SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (February 6, 2007) – Two Springfield College wrestling greats have been selected to be inducted into the New England College Conference Wrestling Association Hall of Fame.
Joe Gaboury ’97 and Ryan Kalman ’96, former All-Americans at Springfield College, will be inducted during ceremonies at the NECCWA Championships at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island on Sunday, February 18.
“Both Joe and Ryan are most deserving of this honor,” said Springfield Head Wrestling Coach Daryl Arroyo. “Each finished within the Top Six at nationals.”
Below please find short biographies on Joe Gaboury and Ryan Kalman, describing their accomplishments while at Springfield College and beyond.
JOE GABOURY ’97, G ‘00
Joe Gaboury ’97 was a well-decorated wrestler while at Springfield College. A native of New Milford, Conn. and a graduate of New Milford High School, the heavyweight became an All-American as a captain and grad student in 1998 when he finished fifth as an individual at the NCAA Division III Championships at Waterloo, Iowa. Joe was also a two-time NECCWA Champion in 1997 and 1998 in the heavyweight classification, thus becoming a two-time national qualifier. In addition, Joe achieved Scholar All-American Wrestling status in 1996, 1997, and 1998. He helped Springfield finish seventh nationally as a team in ‘98.
While at Springfield College, Gaboury earned two degrees, including his bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 1997 and his master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in 2000.
“Big Joe had a great career with us,” said Springfield Head Coach Daryl Arroyo. “It took him a year or so to really learn to utilize his size and strength, but once he did he was tough to beat. He was a dominant wrestler and certainly helped us to win a lot of big matches by closing duals out with a pin. Beyond that, Joe has given back to the sport of wrestling as an assistant coach for one year at Springfield before moving on to Wesleyan where he was an assistant coach under Drew Black for six more years.”
Gaboury is currently the head wrestling coach at Rocky Hill High School in Rocky Hill, Conn. He currently resides in Wethersfield, Connecticut with his wife, and works in Hartford for Conning & Company, an asset management firm.
RYAN KALMAN ’96, G ‘97
Ryan Kalman ’97 achieved a great deal of success as a wrestler at Springfield College. A native of Springvale, Maine and a graduate of Sanford High School, Ryan became an All-American at SC as a grad student when he finished sixth as a 158-pounder at the NCAA Division III Championships at Ohio Northern University in 1997. He helped Springfield finish ninth as a team that season. Ryan was also a Scholar All-American Wrestler in 1995 and 1997. He also helped SC win two NECCWA Championships in ’97 and ’98.
Ryan graduated from Springfield in ’96, and then earned his master’s degree in Physical Therapy from SC in ‘97.
“Ryan Kalman was probably the toughest wrestler mentally that I have ever coached,” said Springfield Head Coach Daryl Arroyo. “Ryan perhaps was not the fastest, strongest, or most athletic wrestler that I have coached, but he won because he wanted it more. During his final year, he suffered a shoulder injury during the NECCWA Tournament. He still had to wrestle two more matches after that to qualify for nationals. Ryan gutted those matches out and made it. Due to the injury, he could not practice or fully prepare for the next two weeks. Yet when it came time, not only did he wrestle at nationals, he reached the semifinals and became an All-American.”
Since his graduation, Ryan has practiced physical therapy in a number of different sports and orthopedic facilities in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. He is currently the Clinic Director for Performance Rehabilitation in West Springfield. He, his wife Ann, and two children, Nicholas and Kiana, live in Somers, Connecticut, where he helps out with the local wrestling program when time permits.