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Six to be Inducted Into Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame October 13

2012 Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Springfield, Mass.--October 3, 2012 -- Six new deserving members will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 13. The new members will include William K. "Bill" Anttila '42, Paul M. Daly '82, Robert M. "Bob" Ford '59, Robert "Rob" Lasorsa '82, Lindsay Moore '03, and Angel (Schofield) Ayers '93, G'97.

Springfield College has been inducting new members into the SC Athletics Hall of Fame since 1972, thus making this the 41st Class thus far. There have been 192 athletes inducted to this point.

The following is a synopsis of the careers of the new inductees.

William K. "Bill" Anttila '42
There was no more of a legendary coach in the world of water polo than William "Bill" Anttila.

A 1942 graduate of Springfield College, “Bill” was born in Massachusetts and grew up in New York. But after serving as an observer pilot in Alaska during WWII, he would make his professional mark in the state of California.

He was responsible for starting water polo at what is now the University of the Pacific. In fact, he is affectionately referred to as the “godfather of water polo” in Northern California after World War II. From 1947 to 1963, his coaching record at UOP was 143-85.

In 38 years, his water polo teams at UOP and at San Joaquin Delta College in California won 759 matches for a .691 winning percentage. His teams went on to win 10 Northern California championships and never had a losing season.

Anttila earned several Coach of the Year awards while in California. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest active and winningest coach in water polo in the USA. He has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including those at Stockton (1985), UOP (1989), USA Water Polo (2003), and he was a charter member of the California Community College Water Polo Hall of Fame (1992).

His most important published work was entitled Water Polo Drills and Playing Hints, published in 1964, still a highly-respected reference book. Over 50 of Bill’s former water polo and swimmers entered into coaching positions. He also produced dozens of All-Americans at both UOP and San Joaquin Delta.

After retirement, Anttila’s Engraving Company supplied schools and organizations with trophies, specializing in silver engraving.

Bill and his Sisko were married for 63 years up until the time of his death on February 2, 2011. They had three children.

Paul M. Daly '82
Paul Daly is considered one of the most prolific playmakers in Springfield College men’s basketball history.

Daly owns several SC records, including the career mark of 6.0 assists per game which he established in the early 1980’s. In a single-season (1981), he dished out 242 assists, setting an SC record with 8.3 per game. At the time, those figures ranked him second in New England, and first in the Northeast-7 in those categories.

In three seasons of varsity play (freshmen were not allowed to play at the time), Daly averaged 167 assists per year, a total that has not been approached at SC since then. He once had a personal best of 15 assists in a game versus Stonehill.

Since graduating, Daly has been involved in the world of high finance. Since 1999, he has been Vice President of Retail Sales and Institutional Sales for Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc. in New York City. His specialty focus is on Individual, Trust, Money Managers and Investment Advisor accounts. He currently manages in excess of $92M in customer accounts.

“Paul Daly was considered an exceptional leader, and was very focused as a defender,” said his head coach at the time, Ed Bilik. “After observing 44 years of basketball at Springfield College, I believe Paul Daly is the best point-guard I saw play in that time frame. He was certainly the most unselfish player and the best ball-handler I have ever coached.”

Robert M. "Bob" Ford '59
Bob Ford is synonymous with football at the University at Albany. Ford has been the head coach at Albany for 43 years – or from 1970 to 2012 – at the time of his SC Athletics Hall of Fame induction. And at the age of 74, he is still going strong.

Ford’s 247 career victories entering the 2012 season ranks him first among active NCAA Division I Football Championship subdivision (FCS) head coaches. He is a four-time NEC Coach of the Year.

Bob served as a starting QB in 1959 at Springfield College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in physical education. That same year, SC’s athletic department would bestow upon Ford “The Greatest Desire to Improve Award”. He would later earn his doctorate from SC in physical education (’70).

Prior to Albany, Ford had been an assistant coach at St. Lawrence, then at Albright. Later, in 1965 at St. Lawrence, he became the youngest head football coach in America at the age of 26. At Albany, he had also been the Director of Athletics from 1977 to 1981.

He has already been inducted into the inaugural class of the Wachusett Regional High School Athletics Hall of Fame in Holden, Mass. Ford would twice return to Springfield College as an assistant coach – in 1964 as the secondary coach, and in 1969 as its defensive coordinator.

