Athletic Hall of Fame 2007 Inductees

2007 Hall of Fame Honorees: L-R - David Batchelder 68,  Kenena Montague 96,  Joe Dooley 75,  Tom Boardman 75,  Lawrence Chase 64,  Matthew Gazo 94,  Elizabeth Christy 74


David Batchelder '68

David Batchelder graduated from Johnson State College with a B.S. degree in Education, and earned his M.A. from UVM in 1993.  Dave recently retired as co-principal of Barre City Elementary and Middle School (BCEMS) after 39 years with the Barre City school system.  

Dave describes himself as "an old school educator who believes in discipline, respect, and establishing clear boundaries for students and high expectations for teachers and students alike."  Each day he shared a sports-oriented philosophy with his students, serving up himself as a positive role model.  He frequently told students, "Don't put the game in the hands of the officials...make good decisions and you'll control your own destiny. Surround yourself with good people."  He was a long-time assistant coach of the Spaulding High School basketball team (1975-2002). In 2002, he won the Outstanding Service Award from the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association, "for making basketball better in the State of Vermont."  He has been a key leader in the unique Barre Youth Sports Association (BYSA) volunteer organization, which provides volunteer coaching to 300 boys and girls a year, in collaboration with BCEMS. The school provides facilities weekends and evenings and established academic standards for student participants in this exemplary community endeavor.

While at Johnson, Dave played Varsity Basketball (1964-68) and Baseball (1964-67).

Lawrence Chase '64

Lawrence Chase graduated from Johnson State College with a B.S. degree in Education.  He earned his M.Ed degree from Michigan State.  While at JSC, under the nickname of "Moose," he played soccer for all four years, basketball for three years and baseball for two or three years.  He received the Anderson Award in 1964 and an additional athletic award as a senior.  In 1963 he was the Winter Carnival King.

Lawrence is retired after 34 years in the South Burlington School System.  During his tenure he coached soccer at South Burlington High School, and he was an active official for soccer, basketball, and baseball at the high school level. 

He received the Presidential Award for Science and Math Teachers.  He was also elected trustee and eventually chairman of the Vermont Teachers Retirement Board. 

When asked for an amusing story to share he responded, "give me a call and we'll come up with a suitable story."

Elizabeth (Betsy) Christy '74

Elizabeth (Betsy) Christy graduated with a B.A. degree in Health Sciences.  Betsy was a member of the Ski Team for all four years at JSC.  She was invited to participate in the FIS University games during one of those years, and placed in the top three in nearly every college winter carnival race during her four years. 

After graduation she coached skiing at Hanover High School leading them to three state championships, in addition to coaching a championship Junior Sunapee Ski Team.  Her memories of her time at Johnson remain special.

Matthew L. Gazo '94

Matthew L. Gazo graduated with a B.A. degree in Business Management.  During his time at JSC Matt played soccer, baseball and was involved in student government.  In 1994 Matt received the Outstanding Senior Class Athlete Award.  Additional achievements included All Conference Player of the Year in both baseball and soccer for a number of consecutive years. 

Matt played professional and semi-professional soccer after leaving Johnson.  He also coached UVM Men's Soccer, Champlain College Women's Soccer, Rice High School Boy's Soccer and the Far Post Soccer Club.  Currently he is coaching the Nordic Soccer Club.

Professionally Matt is President of both Gazo Construction and BlueSky Roofing of Burlington, Vermont.  He resides in Colchester with his wife Elizabeth Chapman Gazo '92 and their three children.

Kenena Montague '96

Kenena Montague graduated with a B.S. degree in Health Sciences and Adult Corporate Fitness.  Kenena played soccer and rugby for all four years at JSC.  She was on the Mayflower All-Conference Team in 1992, 1993, and 1994.  In 1992 she was on the All American 2nd Team in addition to the NAIA All New England Team.  In 1993 she was also named NAIA New England Player of the Year and she was awarded the Ellen Lori Memorial Award.

Following graduation Kenena was assistant coach for two years at JSC and she has continued to play in a women's summer soccer league with other JSC alumni.  Kenena is employed by Gardener's Supply Company and lives with husband Shawn, and their 20-month old daughter in Essex Junction.


Thomas Boardman '75

Thomas Boardman graduated with a B.A. degree.  While at JSC he was a member of the Varsity Basketball and Golf teams.  The basketball team won the conference title in 1973-74 and again in 1974-75.  The golf team was coached by Walter "Doc" Minaert.  

Since graduation, in addition to his full-time career, Tom has been a basketball official for the past 11 years.  He has been president of the TAP Youth Basketball League for the past four years and a member of the Board of Directors for TAP for 15 years.

