Three Bobcats Inducted into New England Basketball Hall of Fame
WORCESTER, Mass. – The New England Basketball Hall of Fame inducted three members from the Quinnipiac University men's basketball program with the Class of 2013 on Saturday, June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Head coach Tom Moore, James Johnson ’12 and Rob Monroe ’05 were recognized among the best of New England Basketball.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame casts a wide net over the accomplishments of the region’s renowned basketball participants, including players, coaches, administrators and officials at all levels. The idea for the New England Basketball Hall of Fame came from the notion that among all the places basketball developed, from the concrete courts of New York City to the backyard hoops of Indiana, the initial seedbed for basketball was New England. A game that took root in middle Massachusetts is now played all over the world.
The Hall of Fame recognizes the people whose excellence has contributed to the rich legacy of New England Basketball. The categories that envelope all the people who make up this storied past are necessarily varied. The Division III female player, the Division I star, and the Basketball Hall of Fame Coach all weave colorful threads into the fascinating tapestry of New England Basketball.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame’s awards program includes such diverse categories as the “Ronald S. Perry Award” for inductees who have excelled in two or more categories, the “Scholar-Athlete Award” for those whose outstanding career in basketball led to outstanding careers and accomplishments off the court and, the “Scholar-Athlete Program of Excellence” that recognizes institutions whose programs promote the importance of accomplishment on the court and in the classroom.
The June 22 event included a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who were inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, such as John Caliperi of Kentucky, former UMASS Coach. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, was among the inductees, and also served as an afternoon panelist.
The event -- as much reunion as ceremony -- has become one of the largest sports dinners in America. The event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sell out.
In 2002, the New England Basketball Hall of Fame inducted its first class. Other classes have been inducted in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2009.
Quinnipiac University New England Hall of Fame Inductees – Class of 2013
Men’s Basketball Head Coach Tom Moore
Both on and off the court, Tom Moore has transitioned the Quinnipiac basketball program into a perennial power in the Northeast Conference. Moore guided the Bobcats to an average of 20 wins over the last four seasons, including two 20-plus win campaigns in 2010 and 2011. He has amassed a 108-81 overall record, eclipsing the 100-win plateau last season against instate rival CCSU on January 24, 2013. Moore reached the milestone faster than any QU Division I men's basketball coach and became the second fastest in program history. Under Moore’s tutelage, the Bobcats made three straight national postseason appearances (NIT, CIT, CBI) from 2009 to 2011. He was named the Jim Phelan Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2010 and the CollegeInsider.com Northeast Conference Coach of the Year in 2009. Prior to Quinnipiac, Moore served as an assistant coach at Assumption, was the head coach at Worcester State and the assistant coach at UConn. In his five years at the helm of the Lancers, Moore compiled a record of 76-59 which served, at the time, as the winningest five-year period in the school’s history.
"It is an honor to be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, especially with the ceremony being held in my extended hometown of Worcester, Mass. I am grateful to all the head coaches and administrators who believed in me at Worcester State College, Assumption College, and the University of Connecticut, especially Coach Jim Calhoun. I am especially thankful for the opportunity to presently coach here at Quinnipiac University under the incredible leadership of President John Lahey, athletic director Jack McDonald, and senior associate athletic director Billy Mecca. I'd like to thank Mark Epstien for his tireless efforts in organizing this event and thank the committee for inducting me." -- Tom Moore
Men’s Basketball Guard James Johnson ‘12
James Johnson, a two-time All-NEC representative, wrapped up a remarkable career with the Bobcats in 2012. In his final season, Johnson finished with 22 points in the NEC Quarterfinals to become Quinnipiac's Division I scoring leader, surpassing the previous mark set by Rob Monroe's in 2005 (1,685). Johnson went on to amass 1,729 points and climbed to #7 on the all-time scoring list by the end of his career. The prolific scorer excelled in other areas as well, ranking second in Division I history for assists (479) and steals (185). Following his senior season, Johnson signed a deal with Forca Lleida, a club in the LEB-Gold Division - the second tier professional league in Spain.
Men’s Basketball Guard Rob Monroe ’05
A first team All-Northeast Conference pick as a senior, Rob Monroe ranked among the top 50 in four major NCAA Division I categories: fourth in scoring (22.7 points/game); 14th in assists (6.5/game); 27th in free throw percentage (.859); and 45th in three-pointers/game (2.8). In his final season, Monroe had 16 games with at least 20 points and six games with at least 30 points. His season and career-high came on January 2, when he scored 41 in a double-overtime win over Longwood. Monroe finished his career at Quinnipiac ranked first in three-pointers (253), third in assists (541), fourth in free throws made (387), seventh in steals (137) and eighth in points (1,685). He received several prestigious awards such as during his time including Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year, Northeast Conference All-Rookie Team, Northeast Conference All-Tournament Team, New Haven’s Tap Off Club’s Male Athlete of the Year, First Team All Northeast Conference, Nine Time Northeast Conference Player of the Week, one of the finalists for the Bob Cousey Award, Men’s Basketball Team MVP and the Quinnipiac Athlete of the Year.