Athletics: Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees announced

Athletics: Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees announced

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University Director of Athletics Tony Mariano announced the inductees for Norwich University's Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016 on Monday.

Nine individuals as well the 2005-06 women's basketball team will be recognized as part of NU Homecoming Weekend 2016 festivities Sept. 16-18. The inductees are as follows:

Garett Winder '06 – Winder was a four-year standout for the men's ice hockey team, tallying 104 points in 104 career games. He tallied 46 goals and 58 assists in his career, including a personal-best 19 goals and 27 assists for 46 points during his senior season. He earned First Team All-American honors and was named the league Player of the Year as a senior. Winder was also a member of the 2003 NCAA Championship team, scoring 11 goals and tallying five assists for 16 points.

Keith Aucoin '01 – Aucoin is arguably the most decorated athlete in Norwich University athletics history. The four-year star for the men's ice hockey team holds the all-time point record with a remarkable 240 points in 116 games played. He scored 116 goals and notched 124 assists and was named an All-American all four seasons he played for the Maroon & Gold. He was a two-time league Player of the Year, as well as won the Sid Watson Award as the Division III National Player of the Year as a senior in 2001.

Joe Williams '96 – Williams was a two-sport star as a football player and a member of the outdoor track and field team. He was a First Team All-Freedom Football Conference selection, as well as named to the ECAC All-New England team as a defensive back. He was a New England Football Writers First Team selection and was named the team MVP of the Norwich defense as a senior. He totaled 294 tackles, 14 pass breakups and six interceptions in his career. Williams also competed on the outdoor track ream for three years.

Scott Dyer '91 – Dyer starred for the men's basketball team for four seasons, totaling over 1,000 career points in his career. He ranked 10th in the nation in rebounding during his senior season and was a First Team All-Constitution Athletic Conference selection.

Kelly White '86 – White was a four-year standout for the women's basketball team. She is one of only a handful of Cadets to score over 1,000 career points and grab 1,000 career rebounds. She was named to the ECAC Honor Roll and had a single-game high of 37 points.

Kevin Flannery '66 – Flannery was a four-year member of the football team, concluding his career with an outstanding senior season that saw him named to the Vermont All-State Collegiate Team on both offense and defense. He led the team in rushing as a senior and scored three touchdowns. He also totaled 16 tackles on defense with five pass breakups and one interception.

Mark O'Neil '86 – O'Neil is the first of three Distinguished Letter winners in this year's class. He was a two-sport athlete in football and indoor track. He served as the captain of the 1985 football team and was a starter on the 1984 football team that has already been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He has gone on to a distinguished military career in the Army after graduating from Norwich.

John Gatti '86 - Gatti is the second of three Distinguished Letter winners in this year's class. He played on the football team and was a member of the 1984 football team that went 9-2 and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He went on to a 30-year career in aerospace, defense and engineering including being Senior Executive Vice President for Raytheon. He is now in his eighth year serving on the Norwich Board of Trustees as well.  

Bob Byrne '66 – Byrne is the third of three Distinguished Letter winners in this year's class. He played varsity basketball for all three years he was eligible and served as a co-captain during his senior season. He was a Vermont All-State selection his senior season, helping lead the Cadets to a 23-3 record. After graduating Norwich, he attended Suffolk Law School and went on to a successful law career in Florida.  

George Commo – Commo is this year's honorary inductee into the Hall of Fame. He has served as the "Voice of the Cadets" since 1998-99, broadcasting men's hockey games for WDEV. Starting in 2009, Commo began broadcasting football, men's hockey and women's hockey games for Northeast Sports Network (NSN). He also broadcasted other select sports as well as Norwich expanded its live video-streaming coverage of athletic events.

2005-06 Women's Basketball team – This year's team inductee into the Hall of Fame is one of the most successful women's basketball teams in Norwich history. The Cadets posted a 25-5 overall record and an 11-1 mark in GNAC play. NU won the 2006 GNAC Championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament where the Cadets went on to post the first NCAA tournament win in school history by a score of 76-63 over UMaine Farmington. Allison Flynn, Kristi Powlovich and Sarah Chap were each named to the GNAC All-Tournament Team.  

The 2016 Norwich University Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. in Plumley Armory as a part of NU Homecoming Weekend festivities.