Southern Maine to Induct Eight Into 2018 Husky Hall of Fame

Southern Maine to Induct Eight Into 2018 Husky Hall of Fame

GORHAM, Maine – The University of Southern Maine Department of Athletics will add eight new members to the Husky Hall of Fame when it hosts the 33rd Annual Husky Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, September 29, at the Brooks Student Center on the Gorham campus.  The eight new inductees will bring the total number of former Southern Maine standouts in the Husky Hall of Fame to 219.

To be enshrined as part of the Class of 2018 are a former three-time All-New England pitcher for the Huskies' baseball team, John McCartney, Class of 1989; a two-time All-Little East Conference women's soccer player, Kelly Wilson Slaven, Class of 1999; the first University of Southern Maine LEC Field Hockey Player of the Year, Sasha Ilkovich Gerardi, Class of 2001; a former member of the Houston Astros MLB organization and ABCA All-American pitcher, Tip Fairchild, Class of 2009; one of the top men's cross country and track & field distance runners in Husky history, Curtis Wheeler, Class of 2008; one of the top statistical leaders in women's volleyball history, Shannon Shuttle, Class of 2010; a two-time All-American in the decathlon for the men's track & field team, James Spaulding, Class of 2011; and a two-time LEC Player of the Year and all-time leading goal scorer for women's lacrosse, Jessica Tremblay, Class of 2012.  

Also to be honored for their significant achievements in the field of athletics are men's basketball alumnus Kenny Knapton, Class of 1967, and Bob Blackwood, Class of 1978, 1982, former banker and USM Alumni Association President, and current Athletic Development Council and USM Foundation member.  Blackwood will receive the Clifford O.T. Weiden Award, presented to individuals, or businesses, which contribute their special talents to the athletic department. Knapton will be honored with the Richard "Doc" Costello Special Achievement Award, which is presented to a USM graduate who has distinguished themself through their commitment to student-athletes and athletics. 

Knapton played four years of basketball for Gorham State College from 1963-1967, and was inducted into the Gorham High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2006 for his interscholastic athletic achievements for the Rams in the sports of baseball and basketball.   He taught in Westbrook schools for thirty years, and served as mentor and coach for various middle school and high school teams in the Southern Maine area.  Named the Girls' Cross Country Coach of the Year five times, Knapton led the Westbrook HS boys and girls teams to eight combined State Championship titles, including seven for the girls.  

Earning both his bachelor of science in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Southern Maine, Bob Blackwood had a successful career in the banking industry from 1974-2009, primarily for Norway Savings Bank.  He has a long history of involvement with the University of Southern Maine, serving as a member and chairman of the Board of Visitors from 2007-2009, the School of Business Advisory Board, and the Advocacy Steering Committee among others. Presently, Blackwood is a member and treasurer of the USM Foundation, a member and past president of the USM Alumni Association, and a member of the USM Athletic Development Council.  Blackwood is currently the chair of the Athletic Development Council's Fundraising Committee and played an integral role in the fundraising efforts for the Hannaford Field construction. 


2018 Husky Hall of Fame Inductees

John McCartney, Baseball, Class of 2010

      A two-time (1987, 1988) All-New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) selection for the Huskies' baseball team, John McCartney was the first Southern Maine pitcher to reach 20 career wins in the program's storied history. 

      Captain of the 1989 team, McCartney tossed 14 complete games during his four-year career, and is ranked second in USM record books, while his 21 wins are ranked eighth overall, and his 133 career strikeouts are in the Huskies' top twenty. 

      During his time at Southern Maine, the Huskies were an outstanding 105-50, including three consecutive trips to the NCAA Division III National Championship tournament from 1987-89.  In 1989, McCartney's senior year, Southern Maine claimed the NCAA Division III New England Regional Championship to advance to the NCAA World Series for the first time in school history.  

      McCartney graduated from Southern Maine in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in Communication. He is presently employed with Portland Air Freight as its Service Center Manager.  He is actively involved in Maine Adaptive Sports, Westbrook Little League, Sebago Lakes Region Pastoral Council, and St. Anthony's Parish Leadership. 

