Athletic Hall of Fame Past Years' Inductees: 2004
The JSC Athletic Hall of Fame is a chartered organization of the Alumni Association of Johnson State College. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to perpetuate the accomplishments of the College’s greatest athletes, to bring honor and distinction to Johnson State College, and to support in all ways possible the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs.
Here is a list of inductees from 2004:
MATTHEW KRAMER, '95
Matthew Kramer has a bachelor's in business from JSC and currently works as the director of sales for the Marriott Hotels of Newark-Silicon Valley, California. His professional recognitions include several outstanding achievement awards from the Marriott Corporation, including Manager of the Quarter, Leader of the Quarter, and Sales Team of the Year.
During his time at Johnson State College, Matt ran Cross Country and was co-captain of the team in 1993 and 1994. He participated in the District 5 Championships, the All-District Team, the Mayflower All-Conference Team and the Vermont All-State Team, and he was an individual runner up at the NAIA District 5 Championships, the Mayflower Conference Championships and the Vermont State Collegiate Championships. He also skied cross-country for four years and was a part of the NCAA Division II EISA All-East Ski Team and a runner up in the NCAA Division II Championships (20K freestyle). He was honored two years in a row as a Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Since college, Matt has been a 2002 Utah Ski Champion (10K classic) and a Wasatch Nordic Ski Series Champion (Age Group 30-40). In 2002, Matt was asked to serve on the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games Organizing Committee. Following the Games Matt skied as a sight-guide for visually impaired elite cross-country skiers at the Salt Lake City Para-Olympic Games 20K Classic.
As an elite runner and tri-athlete Matt recently finished in the top 5% of the Half-Vineman race, the top 10% in the Vineman race, top 10% in the Half-Ironman race in California and in the top 10% of the Ironman race in Idaho.
MICHAEL MASHTARE, '81
Michael Mashtare has a B.S. from Johnson State College, where he majored in physical education. While at Johnson, he was part of the 1977 NAIA All District 1st Team, finishing 4th; the 1978 All NECAC 2nd Team, finishing 6th ; the 1979 Mayflower All Conference 1st Team, finishing 3rd ; the 1980 Mayflower All Conference 1st Team, finishing 4th ; and the 1980 NAIA All District 2nd Team, finishing 9th . He was a Resident Assistant for 3 years and thoroughly enjoyed playing all of the intramural sports. During his time at Johnson, he was on two teams that competed in Nationals, one in his freshman year (1977) and one in his senior year (1980).
He is nearing his 23rd year as the Cross-Country coach at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. Previously, he had served for 15 years as the school's cross-country ski coach, and for 23 years as the track and field coach.
CHERYL MILLER, '85
Cheryl Miller graduated from JSC with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health science. From Johnson, Cheryl went on to earn her doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine from Life West Chiropractic School in San Lorenzo, California. She is currently self-employed as a Chiropractor at the Back in Rhythm Chiropractic Center in Colorado. Cheryl's professional recognitions include a two-time nomination for Chiropractor Of The Year in the State of Colorado, a nomination as Chiropractor of the Year by Life West Chiropractic School, professional membership in a volunteer organization called Pro-Sport where she travels throughout Colorado providing free chiropractic services at rodeos, Board Member for the Colorado Chiropractic Association, a Colorado State Coordinator for Disaster Relief Teams, and a disaster animal rescuer for horses.
As a student-athlete at Johnson Cheryl was a dominant field hockey player and three-time member of the All East Conference Field Hockey Team, leading in assists. Cheryl was also a four-year member of the women's cross-country ski team, twice voted to the NCAA Division II EISA All-East Ski Team. Cheryl was one of the founders and four-year member of the Johnson Women's Club Rugby Team. In recent years Cheryl has been coaching and swimming at the Masters levels where she is currently 8th in the nation for her age-group in the 200 Meter Breaststroke. Among Cheryl's most rewarding swimming feats is the Alcatraz to San Francisco endurance swim. She is also certified as a rescue scuba diver.
In her leisure time Cheryl enjoys all sports: golfing, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, horseback riding, kayaking, hiking, biking, running, triathlons, and biathlons. Always in pursuit of another physical challenge and adventure, Cheryl recently returned from a successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa!
Herb Tilley B.S., M.A., Ed.D., was an administrator and professor at JSC for 20 years, during which time he coached the men's tennis team for nine years and for one year both the women's and men's varsity tennis teams.
In 1986, Herb and the men's varsity tennis team went to Charlotte, North Carolina during the spring break to practice and play a variety of matches in preparation for the season.
Johnson State made history in 1995, when the number one doubles team of alumni Scott Grothe and Seth Gabriel won the regional championships and went to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Nationals. "What a great experience for us all," says Herb. That same year he was named Coach of the Year for the Region.
In 1996, Herb took the men's varsity tennis team to Hilton Head, South Carolina, during the spring break to become part of a tennis frenzy with many colleges. They practiced in the morning, played a match in the afternoon, and practiced again after the match.
Since his retirement in 1999, he has been a professor, academic dean, provost, and president to a university. Presently, he is playing a lot of tennis, teaching, supervising, and playing on a super senior 3.5 tennis team called the Rusty Bolts!