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GREATNESS AT H L E T I C AC H I E V E M E N T S

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ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS

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If you saw the spring 2018 issue of Tufts Magazine, you’re probably feeling as proud of our programs as we are. The cover story provides a behind-thescenes look at the remarkable rise of Tufts Athletics. It explores the dynamic programs, inspiring student-athletes, and key decisions that have helped turn Tufts into a sports powerhouse. If you haven’t read the story yet, check it out at: gotuftsjumbos. com/jumbosrising


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DEAR FRIENDS OF TUFTS ATHLETICS, As I reflect on another incredibly successful year of Tufts Athletics, so many great highlights stand out to me. Highlights that remind me not only of what an exciting time it is to be a Jumbo in 2018, but also of what a rich history and tradition of excellence Tufts Athletics has enjoyed for more than 150 years. PURSUING JUMBO GREATNESS IN 2017–18 As noted on the cover, our outstanding student-athletes continued their relentless “Pursuit of Jumbo Greatness” in 2017–18, both on and off the field of play: Academics: With an average cumulative GPA of 3.37 across all sports, all 30 of our teams earned GPAs above 3.0. The Jumbos received 349 NESCAC All-Academic honors this year (up from 295 in 2016–17) and somehow managed to record 113 perfect 4.0 semester GPAs. In addition, senior captain Conor Coleman was named the Division III (DIII) National Scholar of the Year in men’s soccer, and junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers was named to the Scholar All-America first team in women’s soccer. Competition: As a group, the Jumbos earned an eighth place finish in the national Learfield Directors’ Cup, extending our streak of Top 10 finishes to a

school record of seven years. Two standout Jumbo track and field student-athletes earned individual NCAA championships; 41 Jumbos received All-America honors; our teams made multiple Sweet 16 and Elite 8 appearances; and we achieved numerous top 20 national rankings. At the conference level, we recorded a team NESCAC championship in each of the three seasons: men’s soccer in the fall, men’s swimming and diving in the winter, and men’s lacrosse in the spring. Community Service: Tufts Athletics strengthened its already strong partnership with Team IMPACT, “drafting” four amazing children onto Jumbo teams in 2017–18. Our swimmers and divers raised money for Puerto Rico hurricane relief, our women’s lacrosse team joined the race to beat cancer, and Jumbo student-athletes across all of our sports gave countless hours to support dozens of other causes and organizations in our community. PURSUING JUMBO GREATNESS FOR 150+ YEARS Although the achievements of our Jumbos in 2017–18 were impressive and many, perhaps the biggest highlight of the year for me was the time we took to recognize and celebrate the pursuit of Jumbo greatness spanning more than 150 years. This year we

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created the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame, and in front of a packed house in Cousens Gym, we inducted an inaugural class of two outstanding teams and 11 incredibly accomplished individuals at our first-ever Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony. On that special night in April, our current Jumbo studentathletes personally presented the Hall of Fame trophies to Jumbo legends of the past. What a great moment it was to see current NCAA track champion Brittany Bowman welcome eight-time NCAA track champion Vera Stenhouse, J91, into the Hall. And, how special it was to watch current NCAA track champion Stefan Duvivier hand the Hall of Fame award to the son of Jumbo track legend Eddie Dugger Jr., E41! I hope you will enjoy the summary and the images of that historic evening in the pages that follow. Pursuing Jumbo Greatness. It’s what we do. It’s what we’ve always done. And with your continued passion and generous support, it’s what we’ll continue to do for years to come! Excellence is Brown & Blue— Go Jumbos! John Morris Director of Athletics W E LCO M E

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SCHOLAR-ATHLETE DIII SOCCER’S VALEDICTORIAN Meet Conor Coleman, the United Soccer Coaches’ National Scholar Player of the Year for DIII. He made the Dean’s List every semester and graduated with a 3.75 GPA. Balancing success in class and on the field, Conor co-captained the Jumbos and was voted NESCAC Player of the Year by the league’s coaches. He was the only player from the conference to earn first team All-America honors.

