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Springfield College To Induct Six In Athletic Hall Of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 20, 2005 – Springfield College inducts the 33rd class into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Sat., October 29, during the College’s Homecoming Weekend festivities. The six newest members are Ted Alflen ‘69, Erik Kjeldsen ’54, Michael McCombs ’78, Jay Martin ’71, Alan “Dinty" Moore ’50 and Janet Williams ’86.

For tickets, please contact the Springfield College Alumni Relations Office at 413-748-3161.

Alflen was a star two-way football player at SC. He was an honorable-mention All-American and all-New England selection at running back, and was also voted to the all-New England team at strong safety.

Alflen’s school single-game record of 36 points vs. Tufts in 1968 still stands. He set seven SC bests during his career, including rushing yards in a game (206), touchdowns in a season (12), longest run from scrimmage (87 yards) and consecutive extra points (16). Alflen was the first player in SC history to score 100 points in a season, totaling 112 in 1968. He was a starter at safety on the undefeated (9-0) 1965 team coached by SC Hall of Famer Ted Dunn G’47.

After graduation, Alflen competed in the National Football League as a running back and strong safety. Alflen also played for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League (CFL), where he played in the 1970 Grey Cup (Super Bowl of the CFL) and scored a touchdown.

McCombs is regarded as one of the most versatile and successful swimmers in the program’s illustrious history.

McCombs was a two-time NCAA Division II national champion in the 200 butterfly (1975, ’78) and a 12-time All-American in six different events. McCombs achieved All-American honors in the 200 fly (’75, ’76, ’77, ’78), 400 individual medley (’75, ’76), 100 backstroke (’75), 500 free (’77, ’78), 400 medley relay (’75, ’78) and 800 free relay.

McCombs propelled SC to back-to-back top-5 team finishes at the NCAA Championships in 1975 and ’76.

McCombs’ records in the 1,000 (9:48.50) and 1,650 (16:20.43) freestyles established in 1977 and ’78, respectively, still stand. He also established school marks in the 100 backstroke, 200 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 500 freestyle and 1,000 backstroke during his career.

Kjeldsen was a highly respected coach, judge and administrator in gymnastics at the high school, college and national levels. He was a letter-winner in men’s gymnastics from 1950 to ‘54 and also earned his master’s degree at SC in 1962.

Kjeldsen founded the Massachusetts High School Gymnastics Coaches Association in 1958 and served as the organization’s first president. He was later president of the New England Gymnastics Clinic Executive Committee from 1964 to ‘66. Kjeldsen was selected as president of the Eastern Gymnastics Judges Association from 1977 to 1979, and later was elected to its Hall of Fame in 1994.

A professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Kjeldsen taught in the physical education and sport management departments for nearly four decades. As the men’s gymnastics coach at UMass, he elevated the program from a regional team to a strong contender in the Eastern Intercollegiate Gymnastics League.

Moore was an All-American men’s soccer player and member of the 1947 national championship team.

After graduating from SC, Moore went on to receive a master’s degree in secondary education administration and physical education from the University of North Carolina. He also coached varsity lacrosse and men’s soccer at UNC before moving to the University of Florida. In 1953, Moore founded the University of Florida Soccer Club and was the coach until 1992, compiling a career record of 503-220-110. Moore led the Gators club team to seven undefeated seasons and received many individual accolades throughout his prestigious coaching career.

An award-winning faculty member and author at Florida, Moore received the Springfield College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994, and was enshrined in the Northfield-Mt. Herman Athletic Hall of Fame in ’93.

On May 1, 2004, the University of Florida honored Moore at its commencement by announcing the naming of the “Alan C. Moore Sports and Fitness Program in the College of Health and Human Performance.”

Martin, a men’s soccer player and All-American in lacrosse at Springfield College, is one of the most successful college soccer coaches in the country.

As the men’s soccer coach at Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU), Martin had compiled a 480-97-36 record in 28 seasons entering the 2005 campaign. He is also the fastest coach ever to reach the 400-win plateau. OWU won the 1998 Division III national championship, reached the national semifinals six times and won 16 league titles. Martin was also named national coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) in 1991 and ’98, and the regional coach of the year 13 times.

Under Martin, who is a professor in OWU’s physical education department and served as the university’s athletics director from 1985 to 2004, OWU set a Division III record for most consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (18).

Martin also served as the lacrosse coach for eight seasons, finishing with a career record of 104-34 and leading the Battling Bishops to six NCAA D-III tournaments and four Midwest Lacrosse Association (MLA) titles. Martin was also names MLA Coach of the Year on two occasions.

Martin is a past president of the NSCAA and is currently the editor of The Soccer Journal.

Williams is a two-time NCAA Division II National Champion and eight-time All-American in women’s track & field. She captured the indoor national title in the 55-meter hurdles in 1985 and, later that year, won the outdoor national championship in the 400-meter hurdles.

Williams earned All-American status in the long jump, triple jump, high jump, 55 meters and 55-meter hurdles at the 1986 indoor nationals. That performance single-handedly propelled SC to a second-place finish in the team standings.

Williams set five Springfield College indoor track records that still stand: 55 meters (7.14), 55-meter high hurdles (7.99), 200 meters (25.3), 300 meters (40.96) and the pentathlon (3,659 points).

She still holds or shares SC individual records in five outdoor events: 100 meters (12.0), 200 meters (24.6), 100-meter high hurdles (13.86), 400-meter hurdles (58.67) and heptathlon (5,169 points). Williams was a part of school record-setting teams in the 4x100 (47.7) and the 4x400 (3:50.5) meter relays.

Williams was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Festival East Team in ’86.

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