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NVU-Lyndon inducts four into its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018

NVU-Lyndon inducts four into its Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Lyndonville, VT - Northern Vermont University-Lyndon kicked off 2018 Homecoming & Family Weekend with the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Friday evening.  The Class of 2018 included Jamie Eaton '99, Brian Gallagher '91, Joshua Grant '13, and Susan Howe Wood '76.

Lyndon alumn Roger Cartee '65 served as Master of Ceremonies for the festivities.  NVU Executive Director of Development and Alumni Affairs Jennifer Kempton Harris '79 welcomed those in attendance and NVU President Dr. Elaine Collins provided some opening remarks highlighting the accomplishments of Hornet athletics and Hornet student athletes over the past year.  Following dinner, Interim Director of Athletics Christopher Gilmore presented the inductees.

Many Lyndon Hall of Famers were among the attendees.  They included Kyle Amadon '79, Dudley Bell, Jeremiah Bias '07, Jennifer Kirchoff Layn '06, Joe Layn '02, Skip and Connie Pound, Jackie Priestley-Smith '76, Joyce Siok '79, and Chris Ummer.

Women's basketball player Jamie Eaton '99 graduated from Lyndon State College in 1999 with a degree in Recreation Resource & Ski Resort Management.  She was a two-year member of the Hornet Women's Basketball team, after having transferred from Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks.

Jamie's love for the sport of basketball was apparent at an early age.  She started playing in the fourth grade and continued each year through college, much of those years playing with and sharing in success with her twin sister, Tina.

Jamie received numerous honors during her two seasons in a Hornet uniform.  These include being named to the All-Conference Team both years, being named Team MVP both years, and team captain her senior year.  She ranked 17th nationally for individual field goal percentage and 20th nationally for individual rebounding in the NAIA Division II her junior year.  Jamie also ranked second in scoring and first in field goal percentage in the conference that year.  Her senior year she ranked 10th nationally for individual scoring and 11th nationally for individual rebounding in the NAIA Division II.  She also ranked first in scoring and rebounding in the conference her senior year.  She was also named scholar athlete in 1999. In addition to all of these accolades, Jamie scored her 2000th career point on February 13, 1999.

Jamie has been recognized throughout her basketball career for various levels of success, but the most important thing to her was the teamwork and the friendships that were developed over the years.

Jamie grew up in a rural town in Pennsylvania, but after spending two years at Lyndon State College, she knew that she wanted to make the Northeast Kingdom her home and has resided here since her graduation.  She currently lives in Lyndonville, Vt., with her twin sister, where they pursue a life of outdoor adventures and share in their love for animals.

Men's basketball player Brian Gallagher '91 graduated from Lyndon State College with a bachelor's degree in physical education and certificate in athletic training in 1991. He completed his Master of Education at Southern New Hampshire University.  His course study research focused on empowering students with skills and individual strengths and self-directed development.

While at Lyndon, Brian played basketball for three seasons and was elected captain his junior year.  Due to a serious knee injury, he was forced to miss his senior season. Brian spent four years in the athletic training program, where he assisted with spring and fall athletic teams.

Since graduating, Brian's career has revolved around teaching and athletics.  Since 1992, he has been a physical education teacher in the Montpelier Public School System. He started his career at the middle school level serving as a teacher, athletic director, and coaching three seasons a year. He also umpired high school baseball.  The last twelve years he has taught at Montpelier High School and overseen major program changes in curriculum as well as assisted in planning the improvement of fitness facilities.

In 2002, Brian was a founding member of the Vermont Mountaineers and in 2003 the organization entered the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) as its 13th franchise.  Brian has served the organization as the team's general manager since the beginning and was elected president in 2015.  He currently serves in both roles. Brian also serves on the NECBL Board of Directors and is chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.

During his tenure with the Mountaineers the team has made major improvements annually to the facility.  The organization has been in the top tier of league attendance, despite being in the smallest market.  To date, the Mountaineers have seen 103 alumni move into the ranks of professional baseball with twelve making it to Major League Baseball.

The Mountaineers have made it to the league championship five times and have won the Fay Vincent Championship Trophy three times.  In 2019, the Mountaineers will have the honor of hosting the NECBL's annual All-Star Game.  This will be the third time the organization has been selected to receive the honor.

Brian has earned numerous honors including Vermont VFW High School Teacher of the Year Award in 2017, Montpelier VFW Teacher of the Year Award in 2016, and The Times Argus "Best of the Best – High School Teacher Recognition" in 2014.

Brian met his wife Vanessa '89 met while at Lyndon and have been married for 26 years.  They reside in East Montpelier, Vt., with their daughters Callista and Carmen.

