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					Andover Athletics Hall of Honor

       Induction Ceremony

Andover Athletics Hall of Honor

            Induction Ceremony

                   Saturday, June 13
                    3:30–4:30 p.m.
                  Kemper Auditorium

                  Opening Remarks
   Head of School Barbara Landis Chase, introduced by
    Alumni Council President Peter Hetzler, MD ’72

         Introduction of the Hall of Honor
                    Peter Hetzler

           Announcement of Inductees
          Abigail Harris ’96 and John Kane ’63

                  Keynote Speaker
                  Richard J. Phelps ’46

                 Closing Remarks
            Mike Kuta, Director of Athletics
                     Richard J. Phelps ’46

Dick Phelps came to Andover in 1944 to study and to play foot-
ball, ice hockey, and his personal favorite, baseball. After graduat-
ing from Andover, he went on to Yale and later became an
extremely successful businessman. Throughout the course of his
life, Dick has made a concerted effort to give back to the Academy.
He has given freely of his time, service, and financial resources. In
1990, Dick made an extraordinarily generous gift, including funds
for scholarships (Phelps Scholars), a number of campus projects,
and, in particular, the renovation and improvement of the baseball
field, which was dedicated in May of 1993 as Phelps Park. Dick’s
heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity that
Andover gave him when he was a student is reflected in his con-
tinued support and service to the Academy. To the highest degree,
Dick Phelps is a giver—he personifies our non sibi motto. His love
and passion for Andover and Andover athletics is unsurpassed. We
are incredibly fortunate to have such an ardent, thoughtful, and
generous friend, benefactor, and alumnus.

            Andover Athletics Hall of Honor
               Inductee Class of 2009

    Daniel G. Bolduc 1972
       While at Andover, Danny Bolduc played soccer, ice hockey, and baseball, but as a
       Maine native, his first love was ice hockey. Making the varsity team as a freshman,
       he graduated from Andover in 1972 as the all-time leading scorer in hockey.
       He continued to play hockey at Harvard University, playing for the school team for
       three years before going on to join the U.S. National Team and scoring 39 goals and
       70 points in 54 games. The highlight of his hockey career came in 1976 when he
       played for the United States at the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.
       Bolduc’s impressive play with the U.S. National Team earned him a free-agent
       contract from the World Hockey Association’s New England Whalers following the
       Olympics. Bolduc played three years for the Whalers, a precursor to his eventual
       jump to the NHL. The Detroit Red Wings signed Bolduc in 1978, and he played
       the better part of two seasons with the team. In 102 NHL contests, Bolduc scored
       22 goals and 41 points.
       After his athletic career, Bolduc acquired a small, floundering insurance agency and
       built it into a multimillion-dollar business.

    Frank “Deke” DiClemente
       From 1935 to 1975, Deke DiClemente was a beloved teacher, coach, and mentor at
       Phillips Academy. After graduating from Springfield College in 1935, DiClemente
       joined Andover that same year as an instructor in biology and chemistry and as an
       assistant in the physical education department. Over the next 40 years, he coached
       soccer, basketball, and baseball at the varsity levels.
       In addition to his varsity-level coaching, DiClemente was one of the key leaders
       who helped shape the nature of health and physical education at Andover. Most
       notably, he helped build an athletic curriculum that placed a greater emphasis on
       physical fitness and body conditioning. It was a program that could be tailored to
       the strengths and needs of every individual student-athlete, regardless of age or abil-
       ity. As part of this new curriculum, DiClemente developed a competitive intramural
       team sports program that mixed players of all ages on club teams, thereby eliminat-
       ing the atmosphere of cutthroat competition that arose from the previous intramu-
       ral system that pitted older classes against younger ones. In 1954, DiClemente also
       co-organized the Andover Press Club, a student-run organization that supplied

   information about Andover’s teams and players to local newspapers and wire
   services. In 1968, he wrote and published a book, Soccer Illustrated; For Coach and
   Player, illustrated by William Abbot Cheever.
   DiClemente’s players still recall with great fondness the positive effect he had on
   them. One recalls, “Deke was thoughtful, considerate, warm, and supportive. I
   could tell many stories about Deke, how he whistled the theme song of F Troop on
   his way to practice or how he wore the ubiquitous crew-neck sweater and gray
   slacks. But perhaps most importantly, Deke was one of two faculty members who
   saved me at Andover, who challenged me to reach inside myself and face my fears,
   and who made me a better person for it.” This type of account is widespread among
   those who knew DiClemente, many crediting him as the most important mentor
   they had at Andover. DiClemente passed away in 2001 at age 91; his presence is
   fondly remembered and sorely missed.

