The Salem State University athletic department in partnership with the Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:
Rachael Carter '17, of Westford, for women's basketball
Richard Fecteau '16, of Newbury, for baseball
Victoria Hernandez-Bailey '93, of Haverhill, for women's soccer
Thomas Livingston '72, of Danvers, for men's ice hockey
Gary Scanlon '97, of County Kerry, Ireland, for men's golf
1972 men's golf team
The Salem State Athletic Hall of Fame honors and perpetuates the memory of athletes, friends and coaches who performed and contributed at the highest level of intercollegiate athletic competition while at the university. Selection is based primarily on athletic accomplishments, integrity, sportsmanship, and character. Individuals other than athletes may be named to the Hall of Fame in recognition of their services and dedication to the Salem State University athletic program.
Salem State University Director of Athletics Nicolle Wood '95 extended her congratulations to the class of 2022 saying, "Each inductee this year represents the finest of athletic history at Salem State. Their accomplishments on the field, in the classroom and in service have been transformative. They have contributed with integrity, sportsmanship and most importantly, great character to the history of the university."
Former teammates, coaches, family members, colleagues, and friends are invited to join the induction celebration on Friday, October 14, at 6 pm, in the George H. Ellison Campus Center. Please register online.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Rachael Carter '17 - Women's Basketball (2011-2015)
A four-year performer and two-time team captain of the Lady Vikings women's basketball team, Carter secured her place in the Salem State record books as the college's second all-time leading scorer with 1,719 points. A two-time Salem State President's Cup winner, Carter was named MASCAC Player of the Year in 2014 and made the All-MASCAC team three times in her career, including two first team selections. A two-time NEWBA and D3hoops.com all-region selection, she set the Salem State women's basketball record for most points in a single season in 2014 with 583 points, while her 21.6 points per game scoring average that year ranks first all-time.
Richard Fecteau '16 - Baseball (2013-2016)
A 2014 MASCAC Player of the Year, Richard "Richie" Fecteau led the Salem State baseball team to one of its most successful periods, which included three MASCAC championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Named MASCAC Rookie of the Year in 2013, Fecteau was a three-time All-MASCAC first-team player at two separate positions, second base and third base and was twice named to the D3baseball.com Pre-season All-American Team. Ranking at, or near, the top of most offensive and defensive categories, Fecteau finished his Vikings' career with a .369 batting average, 11 home runs and 113 runs batted in. The two-time All-New England selection still ranks first in Salem State baseball history in hits, runs, doubles, total bases, games played, defensive assists, and double plays turned and second in stolen bases and triples. The Newbury, Mass., native is a former Salem State President's Cup and John D. Galaris Scholar Award winner. Fecteau was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2016.
Victoria Hernandez-Bailey '93 - Women's Soccer (1990-1992)
The first-ever women's soccer player at Salem State named to the All-New England team in 1990, Victoria "Viki" Hernandez-Bailey '93 was a force in net for the women's soccer program. Setting a school record in 1990 with an anemic .350 goals against average, Hernandez-Bailey was named to the first of three consecutive All-New England teams (90-92). Additionally, during the 1991 season, the Peabody, Mass., native was the only goalkeeper nominated to the All-New England first team. She still holds the school-record for most shutouts in a season with 12, and was named an All-American candidate in 1992, her senior season. The Lady Vikings won the MASCAC title, and made NCAA Tournament appearances, in each of her three seasons on the field.
Thomas Livingston '72 - Men's Ice Hockey (1969-1972)
As a four-year player, Livingston was one of the top defensive players in New England during his career, playing in an era when defensemen were not expected to contribute offensively. Livingston was the backbone of a highly successful Vikings' program, and as a sophomore he helped lead Salem State to a 12-5-1 record and its first-ever postseason tournament appearance, where the Vikings finished fourth at the NAIA Championship. Named captain of his freshman team, he earned MVP honors his senior season, and was honored by Outstanding College Athletics of America in 1972.
Gary Scanlon '97 - Men's golf (1991-1994)
Named an All-American his senior season, Scanlon was a four-time All-District and two-time All-New England selection. Long considered the best pure striker of a golf ball at Salem State, he played on three Mass. State championship and three ECAC Sectional championship teams for the Vikings. As a freshman, he earned medalist honors at the Williams Invitational and University of Rhode Island Invitational and was instrumental in helping the 1993 team claim the New England Intercollegiate Championship. He played on four straight NCAA Tournament qualifying teams, posting the best opening round score his final year at the 1997 NCAA Championship. Scanlon was named captain and earned MVP honors his senior season and was selected to play in the national collegiate All-Star game.
1972 Men's Golf Team - Team Category
Ken Beckier, Peter Bruni, Capt. Steve Campbell, Head Coach George Jacobson, Kim O'Neil, Scott Pryor, John Sudelis, and Bruce Sylvester
The 1972 Salem State men's golf team won the first MASCAC Championship at the Essex County Club going 10-0 during the regular season. That same year, the Vikings claimed the District 32 Championship, advancing to the national finals in Rockford, Illinois, where Salem State placed 15th out of 33 teams and won the New England State College Athletic Championship in Orleans, Vermont. Salem State was one of three New England teams across all divisions to advance to the ECAC Finals where they finished 6th overall. The 1972 team finished 16th out of 31 teams at the NCAA championships hosted by Williams College when Division II and III had a combined championship. The team was invited to participate in the St. Andrews Invitational (Scotland) with 10 collegiate teams (Division I,II,III) from the United States to compete in the first Palmer Cup against 10 teams from Great Britain. Salem State finished 6th overall, which included the top team score on the first day.