Middlebury Adds Eight to Athletic Hall of Fame

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College today announced its 2019 class of inductees for the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame. The sixth class to be inaugurated, this year’s group includes people representing six different decades, from as early as 1949 to as recent as 2004. The inductees combined to participate in nine different sports at the College.

The induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, November 2.

Leslie Baker Brown ’84—Alpine Skiing, Soccer
Leslie Baker, a member of the Class of 1984, is a three-time All-American who was the 1982 Giant Slalom National Champion. She finished in the top five in 71 percent of her carnival races over a four-year span, earning a top-three finish in half of her events. Baker was the 1984 EISA Slalom Champion and was a three-time All-East selection.

Baker was selected to participate in the 1983 World University Games in Bulgaria, before joining the Women’s Professional Ski Race Tour in 1985 for five years. In 1986, she placed eighth at the women’s pro skiing championship.

Beau Coash ’82—Football, Lacrosse
Beau Coash, a member of the Class of 1982, was a standout football player for the Panthers who earned Little All-American honors. Coash was also a Boston Herald All-New England choice and an ECAC All-East selection. At the time of his graduation, he held six school receiving records.

Coash’s teams compiled an 18-5-1 mark during his three seasons and were ranked first in New England with a 7-1 mark in 1981.

Following graduation, Coash signed with the New England Patriots and played the entire preseason in 1982. The following year, he played for the Boston Breakers of the USFL.

Elizabeth “Char” Glessner Monie ’04—Field Hockey, Lacrosse
Char Glessner, a member of the Class of 2004, earned All-American honors in both lacrosse (three times) and field hockey. The 2003 NESCAC Lacrosse Player of the Year helped her teams win three NCAA titles and four NESCAC crowns, earning an overall mark of 70-1. At the time of her induction, Glessner was tied for third in career goals (186) and was second in points (261).

In field hockey, Glessner was a four-time All-NESCAC selection who was a 2001 All-American. The 2001 NESCAC Player of the Year helped guide her team to the NESCAC Championship and NCAA Finals in 2003.

Michael “Mickey” Heinecken—Coach
Mickey Heinecken spent 28 years as the head coach of the football program at Middlebury (1973–2000), while also serving as the men’s tennis coach for 16 years. On the gridiron, he amassed 126 victories and a .567 winning percentage, earning seven different one-loss seasons. The Panthers earned back-to-back 7-1 marks in 1976 and 1977, before the 1981 squad accomplished the same feat.

Heinecken was recognized as the New England Coach of the Year in 1977 and 1981 and was instrumental in bringing faculty status to the coaching staff.

Dixon Hemphill ’49—Track and Field, Cross Country, Football
Dixon Hemphill, a member of the Class of 1949, was a standout track competitor who became a world-class athlete at a late age.

Hemphill’s top event was the pole vault, where he placed third at both the Milrose Games in New York City and at the Boston Garden. He set the school record in the event, clearing 12 feet with a bamboo pole.

At age 70, he ran a 3:44 marathon to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Hemphill was a member of the men’s age 90–94 relay teams that set world records in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays at the National Masters Championship in 2015.

John Humphrey ’88—Basketball
John Humphrey, a member of the Class of 1988, is Middlebury’s most prolific men’s basketball scorer with 1,844 points. The former Vermont Player of the Year averaged 20.5 points per game over his four seasons as a Panther, while earning NABC First-Team All-New England and All-ECAC honors. He owns the top-two spots for points in a game as a Panther with 46 and 43 in 1988. Humphrey was one of three Division III players invited to play in the New England All-Star game and was also chosen as a GTE Academic All-American in 1988.

Mike Karin ’59—Ice Hockey
Mike Karin, a member of the Class of 1959, still holds several NCAA records, including most assists (10) and points (13) in a game. He also owns Middlebury marks for assists in a game, season (62), and career (134). Karin was the recipient of the prestigious Walter Brown Award, presented annually to the best American-born New England college hockey player.

In 1959, he earned All-East and All-Tri-State League honors and was deemed the most valuable player of each league. Karin was selected to be a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, but declined and returned to Middlebury.

Leslie Leete Smith ’83—Alpine Skiing
Leslie Smith, a member of the Class of 1983, was Middlebury’s first four-time All-American. She finished second twice in the giant slalom at the AIWA National Championships (1980, 1982), and placed fourth in the slalom in 1981. Smith was a three-time All-East selection who won 10 carnival events throughout her career. During her senior year, she was one of five skiers to represent the United States at the 1983 World University Games in Bulgaria. At age 17, she competed for the United States in the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, racing in both the downhill and giant slalom competitions.

The Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame is located in the Peterson Family Athletics Complex. The Hall of Fame inducted its first class in January 2015, in conjunction with the opening of Virtue Field House. The Hall of Fame will induct up to 10 individuals a year. To be eligible, former student-athletes who are nominated for consideration must be at least 10 years removed from their final year of collegiate competition. Coaches, administrators, and staff must have served with distinction and be a minimum of five years removed from their employment with the College in order to receive consideration. Pre- and post-Middlebury accomplishments can factor into a nominee’s candidacy as long as the accomplishments fall within the sphere of athletic achievement and bear some connection to the nominee’s athletic career at Middlebury.

Nominations are now being accepted for the Class of 2020, which will be inducted in November of 2020. For information about the Middlebury Athletics Hall of Fame, including complete biographies of inductees and a link to the nomination form, please visit http://athletics.middlebury.edu/traditions/halloffame.