Six Legendary Figures Set to Join Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 21

Six Legendary Figures Set to Join Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 21

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame during the 30th Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday evening, Sept. 21, at the Roy Room in the College's Dion Family Student Center.

The Class of 2018 is comprised of: Steve Gretkowski '90, the greatest golfer in College history; David Antonioli '96, the leading scorer in the history of men's soccer at Saint Michael's and a four-time Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference selection; Sarah Alves '01, a three-time All-America midfielder in field hockey and the 2000 NE10 Player of the Year; Megan Lyons Melanson '05, the women's ice hockey program's all-time leading scorer; Casey Brooks '07, a three-time NE10 All-Conference softball player who continues to hold more than a dozen school records; and Tony Adams, long-time and legendary sportscaster at WCAX-TV in the Burlington area.

The Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, which is a cornerstone of the College's Alumni and Family Weekend, begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend can buy tickets and meals at smcvt.edu/hall-of-fame until Sept. 14.

 

Steve Gretkowski '90, Men's Golf

Gretkowski, a Burlington, Vt., native who now lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C., will be the third men's golf inductee. A member of the second generation of a multi-generational sports family at Saint Michael's, he remains the only two-time Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference golfer in school annals and served as the program's head coach for two seasons.

As a sophomore, Gretkowski joined the program upon his transfer from Champlain (Vt.) College in the fall of 1987. He became the third member of his family to play sports at the College, following in older brother and former golfer Dave's '87 footsteps after their father, Hank '59, was a member of the 1957-58 Iron Knights basketball team. Hank pulled down 1,000 career rebounds and has been enshrined twice in the SMC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Gretkowski provided an instant impact during the 1987-88 school year, placing as the Purple Knights' top finisher three times in five meets, including at the NE10 Championship during the program's first season as a conference member. Saint Michael's finished eighth of nine schools at the league meet and 40th out of 45 teams during the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association (NEIGA) Championship. Gretkowski and the team's fortunes changed the next year, as he earned his first of two straight NE10 All-Conference finishes during the Purple Knights' first of back-to-back fourth-place showings among 10 teams at NE10s. He was named team MVP both years, shooting a 79 to take eighth at NE10s as a junior before tying for second as a senior, when he fired an 80. Gretkowski was also a team co-captain that year.

After landing an NEIGA All-New England nod his junior year, when the Purple Knights recorded a finish of 11th among 45 schools during the regional championship - still the program's best showing at the annual event - he set a school record with 67 shots against American International College on Sept. 12, 1989, a mark that still stands. He and his foursome carded a composite 299 that day, a school record that would not be broken for 21 years. The Purple Knights tied for 23rd out of 41 programs during the NEIGA Championship during his senior fall.

Gretkowski later coached the golf squad during the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. In his inaugural campaign, Saint Michael's was third of six teams at NE10s, with its second-round 316 at the championship the Purple Knights' second-lowest round at that meet to that point. They followed that up by taking fifth of 10 in 2000-01, placing among the upper half of the field in consecutive seasons for what remains one of only two times - and for the first time since his junior and senior campaigns. Saint Michael's was 42nd (of 50) and 40th (of 46) at the NEIGA Championship during his two years at the helm.

A former Business Technology Educator at Burlington High School between 1995 and 2001, Gretkowski lives in Mount Pleasant, S.C., where he has been a Senior Hospital Account Manager for Welch Allyn Inc. since 2010. From 2001 to 2009, he worked as a Territory Manager for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals. After earning an associate's degree in business management from Champlain, Gretkowski completed his bachelor's degree in business administration from Saint Michael's.

 

David Antonioli '96, Men's Soccer

A native of South Burlington, Vt., Antonioli resides in Williston and will be the seventh men's soccer representative in the Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the only player in program history to be named Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference all four years, still remaining among a select handful in the history of the NE10 to land all-league four times as of 2018, and was also twice named National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England.

