May 3, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College men's basketball Associate Head Coach Andre LaFleur and former Friar men's basketball player Tim Gilbride `74 will join eight other former Friars who will be inducted on June 22 into the 2013 class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. The eight other Friars who will be inducted are Bruce "Soup" Campbell `78, Marty Conlon `90, Bill Eason `78, Doreen Ferguson `88, Ryan Gomes `05, Kathy Finn Hill `84, Eric Murdock `91 and Dickey Simpkins `94.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will hold its 2013 Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Saturday, June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The event will feature a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring basketball luminaries, followed a dinner and the ceremony at 6:00 p.m. Tickets for the event may be purchased by visiting nebhof.ticksocket.com.
LaFleur has served the last two seasons as the associate head coach of the Providence men's basketball team. LaFleur came to Providence after spending 10 seasons at the University of Connecticut during the most successful era in Husky basketball history. At UConn, he helped the Huskies capture two national championships (2004 and 2011) and record a 258-88 mark (.764). The team also went to a Sweet 16 and an Elite 8. As a standout point guard in college, LaFleur played for Head Coach Jim Calhoun at Northeastern University. He helped Northeastern reach the NCAA tournament in each of his four years. During his four years at Northeastern, the Huskies registered a 102-26 mark, including an ECAC North Atlantic conference record of 60-6. LaFleur became the all-time NCAA Division 1 assist leader in 1987 (894 assists). Following his senior season when he graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics, he was drafted by the Houston Rockets of the NBA. LaFleur played and coached professionally overseas for 11 seasons. He is a native of Los Angeles, Calif.
Gilbride, who has served as the head coach of Bowdoin men's basketball team for 28 seasons, played basketball for the Friars for two seasons (1972 and 1974). He helped the 1974 Friars advance to Sweet Sixteen. During his career at Bowdoin, Gilbride has accumulated a 394-290 (.576) record, including a school-record 22-7 mark, NESCAC Championship Game berth and NCAA Tournament win in the 2007-08 season. Gilbride also was the head coach of the Providence College women's basketball team and led the Friars to a record of 82-27 and finished the 1980 season with a 22-7 record and a No. 16 national ranking. He coached the Friar women's team from 1976-80.