North Adams, MA- On Friday, October 4th, the MCLA athletics department held their annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Holiday Inn. A capacity crowd filled the room as they welcomed Ryan Kiernan '02 (Ice Hockey), Lucy Tremblay '13 (Women's Basketball), and Shaun Richard '03 (Baseball) into the Hall of Fame.
As part of the ceremony, each individual conducted an interview to discuss their time at MCLA, their career path, and many spoke about the importance of teammates and family. The heartfelt message was felt throughout the room as each individual opened up about what made their time in North Adams so memorable.
Prior to their induction, MCLA held a moment of silence in honor of legendary coach and athletics director, Joseph Zavattaro, who had passed away in July. Zavattaro was inducted into the MASCAC Hall of Fame over the summer.
Here are the introductions for each of the members of the 2019 Hall of Fame Class:
Ryan Kiernan '02 (Ice Hockey)
Kiernan had a decorated career as a goaltender while at MCLA. A 2002 graduate, Kiernan was a two time MVP, an All MASCAC selection, and was the 2002 ECAC East Goaltender of the year.
The goaltender made an immediate impact during his time in North Adams as he appeared in 15 games as a freshman. He would go on to play in 82 games and capped off a remarkable senior season in which he stopped a whopping 846 shots!
He won a career best 14 games that season and led his team to the ECAC Championship Game against top ranked Norwich. After his senior season, Kiernan was selected to play in the ECAC Division III All Star Game.
Following his collegiate career, he signed a minor league contract with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies. After wrapping up his playing career, Kiernan landed a position at NBC News in Washington, DC. There, he has spent the last 15 years as an Engineer and has worked at locations including the State Department, the Capital, the Pentagon, and the White House.
He currently resides in Bethesda, MD alongside his wife Andrea and their son Carson.
Lucy Tremblay '13 (Women's Basketball)
Tremblay, a 2013 graduate of MCLA, was a prolific scorer during the program's highest time of success.
Tremblay burst onto the scene at MCLA as she became the first Trailblazer to be named the MASCAC rookie of the year. Tremblay's emergence helped lift MCLA to their first ever NCAA appearance in 2010 as they captured the MASCAC tournament championship. Her success didn't end there. Tremblay would go on to become a member of the 1,000 point club and eventually led the conference in scoring as a senior.
A prolific scorer, Tremblay is second all-time in total points at MCLA only trailing hall of famer Jen Wehner. Her final two seasons she tallied 822 points in a Trailblazer uniform alone. Her career stats read:
- 1,355 points
- 162 Three point field goals made
- 449 rebounds
- 263 assists
- 227 steals
Upon graduating, Tremblay became an assistant coach at Bard College and then later at Sage. After a brief move to Asheville, NC, Tremblay has since returned home to her native New York.
Shaun Richard '03 (Baseball)
Richard enjoyed an outstanding career on the diamond in North Adams.
He was a team MVP while also collecting All MASCAC and All New England honors during his career. After a slow start during his freshman season, Richard took over full time catching duties and became a force on offense and defense. He batted .348 for his career and is in the top five all time in hits and runs batted in while at MCLA.
He was also on a pair of ECAC teams in 2001 and 2002. Richard was a key contributor on the 2002 squad that set a school record for wins with 29.
Richard also competed locally for the North Adams Steeplecats of the historic NECBL during the summer of 2002 and then won the gold medal as part of the American International Sports Tours in Holland in 2003.
Richard went on to graduate school at Springfield College before landing a job with the Miami Dolphins. He would eventually work for the Jason Taylor Foundation before switching into higher education. Richard became the Associate Director of Athletics for External Operations at Colgate University. Currently, he is the Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Sport Administration at The Ohio State University. At OSU, he oversees five athletic programs, the equipment room, the Ohio State Golf Club, and the largest Nike contract in the country.
While at OSU, Richard married his wife Molly in 2014 and has a two year old daughter Delaney.
For a complete listing of the Athletics Hall of Fame, please click here: MCLA Athletics Hall of Fame