Bill Miller ’91 (far left) with Dave Urick and G.W. Mix at the National Lacrosse Hall
of Fame induction celebration.
Legendary Statesman Bill Miller ’91 was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in October 2013. Hobart’s career goals scoring leader is the sixth former Hobart player to join the hall.
Miller and seven other inductees were each introduced by a short video that summarized their career highlights and included comments from a presenter. Each inductee was greeted by a standing ovation as they made their way forward to address the gathering.
Miller is recognized as one of the top players in the history of NCAA Division III, having twice been selected as the USILA’s Division III National Player of the Year during his career at Hobart. He led the Statesmen to four straight national championships from 1988-91 while earning All-America honors each season, including first team recognition in 1989, 1990 and 1991. He finished his career with 173 goals and ranks second in assists (145) and points (318).
Miller’s consistent excellence was rewarded with a lengthy list of awards at Hobart’s annual Block H Dinner. He earned the Lacrosse Rookie Award in 1988. In each of the next two seasons, Miller took home the William H. Dobbin ’40 Memorial Award as the team’s offensive MVP. As a senior, he was presented with the Judge Kane Memorial Award as the team’s MVP and the Francis L. “Babe” Kraus ’24 Memorial Award as Hobart’s most outstanding senior athlete.
“It was an incredible opportunity to play at Hobart, in that system and for those coaches, while being mentored by so many All-Americans,” Miller said. “Back then, we played more than half of our schedule against Division I teams, battling against Syracuse, Cornell and Penn State.”
Following college, Miller played professionally in the NLL for the Philadelphia Wings, and was MVP of the NLL’s championship game in 1998. He was also a two-time member of the U.S. Men’s National Team, helping Team USA to world championships in 1994 and 1998.
“Going into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame hits you pretty hard,” he said. “While I was playing, I never thought about it. But as you get a little older and have a chance to think about it, this is now a reminder to me as to why you make those sacrifices. This is the payoff.”
In 1997, Miller was inducted into the Hobart College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Everyone experiences the feeling of déjà vu from time to time, but rarely is it as memorable or monumental as the feeling William Smith Head Field Hockey Coach Sally Scatton experienced this fall.
On Sept. 22, the Herons closed out the annual William Smith Classic with a dominating 5-0 victory over Lebanon Valley College. The triumph raised Scatton’s career record to 400-132-4 in 27 seasons as a head coach (26 at William Smith, 1 at Wells).
A rare achievement, Scatton is just the sixth Division III field hockey coach to reach that plateau and one of only 14 in all three NCAA divisions.
Two weeks later, William Smith defeated Union 4-1 to improve to 10-0 on the season and hand its coach her second 400th victory of the year. This time Scatton improved to 400-121-3 as the Herons’ head coach.
“It seems like just yesterday that I started here,” Scatton said after the Union game. “When you enjoy doing something time flies by very quickly. I’ve had the great fortune to coach some really wonderful women, and be assisted by some really wonderful people and have a support system in place that allows me to help our team reach excellence.”
William Smith finished the season with a 15-5 record and tied for second in the Liberty League regular season standings. The Herons reached the Liberty League tournament championship match and earned an NCAA Championship at-large bid.
The Statesmen Athletic Association honored four Hobart Teams of Distinction this fall. The 1992 baseball team, the 1993 football team, the 1993-94 squash team, and the two-time IRA Championship-winning pair of Chris Desino ’94 and Rob Desino ’94 raised the total number of Hobart Teams of Distinction to 20.
The Desinos were three-time medalists at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. After capturing a bronze medal in the coxless pair in 1992, the brothers won back-to-back gold medals at the national championships. In addition to winning their first IRA gold in 1993, they also won championships in the pair at the Canadian Ontario Regatta and the Canadian Henley Regatta, and competed in the Henley Royal Regatta. They closed out their Hobart careers in an eight, competing at the 1994 Henley Royal Regatta.