Martha Hill Gaskill 1978
   For her first three years at Andover, Martha Hill Gaskill excelled at varsity tennis
   and varsity squash. In addition to being a fine athlete, Gaskill’s leadership, character,
   strength, and sportsmanship were praised by her teammates and coaches alike.
   However, those very qualities were put to the test when, right before her senior year,
   Gaskill lost her leg to a rare bone cancer. While this would have stopped many, it
   inspired Gaskill to reach higher. She completed her senior year with optimism and
   grace, helping to coach the women’s varsity tennis team, trying a new sport as a
   crew coxswain, and receiving the Ayars Award in 1978 for contribution to and
   respect from the school community and student body.
   Gaskill went on to Dartmouth College where, just six months after losing her leg,
   she learned to ski on one leg with outriggers. She skied recreationally for four years
   and then took the winter off during her senior year to teach full time in the Winter
   Park Handicapped Ski Program. She also tried ski racing and soon qualified for the
   U.S. Disabled National competition where she earned a silver medal in slalom. In
   1984 she helped establish the Winter Park Disabled Ski Team and also competed in
   the Disabled Olympics (now called the Paralympics). She went on to receive
   numerous honors, including “Sportswoman of Colorado,” and was honored in
   1987 by President Reagan at the White House. She has remained a leader in the
   world of disabled skiing, coaching for national camps and competitions.
   Seeking a new challenge, Gaskill became an avid mountain climber. In 1991, she
   trekked on crutches for 23 days throughout the Mount Everest region and then
   traveled another three months in Nepal, Thailand, and New Zealand. Gaskill also
   tried her hand at acting when she starred in the PBS series, The Second Voyage of the
   Mimi, as an amputee scuba diver (and used the role to actually learn to scuba dive).
   She has spoken throughout the United States, including at the U.S. Air Force
   Academy’s 11th Annual National Character & Leadership Symposium, and has

       been selected twice by the U.S. Olympic Committee to carry the torch at the
       opening ceremonies.
       Martha Hill Gaskill could not be here today, but she sends the following message:
       I am very honored to be part of such a distinguished group. Andover has such a special
       place in my heart and helped make me who I am today. Because of my bone cancer and
       amputation during my senior year, my adjustment to being disabled and having an
       uncertain future could have been devastating. But, thanks to the wonderful support and
       encouragement from the Andover community, I had a great senior year and didn’t feel
       disabled until I left Andover. That positive first year gave me the strength and confidence
       to forge on into an exciting unknown future. It is amazing that that was almost 32 years
       ago! I remember my Andover years with great fondness—like it was yesterday!
       With deep appreciation,

    Eleanor Tydings Gollob 1986
       Eleanor Tydings Gollob was a tri-varsity athlete for all of her four years at
       Andover, captaining the field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse teams during her
       senior year. In addition to her athletic success, she was active as a Blue Key leader
       and a Phillipian writer. When Gollob was a senior, the Phillipian called her “a
       coach’s dream, someone who is liked and respected by all, and someone who always
       pushes her teammates to learn and improve.” Even today, more than 20 years later,
       her humility and leadership abilities stand out to her teammates. They remember
       her as “everything a PA athlete should be, someone who loves the challenges of
       athletics and who encourages others to discover that passion themselves.”
       After Andover, Gollob went on to play ice hockey and lacrosse at Princeton, earning
       the titles of captain and MVP for both teams during her senior year. She also was
       recognized by her peers as the Daily Princetonian Female Athlete of the Year in
       1990. Additionally, Gollob received national accolades as a senior, earning recogni-
       tion as First Team All-Ivy in ice hockey and lacrosse and Second Team All-American
       in lacrosse. While a student at Princeton, Gollob used her passion for athletics to
       help the community by acting as co-coordinator of a mentoring program called
       “Girls Hockey in Harlem.” She then continued this work when she moved to Los
       Angeles and, with the same college teammate, founded a similar program, “Skate
       LA,” an inline hockey instruction and mentoring program for girls ages 7–12 in
       South Central Los Angeles.
       Before starting her post-college mentoring work in California, Gollob returned to
       Andover as a teaching fellow in athletics and admissions. Dick Phelps ’46 (today’s

