UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame Announces Inductees for Class of 2005

Two former Corsair track athletes, Jean Lincoln Gauthier '94 and Mark C. W. Montigny '84 along with the late Bill Gathright, UMass Dartmouth's long-time Sports Information Director, are the inductees into the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame for 2005.

Two former Corsair track athletes, Jean Lincoln Gauthier '94 and Mark C. W. Montigny '84 along with the late Bill Gathright, UMass Dartmouth's long-time Sports Information Director, are the inductees into the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame for 2005. Also being inducted at the Friday, September 30, 2005 ceremony on the UMass Dartmouth campus will be one of the most successful basketball teams at New Bedford Textile Institute, the 1953-54 men's team which posted a 21-2 record for legendary coach Fran Tripp. 

The annual Corsair Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner are part of UMass Dartmouth's Fall Festival Weekend 2005. The induction ceremonies will return to campus this year and be held in the new Woodland Commons Community Center. The evening's events begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the formal induction ceremonies. 

Tickets are $35 per person and may be obtained by calling the UMass Dartmouth Athletic Department at (508) 910-6930. Tickets are limited this year and will not be sold at the door on the night of the event. 

Below are biographies for the Class of 2005 inductees: 

Jean Lincoln-Gauthier, UMass Dartmouth 1994 

A 1994 graduate of UMass Dartmouth, Jean Lincoln-Gauthier was the first female sprinter from UMass Dartmouth to qualify for the NCAA Division III national championship meet. Her school record 100 meter time of :12.31 in 1994 was the sixth fastest time in the NCAA Division III competition at that time. Although she qualified and competed in the preliminary competition at the NCAA championships despite a hamstring injury, she missed All-America status by a tenth of a second. Her 100-meter time also broke a nine-year old UMass Dartmouth record and ranked her first in New England. She placed second in the 1994 New England Division III championships. 

A four-year competitor in both indoor and outdoor track at UMass Dartmouth, Lincoln- Gauthier received several athletic achievement awards throughout her career and served as track team captain during her senior season. 

Following her graduation from UMass Dartmouth with a Biology/Marine Biology double major, she earned a Masters Degree in Biology from UMass Dartmouth in 1998. She later earned a second Masters Degree in Physical Therapy (2001) and received her Doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Profession in 2004. She is presently a physical therapist and a part-time environmental consultant. Lincoln-Gauthier attended UMass Dartmouth following a very successful athletic career at New Bedford Voc-Tech High School, where she was inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. 

Mark C.W. Montigny, SMU 1984 

A 1984 graduate of Southeastern Massachusetts University, Mark Montigny is best known for his many accomplishments within the world of Massachusetts politics. As an SMU student, Montigny served a one-year term as the Student Trustee to the SMU Board of Trustees. Following his graduation from SMU, he continued with his career as an elected official, having served as the State Senator from the Second Bristol and Plymouth District since 1993. 

In addition to his political activity on campus, Montigny also had an outstanding career as a student-athlete under the direction of former track coach Bob Dowd. Montigny competed in track for the Corsairs for four seasons, twice winning the New England Division III championship in the 400 meter hurdles and twice qualifying and competing in the NCAA Division III National Championships. He holds the UMass Dartmouth 400 meter hurdle record of :53.8 set in 1981. 

As a freshman in 1980, he was the top point-scorer on the SMU track team, capping his first season with a first-place finish in the Division III New England championships. He was third in the Eastern Championships and 6th in the All Division New Englands, running 54.46, the top Div. III time in the meet. In his sophomore season, he was a perfect 7-0 in competition, captured a second consecutive NE Div. III championship with a time of 54.16. He earned a second 6th place in the Open New Englands and qualified for NCAA Division III Nationals for a second consecutive season. 

After taking a year off from competition, Montigny returned to track and placed 4th in the NE Div. III in 1983. One year later, he completed his career, winning three straight dual and invitational meet during the regular season and qualifying for a fourth consecutive New England Division III championship. 

William E. Gathright, Jr. 

Long-time UMass Dartmouth Sports Information Director Bill Gathright is being inducted posthumously into the UMass Dartmouth Corsair Hall of Fame following his passing last November at the age of 54. A renowned figure on campus and throughout the New England collegiate athletic community, Gathright worked in the Athletic Department at then Southeastern Massachusetts University and later UMass Dartmouth for 31 years. One of his most enduring contributions to the Athletic Department was serving as founder of the Corsair Hall of Fame. 

A 1973 graduate of Boston University, Gathright was an All-New England First Team All-Star in football as a senior after earning three varsity letters. Selected as team co-captain and Harry Agganis most valuable player award winner during his senior season, Gathright was also an All-East Second Team selection as an offensive tackle. 

Following his graduation from Boston University with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health Education, Gathright was hired at SMU as Intramural Director in the Fall of 1973. During his career at SMU and UMass Dartmouth, Gathright made several contributions to the development of Athletics on the Dartmouth campus. He was the department's first Sports Information Director and was among the athletic administrators who were part of organizing the Little East Conference. He was a member of the Council of Sports Information Directors and a beloved and colorful personality within New England intercollegiate athletics. 

In addition to his work at UMass Dartmouth, Gathright was also very active as a local basketball and softball official. He was a long-time member of the Southeastern Massachusetts Board of Officials, serving as rules interpreter for women's basketball. He worked as a woman's basketball official in the Big East for several seasons. 

1953-54 Men's Basketball Team, New Bedford Textile Institute 

The men's basketball team at New Bedford Textile Institute was 21-2 during the 1953-54 season under the direction of Coach Fran Tripp, the best winning percentage of any team he coached. The NBTI men finished the season with an undefeated league record to clinch the Southern New England Coastal Conference championship. The season was highlighted by wins over Assumption, Central Connecticut, Southern Connecticut, Lowell Tech and Quinnipiac College. In the season's final game, Richard Julio, a 1993 Corsair Hall of Fame inductee, scored 31 points to led his team to an 86-72 win over Philadelphia Textile. Julio was the team's leading scorer, averaging 26.8 points per game, while Don Thatcher averaged 17.1 points per game and Ray Barbero was the third team member to hit double figures with 13.2 points per game. The 1953-54 team capped a very successful three-year run for the men's basketball team, which included a combined won-loss record of 55-11.

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