Hartford, Conn. – More than 300 alumni, administrators, coaches, student-athletes, trustees, and friends of athletics gathered on October 25 in the Washington Room on the Trinity College campus for the inaugural Trinity Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Dinner.
"It was truly an honor to gather our first Hall of Fame class," said Trinity Athletic Director Drew Galbraith. "After months of hearing and reading about their athletic accomplishments, it was amazing to gather this group of legends. The process for selecting this inaugural class was comprehensive as we took a deep dive into the rich history of 156 years of Trinity Athletics and in the room, we had some of the best athletes to have ever worn a Trinity uniform. We were overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our inductees and for the very best of Trinity Athletics."
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 was met with great enthusiasm by the audience at the dinner in what was a truly historic night at the college. The inaugural class consisted of eleven members, five male and five female alums and one coach, and covered six decades in 10 different sports.
The honorees were: George Brickley '79 for ice hockey; Amina Helal '04 for squash; Ray Jones '97, for football, track & field, and wrestling; Tim Kiely '08 for baseball and football; Roger LeClerc '60 for baseball and football; Coach Don Miller for football and softball; Olivia Brown '78 for field hockey and lacrosse; Ellie Pierce '88 for field hockey, lacrosse, and squash; Amanda Rival '01 for track & field; Joe Shield '85 for baseball and football; and B.J. Toolan '95 for basketball and softball.
All eleven were introduced on the large video screen, and then each gave an equally inspiring and heart-felt speech about what it meant to him or her to be a Trinity Athletic Hall of Famer. The College presented each honoree with an engraved bronze Bantam trophy marking the occasion. At halftime of Saturday'a Homecoming football game, each inductee was additionally presented with a framed action photo in front of the Trinity crowd. The college's planned new athletic center will feature the Hall of Fame prominently.
Roger LeClerc '60 was introduced first on the video screen by his son, Dean LeClerc. 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.
Olivia Brown '78 was introduced by Robin Sheppard, her former coach in field hockey and lacrosse for the Bantams and Trinity's longtime associate athletic director. 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.
Don Miller was introduced by Mike Foye '79, a former quarterback for Miller. 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.
George Brickley '79 was introduced by John Dunham, his former head coach with the Bantams. 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.
Joe Shield '85 was introduced by Don Miller, his former head football coach and fellow 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. 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.
Ellie Pierce '88 was also introduced by Sheppard. 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.
B.J. Toolan Constantine '95, was introduced by Gina Maher, her high school coach whom she continues to coach with at Irvington High School. 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.
Ray Jones '97, was introduced by Doug Borgerson '00, a close friend and former teammate at Trinity. The former NESCAC Football Offensive Player of the Year, Jones set numerous records as an All-American on the gridiron and was also a New England Champion and All-American wrestler and a record-holding triple jumper for the Bantams.
Amanda Rival '01 was introduced by both George Suitor, her former head track & field coach and current Trinity head cross country and assistant track & field coach, and Bill Kelleher, her position coach when she won the NCAA Heptathlon title. Rival was a Division III National Champion and two-time All-American in the heptathlon. She still holds college records in the heptathlon, pentathlon, and high jump.
Amina Helal '04 was introduced by Wendy Bartlett, her former head coach and still the current head women's squash at Trinity. 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 earlier this year.
Tim Kiely '08, the final inductee, was introduced by Michael Regan '08, his classmate and teammate on Trinity's 2008 NCAA Champion Baseball Team. 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.