Athletic Hall of Fame Past Years' Inductees: 2005

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 2005:

David Gibson, '63 & Betty Libby Gibson, '63

David and Betty Gibson, both of the class of 1963, are honored for their athletic achievements both at JSC and after graduation. Excelling in a number of sports, David and Betty played soccer at the College for two years. David also played four seasons of baseball, and Betty racked up two years of softball and three on the basketball team.

After graduating in '63 with B.S. degrees in education, both went on to coach sports with Montpelier Public Schools. Betty coached both varsity and junior varsity basketball at Montpelier High School and is now retired. David went on to coach seventh and eighth grade basketball in Montpelier as well as JV baseball at Montpelier High School, where he also served as assistant varsity baseball coach.

Aside from their athletic endeavors during their college years, Betty and David were also involved in a number of other activities on campus. Betty was the co-editor of the Janus yearbook and was included in Who's Who in Colleges and Universities; she was the unofficial chair of the cheering section for all the men's games, and was also very involved in intramural sports throughout her four years. David was the class vice-president, a Kappa Phi Kappa, and the Janus sports chairman.

When David was a freshman, he remembers getting a letter "in the mail from the American International College, offering me a full tuition scholarship to play football and baseball in the fall." Unsure of what to do, he says, "I decided to speak to Dr. Stefaniak, my biology professor, as he was a mentor to me. I brought along my girlfriend Betty Libby to help keep things in perspective. After reading the letter, Dr. Stefaniak asked me one question: What do YOU want?" David explained. "After a few moments I came back to reality. My dream as a youngster to play baseball in the big leagues was just that, a dream. I was sitting beside a cute girl who I already knew I wanted to marry someday, and I was attending Johnson Teacher's College. I now had my answer to my question. Also, I realized I had no way of getting to A.I.C. in Springfield, Massachusetts. My parents didn't have car, so in high school I took typing instead of driver's education. I'm really glad I stayed at Johnson."

Richard Bashaw, '75

Following graduation with a B.A. in Physical Education, Dick became very interested in bicycling and became one of the top bikers in Vermont. In 1984, he was in a terrible biking accident that left him with a head injury and in a wheelchair. Through seven years, four rehabilitation centers, and three years in a wheelchair, he fought his way to recovery, and by 2000 he was running about 20 5k races each year. Dick continues to live in St. Albans, where he is a member of the staff at Bellows Free Academy and is active in cross-country running and cross-country skiing, lifetime sports that he began as a JSC student.

As for how he is doing after his recovery, he says, "At present I work out at a local gym and run between 15 and 20 5k races a year. I generally come in last, but occasionally place in my age group. It sure beats sitting in a wheelchair. I spent seven years in four different rehab facilities before coming home to resume a normal life."

Cheryl A. Dudley, '74

Cheryl earned her B.Ed. in Physical Education from Johnson. Throughout her four years at JSC, Cheryl participated in all athletic events available to women at that time. Cheryl started as a player in basketball, often the leading scorer many times while shooting 100% from the foul line in several of her games. Cheryl was an excellent softball player, a sport she would eventually coach and enjoy much success in. Cheryl has coached many basketball, soccer, and softball teams.  At People's Academy High School in Morrisville, Vermont, her softball teams were twice Vermont State Softball Champions (1988 and 1989). After her coaching success at Peoples Academy, Cheryl became active as a licensed official in women's basketball and softball. Cheryl eventually turned to teaching bowling where she instructed and coached youth bowling leagues for the Morrisville Lanes. In this capacity, Cheryl became a highly successful competitor and was a member of the 1993 Vermont Bowling Championship team and Doubles Champion in Team Events. A lifetime resident of Lamoille County, Cheryl continues to be active in her love for sports as a licensed official in basketball and softball.

