UMass Dartmouth Athletics Corsair Hall of Fame

Five individuals and one team comprise the 2019 induction class of the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame, as this year’s ceremony will take place on Friday, October 25th at Woodland Commons beginning at 6:00 pm EDT.

Leading the way in this year’s class is one of the most decorated female athletes in school history, as Krista Chauvin ’14 shined as a three-sport standout in soccer as well as both indoor & outdoor track and field.  A 2013 NCAA Division III All-American in the outdoor hammer during her junior campaign, Chauvin was a 10-time champion in throwing events that included titles in Division III New England, Open New England and ECAC Division III competition.  As a program pioneer, Krista earned Little East Conference Indoor & Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year accolades and still holds both the school and league records in the hammer and weight throws, and she became he first Corsair to ever compete in the prestigious Penn Relays.  In two seasons on the pitch, Chauvin posted an 11-5-2 mark with 11 career shutouts in goal, earning first team all-Little East and third team all-NSCAA Division III regional honors during her sophomore campaign.

Two former Corsair head coaches will also be enshrined as part of this year’s class.  Tom Mendell served as the University’s Head Men’s Tennis Coach for 12 seasons from 2003 through 2014, as his overall record of 94-61 (.606) ranks behind only fellow Hall of Famer Warren Preti on the school’s career list.  A two-time Little East Coach of the Year, Mendell’s teams won four conference championships and made three appearances in the NCAA Division III Championships.  Tom’s 2009 squad has the distinction of being the first in program history to earn a victory in NCAA tournament play, as UMass Dartmouth notched a 5-2 opening round win over Neumann that spring.

Nicole Castonguay Maher set a new standard for excellence during her nine seasons as the Corsairs’ Head Field Hockey Coach from 2006-14.  Castonguay Maher’s teams posted an overall mark of 121-71 (.630) and qualified for the Little East tournament in all but one of her years at the helm, as UMass Dartmouth claimed three conference titles and earned berths in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2014.  Nicole, who ranks behind only Marilyn Ritz on the Corsairs’ all-time wins list, led her squad to a school-record 17 wins on a pair of occasions (2006 & 2012), and she was recognized by her peers as the Little East Coach of the Year five times.

Castonguay Maher’s 2009 Little East championship team will also be inducted during this year’s ceremonies, as the Corsairs captured the program’s first berth into the NCAA Division III tournament with a 15-7 mark.  UMass Dartmouth took its third Little East crown in four years that fall after defeating Keene State on the road in the championship match, and the Corsairs dropped a 5-1 decision at Middlebury in the NCAA opening round.  Members of that 2009 team include Danielle Nelson Miller, Stephanie Kinchla Mason, Erica Allan Chute, Laurie David, Becca Festinger, Natalie Brown, Kellie Ann Finn, Michaela Johnston, Denise Gates, Jackelyn Anderson, Kate Dorrance Orsini, Kylie Treat, Abby Zarotny Sahagian, Devan DePhillips, Eleanor Taylor, Taryn Cardiel Reid, Kristen Walsh, Maille Lynch-Gilbert Peddle, Seana Golden and current Corsair Head Coach Linee Mello-Frost.  Castonguay Maher was assisted on that team by UMass Dartmouth Hall of Famer Temple Pettway Mitchell and Michael Pallister.

Dr. Jeremy Stern was the long-time team physician for the UMass Dartmouth Department of Athletics, as he served in that role for 15 years at the University while also providing care for many local high school student-athletes.  After completing his orthopedic residency at New York Medical College in 1990, Dr. Stern went on to a spots medicine fellowship in Salt Lake City, Utah the following year before establishing his own sports medicine practice in Massachusetts in 1992.  Dr. Stern was the recipient of the 2007 UMass Dartmouth John Frye Athletic Service Award for his many contributions to the department.

