May 20, 2009

Saint Michael's To Induct Five Into Athletics Hall Of Fame On Friday

Originally released on May 20, 2009

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Five legendary former Saint Michael's College student-athletes will be inducted into the Saint Michael's College Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, September 18, at the DoubleTree Hotel in South Burlington.

The Class of 2009 didn't just make their mark in their sports of choice, as each has gone on to live the College's mission as pillars of their communities. The class includes: Rev. Raymond J. Doherty '51, SSE, a pitcher for George "Doc" Jacobs' baseball program and vital member of the Saint Michael's community for parts of seven decades; Robert Hoehl '63, a talented Purple Knight basketball player and one of Vermont's most influential businessmen and philanthropists; Thomas J. Kelley Jr. '69, a three-sport athlete and one of the greatest alpine skiers in program history; Jason Curry '95, an outstanding point guard and successful non-profit entrepreneur; and Elizabeth (LeFebvre) Bushey '03, one of the greatest players in the history of the women's basketball program.

The event begins at 6 p.m. on September 18 with a reception, followed by the dinner and ceremony at 7 p.m. For tickets ($40 apiece) and more information on the Saint Michael's Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony and Alumni Weekend, contact the Saint Michael's Alumni Office at (802) 654-2527.

This year's class is the 22nd inducted into the Saint Michael's Athletics Hall of Fame, which began in 1987. In 2004, the College celebrated a century of Purple Knights athletics and 100 members of its Hall of Fame at a celebration dinner, rather than inducting any members into its Hall of Fame.

Rev. Doherty (top left) - "Father Ray" as he is known by countless alumni and around the Winooski Park campus - was a member of the Saint Michael's baseball team as a student-athlete, and also a valuable sports publicity assistant for fellow Hall of Famer John Donoghue '32. Among his nearly endless resume, Doherty was a key member of the College's 1987 and 1996 Athletic Task Forces, the Athletics Policy and Planning Board, and served three terms on the Athletics Hall of Fame Committee, including as the group's first Chairman from 1987-91. A highly athletic person to this day, Doherty has been recognized with many accolades, including the Distinguished Service to Students Award, the National Alumni Presidents Award, and the NEACAC Vermont College Counselor of the Year Award.

Hoehl (left, shooting jump shot) was a three-year starter for the Purple Knights men's basketball team, and averaged a team-high 12.2 points per game as a sophomore. As well known as he was during his college days, his true rise to fame came after graduation, when he eventually became one of Vermont's most valuable business leaders and philanthropists. He and Hall of Famer Rich Tarrant '65 co-founded IDX Systems Corporation, a remarkably-successful healthcare software company. Hoehl and his wife, Cynthia, have been very generous in sharing their success with the greater Burlington community, assisting time and again with influential gifts and support that betters the lives of others. A list of the organizations they have helped and projects they have made possible includes: the Hoehl Community Health Center (with an income-sensitive sliding scale) and the Hoehl Wing of the McClure Multigenerational Center in Burlington's North End, the Burlington Community Land Trust, the Good News Garage, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Burlington Boys and Girls Club, the ECHO Lake Champlain Basin Science Center, the Baird Center, COTS, the Stern Center, the King Street Youth Center, and the community's institutions of higher learning.

Kelley (left, on skis) skied in every discipline (downhill, slalom, giant slalom, cross country and ski jumping) as one of the last "skimeisters" during his great career at Saint Michael's, and also was a midfielder on the soccer team and played on the freshman golf team. He was the only multi-sport athlete to earn varsity letters in more than one sport in his graduating class of 1969. As a senior team captain in 1968-69, Kelley won the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) Combined Alpine Championship, placing first in the downhill race and fourth in the slalom. A graduate of the Boston College Law School, Kelley has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1974, and has been active in the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, where he was elected to the Board of Governors.

Curry (left, dribbling) was a four-year starter at point guard for the Purple Knights' men's basketball team, and two-year team captain. He graduated as the program's all-time assists leader (now second all-time), and still holds the highest assists-per-game average of 4.8. He still ranks among the top-10 in program history in assists, steals, free throw percentage, and 3-point percentage, and was a two-time All-State First Team honoree. In 1999, he left a promising media career to found Big Apple Basketball, Inc. (BAB), a non-profit organization dedicated to using basketball as a "bridge to discovery" to help children achieve the dream of a college education. In addition to developing their basketball skills, BAB also successfully mentors these at-risk kids, developing their academic strength, life skills, and personal strengths. Over the last 10 years, Curry has personally assisted hundreds of kids in earning athletic and academic scholarships to colleges and universities nationwide. In 2008, he received the inaugural "Strong Coaches, Strong Kids" Award from the Long Island City YMCA, in recognition of his dedication and service to New York City children.

LeFebvre (left, shooting layup) is arguably the greatest post player in Saint Michael's women's basketball history. She is second in program history with 1,563 points, third with 153 blocks, and fourth with 876 rebounds. She had a season for the ages as a senior, earning Vermont's NCAA Woman of the Year honors. LeFebvre averaged 19.9 points and 10.1 rebounds in 2002-03, scoring a school-record 573 points. She was named the Northeast-10 Conference's Player of the Year that season, earned All-America honors from both Daktronics and Kodak/Women's Basketball Coaches' Association (WBCA), and was a First Team All-Northeast Region selection as well. A two-year team captain, she led the Purple Knights to a 17-12 season as a senior, earning a berth in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Tournament.