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ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLAR AND ATHLETE Only 12 student-athletes in the entire country made the 2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America First Team. Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers was one of them. She’s a leader in the classroom (with a 3.81 GPA), on campus (volunteering for an array of good causes), and on the field (where she was named NESCAC’s top goalkeeper and a United Soccer Coaches All-American).

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113 JUMBOS MADE THE GRADE

What does it take to strike the perfect balance between academics and athletics? Ask Mary Travers, NCAA Woman of the Year nominee/two-time All-American in field hockey. Or Frank Hattler, 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® honoree/ men’s lacrosse scoring machine. Or any of the other 111 Jumbos who scored 4.0 in 2017–18.

349 NESCAC ALLACADEMIC JUMBOS

TWO-TIME ALL-AMERICAN MARY TRAVERS

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That’s 54 more student-athletes than the previous year—an improvement of nearly 20 percent. In spring 2018, 157 Jumbos earned the honor—more than any other NESCAC school.


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Baseball’s Kevin Galasso and softball’s Sara Willner-Giwerc received Tufts University Alumni Association Senior Awards in 2018. The awards recognize seniors who excel as students, leaders, and volunteers on and off campus.

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All 30 squads achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.0 or better this academic year, with men’s tennis (3.589) and women’s cross country (3.587) leading the way. Our student-athletes’ combined average of 3.367 exceeded that of the entire student body. AC A D E M I C S U CC E S S

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MAKING A JUMBO IMPACT FOR KIDS WITH SERIOUS ILLNESSES

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TO HELP People in Need SWIMMING TO THE RESCUE OF HURRICANERAVAGED PUERTO RICO

Led by the swimming and diving teams, Tufts studentathletes hosted a swim-a-thon to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. All 30 Jumbo teams participated. Together, they raised more than $10,000 to help provide aid, food, water, and other basic necessities for Puerto Rico and neighboring Caribbean islands. 6

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This year four more teams “drafted” children facing serious and life-threatening illnesses. Continuing an eight-year partnership with Team IMPACT (a national nonprofit founded by Tufts alumni), 13 teams are now building relationships with boys and girls, helping them experience the camaraderie of collegiate sports.


GOING OUT OF THEIR WAY TO HELP UNDERSERVED STUDENTS

MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY

On the way to a game in Maryland, the men’s lacrosse team took a detour—and gave a clinic for Bronx lacrosse. The program, founded by Tufts alumnus Dan Leventhal, A14, strives to improve Bronx kids’ educational and life opportunities.

Jumbos supported numerous other causes in 2017–18, including: Boxes for Soldiers Brooks Elementary School in Medford Cradles to Crayons Food for Free

Homes for Our Troops Jog Your Memory Run

COMING UP BIG AS BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS

Learn to Row Day Medford High School Basketball

Dozens of Jumbos volunteered to mentor local kids who lack positive adult role models. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Tufts student-athletes helped change kids’ lives for the better by building strong, enduring, one-on-one relationships.

Paralympic Sport Community Day Play for the Cure Read by the River Relay for Life Dance Marathon

RACING FOR A CURE TO ERADICATE CANCER

Somerville Food Bank Somerville High School Basketball

Women’s lacrosse rallied the Tufts Athletics community to get involved in Massachusetts General Hospital’s Amazing Race, benefiting MGH’s Cancer Center. All told, the Jumbos raised nearly $7,500 for this great cause.

DIGGING DEEP FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ATHLETES

The hockey team raised awareness and gave new jerseys to the East Coast Jumbos. The organization provides a positive athletic and social experience for athletes with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Somerville Homeless Coalition Somerville Little League Special Friends

RAISING THE ROOF FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Tufts softball players swing a mean bat, and an even harder-hitting hammer. Working with Habitat to provide quality, affordable housing for those who need it, the Jumbos helped build a house in Hamilton, Massachusetts.

Special Olympics TASTE at the Mystic Valley Housing Development Tufts 10K Winchester Youth Softball

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NCAA CHAMPS!