Antonioli is first in program history with 112 career points and 49 goals; only two others even have 50 points, with second-place Geoff Starr '87, also an Athletic Hall of Famer, trailing by 39 points. No other Purple Knight has as many as 30 goals. Antonioli is also tied for fifth with 14 career assists. As of 2018, he is seventh in the history of the NE10 in goals and ninth in points. He also owns the top three point and goal totals in program history, setting marks each of his first three years of college, and is the lone Purple Knight ever with as many as 10 goals in a season, an accomplishment he achieved three times.

As a rookie, Antonioli broke Starr's six-year-old school records with 11 goals and 28 points, also coming within one assist (6) of a program mark. On Oct. 11, he tied a 27-year-old school record with seven points in a half, netting three goals with an assist. He played a hand in 17 of the Purple Knights' 26 goals while being named to the NE10 All-Conference first team. Antonioli reset his own school standards with league highs of 16 goals and 33 points as a sophomore, again landing all-league first team accolades while playing a role in 17 of the team's 29 tallies. The Purple Knights went 7-8-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the NE10.

On Oct. 1 of his junior year, Antonioli became the all-time scoring leader in Saint Michael's men's soccer history, and three weeks later, on Oct. 22, he scored all four of the Purple Knights' goals in a 4-2 win over Assumption College, becoming the fourth player in NE10 history to break the 100-point barrier, but the first to do it as a junior. That was actually his second four-goal, nine-point game of the season; only two other Purple Knights have ever had games of at least four goals or nine points, but neither did so in a league contest. Antonioli had program records of 40 points and 17 goals in that incredible season, and ranked in the nation's top 20 in scoring, landing NSCAA All-New England second team and NE10 All-Conference first team laurels. He played a role in 23 of the Purple Knights' 32 goals.

Injuries in his senior season limited his scoring opportunities to just five goals and an assist for 11 points, but Antonioli still landed on the NE10 All-Conference second team. Ironically, despite his career-low production and the Purple Knights netting their fewest goals and earning their fewest wins of Antonioli's career, they made the postseason for the first time since 1989, ultimately drawing the No. 5 seed and falling 3-0 in a quarterfinal to No. 4 Quinnipiac University, the tournament runner-up.

A business major during his undergraduate years, Antonioli has turned that into a 19-year career as a pension administrator and consultant with Pension Works in Colchester. He is also part of a multi-generational Saint Michael's family, following in father Joseph's '69 footsteps while playing alongside brother Michael '95 on the soccer pitch at the College. Antonioli still plays soccer in local leagues and competes in charitable golf tournaments.

 

Sarah Alves '01, Field Hockey

Alves, an East Sandwich, Mass., native who has returned to her hometown, will be the 17th field hockey inductee. One of the program's most talented midfielders, she was a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America selection, earned Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year as a senior, and remains the program's top scorer among three-year players. Saint Michael's was 36-17 overall and 15-4 in the NE10 during her career, culminating with the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance her senior year. Alves graduated holding the program record for career assists (24), since surpassed, while fifth in points (68), and is still one of only four Purple Knights with 40 points in a season.

After playing one season at Division I Fairfield University, where she was the starting center midfielder as a first-year, Alves transferred to Saint Michael's, making an immediate impact as a rookie. She landed on the NE10 All-Conference first team in 1998 after recording one goal and eight assists, including turning in an assist in a 4-3 loss to Assumption College during an NE10 Tournament semifinal. Alves recorded seven goals and four assists as a junior, when she was named to the NFHCA All-America second team while earning an NE10 All-Conference first team nod once more. In a rematch with Assumption, SMC lost a 1-0 decision in the NE10 semifinals before being invited to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament in Pennsylvania. The Purple Knights fell by another 1-0 final in the semifinals to Longwood University.

