(MIDDLETOWN, Conn.) — Wesleyan University will induct the fourth class into its Athletics Hall of Fame during a ceremony Saturday, October 23, 2010 as part of Homecoming/Family Weekend activities. Wesleyan will enshrine five individuals and one team to join the previous three classes of inductees, bringing the total in the Hall of Fame to 25 individuals and four teams. (NOTE - This event was originally scheduled for Friday, October 22 but was rescheduled for Saturday, October 23.)
Entering in the fall class of 2010 will be Houghton “Buck” Freeman ‘43, Rich Gallogly ‘76, Bob Heller ‘74, Coach Terry Jackson, John Ketcham ‘70 and the football team of 1969:
• Houghton “Buck” Freeman ‘43 (‘47) was an outstanding soccer talent for the Cardinals in 1940, 1941 and 1946 who went on to a career in the insurance field and become a great benefactor to Wesleyan. Part of a three-generation Wesleyan family (father Mansfield ‘16 and son Graeme ‘77), Buck was a top scorer in soccer, helping the ‘40 squad to a 7-0-1 mark while earning all-New England honors, and the ‘46 team, which he captained, to a 6-1-1 record. The 1940 team also claimed an NEISL title. Between 1942 and 1946, Buck served in the Navy. A former Wesleyan Board of Trustees member and chair of the Board’s Facilities Committee, Buck was instrumental in the construction of the Freeman Athletic Center, which bears his name, and the establishment of the Freeman Asian Scholars Program.
• Rich Gallogly ‘76 was one of the top players during the early years of Wesleyan’s varsity men’s ice hockey program and graduated from Wesleyan as the seasonal record holder for goals (37) and points (59, done twice) while also holding the career scoring record for goals (122) and points (203). All of his records still stand through the 2009-10 season. Two-time Spurrier Award winner as team MVP (1974-75 & 1975-76) and team captain in 1975-76. He received Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III all-star honors during his career.
• Bob Heller ‘74 was a two-time Kodak Little All-American as a center in football (1972 & 1973) while also receiving UPI all-New England college division recognition twice. Served as a team captain in 1973. Tremendous blocking talent despite his relatively small stature, listed as 6-2, 195 as a senior. Equally unusual that he received so much regional and national recognition while playing on teams that posted records of 4-4 in 1972 and 3-5 in 1973.
• Terry Jackson won more games as Wesleyan’s head men’s soccer coach over 31 years (1968-98) than any other soccer coach at the University. He amassed a record of 209-199-42 and won ECAC New England Division III titles in both 1980 and 1991. He also served as Wesleyan’s head men’s lacrosse coach for 23 seasons (1974-96). Continuously active in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and the New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) during his tenure, Terry had stints as president of both organizations and received the Honor Award from both for outstanding contributions to the sport. He was the NSCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year in 1991. Wesleyan’s Jackson Field, the home of both men’s soccer and lacrosse, was named in Terry’s honor on October 21, 2006. Terry is a 1960 graduate of Springfield College and played on the Maroon 1957 National Championship squad.
• John Ketcham ‘70 was perhaps the finest male swimmer ever to compete at Wesleyan. A two-time All-American, mainly in the backstroke, he graduated with eight New England titles to his credit as well as three New England college division records (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 individual medley). He went on to excel at the NCAA Championships, winning three College Division titles in 1969 and going on to place fourth in the 100 backstroke and 11th in the 200 backstroke during the NCAA University Championships. He had placed fourth in the 100 backstroke at Nationals in 1968 as well. His performances in 1968 qualified him to participate in the U.S. Olympic trials. He was a team captain and McCurdy Award winner as team MVP in 1969-70.
• 1969 Football Team posted just the fourth undefeated, untied record in Wesleyan’s 127-year football history (through 2009), the 1969 squad won three of its eight games by margins of three points or less over Middlebury, Williams and Trinity. With a win over Amherst as well, the team gave Wesleyan its 11th ever outright Little Three title. Scoring at least 16 points in each contest but never more than 28 in methodically defeating its eight rivals, the team, under the direction of Head Coach Don Russell, tied with Delaware for the Lambert Cup as the top medium-sized football team in the East.