PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Six new members will be enshrined into the Plymouth State University Athletic Hall of Fame next month as the school honors its athletic legacy with the 24th annual induction ceremony.
The new inductees include two former all-stars from the women's basketball program, one each from the men's soccer, men's basketball, and men's lacrosse programs, and a multi-sport woman athlete who served as co-captain for three sports. They will be officially enshrined on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008, at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet on the PSU campus. This year's group increases the total numbers in the Hall since it began in 1985 to 122 individuals and six teams.
The new inductees are:
* Courtney Albert (‘03), the all-time leading scorer in the Panther women's basketball program who helped the team to four 20-win seasons and two ECAC Championships;
* Dan Gilmore (‘74), one of the PSU men's soccer program's all-time leading scorers, and longtime head men's soccer coach at Rowan University, where he has won more than 500 games and two national championships;
*Jim Martocchio ('01), the all-time leading scorer in Panther men's lacrosse history, scoring more than 50 goals all four seasons with an amazing 86 goals one year;
*Jenn Pelletier ('03), the second leading scorer in Panther women's basketball history and the all-time leader in assists, steals and three-point baskets, helping the team to four 20-win seasons and two ECAC Championships;
*Jackie Steele Driscoll ('87), a former Plymouth State Female Athlete of the Year who was a standout and co-captain of the field hockey, lacrosse and swimming and diving teams,
*Richie Thibodeau ('73), a former standout for the Panther men's basketball team who still holds the school record for highest career scoring average.
The Hall of Fame activities on Sept. 21st will be at Prospect Hall on the PSU campus, beginning with a reception at 12:00 p.m., followed at 12:30 p.m. with a banquet and the induction ceremony. For tickets or more information, call 603-535-2770.
The entire list of inductees and profiles on each member, as well as a nomination form open to the public, is available on the PSU Athletics Website at athletics.plymouth.edu.
A brief profile on each of the 2008 inductees follows.
COURTNEY ALBERT ('03): A three-time yearly scoring leader and the all-time leading scorer in Plymouth State women's basketball history with 1,711 points, Albert was the inside force on the successful Panther teams of early this decade. She was the backbone on teams that registered four straight 20-win seasons from 2000-03 and captured back-to-back ECAC Championships in 2002 and 2003.
A 5'9" forward from Hudson, N.H. (Alvirne H.S.), Albert broke on to the scene as a freshman, earning the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year honor in 2000. She went on to lead the team in scoring three times, and was named First Team All-LEC, First Team All-New England and Honorable Mention All-America as a junior and a senior. She also was honored for her work in the classroom, being selected to the 2003 Verizon Academic All-District I First Team in the College Division.
Albert helped the Panthers to an 84-33 record in her four years, including a program-best 23-8 mark as a senior. She led the team to the ECAC New England Tournament berths all four years, capping her final two seasons with victories in the ECAC championship game.
DAN GILMORE ('74): One of only eight men's soccer coaches in NCAA History to win at least 500 games, Gilmore has become a legend in the college soccer coaching community. He has led Rowan University to the NCAA Tournament 24 times, including a streak of 14 straight from 1990-2003, and is a nine-time New Jersey Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.
Gilmore has led Rowan for 33 years, entering this season with a 502-134-46 career record for a sparkling .770 winning percentage. He has guided the Profs to 12 NJAC championships. Gilmore's teams won NCAA national titles in 1981 and 1990, finished second in 1979 and 2000, and third in 1980, 1985, and 1998.
A former four-year starter and team captain in 1973 for the PSC men's soccer team, Gilmore earned All-New England honors and still ranks in the top 10 on the program's all-time list for goals (25), assists (20) and points (70).
JIM MARTOCCHIO ('01): The all-time leading goal scorer in Plymouth State men's lacrosse history, Martocchio obliterated the Panther scoring record book. Only one other player in school history has ever scored 50 goals in a season, and Martocchio did it all four years, including an amazing 86 goals and 100 points his junior year.
A native of Simsbury, Conn., Martocchio became a fixture as a freshman, breaking the 27-year-old school record with a 53-goal season. He came back to break his own record with 57 goals as a sophomore before the monster junior year and a solid 56 goals as a senior. His career total of 252 goals is 76 more than any other player in the program's history. He also set the single-game scoring mark in 2000 with 11 goals, including the game-winner, in a 14-13 overtime win over Saint Michael's.
Martocchio led the Panthers to the post-season all four years under three different coaches, participating in the Pilgrim League play-offs three times and the ECAC Tournament his senior year. He helped the team to 11 wins in 1998, second-most in school history.
JENN PELLETIER ('03): The second all-time leading scorer in Plymouth State women's basketball history with 1,278 points, Pelletier goes down as one of the top all-around players to ever wear the Panther uniform. She was the all-star point guard on PSC teams that registered four straight 20-win seasons from 2000-03 and captured back-to-back ECAC Championships in 2002 and 2003.
A 5'4" guard from Derry, N.H. (Pinkerton Academy), Pelletier took over as starting point guard as a freshman and never looked back. While averaging double figures in scoring her last three years, she set Plymouth State career records for assists, steals, three-point field goals and games played, and was a three-time All-Little East Conference selection. She was an All-Northeast Region choice as a senior, when she set the single-season school record for assists.
Pelletier helped the Panthers to an 84-33 record in her four years, including a program-best 23-8 mark as a senior. She led the team to the ECAC New England Tournament berths all four years, capping her final two seasons with victories in the ECAC championship game.
JACKIE STEELE DRISCOLL ('87): One of the top student-athletes of her era, Steele Driscoll was an outstanding athlete and leader at Plymouth State. She earned the distinction of being named co-captain of three different varsity teams at PSC, field hockey, swimming & diving, and lacrosse, and was named PSC's Female Athlete of the Year in 1987.
A native of Manchester, N.H. (West High School), Steele Driscoll was a four-year veteran swimmer and part of the implementation of swimming and diving at Plymouth State in the mid-1980s, serving as team captain in 1986-87. A breaststroker and freestyler, she set three pool records and four school records and twice qualified for the New England Championships. She also served as co-captain of the field hockey team, helping the Panthers to the playoffs every season, and was also a co-captain and three-year veteran on defense for the lacrosse team, helping the team to the ECAC Tournament in 1985.
Steele was very dedicated to Plymouth State, helping out as team manager for the wrestling team and serving as assistant lacrosse coach in 1987.
RICHIE THIBODEAU ('73): After transferring from the junior college ranks, Thibideau went on to become one of the top scorers in the history of the Plymouth State men's basketball program. The flashy lefthander played only two years in a Panther uniform, in an era with no three-point field goals, and still finished his career with 810 points and finished in the top 10 in career scoring at Plymouth State.
A native of Salem, Mass. (Salem High School), Thibodeau led the Panthers in scoring in his first season in 1970-71, averaging 23.4 points a game with a wide variety of shots. He averaged 22.8 points the following season to again lead the team, and his career scoring average of 23.1 points per game still stands as the Plymouth State record.
Known as a complete team player, Thibodeau played under Coach Dayton Spaulding and went on to be an assistant coach under Spaulding. He also played professionally in Spain for one year following his graduation.
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