Wesley College Holds Induction Ceremony

Wesley College Holds Induction Ceremony

Dover, Del. – The Wesley College Athletic Department held 2 small ceremonies to honor the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Class.  The department honored 5 individuals (out of the 11 inductees) and the 2004 men’s soccer team.  Unfortunately, the other individuals could not make either date. 

In a time when large gatherings are still prohibited, and a time when the campus remains closed to people outside of the college, the department was able to live-stream a ceremony on Friday April 9th that honored 4 of the inductees.   

Eric Anderson, Sr.’82 

Eric made a clutch "old school" three-point play in the remaining minutes of a game against Cecil Community College, giving Wesley Junior College the victory and securing Head Coach James Wentworth his 300th win with Wesley College. A two-year letter winner and two-year starter, Anderson was one of the hardest working players Wentworth ever coached. Anderson was a prolific scorer who had a stellar career, averaging 17.1 points, five assists and three steals per game. He served as team captain for both seasons, during which he scored 669 points, a year before the NCAA universally adopted the three-point line in college basketball. Anderson scored a career high 33 points in a victory against Bergen College and set a Wesley College free throw record by scoring 11 straight points—shooting 11 for 11 from the foul line—during a victory against Anne Arundel College in which he also led all scorers with 25 points. His natural scoring ability and leadership skills earned him several All Tournament selections and the team’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1982. After leaving Wesley, he went on to play at Greensboro College (NC) where he was named to the All Dixie Conference team for basketball and academics, while also earning his undergraduate degree. Anderson received his master's degree in Sport Administration from West Chester University. 

Coach Anderson returned to Wesley College in 2015 to be an Assistant to Head Coach Dean Burrows. He contributed to all facets of the game and played an integral role in scouting, recruiting and player development. Anderson was most recently recognized as a member of the Atlantic East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year, after the Wolverines won the 2020 Atlantic Eastern Conference Championship and received a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.  

Ashlyn Booth ‘16 

Ashlyn spent two years at Wesley competing in the sport of Softball, while also playing volleyball. In both seasons of softball, she was recognized as an All-Region player and a Capital Athletic Conference First Team All-Conference athlete. A 2-year letter winner and 2-year starter, Ashlyn batted .375 and .396 in her two seasons. Her senior year she led the team with 9 home runs, 82 total bases and a .739 slugging percentage. “She was not only the best player on the team at the time, she was one of the best players in the conference and country. At the time she played, Salisbury had all Americans in nearly every position on the field and Ashlyn still made the CAC all-conference team. In her two years donning the navy and white she set single season records and a standard of play for future generations to come. She is still a recognized name within our program and someone that the team looks up to,” stated Coach Greep. 

 

Jillian (Tracy) Lontz ’08  

During her playing days at Wesley, Jillian dominated the defensive end of the field. In a sport that usually honors goal scorers, Jillian’s efforts on the defensive end earned her Team Most Valuable Player two times and captain of the squad. A leader on the defensive side of the ball, Lontz graduated fourth all-time in caused turnovers (54, now ninth). She was named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference All-Sportsmanship team in 2006. 

In 2017 Jillian returned to Wesley as our Head Women’s Lacrosse Team. In just 4 short years she is 2nd in total wins and has increased the level of play. Her teams have 

*Set program records for the longest winning streak (5) and best start to the season  

(5-0) in back-to-back years 

Tied or broke four single-game team records including 

*Set the top three single-game point totals in program history during the 2018 season 

*Accumulated a 19-10 (.703) non-conference record in four years * Covid-19 shortened 2020 season which is the Best non-conference winning percentage in program history 

 

Sheree (Pleasanton) Riendeau ‘12 

Sheree Pleasanton Riendeau competed in 4 years of field hockey and 2 years of women’s lacrosse. A four-year starter Sheree was a workhorse on the field hockey field, and so dynamic to watch. She finished her career ranked 6th in goals with 31, 10th in assists with 16 and 7th in points with 78. She had many great plays but, in a CAC, first round game against top-ranked Salisbury, she took the ball off the whistle, dodged the opponents in front of her and scored in under 15 seconds. It tied the game at the time and gave us a chance to win. For her efforts on the field, Sheree was recognized by the Capital Athletic Conference 2 times – a second team selection as a junior and a First-team selection as a senior. In the classroom she was also recognized as a 2-time Academic All-Conference and 3 times on Wesley’s Dean’s List. Since college Sheree has coached for a couple of seasons but has continued to play. She stayed local and works in the business field. 

 

On April 10th, at the men’s soccer game, the department recognized Chris Wright and the 2004 Men’s Soccer Team, represented by defender Peter Hulem.   

 

Chris Wright ’03 

A 4-year starter, Wright was a three-time All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference First Team selection from 2000-02. He was also recognized as part of the All-Region Team in 2000 and 2001. A true defender Chris played in both the defensive midfield and backfield for the Wolverines. He worked hard in the back field and helped lead the team to a 12-7 record his senior year. He was recognized even though the team did not receive post-season bids. 

Further recognition was received by Chris when the PAC/ CSAC announced their 25th Anniversary Team in 2018.  “He was named to the All-PAC First team 3-times, which is rare. As a defender he was not a goal scorer nor did he have other statistics but certainly, that 3-time award demonstrates wonderful consistency,” Coach Steve Clark. 

2004 Men’s Soccer Team 

Wesley is proud to induct and recognize the achievements of the 2004 men’s soccer squad, conference finalists, and ECAC champions. This team was led by one of the top striker partnerships in team history Evan Myers and Trevor Zimmer, All-Region stars Ned Hunt in goal and midfielder Derek Roberts-Dukes, and several other key role players. 

Wesley fought through adversity in the early rounds of the ECAC tournament. In the semi-final game, down 3 goals with just 17 minutes to go, at ranked Franklin & Marshall, Wesley came back in dramatic fashion to earn the victory. In the final, Wesley beat #1 seed and host Swarthmore 3-1, demonstrating their strength in squad depth and great defense. Accepting the honor today on behalf of the team is a member of that great defense Peter Hulem. 

“The Athletic Department is happy to have been able to celebrate in person with those inductees that could attend.  We are truly sorry we could not celebrate with everyone as we have done in the past but understand that the pandemic is still with us.  We are very proud of all of the Inductees for their contributions as student-athletes, and proud of their accomplishments.  We wish each of you the very best!” states Director of Athletics Tracey Short.