BANGOR, Maine - Husson University is pleased to announce the school's 31st Sports Hall of Fame class. The Class of 2016 is comprised of six individuals and covers more than two decades of Husson's athletic history.
"We are excited to announce this year's group of inductees into the Husson Sports Hall of Fame," Husson director of athletics Frank Pergolizzi commented. "It is an outstanding group of men and women who deserve this recognition"
Five sports are represented in the class, which includes Cassandra "Cassie" Berry '11 (Softball), Brock Bradford '10 (Men's Basketball), Deidra Ham McIntosh '07 (Women's Soccer), Carolyn McAvoy Gudroe '10 (Softball), Katie Nye Grant '01 (Women's Basketball), and Julius "Juice" Williams '11 (Football).
"This class is a very strong class of athletes that have performed very well," Hall of Fame Committee chairman Bruce MacGregor said. "It is with great pleasure we welcome them in and look forward to the banquet. "
Hall of Fame Weekend starts Friday, Dec. 2 at the Spectacular Events Center and Catering in Bangor. The festivities begin with the dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. ET followed by the induction ceremony at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are $40. To attend, please RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, by reaching Katie Simoncic via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (207-941-7170).
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the class will also be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game vs. Bates. Tipoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. for the men and 2:30 p.m. for the women.
The Husson Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1985 to honor outstanding athletes, athletic administrators and coaches for their athletic performances, leadership, and contributions to their teams while at Husson. The Hall of Fame currently includes 189 former athletes, coaches and administrators as well as four teams.
2016 HUSSON SPORTS HALL OF FAME CLASS
Cassandra "Cassie" Berry '11
Cassie Berry was a four-year letter winner in softball for the Eagles from 2007-10 as a second baseman, the three-time All-NAC selection batted .375 (188-501) with 118 runs, 41 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs and 109 RBI during her career.
Berry will enter the Hall of Fame as the Eagles' all-time career leader in homeruns, total bases (292), most chances (639), RBI, and ranked second in at bats, and hits, third in doubles, tied for third in games played (161), and extra-base hits (63), fifth in walks, tied for fifth in runs scored, sixth in assists (244), and on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) (1.019), seventh batting average, slugging percentage (.583), and is one of the eight players in program history with a career 1.000 OPS.
Berry currently ranks first in single-season hits (62 in 2008) and walks (28 in 2009) and tied for third in single-season home runs (6 in 2007 and 2008).
Berry helped guide Husson to a 98-64 overall record with three straight NAC Regular Season Championships from 2008-2010 and two NAC Championships and berths to the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2009 and 2010, which included the program's first conference title in 23 years.
Brock Bradford '10
Brock Bradford averaged 13.1 points and 3.9 assist per game as a four-year starter in men's basketball for the Eagles from 2007-10.
Bradford will enter the Hall of Fame ranked fourth all-time in 3-point field goals attempted (519) and free throw percentage (.847), fifth in 3-point field goals made (189), seventh in assists (418) and steals (189), eighth in assists average, ninth in steals average (1.8), and 17th in points (1,415). Bradford has the most assists and the second most points since Husson joined the NCAA beginning with 2004 season.
Bradford helped guide the Eagles to their first North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship and berth to the NCAA DIII National Championship in program history as a junior in 2009 and three straight NAC Regular Season Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
The standout point guard is one of the six players in program history to earn All-Conference honors three times, while collecting All-State honors twice. He was awarded the Durost Team Award his junior season.
Off the court, Bradford was named to the NAC All-Academic Team, NABC Honors Court and CoSIDA Academic All-District twice and the 2010 CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team.
Bradford was selected as a team captain during his senior season in 2010.
Bradford is currently a member of the Husson University Board of Trustees.
Deidra Ham McIntosh '07
Ham McIntosh was a standout midfielder on the women's soccer team from 2002-05. Husson reached postseason play in all four of her seasons, and the squad had a combined record of 40-28-9 during her varsity career.
A four-year starter, Ham led the Braves to two straight North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Runner-Up finishes from 2003-04 and the program's first berth into the NCAA DIII National Championship with an at-large bid in 2003, losing to Maine-Farmington, 1-0 at Boucher Field.
Despite only playing in 72 career games, Ham scored 68 points (26 goals, 16 assists) in four seasons. She was a first-team All-NAC and All-Tournament selection in 2004. Ham scored 16 points (six goals, four assists) as a junior and helped the Braves finish the 2004 season with a program record 13-5-2 record at the time and 10-0-2 record in conference play to earn the program's first NAC Regular Season Title.
Ham will enter the Hall of Fame ranked eighth in shots (173), ninth in assists, tenth in points, tied for 11th in game-winning goals (6) and 12th in goals.
Off the field, Ham was selected to the NAC All-Academic Team in 2004 and 2005.
