Athletic Hall of Fame

JWU Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Johnson & Wales University Director of the Athletics Hall of Fame, David Kulik, has announced the 2018 Hall of Fame class that includes five individuals and a team. The nine-person Hall of Committee voted in, what appears on paper, to be the strongest HOF class since the inception of this prestigious honor. Prior to the announcement of the 2018 class, the Johnson & Wales Athletic Hall of Fame includes 54 individuals and two teams.

The newest members of the Johnson & Wales Athletics Hall of Fame are:
Cathy Bravo '12, Women's Volleyball (2008-10)
Steven Martell '08, Wrestling (2005-07)
John MacKay '07, Baseball (2002-05)
Domenic Recchia '12, Men's Ice Hockey (2009-12)
Lamonte Thomas '12, Men's Basketball (2009-12)
2010-11 Men's Basketball Team

2016 Inductees

Inducted October 22, 2016

 During his playing career, Rajan Dhekar was one of the best setters in the New England region. The program’s career leader at 11.05   assists per set, he led the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association in assists and digs his junior season. Dhekar was an intricate   part of the 2002 squad that earned the first national ranking in the program’s history when it premiered at number 10 in the country.   A three-time all-conference selection, Dhekar earned a spot in the NECVA Hall of Fame.



Inducted October 22, 2016

Brad Jackson was one of, if not the best, defensive player in school history. He also holds the distinction of being the only Wildcat to sign a professional baseball contract. During his final two seasons, Jackson put up impressive offensive numbers that earned him First-Team All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference and All-New England honors. Jackson’s best season may have been his junior campaign when he hit a career-high .396 with 12 home runs and 42 RBIs. He still ranks in the JWU career and single-season charts in a number of different categories, including a school-record 18 doubles his senior year. After his collegiate career was over, Jackson spent three years playing for professional teams in New York, New Jersey and Quebec.


Inducted October 22, 2016
 Few golfers dominated the Great Northeast Athletic Conference the way Robert Newcomb did during a three-year span. A three-time   All-GNAC selection, he was GNAC Player of the Year in 2008 and runner-up the following year. As a senior he placed second at the   ECAC Championships. During his career, Newcomb won four tournaments and finished in the top 10 ten times. As a senior, he earned   Golf Coaches Association of America/Cleveland Golf Academic All-America honors. A two-time team captain, Newcomb was a part of   four GNAC Championships teams. He was honored his senior year with the athletic department’s Ron Bachman award, which is given   to the student-athlete who has excelled both academically and athletically while demonstrating outstanding leadership on and off the   playing field. 




Inducted October 22, 2016

During his career, Brian Sousa was one of the best men’s soccer point scorers in Great Northeast Athletic Conference has seen. He’s on the conference career Top 10 for goals, assists and points in all games and GNAC-only contests. Sousa holds the all-time GNAC record with 72 points during conference games. Overall, his 125 points is second in school history. He was named GNAC Player of the Year in 2006 and started his career as the 2004 GNAC Rookie of the Year. Sousa led the Wildcats to four GNAC championship game appearances with JWU claiming a pair of titles. He was named MVP of the 2005 conference tournament.


Inducted October 22, 2016

 Kevin Vees has the distinction of being one of only five Johnson & Wales wrestlers to be a four-time All-Region selection. Also a three-time, First-Team All-Pilgrim League honoree, he finished his career in 2003 with a 97-46 record and 30 pins. He ranks in the program’s all-time top 10 for both wins and pins. A four-time all-conference wrestler, he is one of four wrestlers to place at the conference meet all four years of his career. Team captain his senior year, Vees also excelled in the classroom as a two-time   Academic All-American.



 Inducted October 22, 2016 

The 2001 Johnson & Wales University women’s tennis team was one of the most dominant teams the Great Northeast Athletic Conference has seen. Led by legendary head coach Dr. Allen Freedman, the Wildcats blistered the competition on their way to a perfect 15-0 record and the GNAC Championships. Only one team came within a point of the Wildcats as 14 of their 15 victories were by a score of 7-2 or better. That supremacy continued to the GNAC Tournament where the Wildcats did not drop a set on their way to the title.

2014 Inductees

Inducted October 18, 2014

Hurley, who hails from East Hartford, Conn., was a National Baseball Coaches Association All-American in 2007, and is arguably the best all-around player in the history of the Wildcat Program.  He was a four-time All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference selection and was twice named an All-New England performer.  The GNAC Player of the Year in 2007, he also earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2004.  He completely rewrote the JWU record books and is still the all-time leader at both JWU and in the GNAC in hits, runs, RBI, stolen bases, home runs, assists and total bases. 



