The last time Springfield College had multiple honorees came in 2009 when current head women’s basketball coach Naomi Graves, men’s basketball assistant coach Pete Broaca, and former head men’s basketball coach Dr. Hal Wissel were honored for their contributions to the game of basketball.
Jeffreys is regarded as one of the top men’s basketball players in Springfield College history. The three-time All-American netted 1,681 points in his career, the sixth-highest total in the program’s ranks.
In 1965, coach Ed Steitz took his Springfield College men’s basketball team on an around-the-world goodwill tour sponsored by the State Department, playing exhibition games and conducting clinics in eight countries from France to Japan.
The New England Basketball Hall of Fame has recognized Springfield College and several of its coaches and alums in the past for their involvement in the sport of basketball.
Springfield College is in fact the only school to be inducted as it is recognized worldwide as the Birthplace of Basketball. In addition, others associated with Springfield College include the game’s inventor, James Naismith, former Dartmouth College women’s basketball head coach Chris Weilgus, former Springfield standout Denis Clark, as well as former Springfield head coaches and Directors of Athletics Ed Bilik and Ed Steitz. Both Bilik and Steitz at one point served as Chairmen of the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee.