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.