Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees for 2009


The Suffolk University Athletic Department will induct six athletes, a coach, and a baseball team into its Athletic Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony and dinner on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. 

The second class of the Athletic Hall of fame includes:

  • Jack Resnick of Revere is one of the leading one-game scorers in college basketball history. One night in 1953, Resnick scored 75 points for the Rams in a game against Burdett College.  He also is the University’s first 1,000-point career scorer.
  • Christos Tsiotos of Winthrop is the only basketball player in University history to record both 1,000 points and rebounds. His 1,639 points earn him fourth place on the University’s all-time scoring list, and he made 1,016 rebounds. A two-time Division III All New England selection, he helped lead the Rams to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (1975-77).  He also is a member of the Winthrop High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • Kathleen Norton of Randolph made her mark in both basketball and softball. She was the University’s all-time leading women’s scorer with 1,516 points and the 2002 NCAA National Division III batting champion with a .606 batting average.
  • Fred Knox of York Beach, Maine, was a premier pitcher from 1958 to 1961.  As a relief pitcher, he preserved Suffolk’s victory over Division I Boston College.
  • Brian Gruning of Tewksbury is Suffolk’s second all-time hockey career scoring leader with 226 total points (119 goals, 107 assists).  He also was a Division III ECAC All-Star Selection.
  • Ernst Cleophat of Augusta, Georgia, averaged a goal a game during his stellar career on the soccer field – highlighted by his three-goal game in a 3-0 defeat of Division I Northeastern University.  He now is head women’s soccer coach at Suffolk University.
  • Joe Walsh of Chester, New Hampshire, was head coach of the Suffolk baseball team from 1982-1995.  He led the Rams to a 218-167-1 record, with three ECAC tournament appearances.  He also was head coach of the Suffolk women’s basketball and cross-country squads.  He is now head baseball coach at Harvard University.
  • The 1984 Suffolk baseball team made school history by being the first squad to qualify for Eastern College Athletic Conference post-season play with a record of 15-9.  The Suffolk nine produced convincing victories over many worthy opponents throughout the season, including Division II foes Bentley College, Bryant College, and Merrimack College. 

The Hall of Fame reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge.

To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Ellen Solomita at 617-573-8514. 


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