COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Department of Athletics announced its 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame class on Monday, with five new members set to be enshrined at the 28th Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday evening, Sept. 17, at the Roy Room in the College's Dion Family Student Center.
The Class of 2016 is comprised of: John Barbati '54, former two-sport standout and long-time scholastic baseball and football coach; Brian Mullahy '90, a past men's ice hockey school-record holder and 100-point scorer; Kelly Sharenko Ward '00, who remains one of the top women's lacrosse goalkeepers in NCAA Division II history; Brian Miles '01, four-year starting point guard during a successful era of men's basketball in the late 1990s/early 2000s; and Jennifer Gray Noyes '04, a three-time field hockey All-America selection.
The Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, which is a cornerstone of the College's Alumni and Family Weekend, begins with a reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17 followed by the dinner and induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Additional details for Alumni and Family Weekend and the Hall of Fame ceremony, including ticket information, can be found by contacting the Saint Michael's Alumni Office at (802) 654-2527 or visiting here.
Barbati, who hails from Everett, Mass., and now splits his time between Medford, Mass., and Orlando, Fla., will be the 29th baseball and 22nd football inductee. He quarterbacked the 1950 freshman team to a 3-0 mark before serving in a back-up capacity on varsity the next two seasons, which included the unbeaten, untied squad that won the New England championship in 1951. He emerged as the starter and a captain as a senior in 1953 while leading the Purple Knights to their fourth consecutive state title. Barbati was heavily decorated following the season, being named All-Catholic All-America (honorable mention), United Press International All-New England (3rd team), Boston Post All-New England (honorable mention) and All-State (2nd team). It turns out it was also the last varsity football team the College would field, as the program was cut in January 1954. Also vice president of his senior class, Barbati played baseball at Saint Michael's. During his rookie season, the Purple Knights tied for the state championship. Already enshrined in the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame as a member of the 1951 football team, which was inducted in 1994, Barbati was the first Roger F. Keleher '15 Award winner, earning the honor in 1954 as the outstanding scholar-athlete of the senior class. After serving in the Korean War, Barbati earned his master's degree in education in 1959 at Boston University and began a 35-year career as a high school baseball and football head coach and English teacher in Massachusetts at Matignon High School (Cambridge), Keith Academy (Lowell) and Watertown High School, going 178-129-11 on the gridiron. During a legendary stretch at Watertown between 1969 and his retirement in 1992, his teams went 131-89-2 with four Middlesex League titles. Following a 10-0 1977 season, he was named not only Boston Globe Coach of the Year but High School Football Coaches of America Coach of the Year, being recognized as the top prep football coach in the nation. Since his retirement, he has volunteering as a football coach at Saint John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., and as a baseball coach at Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla., where he again made a positive impact on those around him. By 2006, the Dr. Phillips baseball field had been named for him, and the baseball program there also hands out a leadership award dedicated to Barbati. He and his wife Jeanne have five grown children.
Miles, a native of Mount Washington, Ky., and a resident of Lawrenceburg, Ky., will be the 50th inductee with men's basketball ties. A four-year starting point guard, he remains the program's career leader in assists (527) and is fourth with 196 career steals, the most over the past 20 years. Miles is also the only Purple Knight ever to amass at least 500 assists, 500 rebounds and 500 points. During his career, Saint Michael's was 88-35 overall and 54-24 in Northeast-10 Conference play while qualifying for two NCAA Tournament appearances. The Purple Knights won two NE-10 Championships, one NE-10 regular-season title and one Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Tournament crown. In 1997-98, Miles earned the starting point guard job right away and became the first - and thus far the only - Purple Knight first-year with 100 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a season, as Saint Michael's made a run to the ECAC Tournament title game. As a sophomore, Miles finished fourth in the NE-10 in shooting (59.4%) and fifth in assists per game (4.3). He started a career-high 32 games for a team that was 25-9 overall and 12-6 in the NE-10 and tied for second in the league standings. Saint Michael's won its first NE-10 Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Northeast Region Semifinals. Miles was a captain for his final two years of college. Despite missing nine games with a broken hand as a junior, he saw time in 20 contests, making 10 starts. After the Purple Knights went 6-3 during his absence, they went 8-2 down the stretch, with him coming off the bench to win the ECAC Tournament. In his senior year, the Purple Knights set a school record by going 27-4 overall and 19-3 in league play to claim the regular-season title. Saint Michael's was ranked as high as No. 3 in the Division II national poll. Miles was second in the NE-10 with 189 assists, a total that remains fourth in program history, and is still the highest figure by a Purple Knight since 1989-90. He was also third in the league in steals (65) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6), was honored as the NE-10 Defensive Player of the Year and earned the New England Basketball Coaches Association (NEBCA) Unsung Hero Award and an NE-10 All-Conference honorable mention. The Purple Knights won their first four postseason games, including an NE-10 title game triumph during which Miles had 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. A win in the NCAA Tournament Northeast Region Semifinals - also the Sweet Sixteen round - followed before the Purple Knights lost to undefeated Adelphi University, which entered the game as the No. 1 team in the Division II poll. Since 2005, Miles has worked at the Huntington National Bank in Louisville, Ky., and he currently serves as the regional manager-senior vice president for auto finance, serving Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Indiana. He and his wife Lacey '01, a former Alpine skier at the College, have three young daughters.
