Inductees to be honored on October 23rd
The 2015 Yowell Hall of Fame class will consist of Therese Ross ’86, Jessica Johnson ’98, Jim Manganello ’99, Deshawnda “Dee Dee” Williams ’00, Rahiem Greenridge ’02, Damon Whalen ’02, Erin Duffy Corbett ’05, longtime head coach and administrator Del Malloy and the 1999 women’s indoor track and field team. The 1941 Wheaton Tritons will also be officially honored, as the pioneering squad for Wheaton College synchronized swimming, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
“We are very excited to welcome these seven alums, a respected former coach and administrator and the 1999 women’s indoor track and field team to the Wheaton College Athletics Yowell Hall of Fame,” said Wheaton College Director of Athletics and Recreation John Sutyak ’00. “We are also excited to honor the 1941 Wheaton Tritons for their contributions to Wheaton and their involvement in pioneering synchronized swimming at the collegiate level."
"These seven alums are some of the most accomplished student-athletes in Wheaton's history, with all of them being named All-American at least twice in their collegiate careers. Along with his accolades as a head coach and taking Wheaton women's basketball to the NCAA Final Four, Del Malloy was instrumental in being a part of the athletic department staff that helped transition Wheaton athletics from a single-gender athletic department to a coeducational program."
Sutyak continued to discuss the 2015 Hall of Class, most notably the 1999 women’s indoor track and field team.
"The 1999 women's indoor track & field team kick started one of the most dominant stretches in NCAA Division III women's track & field history,” said Sutyak. “The depth of talent on that team was rather impressive and it set a standard of excellence that many of our programs strive for to this day."
The Yowell Hall of Fame is intended to honor and give lasting recognition to those individuals who, either through participation, support or interest, have made outstanding contributions in the athletics arena, and specifically to the Wheaton College athletics program. The individuals and teams enshrined within have not only brought recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to Wheaton and its intercollegiate athletics program, but they also have continued to demonstrate in their lives the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics.
THERESE ROSS ’86 (Amherst, Mass.) – A two-time Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-American, Ross ranks fourth all-time in program history in points (232) and goals (192) and tenth in assists (40). Ross’ 97 markers in 1986 also ranks tied for No. 13 all-time in a single-season in NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse history. Additionally, Ross was also instrumental in leading Wheaton to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, highlighted by the first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance for any Wheaton program in 1986. She was also a member of Wheaton’s first ever NCAA team in 1983, helping to lead the field hockey team to the second round that season.
JESSICA JOHNSON ’98 (Hancock, Mass.) – One of the most highly decorated two-sport student-athletes in Wheaton’s rich history, Johnson’s name is etched several times throughout both the softball and women’s soccer record books. Johnson’s awards are also impressive as she garnered two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America honors in her career, while also picking up a pair of All-Conference accolades and Rookie of the Year laurels, in helping to lead the softball team to 3 NEW-8 championships and the women’s soccer team to 2 titles. She was a member of the 1997 softball team that finished 3rd in the Division III Softball World Series Johnson was equally as successful in the classroom garnering Academic All-Conference honors four times over her illustrious career and two NFCA Scholar Awards as well.
JIM MANGANELLO ’99 (Duxbury, Mass.)– Drafted in the second round of the 1999 Major League Soccer (MLS) Draft, Manganello led the first men’s team in Wheaton history to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997. Along with those accolades, Manganello was named the first New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Year in 1998 and also collected two National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America honors in 1997 and 1998. Manganello currently ranks No. 6 overall in program history in points (91), tied for sixth in goals (31), and third in assists (29) despite wrapping up his career nearly two decades ago.
DESHAWNDA WILLIAMS ’00 (Philadelphia, Pa.) – The amount of accolades and honors earned by Deshawnda “Dee Dee” Williams over her career are staggering. An eight-time NCAA National champion and 20-time NCAA All-American, Williams was named the United States Track Coaches Association (USTCA) Indoor National Track Athlete of the Year twice (1999, 2000) and the USTC Outdoor Regional Track Athlete of the Year once (1998) along with NEWMAC Athlete of the Year laurels in her final year of competition. Williams also was a key member of the 1999 and 2000 national championship indoor track teams as she claimed national championship titles in the 400-meter dash during both seasons to help the Lyons claim consecutive championships.
RAHIEM GREENRIDGE ’02 (Wyandanch, N.Y.) – A six-time NCAA national champion and 12-time NCAA All-American, Greenridge is the most decorated student-athlete in men’s track and field program history. Greenridge compiled all six of his national titles between the high jump and triple jump, highlighted by a sweep of the triple jump and an indoor high jump title during his season senior. Greenridge also collected NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honors in 1999 to go along with four NEWMAC All-Conference laurels and the Wheaton College Male Athlete of the Year award in 2001. Greenridge’s highest individual honor besides his six national titles came in 2002 as the then-senior earned USTCA Indoor National Field Athlete of the Year accolades to cap his indoor career.
DAMON WHALEN ’02 (Pelham, N.H.) – Whalen, the finest power hitter in program history, was a member of four straight NEWMAC championships – which resulted in three NCAA Tournament berths and an appearance in the New England Regional final in 2002 – during his outstanding career in a Wheaton uniform. Individually, Whalen received two American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-America honors, a pair of NEWMAC Player of the Year awards, three NEWMAC All-Conference selections and the NEWMAC Co-Rookie of the Year award, which occurred in 1999. Whalen still owns the highest batting average (.411) in the 19-year history of the program, the home runs record with 43 total – nearly 20 more than the second-highest student-athlete on the list – and has notched the most total bases (430), highest slugging percentage (.734), highest on-base percentage (.488), and registered the most RBI (194) in program history.
