September 28, 2012

McKim, Feeley & Owen inducted in Lyndon Athletics Hall of Fame

LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The Lyndon Department of Athletics inducted three new members into it Hall of Fame at a ceremony held Friday. The inductees include Scott McKim, who competed for the Hornet men's soccer program; Randy Freely, a runner on the Lyndon men's cross country team and Jamie Owen, a professor, coach and administrator at the institution from 1972 through 1986.

Scott McKim '02

McKim graduated from Lyndon with a degree in meteorology and minors in physics and mathematics. As a student, he  followed his childhood passion of weather to Lyndon knowing he was attending one of the premier colleges in the country for meteorology studies, while also looking to prolong his high school athletic pursuits and his love of the outdoors surrounded by the beauty of northeastern Vermont. 

 McKim graduated cum laude with a 3.89 grade-point-average while also earning the Gil Ford Award as the top graduating meteorology major, the Lyndon Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, and the Student Senate Community Achievement Award.

 He was a four-year starter on the soccer team and served as captain for two years.  He was recognized for his outstanding soccer acumen and skills earning numerous accolades during his collegiate soccer career to include All-Conference honors, multiple Mayflower Conference Scholar-Athlete designations, and a NAIA All-American Scholar Athlete Award.  Lyndon awarded Scott with the Male Athlete-of-the-Year Award in 2000.

 After graduation, McKim attended graduate school at Colorado State University where he graduated in 2005 with a degree in Watershed Science and a concentration in snow science, furthering his interest in meteorology and hydrology.  His first job following graduate school took him back to Alaska working for the National Weather Service (NWS), a place he had fallen in love with while completing two summer internships in Alaska while a student at Lyndon.

 McKim left the NWS in 2007 to pursue a teaching career and has been a mathematics, science and technology educator in a middle school in Anchorage, Alaska ever since. As a teacher, he has applied been awarded over $127,000 in grant monies to benefit his classroom and school.  Furthermore, McKim was honored with the 2012 Alaska Outstanding Educator Award, the California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence, and was named the runner-up for the Alaska Teacher-of-the-Year in 2012.

He continues to stay active in his community McKim is an Executive Board member of the Anchorage Waterways Council.  He plays on an adult-league soccer team, competes in marathons and triathlons, and enjoys the beautiful Alaskan wilderness via many skiing, paddling and backpacking trips.

McKim currently lives in Anchorage with his wife, Julie.

 Randy Feeley '04

 Feeley graduated from Lyndon with a degree in athletic training. As a student, he was a stand-out runner on the men's cross country team. He was recruited to Lyndon by Coach Chris Ummer during his senior year of high school.

In addition to being an outstanding cross country runner, Feeley was an exceptional leader and team captain, serving in this role for three years.  His teammates would attest to this being true both during competition and at practice.

It has been said that he is the most decorated male cross country runner in Lyndon's history.  In 2001 alone, he was named Lyndon's Most Valuable Runner for the third year in a row, All-Mayflower Conference and Conference Male Runner-of-the-Year, All-Region X and Region X Male Runner-of-the-Year, Lyndon Male Athlete-of-the-Year, and Faces in the Crowd by Sports Illustrated

Also in his senior year, Feeley was undefeated in the regular season and his team won the Vermont State Intercollegiate Championship – no other Lyndon team has ever won a Vermont Collegiate title since. He went on become the NAIA Region X Champion (eight kilometers in 26:36 in Philadelphia, Penn.) and placed 23rd overall at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Kenosha, Wisc., being named an NAIA All-American in the process.

His personal best times in cross country are impressive:  5K (15:23), 8K (25:14), and 10K (32:08).

Despite being the most decorated male cross country runner at Lyndon, Ummer will share that Feeley was not the most naturally gifted runner.  What made him so successful was the exceptional work ethic and drive he possessed.  Years later, his coach has yet to see another runner log 100+ miles weekly and routinely put in a morning eight-mile run.

Feeley's respect for his teammates, opponents, and coach were truly admired and are remembered years later.  He conducted himself with distinction. 

Feeley has been working as a train dispatcher for the American Rail Dispatching Center in Saint Albans, Vt. since 2006. He dispatches trains for his parent company, RailAmerica, throughout the entire United States. He resides in Belvedere Center with his wife, Nichole (Arel) Feeley '07.

 Jamie Owen

Owen grew up in Readfield, Maine. In high school, her love for sports blossomed. It was her salvation and she loved to compete. She graduated from Davis Elkins College in Elkins, W. Va., with a degree in physical education and a minor in history. In college, Owen played field hockey, basketball, and softball.  In 1974, she obtained a Master's degree from University of  Maine at Orono. 

After college, Jamie took her first teaching job at Huntington College in Montgomery, Ala., as an instructor in physical education and health.  Over the years her teaching career would take her to Apalachicola, Fla., Springfield, Mass., Troy, N.Y., Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Caribou, Maine.

Owen taught at Castleton State College for five years and then started her coaching career at Caribou High School in Caribou, Maine. She coached field hockey, basketball, and softball. In 1971, Dudley Bell called to recruit her to Lyndon, based on a reference from CSC.  She said no initially, but called back a month later and accepted the position of physical education instructor and coach of field hockey, basketball, and softball. 

Jamie's coaching career at Lyndon spanned over 15 years. Field hockey, the sport she coached the most, was her favorite as she had played 12 years of club hockey after college, including two national tournaments. Working with student teachers was also a highlight of her time at Lyndon – she loved observing, mentoring, and coaching them. She enjoyed seeing what she taught being applied.

When reflecting on her time as a coach at Lyndon, Owen recalls fondly the field hockey team's tournament success at Keene State College; learning from the women's basketball team because so much had changed in the game since she played; an undefeated season with the basketball team and a trip to Canada to participate in an international tournament – being moved when hearing the national anthem; and undefeated seasons in softball along with an outstanding triple play by Joyce Siok '79.

Owen's goal as a coach was to get her team to play as well as they could, remember who they were and who they were representing, and behave accordingly. She was an intense and focused coach. She also wanted the women to have the same opportunities as the men and advocated hard for this, even before Title IX took effect.

In the community, Owen has been involved with the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum and Lyndonville Welcome Center. She has taught tennis to local children as well as to adults in Florida. She is a U.S. Professional Tennis Association member, sponsored by Dudley Bell.

Owen retired from Lyndon in 1986 She still resides in Lyndonville, Vt. and has been wintering in Florida for 25 years. Her passion is tennis, but she also enjoys golf, walking and biking.