Induction Ceremony Set for Corsair Hall of Fame

(Dartmouth, MA) -- The UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame will celebrate its 23rd anniversary on Friday, September 24, 2010 at Rachel's Lakeside in Dartmouth when the annual induction ceremonies will take place.

The 23rd anniversary induction class includes representatives from UMass Dartmouth and one of its predecessor institutions, Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU). Joining the Corsair Hall of Fame this year will be Bill Edward (men's basketball SMU '73), Rich Volkmann (Men's Track SMU '85), Bob Carroll (Ice Hockey, UMass Dartmouth '94) '84), and the late head golf coach Paul Fistori. The 1980 SMU Men's Track and Field squad will be this year's inductee in the team category.

The Corsair Hall of Fame kicks off UMass Dartmouth's 2010 Alumni, Family and Friends Weekend. The Hall of Fame ceremony includes a social hour at 6:30 pm followed by dinner and the induction ceremony. Reservations are $40 per person and must be reserved in advance of the event by calling Trudy Costa in the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department at (508) 999-8720. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Following are the biographies of the Corsair Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2010:

In an era long before the three-point shot was introduced and while often teamed with other Hall of Fame-caliber teammates, Bill Edward quietly put together an excellent four-year men's basketball career. Playing with such greats as Kevin Phelan and General Holman, Edward was a steady contributor to Coach John Pacheco's teams in the early 1970's and former coach Bruce Wheeler's fist team in 1972-73. Although hampered by injuries during his last two years of competition, Edward still earned the distinction of reaching the 1,000-point club, scoring 1,112 points from 1969 through 1973. He was one of only 12 players of his era to reach the prestigious scoring mark. A two-time team captain as a junior and senior, Edward's best season was his junior campaign when he averaged 19 points per game before an injury shortened his season. In his freshman year, Edward averaged 13 points per game and improved that scoring average to 15 points per game as a sophomore.

Rich Volkmann was part of what was one of the most successful eras in track and field at UMass Dartmouth. In 1985 Volkmann was part of the Bob Dowd-coached Corsair men's track and field team which competed in the NCAA Division III Championships and placed 20th as a team. Volkmann's contribution to the Corsairs' effort was a sixth-place finish in the hammer throw, earning him Division III All-America honors in his event. He was the first UMass Dartmouth/SMU track and field athlete to earn All-America honors in the hammer. One year before achieving national honors in his event, Volkmann had qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship meet although he did not score in the event. Throughout his four-year career, Volkmann earned a host of All New England and Division III honors in both the hammer and the shot put.

Bob Carroll patrolled the blue line for UMass Dartmouth ice hockey team in the early 1990s, a top defenseman for several very successful Corsair teams in his era. During the three years he was a vital part of the Corsair defense, UMass Dartmouth posted a 57-18-3 overall record that included a pair of ECAC Tournament appearances, as well as the Corsairs' first ECAC title in four seasons. Three times during his career Carroll was named to the ECAC Northeast Division III All-Star team and earned similar honors from the New England Hockey Writers as well. At the end of the 1993 season, Carroll earned the ECAC Division III Player of the Year Award as well as the prestigious J. Thom Lawler New England Division II/III Player of the Year award. He was the first UMass Dartmouth/SMU hockey player to ever be awarded the Lawler Award. In Carroll's senior year as team captain and Most Valuable Player, he was instrumental in leading the Corsairs to an outstanding season which included a three-game stretch of playoff victories including 10-0 win over Skidmore, a 6-2 win over Assumption and a 3-0 victory over Southern Maine for that season's ECAC Championship.

The coaching records at UMass Dartmouth indicate that the late Paul Fistori served as the head men's golf coach from 1997 through 2005. But his posthumous induction into the Corsair Hall of Fame recognizes a career dedicated to students and the UMass Dartmouth community. In his nine-year head coaching career, Fistori recorded a 31-12-2 overall record, guiding the Corsairs to first-place finishes in 2002 and again in 2004 at the Massachusetts Intercollegiate Championships. His team's best seasons were 2003, when UMass Dartmouth placed fifth at the ECAC Division III Championships and Fistori was named the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Division III Northeast Coach of the Year, and three years later, when his team took second in the same event and was ranked 27th nationally. The accomplishments of Fistori's teams throughout his career went a long way to re-establishing the importance of men's golf at UMass Dartmouth and recognition of the Corsairs as one of the top Division III programs in the New England region. An accomplished golfer in his own right, Fistori teamed with Bob Pallatroni in 1980 to win the Invitational Fourball at his home course, Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett, where he was a long-time member and club president. In addition to his contributions as golf coach, Fistori is also served for 25 years as UMass Dartmouth's Registrar and Director of University Records, where he is credited with overseeing implementation of the first electronic student records, and first student academic career audit. Twice he was elected as chairperson of the Educational Service Unit of the UMass Faculty Federation, receiving the ESU Service Award in 1989.

The Corsair Hall of Fame lists 25 individual cross country and track and field athletes among its ranks along with three team inductions. However, prior to this year there has never been a track and field team inducted. That changes this year with the induction of Coach Bob Dowd's 1980 Men's Track and Field team. Led by team captains James "JR" Gilbert, Frank Conti and Wayne Carlson, the squad put together as fine a single season as any track team in program history. The Corsairs went 7-0 in dual meets, took sixth in the Eastern Championships, captured the first SMU Invitational and, in its first appearance at the New England Division III Championships, posted a fifth-place team finish. Twenty-four athletes qualified for the Eastern Championships and the NE Div. III Championships, and 14 competed in the All-New England Championship meet. Current Corsair Hall of Famers Keith Coughlin (10,000m), Brian Lockard (10,000m) and Mark Montigny (400m hurdles), who led the team in scoring as a freshman with 40 points, participated in the NCAA Div. III Championships, along with Peter Mador (pole vault) and James Kent (3,000m steeplechase). At season's end, the team had made its mark in the Corsair record book by setting or establishing 11 SMU records.