COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's basketball legend Rich Tarrant '65 will join the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame as part of its 2019 induction class, Hall Chairman Barry Stone announced on Wednesday during a press conference in the Tarrant Recreation Center Hall of Fame Room on the campus of Saint Michael's.
Tarrant is among the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame's seventh class, with 13 members set to be honored at Trader Duke's Hotel in South Burlington on Saturday, April 13. For more information, visit vermontsportshall.com.
The announcement occurred in a facility that continues to showcase Tarrant's own athletic accomplishments and philanthropy toward his alma mater. A charter member of the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame, in 1987, his plaque hangs on the walls of the Hall of Fame Room in a building for which he made the lead gift and named after his parents. Officially the Jeremiah J. and Kathleen C. Tarrant Student Recreation Center, the facility opened in 1994.
Tarrant remains one of the greatest student-athletes in the history of Saint Michael's Athletics, having been selected by the Boston Celtics with the 35th pick in the 1965 NBA Draft. A two-time Catholic College All-America selection, Tarrant claimed an Associated Press Small College All-America first team accolade as a senior while twice being named United Press International Small College All-America. Tarrant was Catholic Small College Player of the Year in 1965, when he was a team captain, and landed All-New England, All-District and All-East laurels numerous times.
The first Vermont collegian to score 700 points in a season and 1,500 in a career, Tarrant totaled 1,762 points and 880 rebounds in only 66 games, for career averages of 26.7 points and 13.3 boards. Among the 13 College records he set, Tarrant's 29.3 points per game in 1963-64 remain the program standard, and the 26.3 he averaged the following year are still good for second. Tarrant's career included three state crowns for the Purple Knights and a 1964-65 season that saw them go 21-7, win the NCAA Northeast Region title, and finish fourth in the nation during the NCAA Elite Eight in Evansville, Ind.
A cum laude graduate, Tarrant's No. 22 is retired from active use. He was recognized with a 1990 Saint Michael's Alumni of the Year Award and later served on the College's Board of Trustees. Tarrant was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame during the 2001-02 school year.