Carolyn McAvoy Gudroe '10
McAvoy Gudroe was a four-year letter winner from 2004-06 and 2008 as a shortstop and pitcher on the Husson softball team, while batting .373 (154-413) with 115 runs, 53 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 102 RBI in 143 career games played.
The four-time All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) selection helped guide the Braves to a NAC Runner-Up finish in their very first season as a member of the NAC and the NCAA as a freshman in 2004 and their first NAC Regular Season Championship as a senior in 2008 as the Eagles finished with a program record 30-12 overall record at the time and a 17-3 record in conference play.
McAvoy will enter the Hall of Fame as the Eagles' all-time career leader in doubles and extra-base hits (67) and ranked second in chances (620) and assists (300), third in walks (68), fourth in on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS) (1.058), fifth in total bases (246) and slugging percentage (.596), sixth in RBI, tied for sixth in home runs, seventh in on-base percentage (OBP) (.462), eighth in hits (154), ninth in batting average and tenth in at-bats (413) and runs.
In nine games in the circle, McAvoy pitched 55.2 innings with a record of five wins and four loses, eight complete games, and 27 strikeouts and posted a 3.27 ERA with a 1.54 WHIP while holding opponents to a .234 batting average against her.
McAvoy currently ranks second and third in single-season doubles (16 in 2008 and 15 in 2004), second in single-season assists (96 in 2004) and tied for third in single-season home runs (6 in 2004).
She posted her strongest season in a Husson uniform in 2004, where she hit .500 (tied for third best all-time) (46-92), with 34 runs, 15 doubles, one triple, two homeruns, 35 RBI and eight stolen bases with a slugging pct. of .750 (eighth best all-time), a OBP of .583 (second best all-time) and a OPS of 1.333 (sixth best all-time) en route to earning NAC Rookie of the Year, while being named to the NAC All-Tournament team.
McAvoy was selected as a captain during her junior season in 2006.
Katie Nye Grant '01
Nye Grant was a four-year letter winner in women's basketball from 1998-01 and one of the best three-point shooters in program history.
Nye tallied 1,325 points, 407 rebounds, 171 steals and 330 assists in 105 career games played.
The All-American shooting guard helped guide the Braves to a Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) Championship and berth into the NAIA National Championship in 1999, a MAC Regular Season Title in 2000 and three MAC Runner-Up finishes in 1998, 1999 and 2001.
Nye will enter the Hall of Fame ranked third all-time in points scored, tied for third in 3-point field goals made (158), 3-point field goals attempted (419), and 3-point field goal percentage (.377), fourth in field goals attempted (1,140) and free throw percentage (.788), sixth in scoring average (12.6), seventh in field goals made (476) and assists, and eighth in assists average (3.1).
As a freshman, averaged 10.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and scored the fourth most points (273) by a freshman at the time en route to earning MAC Rookie of Year and Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association Rookie Team honors.
In 1999, as a sophomore set the Braves' single-season records for 3-point field goals made (50) and attempted (128) at the time, while earning All-Conference honors for the first time in her career.
As a junior, averaged 17.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 41% (149-361) from the field, 38.7% (43-111) from behind the arc and 84.6% (88-104) from the free throw line and collected NAIA All-America Honorable Mention, MAC Player of the Year, All-Conference, and All-MEWBCA accolades.
Julius "Juice" Williams '11
Williams was one of the greatest tailbacks in the history of Husson football, earning four letters from 2005 and 2007-09.
Williams will enter the Hall of Fame as the Eagles' all-time career leader in rushing touchdowns (46), and total points scored (280), and ranked second in rushing yards (3,591), rushing attempts (620), average yards per rush (5.79), rushing yards per game (102.6) and all-purpose yards (3,652), third in all-purpose yards per game (104.3), total offense per game (102.6), total offense yards (3,591) and fourth in total offense per play (5.78), while recording the second most 100 yard (17) and 200 yard (3) rushing games.
As a senior, Williams led the newly formed Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) in average yards per rush (6.64) and ranked second in rush yards (1,042) and yards per game (115.8), and set the single-game record for the highest average gain per rush (15.6) vs. Becker on Nov. 7, 2009 and the Eagles' single-season average yards per rush, while being named to the ECFC first team offensive.
He posted his strongest season in a Husson uniform in 2008 as a junior, setting the Eagles' single-season records for rushing touchdowns (15), total points scored (90), touchdowns scored (15), rushing yards (1,260), touchdown responsible for (15), and single-game records for most rushing touchdowns scored (4 at SUNY-Maritime), highest average gain per rush (10.2 at Becker) at the time en route to helping the Eagles to a program record 7-3 overall record and an ECAC Bowl Game appearance.
Williams was selected as a team captain during his senior season in 2009.
Williams was a member of the Husson coaching staff from 2010-13 coaching the running backs.