Corsair Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Set for Homecoming Weekend
The Corsair Hall of Fame celebrates its 30th anniversary with Class of 2017 inductees
UMass Dartmouth will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Corsair Hall of Fame during Homecoming Weekend on Friday, September 29 by inducting the Class of 2017.
This year’s class features several notable Corsair alumni, including Linee Mello-Frost (’11, track & field, field hockey), Dan Holbrook (’08, men’s basketball), Jeff Duchemin (’89, football), Steve Pereira (’98, baseball) and Paul Moore (’85, ice hockey). Long-time track and field assistant coach Darren DeAndrade will be inducted posthumously, while the 1971 Southeastern Massachusetts University Men’s Cross Country team is 2017’s team of distinction.
The ceremony will be held in Woodland Commons on the campus of UMass Dartmouth at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. Tickets are $40 per person and may be obtained by calling Stephanie Bailey in the athletic department at (508) 999-8720 or via email at email@example.com.
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Linee Mello-Frost ’11
A four-year member of both the field hockey and track and field programs, Linee Mello-Frost established herself as one of the most successful dual-sport athletes in UMass Dartmouth athletic history. On the track, she remains the most accomplished female hurdler, holding three school records. Mello-Frost set the indoor 55-meter hurdles record in 2008 (8.49) and the indoor 60-meter standard in 2009 (9.51), while also establishing the outdoor 100-meter hurdles mark (15.19) in 2011. The four-time Little East Conference individual champion captured the indoor 55-meter and outdoor 100-meter titles in both 2009 and 2010, and was a member of the conference champion 4x100-meter outdoor relay team in 2010, which held the school record until 2014.
On the field, Mello-Frost was a key defender in one of the most successful four-year stints in field hockey program history. During her tenure, the Corsairs boasted an overall record of 51-33, including a 30-14 mark within the conference circuit, captured two Little East Conference tournament titles, and advanced to a pair of NCAA Division III tournaments. In 2009, UMass Dartmouth edged Keene State College, 3-2, to earn the program’s first conference championship and appearance into the national field. The following season, the Corsairs nearly navigated the Little East Conference schedule without a blemish en route to hoisting the championship trophy for the second consecutive campaign. Mello-Frost, a two-time team captain, registered 15 points on three goals and nine assists in 77 career games. She served as an assistant coach under her mentor Nicole Maher for four seasons before being appointed the program’s 10th head coach in 2015.
A native of New Bedford and product of New Bedford High School, Mello-Frost was a student of head track and field coach Steve Gardiner before joining his squad at UMass Dartmouth. She graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
Dan Holbrook ’08
Just the fourth Corsair men’s basketball player to earn All-America honors, Dan Holbrook stands as one of the most decorated players in program history in just three seasons on the court. In 2008, Holbrook was named a State Farm Division III Second Team All-American and D3hoops.com Honorable Mention All-America, after averaging 16.2 points and 10.9 rebounds in his senior campaign and leading UMass Dartmouth to a 25-4 record and an NCAA tournament appearance. He was selected as the Little East Conference Player of the Year, while also representing the Corsairs on the All-Little East Conference First Team, ECAC Division III All-New England First Team and NABC All-Northeast First Team.
After transferring from Westfield State prior to his sophomore season, Holbrook compiled 884 points and 611 rebounds in only 58 games in a Corsair uniform. For his career, he averaged 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, all while dishing out 118 assists and redirecting 34 shots on defense. Holbrook averaged 54 percent shooting from the field and shot 71 percent from the foul line. He poured in a career-high 32 points at UMass Boston, while pulling in a career-best 22 rebounds at Southern Maine. Holbrook is among the single-season leaders in total rebounds, ranking fourth with 317 during his senior season.
Jeff Duchemin ’89
As one of the inaugural members of the first Southeastern Massachusetts University football team to play at the NCAA Division III ranks, Duchemin’s collegiate career as a four-year starter received recognition on the conference and national levels. The three-year captain led the Corsairs in tackles for three seasons and was named to the All-New England Football Conference defensive teams in all four years. In his sophomore year, the defensive end was named the top defensive player in the NEFC. Duchemin ranks second all-time in the program’s history for sacks in a single season, taking down opposing quarterbacks a total of 13.5 times during the 1988 campaign.
Remembered by Coach Paul Harrison as “probably the best player that [he] had the privilege to coach,” Duchemin was twice named First Team All-NEFC. His on-field abilities also earned him a spot on the ECAC All-Star Second Team. Prior to the University sponsoring football at the Division III level, Duchemin was a two-time All-American at the club level between 1985 and 1986. He had also earned national recognition when he was named the top defensive player in the country at the club level.
Steve Pereira ’98
Both on the mound and in the batter’s box, Steve Pereira helped the Corsairs attain one of its six 30-plus win seasons in its 50-year program history. His contributions as a pitcher and a hitter landed him in the top ten of several categories within the UMass Dartmouth baseball record book. At the plate, Pereira finished his collegiate career as a lifetime .339 hitter, slugging 11 homeruns and logging 91 RBI’s. His 40 doubles rank seventh most in Corsair history. As a senior, he did not strike out in a single plate appearance.
