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Graves, Broaca, and Wissel All To Be Inducted Into The New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Graves, Broaca, and Wissel All To Be Inducted Into The New England Basketball Hall of Fame Springfield, Mass. – August 25, 2009 – The New England Basketball Hall of Fame has announced its honorees for its upcoming induction and three coaches associated with Springfield College are among those to be inducted. Current head women’s basketball coach Naomi Graves, men’s basketball assistant coach Pete Broaca, and former head men’s basketball coach Dr. Hal Wissel are all being honored for their contributions to the game of basketball.

The honorees will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at a dinner and ceremony on October 9 at the Mohegan Sun.

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame has recognized Springfield College and several of its coaches and alums in the past for their involvement in the sport of basketball. The College is in fact the only school to be inducted as it is recognized worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball. Five other individuals associated with Springfield have been inducted, including the game’s inventor James Naismith, current Dartmouth College women’s basketball head coach Chris Weilgus, former Springfield standout Denis Clark, as well as former Springfield head coaches and Directors of Athletics Ed Bilik and Ed Steitz. Both Bilik and Steitz at one point served as Chairmen of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee.

Graves has experienced a great deal of success both as a player and a coach. Entering her 19th season as head coach and assistant professor of physical education at Springfield College, and 25th season as a head coach overall, in 2009-10, Graves has directed her squads to an impressive 266-117 record (.697 winning percentage) since Springfield joined the Division III ranks in 1995. Graves has led the Pride to eleven post-season bids in the past 14 years, including five berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament in the past nine years. A graduate from the University of Rhode Island in 1982, she was captain of the basketball team and scored 1,862 career points (second best in school history) while receiving URI Female Athlete of the Year honors as a senior.

Wissel is being inducted after being a highly successful college coach, professional scout and noted author. A graduate from Springfield College in 1960, Wissel spent four seasons at the helm of the men’s basketball program from the 1986-1987 season through 1989-1990 . Prior to coming to Springfield, Wissel coached Florida Southern College to the 1981 Division II NCAA Championship and has compiled over 300 victories as a college coach. He also has a wealth of NBA experience as an Assistant Coach with the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, and New Jersey Nets and was also Director of Player Personnel with the Nets and Advance Scout with the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. Hal's best selling Basketball: Steps to Success has been translated into six languages and Becoming a Basketball Player has been made into five videos.

Broaca has 24 years of head coaching experience including positions at Coast Guard (1971-1984) and Western New England College (1986-1993). He led Coast Guard and Western New England to NCAA Division III Tournaments in 1979 and 1990, respectively, and was selected as the Northeast Region Division III Coach of the Year both seasons. In September of 2004, the 1978-1979 Coast Guard Academy team was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. Broaca will enter his 12th season this year as the Pride’s top assistant coach under Charlie Brock. Earlier in his career, Broaca was an associate head coach at the University of Massachusetts from 1966-1971 where he coached the likes of Julius Erving, Rick Pitino, and Al Skinner.

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