  keynote speaker) engaged Gollob to help recruit and identify scholar-athletes to be
  awarded Phelps scholarships at Andover. Gollob took on the challenge of increasing
  the number of outstanding scholar athletes admitted to Andover and helped attract
  a talented group of Phelps Scholars that year. Thanks to Phelps’s generosity and
  Gollob’s hard work, the Phelps Scholar program is still thriving and has allowed
  hundreds of scholar-athletes the opportunity to attend Andover.
  Since then, Gollob has started lacrosse programs at two different schools and has
  played in several different adult hockey and lacrosse leagues (including the Mighty
  Moms ice hockey team, for which she currently plays and coaches). She also coaches
  her children’s teams, serves as the co-commissioner for the McLean Youth Lacrosse
  League, and continues to be a strong role model for girls.

William Clarence Matthews 1901
  A 1901 graduate of Phillips Academy, William Clarence Matthews is widely
  credited as one of the few men to “challenge the color line” in athletics—decades
  before Jackie Robinson did so in 1947. After his baseball career, he built a name
  for himself in politics and law, being dubbed “one of the most prominent Negro
  members of the bar in America” by the Boston Globe.
  A star shortstop at Andover and beyond, Matthews went on to become a four-year
  varsity member of the Harvard team, boasting a .400 batting average and 22 stolen
  bases in 25 games during his senior year. At Harvard, his presence on the team
  caused boycotts and tension both on and off the field. Nevertheless, Matthews’
  behavior and work ethic remained impeccable as he continued to earn his way
  through Harvard by taking jobs during the school year, working summers in hotels
  and on Pullman cars, and teaching in a Cambridge night school.
  Matthews played his only season of professional baseball in the summer of 1905 in
  Vermont’s “outlaw” Northern League. He had previously been signed by the Boston
  Nationals immediately after Harvard, but the offer was rescinded four days later
  because of heavy league boycotts. After a long, hard fight, Matthews retired from
  baseball in 1906 and returned to Boston to earn a law degree while working as a
  high school athletics instructor in the public schools. He went on to hold special
  assistant and legal counsel roles on the Boston political circuit, working closely with
  notable figures such as Booker T. Washington, black separatist Marcus Garvey, and
  eventually, President Calvin Coolidge. In fact, when Coolidge was elected in 1924
  with the help of one million black votes, Matthews was rewarded for his work with
  a post in the U.S. Department of Justice. He continued to fight for black rights,
  presenting to party leaders a list of “demands for the recognition of colored Repub-
  licans” (which was ignored). Despite the controversy that surrounded him early in
  his baseball days, his death at age 51 received widespread coverage in major main-
  stream newspapers. He was honored and remembered for his accomplishments in
  politics and athletics alike.

    John P. McBride 1956
       John McBride played varsity soccer and varsity ice hockey at Andover, and was also
       a Phillipian writer, secretary of the Philomathean Society, and president of the
       Student Congress. McBride continued to exhibit his athletic prowess at Princeton,
       where he played ice hockey for all four years and broke three scoring records.
       McBride joined the U.S. Hockey Team in 1961, and by 1966 had retired from his
       own hockey career in order to pursue coaching. He moved to Aspen and started a
       successful junior hockey program, and in 2002 he was selected to be a torchbearer
       for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
       While in Aspen, McBride also expanded his interests beyond hockey by founding
       the North Forty Residential Community and the Aspen Business Center. His goal
       was to help preserve the environment while also aiding the Aspen economy by
       creating self-sufficient communities that would reduce the need to commute.
       McBride continued his environmental conservation efforts by joining the boards of
       the Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Worldwatch Institute, and then partnering
       with his daughter Katie to found the Sopris Foundation, which addresses issues of
       population, natural resource distribution, and political balance surrounding envi-
       ronmental issues. Because of his leadership in the field of local preservation and
       conservation, McBride was inducted into Heritage Aspen’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