MEET THE LATEST IN A LONG LINE OF NATIONAL #1s

GREATEST HITS From a Year Full of Highlights

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At the 2018 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, Tufts had a banner day. First, Brittany Bowman outraced the competition by more than five seconds on her way to victory in the 5,000 meters. And the very next day, Stefan Duvivier dominated the high jump, clearing 7'2½" (2.20m) for the fourth-best indoor mark in NCAA DIII history. That makes 11 NCAA individual championships for Tufts this decade.


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TOP 10 FINISH IN THE LEARFIELD DIRECTORS’ CUP The Directors’ Cup honors NCAA institutions that achieve broad-based success across all sports. This year, 14 Jumbo teams made NCAA appearances, helping Tufts Athletics finish number eight nationally in a field of more than 400 DIII schools. We’ve now made the Top 10 every year since 2011–12.

ROWING WITH THE BEST TWO JUMBO ROWERS VIE FOR NATIONAL TEAM SLOTS Sera Busse of women’s crew earned a shot at USRowing’s Under 23 National Team. She was one of only 10 scullers training for the U.S. U23 quad during the summer. Men’s crew co-captain Andrew MacMillen competed for the U.S.A. as the heavyweight single sculler at the 2018 World University Championships in Shanghai in August and placed 10th. He was the only DIII student-athlete on the U.S. team.

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NESCAC TITLE MEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING For 15 years, Williams has dominated the conference. This year, the Jumbos ruled the pool. The team followed its conference championship season by placing seventh at the NCAA meet. That’s the program’s best NCAA finish since 1982.

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BEST NCAA FINISH EVER WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY This year’s runners placed seventh at the NCAA Championship race—the best showing of any NESCAC school. That capped a strong season that saw the team take third in the conference championship.

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With their third consecutive winning season, the Jumbos are returning to a tradition of gridiron excellence. They’re 22–11 since 2014, the team’s best four-year record since the early 1980s.

5TH STRAIGHT PENNANT BASEBALL Led by NESCAC Player of the Year Malcolm Nachmanoff, Tufts won the East Division pennant and reached the conference championship for the 11th time. That’s four more than any other NESCAC team.

TOP 20 ENCORE WOMEN’S SQUASH The Jumbos went 15–7 for their second straight top 20 finish. They won twice at the College Squash Association Nationals, and Claire Davidson competed in the CSA Individual Championships.


30 WINS—AGAIN SOFTBALL

That’s six times in seven years that Tufts softball has reached the 30-win plateau. This year’s Jumbos won their 15th NESCAC East Division title and made it to the NCAA Regional Championship round.

6TH IN THE NATION, SINGLEHANDED CO-ED SAILING For the second year in a row, Jumbo Alp Rodopman took sixth at the ICSA Singlehanded National Championship. He qualified by finishing fourth at the 2017 New England Singlehanded Championship.

With great goaltending and young talent on offense, the team had its best regular season since 2010. They played in their first NESCAC title game since 2005 and made it back to the NCAA DIII tournament for the first time in a decade.

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JUMBO DYNASTY MEN’S LACROSSE The team won its eighth NESCAC title in nine years, and finished the season with an 18-2 record. Tufts also made its 10th straight NCAA appearance, narrowly losing in the Elite Eight to eventual national champ Wesleyan.

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This year, the Jumbos yielded just two goals the entire season. The relentless defense resulted in a first-ever NESCAC title and an Elite Eight finish for the two-time national champions.

#22 IN AMERICA MEN’S TENNIS

The Jumbos just missed a fourth consecutive top 20 finish in the International Tennis Association poll. Highlights of their 10-win season included two singles and a doubles title at the Wallach Invitational.

COMPETITIVE EDGE WOMEN’S FENCING Saber fencer Bridget Marturano far exceeded expectations at the NCAA Regional Championships. Seeded 30th, she advanced through three rounds to finish 11th. She was one of seven Jumbos to qualify for the regionals.

