UMass Boston Athletics Hosts Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

BOSTON, Mass. – In what has become one of the biggest events in the academic year the UMass Boston Athletics department enshrined nine new players and one team into its Hall of Fame Thursday evening in the Campus Center Ballroom on the UMass Boston campus.

The Hall of Fame ceremony, which was also celebrating its 10th Anniversary, saw former Boston State College and UMass Boston greats Mark Matanes ’71, Louis Mancini ’73, Joseph McLean, Jr. ’69, Craig Lindgren ’70, Mark Duggan ’77, the Honorable James P. Collins, III ’73, Jack Lambert ’00, Joe Curran ’87, and Andrea Ciarletta ’07 all earn a spot in the prestigious hall.  Also earning a spot in the Hall of Fame was the members of the 1974-80 UMass Boston men’s basketball club team.

On top of the 10 new Hall of Famers, two other members of the UMass Boston community were honored.  The first was Richard P. Campbell ’70 who received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his work in the community.  The founder of Campbell Trial Lawyers, Campbell has been a driving force in the growth and increasing prominence of the firm as a Tier 1 national trial firm. He primarily represents national and international corporations in complex cases, including multi-district litigation, class actions, aviation, toxic tort and products liability disputes.

The other award handed out in Thursday’s ceremony was the Shining Beacon Award.  That award is given each year to a member of the UMass Boston campus community who has done highly meritorious work that benefits both the university generally and our athletics programs specifically. The award is, in one sense, the Athletic Departments way of acknowledging all of the dedicated activity, undertaken by many hands, that makes all the programs succeed and thrive. The award is also a way of shining the spotlight on an individual whose contributions have been especially distinguished and who exemplifies the values we strive to uphold.  This year’s recipient of the Shining Beacon Award was Dr. Patricia Hanlon of Health Services.

Mark Matanes - A four-year letter winner with the Warriors, Matanes was the go-to ace in the Boston State bullpen. Matanes, who ended his college career as one of the most accomplished pitchers in program history, held program records in career wins, total innings pitched, strikeouts, and appearances.

During his four seasons he amassed a career record of 16–4 with a 2.85 earned run average.  His standout play on the hill earned him All-New England and Most Valuable Player honors in 1969. Matanes helped the program to back-to-back New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) playoff appearances his junior and senior seasons, and he served as a co-captain in his final season with the Warriors.

Following his graduation from Boston State, Matanes went on to earn his master’s degree from Boston University.  He also earned his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from Boston College while teaching adaptive physical education to special needs children. He turned his education into a calling, working and coordinating Massachusetts Special Olympics programs for the Boston Public Schools.  While doing all of that, Matanes also found time for the game he loved, serving as a coach for the South Boston Babe Ruth Baseball League.

After dedicating his life to the city of Boston as a teacher and coach, Matanes was recalled to active duty in 2005 with the United State Navy.  After returning home, Matanes received one of the biggest honors of his life as he was enshrined in the New England Babe Ruth Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Currently, Matanes serves as the State Commissioner of the Eastern Massachusetts Babe Ruth Baseball. He and his wife Rosemary have two children, Sara and Mark.

Louis Mancini - A four-year letter winner with the Warriors, Mancini posted an undefeated 42-0 record in dual matches during his time in Boston.  Named a three-time co-captain by his coaching staff and teammates, Mancini was perhaps the greatest competitor in the 142 lbs. weight class.

As a sophomore, Mancini led the Warriors to a third place finish at the New England State College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship tournament.  It was in that year that Mancini notched his first conference championship, with a win in the 142 lbs. division.  He was selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as well.  Named a two-time team MVP, Mancini closed out his college career with an overall record of 48-5. 

In the classroom, Mancini earned a pair of bachelor’s degrees, first earning his BS in Physical Education from Boston State.  He then earned his BS in Art from Framingham State College.  Mancini then spent the next 30 plus years coaching high school wrestling, cross-country, and track and field. 

After a 33-year career at Ashland High School in Ashland, Massachusetts, Mancini retired from the education system.  However his dedication to children has not waivered as he continues to sponsor physical fitness programs for the children of Ashland.