Inducted October 18, 2014

McGilvray, a Rochester, N.H. native, earned USCHO.Com All-American honors in 2008 after finishing his JWU career with 72 goals and 65 assists for 137 points, a new school record at the time.  A four-time All-ECAC Northeast performer, he was tabbed the conference Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was named the 2008 ECAC Northeast Player of the Year.  He earned All-ECAC Northeast honors all four years in a JWU uniform and went on to play professionally in the Southern Professional Hockey League.  McGilvray is currently an assistant coach with the JWU men’s hockey program.


Inducted October 18, 2014

Miller, who came to JWU from Birmingham, England, built the men’s soccer program from the ground up and helmed the Wildcat men’s team for 14 seasons, leading the squad to five conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. A three-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (2002, 2003, 2005) honoree, he posted a 142-106-16 overall mark at the school. He capped off his career with the 2007 GNAC Championship crown and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.  


Inducted October 18, 2014

Vaccari, a native of Winsted, Conn., earned All-New England accolades in 2007 and was a four-time-All Great Northeast selection.  One of the most decorated women’s volleyball players in school history, she is the all-time leader at JWU and in the GNAC in set assists with 5,220.  She also ranks among the all-time leader in games played and digs for the Wildcats.  Vaccari was a two-time team captain and helped lead JWU to four straight ECAC Division III New England appearances.   



Inducted October 18, 2014 

The 2007 Wrestling Team will go down as one of the best teams in school history in any sport.  The Wildcats won the New England Wrestling Association Championship, the only time a JWU team has accomplished that feat.  The team set the school record for wins in a season with a 20-4 record and had two wrestlers (Brandon McDonough and Steve Martell) earn All-American honors that season with three  wrestlers in McDonough, Martell and Diego Crespo winning NEWA Championships.


2012 Inductees

Inducted May 7, 2012

The long time face of the Johnson & Wales University Athletic Department, John Parente began his career at the school in 1995 when he was named the Sports Information Director. He then rose through the ranks to become the Institution's Director of Athletics in 2001 and added the title of Executive Director of Athletics to his resume in 2011. He served for four years as the commissioner of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) from 2006-2009. He was named the GNAC Executive of the Year in 2011 after guiding the department to the Commissioner's Cup on the men's and women's side, the first time in conference history for this accomplishment. Under his leadership the Department of Athletics has been extremely successful with 29 conference championships and 20 NCAA appearances. His mantra of Do the Right Thing is the cornerstone of the Department of Athletics and is best exemplified by the accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and within our community. He is a member of the American Legion Executive Board since 1986, Parente was inducted into the Rhode Island High School Baseball Hall of Fame in Jun, 2004, and has been a part of two national youth baseball governing boards. He is a member of both the West Warwick High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the Rhode Island American Legion Hall of Fame and the Words Unlimited Hall of Fame.

2011 Inductees


Inducted October 1, 2011

An amazing competitor from her very first days as a member of the Johnson & Wales women’s tennis team, Tori Spence grabbed the number-one singles position as a freshman and never relinquished it, winning three Great Northeast Athletic Conference championships along the way.  The GNAC’s Rookie of the Year in 2000, she was named to the all-conference first team in 2001 and 2002.  One year later, she completed a sweep of conference awards, winning the 2003 GNAC Player of the Year trophy, after leading her teams to three conference crowns.  In her four years, Spence compiled a 55-5 record in league matches and had 95 overall career victories—graduating second on the all-time wins list.  Equally competitive in the classroom, she graduated with a 3.83 GPA.

 Inducted October 1, 2011

With an uncanny ability to pound the strike zone or to come through with the big hit, Coventry, Rhode Island’s Dan Howard was a multi-talented part of the Johnson & Wales baseball team.  He graduated as the all-time leader in most pitching categories, including victories (22); career earned run average (2.89), innings pitched (248), complete games (17), and appearances (38).  Howard was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2004 and 2005, when his ERA in both seasons ranked among the top 13 in the nation.  Named All-New England in 2005, Howard struck out 261 and walked only 39 in his four seasons.  A dependable outfielder, his clutch home run in the last inning of the championship game gave JWU a share of the 2005 ECAC title.


Inducted October 1, 2011

Bryan Supple was a model of versatility, persistence, sportsmanship, and on-field
consistency, and became one of the top players ever to wear a Johnson & Wales soccer uniform.  The 2005 Great Northeast Player of the Year, Supple helped to lead the Wildcats to a GNAC title and a berth in the NCAA Division III national tournament.   The native of nearby Cumberland, Rhode Island, was named to the All-GNAC first team in 2003, 2004, and 2005, appearing in 57 matches over three years.  Supple not only anchored a record-setting defensive unit in his first season, he was a major force in the Wildcat midfield during the rest of his career.  He scored 42 points on 16 goals and ten assists.