CONSISTENTLY IN THE RUNNING MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The team earned top 10 finishes in all seven of their races. They placed eighth in a field of 55 at the NCAA New England Regional Championship.

RAISING THEIR GAME GOLF One of this year’s most improved programs, the golf team scored third at the autumn NESCAC Qualifier. That sent them to the NESCAC Championship tournament in the spring, where their fourth-place finish was the program’s best since 2003.

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NATIONAL CONTENDERS WOMEN’S CREW At the National Invitational Rowing Championships, Tufts’ first varsity eight defeated three higher-ranked teams—Wellesley, Hamilton, and Williams. The second varsity eight also pulled off an upset, defeating Ithaca, WPI, and Hamilton.

WINNING WAYS MEN’S BASKETBALL A solid year punctuated by a nine-game winning streak resulted in a 17–8 finish by the Jumbos. Over the past three years, the team has averaged 20+ wins, with a 62–22 mark.


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Dakota Adamec Women’s Lacrosse

The Jumbos rounded out a great season with a #13 national ranking. They went 13–5 overall. And after a two-year drought, they returned to the NCAA tournament and reached the second round.

Melissa Baptista Women’s Basketball Kingsley Bowen Men’s Swimming Emily Bowers Women’s Soccer Brittany Bowman Women’s Cross Country/Track Michael Brienza Men’s Swimming Mackenzie Bright Volleyball Arend Broekmate Men’s Lacrosse Sera Busse Women’s Crew Noah Cagley Men’s Swimming Costantino Camerano Men’s Swimming Conor Coleman Men’s Soccer Ben Connelly Men’s Lacrosse Emma Conroy Women’s Crew Matt D’Anieri Men’s Track

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Issy Del Priore Field Hockey Drew DiMaiti Men’s Track Stefan Duvivier Men’s Track Roger Gu Men’s Swimming Heather Holz Volleyball Mina Karamercan Women’s Tennis Anna Kimura Women’s Swimming Tyler Kulcsar Men’s Soccer Connor Lansdale Men’s Lacrosse Lorenzo Lau Men’s Swimming Matthew Manfre Men’s Swimming James McElduff Men’s Swimming Danny Murphy Men’s Lacrosse Christina Nwankpa Volleyball

STRAIGHT ELITE EIGHT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The Jumbos are no strangers to the national stage. They’ve now gone to the NCAAs seven times in a row and 10 times in all. They also reached their fifth straight NESCAC title game. Since 2013, their record is a phenomenal 144–18.

Otilia Popa Women’s Tennis Colin Raposo Men’s Track Nick Shanks Men’s Lacrosse Annie Sullivan Women’s Lacrosse Christian Swenson Men’s Track Tyler Tatro Men’s Swimming Mary Travers Field Hockey Hedy Veith Women’s Lacrosse Zach Wallace Men’s Swimming Hiroto Watanabe Men’s Track

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At the NCAA Indoor meet, national 5K champion Brittany Bowman led Tufts to its best finish in seven years. The Jumbos also had a strong outdoor season, taking second at the NESCAC Championships.

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CHAMPS, 2 YEARS RUNNING MEN’S TRACK & FIELD For the second straight year, the Jumbos ran away with the New England DIII indoor title. On the heels of that triumph, indoor high jump champion Stefan Duvivier led Tufts to its best NCAA team finish since 2007. In the spring, Duvivier was the NCAA runner-up in the high jump. STEFAN DUVIVIER

#13 NATIONAL RANKING FIELD HOCKEY The Jumbos ran their skein of winning seasons to 14, going 11–5 in 2017. The team didn’t lose by more than one goal all year and finished with a top 15 national ranking for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.

ROWING LIKE CHAMPS MEN’S CREW At the New England Rowing Championships, the Jumbos medaled in two events. And at the National Invitational Rowing Championships, they pulled together to finish second in the point trophy standings.

HARNESSING THE WIND WOMEN’S SAILING In last fall’s single-handed championships, Talia Toland placed second in New England and 12th in the country. In the spring, the Jumbos qualified nationally and were 12th at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) semifinals.