    James P. McLane 1949
       Jim McLane had an illustrious swimming career that consisted of 21 national
       competition titles, three Pan American Games gold medals, and three Olympic gold
       medals (one of which he won at the 1948 Olympics in London while still a student
       at Andover). Even before coming to Andover, McLane was the youngest-ever Men’s
       Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) swimming champion when he won the National
       Long Distance title at age 13. This feat cemented him as one of the leaders of the
       1940s “youth movement” that put swimming back in the spotlight as a popular
       sport. Needless to say, McLane dominated in the pool at Andover, and he contin-
       ued on to become a swimming star at Yale, where he was coached by the legendary
       Robert Kiphuth. McLane also became the U.S. team’s oldest Pan American cham-
       pion at the age of 24.
       McLane was perhaps one of the greatest tacticians the sport of swimming had ever
       seen. He almost always had a plan that included complete knowledge of his oppo-
       nents’ race plan. McLane relished the tactics and strategy of gamesmanship. His
       classic victory was the gold medal he won in the 1500-meter freestyle at the 1948
       Olympic Games. McLane studied the great John Marshall and found that the Aus-
       tralian liked to swim by hugging the lane line on his breathing side. McLane, who
       had a powerful kick, swam in the next lane and hugged the other side of the same
       lane line, sprinting out one body length ahead of Marshall. Kicking hard, McLane

  let his splash frustrate the Australian. McLane won, then swam with Marshall for
  three years at Yale. As captain of the U.S. team in Mexico City, McLane came back
  in 1955 to dominate the Pan American Games with three gold medals.
  Since McLane retired in 1955, only one swimmer, American Roy Saari, has re-
  peated McLane’s feat of winning a U.S. Men’s AAU swim title at age 13.
  In 1970 McLane was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

C. Anthony Pittman 1990
  Tony Pittman came to Andover as a new upper. He excelled on the football field
  right from the start, being dubbed by his peers as a “senior sensation” and a “true
  team leader” who was part of a “punishing running tandem” that included classmate
  Tony Ryan. His former coach, Leon Modeste, echoed that sentiment: “Tony
  Pittman is on another page. He gains more and more yards each week, using his
  brain and his body to control the plays. He’s so good, he outruns my mistakes; he
  makes me look good on the field.” In fact, during his senior year, Pittman ran for a
  total of 1,067 yards in 139 attempts and scored 9 touchdowns, a rare feat at the
  high-school level. Rarer still was Pittman’s 7.5-yard average per rush. “I’ve coached
  for 13 years in this league, and I’ve never seen a running back as good as Tony
  Pittman,” said assistant coach Lou Bernieri. “He’s in another league.”
  After Andover, Pittman indeed rose to another league, joining the Penn State
  University team under legendary coach Joe Paterno, who also coached Pittman’s
  father, Charlie. As father and son, Charlie and Tony started a combined 46 games
  under Paterno, with a cumulative record of 45 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie. This is
  believed to be the most successful record of any father-son pair in college football.
  In fact, in 2007 Tony teamed up with his father to write Playing for Paterno, a book
  about their shared experiences playing for the renowned coach.
  Ironically, Pittman began playing football at a relatively late age, in part because his
  father forbade him from participating in full-contact team football before ninth
  grade. However, Pittman tried out for and immediately started on the freshman
  team at McDowell High School in Erie, Pa. Even at a school where football was the
  biggest sport, Pittman played for the varsity team as a sophomore and junior, before
  coming to PA as a new upper the following year. In addition to his success on the
  PA football field, Pittman was an exceptional basketball player, a standout runner
  on the track team, an honor student, and a National Merit semifinalist. With such
  diverse talents, it is no wonder that Pittman was universally praised for his leader-
  ship both on and off the field. When Pittman was named “Athlete of the Term,”
  Coach Modeste offered nothing but praise. “The fact that he’s humble, I mean
  genuinely humble, is what makes him so great. I consider myself fortunate to know
  him, both in the dorm and on the field.”

     Robert W. Sides 1934
        As a student, Bob Sides was deeply involved in athletics at Andover, both as a mem-
        ber of the basketball, track, golf, and tennis teams, and as a member of the Athletic
        Council. Sides went on to attend Harvard University, where he continued playing
        golf and also picked up sailing, a sport that would soon become one of his great
        passions and talents. Sides first tried sailing when he registered as a competitor in
        Marblehead Race Week, one of the oldest and most prestigious regattas in North
        America. In the sailing world, this is akin to learning how to drive by entering the
        Indianapolis 500. Sides would then become a regular fixture on the Atlantic sailing
        circuit, winning championships on the national and world levels. In honor of his
        accomplishments, he was inducted into the third class of the Yacht Racing Hall
        of Fame, alongside Olympians and America’s Cup winners. As Sides continued a
        racing career that eventually spanned seven decades, he also remained very con-
        nected to Andover. After graduating from Harvard in 1938, he returned to PA as an
        instructor in mathematics, a post he held until his retirement in 1972. Sides also
        served as the director of admissions from 1954 to 1972 and coached the sailing,
        tennis, squash, and golf teams.
        Even after his retirement from PA in 1972, Sides has shown remarkable strength
        and perseverance, weathering double knee replacements, a corneal transplant, and a
        quintuple bypass surgery in order to remain active in the sports he loves. He has
        been a longtime supporter of the Massachusetts Audubon Society and also was
        honored by the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
        for his work in this field. Best of all, Sides has rarely missed a game, meet, or regatta
        in which his 16 grandchildren competed. Many of them are Andover alums or
        current students.

