Hartford Conn. - Trinity College Director of Athletics Drew Galbraith announced the inaugural Trinity Athletics Hall of Fame class at the college's annual Senior Athletic Awards Ceremony on Jessee/Miller Field last evening. The Trinity College Athletics Hall of Fame has been created to celebrate the rich history of athletic excellence at Trinity College that spans more than 160 years. The Hall of Fame honors the men and women who, through athletics participation, coaching or service, have distinguished themselves in the field of intercollegiate athletics, brought honor and acclaim to Trinity, and contributed to the success and advancement of intercollegiate athletics at the college. The group will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend in October.
"The entire process involved in getting to this inaugural class has been invigorating," said Galbraith. "Our committee took its work seriously and painstakingly considered almost 200 former Bantams for this class. Our alumni have reached out, nominated and advocated for teammates and classmates. As a department, we’ve had the chance to learn more about our storied athletic past."
The 2019 Trinity College Athletics Hall of Fame Class
George Brickley '79 (Men’s Ice Hockey)
Brickley was 1978 ECAC Men’s Hockey Player of the Year and remains the most prolific goal scorer in Trinity hockey history with 113 goals and 82 assists for 195 points.
Amina Helal '04 (Women's Squash)
Helal was a four-time All-American and two-time National Champion, both individually and as part of Trinity’s 2002 and 2003 Howe Cup title teams. She was inducted into the College Squash Association (CSA) Hall of Fame this winter.
Ray Jones '97 (Football/Men’s Track and Field/Wrestling)
The former NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Year, Jones set numerous records on the gridiron and was also a New England Champion and All-American wrestler and a record-holding triple jumper for the Bantams.
Tim Kiely '08 (Baseball/Football)
Kiely was the ace of Trinity’s 2008 National Championship team that set an NCAA record with a 45-1 overall record. The only pitcher in Trinity history to throw a perfect game, Kiely was an All-American and was drafted by the Anaheim Angels.
Roger LeClerc '60 (Baseball/Football, pre-NESCAC)
LeClerc was named a football Little All-American and was also the Dan Webster Team MVP award winner for Trinity’s baseball team before going on to play in the NFL for the Chicago Bears.
Don Miller (Football/Softball, Coach)
The five-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, Miller was one of Division III football’s most elite coaches during his time, retiring as the all-time winningest Division III Coach in New England history.
Olivia Brown Paine '78 (Field Hockey/Women’s Lacrosse)
Brown Paine was the first-ever recipient of the Trinity Club of Hartford trophy and was also a Susan E. Martin Award winner as the college's top senior female scholar-athlete.
Ellie Pierce '88 (Field Hockey/Women’s Lacrosse/Women’s Squash)
Pierce was a three-sport All-American and became Trinity’s all-time, women’s lacrosse leader in career goals, assists and points in 1988.
Amanda Rival '01 (Women’s Track and Field)
Rival was a Division III National Champion and two-time All-American in the heptathlon. She still holds college records in the heptathlon, pentathlon, high jump and long jump.
Joe Shield '85 (Football)
Shield threw for 6,646 yards before going on to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1985. He is considered one of the best football players to ever come out of the state of Vermont.
B.J. Toolan '95 (Women’s Basketball/Softball)
Toolan, a New England and ECAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, ranks second in team history with 1,245 points. She was also a Team Kodak First Team All-American as a senior.
"Each of these 11 inductees is more than worthy of this honor and each of them reacted to the call with humility and the pride of representing Trinity," added Galbraith. "Our first class could have been 100 Bantams with so many superlative nominees and we will work our way through that list in coming classes. We are so proud of our inaugural 11 and look forward to celebrating them in October at the induction ceremony."