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4TH STRAIGHT PLAYOFF BERTH MEN’S HOCKEY Never before have the Jumbos made the NESCAC tournament four years in a row. The young squad grew stronger as the year progressed, winning or tying the majority of their last 13 regular season games.

TOP 30 NATIONWIDE MEN’S SQUASH The Jumbos moved up a notch from last year to finish #27 in the CSA poll. They won two of three matches at the CSA Team Nationals, and Raghav Kumar played at the CSA Men’s Individual Championships.

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IN THE NATION WOMEN’S TENNIS The Jumbos have been to the NCAA Tournament so often (17 times in the last 18 years) that it must feel like home court. In fact, for the last two years, they’ve earned the right to host an NCAA Regional on the Tufts campus. This year’s squad advanced to the Sweet 16.


9 NESCAC AWARD WINNERS THE CLUB SCENE Club Sports is a vibrant part of Tufts Athletics. This academic year, 575 student-athletes participated in one or more of our 23 club programs. Here’s a look at how three superb teams fared in 2017–18. WOMEN’S SOCCER CLUB The team was unbeatable during the regular season. They went 6–0 to win their league and qualify for the regionals. There, they went 1–1–1, tying Cornell and beating Stonybrook before falling to Delaware. ROCK CLIMBING TEAM The team dominated the Collegiate Climbing Series New England Regional Competition. They also capped their season by sending five members to the Collegiate National Championships, finishing third in Sport Climbing and fifth overall. WOMEN’S ULTIMATE CLUB The team’s overall record was a stellar 27–7. That includes 5–0 at sectionals and 6–1 at regionals. They qualified for the DI College National Championships, where they won two of five games.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Dakota Adamec Women’s Lacrosse

Conor Coleman Men’s Soccer

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Emily Briggs Women’s Basketball Sophie Lloyd Women’s Soccer Patricia Obeid Women’s Tennis Kristi Van Meter Softball

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Issy Del Priore Field Hockey

Annalisa DeBari Women’s Track

Malcolm Nachmanoff Baseball

10–0 REGULAR SEASON VOLLEYBALL The Jumbos have gone undefeated for two consecutive NESCAC seasons (20–0). This year, they made it to the conference championship and earned their ninth NCAA berth, advancing to the second round.

BEST FINISH SINCE 2013 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING The team took fourth at the NESCAC Championships, scoring nearly 50 percent more points than last year. At the NCAA Championships, tri-captain Anna Kimura placed 12th in the 200 breaststroke.

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EXCELLENCE GREAT MENTORS UNLOCK OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES’ POTENTIAL

COACHES OF THE YEAR COMING OUT OF OUR EARS Jumbo leaders took the honor eight times in 2017–18. Five were voted NESCAC Coach of the Year: Cora Thompson (volleyball), Martha Whiting (women’s soccer), Kate Bayard (women’s tennis), Josh Shapiro (men’s soccer), and Adam Hoyt (men’s swimming). Coach Thompson also took AVCA Northeast Coach of the Year. And, the USTFCCCA chose two Jumbos as New England Coaches of the Year: Kristen Morwick (women’s cross country) and Joel Williams (men’s indoor track and field).

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HOW TO WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE Men’s Soccer Head Coach Josh Shapiro was recently recognized by New England Soccer Journal as one of its 50 Most Influential People of 2018. Coach Shapiro has been molding great Tufts teams and players since 2010. Under his leadership, the Jumbos have won two national championships and a coast-to-coast reputation for mental toughness and gutty performances.

ADDING TO OUR LEADING EDGE

If you want to be the best, hire the best. That’s a fundamental key to Tufts Athletics’ sustained excellence. Among the talented leaders we added in 2017–18 were: Alexis Mastronardi Senior Associate Athletic Director Matt Callahan Assistant Director of Recreation & Club Sports Joe Raho Head Men’s and Women’s Squash Coach Abby Brethauer Associate Head Swimming Coach

Last year at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship, Coach Berube guided the U.S.A. Basketball Women’s U16 National Team to a gold medal. This summer, she took on the world. At the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, she led Team U.S.A. to yet another gold, with a dominating, 92–40 victory over France in the championship game. That kind of success comes as no surprise to Jumbo fans. Since 2013, Coach Berube’s teams have won an astonishing 88 percent of their games.