     Stephen Sorota
        Coach Stephen Sorota was a beloved football and track coach at Andover from
        1936 to 1977. As head football coach, Sorota led his teams to a total of five unde-
        feated seasons (including the 1952 season) and six more seasons with only one loss.
        Sorota came straight to Andover after graduating from Fordham University in 1936,
        where he played running back with Vince Lombardi on the most successful football
        team in the university’s history. In those days when letters in team sports were
        awarded much more selectively, Sorota was one of only six Fordham football players
        who received a letter for service on the 1935 team. Sorota was initially brought to
        Andover on a one-semester assignment: to introduce the “Notre Dame Box” forma-
        tion to the football team. Asked to extend his stay another year, he ended up staying
        for 41 years. In that time, in addition to his varsity coaching duties, he directed Sum-
        mer Session for three years and acted as athletics director for one year.

  Sorota’s coaching philosophy was a departure from the high-pressure, highly repeti-
  tive coaching style that was common at the time. He knew he needed to strike a
  balance between teaching sound fundamentals and keeping the “fun” in the game.
  Before every practice, he instituted a “sandbox” period, during which the players
  were allowed to “horse around” (i.e., receivers tried kicking field goals). Joe Wennik
  ’52, who went on to become athletics director at PA, recalls, “One of the greatest
  thrills I’ve ever had as an athlete was quarterbacking for Steve, because he never,
  ever called a play from the sidelines. He made us play the game entirely ourselves,
  and that is what education is all about.” Sorota has been universally hailed as both
  an impeccable coach and an influential mentor; many former students and players
  call him a “father figure” and “the most influential person” in their lives.
  Sorota’s Andover legacy continues today. The Sorota Track Award was established in
  his name, and the Sorota Track was named in 1988 in honor of his contributions to
  the track program at Phillips Academy. He also received numerous recognitions
  outside of PA, including a Special Recognition Award in 1986 from the Massachu-
  setts State Track Coaches Association, an NCAA award for 35 years of coaching,
  and a lifetime member award from the American Football Coaches Association.

1952 Andover Football Team
  The Andover football team of 1952, led by Captain George Bixby ’53, climaxed
  the first undefeated season since 1948 with a 59–0 massacre over their gridiron
  opponents from Exeter. Coach Steve Sorota had maintained that this was his best
  defensive team in 14 years at Andover. The majority of the players had come up
  through the junior varsity football system, and they had developed an offensive
  precision that was almost as strong as that of the veteran defense. In the six games
  prior to the final, the Big Blue team had scored decisive wins over Massachusetts
  Maritime Academy, and Harvard, Amherst, Wesleyan, Springfield, and Tufts
  freshmen. The mere 38 points totaled by their opponents all season is indicative of
  the quality of the hard-hitting Blue defensive unit. Holding all opposition at bay
  throughout each Saturday afternoon, the team reached its peak against the
  Exonians, holding them to an incredible rushing total of 11 yards.
  The Blue machine played to its fullest potential in that historic game, with all
  giving strong performances. One of the four touchdowns scored by Hort Smith ’54
  was made without a single Exeter hand being put upon him. This feat was possible
  largely because of the efforts of guard Joe Mesics ’53, who threw three separate
  blocks on Red defenders. Touchdown tallies for the season broke down as follows:
  Hort Smith (10); Randy Heimer ’53 (6); Leo Daley ’53 (2); Dick Sigal ’56 (2);
  Dick Golden ’53 (1); Ray LaMontagne ’53 (1); Ben Janssen ’53 (1); and John
  Scranton ’53 (1). Andover would have other fine football teams in the future, but
  none would match the combined depth and versatility, both offensively and defen-
  sively, of the that group.


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