Athletic Hall of Fame Past Years' Inductees: 2006
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 2006:
Rebecca H. Blanchard, '56
Rebecca Blanchard graduated from Johnson Teacher's College in 1956. While in attendance here she played soccer, basketball, and softball, only taking one season off to complete her student teaching. As a basketball player, Rebecca recalls what it meant to be a "team player" in those days. They only played half-court, with six people on a team. Johnson State was a very small school at the time, she says, with a total population around 125-140 students. In spite of the small numbers Rebecca says that "we thoroughly enjoyed representing our school and playing each sport to the fullest...we won our share!" During her Johnson years, she also served on the Student Council, Athletic Association, the Outing Club, Drama Club, and Newman club.
After graduation, Rebecca established intramural softball and basketball programs and coached at Williston Central School. At Shelburne Junior High, she spent several years as cheerleading coach. Along with a colleague she developed and helped to run intramural programs in basketball and softball. Interscholastically she helped to organize and run track meets. In addition she advised and coached WCAX-TV Current Events participants. She is a 25 year member of the Essex Jct. Grange. She has helped organize and run political campaigns on the local and state level.
Recalling an amusing story of her first year coaching cheerleading in junior high school (1958), she says the "girls were not too athletically inclined. Actually they were clumsy, or I should say awkward and unaccustomed to jumping in the air and coming down lightly on their feet. One of the girls looked to another and said 'you land on the floor like a ton of bricks' her friend replied '...and you come down like a feather...an ostrich feather...still attached to the bird!'"
Her husband Rene is also Class of '56 and a Hall of Fame Member. They reside in Essex Jct., Vermont.
Charles Cerasoli, '65
Charles "Chuck" Cerasoli graduated in 1965 with a B.S. in elementary education. During his time at the college, he played a variety of sports including varsity soccer, basketball, and baseball, as well as intramural basketball. He was President of the Athletic Association, a junior varsity coach for basketball, and the Janus sports editor. Chuck was also in the Newman Club and the Emerald Key Club.
After graduating, Charles coached boys' basketball at Shelburne Middle School, in addition to coaching girls' softball. He was the boys' soccer coach for the Shelburne Recreation Department. He coached boys' basketball for St. Catherine Parish CYO Team and was a girls' softball coach for the Burlington International Games. Chuck was the Director of Athletics for Shelburne School District for 20 years and a basketball official for the Shelburne School District for 15 years. His professional honors include Vermont School Counselor of the Year in 1983 and 1997.
Charles continues to be active in his community where he works summers at the Vermont National Golf Club in South Burlington and volunteers at the Shelburne Community School, where he also assists supervising student teachers for St. Michael's College.
William Farrell, '77
William Farrell graduated from Johnson State College in 1977 with a B.A. in history. At Johnson, Bill was a top ranked Alpine skier and crowning member to the U.S. Eastern Alpine Ski Team. He took a leave of absence to compete on the International University Games Circuit, and then he skied in The International University Sports Federation (F.I.S.U.) games, where he won a bronze medal for downhill while on the F.I.S.U. World Student Games in Lake Placid, New York. During his collegiate off ski season, Bill continues his racing pursuits in cycling quickly becoming a top ranked bicycle racer and 1972 New England Road Cycling Champion.
After Johnson, Bill moved into alpine and Nordic ski coaching at the Cardigan Mountain School in Maine and then at Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire where he has coached for 28 years. His teams have earned a total of seven New England Titles (NEPSAC). In his summers and during Olympic training trials, Bill was an elite cycling coach, with his teams winning ten New England Titles. Desiring one more shot at being a competitor, Bill recently went back into racing as a Pro Alpine Skiing National Zero Pacesetter. He emerged as a Top Money Winner Eastern Tour, and in 2001 as the U.S. National Mountain Bike Champion. Bill currently competes as a Masters Skier and member of Rossignol Nordic Ski Team.
After five broken legs, a broken hip, several surgeries, Bill says "I'm alive and happy!"
Scott Palmer, '88
Scott Palmer completed his B.A. in Business Management with a certificate in marketing in 1988. He skied alpine for three years and was on the All-East Team for those years. He was also Outing Club President and took that organization to running their own outing club store on campus in the Governors Basement, with ski/snowshoe and white water kayak rental for the students on Johnson State College campus.
After graduation, Scott switched from alpine skiing to being an original member on the now famous and highly popular Burton Snowboard team and protégé board testers. Scott is a key founder for two Vermont snowboard academies and was recognized as one of the leading authorities on snowboard and snow-cross design. Scott is recognized today as a prominent snowboard and snow-cross coach with over 40 top medalists in snowboarding, including the recent Olympic silver medalist in snowboard cross, Lindsey Jacobellis. Scott was an official at the recent Annual U.S. Open Snowboard Championships held at Stratton Mountain and is currently employed by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.
Matthew Luneau, '91
Matt Luneau received his B.A. in physical education in 1991. He went on to earn a Master's Degree in Special Education from the College of St. Rose.
During his time at Johnson, he played basketball for three years. After graduation, Matt coached basketball at Richford High School, Johnson State, College of St. Rose, Sienna College, and University of Vermont. He is employed by Syracuse University as an associate head coach of the Women's Basketball team.
Matt, along with his wife Ilze and two young daughters Marika and Iliana, perform as the Luneau Basketball Family at halftime shows, school assemblies, award nights, basketball camps, charity events, birthday parties, and other events. The show provides great basketball entertainment with a motivational and inspirational Christian message. They have done shows all over the world, and have done halftime shows for the NBA and WNBA.
Michelle Martin Wilcox, '92
Michelle Wilcox earned her B.S. degree in health science with licensure in physical education. She played women's soccer and softball all four years at Johnson State College and women's basketball for a year. She was a consecutive two year select NAIA District V All New England Women's Team soccer player and four year All Mayflower Conference Team Player in Women's Soccer. Michelle received honorable mention for the 1990 NAIA District V All American Women's Soccer Team. In softball she was chosen All Mayflower Conference and NAIA All New England Team for Softball. Other college activities for Michelle included being an original member of the FAST Team and student athletic training staff.
Following graduation from Johnson, Michelle coached Freshman Soccer at Bellows Free Academy High School. Currently she is a volunteer coach at Swanton Recreation soccer and softball minor leagues and a member of the Board of Directors for the Swanton Recreation Department. Michelle is employed by Northwestern Medical Center and resides with her family in Swanton.
Robert and June Guyette
Robert and June Guyette are staunch supporters of Johnson State College athletics. They attend all home games for all sports regardless of the weather conditions. They act as adopted grandparents to the student athletes. They generously offer to hand out programs, bring a warm blanket or two, and even cookies or brownies for the players. In addition, they also host different teams in their home for dinner, along with sending birthday, holiday, and special occasion cards to the players. Robert and June not only support the players, but have made contributions to the department, such as the storage shed for equipment along with donations to the scoreboard fund. Their dedication and generosity to athletics at Johnson State College are worthy of praise.