Inducted May 16, 2011

After a brief teaching stint in Maine in 1968 and service in the military afterwards, Dr. Schneider was hired to teach at the Johnson & Wales Junior College of Business in February, 1970.  Rising through the ranks as full professor, Dean, and Vice President of Academic Affairs, he was promoted to Providence Campus Vice President in 2000.  A former baseball coach during his time as a professor in the seventies, he was elevated to Providence Campus President in January, 2004, where he placed his imprimatur on JWU’s athletic program.  An outstanding academic throughout his career and the recipient of numerous major awards, Dr. Schneider recognized and appreciated the value of student-athleticism while overseeing many changes at JWU, including the growth and development of the Department of Athletics until his retirement in June, 2011.



2010 Inductees

Inducted May 10, 2010

The 2003 Great Northeast Athletic Conference men’s soccer Player of the Year, Mark Bleser was a three-time first-team all-conference selection, winning the honors in 2002, 2003, and 2004. Scoring 69 points, including 37 assists in his final three seasons, Bleser was a skilled passer.  He ranked second among the NCAA’s national leaders in assists per game in 2004, with 20 in 17 matches.   Those 20 assists set a Johnson & Wales single-season record, as did the 41 assists he amassed during his outstanding Wildcat career. He helped lead JWU to a pair of NCAA Division III appearances in 2002 and 2003, and to the ECAC New England men’s soccer title in 2004.


Inducted May 10, 2010

A dominant force on Johnson & Wales’ volleyball teams from 2001 to 2004, Proto was a first-team all-conference selection four times, and was a two-time Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year; winning as a freshman in 2001, and as a senior in 2004.  Leading the Wildcats to the GNAC title in 2001 and 2002, she was the conference tournament’s Most Valuable Player each year, and won a third all-tournament award in 2004.  The first Wildcat and the first GNAC volleyball player ever to earn All-New England honors, she set JWU records in eleven different career or seasonal categories.  Proto was the first player in the GNAC with over 1,500 kills (1,504) and 1,500 digs (1,517).  She graduated as the GNAC career record holder with 4,291 attacks and was among the league’s top ten career leaders in numerous categories.


Inducted May 10, 2010

A 2005 NCAA wrestling All-American, Ruberg was a three-time national qualifier.  He won the New England Wrestling Association 174-pound championship three times; in 2002, 2004, and in 2005, when he went on to a third-place finish at the NCAA national championships. The winner of 145 out of 163 total matches during his outstanding Wildcat career, he surpassed fellow JWU Hall of Famer James Gilbert as the school’s all-time win leader. Of his 145 career victories, 45 were pins.  In 2005, his senior season, Ruberg became the first Wildcat wrestler ever to be ranked number one in the nation in his weight class.  He graduated with the all-time Johnson & Wales single-season record for victories with 46, as well as the all-time Wildcat records for takedowns in a single season (223), and in a four-year career (644).


2009 Inductees

Inducted May 11, 2009

Among the most feared hitters in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference, first baseman Eric Carsner was a three-time all-league selection, and was the GNAC’s Player of the Year in 2004.  Selected to the NCAA Division III All-New England team in 2003 and 2004, the native of Luna Pier, Michigan set the Johnson & Wales record for batting average in a single season with a .455 mark in 2002.  Two years later, he set the school’s career record for batting average at .431, and his 148 career hits ranked him fifth in JWU history.  He finished his outstanding Wildcat career ranked seventh in runs batted in (93), and fifth in home runs (11).  Equally adept defensively, Carsner led the Wildcats in fielding percentage in his last two seasons.  He was the offensive leader on a team that won the ECAC championship in 2004.  In 2005, he became the first Wildcat to sign a professional baseball contract, signing to play with the Dohrem Wild Farmers of the European Baseball League. 


2007 Inductees

Inducted May 14, 2007

She came to Johnson & Wales as an Access Program student, but her in-class and on-field maturity were far beyond her years. In 1999, 16-year-old newcomer Patrice Merendina made an immediate impact on Wildcat soccer, scoring 12 goals with a league-high 13 assists. In 2000, she stood among the national leaders in four scoring categories, helping JWU to a league title and its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division III women’s soccer tournament, with the team that recorded the nation’s longest unbeaten streak that season, 21 games. The 2000 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and the first Wildcat ever to be named to the NEWISA All-New England team, she eventually became a four-time All-GNAC first-team selection. An accounting major from Hampton, Connecticut and a Dean’s List student, Merendina set impressive Wildcat career records with 67 goals and 168 points.