Tom says that he and Joe Dooley have made every Alumni Basketball Game held at JSC since 1975.  He is employed by the Probation Department, State of Massachusetts.

Joseph P. Dooley, Jr. '75

Joseph P. Dooley, Jr., received his B.A. degree in Recreation Facilities Management.  While at JSC, Joe played Varsity Basketball and Golf from 1974-1975.  He was a member of the award winning 1973-75 basketball team.  He was selected to study with the Johnson-in-France overseas class, fall semester 1974.  He was also a disc jockey for WJSC FM 90.1.

Recently Joe was nominated by his peers and received the prestigious New England Award for Professional Excellence for extraordinary service and contributions to the advancement of the heathcare volunteer management profession, and for service to his health care facility and community.  He is employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Bedford VA Medical Center, Massachusetts. 

The 1990 Men's Soccer Team

The 1990 JSC Men's Soccer Team

The 1990 Men's Soccer Team was comprised of the following players:  Pat Bliss, Matt Bousquet, Scott Brown, Peter Bunting, Jim Burghdurf, Shawn Chadwick, Conrad Coggeshall, Pat Cuneen, Mike D'Alessandro, Mike Edgecomb, Matt Gazo, Bob Korszeniewski, Dave Manthorne, Greg Martineau, Jason Murray, Eric Perry, Dan Sheehan, and Scott Woodward.  Head coach was Peter Albright and assistant coaches were Jim DeRose and Wade Jean.

In sharing his memories of the team Coach Peter Albright wrote, "This is quite an honor. Overdue, perhaps, because this team was really special."  They had a record of 17-4-1 and were the Mayflower Conference Champions, NAIA New England Champions, NAIA Atlantic Coast Champions and they won the NAIS National Tournament in Boca Raton, Florida. 

The team allowed only 13 goals in 22 games and scored 61 goals in 22 games.  Goalkeeper Pat Cuneen had 14 shutouts and Matt Gazo had 23 goals, including 8 game winners.  Eric Perry, Matt Gazo, and Jason Murray were all New England and Jason Murray and Matt Gazo were All American.  In 1990 Matt Gazo was the NAIA New England Player of the Year and Mike Edgecomb won the Bryan Wendal Award for selfless sacrifice and dedication to the team.  Mike D'Alessandro scored the greatest goal in the longest, coldest game, a quadruple overtime game in the sleet and snow where JSC beat Kings College to advance to the Nationals.  As Coach Albright put it, "Anyone who was there will never forget.   They are probably still cold!"

Coach Albright continues, "Shawn Chadwick and Jason Murray were the engines, we had great flank play, strong defense, a big play goalkeeper and of course, Matt Gazo, who could score from anywhere.  And we were tough, really tough.   Skill and toughness is a great combination, and these guys really knew how to win.  We also had great assistant coaches in Wade and Jimmy."

Brief bios on a few of the team members

Patrick L. Bliss received his B.S. in Physical Education K-12.  He played soccer all four years; received the Brian Wendel Award in 1993.  Since graduation Pat coached at JSC in 1995 and 1996.  He also coached at Peoples Academy and U-14 in 1997.  Pat is self employed and lives in Morrisville.

Matthew D. Bousquet received his B.A. in History. While at Johnson, he played soccer for two years and pursued cross-country running for one.  In addition to playing on an award winning soccer team, Matt's cross-country running team also made it to the national championships in Wisconsin.  He is employed by the Howard Center in Burlington and also volunteers his time at Fletcher Allen Health Care. 

Michael Edgecomb received his B.S. in Health Sciences.  While at Johnson he played soccer for all four years and received the Brian Wendel Award in 1991.  Since graduation Michael has been a coach or assistant coach for youth soccer and basketball and the program director for youth indoor soccer.  Asked to recount an amusing story Michael writes, "After months of trash talking from Coach Albright I made him look like a fool on the court in a one-on-one basketball game." Michael is employed by the Better Business Bureau of New Hampshire and lives in Northwood.

Matthew Gazo played baseball and soccer during his JSC days.  In 1989, 1990, and 1991 he was All Conference in soccer.  He was also Conference Player of the Year in 1990 in addition to All New England (1990 & '91), All American Honorable Mention (1990 & '91), and New England Player of the Year.  In 1990 Matt was the single season goal leader with 23 goals and all time point leader for JSC with 104 points.  From 1993 -'95 Matt played professional and semi-professional soccer with the Mobile Revelers, Mobile, Alabama. 

Dan Sheehan received his B.S. in Environmental Studies.  He played soccer for two years during his time at Johnson.  Since graduation he played in a men's soccer club for six years in the B division of the Garden State Soccer League.  He currently lives in Little Silver, New Jersey with his wife Heidi and daughters Molly and Lucy.