Becker Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Published on: November 14, 2019
The Becker College Department of Athletics in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Committee has announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Six individuals and one team will be inducted into the College’s Hall of Fame on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Fuller Campus Center, on Becker College’s Leicester Campus.
Gene Alley, a 34-year member of the College’s athletics staff, joins Danielle (Doane) Rickner ’93, Kim Robinson ’01, Trae Jacobs ’11, Rajai Leggett ’12, and Todd Tompkins ’13, as well as the 1994 Field Hockey Team in the Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Gene Alley (Staff 1984-2019)
Considered today as the builder of the modern-day Athletics Department, Alley was a vital figure in Becker’s transition from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 1998.
Alley began his career at Becker College in 1982 as an Assistant Athletic Director while the school was a member of the NJCAA. In 1983, Alley began coaching the men’s soccer program, leading the Hawks for a dozen years until 1994.
In his 12 years of coaching, the Hawks went 122-74-14, were ranked 17th in the nation in 1987, and made nine consecutive appearances in Region XXI postseason tournaments. Alley’s teams had three All-American selections, eight All-Northeast selections, and at least 25 All-Region selections with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
In 1986, he was named the Director of Athletics and held that position until 2005, where he remained with the College as the Associate Director of Athletics until May 2019.
During his tenure, Alley was Chairman of the Region XXI Men’s Basketball Committee, was a key member in the development of the North Athletic Conference (NAC) and was Chairperson for men’s and women’s soccer in the NAC while also serving as the Bureau Director of the Conference.
Danielle (Doane) Rickner ’93 (Field Hockey)
Doane, a two-year player for the Hawks in 1992 and 1993, played for the field hockey program. In her two seasons, Doane and the Hawks went 31-1-2, winning the NJCAA Region XXI Championship and the NJCAA National Championship in both seasons.
After primarily playing defense in her first season, Doane made the transition to forward and finished her sophomore season with 19 goals, eight assists, and 46 points. Records that are still in the top-10 in the Becker Field Hockey Record Books for goals and points in a season.
Doane was a two-time member of the All-NJCAA Tournament Team, a member of the All-New England Team and an All-American in her sophomore season. The 1992 and 1993 teams that Doane was a member of have previously been inducted into the Hawks Hall of Fame.
Kim Robinson ’01 (Softball)
Robinson, a softball student-athlete during the transition from NJCAA to NCAA, still holds program records in softball that have stood for 20 years.
Beginning her career in 1998, Robinson made an immediate impact in her first season being named to the All-New England Softball First Team and to the Colonial States Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team, all while winning the NJCAA Region XXI Championship.
In her sophomore season, Robinson began taking over the record books. Her single-season program records of 48 RBI, a .540 batting average, and a slugging percentage of .800, still stand today. Robinson is the only player in program history to hit over .500 in a season.
Robinson holds the career program record for RBI with 106 while her 135 career hits are currently the sixth-most in program history. She ranks in the top-10 in career records in batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, slugging percentage, RBIs, and walks.
Trae Jacobs ’11 (Men’s Basketball)
Jacobs, a four-year player for the men’s basketball program, enters the Hall of Fame with the fourth-most career points in Hawks program history with 1,645.
One of the program’s and conference’s most consistent scorers, Jacobs never averaged below 52 percent from the field in a season while averaging 14.3 points per game over his four years.
Jacobs was a member of the All-New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Second Team in his sophomore year after averaging 13.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in 2008-09. In his junior and senior years, Jacobs earned spots on the All-NECC First Team averaging 13.7 points in 2009-10, and 15.2 points in 2010-11.
In 2010-11, the Hawks appeared in their first NCAA Tournament, winning their First Round game 80-73 over Scranton.
Rajai Leggett ’12 (Men’s Basketball)
Leggett is fifth all-time in points scored in men’s basketball with 1,506. Leggett and Jacobs played three seasons with each other, including the 2011 NCAA appearance.
In his time with the Hawks, Leggett led the team in rebounding average every year and is Becker’s all-time leading rebounder with 842 boards.
More than just the program’s top rebounder, Leggett averaged at least 14.8 points per game in every season as a sophomore, junior, and senior, on his way to over 1,500 career points.
He was named to the All-NECC First Team as a sophomore, averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds that season. He repeated his All-NECC First Team nomination as a junior, averaging 15.3 points and 7.9 rebounds. He added an All-NECC Second Team honor in 2011-12 after averaging 14.8 points and 8.3 per game.
Leggett was part of the first-ever NECC Championship Team for the Hawks in 2011-12, a win that gave them an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. That season, Becker would win their First Round NCAA Tournament game, a 69-53 upset win over No. 12 William Patterson.
Todd Tompkins ’13 (Baseball)
Tompkins’s induction to the Becker Hall of Fame comes after four years with the Hawks baseball program and a career of 179 hits, second-most in program history.
His 2012 junior season rewrote the program record books as his name is found in the top-three all-time single-season categories of games played, batting average, runs scored, hits, triples, total bases, slugging percentage, RBIs, walks, and stolen bases.
Tompkins hit .492 that season, the best single-season batting average in program history and earned an NCAA Division III Statistical Champion Honor, which goes to the player in the nation with the highest batting average each season.
Tompkins is still the all-time leader in runs scored, doubles, total bases, and walks. He also ranks in the top-five all-time in batting average, hits, triples, slugging percentage, RBIs, and stolen bases.
He was part of the 2011 program that qualified for the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference New England Regional Tournament.
The 1994 Becker Field Hockey Team
Becoming the third field hockey team to be welcomed to the Hall of Fame, the Hawks 1994 field hockey program joins the 1992 and 1993 field hockey teams in the Hall.
Like the preceding teams, the 1994 program won the NJCAA Region XXI Championship and the NJCAA National Championship, the last of a three-year National Championship run for the Hawks.
The Becker College Athletic Department and the Hall of Fame Committee gather every two years to elect members into the Hall of Fame. Inductees will be honored on December 14 at 4:00 p.m. at Leicester’s Fuller Campus Center.