Inducted May 14, 2007

Two staggering numbers summarize Emily Herr’s career: 97-7 and 3.91. The first is her competitive record over an extraordinary four-year tennis career; the second is her outstanding career GPA. A part of a powerful team that captured three Great Northeast Athletic Conference tennis championships during her career, Herr ranks among the greatest winners in Wildcat history. She was among the top two players in overall winning percentage in the GNAC in each of her four years, Playing fourth or fifth singles, Herr didn’t lose a singles match until her junior season. From 1999 to 2002, she was 50-3 in singles play and 47-4 in doubles matches. 27-3 overall as a senior, she became the 2002 GNAC Player of the Year, establishing new career records for singles wins, doubles wins, overall wins, and winning percentage—.933. A winner in the classroom as well, Herr never missed the Dean’s List—she was a perfect 12-for-12.


Inducted May 14, 2007

The first Johnson & Wales athlete to have ever won four consecutive conference championships in a single sport, Shana Eigen set single-season and career set assist records from 1999 to 2002, quarterbacking the women’s volleyball Wildcats to the GNAC title for four straight years. An All-GNAC first-team selection for three years, the native of Sandy Hook, Connecticut, was all-conference second team in her freshman year. Eigen was the conference tournament’s MVP in 1999, a member of the all-tournament teams in 2000, 2001, and 2002, and was the second Wildcat ever selected to the New England Women’s Volleyball Association’s Senior Classic. Captain of the Wildcats in her senior year, her versatility and value are most evident in her career statistics: a record 2,590 set assists, 888 digs, 173 blocks, 202 aces, and 470 kills.


2006 Inductees

Inducted May 8, 2006

Marvelously skilled and quick as lightning, the incomparable Milton Johnson was the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s preeminent men’s soccer player over the course of the league’s first three years. The first student-athlete to ever win a GNAC Player of the Year award twice in any conference sport, Johnson was among the best to ever wear a Johnson & Wales uniform. The conference’s leading scorer and Player of the Year with 22 goals and 48 points in 1996, Johnson had 11 goals and 26 points in 1997 to capture his second consecutive Player of the Year award. He returned to action in 2001 to use his final year of eligibility while in graduate school at Johnson & Wales, and contributed another six goals, to thus become the second Wildcat player in team history to score over forty goals in a career.


Inducted May 8, 2006

Combining perseverance and determination with a genuine love of the game and a deadly shot from beyond the three-point line, T.J. Ciolfi eventually became the third men’s basketball player to score over 1,000 points in an NCAA career at Johnson & Wales as a senior in 2001-2002. A pure shooter who had a fine career at nearby North Providence High, Ciolfi’s first season as a Wildcat was auspicious. The team’s scoring leader as a freshman in 1998-99, he racked up 638 points in his first two seasons. He finished his career with 1,038 points, a record 200 three-point field goals, and a highly-respectable three-point field goal percentage of 37.4. Despite the completion of his playing career, Ciolfi never really left the Wildcats, as he immediately started his coaching career as an assistant at JWU in 2002-2003.


Inducted May 8, 2006

The first NCAA All-American in the history of Johnson & Wales University in any sport, wrestler James Gilbert was the personification of student-athlete excellence. Gilbert, who wrestled mostly at 157 or 165 pounds, was regionally ranked throughout his entire four-year career. After winning the New England 165-pound title in his senior year, he took a 36-2 record into the 2002 NCAA National Championships, where he finished seventh, thus earning a berth on the NCAA Division III All-American team at 165 pounds. The first to ever record over 100 wins in a Johnson & Wales career, Gilbert won 123 matches from 1999-2002, including 37 by pin. A three-time Scholar All-American as recognized by the National Wrestling Coaches Association, the entrepreneurship major from Bristol, New Hampshire, set numerous team records, including season and career takedowns, near falls, and victories.


Inducted May 8, 2006

Four-year, two-sport collegiate athletes are rare. To start for four years in two sports is rarer. In Laura Hutchison, however, Johnson & Wales had a four-year, record-breaking, two-sport standout who fashioned an equally stunning academic career. A native of rural Jamestown, Pennsylvania, “Hutch” was a leader of the rapidly developing softball and basketball programs. A two-year basketball captain, she started nearly 100 games in her hoop career. In 2000, she was a forward on the first Wildcat women’s basketball team to reach a conference championship game. Her softball achievements are eye-popping. Graduating in 2002 as JWU’s all-time leader in eleven pitching categories, from innings pitched, wins, and strikeouts, to appearances and ERA, she also topped the list in several offensive categories, including plate appearances, hits, and extra-base hits, among others. A three-year softball captain, she was a perennial Dean’s List student, graduating with a GPA of nearly 3.50.


