as his best effort. As a junior in 1989, McIlquham was the Div. III New England 100-yard Butterfly champion and added seven top-eight finishes plus a pair of qualifying times for the NCAA Nationals. In his final season, he had another seven top-six placements, including his third New England Div. III championship, only this time it was in the 200-yard Freestyle. He finished the New Englands 13th overall in the individual scoring at the event. In his final appearance at the NCAAs he took a pair of All-America Honorable Mentions, with his best mark a 10th in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay. Sixteen years after he last swam for SMU, McIlquham still holds five UMass Dartmouth school records as an individual or member of a relay team.
Considering all of the outstanding scorers who have played ice hockey for UMass Dartmouth, Mike Mulvey (SMU `91) ranks near the top of the list as one of the all-time greatest. The 1990 and 1991 UMass Dartmouth Hockey Most Valuable Player, Mulvey finished his four-year career with the Corsairs (1987-91) second on the all-time scoring list with 90 goals and 91 assists for 181 points in 101 games. His 90 goals and 181 points are second in UMass Dartmouth ice hockey history and his 91 assists are third best. He is fourth in single-season goal scoring with a total of 28 goals in one year. A member of the Corsairs' 1989 ECAC Championship team which finished with a 24-4 overall record, Mulvey was a former ECAC Rookie of the Year in 1988 and a two-time ECAC and New England Hockey Writers All-Star in 1990 and again in 1991.
Kelly Berger (UMass Dartmouth `99) was a standout student-athlete in two sports during her four-year career on the UMass Dartmouth campus. Berger kept herself busy each Fall on the tennis courts for the Corsairs before moving indoors to the basketball courts of the Tripp Athletic Center. As a member of Hall of Fame Coach Warren Preti's women's tennis teams from 1995 through 1998, Berger won an amazing seven of eight possible Little East Conference women's tennis championships, helping her team to three straight LEC women's team titles. A single loss in the 1996 LEC #3 singles championships was the only event which stood between her winning eight straight LEC titles. Berger finished her tennis career with a 7-1 record in LEC championship match play and a perfect 8-0 in doubles. She posted an overall career record of 58-10, including a 36-5 mark in singles. It never took Berger very long to trade in her tennis racket for her basketball sneakers. She finished her basketball career among the top 10 in scoring, assists, three-pointers and free throws. As a four-year starter at point guard, she finished her career with 1,081 points to become only the fifth player in UMass Dartmouth women's basketball history to reach 1,000 points. Berger is third on the career scoring list behind a pair of Corsair Hall of Famers, Cathy Houtman (1,325 points) and Sue Quinn (1,315 points).
Former Coach John Barrett had a brief four-year stay on the Southeastern Massachusetts University campus, but in a short period of time he proved he had what it took to enjoy a long coaching career. Barrett's SMU teams won four conference championships in four years with three out of four earning post-season honors as district champions and All-New England selections. His soccer teams were top 10 in New England and he had players earn All-America honors while others were drafted into professional soccer. As the Corsairs' men's golf coach, he led the Corsairs into three straight NCAA Division III championship tournaments. In the 1977 national tournament, SMU placed 2nd overall with two All-America and one Honorable Mention golfers on the roster, including the university's first national champion, Dave Downing. Soccer was the sport Barrett would continue to pursue in addition to a career in athletic administration, serving as the first full-time Athletic Director at Western Connecticut. Among the stops on his soccer coaching career included SUNY New Paltz and Fairfield University before a nine-year stay at Division I DePaul University, where he earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors in 1994-95. After leaving DePaul in 1999, he served as an assistant coach at Duke University where he was part of the Blue Devil's first ACC Tournament Championship in 1999.
The 1957 men's tennis team at New Bedford Institute of Technology was a dominant team in its sport during the mid-1950s. Members of the '57 team had a combined record of 31-2 during their four-year time span, including four consecutive Southern New England Coastal Conference championships. Coached by the late Louise Pacheco an NBIT faculty member, the men's tennis team started its run in 1954 by posting a 7-1 and followed with an identical mark in '55. 1956 was the first of two straight undefeated teams with a perfect 8-0 in '56 and a 9-0 mark in '57. At the end of the '57 season, team members Gil Dutra and Bill Bicott were invited to participate against a national field of 31 other schools in the 1957 NAIA tennis championships held at Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas. Members of the '57 team included Dutra, Bicott, Danny Morrison, Ron Wade, Eddie Sylvia, Corsair Hall of Famer Arnie Atkinson, Marty Bendickson and Gus Diaz.