Manhattan College Inducts Eight Honorees to 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame

Inventor of ACL surgery, William Clancy ’63, M.D., among eight honorees inducted into Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 2.

Manhattan College held its 35th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction on Saturday, Nov. 2 on campus. The event was sponsored by the College’s Alumni Society and the honored inductees were: Thomas Blackburne ’74, swimming; Durelle Brown ’01, men’s basketball; William G. Clancy Jr. ’63, M.D., track and field; James Harrington ’51, track and field; Dahlia Henry-Tett ’96, Ed.D., track and field; Thomas Lindgren ’78, men’s soccer; Charles M. Mahoney ’75, men’s basketball; and Edward E. Walsh ’70, M.D., track and field.

The 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees are recognized for their dedication and devotion to Manhattan College’s athletic program.

Their accomplishments include:

  • Thomas Blackburne ’74, swimming – Blackburne set five records during his time at Manhattan College, and in 1974, received the Most Valuable Swimmer Award and was named the Conference’s Most Valuable Competitor. Throughout his career, he collected 12 gold medals, two silver medals, and 13 bronze medals at various Metropolitan meets.
  • Durelle Brown ’01, men’s basketball – A 6-foot-7-inch forward, Brown ranks fourth on the Manhattan College all-time points list with 1,634. He was also dominant on the boards, pulling down 6.1 points per game in his junior and senior years. He was named First Team All-MAAC during his junior and senior years and All-Metropolitan Second Team in 2000-2001. 
  • William G. Clancy Jr. ’63, M.D., track and field – Clancy received medals at the top races in the East, including the Metropolitans, Penn Relays, IC4As and Millrose Games competing in the mile and half-mile relays. Off the track after receiving a medical degree, Clancy was recruited by the University of Wisconsin to start a sports medicine program. While at the university, he invented the procedure for reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament in the knee, which is called the “Clancy Procedure,” ACL surgery. 
  • James Harrington ’51, track and field – Harrington frequently scored for the Jaspers in pole vault, broad jump, high jump and javelin. As a senior, he medaled in competitions throughout the season, tying the Indoor Met 60 high hurdles record and placing first in the 60 high hurdles at the National Junior AAU Championships. 
  • Dahlia Henry-Tett ’96, Ed.D., track and field – A native of Jamaica, Henry-Tett holds four records at Manhattan, two in the 4x800-meter relay, the spring medley and individual 800-meter. She was also a Metropolitan champion runner throughout her career, indoors and outdoors. As a senior, she was awarded the Arthur Ashe Jr. Award. Henry-Tett also earned the Sports Scholar Award in both 1994 and 1996.
  • Thomas Lindgren ’78, men’s soccer – Lindgren, a sweeper, has seven goals and 14 assists to his credit while at Manhattan College. During his soccer career at Manhattan, he collected awards, including All-Metropolitan in 1975, 1976 and 1977; All-New York State Team (1977); and All-Academic Team (1977). The College also honored him with the Block M Award and the Jasper Award for Most Outstanding Player in 1977.
  • Charles M. Mahoney ’75, men’s basketball – As point guard, Mahoney set a Manhattan career assist record of 394 in only three years. He played a pivotal role in the Jaspers’ three National Invitational Tournament bids. Considered one of the greatest all-time point guards in Jasper history, Mahoney went on to tour with the Harlem Globetrotters as a player for the Washington Generals.
  • Edward E. Walsh ’70, M.D., track and field – Walsh was awarded All-American status, one of only four Jaspers to earn this honor in 1969 after finishing 20th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In addition, he was a member of the College’s record-setting team for the four-mile relay at the 1969 Penn Relays. That same year, he was the overall major scorer in dual meet victories against Navy, Dartmouth and Cornell.
MC Staff