His impact was also felt on the hill. Pereira pitched to a 3.92 career ERA and amassed a 22-6 record, including 14 complete games – the sixth most amongst all UMass Dartmouth pitchers. Pereira was a consistent part of the starting rotation, as his 31 starts sit tied for seventh all-time. He was a staple on the mound during his four-year playing career, pitching a total of 238 innings – the seventh highest total for all Corsair pitchers. Many of his outings translated to victories as he stands as the fourth winningest pitcher with 22 wins. In 1998, he tossed 102 innings (second most in a single season), started 13 games (third highest in a single season) and logged 10 wins (tied for second most in a single season).
Pereira earned several regional awards throughout his collegiate career, including New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Third Team honors in 1996 and Second Team All-New England in 1997. His senior year efforts led him to Second Team All-New England accolades as a pitcher and Second Team All-ECAC as the Corsairs took second place in the NCAA Regional Tournament. Pereira earned back to back Little East Conference Pitcher of the Year Awards in 1997 and 1998, to go along with his consecutive elections to the All-LEC First Team in those same years.
Paul Moore ’85
A three-time ECAC champion, Paul Moore remains one of the most accomplished defensemen in the SMU/UMass Dartmouth annals. From 1981-85, Moore was a key component in a 63-22-1 overall record for the Corsairs, featuring a three-peat of ECAC titles with three highly successful coaches in Joe Prenda, Alex Kogler and John Rolli. In 84 games, Moore registered 12 goals and 57 assists for 69 career points, good for fifth all-time in defenseman scoring in program history. In his senior campaign, he put forth seven goals and 20 assists for 27 points, the eighth-highest single-season total for a defender in the UMass Dartmouth records. For his efforts that year, Moore was tabbed to the ECAC Division III First Team, a significant accomplishment during a time in which the ECAC featured 32 Division III squads.
Following his collegiate career, Moore went on to play professionally for the Double A International League team in Kalamazoo, Mich. and eventually participated in two NHL camps (Detroit and New Jersey). Moore returned to his hometown of Falmouth, Mass., where he has become one of the nation’s most active figures in the sport. He became the president of the Falmouth Youth Hockey League, and was a principal figure in the development and construction of the Falmouth Ice Arena, which opened in 2012. That year, he was named the recipient of USA Hockey’s William Thayer Tutt Award, bestowed annually to a volunteer who has “displayed a selfless dedication to the enhancement of ice hockey at the grassroots level in America”. In 2013, Moore succeeded his high school coach, Buddy Ferreira, as the head coach of the Falmouth High School boys’ ice hockey team and currently serves as USA Hockey’s Coach-in-Chief for Massachusetts.
Nominated by several of his former student-athletes, Darren DeAndrade left a lasting impact not only in the realm of competition but on the lives of all those involved in the UMass Dartmouth track and field programs. He was a beloved mentor to countless Corsairs and high school students in the southeastern Massachusetts area, coaching the sport for over 30 years prior to his passing in May.
DeAndrade joined the UMass Dartmouth coaching staff in 2009, reuniting with head coach Steve Gardiner – his former high school coach – and quickly established the Corsairs as a perennial track and field power. During DeAndrade’s tenure, the Corsair men claimed three New England Alliance titles, including both the indoor and outdoor championships in 2012 and the indoor crown in 2014. Working primarily in the field events, DeAndrade guided his athletes to 11 school records and 76 of the top-10 performances in program history in the throwing and jumping events. He was instrumental in developing six NCAA Division III national qualifiers in the field events, including three All-Americans in Krista Chauvin (hammer throw), Kevin Cutler (high jump) and Adam Jones (high jump).
Prior to joining the Corsair staff, DeAndrade was the head coach at Old Rochester Regional High School from 1993 to 2000, transforming the Bulldogs into a regional contender after first entering the coaching ranks as Gardiner’s assistant at New Bedford High School. He and Gardiner first crossed paths at New Bedford High in 1979 during DeAndrade’s sophomore year. Gardiner went on to coach DeAndrade in the high jump, with the Whalers claiming Class A titles in all three of his seasons. After serving as team captain in 1982, he attended UMass Dartmouth (then Southeastern Massachusetts University) for a brief time before entering the Marine Corps.
1971 SMU Men's Cross Country Team
In just the program’s fifth year of existence, the 1971 Southeastern Massachusetts University men’s cross country team rose to regional prominence, posting the first undefeated season at 10-0 under head coach Bob Dowd. The Corsairs reigned victorious in nine dual meets, with a key win over Lowell (23-32) on Sept. 18. Glenn Nieuwenhuis claimed the individual victory for the Corsairs in 23:30 with Peter Kuchinski finishing second in 23:35, as the duo posted the fifth- and seventh-fastest times to date on the then-SMU cross country course. The Corsairs went on to defeat New Haven (19-43), Bryant (25-30) and Stonehill (18-41) in three other significant victories. Additionally, SMU took the title at the Barrington Invitational and finished sixth in the NAIA New England Championship.
The members of the 1971 team include Howie Bernstein, Steve Cybert, Dennis Dussault, Wayne Dwyer, Steve Gardiner, Paul Guilmette, Tim Jarvis, William Kelly, Peter Kuchinski, Peter Laing, James Murdock, Peter Murray, Glenn Nieuwenhuis, Dave Ozug, and Paul Ziobro. The squad is represented in the Corsair Hall of Fame individually by Nieuwenhuis, Kuchinski and Gardiner and established a culture of excellence in SMU/UMass Dartmouth cross country that prevailed through the remainder of Dowd’s tenure as head coach. Beginning in 1973, SMU advanced to the national championships for 10 straight years.