Nov. 5, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence College Athletic Department will induct nine members and the 1995 NCAA Champion Women's Cross Country Team into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, February 15, 2013. The 2013 inductees are Dickey Simpkins `94 (men's basketball), Cindy Curley `85 (women's hockey), Mike Boback `92 (men's hockey), Keith Kelly `01 (men's cross country/track), Roger Haggerty `86 (baseball), Karen Krawchuk `91 (field hockey), John Farren `86 (men's soccer), Maria McCambridge `98 (women's cross country/track) and Bob Foley (women's basketball coach). The College also will induct the 1995 women's cross country team, which captured the school's only NCAA team title. The eight members of the cross country team also will be honored at the ceremony.
A reception to honor the inductees will be held at the Hilton Providence on Friday, February 15, starting at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the reception are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling Julie Ruggieri at 401-865-1756. The inductees also will be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game versus Notre Dame at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. on Saturday, February 16. Tipoff is scheduled for noon. Tickets to the men's basketball game can be purchased online at friars.com, at the Providence College Ticket Office in Alumni Hall or by calling (401) 865-GOPC.
Dickey Simpkins `94 competed in more games for the Friars than any other player in PC basketball history. With 125 games under his belt, Simpkins ranks 26th all-time in scoring with 1,226 points. In four seasons, he averaged 9.8 ppg and 6.3 rebounds. He also ranks 10th all-time at PC in rebounding (790) and fourth all-time in offensive rebounds (312). Simpkins has more career steals (85) than any other center in Friar history. He also was named to the BIG EAST All-Tournament Team twice (1993 and 1994). He helped the Friars capture the 1994 BIG EAST title. A first-round draft pick, Simpkins went on to play six seasons for the Chicago Bulls.
Cindy Curley `85 ranks third all-time in scoring at Providence with 225 career points. She scored more than 60 points in two different seasons for the Friars. She ranks fourth all-time on PC's goal scoring list with 110 goals and third on the school's all-time career assists list with 115. She led the Friars to their first two ECAC Championship titles, scoring the winning goal in the ECAC Championship in 1984. She was one of the first women's hockey players to be named to the ECAC All-Star Team her senior year. Curley played in the first women's international tournament, the 1987
World Championships, and then in the 1990, 1992 and 1994 World Championships. She was selected to the All-Tournament Team in 1990 and still holds the Team USA record for most points in an international tournament after scoring 23 that year. She was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
Mike Boback `92 ranks fourth all-time in points at PC with 201 and second in assists (128). Boback is one of only four PC players to register more than 200 points in his career as a Friar and he set the Providence record with a 19-game point scoring streak. He was named First Team All-HOCKEY EAST in 1990 and 1992 and to the All-New England Team in 1992. Boback was a 1990 NHL draft dick of the Washington Capitals. He helped lead the Friars to two NCAA appearances, including a run to the `88-89 NCAA Quarterfinals, and four 20-win seasons in his Providence career.
Keith Kelly `01 won the Friars' first men's NCAA Cross Country title in Ames, Iowa on November 20, 2000. While at Providence, Kelly captured seven BIG EAST titles (indoor 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and distance medley relay and outdoor 10,000 meters and 5,000 meters). A native of Drogheda, Ireland, Kelly was a five-time All-American, three in cross country (1999, 2000 and 2001), one in the 5,000 meters at the 2001 NCAA Indoor Championships and one in the 10,000 meters at the 2001 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. In addition to his All-America honors and BIG EAST titles, Kelly claimed IC4A 10,000 meter titles in 1998 and 1999.
Roger Haggerty '86 is the career slugging percentage leader at PC with a percentage of .652. He ranks second on the career home runs list (35), fourth on the career RBI list (146), fifth on the career total bases list (322) and is tied for eighth on the career batting average list with an average of .348. Haggerty has the fourth-best single-season batting average with a .414 mark and has the fifth-best single-season hits total with 75. He is tied for third for the best single-season triples total with five, has the fourth and fifth-best single-season home runs totals with 15 in 1985 and 14 in 1986 and has the second-best single-season RBI mark with 62. Haggerty also has the ninth-best single-season total bases mark with 126.
Karen Krawchuk `91 is tied for second all-time in career goals (64), eighth all-time in career assists (26) and second all-time in career scoring (154 points) at PC. She earned First Team All-America (1989) honors, Second Team All-America (1990) honors and was a three-time First Team All-Northeast Region selection (1988, 1989, 1990). She led the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a No. 1 national ranking during the 1987 season. Krawchuk also helped the Friars win the BIG EAST title in 1989 and the ECAC Championship in 1988.
John Farren `86 was named the1982 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and was the scoring leader in New England as a freshman with 43 points (17 goals, nine assists). He was an All-New England selection as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior and ranks first at PC in career goals (62), assists (30) and points (154). Farren also holds the PC single-season goals record (17) and points record (43). He led the Friars to back-to-back BIG EAST Tournament appearances in 1983 and 1984, including Providence's first ever title game appearance in 1984. Farren and the Friars also made the NCAA Tournament in 1983.
Maria McCambridge `98 was a four-time All-American. In 1995, she finished sixth overall at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, helping Providence capture the national title. She also earned cross country All-America accolades in 1996 and two track All-America honors. In 2004, McCambridge (5,000 meters) was selected to the Irish Olympic Team to compete in the Athens Olympics.
Bob Foley (1985-1996) was named BIG EAST Coach of the Year (1985-86) and Coached the ECAC Team of the Year in 1990. He guided the Friars to their first-ever BIG EAST Championship in 1990 and led the Friars to the "Sweet 16", as Providence became the first BIG EAST school to reach the round of 16 (1989-90). He is the winningest women's basketball coach in the 37-year history of the Providence College women's basketball program (207-127). Six of his 11 teams finished with 20 or more victories. Four of his 11 teams were ranked in the Top-25 in the nation and eight of his players earned All-America recognition.
The 1995 women's cross country team reached the highest level of succes at Providence College when it captured the NCAA title in Ames, Iowa under the direction of Head Coach Ray Treacy. Marie McMahon `95, Maria McCambridge `98, Krissy Haacke `97, Gladys Ganiel `99, Susan Murnane `97, Moira Harrington `95, Sarah Dupre `99 and Meghan McCarthy `96 were the eight members of the team. The squad scored 88 points and was led by McMahon, who finished fourth and was the team's top finisher. The team still stands as the only Friar squad to ever capture a NCAA team title.