PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference will honor 11 individuals as part of its 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will take place October 14, 2018 at the Italian Heritage Center in Portland, Maine. The reception will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 3 p.m.
The LEC’s fifth Hall of Fame class is comprised of former Eastern Connecticut State University head women’s basketball coach Dr. C. Robert Miller, former UMass Dartmouth head men’s and women’s tennis coach Warren Preti, former Western Connecticut State University women’s volleyball coach Richard Myers, and eight former student-athletes – Keene State College’s Carrah Fisk Hennessey (softball, women’s soccer), UMass Boston’s Tony Barros (men’s basketball), Plymouth State University’s Nick Pelotte (men’s basketball), Rhode Island College’s Christie Lotti Proctor (softball) and Nicole Riley (softball), University of Southern Maine’s Kim Brewer Griger (women’s track & field) and Diana Duff (women’s basketball, softball), and Western Connecticut’s Jaymie Rosario Bercedoni (women’s volleyball).
Tickets to the ceremony are available for $50 per person. Those unable to attend can watch the evening’s festivities live on LittleEast.tv. Tickets and congratulatory program advertisements can be purchased online at http://mkt.com/LEC. The purchase deadline for program advertisements is August 31, 2018.
Dr. C. Robert Miller – Eastern Connecticut – Women’s Basketball
Miller totaled 332 victories and a .690 winning percentage during his 19 seasons (1974-93) guiding the Eastern Connecticut women’s basketball program. He led the Warriors to 16 postseason tournament appearances, including their first six NCAA Division III Tournament appearances which included back-to-back Final Four appearances in 1991 and 1992.
Eastern played for the LEC tournament title in each of the league’s first seven seasons, culminating with the 1991 LEC crown. His 1990-91 squad was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Team of the Year following its third-place finish in the NCAA tournament.
Off the court, Miller was a professor of health and physical education at Eastern and was a founding member of the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA), serving as the organization’s first president. He was named the 1990-91 NEWBA and WBCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. Miller retired as the winningest Division III women’s basketball coach in New England history, and was ranked fourth among all active Division III coaches.
Said Beth Regan '79, one of Miller's former four-year players at the time of Miller's Eastern induction: "I think that even the people who were not able to live with his intensity level would be honest enough to tell you that they probably learned more under Bob Miller than they learned in their whole previous basketball careers."
Miller becomes the sixth member of the Eastern community to earn a spot in the LEC Hall of Fame, following basketball player and inaugural inductee Allison Coleman (2012), Sports Information Director Bob Molta (2013), former soccer and basketball player Robin Gaby (2014), and former head baseball coach Bill Holowaty and former volleyball and softball player Michelle Cunningham (2016).
At left: Bob Miller (second from right) and his 1991-92 team were honored after advancing to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the second straight season.
THE REMAINDER OF THE CLASS OF 2018
Carrah Fisk Hennessey (1999) – Keene State – Softball, Women’s Soccer
Fisk Hennessey starred on the soccer pitch and softball diamond for Keene State are it transitioned to NCAA Division III and Little East Conference membership for the 1997-98 academic year. The 1999 LEC Softball Player of the Year was an all-conference and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region selection in each of her two LEC seasons; for her career, Fisk Hennessey was a four-time all-conference and three-time NFCA All-Region pick. She led the Owls to the 1999 LEC regular season and tournament titles on their way to a berth in the NCAA Northeast Region Championship Final and a then program-record 33 wins. Fisk Hennessey led Division III with a program-record 16 homeruns as a senior, a record that still stands to this day. She additionally holds the single-season (.916) and career (.633) slugging percentage records and total bases in a season (120), and remains in the top-10 for most single-season and career offensive categories. Fisk Hennessey would also develop into and All-LEC goalkeeper for the women’s soccer program, a position she had not played prior to her collegiate career. She was named a Second-Team All-LEC performer as a senior, winning a then-program-record 16 games while leading the Owls to a LEC title and berth in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Fisk Hennessy just completed her fourth season as head softball coach at her alma mater after coaching soccer and softball and serving as assistant athletic director at New England College.
Tony Barros – UMass Boston (2007) – Men’s Basketball
Barros was a three-time All-LEC performer during his four seasons at UMass Boston, and was named the 2006 LEC Player of the Year after leading the Beacons to their first-ever LEC tournament title. That same season, he was named a First-Team All-District selection by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Barros finished his collegiate career second on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,923 career points, and to-date remains the program record-holder in 15 categories. Among the records he holds are most points in a game (48 at Western Connecticut, February 20, 2007) and a season (634, 2006-07), career 3-point field goals made (326), 3-point field goals made in a season (95, 2005-06) and free throws made in a game (17 vs. Plymouth State, January 9, 2007).
Warren Preti – UMass Dartmouth – Men’s Tennis, Women’s Tennis
Preti amassed 176 career wins and nine LEC titles as head men’s and women’s tennis coach at UMass Dartmouth, where he coached both programs for 10 of his 12 total seasons from 1989-2001. He posted a career record of 104-34-1 in 12 seasons leading the men’s tennis program, and guided the Corsairs to six consecutive LEC tournament titles from 1998-2001. During that six-year championship run, UMass Dartmouth crowned 27 of 36 singles champions and 11 of 18 doubles champions. From 1989-98, Preti guided the women’s tennis team to a record of 72-53-1 and three straight LEC titles from 1996-98. The Corsairs won 12 of 18 singles titles and six of nine doubles titles during that stretch.
