STANDISH, Maine - The 17th Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall of Fame Class was inducted with a ceremony at the Saint Joseph’s Dining Hall on the evening of Saturday, September 14th. Alyssa Dunn ’11 (Field Hockey/Softball), Will Pike ‘11 (Soccer), Tom Ollmann ’88 (Basketball), and the 2006 Baseball Team are the latest to be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame, which grows to 93 members with the addition of the 2019 class.
College President Dr. James Dlugos opened the evening with an introductory address in the Hall of Fame Room, which is located on the second floor of the Harold Alfond Center adjacent to the Athletics offices. Next was an official unveiling of the 2019 inductees’ hall of fame plaques before all attendees made their way to the Dining Hall for the remainder of the evening.
Once everyone arrived at the Dining Hall, Senior Director of Athletics Brian Curtin welcomed the crowd and Vice President & Chief Advancement Officer Joanne Bean provided the Invocation before dinner and dessert were served.
Regarded as one of the finest post players in the history of the men’s basketball program, Ollmann tallied 1,279 points, 636 rebounds, 190 blocked shots, 130 assists, and 107 steals in 120 career games and ranks among the Monks’ all-time leaders in games (1st), blocked shots (1st), blocks per game (1.6, 2nd), free throws made (311, 10th) and attempted (425, 11th), rebounds (13th), field goals made (484, 14th) and attempted (1,023, 14th), and points (20th).
During his four years, the Monks posted a 94-27 (.777) overall record with a 30-4 (.882) mark in Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) play and four WMAC Championships. Following his senior season, Ollmann garnered All-District and All-Conference accolades.
Ollmann was presented by his friend and college roommate, Steve Theriault.
A tremendous two-sport athlete, Dunn was a four-year starter for the Saint Joseph’s field hockey and softball teams. As the Monks’ four-year starting first baseman, she was a .382 career hitter and remains among the program’s all-time leaders in total bases (278, 3rd), hits (191, 5th), home runs (13, 5th), doubles (44, 6th), RBI (123, 6th), and extra-base hits (59, 6th). In four field hockey seasons, Dunn played in 78 games with eight goals, 23 assists and five defensive saves and is regarded as one of the best defenders in program history.
Dunn helped lead her teams to a 178-74 (.706) combined record and garnered five all-conference honors in the two sports combined. The Biology/Pre-Med major was the first athlete in the College’s history to claim Academic All-America honors and earned over 15 individual academic accolades during her career and was named as the 2011 GNAC Woman of the Year.
Dunn was presented by her field hockey coach, Rupert Lewis.
Will Pike ‘11, a native of Gorham, Maine, transferred to Saint Joseph’s prior to his junior year after playing two seasons at Mount St. Mary's University, an NCAA DI program in Maryland. After posting a pair of outstanding seasons (2008-09) with the Monks, the standout goalkeeper graduated with the program’s career records for goals against average (0.88), save percentage (.861), victories (26) and shutouts (19).
During his time on the pitch, Pike led Saint Joseph’s to a pair of conference championship appearances, including the program’s first GNAC Championship in 2009, and was selected as the 2009 GNAC Tournament Most Valuable Player. The two-time First Team All-GNAC honoree and 2009 GNAC Defensive Player of the Year recipient set SJC single-season records for games (23), minutes (2,074), goals-against average (0.87), wins (14) and shutouts (11) during his senior campaign.
After serving as an assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s for five seasons, Pike was named as the head coach of the SJC men’s soccer program in January of 2019. He was inducted by his longtime coach – and current SJC assistant – Martyn Keen.
Led by Head Coach Will Sanborn ’86, the 2006 Baseball Team went 34-10-1 overall, won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship, and advanced to the NCAA DIII New England Regional where the second-seeded Monks recorded the first NCAA Tournament victory – a 9-7 comeback triumph over Bowdoin College – in Saint Joseph’s College history.
The 2006 nine registered a 16-game undefeated streak (including a 4-4 tie with Bowdoin) and, led by sophomore ace Charlie Furbush, tied the program’s strikeout record with 313 K’s in 344 innings. Furbush, who led the nation with 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings, finished the season with team records for victories (10) and strikeouts (115), and collected First Team All-Conference accolades along with Luke Enman ’08, Jack Hughes ’06 and Brian Schools ’08.
The team was presented by Head Coach Will Sanborn ’86 and former Assistant Coach Corey McCarthy as well as the 2006 team captains: Jack Hughes, Jake Rodden, and Ben Muniz.
Current SJC student-athletes – Libby Pomerleau ‘20, Jackson Taylor ‘20, Ryan Lavallee ‘20, and Ben Gravel ‘20 - introduced each presenter at the podium.
Founded in 2000, the Saint Joseph’s College Athletics Hall of Fame honors past athletes, faculty, staff and friends who, through their actions, have brought distinction through athletics to themselves and to Saint Joseph’s College. With the combination of the committee and members who have associations with the college and/or athletics department, the Saint Joseph’s College Hall of Fame has continued to make strides toward the future while honoring the past.