What does it take to have a college athletic field named after you? You could be the institution's winningnest coach in any sport. You could be named Coach of the Year seven times. You could lead your team to three NCAA postseason appearances. Or, if you're Elms College Softball Coach and 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Cheryl Condon, you do all three.

2012 Hall of Fame Class to Be Honored

Thu Sep 20, 2012

What does it take to have a college athletic field named after you? You could be the institution's winningnest coach in any sport. You could be named Coach of the Year seven times. You could lead your team to three NCAA postseason appearances.

Or, if you're Elms College Softball Coach and 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Cheryl Condon, you do all three.

Other than the program's first year, Cheryl has been at the helm of the softball team for each season, culminating in 26 years of service to the college.  For fans of approximate fractions, that's almost one third of our school's history. And she is heading into her 27th season. And the program is only getting better.

In fact, all of her Coach of the Year awards took place recently, from 2002 to 2010. Her three NCAA postseason appearances occurred from 2003 to 2007, with 2003 being the first NCAA playoff spot for any Elms program. Last season, her squad made it to the semifinals of the NECC Championship tournament. Also, did we mention that, in 2008, the softball field was named after her?

So, it is with great pleasure that on September 28, we honor Coach Condon with an induction into the Elms College Hall of Fame on Friday, September 28 in the Mary Dooley College Center.

Joining her will be Kristin Tassey '03, two-sport athlete at Elms from 1999 to 2003, competing in four seasons of both field hockey and softball.

Tassey was a First Team All-North Atlantic Conference (NAC) honoree during her senior season. As a member of the softball team, Tassey is ranked as the program's all-time leader in walks, third in stolen bases, and third in runs scored. In four years on the diamond, Tassey helped the Blazers post 65 wins, including two NAC championships, which culminated with a 28-7 record in 2003 which stands as the program's record for most wins in a single season. In 113 games played, Tassey connected for 92 hits, 94 runs scored, 26 RBI, 44 stolen bases, 51walks and a .295 batting average. For her efforts, Tassey was named an All-NAC catcher twice (2002 and 2003).

Also being inducted is Jennifer LeDoux '07, a two-sport athlete at Elms from 2004 to 2007, competing in three years of soccer and four years of softball.

In soccer, LeDoux is ranked fourth all-time in goals scored and fourth all-time in points. During her sophomore year in 2004, LeDoux was named Second Team All-North Atlantic Conference. In 2006, LeDoux led the Blazers in scoring with 15 goals, helping Elms set the program record for wins (14) and was subsequently named First Team All-NAC for her efforts.

In softball, LeDoux was the program's fourth all-time leader in stolen bases (37), a Second Team All-NAC selection in 2004 and 2005 and an Honorable Mention All-NAC selection in 2007. LeDoux finished her softball career at Elms with a .328 batting average, totaling 103 hits in 114 games played, drove in 65 runs, scored 79 runs and accumulated 32 walks.

If you would like to attend the dinner and induction ceremony, please contact Ann Clark at 413-265-2311 or clarka@elms.edu by September 14. Tickets are $45 per person.

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