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Springfield College To Induct Six Members Into Athletic Hall Of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., August 13, 2003 – The 31st class of the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on Saturday, Oct. 25 during the College’s Homecoming Weekend festivities. The six newest members are Shelley Antone ’89, David Bennett ’67, Richard Munroe’76, Nick Sabetto ‘43, Edward Waldo Reed Jr. ’65, G ’67, and Robert “Rabbit” White ’32.

For information on the induction ceremony, contact the Springfield College Office of Alumni Relations at 413-748-3161.

Shelley Antone is at the top of almost every statistical category in the SC women’s basketball record book. Antone, SC’s all-time leading scorer with 1,682 points, holds school records for points in a season (544 points in 1987-‘88), points in a game (40 vs. AIC in 1989), career field goals made (633) and career free throws made (391), and ranks in the top five in many other categories. She was named Springfield College’s Top Female Athlete in her junior and senior seasons (1988 and 1989) after putting up monster years on the Blake Arena hardwood. As a junior in 1988, Antone scored 19.4 points and pulled down 5.6 rebounds. The following season, she earned Northeast-10 Conference All-Star honors after averaging 19.4 points and 6.1 rebounds.

David Bennett is one of the most prolific passers in Springfield College football history. Bennett ranks as SC’s all-time leader in pass attempts (567) and pass completions (280), is second in passing yards (3,431) and is fifth in touchdown passes (15). As a three-year starter at quarterback, he did not miss a game as a varsity football player. The two-time honorable mention All-America and All-New England selection (1965 and ’66) is best known for leading the ‘65 squad to the only undefeated and untied season (9-0) in SC football annals. He also earned the distinction of being voted to the All-East First String Quarterback following the ’66 campaign. Although he never played in the National Football League, he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1967 Entry Draft, and earned a tryout with the San Diego Chargers in 1968. Bennett, who has coached locally at Minnechaug Regional High, Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Cathedral High, has been a successful coach at the high school level for over three decades.

Richard Munroe, who is the only Springfield College wrestler to earn four All-America honors, is the model of selflessness. As a co-captain his senior season, Munroe battled a shoulder injury and fought his way to the 1976 NCAA Division II National Championship finals, placing sixth in the 150-pound weight class. He was voted SC’s “Most Courageous Wrestler” by his teammates for overcoming injury. This determination capped an illustrious career for the four-time All-American grappler. Munroe, who captured four consecutive New England Championships, compiled a lifetime record of 41-4-1, including an 11-0-1 mark in the 1974-’75 campaign. He was sixth at the 1974 NCAA Championship as a sophomore, and finished fifth at the nationals in 1975.

Nick Sabetto is the only coach in New York State high school history to win major championships in four different sports. He lettered in football, wrestling, and track & field at Springfield College. From 1943 to 1975, Sabetto served in numerous positions at Mepham High School in Nassau County, Long Island, including teacher, coach and athletic director. His teams captured three Section 8, Long Island Championships in cross country (1943, 1944 and 1945), and swimming (1945, 1946 and 1947). In football, he enjoyed two undefeated seasons (1950 and 1952), won three County Championships and Rutgers Cups (1950, 1952, and 1954), and earned several coach-of-the-year honors. As the coach of the Mepham High track & field team, his squad rolled to 12 state championships and seven undefeated seasons, and won 47 consecutive dual and tri-meets over a seven-season span (1947 through 1954). Sabetto has served as the President of the Nassau County Football Coaches Association (1954-1955), the Football Chairman for Nassau County (1949-1961), and the Vice Chairman of the New York State Football Committee (1959-1961).

Edward Waldo Reed Jr. is a legend in the aquatics community. Reed, a three-year letterman on the SC swimming and diving team, was a nine-time All American in the individual medley, medley relay, and backstroke. The co-captain on the 1964-‘65 team, he captured the 1965 New England Championship in the 200-yard individual medley. Reed established four New England College Swimming Association records and six school records during his storied Springfield College career. After earning his master’s degree from SC, Reed went on to successful coaching stints at Tufts, Brown, and Alabama. Thirty-five of his student-athletes earned All-America honors, and his Brown men’s water polo team compiled a record of 420-159-5 (72 percent winning percentage), including 17 consecutive New England Championships and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. On the international level, Reed coached the United States Men’s National Water Polo Team to a Gold Medal performance at the 1995 Pan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina, and a seventh-place finish at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He’s been enshrined in numerous organizations’ Halls of Fame, including the United States Water Polo Association Hall of Fame.

Robert “Rabbit” White is better known as the “Dean of Vermont Coaches” by the Vermont Sports Writers Association. White had a memorable athletic career at SC, lettering in football, baseball, basketball and track & field. He was an All-New England quarterback in 1931, scoring 72 points, including a 96-yard touchdown run against the University of Massachusetts in the Homecoming game, a school record that stood for 45 years. Upon graduation, White was appointed head coach of the football, basketball, and baseball teams at Procter Academy in Vermont. Two years later, he assumed the same positions at nearby Bellows Free Academy, where he remained for the next 36 years, earning five coach-of-the-year awards. White led the football team to nine championships, including seven between 1952 and 1961. Under his direction, Bellows Free Academy captured three straight boys basketball championships from 1958 to 1960. In 1954, White was selected as the head football coach for Vermont in the first annual Vermont-New Hampshire Shrine Football Game. In 1968, the city of St. Albans proclaimed a “Bob White Day” in his honor, and the athletic teams at Bellows Free Academy are named the “Bobwhites.”

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