700 WINS—AND COUNTING

Baseball Head Coach John Casey started the 2018 season right—with his 700th career win. He’s just the sixth coach in New England DIII history to reach the milestone, and he’s far from done. Entering his 36th season at the Jumbos’ helm, Coach Casey’s career record now stands at a stellar 719–322–5.

COACH BIGELOW’S VICTORY LAP

After 36 seasons coaching swimmers at Tufts, Nancy Bigelow retired as a great winner in every respect. She led the Jumbos to more than 200 victories, highlighted by three New England DIII championships. Along the way, she inspired hundreds of swimmers to be their best— including 44 All-Americans.

MORE FOND FAREWELLS

This past January, Jumbo indoor track and field teams ran the “Bran.” It was a meet named in honor of Branwen Smith-King, one of the most influential women in the history of Tufts Athletics. She retired last year after 35 years of coaching and mentoring hundreds of student-athletes. Two more Jumbo legends said goodbye in 2018—administrative assistants Nancy Iovanni and Carolyn Resendes, who have been the heart and soul of Tufts Athletics since the 1980s.

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Jumbos never forget that our modern-day teams and studentathletes stand on the shoulders of giants. This year, we established the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame to celebrate 150+ years of athletics excellence. Meet the inaugural class of honorees.


MAUREEN BOBBIN (MONAHAN) J91

ROCCO (ROCKY) CARZO

A four-time All-American and 12-time New England champion, Maureen Bobbin finished third in the NCAA 200 freestyle in 1989. She held seven school records and led the undefeated 1988–89 team to a 10–0 dual meet mark and the New England championship.

Rocky Carzo guided Tufts Athletics from the establishment of small college athletics to NCAA post-season contention. A member of the National College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, Carzo has mentored countless Jumbo students and staff during the past 50 years.

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CLARENCE (DING) DUSSAULT

One of the greatest collegiate hurdlers ever, Eddie Dugger set U.S. and NCAA records in the 120-yard high hurdles. Dugger also won numerous regional and national collegiate titles in the hurdles, broad jump, and 100- and 200-yard dashes. He led the 1941 Tufts team to the American Shuttle Relay championship.

Ding Dussault coached 12 Eastern Intercollegiate Team Champions, 18 IC4A individual champions, two world record holders, and two Olympians. He had 17 undefeated seasons and a 453–69 record in dual and triangular meets. Tufts’ outdoor track and field complex bears his name.

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FREDERICK (FISH) ELLIS, E29

FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK & FIELD, COACH

Fish Ellis was the first Jumbo to earn varsity letters in four sports. An All-American quarterback, he set a scoring record that stood for 88 years. Ellis returned to Tufts in 1946 as head coach of football, basketball, and golf. Tufts’ football stadium was dedicated as the Ellis Oval in 1969.

RUDOLPH (RUDY) FOBERT, A50

BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, TRACK & FIELD

Rudy Fobert is considered by many as Tufts’ all-time greatest male student-athlete. He excelled in four sports, lettering 12 times in three years, and led the 1950 baseball team to the College World Series. The Fobert Awards for excellence in athletics and academics are named in his honor.

FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, TRACK

Johnny Grinnell is the only Tufts player in the College Football Hall of Fame. A two-way football star, Grinnell led the undefeated 1934 Jumbos and was named to the first-ever Small College All-America team. He also played numerous positions in baseball and was a threetime All-New England player in basketball.

CLARENCE (POP) HOUSTON, A1914 ADMINISTRATOR

Tufts’ first athletic director (1921–54), Pop Houston helped author the NCAA’s “Sanity Code,” which was designed to curb abuses in college sports. Houston served as NCAA President from 1955 to 1957. Tufts’ Male Athlete of the Year Award and Houston Hall are both named for him.

