MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University Department of Athletics inducted four new members into the SNHU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night to kick off Homecoming Weekend. Amber (Chandronnait) Robins (women's tennis), Tim Flight (Baseball), Adrian Schippers (men's soccer) and Mark Yeaton (men's basketball) joined 107 other individuals and two teams in the SNHU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Associate Director of Athletics Tom Wilkins welcomed those on hand at the SNHU Dining Center Banquet Hall, while President Paul LeBlanc delivered the opening remarks. Following dinner, presenters were welcomed on stage to introduce their respective inductee by Director of Athletic Communications Eric Coplin, who served as the Master of Ceremonies. Head men's and women's tennis coach Greg Coache led off the ceremony by presenting Chandronnait, head baseball coach Scott Loiseau welcomed up Flight, former SNHU head men's soccer coach and current University of New Hampshire men's soccer bench boss Marc Hubbard introduced Schippers and head men's basketball coach Stan Spirou ushered in Yeaton. Photomontages that played throughout the night and during the introduction of each inductee were created by Coordinator of Athletic Communications Geoff Lopes.
Chandronnait, who was in her initial year on the ballot, is the first women's tennis player to be inducted into the SNHU Hall of Fame. A native of Bow, N.H., Chandronnait was a three-year member of the women's tennis program from 2008-11, helping her teams capture a pair of Northeast-10 titles during that span. She was a three-time NE10 Vern Cox Player of the Year, in addition to earning NE10 All-Conference First Team honors three times in singles and twice in doubles. Chandronnait was a stellar 73-5 in singles play during her career, including a remarkable 54-1 out of the No. 1 spot and a perfect 38-0 in NE10 action. Chandronnait, who was also 54-12 in doubles play, with a 51-9 mark at the top flight, is the program's all-time leader in both singles (.936) and doubles (.818) winning percentage and ranks second in singles victories. In addition to helping the team to a 50-10 mark during her three years, she also garnered three ITA East Region singles championships.
Flight, who hails from Portsmouth, R.I., was voted in on his first appearance on the ballot. A two-year member of the baseball program from 2010-12, Flight, who finished his career with an impressive 15-4 record and 1.75 earned-run average, ranks first all-time in program history in ERA and fifth in strikeouts (229), as well as eighth in both wins and innings pitched (179.2). As a senior, Flight went 9-1 with a stingy 1.31 ERA, guiding the Penmen to their first East Region crown and berth in the College World Series in Cary, N.C. For his efforts, he was recognized as both the ABCA and NCBWA Division II Pitcher of the Year, a consensus First Team All-American by the ABCA, NCBWA and Daktronics, the East Region Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-Region selection by the ABCA, NCBWA and Daktronics, as well as the Pitcher of the Year and All-Conference First Team pick by the Northeast-10. Flight also took care of business in the classroom that year, being named a Capital One Academic All-America Third Team honoree.
Schippers, a two-year member of the men's soccer program from 2008-09, is a native of Ashby, Mass. Schippers closed his career with 20 goals and nine assists for 49 points, helping the team to a 29-7-8 record and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including a spot in the regional final in 2009 when he earned NSCAA All-America honors. Schippers guided the team to a Northeast-10 title in 2008, getting selected as the NE10 Player of the Year, en route to garnering an NCAA Tournament berth that began a streak, which currently stands as the longest active in the entire country at nine years. A two-time Daktronics All-American and NE10 All-Conference First Team selection, Schippers led the squad in scoring in both of his seasons in a Penmen uniform.
Yeaton, a native of Concord, N.H., played three seasons for the men's basketball program from 2001-04, finishing with 1,169 points in a Penmen uniform. Yeaton, who averaged 13.1 points per game during his three years at SNHU, guided the team to NCAA Tournament berths in both 2003 and 2004. The program posted a record of 62-28 during Yeaton's time in Manchester and twice advanced to the championship game of the Northeast-10 tournament. As a senior, he poured in 15.5 ppg, en route to being recognized as an NE10 All-Conference Second Team selection. In just three years, Yeaton graduated ranking 30th in the storied program in scoring and inside the top 10 in 3-pointers made.
The Southern New Hampshire University Athletic Hall of Fame, which was created in 1967 and revived in 1988, honors those individuals who, through participation, support or interest have made outstanding contributions in the field of intercollegiate athletics and have brought recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to Southern New Hampshire University. Beginning in 2015, classes are selected and inducted on a biennial basis
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