Mark May,'74

Mark holds both a B.A. and a M.A. in Education, and has spent the last 21 years giving back to the young people of Lamoille County. After graduating from JSC, Mark spent five years coaching baseball at Craftsbury Academy and managed to work in five years of coaching the Craftsbury girl's varsity basketball team at the same time. In both 1982 and 1983, Mark was honored with the CVL Coach of the Year award. After leaving Craftsbury in 1984, Mark went on to teach and coach at Mt. Mansfield Union High School where he helped develop the girls soccer program.  In 1986 he took a teacher/coach position at Stowe High School where, for the past 19 years, he has been a teacher of physical education, health education and varsity coach in soccer and baseball. He currently is the newly hired girl's basketball coach for Stowe.  Mark has received many professional awards for his teaching and coaching. Among his most cherished tributes is his three-time recognition as Central Vermont's Baseball Coach of the Year, two-time Central Vermont Soccer Coach of the Year, and five-time Northern Vermont Athletic Conference soccer Coach of the Year.  He was the Vermont State Soccer Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002 and was chosen as the Twin State Soccer Coach of the Year in 2003, for their 4 - 0 victory over New Hampshire, the biggest win ever for a Vermont team. 

Bob "Rapid" Raymond, '89

Bob graduated from Johnson State College with a degree in mathematics and was the only graduating senior to have successfully taken all of the mathematics courses offered by the college at that time. While a student at JSC, Bob received several academic honors and awards. Among his most esteemed awards were an academic scholarship presented by the math faculty to the most outstanding mathematics student and an Honors Convocation Award, The Roger Allen Award, for excellence in mathematics. 

A gifted athlete, Bob was a starter on Coach Peter Albright's great men's soccer teams of the mid to late 1980's era. As player on these championship and nationally recognized NAIA teams, Bob was a two-time tri-captain where he also distinguished himself by maintaining the highest grade point average as a student athlete. Despite being injured for the majority of his sophomore year, "Rapid" gained the respect of his teammates as a leader; they touted him a true team hero. When asked by the Hall of Fame Committee to describe Bob Raymond's play, Ken Burrill remembered him as a player who always found a way to win the ball and distribute it up field for an opportunistic shot for the strikers.  "Bob was an older, wiser, finesse player; a crafty passer who helped a lot of good younger players become great."

Following his graduation from Johnson, Bob joined the mathematics faculty at Peoples Academy in Morrisville, Vermont, where he was instrumental in the formation of the Peoples Academy Middle Level School.  As a 15-year middle school mathematics teacher Bob raised the bar for all his students, preparing them to reach the standard on the national New Standards Reference Exams. Bob has served on several middle school educational panels and is a recognized model teacher, currently noted as one of the best math teachers in Vermont with respect to Competency Testing and Portfolio Assessment. Recently Bob has made a professional decision to teach at the secondary level where he can engage students in learning the more advanced applications of mathematics.  Bob's coaching experiences at Peoples Academy includes coaching Middle Level Girls Soccer, six successful years as the varsity boy's soccer coach, six years as the Middle Level Boys soccer coach and currently the 8th grade soccer team coach where his teams have remained undefeated for the last five years.

Meaghan Brown, '00

Meaghan earned her B.A. from JSC. As an undergraduate, she was a four-year standout and clutch player in basketball and softball. In basketball she was a three time All NAIA Conference Player.  In softball Meaghan was a four-year NAIA All-Conference player, a one time Player of the Year, and a two season NAIA Conference leader in hits per game with the highest batting average, holder of most record runs scored per game including most doubles, most triples, and most number of home runs per game. In her senior year, Johnson became a member of the NCAA III.  Here, Meaghan was again recognized as the top NCAA III leader in triples per game for a single season in softball.

Following graduation from Johnson, Meaghan spent four years traveling the country as a managing consultant in charge of opening new health clubs for a national fitness firm.  Meaghan has recently returned to Vermont where she has been the assistant basketball coach for the College of St. Joseph's in Rutland, and a member of the Castleton State College's women's field hockey and softball coaching staff. This year she begins her first season as college varsity head coach for the Castleton State College's women's softball team. She is also pursuing a degree in mathematics.

