Athletic Hall of Fame 2009 Inductees
Amanda Burby '99
Amanda received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. During her time at JSC, Amanda played basketball for all four years. She was Mayflower Conference Rookie of the Year in 1994-95 and All-Mayflower Conference from 1994-98. She was the JSC All-time leader with 363 assists and 3-pt. field goals with 168. She was 3rd all-time for steals at 218 and 4th all-time in scoring with 1126 overall points. She played women's softball for three seasons. Currently, Amanda is a personal wellness coach at Lifestyle Solutions in St. Albans.
Seth Gabriel '97
Seth received his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. While at Johnson, Seth was the NAIA Northeast Regional Doubles Champ in 1995. He was All-Mayflower Conference during his sophomore, junior, and senior year. He coached the team to the Mayflower Conference Title in 1990; All-Region Team 1995-97 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. Seth is now an adjunct professor at JSC in Outdoor Education and coaches intramural skiing, and snowshoeing.
Matt Mahar '96
Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. He played basketball from 1992-94 and was on the First Team for the All-Mayflower Conference, and was the national assist leader. Currently, Matt is the assistant athletic director at Chaminade University in Honolulu. He has been coaching at Chaminade for seven years, the last four as head coach. In 2006 and 2008 he was the PACWest Coach of the Year. He is also the winningest NCAA coach in school history. In 2006 and 2008 he made NCAA tournament appearances, advancing to the field of 32 both times.
Tom Roberge '92
Tom received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. While at Johnson, Tom played basketball all four years, and baseball for two years. In basketball he achieved All-Mayflower Conference in 1992. Aside from being the team captain he was also the scoring leader in 1992 averaging 17 points and five assists per game. Since leaving Johnson, Tom has been a JV/assistant basketball coach and college men's assistant coach at Norwich, girls' varsity coach at Spaulding High School coaching varsity track and baseball, and JV girls' soccer. He spent 14 years in the public school system in physical education, and is currently a teacher at Norwich University. He has received the following honors and awards: 2007-08 Vermont Division I Girls Coach of the Year, 2008-09 Metro Division Coach of the Year, 2008-09 Division I State Champions. After hitting a game winning three-pointer in overtime versus nationally ranked St. Joseph's, Coach Eyler said, "Tommy you just gave me a heart attack. Hit more shots sooner next time. I don't think my ticker can take this."
Jessica Sobolowski-Quinn '98
Jess received her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management. While at JSC she played soccer for three years and pursued alpine skiing for three years. She writes, "Sports took up most of my time!" She is a professional big mountain skier and owner of Points North Heli-Adventures in Cordova, Alaska. She has been in numerous films and publications. She is one of three female heli-ski guides in Alaska and has been recognized for her many accomplishments. She tells of the time at JSC when the ski team was training up at Stowe with UVM. She went to get off the lift and forgot that she was sitting on her ski poles. She went around and finally dropped when her poles snapped. Needless to say she was mortified, but "my JSC teammates sure got a few laughs at my expense!"
John Spinney '97
John received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Education. While at Johnson he ran cross-country all four years and participated in alpine skiing for one year. He was a member of three national championship-bound cross-country teams. He also found time to be a program trip leader in SERVE, and the Bike Club president. Since leaving JSC, John has been the full-time freestyle ski coach with Waterville Valley Academy working with all levels of mogul skiers including Olympians and a world champion. He was also a mogul coach for a few summers out on the Blackcomb Glacier in British Columbia, Canada. Most recently John has been training for and racing in triathlons; at all distances, but with a focus on Ironman. He currently is a race amateur working toward his goal of reaching pro level. He coaches amateur and elite triathletes with QT2 systems and is a master's swim coach at First in Fitness. He is an open water swim coach at Waterbury Dam. John has received numerous awards including USA Triathlon All American, multiple time Vermont winner and runner up on the Best of the US amateur triathlete competition. John currently serves as special education consultant for the Vermont Department of Education.
David Cobb '79
Dave received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. During his time at Johnson, he played basketball for one year and rugby for two years. Since leaving JSC, Dave went on to receive his M.S. from St. Michael's College and his CAS from UVM. From 1979 - 2002 he officiated at both high school and college basketball games. He has served on the JSC Alumni Council and VPA Athletic Committees for football, basketball, and officiating. Since 1999 Dave has been a member of the VPA Executive Council. He was NAESP State Representative from 2000 - 2008 and has been on the NAESP Executive Board of Directors since 2008. Dave was the Lyndon Youth Basketball Director from 1997 - 2009 and served as President of IAABO from 2000 - 2001. He received the JSC Alumni Association Service Award in 1992. Dave currently serves as principal at Richmond Elementary School.