The 1992 Statesmen nine set a school record with a 25-12-1 overall record and earned the program’s first NCAA Championship bid. Head Coach Rick Ferchen’s team was led by second baseman Bryan Carter ’94 and outfielder Bill Minnich ’92. Both players earned All-State and All-ECAC honors while Minnich earned the additional distinction of becoming the program’s first All-American.
Four Statesmen hit over .300 that season, led by Minnich’s .395. The slugger also boasted team-highs in doubles (13), triples (8), home runs (9), and RBIs (50). Carter hit .368 and swiped a team-high 27 bases. On the hill, seniors Scott Ruggles ’92 (7-3, 2.03 ERA), Will Margiloff ’92 (5-3, 2.39, 48 Ks), and Chuck Chawgo ’92 (7-1, 3.35 ERA) were the work horses of the staff, combining to pitch 179 2-3 innings.
The 1993 football team was the first Hobart gridiron gang to earn a postseason invitation. Led by the late Bill Maxwell, the Statesmen compiled a 7-3 regular season record and an ECAC Bowl bid. At the time, the Colleges were still on a trimester schedule and the bowl game would have required the team to travel to Maine during finals, so the invitation was declined. The team overcame a 1-2 start with a six-game winning streak. The run got started with a pair of extremes. On Oct. 2, Hobart rang up a 32-7 win at St. Lawrence. The 32 points and 25-point margin of victory marked seasonhighs. The following Saturday at Rochester, the Statesmen managed a paltry 2 points, but it was enough as the defense pitched the first of its two shutouts. The six-game run was capped off with a 10-0 blanking of Buffalo State.
Four Statesmen were named All-ECAC: offensive lineman Dave Gibbons ’94, linebacker Rich Memeger ’95, and defensive backs Pete Afrooz ’95 and Bill Palmer ’94. Additionally, three garnered a spot on the Champion USA All- America teams: Palmer, who recorded a Hobart record nine interceptions, Afrooz, who led the Statesmen with 102 tackles, and Memeger, who rang up a team-high 13 sacks.
The 1993-94 squash Statesmen produced a 13-5 record and won NISRA Jack Barnaby Trophy as the nation’s most improved team. The team entered the NISRA Championships on a tear, winning nine of its final 10 regular season matches, including a 5-4 win over Dartmouth and a 7-2 triumph against Rochester. The Big Green turned the tables in the championship opener, but the team rebounded with a 5-4 victory over MIT and a 5-4 victory over Cornell. Hobart was ranked 11th in the nation in the final NISRA ranking. Playing out of the middle of the lineup, Drummond Bell ’94 and Peter Burke ’96 shared team-high honors with twin 15-3 records.
Recruiting is an important part of any college coach’s job, but no coach puts more importance on it than the coach without a team. Former Northeastern All-American Jaime Totten has spent the past three months recruiting William Smith’s inaugural ice hockey team, which begins play in 2014-15.
Heron Director of Athletics Deb Steward announced in July that Totten would be the program’s first head coach. She came to the Colleges after spending 13 seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut.
No stranger to building a program from scratch, Totten joined the UConn coaching staff in 2000, helping the Huskies transition from a club team to full varsity status. The Huskies’ coaching staff needed just five seasons to put together the program’s first winning season, a 16-12-8 campaign that saw UConn climb as high as No. 8 in the national poll and finish third in the Hockey East conference. In 2006-07, Connecticut began a string of four consecutive winning seasons, including a 22-8-5 season in 2007-08. The Huskies finished second in the Hockey East that year. The 2009-10 team went 21-9-7 and climbed all the way to No. 7 in the national rankings.
In addition to her work at UConn, Totten has served as an assistant coach with the Hockey East All-Star Team that played Team USA prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. In 2008, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Under-22 team for a three-game series against Canada. Totten also has worked numerous USA Hockey camps over the past decade.
A 2000 graduate of Northeastern, Totten earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in cardiopulmonary science with a concentration in exercise physiology. On the ice, Totten played in a Huskies’ record 141 games during her career, helping her team win three Beanpot titles and the 1996- 97 ECAC Championship, twice garnering All-America honors.
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