Kelly Wilson Slaven, Women's Soccer, Class of 1999

      A three-time All-Little East Conference selection (second team in 1996, and first team in 1997 and 1998), and a National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England third team pick in 1997 and 1998, Kelly Wilson Slaven was a four-year member of the Huskies' women's soccer team from 1995-1998. 

      A defensive leader for the Huskies, Wilson Slaven served as the team captain in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Wilson Slaven is one of three women to have been named captain of the women's soccer team for three seasons.

      Presently a Special Education teacher for the Lamoine Consolidated School, Wilson Slaven graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 1999 with a Bachelor's degree in History, and then in 2008 with a Master's of Science in Special Education.  A Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst, Wilson Slaven is a former member of the Maine Autism Leadership Team. 

Sasha Ilkovich Gerardi, Field Hockey, Class of 2001

      The first Huskies' field hockey player to be named the Little East Conference Player of the Year, Sasha Ilkovich Gerardi, Class of 2001, transferred to Southern Maine after playing her first two seasons at Radford University.  During her two seasons in Gorham, Ilkovich Gerardi was a first team All-Little East Conference pick in 2000 and 2001, and also earned National Field Hockey Coaches' Association All-Region honors in 2001. 

      In her final season, 2001, Ilkovich Gerardi finished third in the LEC in scoring with 12 goals and a pair of assists, helping Southern Maine to a 13-9 overall record and a berth into the ECAC Division III New England Championships. Five of Ilkovich Gerardi's goals during her 2001 season went for game-winners. 

      Earning her degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Southern Maine in 2001, Ilkovich Gerardi and her husband own and operate Gerardi's Café.  Through their restaurant operation, Ilkovich Gerardi and her husband contribute time and money to various community organizations. 

Tip Fairchild, Baseball, Class of 2009

      Achieving the distinction of American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA) All-American honors in 2004, Tip Fairchild, Class of 2009, had a standout pitching career as a member of the Huskies' baseball team from 2003-2005, and then as a member of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros organization. 

      A two-time New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) All-New England, ECAC Division III New England and All-Little East Conference selection, Fairchild is the Huskies' career-leader in earned run average (2.62), and is ranked seventh in career strikeouts with 158.  

      A William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and a member USM's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Fairchild earned his degree in Business Administration.  He is the Director of Business Development for Custom Tailored Manufacturing, LLC.  Active within his community, Fairchild has been a board member of The Children's Workshop Foundation since 2013, and the Boys and Girls Club of Warwick Rhode Island since 2016.  

Curtis Wheeler, Men's Cross Country and Track, Class of 2008

      A four-year member of the Huskies' men's cross country, indoor track and outdoor track teams, Curtis Wheeler, Class of 2008, had a distinguished career for all three teams earning numerous awards and individual championship titles.  A four-time recipient of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors as a member of the cross country team, Wheeler also achieved tremendously in the classroom earning William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete distinction. 

      In addition to his All-Little East Conference and All-New England team honors for cross country, Wheeler qualified for the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2007.  During that same season, Wheeler was in the individual Maine State Intercollegiate Champion and the Little East Conference Champion.  He earned the title of Little East Conference Runner of the Year. During his indoor career, Wheeler earned four individual titles, and set the USM records in the 5000 and 3000 meter races, earning provisional NCAA qualifying times in the one-mile and 5000-meter run in 2008.  Over the course of his outdoor track career, Wheeler continued to excel, and helped the Huskies to a 2008 Little East Conference team championship. During that same season, Wheeler individually claimed championships at the LEC's in the 1500-meter run, and at the Division III New England Championship Wheeler won the 5000-meter run. Southern Maine's outdoor record holder in the 5000-meter and 10000-meter, Wheeler also recorded the second fastest 10000-meter time in Maine College history.  

      Wheeler earned his degree in Environmental Safety and Health from Southern Maine in 2008, graduating cum laude.  He is presently the Continuous Improvement/Lean Manager at Columbia Forest Products.  Still active in the running community, named the 2009 Maine Co-Runner of the Year by New England Runner Magazine, Wheeler participates in charity races and is a member of the Aroostook Musterds Running Club.      