ERIN DUFFY CORBETT ’05 (East Longmeadow, Mass.) – Viewed as the gold standard of what it means to be an NCAA Division III student-athlete, Duffy is a three-time NSCAA first team All-American, and a two-time Academic All-American receiving her academic honors from ESPN The Magazine and the NSCAA. Duffy also collected NEWMAC Player of the Year accolades in 2003, four NEWMAC All-Conference laurels and eight All-Region awards. Duffy was a part of four consecutive NEWMAC championships, played in one NCAA Final Four and competed in two NCAA Elite 8 Tournament rounds. During her career, Wheaton went 88-6-2 overall and 35-0-1 in the NEWMAC thanks to her skills and leadership in the backfield. Duffy also was a member of the winningest team in school history in 2001 (20-1-0, .952) and led the defense to 70 shutouts in her career, highlighted by a school record 22 clean sheets in 2004.
DEL MALLOY (Attleboro, Mass.) – A true pioneer in Wheaton athletics history, Malloy coached the women’s basketball team to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances during his career guiding his squad to a Final Four appearance in 1994 and a Sweet Sixteen showing in 1995. Malloy, who led Wheaton to four New England Women’s 8 Conference (NEW 8) championships in his 13-year career, earned conference Coach of the Year accolades twice, New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Coach of the Year honors once and collected 207 wins, the most in program history. In addition to serving in multiple administrative capacities during his time at Wheaton, including associate director of athletics, Malloy also coached the softball team for eight seasons, leading the 1988 team to a NEW 8 championship and the 1984 team to the MAIAW title. He also directed the women’s cross country team for nine years and the men’s cross country team for four.
1999 WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD TEAM – The first-ever national championship team in Wheaton College history, the Lyons scored 43 points to start an historical five-year national championship run in NCAA Division III women’s track and field history. Wheaton went on to win a total of eight titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons from 1999-2003 winning all five indoor NCAA championships during that stretch to become the first Division III team of either gender to capture five straight titles. Deshawnda Williams ’00 won the 400-meter dash crown in 1999 to highlight the championship squad, while the Lyons racked up 10 All-American honors total en route to the first-ever national title in Wheaton College history. Williams led the team with three All-American accolades, while Tenille Johnson ’01and Colleen Myrie ’01 earned two honors, and Amy Swanson ’99, Beth Castagno ’00, and Angela Mullins ’00 claimed one All-America award each.
1999 Women’s Track & Field Indoor Roster
|Susan Ardagna||’02||Arlington, Mass.|
|Kendra Bullock||’01||Berkley, Mass.|
|Colleen Burch||’02||Leicester, Mass.|
|Beth Castagno||’00||Glendora, N.J.|
|Shimera Daniels||’02||Brentwood, N.Y.|
|Katherine DeGrandePre||’01||Freeport, Maine|
|Megan Flaherty||’02||Mattapoisett, Mass.|
|Kate Getz||’02||Cumberland, Maine|
|Danielle Huston||’02||Plymouth, Mass.|
|Tenille Johnson||’01||Baltimore, Md.|
|Linda Littlefield||’02||Belfast, Maine|
|Jessie Maher||’99||Poland, Maine|
|Meghan Marks||’00||Boxford, Mass.|
|Jacqui Martinelli||’02||Holliston, Mass.|
|Angela Mullins||’00||Upper Montclair, N.J.|
|Colleen Myrie||’01||Brooklyn, N.Y.|
|Amini Onowho||’02||Mattapan, Mass.|
|Jennifer Pineo||’00||Quincy, Mass.|
|Janna Sullivan||’00||Guilford, Conn.|
|Amy Swanson||’99||Warwick, R.I.|
|Kerry Teamey||’02||Klamath Falls, Ore.|
|Lisa Wallin||’01||Lebanon, N.H.|
|Deshawnda Williams||’00||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Niara Woods||’02||Philadelphia, Pa.|
Head Coach: Paul Souza | Assistant Coaches: Al Bashian, Art Conro, Allison Dupre, Scott Fickerson, Kristine Ruscetta
1941 WHEATON TRITONS – The Tritons were formed on April 16, 1941 and later organized a varsity swimming club on April 26, 1941, which, over time, became today’s current synchronized swimming team at Wheaton. During the early stages of the club, Miss Brady and Miss Mott were picked as supervisors, while the swimmers worked on their formations. The Triton pin, which has become the national emblem of synchronized swimming, was also devised at that time. There were 17 charter members of the Tritons as early as October 18, 1941, and the group performed at the Boston YMCA. In October of 1955, Wheaton proposed a conference of Eastern colleges to set up the Association of Synchronized Swimming for college women. The next month, Notre Dame, Barnard, Penn, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Wellesley, UMass, Brooklyn, Jackson, Bouve, Cortland State, Syracuse and Buffalo came to Norton. At the next annual conference, the Triton was chosen as the emblem, honoring Wheaton as the founder of the association. In 1959, 75 colleges attended the conference and the membership was nationwide. The Tritons attended when the conference was in the East. The Tritons also appeared at many Play Days and at special symposia and gave demonstrations at Veterans Hospitals and carnivals, as well as may Wheaton events.