2005 Inductees

Inducted May 9, 2005

As Johnson & Wales began its foray into NCAA hockey competition, Tory Jacob almost immediately set the standards of excellence for every forward who was to follow. The institution’s all-time leading scorer in NCAA competition, he scored 51 goals and 118 assists for 169 career points in 97 games. A captain on both his junior and senior year teams, he helped lead the Wildcats to three consecutive ECAC Northeast playoff berths. Ten of his 50 career goals were game-winners. After registering 34 assists in his freshman year, he duplicated that feat as a sophomore, ranking him alone at the top of the team’s single-season assist list. He recorded five assists in a single game on two separate occasions, an achievement unmatched in the team’s first decade. In 2001, he was named to the All-ECAC Northeast second team.


Inducted May 9, 2005

Johnson & Wales’ first NCAA hockey goaltender, Scott Jacob’s four-year netminding legacy is virtually etched in stone within the team’s record book. A four-year starter with a fledgling program in a tough conference, he eventually posted a 50-37-2 record for a winning percentage of .574. His four career shutouts, 3.58 goals-against average, and .898 save percentage were among the many career marks that were set by the Milford, Connecticut native. He also set records for minutes played (5,314), games played (93), and career saves (2,808). In 2001, he was named the ECAC’s Goaltender of the Year. During that same year, he was an All-ECAC Northeast First Team selection and a Hockey Writers of New England All-Star.


Inducted May 9, 2005

One of the preeminent soccer players in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s first decade, fleet-footed Chris LeFave was a Johnson & Wales scoring machine. A three-time All-GNAC First Team selection, and the conference’s 1999 Player of the Year, he was the captain of three Wildcat teams. LeFave scored 59 goals and had 44 assists in 78 career games. He led the GNAC with a record-tying 22 goals and a record-breaking 54 points in 1999. His 162 career points set an all-time school record, one of several that lasted through the program’s first decade and more. LeFave’s name is also found at the top of the Johnson & Wales leader lists in games played, career goals, and career assists. The native of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was also a two-time GNAC all-tournament selection.


Inducted May 9, 2005

Hired by Johnson & Wales as a security officer on February 8, 1990, Ron Bachman was to become the father of the institution’s contemporary athletics program. After a brief stint in which he helped to fortify the intramural programming during his first two years of employment, Bachman was named Director of Athletics in 1992 and launched the three-year process which eventually led to Johnson & Wales’ full membership in the NCAA. During this time, he also coached several sports as the evolution of the first varsity programs continued. As coach of the softball and women’s basketball programs, he personally championed the growth of women’s athletics. Promoted to Dean of Students in 1997, Bachman returned to serve as interim director of athletics for a brief time in 1998 and 1999 before being named to the leadership team of the university’s Denver Campus.


2004 Inductees

Inducted May 10, 2004

A major part of four of Johnson & Wales’ final club hockey teams, Dave Thibeault became the first player in school history to reach 100 career assists. A two-year captain during that formative period just before Johnson & Wales launched its NCAA hockey program, Thibeault finished his career with 61 goals and 110 assists, graduating in 1997 as JWU’s number-three all-time leading scorer with 171 points. After a sophomore year in which the team was 0-17-1, Thibeault joined with fellow Hall-of-Famer Mark Deveaux on one of the most formidable scoring lines in the nation. Thibeault scored 22 goals with 38 assists in his junior season, and had 20 goals and a record 44 assists in his senior year, as JWU finished its club hockey era as a regional power and qualified for the 1997 American Collegiate Hockey Association national championships in St. Louis.


Inducted May 10, 2004

When baseball games were on the line, there wasn’t a better person to have in the lineup than Tom Borgia. The first baseman from Maple Shade, New Jersey was a consistent clutch performer on four of Johnson & Wales’ early teams. Named to the All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference first team in 1998 and 1999, he was an all-league second team pick in 1997, and an all-tournament selection for three straight years. Borgia’s career fielding percentage was a gaudy .990. He made only eight errors in 780 chances during his entire career. Hitting .426 in 1998 with a slugging percentage of .657, he was also named the Most Valuable Player in the 1998 tournament, in which the Wildcats won the GNAC title. His .424 batting average in 1999 gave him a second consecutive top-five conference finish. With over 100 hits in his career, Borgia was a .379 career hitter.


Inducted May 10, 2004

The challenges of leading his basketball team on the court or guarding the highest-scoring opponent in virtually every game never fazed Tom Mellor. The reliable point guard helped take his teammates to two of the best records ever assembled by a JWU Junior College basketball team -- a 17-7 record in 1964-65 and a 20-4 mark in 1965-66. A co-captain on the 1965-66 team that beat Dean Jr. College in the NJCAA playoffs, Mellor’s career average of six assists per game still ranks among the best in school history. After graduating from Johnson & Wales, Mellor attended Husson College and went on to a long and outstanding career in education administration in Maine. A successful high school baseball and basketball coach, he was also a longtime baseball, softball, basketball, and soccer official in the Pine Tree State.