Today, Mancini owns and operates his own business, Mancini Signs.  He and his wife Geri still live in Ashland with their three children Michelle, Brenda, and Paul.  They are also the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

Joseph McLean - Already a member of the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame with the 1967-–68 Boston State men’s ice hockey team, McLean was a three letterman with the Warriors.  During his time in Boston, McLean led Boston State to three consecutive Codfish Bowl Tournament championships (1967, 1968, and 1969), and was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 1967.

After a standout season in 1968, McLean earned the team’s Most Improved Player Award.  Dominant on both sides of the red line, McLean was considered by his teammates and coaches as one of the most top defensive forwards in the program’s history.

After graduating from Boston State, McLean continued to add to his academic resume as he earned a master’s degree in history from Suffolk University and in law enforcement from Anna Maria College. 

McLean would then go on to have an illustrious career in the Boston Police Department.  During his 38 years with the department, McLean would earn multiple accommodations for service and duty, including the Medal of Honor, which is the highest honor that can be presented to a Boston police officer.

His work in the community is just as impressive.  He and his wife Janice started the Lance Corporal Joseph P. McLean, III Foundation in honor of their late son who died on active duty while serving with the United States Marine Corps.  Since its inception in 1994, the McLean Foundation has distributed more than $500,000 to families in need and countless charities in the Boston area including, the Children’s Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and the United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots.

Craig Lindgren - During his time in Boston, Lindgren made some of the most valuable contributions in the history of the men’s basketball program.  The driving force behind the team’s three consecutive New England State College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament appearances, Lindgren could play any position on the court and was ranked amongst the program’s top rebounders when he graduated.  A three-year letter winner, Lindgren led the Warriors to the inaugural Codfish Bowl tournament title in 1970, and for his efforts was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.  It was also in that year that Lindgren earned his first All-Conference selection from the NESCAC.

A model student-athlete, Lindgren also stood out in the classroom.  A member of the President’s and Dean’s List, the North Reading, Massachusetts, native graduated from Boston State with a 3.7 GPA and was named a Boston State Scholar-Athlete as a senior.   

On the golf course, Lindgren played at tournament’s all over the country throughout his high school and college careers.  From 1974–1984, Lindgren competed as a professional and served as the assistant pro to Bob Crowley at Pine Brook Country Club in Weston.

Lindgren recently retired from Carlson Commercial Real Estate after having spent a career in real estate on the North Shore of Boston.  He currently resides in Georgetown, Alabama.

Mark Duggan - The 1976 NCAA Division III champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Mark ended his career with the Warriors as a the only four-time All-American in Boston State history.  Three of those All-American honors came in the steeplechase, while the fourth came as a member of the cross-country program. 

Named the Boston State Most Outstanding Athlete in 1975, Duggan recorded a total of 12 varsity letters and held the program record in the two-, three-, and six-mile runs as well as the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs.  Among his many other accomplishments were a total of six MASCAC championships, four All-New England, and three All-East honors. 

Duggan would eventually earn his Master’s degree from Boston State in 1981 and would go on to spend 30 years as an executive at Nike, as Chief Executive Officer and President of Nike Bauer Hockey.  During that time, Duggan could continue to compete at the highest level, as he was chosen to represent the United States of America as a member of its cross-country team at The European Championships in Liege, Belgium.

Today Duggan is the CEO of MS Duggan and Associates Consulting in Greenland, New Hampshire, where he resides with his wife Sharon and three children Jennifer, Katherine, and Michael.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Special Olympics, in which Duggan and his wife have been involved with for many years.

Honorable James P. Collins - A three-year letterman in both lacrosse and football at Boston State College, Collins was instrumental in two of the most memorable lacrosse seasons in the college’s history.  He also served as one of the founders of the Boston State football program, which he quarterbacked in all three seasons, including its outstanding 6–1 finish in its inaugural year. 

While with the lacrosse program, Collins helped lead the Warriors to the first USILA Colonial League championship, after closing out the 1972 season with an 11­2 record.  That team would later be inducted into the UMass Boston Athletics Hall of Fame.  In 1971, Collins, the team’s go-to defensive midfielder, helped the Warriors set the single-season program record for wins with 12. 

