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Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame to Induct Six New Members on October 14th, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. October 11, 2006 – Springfield College will induct its 34th class into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 14th during the college’s Homecoming Weekend festivities.

The six newest members will include; A. Terry Jackson ’60, G’61; Laurence W. (Larry) Jordan ’86, G’94; Rev. Robert A. (Bob) Knowles ’49; Dr. Joseph “Zack” Marshall ’52, G’55; Roy Samuelsen ’77; and Branwen Smith-King ’78, G’79.

For tickets, please contact the Springfield College Alumni Relations Office at (413) 748-3161. The following are short bios on the six new inductees.

Jackson has had an illustrious career in the world of collegiate athletics. At Springfield College, he was an All-American soccer player. In fact, he was a member of the 1957 National Championship team under Head Coach Irv Schmid.

Only 11 years later, Jackson became the head soccer coach at Wesleyan University, where he piloted the Cardinals to an overall record of 209-163-39 from 1968 through 1998. Indeed, he remains the winningest men’s soccer coach in Wesleyan’s history. Included in that span were three ECAC New England Division III titles (1973, 1980, 1991). In ’91, he was named the New England Division III Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). He was also named New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Coach of the Year in 1980 and 1991.

Jackson served as the President of the NSCAA in 1977. He later served as the President of the NEISL in 1987. He received the coveted Honor Award, presented annually to a member of the organization, from both the NEISL and the NSCAA in 1993, and again from the NEISL in 1999. He also chaired the NSCAA’s All-America Committee for five years, as well as the NSCAA’s Academic All-America Committee.

Jackson was also the head lacrosse coach at Wesleyan from 1974 through 1996. In 2005, he was inducted into the Connecticut Hall of Fame.

Jordan made his mark at Springfield College as an All-American swimmer. He also accomplished a rarity in becoming a four-time Springfield College Male Athlete of the Year.

Jordan was a captain of the SC Men’s swimming & diving team as a senior. During that season, he finished 5th in the 200 IM at the NCAA Division II Nationals, where he also swam legs on two top-10 relays. That same year, he was also a New England Champion in both the 200 IM and the 100 free. As a junior, he was a team tri-captain and placed 3rd in the 200 IM and 11th in the 100 free at the NCAA’s.

As a sophomore in 1983-84, Jordan set a school record in the 200 IM of 1:53.27. That mark is by far the oldest record that is still standing tall on the board in the Art Linkletter Natatorium. He was a New England Champion in that event that year. As a freshman, he set school records (since broken) in three events. He finished 10th in three events at the NCAA Division II Nationals.

Not only did Jordan receive his bachelor degree from Springfield College, he later received his masters in general counseling and psychological services from SC in 1994. Currently at Blue Cross Blue Shield, he received their Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Reverend Knowles has had a long and distinguished career on many fronts. At Springfield College, which was interrupted by a three-year call to the service during World War II, he served as co-captain of the 1948 cross country team.

In 1943, as a freshman, Robert ran a time of 4:22.4 in the one-mile run (remember, the 4-minute mile was not broken until 1954). Only 17 years old at the time, had he been running as a high schooler, he would have been ranked the fastest boy in America east of the Mississippi. Almost needless to say, he was the New England Intercollegiate One-Mile Champion. He was also a third-place finisher in the New England’s in the 880-yard run.

Knowles had many high finishes in the New England Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships, including a 3rd in 1947 and a 6th in 1946 (among more than 100 runners). He was a New England AAU indoor 1000-yard champion in 1948.

Prior to his Springfield College days, he was the 1942 Springfield City Schools and Western Mass. Mile Champion (4:35.8). His records would stand for more than 20 years.

In his professional life, in over 35 years of active Christian ministry at local church, state, and national levels, Knowles was the recipient of several awards for volunteer work in counseling, hospital ministry, crisis line, and Habitat for Humanity.

Marshall has led a most interesting and fruitful life. Born in Southampton, Bermuda, his travels have led him to Massachusetts, New Brunswick (Canada), South Dakota, Manitoba (Canada), Minnesota, Ohio, and back to Bermuda. He has made major contributions in the sports world -- as a teacher, coach, and administrator -- all along the way.

Marshall made his mark at Springfield College as a First Team All-American soccer player during his junior and senior years. He was also an All-New England soccer performer as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Also in his time at SC, “Zack” was runner-up in the New England Golden Gloves boxing tournament, a varsity wrestler, and he ran track for two years. He would also run in the London, Ottawa, New York, and Boston marathons.

Following his collegiate career, he was an outstanding soccer player for the Ludlow Lusitanos from 1953 through 1955. Soon thereafter, Marshall began his life as a teacher-coach-administrator throughout North America. Highlights included the introduction of wrestling in the Canadian Maritime provinces under his direction, becoming the first athletic director at Brandon University in Manitoba where he began the Manitoba Collegiate Athletic Conference, and later becoming the first native-born Bermuda Headmaster (1972-87) at the Warwick Academy, the oldest continually-operated secondary school in the Western Hemisphere. Marshall would host many Springfield College athletic teams to his beautiful Bermuda.

Samuelsen earned numerous awards as one of Springfield College’s best football players from his era or any era. In 1976 as a senior co-captain, this middle guard was named a First Team AFCA Division II All-America and a First Team AP College Division All-America. He was also All-ECAC, New York Times All-East, All-New England, the Springfield College Senior Athlete of the Year, SC Football MVP, and the SC Football Stove Award Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named the New England College Football Writers’ Association College Division Gold Helmet Award Player of the Year.

In 1974 and 1975, Samuelsen was named an AP Honorable Mention All-America. In both years, as a sophomore and junior, he was named SC’s Male Athlete of the Year, the SC Football Stove Award Defensive Player of the Year, All-ECAC, and NY Times All-East. As a freshman, he averaged a spectacular 15.1 tackles per game. In three games, he was credited with more than 20 tackles. His game versus Southern Conn, where he had 5 sacks, was most memorable.

It comes as no surprise that he was recently selected to the Springfield College All-Decade Team of the 1970’s.

Samuelsen is now in his 30th year of teaching physical education at the Dalton School in New York City, where he has also coached football, wrestling, baseball, and softball. He is a two-time winner of the Excellence Award for Teaching at the Dalton School, and a two-time winner of the New York State Private School Wrestling Coaches Association’s Coach of the Year Award.

Branwen Smith-King first made her mark at Springfield College as a gifted All-American in track & field. She has since made her mark as a coach and administrator at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

At Springfield College, Smith-King became an All-American in the shot put both indoors (4th place) and outdoors (5th place) as a senior. In fact, she still holds the Shot Put record at SC (48’ 3 ”). In both 1977 and 1978, she also claimed New England Championships both indoors and outdoors. She was also an All-New England performer in the discus in ’78, not to mention the Penn Relays shot put champion in ’77 and ’78. In addition, she would also become the national record-holder in Bermuda in the shot put, pentathlon, discus, long jump, and 100-meter run. Smith-King would become an Assistant National Coach for Bermuda at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Smith-King has also achieved much at Tufts University. She was head coach of cross country and indoor and outdoor track & field from 1982 through 1999. She was meet director for numerous New England, ECAC, and NESCAC championships. In her time, she coached 13 NCAA national champions in track & field. Combined she coached more than 50 All-Americans. She was NCAA Regional Coach of the Year in the fall of 1999 and the winter of 2000. From 1987 through the present, she has been an Assistant Athletic Director at Tufts, where she has been a member of numerous NCAA committees.

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