Wesley Inducts 14 Into Hall of Fame

Apr 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Sports

Top Row (L-R): Bruce Reinert '71, Duane Manson '01, Duane Martin '11, Joe Roberts '04, Derek Hunter '71, Tim Clark '00. Bottom Row (L-R): Trevor Holbrook '98, Craig LaBarbera '02, Stephen Pound '66, Lynda Carey '02, Kim Smith '02, James Binder '93, Chris Chaffinch '01. Not pictured - Earl Passwaters '71

In a ceremony held on Oct. 7 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover, Wesley College inducted 14 new members into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductees represent nine different sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, field hockey, football, golf, men’s lacrosse, softball and wrestling. The ceremony was held as part of Wesley’s Homecoming festivities.

In alphabetical order, the 14 members of the 2011 class of the Wesley College Athletic Hall of Fame are:

James Binder ’93, a four-year letter winner, was named a Football Gazette National Player of the Week. He was a standout player on the ECAC Bowl Championship team. Binder still ranks among the Wolverine’s top 10 career leaders in tackles, tackles for loss, and interceptions.

Lynda Carey ’02 was a two-sport athlete at Wesley, earning six varsity letters in field hockey and softball. A two-time All-PAC selection, she was a vital part of the PAC Field Hockey Championship team. She still holds top 10 field hockey records for career points, goals, and assists.

Chris Chaffinch ’01, a baseball standout and PAC Tournament MVP, helped set the Wesley school record of 26 wins and helped lead his team to the PAC Championship. He was a three-time All-PAC selection and set season records in hits, triples, stolen bases, and batting average. He left Wesley holding its career records for hits, runs, games, runs batted in, and home runs. After his playing career, Chaffinch became an assistant coach for the Wolverines and head coach at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College. He currently serves as the head coach at the Gatewood School.

Tim Clark ’00 was among all time leaders in Wesley lacrosse, setting the Wolverines’ single season assist record. Clark ranks first in single season points, third in career goals, and top 10 in both season goals and point leaders. Holding three varsity letters, he led the team in points for all three seasons. As a team captain and a member of two ECAC Championship teams, Clark was also a President’s List student.

Trevor Holbrook ’98 was a member of the 1996 lacrosse team that set the school record for win percentage. A member of two ECAC Championship teams, he was a four-year letter winner and started every season. As a long stick midfielder, he routinely drew the opponent’s top scorer. Holbrook, a three-time team captain, was also a Dean’s List student.

Derek Hunter ’71 was a talented basketball player from the Wesley Junior College era. Selected as an All-Conference athlete, he scored more than 800 career points and scored over 40 points in two games. After being a two-year starter and letter winner, Hunter became a starter at Delta State and played in the Gulf South Conference Championship, which advanced to the College Division Elite 8. After college, he went on to become a successful high school coach in Memphis, Tenn., winning numerous conference championships in multiple sports and entered the year as the active wins leader in women’s basketball among Memphis High School coaches.

Craig LaBarbera ’02, an All- Region Golfer, won seven individual titles during his time at Wesley. He was named a two-time All-American and holds four varsity letters. He helped lead the Wolverines to their first NCAA Championship. As a member of three PAC Championship teams, LaBarbera was a three-time PAC Individual Champion and a Dean’s List student. Duane Manson ’01was a standout on the gridiron for Wesley. Named ECAC All-Star, Football Gazette All-American, CoSIDA All-American, and All-ACFC at two different positions (defensive back and kick returner), he still holds Wesley’s interception record with 17, interception return yards and longest interception return (100 yards for a TD). He also ranks second in pass breakups. After being a team captain his senior year and a four-year letter winner, Manson served as an assistant coach at Wesley.

Duane Martin ’11 tied an NCAA record with a 99-yard touchdown catch. A Football Gazette All-American, ECAC All Star, two-time All-Region selection, ECAC Rookie of the Year, Martin was a member of the ACFC Championship team. A four-year letter winner, he finished his career as the all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

Stephen Pound ’66 helped start Wesley’s wrestling program. As a member of the first team, he was a Tri-State Champion, and took second place at the NJCCA Wrestling Regional becoming a NJCCA National Wrestling Championship Qualifier. Pound was undefeated in the 152-pound category. A two-year varsity letter winner, he was also a starter for the baseball team. After his career at Wesley, Pound went on to win the 100-meter championship for Western Maryland College and played semi-pro baseball for Catonsville AA.

Earl Passwaters ’71, a two-year letter winner, was an excellent football player from Wesley’s Junior College era. Named an All-Conference selection, a member of the JUCO All-Star team and an All-American, Passwaters was a member of two conference championship teams. After being a Wolverine, he went on to become a two-year starter at Florida State.

Bruce Reinert ’71 was a two-time football All-American and an All-American in wrestling. Reinert, a Wesley Athlete of the Year, was also selected as All- Conference. After his career, he went on to start at Wake Forest and win the Bill George Award. He became the team captain for the Demon Deacons in his senior year.

Joe Roberts ’04 was a prominent member of Wesley’s football team. As an All-American and All- ACFC selection, he played in three ECAC Bowls. A four-year varsity letter winner, he was a three-time team captain and team MVP. Roberts still ranks in Wesley’s top 10 in career tackles. He later became an assistant coach at Wesley and Head Coach at Cape Henlopen.

Kim Smith ’02 was a three sport standout at Wesley, a twotime All-PAC selection in women’s basketball and an All-PAC selection in softball and field hockey. Named All Region in field hockey, Co-MVP of the PAC Field Hockey Championship, and Wesley College Co-Female Athlete of the Year, Smith ranks in the top 20 for assists in field hockey. She rates among the women’s basketball program’s all-time leaders in points with over 1,000, rebounds, assists, and steals. A Dean’s List student and member of the NFHCA National Academic Team, she held the career and season records in three-point shots.

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