Things came together not only for Alves but her team in 2000, as the captain helped Saint Michael's go 14-4 - the .778 winning percentage remains second in program history - and 8-1 in league play, then a school record. The Purple Knights wrapped up their first NE10 regular-season title, and Alves recorded 14 goals and 12 assists - still second in program history - in 18 games to corral NFHCA All-America first team and NE10 Player of the Year honors. She was also named to the NE10 All-Conference first team for the third straight year, was picked to compete in the NFHCA North/South All-Star Game, and landed on the NCAA Tournament All-Tournament Team. Saint Michael's announced it was for real thanks to a pair of monumental wins during an 8-0 start - a 2-1 win on September 19 over fourth-ranked Bentley University, snapping the Falcons' 32-game NE10 winning streak, as Alves scored the tying goal; and a decisive 3-0 triumph five days later over Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the No. 1 team in Division II, which Alves iced with the third goal. During the semifinal round of the NE10 Tournament, she knocked home the overtime game-winner against Bryant University in a 2-1 win, the first NE10 postseason victory in program history after the league added the sport in 1996. With the old Doc Jacobs Field, which had a grass surface, unplayable for the championship game due to snow, Saint Michael's was poised to be named postseason champion by virtue of its regular-season crown. However, with Bentley, its scheduled finals opponent, also slated to be its foe in the NCAA Tournament semifinal, the conference decided the victor of that game would also be declared NE10 Tournament titlist. While making their NCAA debut, the Purple Knights lost a 1-0 decision to the Falcons, who also made off with the NE10 crown.

Alves graduated with a degree in business. She has returned to her native Cape Cod and teaches math at Mashpee (Mass.) Middle-High School while continuing to give back to her sport. Alves is head coach of the Mashpee Middle School field hockey squad and works with youths through the new Cape Cod Youth Field Hockey club program.

 

Megan Lyons Melanson '05, Ice Hockey

Melanson, who hails from Boxboro, Mass., and lives in Londonderry, N.H., is the first four-year women's ice hockey player to earn induction, and the second with ties to the program. She was the first great women's ice hockey player at Saint Michael's, joining the program during its first full season of varsity competition in 2001-02. Not only did she graduate holding or tied for 11 school records, but Melanson still claims nine records more than a decade after her graduation, including holding five of those records outright. During her career, she had a hand in nearly half of the Purple Knights' goals scored - 48.6 percent - in that four-year stretch.

Melanson led her team with 10 goals and 12 points as a first-year, playing a hand in more than 40 percent of the Purple Knights' goals, while also having the distinction of scoring the first power-play goal in program history. With the arrival of high-scoring first-year Noreen Russo '06 in 2002-03, Melanson shifted to a distributor role as a sophomore, leading the team with 15 assists while trailing only Russo in goals (8) and points (23). This time she had a role in nearly 60 percent of the Purple Knights' goals. While reassuming her position as the No. 1 scoring threat, Melanson led the team in goals (17), points (29) and power-play goals (7) while adding 12 assists as a junior, when she was an assistant captain. She led the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East in power-play goals and tied for eighth in overall goals, and generated nearly 55 percent of the team's offense. As a second-year assistant captain her senior year, Melanson was surrounded by more scoring depth than in the past but still led the squad with 22 points. She was second in goals (12) and third in assists (10) while becoming the first player in program history to earn ECAC East All-Conference, being chosen as an honorable mention.

Melanson still holds school records for career points (86) and goals (47), and season points (29) and power-play goals (7), not to mention quickest goal to begin a game (17 seconds). Among marks she shares are for points in a game (5, performed four times), goals in a game (4), season assists (15) and career power-play goals (12). Her 17 goals in 2003-04 remain tied for second, and she is tied for third in career assists (39) after graduating with the record.

A double major in elementary education and psychology, Melanson earned her master's degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University in 2011. A veteran in the mental health field, Melanson was a staff therapist at South Bay Mental Health Center in Massachusetts from 2012 to 2014 and a clinical supervisor with South Bay Community Services for the next two years before starting as a utilization manager at Cenpatico, which provides behavioral health and specialty therapy services, in Bedford, N.H., in July 2016. Among her other previous positions have been co-chair of the Greater Boston Out of the Darkness Community Walk through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and a behavior interventionist at the Baird Center for Children and Families in Burlington.

 

Casey Brooks '07, Softball

Brooks, a native of Colchester who resides in Morrisville, Vt., becomes the seventh softball representative chosen. The greatest second baseman in the program's history and a regular at the top of the batting order from day one, Brooks was a three-time Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference honoree and three-time NE10 Academic All-Conference selection during the Purple Knights' greatest era of success. Saint Michael's was 90-71 in her four years, including 59-52 in the NE10, while Brooks set or tied 14 school records over the course of her career.

