Becker College inducts seven into Hall of Fame

Published on Tuesday, September 26th, 2006

Becker College announced today the names of seven individuals to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame for 2006. A banquet will be held on Sunday, October 15, 5:30 p.m. at the Beechwood Hotel, 363 Plantation Street, Worcester.

The 2006 roster includes former athletes who have graduated from Becker College and from the former Leicester Junior College (LJC). Before merging with Becker in 1977, Leicester Junior College produced many formidable athletes and competed in numerous championships.

The banquet will also feature the unveiling of the Paige Rowden Scholarship plaque, in memory of the beloved coach and to commemorate future recipients of the scholarship established in his name. The late Paige Rowden figured large as basketball coach and mentor to many young athletes at Leicester Junior College.

The seven 2006 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Ted Haglund ’64 LJC was the starting 6’8” center on the LJC team that finished fifth in the nation at the National Junior College Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.  He had the best four consecutive games of his career in that tournament, averaging 20.3 points.  He recorded an unbelievable 30 points and 31 rebounds in a 100-99 win.  His career-high was 38 points.  Haglund contributed to a 41-10 overall record, the best two-year record in the College’s basketball history.

Milton Price, Jr. ’64 LJC was a co-captain of the 1963-64 Region III New England Championship basketball team. Price was a key figure in LJC’s surge to national prominence for basketball. The team was the first junior college team from New England to ever reach the National Championship Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Price’s team finished fifth out of 16 teams in that tournament. He was named to the Region III All-Tournament team in each of his years at LJC.

Jodie Ladderbush Walsh ’85 played basketball and softball for Becker from 1983 to 1985. One of the premier guards in Becker history, she was named first team Kodak All-District and first team All-New England for the 1984-85 season. Jodie’s 177 assists during the 1983-84 season still ranks third best in Becker women’s basketball history. The team’s record during Jodie’s career was 35-14 and she was selected as the team MVP for the ’84-85 season, in which Becker finished runner-up in the Region 21 tournament.

Edward Pomainville, III ’88 is regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in Becker history and achieved All-New England status for his performance. He holds College records in career wins and shut-outs. During the 1987 season, he allowed only 11 goals in 19 games and the team was ranked 17th in the nation. During the 1987 season, Ed was the top-rated goalkeeper in New England among junior colleges and the team finished with a 14-2-3 record, which still stands as the best record in soccer in school history. The Hawks achieved a two-year record of 25-7-4 with Ed as the goalkeeper. The team qualified both years for the Region 21 Tournament.

Tammy Smith Newsom ’92 was instrumental, her senior year, in helping Becker become the first New England college in National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) history to win a title in women’s basketball. She was saluted as the MVP of that tournament and made first team All-American that year. The team ranked number one nationally, finishing the season with a record of 25-2. Tammy averaged 24.3 points per game, which ranked her second in the nation, and shot over 50% from the floor. She was also named tournament MVP of the Region 21 tournament, which qualified Becker for the NJCAA championship. Smith went on to attend Siena College on a basketball scholarship.

Jody Farnsworth Wood ’95 was named MVP in the 1993 National Field Hockey Tournament, where she was the leading scorer with 24 goals and nine assists for 57 points. The 1993 Hawks field hockey record was 16-1. Wood made the NJCAA All-American team in 1993 and 1994 and graduated having set the Hawks’ all-time record for most goals per game. The field hockey team’s record during Jody’s two years was 28-3-2. In addition to being named All-American both years, she was also selected All-New England and NJCAA All-Tournament Team in 1993 and 1994. Jody’s 24 goals in a season is still the school record and she currently ranks fifth in career goals by a Becker player, with 35. Because of Jody’s leadership and unselfish play the Hawks won two consecutive NJCAA championships. She was also recognized with the Van Buskirk Award, presented at the time to female student-athletes in honor of their dedication and contributions to Becker athletics.

Virginia “Ginger” Daly, Becker professor of kinesiology, coached Hawks field hockey from 1985 to 2002. Daly’s teams won four NJCAA championships in 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1996. She was named NJCAA field hockey Coach of the Year four times and 31 of her players were named All-American. Coach Daly’s career record of 255-41-17 with a .841 winning percentage is tops among all coaches in every sport in the history of Becker/LJC athletics.

The Hall of Fame banquet is open to the public. For ticket information, contact the Becker College Alumni Office at 508-373-9531.