HONORARY MEMBER

Dan Allen Marlow, '71

Dan received both his bachelor's and master's degrees from JSC. Following his undergraduate degree, he began teaching and coaching at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, Vermont, where he taught physical education and coached for twelve years as the varsity boys soccer coach and assistant coach in basketball and baseball.  During this time, Dan received the Soccer Coach of the Year award for large Vermont Schools.  

In addition to his teaching and coaching Dan has been very active in professional organizations.  He is the former Director of the Vermont High School Leadership Conference, and past President of the Vermont High School Soccer Association.  Dan is a very popular high school coach throughout northern Vermont, having been selected to the coaching staff for the Vermont Twin State Soccer Championships in 1995, 1996, 2001, and 2002. 

A dedicated professional, Dan is the recipient of many professional awards including a recent Athletic Director of the Year Award and the NIAAA State Award of Merit.  Dan is a certified Master Athletic Administrator and has been mentioned in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.   Dan is currently the Director of Athletics at Bellows Free Academy, a position he has held for the past twenty-two years.

TEAM INDUCTION

The 1980 Cross Country Team

Pete Kramer's cross country team from the fall of 1980 was one of the most famous teams in JSC history, going undefeated and earning a trip to the NAIA Nationals in Salina, Kansas, that year. The top runners, who ran in Districts and went to Nationals were:

       Lyman Clark               4th         25:10

       Dan Bose                   6th         25:16

       William Bumbera         8th         25:24

       Mike Mashtare             9th         25:25

       Elwin Sweeney            12th        25:48

Biographical Information on the Team Members

Daniel P. Bose '85 received his B.S. in 1985, and now is working abroad.

William C. Bumbera '81, received his B.A. in Environmental Sciences in 1981. He ran cross country for Coach Peter Kramer from 1977-1981, and was an R.A. for one year. He is currently employed with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C. as a Senior Imagery and Geospatial Intelligence Analyst, and also is a Master Sergeant in the US Army Reserves. In his professional capacity, he has traveled extensively around the world, supporting various military operations in Germany, Korea, Iraq, and Israel. He will return to Baghdad, Iraq, in May 2006. William has been married to Deirdre Mary Lyons Bumbera since 1989. They have two children, Molly Faith (13) and Erin Kate (10) and live in Elkridge, Maryland. William is a parent volunteer for, and official with, the Columbia Association Neighborhood Swim League and the Soccer Association of Columbia.

Lyman Clark '81, earned a M.S. in Environmental Science, and works at IBM. During college he was an R.A. for Arthur's Hall, and in the Mayflower All-Conference. Since College, he has coached girls' soccer, been a Milton High School track official, and instructed skiing at Mad River Glen. He has had publication in numerous IBM technical journals and co-authored a semiconductor assembly manual.

Michael Mashtare '81 was inducted into the JSC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. He holds a B.S. from Johnson State College, with a physical education major. 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 an R.A. for three 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.

Robert Reidenbaugh II attended JSC for just one year, largely he says because he wanted to run cross country with a college team and be coached by someone who really believed in what he was doing. He returned to Pennsylvania and joined the family business his grandfather started almost 75 years ago, now in his family's fourth generation of electrical construction. His main job is purchasing. He and his wife Kim have four children between them.  He adds that he and Mike Mashtare have run the Boston Marathon together three times including the 100th anniversary.

Elwin Sweeney '81, lives in St. Albans and works for Lamoille Ambulance Service/Northwest Medical Center. During college, he ran cross country for four years and had two years of Track and Field Club. He was 1977 NESCAC Champs 4th place, 1977 All Conference NAIA District 5 Team, 1978 NESCAC  Champs 4th place, NESCAC All Conference Team 1978; 1978 Mayflower Conference Championship Team, and 1979 All NAIA District 5 Team 3rd place. Since college, he has been a high school basketball referee for six years; freshman girls basketball coach for BFA St. Albans from 1983-1985, Georgia Little League Coach since 2004, CPR instructor for 12 years, and broadcast announcer for BFA St. Albans Football since 2000. He won the Georgia Fire Department Bravery Award for 2004, Firefighter Level 1 Certification in 2001, and was EMT Squad Member of the Year in 1992.