Inducted May 10, 2004

A starring member of the Johnson & Wales Junior College basketball teams of 1964-65 and 1965-66, Frank Pallotta was a co-captain with another Hall of Famer, Tom Mellor. Pallotta, a sharp-shooting guard, was among the team’s leading scorers in both of his JWU basketball seasons. A two-sport standout, he was also a key to the success of the Johnson & Wales baseball teams of the mid-sixties. After his graduation from Johnson & Wales, he attended Providence College, and then launched a distinguished career in education, eventually earning his doctorate in 1995. An exemplary teacher, administrator, superintendent, and public servant as a member and chairman of the North Providence School Committee, Dr. Pallotta spent over three decades in the development of numerous successful programs for special needs students.


2003 Inductees

Inducted May 12, 2003

From Johnson and Wales’ very first year as a club team in 1994-95 until it blossomed as a Greater Northeast Athletic Conference volleyball power, Michelle Gibbons was the programs first dominant player. A middle hitter from the US Virgin Islands, Gibbons helped build the squads winning tradition during its early years as an Independent varsity team. After her selection to the All- Conference first team in 1996, she became the first JWU female to be named a GNAC player of the year, winning the award in 1998. A .416 career hitting percentage, career kills, blocks, and service aces per game would last into the new millennium.





Inducted May 12, 2003

One of Rhode Island’s veritable athletic legends and one of the states top educational leaders Joe Delaney was one of the greatest friends of Johnson and Wales University. Named associate director of admissions in 1974, Delaney served the administration in a myriad of ways, and received an honorary doctorate in 1983. The venerable Harborside gymnasium- the birthplace of JWU’s NCAA athletics program- bears his name. Delaney’s lifelong accomplishments as an athlete and educator are astounding. A three sport Rhode Island All-Stater, he was a football All-American at Holy Cross, was drafted by the Chicago Bears and played in the National Football League for the old Providence Steamrollers in 1939 and 1940. After his playing career ended, he was one of Rhode Island’s most prominent teacher and coaches before coming to Johnson and Wales.

Inducted May 12, 2003

A pioneer of Johnson & Wales NCAA men’s basketball teams, Anthony Williams was a leader by example, whose workmanlike approach inspired those with whom he played. The Louisville, Kentucky native helped to build the programs foundation from the infancy in the old Delaney gymnasium through his senior season 1998-99, the opening year of the new Harborside Recreation Center. Named to the All-GNAC second team in 1998, he became the second Johnson and Wales player to ever score 1,000 points in his NCAA career in February 1999. He finished his career as the institutions second-leading scorer with 1,161 points. Upon graduation he almost immediately began giving back to the program, as an assistant coach during JWU’s memorable first run to the GNAC Championship games in 2001-02.


Inducted May 12, 2003

The most prolific scorer in the history of ice hockey at Johnson and Wales, Canadian Mark Deveaux was also one of the University’s most accomplished baseball players. The native of Bathurst, New Brunswick burst into the hockey scene in 1995-96 scoring 45 goals and 75 points. His record 99 points- 56 goals and 43 assists- led the nation in scoring in 1996-97, JWU’s final year as a club team. He climaxed his prolific career in 1998-99 as the NCAA Division III national scoring leader- 39 goals and 31 assists, an average of 2.80 points per game. Deveaux was also a major contributor to the JWU baseball team for three seasons. He was named All-GNAC first team in 1997 and 1998. An outstanding defensive outfielder, Deveaux hit .345 in 1997 and was also an All-Tournament selection.


2002 Inductees

Inducted May 13, 2002

The first female to be inducted into the Johnson & Wales Athletics Hall of Fame, Andrea Cataldo was the first three-sport athlete in the institution’s NCAA history. A member of the cross-country team for three seasons, she played for four years on the softball and basketball teams. No one, in fact, had participated in more varsity intercollegiate events than the native of Somerville, Massachusetts, who later married one of her classmates and fellow athletes, JWU hockey captain Dave Thibeault. A three-year softball captain and a two-time captain of the basketball team, she left Johnson & Wales with several basketball records, including games played and career assists; and softball, including games played, at-bats, plate appearances, and fielding percentage. She also was an integral behind-the-scenes part of the Department of Athletics, serving as an office assistant from 1995 to 1997.


Inducted May 13, 2002

Versatility, excellence, and class marked the academic and athletic careers of Ross Wilmot at Johnson & Wales. A three-time member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s All-Academic Team, he was also an all-league selection in both baseball and soccer. A three-sport standout at Glassboro (NJ) High, Wilmot’s impact was immediate at JWU. He was named to the 1995 all-conference soccer team, helping Johnson & Wales to the very first GNAC championship. The following spring, Wilmot hit .323, knocked in 25 runs, while pitching his way to the All-GNAC baseball first team. After being named to the all-conference second team in baseball in 1997, he again turned his attention to soccer the following fall, and was an all-GNAC second-team selection in the midfield. An all-tournament selection in soccer and baseball throughout his career, Wilmot’s final act came in the spring of 1998, when his prowess on the mound and at shortstop helped the Wildcat baseball team to its first conference title.


