Vermont Sports Hall of Fame announces class of 2022 | local sport

National champions, legendary coaches, all-American, Olympic, Stanley Cup stopper and award-winning member of the media are among the eight newest inductees to be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. Last week, the VSHOF Board of Directors announced its ninth batch of recruits, Class of 2022.

The recruits are high school coach and longtime basketball star Jane Barber of Bellows Falls. All-American basketball player Taylor Coppenrath of West Barnet; two-time Olympic champion and multi-time national champion Scandinavian skater Stan Dunkley of Brattleboro; Kathy Inglesey, University of Vermont basketball coach, record holder; Legendary high school triathlete coach Bill O’Neill of Essex; National Cross Country Champion and track star Erin Sullivan Lynn of Jericho; and All-American and Stanley Cup hockey goalkeeper Tim Thomas of UVM. Award-winning sports writer and sports editor Ted Ryan of Shelburne named this year’s David Hackins Inductee for excellence in promoting sports and athletics throughout the state. Ryan was, like the late Hackkins, a founding member of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame.

The class will be formally presented at the 2022 Fairmont Sports Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Gala presented by Myers West at the Delta Marriott Burlington on Williston Road in South Burlington on April 30. For 2020-21, the original extrapolation was roughly taken out due to the pandemic.

Ticket information for the induction program and the 2022 dinner will be available soon on the VSHOF website at www.vermontsportshall.com. Proceeds from the event go to Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, the designated charity for the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame. Past dinners and other fundraisers have raised more than $21,000 to support PCAV’s work statewide. Myers Container Service Corp., “Red Can Family” is the presenting sponsor of the annual event.

This year’s class, which represents five of the state’s 14 counties, brings membership in the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame to 106 since its first class was introduced in 2012. The 2022 class was chosen by three groups: The 15-member VSHOF Board directors, a statewide sports advisory committee and former recruits.

Besides honoring those who make significant contributions to the nation’s sporting legacy, the hall is designed to help promote and provide inspiration in sports and recreation for Vermont’s youth.

To view previous chapters and for more information about the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, log on to their official website, www.vermontsportshall.com. For more information about VSHOF’s designated charity, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, log on to www.pcav.org

Introducing the 2022 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame:

Jane Barber, Bellows Falls, athlete/basketball coach: A student-athlete and legendary coach, she was the first Bellows Falls girls’ basketball player to score 1,000 career points, setting a school record of 1,114, a mark that was close to 30 years old. After graduating from Springfield College in 1980, she returned in 1981 to lead her alma mater to five official championships during her 28 years as a Terriers coach, winning 369 games. Four of the state’s Division II titles came, and in 2003, her school became the youngest school to win a Division II title, being undefeated by a score of 23-0.

Taylor Coppenrath, West Barnet, basketball: Vermont High School Player of the Year at St. Johnsbury Academy In 1999, he moved on to a memorable career at the University of Vermont where he assisted the Catamounts in their first four seasons, 20 wins and their first three trips to the NCAA Basketball Championship for men. He was named East American Player of the Year three times, three times at the Associated Press All-American, and finished his career second in the UVM with a score of 2442 points. He continued to play professionally in Europe for nearly a decade.

Stan Dunkley, Brattleboro, Nordic Snowboarding: He is considered—along with VSHOF agitator Bill Koch—one of the best skaters in North America in the late 1970s. A Vermont High School Champion, an NCAA Champion and an eight-time U.S. National Champion, Dunkley competed for the United States in two Olympic Games. He competed in the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics, finished 36 in the 50 km race in Innsbruck in 1976, and skied in four events at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. At UVM, he won the 1976 NCAA 15-K title and at Brattleboro High, undefeated In Nordic skiing and cross-country running.

Kathy Inglesey, University of Vermont basketball coach: In seven seasons as head coach at UVM, she has been the architect of the transformation and remarkable growth of the Catamounts women’s basketball program. The team’s success sparked a statewide boom in Vermont women’s basketball. Inglese was head coach of UVM from 1986 to 1993 who led the program to its first two conferences, in 1992 and 1993, and its first two trips to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. Both seasons the Catamounts were unbeaten in the regular season, the nation’s most winning team each year. She went on to achieve success at Boston College in the Big East, and was also the head coach in Rhode Island for 28 seasons as a Division I head coach.

Bill O’Neill, Essex, multi-sport coach: Over four decades on the sidelines and behind the bench at Essex High, he has led three Hornets to 24 combined state championships and a total record of 1,293-592-85, arguably the high school coach Winner in Vermont Sports History. In his 44 seasons as a school boys’ hockey coach, O’Neill’s teams have held 14 state championships, in girls’ soccer his team has won six titles over 37 seasons, and as a softball team coach, he has won four state titles. O’Neil, who now resides in Georgia, Vt. , was the National High School Student of the Year Hockey Coach of the Year in 2006, and became the second Vermonter ranked team to be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame (NFHS) in 2018.

Erin Sullivan (Lynn), Jericho, long-distance running/track and field: She accumulated the Vermont, New England, and national championships in long-distance running as a high school student on her way to earning honors from the NCAA All-America at Stanford. Nominated for Mount Mansfield Union High in 1997 and 1998, she was the Cross Country Champion, New England Champion, and won the North East Regionals title and the Walker Cross Country National title in the two years. On the track, Sullivan has held several state titles and twice won the National School Open title for the 3,000 metres. She was the first American two-time cross country champion at Stanford in 1999 and 2000, and the Cardinal’s All-American and Pac-10 outdoor track champion.

Tim Thomas, University of Vermont Ice Hockey: Stanley Cup winner and Olympic medalist, was the goalkeeper for the University of Vermont men’s hockey team, the backbone of the Catamounts reaching unprecedented heights. Thomas supported Team UVM in the 1996 ECAC regular season title and a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four that year. It was the first All-American team twice; ECAC’s first All-Star Team twice; and the 1996 Ken Dryden Award as ECAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Reaching the NHL to stay in 2005, he helped Boston win the Stanley Cup in 2011, his first in 39 years, and earned the coveted Conn Smythe award as the Stanley Cup MVP. A four-time NHL All-Star, he also won two Vezina Awards as the best NHL goalkeeper and earned a silver medal for the United States at the 2010 Olympics.

Ted Ryan, Shelburne, David Hackkins Inductee: Award-winning sports writer and sports editor at the Rutland Herald and Burlington Free Press who has covered all kinds of sports for 55 years, from the Little League to the Stanley Cup playoffs, before presenting his final story in 2019. Honors Council Managing VSHOF Ryan as the 2022 David Hakins Inductee Award Winner. Named after the late Hakins, who like Ryan was a founding member of VSHOF in 2011, it is dedicated to the exceptional promotion of sports, athletics and recreation in the Green Mountain State. Ryan is a five-time Vermont Sports Writer of the Year named by the National Association of Sports Broadcasters and Sports Writers, and has been honored by the VPA, Sports Information Managers ECAC and Hockey East.

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