UMass Dartmouth Honors Its 2013 Hall Of Fame Class
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- The UMass Dartmouth
Corsair Hall of Fame celebrated its 26th anniversary on
Friday, September 27, 2013 with the Class of 2013 Induction
Ceremony at the Tripp Athletic Center.
The 26th anniversary induction class included three former student-athletes recently graduated from UMass Dartmouth, plus a team and individual from one of its predecessor institutions, Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU).
The Corsair Hall of Fame Class of 2013 included:
Mark Tallent (SMU ’83)
The long and storied success of ice hockey at UMass Dartmouth got its start during the 1982-83 season, when the Corsairs captured the program’s first ice hockey championship. Thirty years after winning the ECAC Championship, the Corsair Hall of Fame is inducting the captain of that team, Mark Tallent. The first championship season is filled with the stuff of legends. The team lost its head coach during the season, finished with only 14 skaters and three goalies at season’s end, yet took the ECAC crown from a filed of 40 teams with a pair of road wins over Wesleyan and Iona. At the center of it all was Mark Tallent, the team’s lone senior and Most Valuable Player. “Mark was a guy who led quietly in the locker room but very loudly on the ice,” said teammate John Findley, a 1991 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee. “He was a player who could have played at a Division I school but he was overlooked.” The success of Tallent and his 1982-83 teammates laid the groundwork for the Corsair championship tradition.
Kelly (Kidd) Bartucca (UMD ’06)
A four-time NCAA Division III Diving championship qualifier during her career, Kelly (Kidd) Bartucca was a three-time Division II/III Diving champion at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships. In her final season, she capped her career by winning Senior Diver of the Year at the regional championships in 2006. At that event, she won both the one- and three-meter championships, successfully defending her three-meter title from 2005. Bartucca was dominant in the Little East Conference, winning four-LEC Championships, sweeping the one- and three-meter events in 2004 and again in 2005. The UMass Dartmouth team most valuable performer and captain in 2005-06, she had a dual meet record of 34-0 as a junior and 33-1 as a senior. In the final event of her collegiate diving career, Bartucca placed 9th overall in the Open ECAC Diving Championship. She currently holds both the team and UMass Dartmouth pool records for three-meter diving.
Kelly (Fitts) Ferreira (UMD ’06)
In addition to an outstanding two-sport career in both women’s soccer and outdoor track and field, Kelly (Fitts) Ferreira was also among the top academic performers in UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department history. Ferreira received three major academic awards, including a pair of ECAC Robbins Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards along with Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2006. She is the only female athlete to win those awards since they were established in 1994. Upon graduation, Ferreira was name the top-ranked student in the Charlton College of Business, having achieved a perfect 4.0 score through 10 consecutive semesters. Her accomplishments were not limited to the classroom. Ferreira was a top-ranked regional and national competitor in the javelin, currently third all-time in the Corsair record book. During the 2005 outdoor track season, Ferreira ranked 5th in New England and 17th nationally, taking second in both the LEC and the NE Alliance. She qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track Championships in three seasons. Along with her track accomplishments, Ferreira was a four-year starter for women’s soccer.
Jonathan Garcia (UMD ’08)
A six-time NCAA Division III All-America and a three-time national champion, Jonathan Garcia is among the top student-athletes to compete under the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department banner. Garcia appeared in seven NCAA championship races throughout his indoor and outdoor track career.
He won national championship in three consecutive years, taking the 55-meter hurdles indoors in 2006, the 110-meter hurdles outdoors in 2007 and in his final race for the Corsairs, won the 55-meter hurdles indoors in 2008. As a senior, Garcia earned the prestigious New England Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year. In the more than 40-year history of Corsair athletics only three athletes have been as decorated as Garcia. Distance runner Jim White won six All-America awards and two national titles, while diver Tom Egan did the same in the 1990s. Five years after his graduation, Garcia’s name still rests atop several events in the Corsair record book, including 55- and 60-meter high hurdles indoors, plus the 110-meter high hurdles outdoors.
For 13 years Louise Goodrum played an integral role in shaping the student-athletes of UMass Dartmouth, first as an athletic trainer and later as a senior administrator in the Athletic Department. A former interim athletic director for a year, Goodrum was the Associate Director/Senior Women’s Administrator when she passed away unexpectedly in December of 2011. She is being posthumously inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame in recognition of her contributions and commitment to UMass Dartmouth Athletics. Goodrum came to campus in 1998 as head athletic trainer after five years in a similar post at Smith College and three at St. Lawrence University. She was named Associate Director in 2004, served as interim director from 2006 to 2007 and returned to Associate Director for another four years. She always maintained her passion for Athletic Training, serving as a clinical instructor for interns in the Athletic Training Program at Bridgewater State. She also worked for ESPN as a Medical Venue Coordinator at the Sumer and Winter X-Games.
1988 SMU Baseball Team
The SMU baseball team had already established itself as a very successful Division III program in the first 16 years of Coach Bruce Wheeler’s 33- year career. But the 1988 season brought the program its first national recognition when the Corsairs posted a 26-15 overall record and earned its first NCAA Division III baseball tournament berth. The ’88 team was led by NCAA Division III All-America shortstop Rod Correia, who later played Major League baseball with the California Angels. Correia had a single-season school record 16 home runs, 68 RBI and a .442 batting average, also earning First Team honors on the NE Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-New England team. Second baseman Eamon Kingman (.459 batting average) was also a first team selection and Wheeler was New England Coach of the Year. Catcher Marcel Sirois was a second team choice and relief pitcher Mark Crowther (6-3, 10 saves, 2.35 ERA in 53.6 innings) was a third team honoree.