Inducted May 13, 2002

Truly one of the great baseball players in the first five years of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference’s history, Rob Eccleston was leadership and determination personified. A diminutive 5’7”, the native of New Bedford, Massachusetts fashioned a history of firsts on the diamond for Johnson & Wales. First to play over 100 career games, first to reach 100 hits and score over 100 runs in an NCAA career at JWU, “Ecc” was also one of the leaders of a 1998 team that captured the institution’s first GNAC baseball championship. In the first year of conference play (1996), Eccleston was named all-league at second base as a sophomore. In 1997, after hitting .356 with 42 hits, he was named to the All-GNAC first team. One year later, he won his second all-league first-team award, after hitting .346 with 46 hits. A brilliant fielder, Eccleston made all but 18 plays in his last 320 chances at second base over the last two years of his career.


Inducted May 13, 2002

As Johnson & Wales began its first seasons of competition in the NCAA, Lanis Sapp of Atlantic City, New Jersey, established the records of excellence that players on future teams would strive to reach. From 1994 to 1997, Sapp led JWU’s first three four-year varsity teams in points, rebounds, and assists. He registered 434 points in the 1996-97 season, a record that stood until 2002. His 94 assists in 1995-96 and his 183 rebounds in 1996-97 gave him two more records that stood until 2001. Sapp became the first player in Johnson & Wales’ NCAA history to score over 1,000 points on February, 1,1997 in venerable Delaney Gymnasium. In 70 games over the first three NCAA seasons at Johnson & Wales, Sapp scored 1,144 points, took down 424 rebounds, and handed out 256 assists. He was also the first Johnson & Wales men’s basketball player to receive Great Northeast Athletic Conference post-season honors when he was named to the all-league second team in 1997.


Inducted May 13, 2002

Living by his oft-quoted credo “Loyalty, Effort and Enthusiasm”, as an educator, coach, administrator, mentor, friend, and athletic advocate, Tom Carmody’s illustrious career spanned over a half-century of achievement and success. After a coaching career that took him from Bethel Park High School in his native Pittsburgh, to Penn State, Duke, and the University of Rhode Island, Carmody began his association with Johnson & Wales in the seventies. Through the nineties, he was an integral part of the Department of Admissions for the School of Technology. Then in 1998, he was asked to assist in the administration of a department near and dear to his heart--intercollegiate athletics. From 1999 to 2002, Carmody oversaw the rapid growth and astounding development of the Johnson & Wales’ athletics program. In three short years as the director of athletics, Carmody instilled professionalism and vision, provided leadership and an uncanny sense of direction. Armed with many a story, the most firm of handshakes, an astute knowledge of collegiate sports, and an engaging personality, he helped to vault Wildcat athletics to new heights at the start of the new millennium.


2001 Inductees

Inducted May 14, 2001

Throughout an illustrious career that spans over a half-century at Johnson & Wales, Dr. Morris Gaebe has fostered his beloved institution’s growth and development from a small business school to a major educational institution. He has presided over and kept a watchful and caring eye upon the growth of the department of athletics, from its days as a junior college entity to its respected status as a Division III member of the NCAA. A former baseball coach at Johnson & Wales in the late fifties, Dr. Gaebe joined the university in 1947, and served as faculty member, admissions director, and vice president before becoming president in 1969 and chancellor in 1989.


Inducted May 14, 2001

A three-time cross country All-Stater while at nearby Coventry High School, John Freitas enrolled at JWU in the fall of 1970, and made an immediate impact, as a member of J & W’s junior college regional championship team. In his second year, Freitas won the New England AAU three-mile cross country race, then finished tenth at the 1971 NJCAA national championship meet, to help lead the fabled Johnson & Wales team that finished sixth in the country. He was named a junior college All-American and was recognized by Who’s Who in American Junior Colleges.



Inducted May 14, 2001

From 1988 to 1991, Jeff Greenip established the benchmarks that future Wildcat hockey players would seek to eclipse. Starting in 1988 with the club team that simply played for love of the game, Greenip would, as a senior, become the first Johnson & Wales player to score fifty goals in a season. He led the 1991 team to the American Collegiate Hockey Association national club hockey championships in Chicago. Hired by the Department of Intramurals and Athletics as a graduate assistant in the fall of 1991, Greenip assisted in the creation of eleven intercollegiate club teams—the forerunners of the NCAA teams that were started at Johnson & Wales in the mid-nineties. He also coached the men’s and women’s volleyball teams from 1992 to 1994, and was an assistant ice hockey coach from 1992 to 1996.