Off the field, Collins was active on campus and was elected student government president in his senior year.  Following his graduation, Collins entered the political world and in 1977 he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives.  He subsequently joined the Governor Edward King administration and found time to serve on college committees including the Alumni Association Board and the Michael Crowley Memorial Foundation, named for a lacrosse teammate.  His son, Rep. Nick Collins, currently serves the district that includes the UMass Boston campus area.

Collins earned his master’s degree from Boston University and is currently the CEO of New England Business Partners, based in Boston.  He is on the board of several companies, business groups, and charitable organizations, including the JFK Family Services Center in Charlestown, his hometown. Collins and his wife Mary live in South Boston and are proud parents of Michaela, Andrew, Nick, James P. IV, Mariella, and Olivia. 

Jack Lambert - While attending UMass Boston, Lambert was a starter and captain on the football, men’s basketball, and baseball teams.

With the football program, Lambert served as the Beacons starting quarterback.  Lambert still holds the single season (434 yards) and single game (76 yards) rushing records by a quarterback.  He also holds the record for most rushing touchdowns in a game by a quarterback with three.

In his senior season, Lambert led the baseball team to their largest win total to date with 19 victories, and also played a major role in the Beacons’ first-ever trip to the Little East Conference tournament.  A .328 life-time hitter, Lambert appeared in a total of 96 games and totaled 82 hits. 

As a member of the basketball team, Lambert played two seasons for head coach Charlie Titus, and appeared in a total of 46 games, including back-to-back appearances in the Little East Conference tournament.  Described by Titus as the hardest working player he had ever coached, Lambert was one of the Beacons top playmakers on both sides of the hardwood.

Following his graduation, Lambert remained close to his alma mater, serving on multiple committees as well as participating in department events including the annual golf outing. 

Currently Lambert is the President of Jet Access Aviation, a worldwide private jet company, as well as Limo Access Group, a worldwide ground transportation company.  Both businesses are located in Palm Beach, Florida, where he also resides with Kelly and their two sons Jackson and Jett.

Joe Curran - A two-time captain, Curran stands as the all-time program leader in career assists with 104.  He also ranks third all-time in career points with 161 and eighth in total goals with 57.  Named the Codfish Bowl MVP in 1983, Curran’s hard-nosed play earned him the respect of his teammates, coaches, and opponents. 

From 1980-84, Curran ranked among the leading scorers and point earners in the entire ECAC Division III hockey league.  In the 1981-82 season, Curran played a major part in leading the Beacons to the program’s first conference title.  Following his playing career, Curran returned to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach for two seasons (1986-88).    

Andrea Ciarletta - As a four-year member of the women’s hockey program, Ciarletta sits as the all-time leader in points with 167 and goals scored with 98.  The program’s only USCHO.com Preseason All-American, Ciarletta currently holds the NCAA Division III record for most shorthanded goals in a game with two.  An ECAC East Rookie of the Year honoree, Ciarletta holds numerous game and single-season records at UMass Boston, including the record for goals in a season as a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior.

On the softball diamond her accomplishments were just as impressive, as she finished her career second all-time in games played with 119.  She swatted 46 hits to hold the program’s all-time third-place record, and currently reigns as the all-time RBI leader with 76.  Her 192 total bases reached is the most ever in UMass Boston softball history, while her 218 career assists ranks second all-time.  She is also the only player in the program’s history to be named a four-time Little East All-Conference selection, having been named second team in 2004, 2006, and 2007, and first team in 2005.

1974-80 UMass Boston Men’s Basketball Team - A committed group of athletes, the teams fielded by the club blazed the way for the current intercollegiate athletic program.  Led by UMass Boston Hall of Famer and current UMass Boston men’s basketball coach and Vice Chancellor Charlie Titus, these players were committed to building a program that did not exist on the UMass Boston campus before they arrived.

Their tireless efforts and work ethic was nothing short of amazing as they competed against some of the top teams in the city of Boston and already established college teams.  Among the players that competed on these very special teams are UMB Hall of Famers Michael Mitchell (Hall of Fame Class of 2006) and Larry Higginbottom ’95 (Hall of Fame Class of 2010).