Greyhounds to induct four to Alumni-Athletics Hall of FameSeptember 20, 2008
WORCESTER, Mass. --- Assumption College formally inducted four new individual members to its Alumni-Athletics Hall of Fame Saturday, September 27, 2008 as part of Fall Homecoming Weekend.
Members of the Class of 2008 include Bro. Armand Lemaire, A.A. '48 (special recognition), John (J.P.) Bisceglia '84 (football), Kathryn (Katie) Kerr Clive '00 (basketball, softball) and Kristen Ladebauche '00 (softball).
BRO. ARMAND G. LEMAIRE '48
Brother Armand G. Lemaire, A.A. '48 took his perpetual vows with the Augustinians of the Assumption in 1950, and served in a variety of capacities before and after nearly 40 years as the College's assistant treasurer. He has also served the Assumptionist order as assistant to the provincial treasurer of the North American Province. He has served the Assumptionist order and the College at various capacities over the years, and his duties sometimes took him to Rome, Canada, Austria, France, Israel and England.
Bro. Armand semi-retired in the late '80s and has since served as the College's special ambassador for Alumni Relations.
During nearly 60 years with the College, Bro. Armand has also been the Athletics Department's most ardent cheerleader. He is a most welcomed sight sitting in the bleachers in the Laska Gymnasium and standing on the sidelines at outdoor contests. He has befriended more athletes and students throughout the years than any other staff member. The number of Christmas cards and personal notes he receives yearly from alumni is sincerely heartwarming.
Bro. Armand was at the College (then at its West Boylston Street address in the Greendale section of Worcester) when the '53 tornado hit, which devastated the campus and took the lives of three religious. He has seen the campus through all of its growth. He is the Alumni Association's trusted, unofficial historian, and has scores of interesting stories to tell.
Originally from Fall River, MA, he attended Durfee High School before coming to Assumption in 1943 and beginning with a year of preparatory classes.
He resides with fellow Assumptionists on Old English Road, just off campus. His sister, Corinne Demers, resides in Rehoboth, MA; brother Gilbert resides in Fall River; and nephews Henry '70 and Charles Demers '72 also graduated from the College.
J.P. BISCEGLIA '84
John (J.P.) Bisceglia '84 was one of the premier offensive linemen of his day with the Assumption College football program for Hall of Fame Coaches Paul Cantiani '73 and Bernie Gaughan.
A two-time all-American tackle as selected by the coaches of the National Collegiate Football Association and Lineman-of-the-Year in 1982 for the New England Collegiate Football Conference. In addition, he was also a three-time first team selection in the conference (1981, '82, '83).
Bisceglia was part of teams that included three of the top players in Greyhound football history in Hall of Famers Russ Guertin '85, Brian Kelly '83 and Jim Grealis '82.
The team also enjoyed its two finest seasons in 1981 and 1982 finishing a combined 15-4-1 over that span---8-3 in 1981 as a N.C.F.A. national semifinalist and 7-1-1 in 1982 under Cantiani. The team won its first seven games in 1981 and then opened the 1982 season with a tie and seven straight wins.
The 1982 Greyhounds defeated Fairfield (21-0) in the quarterfinals of the National Collegiate Football Association playoffs before bowing at national powerhouse Saint John Fisher in the semifinals.
He captained the Greyhounds to a 4-5 mark under Gaughan in 1983.
J.P. graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's in biology and received his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1988. He is the son of Notre Dame All-American, Pascale "Patsy" Bisceglia and resides in Shrewsbury, MA with his wife Tracey and their three children, Bridgett, John and Brianna. In addition to coaching Pop Warner Football, Little League and Junior League Baseball, J.P. enjoys hunting and fishing.
He is President and Partner at the University Dental Group, P.C. in Worcester, MA which specializes in a broad range of dental procedures. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, and the Worcester District Dental Society.
KATIE KERR '00
Katie Kerr '00, a three-time team MVP and two-time captain, left the College as its career scoring leader while leading her team to its first 20-win season and berth in the N.C.A.A. regional for Coach Kerry Phayre.
She finished her experience as the starting shortstop for Coach Ralph Delucia on the softball team. Her .327 average was a major factor as the team advanced to the N.C.A.A. playoffs. She is the first female student-athlete in Hound history to participate in two sports in N.C.A.A. postseason.
She ended her career as the most prolific three-point shooter (227) and finished fifth in assists (429), third in steals (261), fourth in free throw accuracy (.726) and 13th in rebounding (507).
Kerr averaged 10.2 points as a freshman and 17.4 as the most improved sophomore in the conference in 1997-98 and earned Northeast-10, ECAC all-region honors. She averaged 15.0 ppg and 13.2 ppg over her last two years.
Her top individual game performances included 33 points at Saint Anselm (2/24/98) and 32 points at New Haven (1/4/98). Her 60 points vs. Saint Anselm and Merrimack in back-to-back games in 1998 is the second-best two-game effort in Hounds' history.
The Hounds finished 20-9 in her senior year setting the team record for most wins (20). Kerr earned Northeast-10, ECAC North all-region and Basketball Bulletin honorable mention all-America honors. She won the Berthiaume Award for ‘going above and beyond' in 1998 and shared the Desautels Award (with Kristen Ladebauche) as the premier senior female student-athlete in 2000.
The softball team ended the season at 38-12-1, won the Northeast-10 playoff title and then advanced to the regionals.
She graduated with a bachelor's in psychology and is married to Corey Clive, a former Hound football standout. They reside in Port St. Lucie, FL with daughter Kali and another due shortly.
KRISTEN LADEBAUCHE '00
Kristen Ladebauche '00, one of the greatest softball players in Hounds history, led the team to two Northeast-10 playoff titles, an ECAC tournament title and two N.C.A.A. Division II regional berths. The team posted a superb 129-55-3 overall mark including 57-17 in conference action for Coaches Dan Santerre and Ralph DeLucia.
She was the M.V.P. of the conference playoffs in 1998 pitching a one-hitter vs. Quinnipiac, a three-hitter vs. American International and earning a save vs. A.I.C. in the clincher. She also had two-game winning RBI hits in the three-game sweep.
Ladebauche was named an academic all-region/all-America as a senior captain and earned an N.C.A.A. post-graduate scholarship to complete her career. She was a four-time Northeast-10 all-star and four-time ECAC honoree. She was the conference Freshman-of-the-Year in 1997.
She could have been a Hall of Famer for either part of her game. She owned the team-pitching record book with an incredible 75-27 career record with three 20 win seasons and 691 strikeouts. And, she also made her mark as an offensive player ending with a career .426 mark with team records in homers (27) and RBI (180) with 224 hits.
Offensively she batted over .400 four times and finished in the top 10 in several categories. On the mound she also ranks first in innings, strikeouts, wins, saves and ERA.
She pitched three no-hitters in her career including the only perfect game in Hounds' history at home vs. N.H. College.
She shared the Desautels Award (with Katie Kerr) as the premier senior student-athlete (2000) and the Andrew Laska Award as the athlete of the year (1998). She was the softball team MVP twice.
She carried a 3.3 GPA and graduated with a bachelor's in politics. She later earned her juris doctor from N.E. School of Law and is currently an associate with Edelheit & Associates, P.C.