LISA RAFFIN, E85

VERA STENHOUSE, J91

TIMOTHY (TIM) WHELAN, A77

Lisa Raffin was one of Tufts’ first female multi-sport stars. Raffin holds Tufts’ all-time soccer records for goals, assists, and points scored. She also set basketball records for career steals and assists. She captained the soccer team once and the basketball team twice. In her one season of lacrosse, she scored 20 goals.

Vera Stenhouse is the most prolific individual champion in Tufts Athletics history. Stenhouse won eight NCAA titles. In addition, she single-handedly led the 1991 Tufts team to fourthplace finishes at the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships. A 23-time All-American, she’s a member of the DIII Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame.

Tim Whelan was the first small college division football player ever to win the Bulger Lowe Award as New England’s best player in all divisions. Whelan was also Tufts’ first 1,000-yard rusher (1975). The following year, he repeated the feat and scored 62 of the Jumbos’ 105 points, earning Small College All-American honors.

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The feisty, Jit Ricker–led team outplayed New England’s best and compiled a 16–4 record to reach the 1950 College World Series. Facing such titans of college baseball as Washington State and Texas, the upstart Tufts squad battled its way to the third round before being eliminated.

MEN’S LACROSSE 2010

Coached by Mike Daly, the team won 20 of 21 games, including a historic victory over Salisbury, giving Tufts its first-ever NCAA team championship. The Jumbos also won their first-ever NESCAC title that spring, defeating seven-time conference champion Middlebury College.

THE GREATEST SAVES IN THE HISTORY OF TUFTS HOCKEY

Ben Sands, E54, was a hockey defenseman at Tufts. But his biggest stops came after graduation. He saved Tufts hockey from extinction—twice. After hockey was dropped as a varsity sport in 1960, he worked tirelessly until it was reinstated in 1986. He coached the team for six years, winning ECAC Coach of the Year in 1988. Then, when budget cuts threatened the program again in 2001, Sands formed the Friends of Tufts Hockey to help protect its varsity status. At this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Sands received the first-ever Brown and Blue Award in recognition of his enormous contributions to Tufts Athletics’ success.

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For Athletics

FOR STUDENT-ATHLETES AND OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY

MAKING GREAT STRIDES ON PLANS TO ENHANCE THE TUFTS EXPERIENCE Your gifts support our teams every day, helping to cover program expenses for recruiting, equipment, apparel, assistant coach compensation, travel, and more. Long term, we have our sights set on the Athletics Facilities Master Plan—one of the key priorities of the university’s recently launched and largest fundraising initiative, Brighter World: The Campaign for Tufts. The master plan calls for new facilities that will benefit not only student-athletes, but all students, as well as faculty, staff, and the greater Tufts community. Tufts Athletics and University Advancement have begun actively working to raise more than $100 million toward this effort. In the first year, we have focused on the first four of the capital projects highlighted in the master plan: an Aquatics Center and the Baseball, Squash, and Ellis Oval (Phase I) Facility Projects. 22

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WORKING STRATEGICALLY TO ADVANCE CAPITAL PROJECTS In 2017–18, we took strong strategic steps toward achieving our long-term development priorities: We established the Tufts Athletics Brighter World Campaign Committee and began recruiting key alumni and parents to help guide us to our priority campaign objectives. We formed our Baseball Facility Project Committee, again tapping key alumni and parents to spearhead fundraising for a new stadium that will make Jumbo baseball more competitive than ever and allow us to host conference and regional championships. We partnered with University Communications and Marketing on dynamic marketing materials designed to spur fundraising for an array of key capital projects.