The final individual member of this year’s induction class in two-time all-New England baseball honoree Eli Munkholm ’99, who sported a career .463 batting average and a .508 on-base percentage that both rank as the fourth highest in school history.  Under the guidance of Hall of Famer mentor Bruce Wheeler, Munkholm ranks in the top seven in five additional career categories for his performance on the diamond, including fourth in both hits (201) and total bases (300), sixth in slugging percentage (.691) and RBI (91) and seventh in home runs (23).  Eli helped lead the Corsairs to an NCAA Division III tournament berth in 1998 when the Corsairs won 31 games, matching the second highest single-season mark for victories in school history.

“This year’s Hall of Fame class is comprised of another amazing group of student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends, and I offer congratulations to all of our inductees on this tremendous honor,” UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis said.  “Their achievements speak so highly to their talent, dedication and commitment to their teammates, programs and to the University, and this recognition is richly deserved.”

The intention of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame is to recognize the athletic achievements and a contribution of the university's many dedicated athletes and friends.  Established in 1988 with its first annual induction ceremony, the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame welcomes new members as part of the University’s annual Homecoming Weekend celebration. The annual induction ceremony is the highlight of an evening featuring the group of inductees and teams who are presented for induction.

Any former varsity intercollegiate athletes who participated in at least two seasons of varsity competition while attending UMass Dartmouth or one of its predecessor institutions is eligible to be elected to the Corsair Hall of Fame. Candidates become eligible for election five years after graduation. An athletic nominee must be a graduate of UMass Dartmouth or one of the predecessor institutions such as New Bedford Institute of Technology, Bradford Durfee Institute of Technology, Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute or Southeastern Massachusetts University.

A second category of inductees into the Corsair Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of past UMass Dartmouth teams. The Corsair Hall of Fame honors a former university team among each year's group of inductees, and a third category of inductees has been established for individuals who have given outstanding service to UMass Dartmouth. This category may include successful members of the coaching staff (three years after leaving UMass Dartmouth), administrative staff, members of the local media, supporters, sponsors and volunteers.  Each nomination is reviewed by the Corsair Hall of Fame Selection Committee and is valid for three years.

With the induction of this year’s class, a total of 175 individuals and 32 teams will comprise the Corsair Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the 2019 UMass Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be available for purchase later this summer and can be ordered online by visiting www.corsairathletics.com.

 

 

Click here for a complete list of Corsair Hall of Fame inductees from 1988 through 2016

Hall of Fame Induction By Class Year

1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014  2015  2016 2017 
                   

Click here for a 40+ year timeline of UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department's history from its creation in 1964 as part of the merger between New Bedford Institute of Technology and Bradford Durfee College of Technology, right through events of 2013.

UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame


More than 25 former Corsair Hall of Famers were on hand when the ribbon was cut in January of 2012 opening the Hall of Fame located inside the Tripp Athletic Center lobby.

The intention of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame is to recognize the athletic achievements and a contribution of the university's many dedicated athletes and friends.

Established in 1988 with its first annual induction ceremony, the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame welcomes new members as part of the university"s annual Homecoming Weekend celebration. The annual induction ceremony is the highlight of an evening featuring the group of inductees and teams who are presented for induction.

Any former varsity intercollegiate athletes who participated in at least two seasons of varsity competition while attending UMass Dartmouth or one of its predecessor institutions is eligible to be elected to the Corsair Hall of Fame. Candidates become eligible for election five years after graduation. An athletic nominee must be a graduate of UMass Dartmouth or one of the predecessor institutions such as New Bedford Institute of Technology, Bradford Durfee Institute of Technology, Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute or Southeastern Massachusetts University.

A second category of inductees into the Corsair Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of past UMass Dartmouth teams. The Corsair Hall of Fame honors a former university team among each year's group of inductees.

A third category of inductees has been established for individuals who have given outstanding service to UMass Dartmouth. This category may include successful members of the coaching staff (three years after leaving UMass Dartmouth), administrative staff, members of the local media, supporters, sponsors and volunteers.

Each nomination is reviewed by the Corsair Hall of Fame Selection Committee and is valid for three years.

For more information on the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame or to learn how to nominate either a team or an individual for review by the Corsair Hall of Fame Selection Committee, contact Jim Mullins in the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department at (508) 910-6930 or via email at jmullins@umassd.edu.

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