Mullahy, a Watertown, Mass., native, now lives in Bay Village, Ohio, and will become the 15th person with men's ice hockey ties enshrined. After playing sparingly as a first-year, Mullahy was off to a promising start as a sophomore before missing most of the season as a medical redshirt when he had a tumor removed from his spine. He returned in the fall of 1987, ending the season as the team's third-leading scorer, with 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points in 21 games. Mullahy was the leading scorer each of his final two seasons, collecting 39 points (17-22-39) as a junior and 21 more as a senior (8-13-21) captain, and became only the third man to eclipse the 100-point barrier in a career in his final season, doing so in 79 games; there are now 13 100-point scorers in program history. He graduated first on the all-time list with 22 power-play goals (now 3rd), second with 55 assists (now 15th), third with 101 points (now 13th) and fourth in goals (now tied for 13th). Over the final three seasons of his career, the Purple Knights were 39-25-2 overall and 38-18-2 in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) play, and made their first ECAC Championship semifinal appearance in 1988-89. At the 1990 Block 'M' Awards banquet, Mullahy earned the Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award. He and his wife Jeanne '91 live in the Cleveland area, where Mullahy is the president of excess casualty for McGowan Program Administrators, a national commercial insurance broker.
Noyes, who hails from Skowhegan, Maine, and currently resides in Canaan, Maine, is the 15th field hockey representative in the Athletic Hall of Fame. One of only four three-time All-America selections in Saint Michael's field hockey history, she helped the Purple Knights go 53-23 overall and 37-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference, make their first two NCAA Division II Tournament appearances and earn at least a share of three NE-10 regular-season crowns. Noyes continues to hold the program's career record for assists (28) as one of just three Purple Knights ever with at least 20 goals and 20 assists. She is tied for eighth in school history with 68 career points, tying for the most ever among Purple Knight midfielders. During her rookie season, the Purple Knights (14-4, 8-1 NE-10) won their first NE-10 regular-season crown while making their NCAA Tournament debut. During an NE-10 Tournament semifinal, she scored the first goal in an eventual 2-1 overtime win, the first NE-10 postseason victory in program history after the league added the sport in 1996. With the title game postponed due to snow, the Purple Knights played their next game in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a 1-0 decision to Bentley University in the semifinals. During her sophomore season, Noyes was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America second team and to the NE-10 All-Conference second team, and the Purple Knights (14-6, 9-1 NE-10) claimed a share of the NE-10 regular-season title and again advanced to the championship game to match up with Bentley. The Falcons again were victorious, but both teams earned bids to the NCAA Tournament, where the Purple Knights drew another rematch with Bentley but repeated the 1-0 loss suffered in the 2000 tournament. As a junior, Noyes earned NFHCA All-America first team, NE-10 Player of the Year and NE-10 All-Conference first team accolades, all tremendous honors for a midfielder with relatively low-scoring totals of three goals and six assists. Saint Michael's (12-6, 9-1 NE-10) again was the NE-10 regular-season co-champ but was upset in the semifinals, 2-1. Noyes scored the only goal. In 2003 (13-7, 11-5 NE-10), she finished her career with NFHCA All-America and NE-10 All-Conference first team accolades. The captain put together her best offensive season with career highs of 12 goals, 11 assists and 35 points. Her assist total remains third in school history, and she scored the eighth-most points in a season. During her final play as a Purple Knight on Doc Jacobs Field, she deposited the winner 2:57 into overtime in a 3-2 NE-10 quarterfinal victory over Stonehill College before Saint Michael's lost at top-seeded Bryant University in the semifinals. Noyes earned one final honor during the Block 'M' Awards dinner, receiving the department's Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award. Noyes, who is an ed tech at Canaan Elementary School, has two young children with husband Tenney.
Ward, originally from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., now resides in Delmar, N.Y., and will be the 13th representative of the women's lacrosse program to be inducted. She remains one of the top women's lacrosse goalkeepers in NCAA Division II history and keyed the Purple Knights' 1999 Northeast-10 Conference Championship. Ward still holds the College's records for career saves (621) and save percentage (65.5%), and was 28-14 in her career. As a first-year, Ward posted a 6.92 goals-against average, which remains the lowest by a Purple Knight since the late '80s, and a .647 save percentage, ranking sixth in all of Division I/II in the latter. She was named College Lacrosse USA Preseason All-America as a sophomore in 1998 before the historic 1999 season arrived, when the NE-10 first sponsored women's lacrosse. Ward, who played all but four of the team's minutes in goal as an upperclassman, registering a 7.25 GAA and a .714 save percentage, the latter not only a school record but also still the Division II record. Both of those figures led Division II. In the inaugural NE-10 title game, second-seeded Saint Michael's downed No. 1 Stonehill College, 10-9, as Ward tied a school record with 33 saves, including 18 in the first half. It was the first conference team sport championship ever won by a women's program in College history. She was named the championship's MVP, earned a US Lacrosse All-America first team recognition, landed on the NE-10 All-Conference second team, and qualified for the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Academic Squad. As a senior, her .649 save percentage was good for second in Division II. A LaxPower Preseason All-America, the team co-captain ended the year as an NE-10 All-Conference honorable mention. The team's bid to defend its 1999 championship ended in the NE-10 semifinals against Bentley, where the Purple Knights fell 8-7 in double overtime. Ward matched her record with 33 saves, making 20 in the first half to set a program record for stops in a half, a mark that still stands. Her 224 saves that season are also a record that has not been touched. Ward, who received the Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award at the 2000 Block 'M' Awards dinner, went on to earn her M.Ed. at SUNY Albany and is now teaching fifth grade at Slingerlands Elementary School; she has taught in the Bethlehem Central School District since 2000. She and her husband Matt have three children.