RAISING OUR GAME ON FUNDRAISING EFFORTS Tufts Athletics and our teams benefit from an extraordinarily supportive community. Here are just four examples of how we worked to earn that support in 2017–18: Giving Tuesday. On this year’s international day of giving, Tufts Athletics seized the day. We garnered over $325,000 in gifts and nearly half of all donations university-wide. Team crowdfunding. Men’s and women’s swimming and diving and four women’s club sports teams—equestrian, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball— used Tufts’ innovative crowdfunding platform to raise a combined $20,839 from 184 donors. Challenge matches. Three men’s teams—hockey, track and field/ cross country, and tennis—raised a total of nearly $60,000 from 145 alumni, parents, and friends. Awesome team efforts. Jumbo teams scored dramatic gains over the previous year. Over 50 percent raised more in gifts, and 100 percent had more donors.

REACHING OUT TO THE ENTIRE JUMBO FAMILY This year, we strengthened bonds within the Tufts Athletics community in several ways: On the road with John Morris. John traveled to L.A., San Francisco, Coral Gables, N.Y.C., and D.C. to present “The Vision for Tufts Athletics; Growing a Championship Culture in the Classroom, on the Field, and in the Community.” Friends groups. There are now 13 Jumbo programs with active “Friends of” groups, dedicated to supporting the teams and creating the best intercollegiate experience in the NESCAC. Team calling nights. Ten women’s and 10 men’s teams held calling nights this year. They reached out to their team alumni to update them on their programs and ask for support. Special events. Our community came together at the Football Kickoff event at Gillette Stadium, Women’s Student-Athlete and Alumnae Networking event, Baseball First Pitch Reception at Fenway Park, inaugural Hall of Fame Dinner, the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Alumni Dinner, and scores of alumni dinners, tailgates, and social gatherings. A DVA N C E M E N T

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Donations Make a Difference $6,000,000

Total Annual Gifts Capital Gifts

$5,163,314 $1,488,839

$3,704,674

$4,000,000

$3,031,928

$1,431,528 $3,674,475

$2,000,000

$2,273,146

$1,053,110

$0

$1,427,847

$1,751,939

$1,604,081

$698,829

FY15

FY16

FY17

FY18

6000000 5000000 Participation Keeps Growing 4000000

5000 3000000

5,000

2000000 4,000

4000

Total Annual Gifts Capital Gifts

4,413

NUMBER OF DONORS

1000000

4,233

3000 0

3,000

2,762

2000

1,910

2,000

2,595

1,257

1000

1,777

1,000

0

0

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1,245 12

FY15

167

133

FY16

FY17

180

FY18


Our Supportive Family PERCENT OF ALL DONORS PARENTS OF ALUMNI CURRENT PARENTS

7% TEAM ALUMNI

11% 35% CURRENT STUDENTATHLETES

12%

Gifts That Keep on Giving Tufts Athletics is bolstered by endowed funds created through the generosity of our supporters. These funds, with a combined market value of more than $1.7 million, provide critical and ongoing support to our varsity and club programs.*

15% 20%

GENERAL ALUMNI

FRIENDS AND ORGANIZATIONS

PERCENT OF TOTAL FUNDS RAISED

Kay and Bill Duryea Endowed Men’s Lacrosse Fund

PARENTS OF ALUMNI

Ice Hockey Endowment Men’s Crew Team Coach

11% CURRENT PARENTS

Paige Family Endowed Fund

40%

19%

TEAM ALUMNI

John C. Richmond Athletic Trainer Endowment Mike Daly Men’s Lacrosse Endowed Coaches Fund Tufts Ultimate Frisbee Teams Support Fund

CURRENT STUDENTATHLETES

1%

Richard A. Reines M.D. Endowed Fund for Men’s Swimming

24% GENERAL ALUMNI

5%

*Aggregate market value as of May 31, 2018

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DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

BIG-LEAGUE ROLE MODEL: Wendy Selig-Prieb, J82, had a busy Homecoming Weekend. The former CEO of the Milwaukee Brewers helped lead a panel at the Women’s Student-Athlete and Alumnae Networking Event, which was hosted by the Tufts Athletics Alumni Group, Tufts Athletics, and the Career Center. She then received the Tufts Athletics 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award, which was presented by Lauren Dillon, A18 (pictured above, right), a former women’s basketball student-athlete and current graduate assistant coach.

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