Men's Cross Country runner Joshua Grant '13 graduated magna cum laude from Lyndon State College with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2013.  After his four year stint at Lyndon, he had been decorated with numerous academic awards which included being named: four time Dudley Bell Male Outstanding Student-Athlete, three time Green & Gold Scholar Athlete, Natural Science Department Outstanding Senior, and a member of the Arthur B. Elliott Honor Society.  Josh furthered his formal education by earning his Master of Science in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 2017.

As a four time varsity cross country runner, Josh ran a plethora of steps…like hundreds of thousands, maybe.  He garnered All-Conference and Most Valuable Runner honors.  His freshman year he was named North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Rookie of the Year and Runner of the Year.  To cap off his athlete career at Lyndon, he was named the NAC Man of the Year ('12-'13) for his many accomplishments on and off the course.

On the course Josh was the NAC Champion in 2009 and runner up in 2010 and 2012 helping lead the team to NAC Championships in 2009, 2010, and 2012.  By finishing top 20 in the NCAA New England Championships, he secured his spot to compete in the Division III National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., during his senior year.  By way of these efforts, Josh was named to the United States Track & Field and Cross County Coaches Association All-Academic Team.  During his career, Josh won a total of seven races and always finished within the top ten at NAC Championships.

What made the Lyndon experience for Josh were the unique, caring ,and engaging people he met while a student-athlete at Lyndon.  His fondest memories are centered around interactions with his peers, coaches, and professors...an afterhours study group for Geology, gentile conversation with teammates in the dining hall, founding the Track & Field club with friends, formulating game plans with former coach, Chris Ummer—just to name a few.

Josh has worked as an agricultural and natural resource agent for the University of Georgia since 2017, and is prepared for a possible Ph.D. in the future.  He is also focused on peak performance in the 2019 Boston Marathon.

Josh currently lives in Crisp Co, Ga., and is excited to be visiting his folks in New Hampshire and humbled to be visiting Lyndon once again.

Multi-sport athlete Susan Howe Wood '76 graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in health and physical education.  She went on to earn a master's degree from the University of Vermont in 1986 and continued her professional development throughout her 39-year career.  While at Lyndon, Sue played on the softball and lacrosse teams and was part of the volleyball club one year.  Her most successful sport was field hockey where she spent three years a part of a successful team as well as being named Most Valuable Player her junior and senior years.  Coach Jamie Owen called Sue her "slow and steady fullback, ready to stop anything and everything."  Sue was also a member of the Women's Recreation Association, Physical Education Club, and made the dean's list her senior year.

Sue began her teaching career at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vt.  While there, she coached junior high basketball, JV field hockey, started an afterschool ski program for students, and taught adult education classes, including swimming.  After five years, she moved to Champlain Valley Union High School (CVUHS) where she was hired to write and teach the health curriculum for all incoming ninth graders.

During her career at CVUHS, Sue continued her professional development by expanding her knowledge and skills in the area of Wellness.  She continued coursework both at UVM and St. Michael's College, attended state, regional, and national conferences, and was instrumental in maintaining rigor in curriculum.  A colleague of Sue's states: "Sue is a devoted and inspiring teacher. She is hardworking, insightful, and dedicated to students of all levels.  Sue has exhibited a unique creativity and serious attitude in the development of the wellness program and is attentive to academic rigor, relevancy, and current trends."

Aside from her teaching responsibilities, Sue was an AFS advisor, active on several school committees and hiring panels, and started the school-wide wellness program.  She was part of a CORE of ninth grade teachers for twelve years, involved with interdisciplinary work, assessment, and standards work.  She was also a workshop presenter at both state and regional conferences.

In 1991, Sue was selected CVUHS University of Vermont Teacher of the Year and in 2011, was contributing author to Education from the Heart, a book that includes the work she and a colleague did to bring yoga and mindfulness to the physical education program.  In 2016, Sue received the Excellence in Education Award for the Alpha Delta Kappa organization, an honorary group Sue has been very active in for almost 25 years, taking on leadership positions at both the state and regional levels.

Since retiring two years ago, Sue has become an active member of her church, serving on leadership positions for their thrift shop and currently, the capital campaign.  She plays piano at the Respite House weekly and devotes mid-week to her 95-year-old mother who has been a role model of positive spirit for her!  Sue also enjoys gardening, golfing, meal prep, reading, skiing, and travelling.  She lives in Essex Junction, Vt, with husband Steve with whom she has been married for 32 years.  They have two daughters Rachel Cohen, a teacher at Colchester High School and Abigail Wood, a labor and delivery nurse in Santa Fe, N.M.