Shannon Shuttle, Women's Volleyball, Class of 2010

      Transferring to the University of Southern Maine from Elmira College, Shannon Shuttle, Class of 2010, made an immediate impact on the Huskies' volleyball program as a member of the team during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.  A William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete and a team captain during her time as a USM student-athlete, Shuttle is in the top 10 of several records, highlighted by her ability to serve for an ace. 

      Shuttle averaged 2.094 kills per game over her two seasons with the Huskies (2009-2010), and had a career-high 19 kills against Suffolk University in 2010, a career-best 10 service aces against UMaine Machias in 2010, 

      Active in numerous student-groups during her time at Southern Maine, participated in both the USM Biology and USM Chemistry Club in addition to serving on the Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  A member of Beta Beta Beta, the National Golden Key Honor Society and the Phi Kappa Phi, Shuttle completed her academic career with distinction, earning her degree in Biology.  Shuttle went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016, and works at the Burnt Mill Veterinary Center.  

James Spaulding, Men's Track & Field, Class of 2011

       Earning All-American honors twice (2010, 2011) in the decathlon, James Spaulding was a standout member of the Huskies' men's indoor and outdoor track and field teams from 2006 through 2011, serving as the teams' captain from 2009-2011.  Spaulding is one of five USM men's track and field athletes to earn All-American honors during the outdoor season, and just one of two to earn the distinction more than once in his career. 

      A multi-event specialist, Spaulding is the Southern Maine record holder in the Pentathlon with 3,435 points, established on March 6, 2010 at the ECAC Championships during the indoor season.  Spaulding also holds the Husky record in the Decathlon scoring 6,679 points established on April 1, 2009.  

      Earning a degree in Exercise Physiology in 2011, Spaulding, who works in sales, has remained competitively active.  Studying the art of Brazilian Jiujitsu for the last eight years, Spaulding has been training for the last two years under eight-time Black Belt World Champion, Robson Moura.  Presently a Brown Belt, Spaulding competes across the United States.  

Jessica Tremblay, Women's Lacrosse, Class of 2012

       The 2007 Little East Conference Rookie of the Year for women's lacrosse, Jessica Tremblay, Class of 2012, went on to be named the 2009 and 2010 Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  A four-time All-LEC pick, Tremblay was a first-team selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She finished her career as the program's all-time leading goal scorer (209), and the team's all-time leader in points with 248 (209 goals, 39 assists).  

      In 2010, Tremblay established a single-season record with 77 goals leading the Huskies to their first Little East Conference Championship and berth into the NCAA Division III National Championship.  She was the first USM women's lacrosse player to earn IWLCA All-Region honors (2010) and ECAC Division III All-New England honors. 

      Captain of the record-setting 2010 team, Tremblay earned her degree Psychology and Holistic Health in 2012. She was a member of the Huskies' Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and attended the NCAA Leadership Conference during the summer of 2008.  Presently a stay-at-home mom with her three children, Tremblay started a home-school cooperative preschool for children ages 3-5.  She is completing her Master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine with an anticipated graduation date of 2019. 

      Established in 1985 to honor the famed athletes and coaches of the past, the University of Southern Maine Husky Hall of Fame has enshrined 211 former student-athletes, coaches and staff. Tickets are $35 per person and RSVPs must be received by Monday, September 24.  Contact Al Bean at (207) 780-5588 for tickets. 


University of Southern Maine

33rd Annual Husky Hall of Fame: Class of 2018

John McCartney, Class of 1989


Kelly Wilson Slaven, Class of 1999

Women's Soccer

Sasha Ilkovich Gerardi, Class of 2003

Field Hockey

Curtis Wheeler, Class of 2008

Men's Cross Country, Track & Field

Tip Fairchild, Class of 2009


Shannon Elizabeth Shuttle, Class of 2010

Women's Volleyball

James Spaulding, Class of 2011

Men's Track & Field

Jessica Tremblay, Class of 2012

Women's Lacrosse