Among the records Brooks set were for career hits (164), runs (114), triples (14), bases on balls (61), stolen bases (52), times hit by pitch (10), sacrifice flies (4, which she tied) and at bats (515); season hits (52), runs (30), doubles (9, which she tied), triples (4, which she tied) and times hit by pitch (5). Her career hit record has since been passed, but only by one hit, while Brooks' .398 career on-base percentage is the best by a Purple Knight since the program was reestablished in 1990. She is not only top 10 all-time in OBP (5th), but also slugging percentage (.485, 8th) and batting average (.318, T-10th). Brooks owns four of the top five season run totals, three of the top four season walk figures, is one shy of the career games record (160), and is fourth in career home runs (12) and runs batted in (67). Brooks made all 140 of her appearances as a starter, missing only one game, and is the only Purple Knight ever with four seasons of at least 10 steals.

Brooks batted .339 with 28 runs, 11 stolen bases and 11 extra-base hits as a rookie in 2004, fielding at a .957 clip, committing only six errors, while being named to the NE10 All-Conference first team. The Purple Knights went 21-17 overall and 15-13 in the NE10 for not only their first winning season since 1981, but for their first 10-win season, let alone 20-win campaign. She was a second-team all-league pick as a sophomore, when she hit .293 with 30 runs, 18 RBIs, 10 extra-base hits, 16 walks and 12 steals, helping her team go 25-16 and 16-11. The Purple Knights made their NE10 Tournament debut that year, making a run to the semifinals thanks to upsetting top seed and host Le Moyne College, 2-0, in the second round before suffering a pair of one-run setbacks to get eliminated. Brooks had her best season in 2006, posting career highs in average (.364), slugging (.524), OBP (.422), doubles (9) and extra-base hits (15), yielding another all-league first-team placement. In 2007, she closed out her career with her only non-all-conference season, but still hit .274 with career highs in home runs (5), RBIs (20), walks (18) and steals (16). With Brooks serving as a captain, Saint Michael's went 26-14 and 16-12 to set a school record for victories.

During her undergraduate career, Brooks was involved with the DREAM and Wilderness programs, and was an Orientation Leader. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology before teaching middle school science in Lawrence, Mass., from 2008 to 2010 and Brooklyn, N.Y., between 2011 and 2014. Following her teaching career, Brooks shifted gears to the brewing profession, returning to her native Vermont in 2014 to work at Rock Art Brewery and 14th Star Brewing Company before joining The Alchemist in Waterbury as a brewer in 2016. Brooks also remained connected to softball following her graduation, serving as a volunteer head coach with the Vermont Rockets summer program in 2008 and 2009.

 

Tony Adams, Broadcaster/Journalist

Adams was the sports director at WCAX-TV for 35 years, between 1954 and 1989, and remains a friendly face at local venues during his retirement years. A Manchester, N.H., native who lives in South Burlington, he was a close friend of legendary Saint Michael's coaches George "Doc" Jacobs and Ed Markey, and always had an eye out for giving the Purple Knights great coverage. Among his most popular sportscasts were those honoring all-state and championship teams as well as interviewing student-athletes in studio. His nightly signoff of "Good Night, Good Sports" attained iconic status.

In addition to covering the Purple Knights on radio and television for many years, he also handled play-by-play for Saint Michael's men's basketball for many seasons, and was the voice of University of Vermont football, men's basketball and baseball and Dartmouth College football for decades. He was named Vermont Sportscaster of the Year five times by the National Sports Media Association, and was honored with the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) media award in 1978 for coverage of intercollegiate athletics in New England. In 1989, the year he retired, Adams was named Vermont Broadcaster of the Year.

Adams was a charter member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and Vermont Principals' Association Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the University of Vermont and Norwich University athletic halls of fame, and received distinguished service awards from the New England Baseball Coaches Association, Vermont State Athletic Directors Association, and the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation.

Adams, who began his career at WMUR-TV in New Hampshire and spent much of the 1970s as a backup announcer for Major League Baseball's Montreal Expos, is a long-time volunteer with the UVM Medical Center and the Vermont Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.