EDISON, NJ – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced the latest class to be inducted in the MAAC Honor Roll, in which honorees will be enshrined in “The MAAC Experience” exhibit at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Former Quinnipiac basketball standouts Frank “Porky” Vieira ’57 and Ashlee Kelly ’04 have been selected and will be recognized in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 17, 2015.
Each member institution of the MAAC honors one male and one female from its basketball “family” as part of the 2015-16 induction class. A dinner event will be on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Court of Dreams to recognize the Honor Roll inductees.
Each honoree will be profiled in the game program for the 2015 MAAC Basketball Championships, and will also be featured in a video display at “The MAAC Experience.”
The 2015-16 MAAC Hall of Fame Honor Roll includes:
|School||Male Honoree||Female Honoree|
|Canisius College||Phil Seymore||Sister Maria Pares|
|Fairfield University||Art Crawford||Diane Oakley|
|Iona College||Pat Kennedy||Toni Horvath-Killeen|
|Manhattan College||Brian Mahoney||Rosalee Mason|
|Marist College||Steve Smith||Ursula Winter|
|Monmouth University||John Giraldo||Cindy Hook Chandler|
|Niagara University||Marshall Wingate||Katheryn Rafter|
|Quinnipiac University||Frank “Porky” Vieira||Ashlee Kelly|
|Rider University||Steve Jefferson||Mary Ellen Baynes|
|Saint Peter’s University||Bill Stein||Sheri Lauyer DeCorso|
|Siena College||Fred Shear||Kristin Bernert|
Frank “Porky” Vieira
Frank “Porky” Vieira ‘57 was one of the most prolific scorers in basketball history during his time in Hamden. Inducted into the Quinnipiac Hall of Fame in 1976, Vieira today still owns the program’s all-time scoring record by over 800 points. He finished his career with 2,731 points – averaging 31.8 per game which ranks third best in NCAA Division II history. Vieira also holds records for field goals made with 904 and free-throws made with 841 in 86 career games at Quinnipiac.
Vieira led the then Braves to a 66-31 record, which amounts to a .680 winning percentage during his four year stint. His most memorable season came in 1956-57 when he broke his own school record for most points in a single-season with 848. He averaged 35.3 points per game – which included the best all-around performance in program history. On Feb. 3, 1957, Vieira scored 68 points in a 113-92 win over Brooklyn Poly Tech, serving as the most points in a single game at Quinnipiac.
Vieira scored 40 or more points 20 times during his career, reaching the 50-point plateau on five separate occasions. He scored 825 points in his rookie season – highlighted by 54 points in an 84-73 win at Western Connecticut on January 19, 1954. In the 1955-56 campaign, Vieira averaged 26.6 points per game for a total of 586 points – ranking ninth best in Quinnipiac history. In the 1954-55 campaign, Vieira only saw action in 15 games, but averaged 31.5 points when on the court. He finished with 472 points that year.
After graduation, Vieira routinely scored 30 to 40 points a game in the semi-pro ranks, even against touring NBA teams, in the late 1950s and early ’60s. Also an outstanding baseball player, Vieira went on to become the founding coach of the University of New Haven baseball program. When he retired after 44 seasons, he'd coached over 1,450 games and won 78 percent of them. No other coach at that level had ever won a higher percentage.
Ashlee Kelly ’04 finished her career at Quinnipiac as one of the most decorated and prolific players in program history. The Northeast Conference Player of the Year in 2002-03, she became the first Quinnipiac women’s basketball student-athlete to win the conference’s highest honor at the Division I level and QU’s first since Francine Perry in 1985. With career averages of 15.5 points (54.7 FG%) and 10.8 rebounds across 101 career games, she ranks fourth all-time and third at the Division I level in points (1,580) and third all-time and second at the Division I level in career rebounds (1,107). Kelly was the second player in Quinnipiac history to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career. As a senior, she led all NCAA Division I women’s basketball players with an average of 13.5 rebounds per game. Kelly finished her career as a two-time Northeast Conference First Team selection and also was named to the Northeast Conference 25th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team in 2008.
Inducted into the Quinnipiac University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014, Kelly led the Bobcats to 65 victories and four straight trips to the Northeast Conference Tournament in her four-year career. An instant impact player from her first season, Kelly is one of just four players in program history to average double figures in scoring all four years at Quinnipiac. She also remains the only player in the near 40-year history of Quinnipiac women’s basketball to make at least 50 percent of her field goal attempts in all four seasons as a Bobcat. A brilliant free throw shooter, Kelly still ranks first on the all-time career record list at Quinnipiac with 476 made free throws.
Following her collegiate career, Kelly became the first Quinnipiac women’s basketball alum to play professionally. After graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Kelly starred for the Perik Jumpers in Holland, leading the country in scoring and rebounding over the 2004-05 season. Currently the associate head coach for the Iona women’s basketball team since 2009, Kelly also enjoyed a head coaching stint from 2006-09 at Mercy College where she also filled the role of Interim Co-Director of Athletics for the 2007-08 academic year.