Wesley Inducts 14 Into Hall of Fame

Apr 27th, 2012 | By admin | 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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