Colby-Sawyer College will induct South Boston, Mass., resident T.J. Gondek, a versatile athlete and 1995 graduate, into its first athletic hall of fame. Gondek and six other athletes, coaches, and contributors will be honored as the 2006 hall of fame inductees for their outstanding contributions to Colby-Sawyer’s tradition and commitment to excellence in athletics. Gondek is a native of Nashua, N.H.
|T.J. Gondek Inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame
The 2006 inductees into the Colby-Sawyer College Hall of Fame were recognized during Reunion Weekend on June 3 and will be officially inducted during Family Weekend in October.
Gondek earns a spot in the inaugural class of the Colby-Sawyer Athletics Hall of Fame as a key contributor to the early success of the men’s basketball program. He was the first men’s basketball player in school history to earn All-America honors by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Gondek, a native of Nashua, N.H., and a graduate of Nashua High School, was named third-team All-America by the NABC following his senior season in 1994-95. A two-time All-Northeast District selection by the NABC, he was also a two-time Colby-Sawyer Male Outstanding Athlete award winner. Additionally, he was a two-time Eastern College Athletic Conference New England All-Star, one of only two players in school history to earn the honor more than once.
Gondek still stands as Colby-Sawyer’s all-time leading scorer, tallying 2,164 career points, the first of only three players to score more than 2,000 points. He also ranks second in school history in field goals (736) and free throws (456) and is third in rebounds (836) and three-pointers (236). Playing before Colby-Sawyer was affiliated with a conference, he still led the Chargers to 23-5 mark and a runner-up finish in the 1995 Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Tournament.
The Colby-Sawyer Hall of Fame will provide an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of individuals, as well the college’s history of strong athletic programs, according to Director of Athletics Deb McGrath.
“Each year we’ll recognize a group of people who exemplify our tradition of the committed student-athletes and coaches, and others who contribute to athletics through their involvement and support,” said McGrath. “Our 2006 inductees are a special group because of their outstanding personal achievements but also because they represent what we hope will be a long and distinguished new tradition of honoring contributions to athletics.”
Colby-Sawyer, founded in 1837, is a comprehensive liberal arts college located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Students from 25 states and seven foreign countries learn in small classes through a select array of programs that integrate the liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional experience. Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.colby-sawyer.edu.