MANCHESTER, N.H. – Southern New Hampshire University Director of Athletics Chip Polak announced recently that two individuals and one team will be inducted in the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame class. Women’s soccer standout Lindsay Parks ’05, longtime SNHU coach and professor Norton “Tuffy” Phelps and the 1979-80 men’s basketball team will all be inducted.
With the induction of three new members, the Hall of Fame consists of 99 members, 97 individuals and two teams. Details for the 2012 SNHU Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, January 28, 2012, will be announced in the near future.
Parks, a native of Littleton, Mass. and graduate of Littleton HS, was a four-year standout with the women’s soccer program from 2001-04. She ranks eighth in program history with 29 career goals, while her 68 career points place her just outside the top-10 in that category. A four-time Northeast-10 All-Conference selection who garnered First Team honors as a junior and senior, Parks is one of just two players in women’s soccer program history to be named All-Conference four times. She was a two-time All-Region selection and led the Penmen to an NCAA Tournament berth as a junior.
Phelps served as the second coach in program history for both the men’s soccer and baseball programs, coaching soccer from 1969-77 and baseball from 1970-78. In soccer, Phlelps guided the Penmen to an 8-4-1 record in 1976 and an appearance in the NAIA District 5 playoffs, while in baseball his 1970 squad captured the NEIBA championship. A longtime professor at SNHU, Phelps served the University from 1968-2005, starting his career in the mathematics department. In the early 1990s, he started then-New Hampshire College’s Sport Management program, one of the first of its kind in the region and now one of SNHU’s most popular majors.
SNHU’s rise to regional and national prominence in men’s basketball began with the 1979-80 squad, which was the first to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. That season, the Penmen captured their first of six regional titles to date, capturing the New England Region title with wins over Quinnipiac College and Springfield College. The Penmen, who finished with a record of 22-8, advanced to the Elite Eight, where they were downed by Virginia Union.
Five members of the 1979-80 men’s basketball team are already members of the Hall of Fame as individuals: Jay Cirocco (1998), Chris Delguidice (1988), Bill Dunn (1989) and Tom Roche (2009) along with head coach and former SNHU athletic director Tom Sullivan (1990).