 Inducted May 14, 2001

The first player ever to repeat as New England's Junior Golf Champion in 1970 and 1971, Bruce Martins gained national golf attention while at Johnson & Wales Junior College, qualifying twice for the NJCAA National Tournament. In 1973 at Roswell, New Mexico, he finished 20th in the nation at the NJCAA Championships and earned another respectable finish in the 1974 event in Lakeland, Florida. Upon his graduation from JWU, Martins went to college in Texas and won the first of what would be several notable tournaments, the 1975 Pecan Valley Invitational. He won the 1977 New England Public Links title and turned professional in 1979. He played in the PGA Tour's Greatest Hartford Open in 1984 and 1985 and played in the B.C. Open six consecutive times from 1986 to 1991. The native from Ware, Massachusetts has also won five other club professional titles in New York and Connecticut.



2000 Inductees

Inducted May 15, 2000

A two-time junior college All-American in 1971 and 1972, Hollie Walton smashed records before, during and after his JWU career. After setting a long-standing Rhode Island schoolboy record in the mile, and after winning both the New England and Eastern States high school championships, Walton came from Hope High in Providence to JWU. He set the standard by which runners have since been measured. He finished third at the 1971 NJCAA national championship, and sixth in the 1972 NJCAA race, after winning the New England regional title in the mile run in both years. Upon graduating from JWU, Walton became an All-American and a national champion while at Texas-El Paso in 1974. Returning to JWU, Hollie served as the Director of Intramurals for over twenty years.


Inducted May 15, 2000

His strength, scoring ability and sportsmanship made Nate Adger the most prolific basketball player in Johnson & Wales University’s early history. Twice the team's leading scorer and rebounder, Adger was the key cog of the fabled 1969-70 JWU team that reached the NJCAA Championships and came within a point of upsetting the country's number-one team at the national tournament. Not until JWU became a four-year institution did anyone break Adger's rebounding and scoring records. One of the Connecticut high school greats who were recruited by Dr. John Yena, Adger went on to even greater heights when he graduated from JWU and became a starter at the University of Rhode Island.


Inducted May 15, 2000

With extraordinary vision and leadership, Dr. Yena laid the groundwork for Johnson & Wales University to develop from junior college to the institution it is today. When he began his teaching career at Johnson & Wales Junior College, he was the architect behind the highly successful Wildcat basketball program. As an assistant coach, he was the driving force behind the recruitment of some of the great players of the late 60s and early 70s, including Hall-of-Famers Nate Adger and Jim Gary. His love for basketball and athletics spanned his distinguished career at JWU, from his junior college days to his successful tenure as president. Under Yena's guidance, JWU became an NCAA member, continuing to stress the importance and value of intercollegiate athletics within the core philosophy of the institution.


Inducted May 15, 2000

Over his many years of dedicated service to Johnson & Wales University, Manny Pimentel has been an ardent supporter of intercollegiate athletics. Before his arrival in the mid-60s, he’d already served as head basketball coach at Nichols College. Once at JWU, Pimentel thrust himself onto the athletic scene, launching a golf program that attained national recognition by 1972. He coached the first New England team to appear in a national junior college championship when he took JWU to the New England title in 1972. He ended a two-year coaching stint with another regional title, but never lost his love for athletics. His assistance in the development of athletics in the NCAA era went hand-in-hand with his promotion of the Johnson JWU philosophy and the positive role that intercollegiate athletics can serve.


Inducted May 15, 2000

Simply put, Jim Gary was the consummate “team player.” Another of the Connecticut high school basketball players of the mid-to-late sixties recruited by then-coach John Yena, Gary’s all-around game was a solid one. A sturdy swingman, his rebounding skills and defensive contributions were a by-product of hustle, determination and work ethic. He helped take the Wildcat basketball team of 1969-70 to a regional championship and the NJCAA national tournament along with Nate Adger, Jake Edwards, Mike Polite, and Fred Tyson. Often referred to as that fabled club’s “fifth starter,” Gary’s teamwork and unselfish play translated into success. Graduating from JWU, Gary completed his collegiate career at Bryant College.


Inducted May 15, 2000

Throughout his long career at JWU, when the moniker "The Colonel" was mentioned, everyone knew whom you were taking about. After a highly decorated career in the U.S. Army, McNulty actually came to JWU in the mid-sixties when he answered a newspaper ad. Over the next three decades, he assumed many important duties, often concurrently, including Dean of Students, director of the Veterans Program, and director of Athletics. He built the university's powerful track and cross-country programs of the sixties and seventies, and coached several New England junior college championship teams. An avid runner who participated in the Boston Marathon, Colonel McNulty was a disciplinarian who brought out the best in JWU's students and student-athletes.