Nick Pelotte (2005) – Plymouth State – Men’s Basketball
Pelotte is one of the most decorated played in the history of the Plymouth State men’s basketball program, having been named a First-Team All LEC and an All-District/Region selection his sophomore through senior seasons. The 2002-03 LEC Co-Player of the Year was named a Third-Team NABC All-American, Fourth-Team D3hoops.com All-American, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Player of the Year as a senior, during which he finished third in the nation in scoring at 28.1 points per game. He led the Panthers to a program-record 24 wins and their second-ever NCAA Division III Championship Tournament appearance in 2003-04, and their first-ever NCAA tournament win, a 75-57 win over Castleton University. Pelotte is one of three players to scored 2,000 career points a Plymouth State, finishing second on the all-time scoring list with 2,111 career points. He scored a program-record 62 points against Western Connecticut February 26, 2005, during which he set the program record for field goals (20) and 3-point field goals (9) made in a game.
Christie Lotti Proctor (2008) – Rhode Island College – Softball
Lotti-Proctor is regarded as the greatest position player in Rhode Island College softball history. The first baseman did it all for the Anchorwomen, leading off, playing outstanding defense and was the engine that drove one of the most powerful offensive attacks the region has ever seen. During her tenure, Lotti-Proctor was a member of four Little East Conference regular season championships, three LEC tournament championships, two NCAA New England Regional titles and two NCAA National Championship Round appearances. She wrapped up her collegiate career having played in 179 games, starting 177 of them. She totaled 593 at-bats, a .423 batting average, 182 runs scored, 251 hits, 43 doubles, 31 triples, 14 home runs, 103 RBI, 398 total bases, a .671 slugging percentage, 70 walks, 61 stolen bases and 910 putouts, ranking first all-time at RIC in every category. She also held eight single season program records at the conclusion of her career. Lotti Proctor is one of the most decorated softball player in the history of the Little East Conference, earning Player of the Year honors for three consecutive seasons (2006-08) after being named the 2005 Rookie of the Year, and was a four-year First-Team All-LEC selection. She was also named an All-Region selection by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) in each of her four seasons, earning First-Team honors in three of those years, and garnered Second-Team NFCA All-America honors as a senior.
Nicole Riley (2009) – Rhode Island College – Softball
Riley is one of the greatest pitchers in Rhode Island College softball history, starring in the circle from 2004-07. She posted a 77-20 record to go along with five saves, a 1.54 ERA, 600 strikeouts, 59 complete games and 23 shutouts. At the conclusion of her career, she was Rhode Island College’s all-time leader in career appearances, games started, wins, relief appearances (24), and shutouts. She ranked second in both innings pitched and strikeouts, while placing third in career ERA and fourth in complete games. The two-time LEC Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-LEC selection earned First-Team All-Region honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA), and was named a Second-Team All-American as a senior after going 29-5 with a 1.12 earned run average and 233 strikeouts in 219.1 innings of work. She was also named the 2007 Cox Sports Television Rhode Island Female Athlete of the Year. Riley helped lead the Anchorwomen to the NCAA National Championship Round and an NCAA New England Regional Championship in 2007. Riley was a member of three LEC regular season championship teams and two LEC tournament winners.
Kim Brewer Griger – Southern Maine (2005) – Women’s Track & Field
Brewer Griger was a 19-time LEC individual champion, winning nine indoor championships and 10 outdoor titles competing the in the hurdles, sprints, high jump, long jump and triple jump. She won three consecutive indoor high jump and long jump championships, and won the 100 hurdles and high jump at three straight outdoor championships. Brewer Griger went on to compete in the heptathlon at three consecutive NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, and remained the program record-holder in that event until this past season (2018). At the conclusion of her collegiate career, Brewer Griger held nine Southern Maine program records and was a member of four record-setting relay teams.
Diana Duff – Southern Maine (1990) – Women’s Basketball, Softball
Duff was a two-time All-American on the hardwood in addition to earning one regional All-America honor on the softball diamond during her four years at Southern Maine. The 1988 LEC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year and two-time First-Team All-LEC selection led the Huskies to the LEC tournament title in each of the league’s first three seasons of play (1987-89). Duff lead Southern Maine to four straight NCAA Division III Championship Tournament Appearances (1986-89), including the program’s first Final Four appearance in 1988. She is still ranked among the Huskies’ career leaders in scoring (1,170 point), scoring average (11.8), field goals made (482), field goal percentage (.484), three-point field goals made (81), three-point field goal percentage (.424), rebounds (659) and blocked shots (150). In her only full softball season (1986), Diana hit .348 (30 for 86) with two doubles, six triples, one home run and 19 RBI while helping the team to the MAIAW state championship.
Richard Myers – Western Connecticut – Women’s Volleyball
Myers totaled 297 victories during his 17-year (1988-2004) tenure leading the WestConn women’s volleyball program, which included seven 20-win seasons, six consecutive LEC regular season titles (1999-2004) and five straight LEC tournament championships (1999-2003). The Colonials advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in three of their five appearances under Myers, and won 49 consecutive LEC matches from 1998-2004. Myers was the first Western Connecticut head coach to be named LEC Women’s Volleyball Coach of the Year, earning the honor in both 2000 and 2001. His players totaled 28 All-LEC honors and took home nine major LEC awards.
Jaymie Rosario Bercedoni – Western Connecticut (2002) – Women’s Volleyball
Rosario Bercedoni is one of the most decorated women’s volleyball players in WestConn history as the program’s first three-time LEC Player of the Year and three-time First-Team All-LEC selection. She led the Colonials to three consecutive LEC regular season and tournament titles from 1999-2001, and three straight appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. The setter finished her career as Western Connecticut’s career leader in assists (3,167), and set the program’s then-single season assist (1,306) and service ace (100) records as a senior in 2001 on her way to earning All-Region honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Rosario Bercedoni went on to play professionally in Puerto Rico following the conclusion of her collegiate career.