Ford is the outgoing President of the American Football Coaches Association at the time of his SC Athletics Hall of Fame induction. He has been a member of the AFCA’s Board of Trustees since 1994.

He received the New York State Athletic Administrators Distinguished Service Award in 2005, and received the University at Albany’s “Citizen of the University” award in 2007.

Ford lives in the Capital Region in New York. He and his wife, Donna, have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Robert "Rob" Lasorsa '82
Robert Lasorsa is well known in the world of track and field.

While competing at Springfield College in 1982, Rob earned All-America status in the shot put. He was also named the Springfield College Male Athlete of the Year as a junior. He held the Springfield College shot put record for about 15 years.

Since his days at SC, Lasorsa has become the founder and President of the National Throws Coaches Association. He has become a most sought-after speaker on throwing events in U.S. track & field.

In 1995, Lasorsa was named U.S. Track & Field Men’s Shot Put Coordinator, a position he still holds at the time of his SC Athletics Hall of Fame induction.

Since being named the Coordinator, the U.S. has won one Olympic gold medal, three additional Olympic medals, five World Outdoor titles, five World Outdoor silver medals, three World Indoor titles, three World Indoor silver medals, and earned eight Track & Field No. 1 World titles.

Lasorsa has been a member of the U.S. Track & Field coaching staff at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico, at the 2008 World Indoor Championships in Spain, and at the 2005 Junior Pan American Games in Canada. He has produced 11 coaching DVDs and videos, and authored four books.

In the 1980’s and ‘90’s, he was a track & field coach at North Carolina State University, the U.S. Military Academy, and Kent State University. At 32 years of age in 1993, he became the youngest track & field head coach in NCAA Division I while at Kent State.

From 1996 to the present, he has been a sales and marketing representative at M-F Athletic and Perform Better, the largest distributor of track and field products worldwide, and also one of the top suppliers of strength, conditioning, and fitness equipment.

Lindsay Moore '03
Lindsay Moore is one of the very best female divers in the history of the Springfield College women’s diving program.

At the 2002 NCAA Championships, Moore won the national title in 1-meter diving. As a result, she was named the 2002 NCAA Division III Women’s Diver of the Year.

Moore was a very celebrated diver. She was also a four-time NCAA Division III national runner-up. In addition, she was an eight-time All-American and a five-time New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Champion, plus a two-time NEWMAC Diver of the Year. She captained her team as a junior and senior.

She graduated from Springfield College in 2002 with her degree in Movement and Sports Studies. She also minored in athletic coaching. At Springfield, she was named the Outstanding Female Individual Athlete of the Year four years running.

Lindsay is currently the head diving coach at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, R.I., where she coordinates and manages all aspects of the recruiting program and many other facets of the sport. She has also worked as a massage therapist at Bryant University, as well as at URI for the past several years.

Said her coach, Peter Avdoulos, “Lindsay was always a consistent and incredibly driven competitor. Her national championship, together with four national runner-up finishes, certainly secures her place in history as Springfield College’s most successful diver. I truly enjoyed working with Lindsay throughout her career.”

Angel (Schofield) Ayers '93, G'97
Angel Schofield is considered the best player in Springfield College women’s soccer history. And since her time here at Springfield, she has developed into a leader in the world of college athletics.

First, she is the leading scorer in Springfield College women’s soccer history. The career leader in goals (51), assists (25), and points (127), she was voted the Northeast-10 Player of the Year twice during her tenure.

In addition, she holds SC single-season records in points (48), goals (19), and assists (10) in 1992.

In 1992 as a senior, her team finished 17-3 and was the Northeast-10 champion. In 1991 as a junior, her team went 14-4. And in 1989, her squad finished 9-7-3 when it was the Northeast-10 Co-champion. She was a three-time NCAA Division II First Team Collegiate All-American. She was a four-time First Team Collegiate All-New England performer. And she captained her team twice.

She has already been inducted into the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame, and into the Holbrook High School Hall of Fame.

Since 1997, Angel has been associated with the Wentworth Institute of Technology athletics program in Boston. She was an associate athletic director and head women’s soccer coach from ’97 through 2011. Twice she was named a CCC Coach of the Year. During that time, she also became an assistant coach with the men’s soccer and softball programs.

Today, she is the Director of Athletics at WIT, named to that position in 2011. And just as importantly, she somehow still manages to balance her hectic schedule as a wife and mother as well.

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