Seven former Huskies inducted into Hall of Fame

By Nate Owen

Seven athletes will join the ranks of Northeastern’s elite in the Northeastern University Hall of Fame Nov. 16.

This year’s hall of fame class includes Dion Gardner (track and field), Mike Glavine (baseball), Jack Freeman (football), Cindy Johnson-Standaert (swimming), Vito Maida (football), Ken Manchurek (hockey) and Tesha Tinsley (women’s basketball).

Gardner made her name as a record-setting long jumper during her time at Northeastern. After a standout high school career, she joined the Huskies and promptly won four consecutive long jump titles at the America East Indoor Championship.

She led Northeastern to the America East Outdoor Championship her sophomore season, winning the long jump, triple jump and running on the winning 4×100 relay team. For her efforts, she was named Most Outstanding Performer at the championship.

Since graduating in 1999 she has stayed with the program, serving as associate head coach under Sherman Hart.

Glavine may be best known as the brother of future Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Glavine, but he was a legitimate middle-of-the-order hitter for the Huskies during his time at NU. The lefty first baseman enjoyed a solid freshman year, hitting .307 with eight triples, a single-season school record.

As a junior, his power prowess earned him a spot on both the America East All-Conference team and All-Tournament team.

After graduating in 1996 he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians. The highlight of his professional career came on Sept. 14, 2003, when he made his major league debut with the New York Mets, pinch hitting for his brother Tom in a 7-3 loss to Montreal.

Freeman made his presence felt as a linebacker on the best defense ever to patrol Parsons Field for the Huskies. In 1967, he was named defensive captain, helping the Huskies post a 7-1 record with a suffocating defense that gave up only 4.3 points per game. His efforts earned him team MVP.

During his senior year he sealed a victory against Temple by halting a potentially game-winning drive with a 21-yard interception return.

He joined the NU football team as an assistant coach after graduating in 1970. He later worked for 14 years as assistant athletics director of athletic facilities and operations.

Johnson-Standaert made her mark as an outstanding swimmer. As a freshman, she set records in the 500 freestyle, the 1,650 freestyle, 800 freestyle relay and the 400 individual medley.

She later improved these records several times. In her senior year, she helped the Huskies to a 7-3 record and a third place finish in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Johnson-Standaert graduated in 1988 and became assistant swim coach before taking over the women’s team as head coach in 1991. She left Northeastern in 1993.

Maida was a standout in the trenches and on both sides of the football team for the Huskies.

After serving in World War II, he attended Northeastern in the fall of 1947 and helped turn around the football program, starting every game as a lineman on offense and defense. He was a star player who also brought an incredible amount of leadership that made him a coach on the field.

He graduated in 1952 and rejoined the armed forces, serving in Korea. He had a successful business career and established two football scholarships for the Huskies.

Manchurek led the Huskies to glory on the men’s ice hockey team, finishing his career as an All-American. As a junior, he finished with 21 goals and 25 assists, winning the team’s Unsung Hero award.

As a senior he enjoyed his finest season, finishing with 27 goals and 24 assists. His efforts earned him various accolades, including team MVP, All-New England and All-America honors and the Tomassello Award as New England’s Unsung Hero. When he graduated in 1985, he was third in Husky history with 76 goals and fifth with 86 assists.

Tinsley was one of the greatest guards to don a Husky uniform during her time in the back court. She ended her career in 2000 as the all-time leader in points (2,187), assists (464) and steals (281).

Her third year at NU proved the best for her and the Huskies. Tinsley averaged 21.2 points per game and had 143 assists. Northeastern finished 22-8 and earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth, losing 64-55 to North Carolina in the first round.

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