Salem State University will induct seven new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 12, as the university announced its 2012 Hall of Fame class yesterday.
The class is made up of recently retired head baseball coach Ken Perrone, former four-sport athlete Kelli Reardon, men’s lacrosse pioneer Mark Powell, women’s volleyball player Elizabeth Bonfanti, golfer Peter Bruni, women’s basketball player Terri Niles and hockey player Joseph “Skip” Arvilla.
“I am very impressed with the “2012 induction class,” said Salem State University Director of Athletics Tim Shea in an SSU news release.
“The 2012 class of inductees represents many aspects of our program. From a coach, a founder and athletes from as early as the 1960s to near present day. All ages and genders are represented, as well as many different sports. I congratulate the Hall of Fame Committee for a job well done, and I enthusiastically congratulate all of the inductees.”
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will highlight the first “Athletes Weekend” at Salem State. The ceremony will include a dinner and will be held at Veterans Hall. Tickets are $35 and are open to the public.
Perrone coached the Vikings baseball team from 1983 through 2012 and amasses a record of 674-394-5. He is Salem State’s all-time leader in wins and is one of the top 30 coaches of all time in Division 3 victories. Under Perrone’s stewardship, the Vikings qualified for the NCAA tournament three times, won five MASCAC titles and played in the post-season 24 times.
Reardon, a member of the Class of 2005, played women’s soccer, softball and women’s basketball and participated in track and field. She was an all-conference goalie in soccer and qualified for the 2002 NCAA championships in the javelin in 2002. Additionally, she was the starting point guard on the 2003 women’s hoops team that reached the NCAA tournament.
The President’s Cup Award winner as SSU’s top female athlete, Reardon also received the John D. Galaris Scholar Award as a senior.
Rowell is considered the father of the Vikings’ varsity men’s lacrosse program, putting together the school’s first club team and helping attain varsity status for the first time in 1997. He was a four-year captain and graduated in 1998.
Bonfanti graduated in 2001 and was a three-time all-conference honoree at the setter position. She set a school and MASCAC record by scoring 15 straight points in a conference match in 1998, was named to the MASCAC all-tournament team in 1998 and 1999, and was MVP in 1998.
Bruni, Class of 1976, is being inducted posthumously. He was named a golf All-American in 1973 after a trip to the NCAA championships. He was a member of two MASCAC championship teams and helped the Vikings win the 1971 New Engladn State College championship.
Niles played women’s basketball from 1996-1999 and ranks fifth all-time on the Lady Vikings career scoring list with 1,542 points. She helped Salem State reach four NCAA tournaments, including a Final Four appearance in 1999. She was MASCAC Player of the Year in 1997 while setting a Salem State record with 86 3-pointers.
Avrilla, who is also being enshrined posthumously, ranks sixth all-time on the Salem State hockey scoring list with 165 career points. He graduated in 1968 with school records for goals (26) and points (49) in a season, and today SSU’s leading scorer award is named in his honor. He is the third member of his teams to be enshrined, along with Mike Gilligan, Jerry Driscoll and Alan Fessenden, and had a large hand in making SSU one of the top Division 3 hockey programs in New England.
The Salem State Athletics Hall of Fame honors and perpetuates the memory of athletes, friends and coaches, who performed and contributed at the highest level of intercollegiate athletic competition while at Salem State University. Selection is based primarily on athletic accomplishments, integrity, sportsmanship and character. Individuals other than athletes may be named to the Hall of Fame in recognition of their services and dedication to the Salem State University athletic program.