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Springfield College To Induct Six Members Into Its Athletics Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- October 9, 2007 – Springfield College will induct the 35th class into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 20, during the College’s Homecoming Weekend festivities. The six newest members will be Tom Hay (posthumously), Tim Murphy ’78, W.F. Newhall III '80, Charles Redmond ’68, Frank Robinson ’48, and Christina Wielgus ’74.

After dedicating his life to the advancement and development of volleyball, it is only fitting that Tom Hay is inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame. Hay joined the Springfield staff in 1966, and after twenty-two years coaching the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at Springfield College, Hay accumulated an overall record of 675-286-20 for an impressive 69.8 winning percentage. Hay’s squads received national attention when Springfield College represented the East in the 1971 NCAA Men’s Championship at UCLA. Hay received the EIVA “Coach Emeritus” Award in June 1987 for his “lifetime commitment to the sport of volleyball.” He was the New England Coach of the Year five times in men’s volleyball and the Eastern Coach of the Year on two occasions (1972, 1974). A noted and highly regarded clinician, Hay traveled to such places as Aruba, Germany, and Sri Lanka to help train coaches and teach skills classes.

Since his standout playing days on the gridiron at Springfield College, Tim Murphy has since moved to the sidelines where he has made a career as a standout collegiate football coach. An All-New England linebacker during his senior year, Murphy got his first head coaching nod at the University of Maine in 1987 and wasted no time making his mark. The Black Bears reached the NCAA Division I-AA Tournament for the first time in school history. Murphy went on to become the youngest Division I-A coach in the country at just 32 years when he took over the University of Cincinnati job in 1989. In 1993, Murphy took over the helm of the Harvard University football team and has since put the storied program back on the Division I-AA map. In 2004, the Crimson went 10-0 and Murphy was named the American Football Monthly Division I-AA National Coach of the Year. Murphy has graduated all of his players to date at Harvard and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the AFCA.

W.F. Newhall III is regarded as one of the finest runners ever to attend Springfield College. A standout on the track and cross country course, Newhall was the 1979 NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Cross Country Champion and a year later was an NCAA Division II All-America selection in the 10,000 meters. A former captain for not only cross country, but track and field as well, Newhall picked up countless accolades for his success. He still holds school records in the 3k, 5k, 10k, and six mile and the course record on the "old" home cross country course. He was an All-New England selection in the 10,000m in 1980 and a two-time All-IC4A honoree in cross country in 1977 and 1978. He was an All-ECAC selection and was voted the best NCAA Division II Cross Country runner in the New England region. He coached the boys and girls cross country teams at Swampscott High as well as founded the Coastal Track Club. A tireless competitor, Newhall recently picked up U.S. Masters All-America honors in the 1500, 3000m, 5000m, 10k, and mile. He also was the Northeast Region Masters Champion in the 5000m and was the New England Champion in for the 25k.

It is through the work of Charles Redmond that Springfield College has been able to be recognized as having one of the finest Athletic Training Education Programs in the country. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and Health in 1969 at Springfield College, Redmond began to establish himself as a leader in the athletic training field. From 1969-1988, Redmond served as Springfield College’s Head Athletic Trainer and since 1989, he has served as a Staff Athletic Trainer. The current Chair of the Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Redmond continues to be recognized nationally for his outstanding work and efforts. It 1994, Redmond was named a National Athletic Trainer’s Association (NATA) Distinguished Athletic Trainer. He served on the NATA Board of Directors from 1986-1992 and is an Approved Clinical Instructor Workshop Facilitator since 2000. In 2004, Redmond was honored as the Distinguished Professor of Humanics for the College. He has continually traveled the world to promote athletic training and athletic health care in Hong Kong, the Peoples Republic of China, Taiwan, Aruba, Ireland, and Indonesia.

Frank Robinson has taken what he learned as a student at Springfield College and translated that into a lifetime of teaching health and physical education as well as coaching high school and collegiate football and wrestling. A teacher for 39 years, Robinson served as a football coach in many different capacities for 57 years. On the collegiate level, Robinson coached 16 years and spent time at Trinity College, Brown University, Nichols College, Dean Junior College, and the Coast Guard Academy. In his time as a head coach, Robinson won 14 league championships, eight Connecticut Merit Awards, and three Connecticut State Runner-Ups. He has won numerous personal accolades, including the Football Coach of the Year in Westchester County, New York, the CHSCA Coach of the Year, and the American Football Coaches Association 35 Year Award. Not only a visionary on the football field, Robinson started wrestling programs at White Plains High School, Hall High School and Hillyer College, which eventually became the University of Hartford. His accomplishments went on to be recognized on the national level as he was inducted in the New England Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1997 and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.

The basketball coaching life of Christina Wielgus has been, and continues to be, a picture of success. Wielgus graduated with a degree in Physical Education in 1974 and in just three years, she climbed the coaching ladder to become a head coach at the Division I level. Wielgus became the head coach at Dartmouth College in 1976-77 and in her two stints with the Big Green, she has had 19 winning seasons, claiming 10 Ivy League titles. While at Dartmouth, Chris has coached 19 First Team All-Ivy players, and her teams have reached the NCAA Tournament a total of six times. She is a member of the Dartmouth Athletics Hall of Fame and is the only active Dartmouth coach to be a member of the prestigious “Wearers of the Green.” Chris is also a member of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. From 1984 through 1989, Wielgus served as a training camp coordinator for the U.S. Women’s Basketball teams that won gold medals at the ’86 Goodwill Games and the ’86 World Championship Games.

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