Brown Athletics Hall Of Fame To Induct Seven New Members And One Team

Brown Athletics Hall Of Fame To Induct Seven New Members And One Team

Providence, R.I. - The Brown University Athletics Hall of Fame will induct seven new members and one team at its 39th Induction Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Westin Hotel.  The inductees into the Hall of Fame are Lindsay A. Taylor ’01 (Track & Field), Zachary D. Burns ’99 (Football), Darren G. Eales ’95 (Soccer), Michelle Pagliaro Haywood ’94 (Basketball), Sharon Cleary Eastman ’91 (Diving), John G. McMahon ’91 (Lacrosse), the 1984-1985 Women’s Swimming & Diving Team, and Bruce D. Yeutter ’57, who will be presented with the Paul L. Maddock ’33 Award for service to Brown Athletics.

Lindsay A. Taylor ’01 (Women’s Track and Field):  In a dominant era of Brown track and field, Lindsay Taylor emerged as one of the greatest all-around female athletes in school history. A specialist in the pentathlon and heptathlon, with extraordinary skills in several other events, Taylor rewrote the Brown record books repeatedly from the start of her freshman year until her graduation in May of 2001. She won 10 Heptagonal titles over the course of her career, as well as an ECAC Championship crown. Taylor won the pentathlon during each of her four Heptagonal Indoor Championships, and every one of her winning performances broke the meet record, as well as the Brown University school record. In addition to her individual victories, she helped the Brown team to indoor Heps titles in 1999 and 2001, and outdoor Heps titles in 1998, 1999 and 2001. A repeat NCAA Track and Field Championship qualifier in the high jump, pentathlon and heptathlon, Taylor finished in 13th place in the heptathlon in the spring of her junior year. During her senior season, she was the second-ranked pentathlete and heptathlete in intercollegiate athletics. She was named to the All-Ivy team in multiple events for both indoor and outdoor track during each of her four collegiate seasons, and she was also named to the All-East team for four consecutive years. As a senior, she was the recipient of the Marjorie Brown Smith Award, given at Brown’s Annual All Sports Banquet to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year. 

Zachary D. Burns ’99 (Football):  Recognized as the greatest tight end in Brown football history, Zach Burns utilized a combination of size and strength to make incredible plays. Burns arrived on College Hill in the fall of 1995, and was a key recruit of Head Coach Mark Whipple as he looked to re-establish Brown Football as the team to beat in the Ivy League. He got his start in the Brown line-up during his freshman season, contributing to the special teams and serving as a back-up tight end, moving to the offensive line during his sophomore year to compensate for injured teammates.  He returned to his spot at tight end in the fall of 1996, playing an integral role in a record-breaking offensive season for Brown. He made 19 catches for 263 receiving yards and two touchdowns during his junior campaign, and was named Second Team All-Ivy for his performances during the season. In 1998, Burns’ ability to make plays and post big numbers led to recognition as one of the best tight ends in the Ivy League and nation. He ended the season with 58 catches for 703 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, firmly placing him in the Brown record books and national rankings. His numerous accolades at the end of the season were highlighted by the Associated Press First-Team All-American honors. He was also selected First Team All-Ivy, the First Team ESPN/USA All-American squad and the First Team Football Gazette All-American team. Burns’ outstanding senior campaign culminated with his selection to the 61st Annual Kelly Tire Blue/Gray Senior All-Star Football Classic, a game he participated in on Christmas Day 1998 in Montgomery, Alabama.

Darren G. Eales ’95  (Men’s Soccer):  Darren Eales is one of the most dominant strikers to have competed on the Stevenson Field pitch. In his three-year career as a Bear, he scored 83 points (31g, 21a), becoming the fourth-leading point scorer in Brown Soccer history. He currently holds the Brown record for consecutive games with a point (12), and is tied for the record for consecutive games with a goal (9). A transfer from West Virginia University, Eales was named First Team All-Ivy for each of his three years at Brown. He was also recognized with Brown’s Heinz Kuebel Award, given to the team’s best offensive player, for each of his campaigns, as well as the Cliff Stevenson MVP Award for his outstanding play in 1992 and 1994. As a senior, Eales led the Ivy League in scoring (16g, 7a) for the second time in his career, helping Brown to the Ivy League Championship and NCAA tournament berth. At the conclusion of his senior campaign, Eales became the first Brown men’s soccer player to be named Ivy League Player of the Year, and was also honored as an NSCAA All-American and the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.

Michelle Pagliaro Haywood ‘94 (Women’s Basketball):  Michelle Pagliaro Haywood was a vital participant in some of the most exciting moments in women’s basketball history, winning three consecutive Ivy League Championships. Haywood started in 96 of her 106 career games, scoring 1,084 total points, the eleventh highest career point total at Brown.  An incredible all-around athlete, Haywood also competed for the women’s softball team during her freshman and sophomore seasons, earning accolades on the softball diamond as well the basketball court. As a freshman, Haywood helped lead the team to a second place finish in the league, setting a then school record for most wins in a season (19) in the process. Her 88 free throw attempts set a school record, and she also tied the record for three-pointers with 23. The league recognized her breakout year when she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Brown player to receive the honor. Haywood helped lead the 1993 Brown team to a school record 22-4 record and an Ivy League championship. As a junior, she earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors after helping coach Jean Marie Burr’s team to its second consecutive Ivy League title with a 19-7 record.  Playing with a broken thumb in her senior season, Haywood and the Bears captured their third Ivy League title in as many years, finishing the season with an 18-10 record. The Bears went on to their first ever NCAA Championship berth, facing UConn in Storrs, CT in the opening round.

Sharon Cleary Eastman ’91 (Women’s Swimming and Diving – diver):  The current Brown record holder in both the 1-meter (championship format) and 3-meter (championship format) events, Sharon Cleary Eastman is one of the most accomplished divers to grace the boards at Brown. A four-year varsity letterwinner and a co-captain during her senior campaign, Sharon earned 38 victories in dual meets over the course of her career, breaking school records on numerous occasions. Her junior season was particularly spectacular, as she finished in fourth place on both boards at the Eastern Championship meet and earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team. She also qualified for the NCAA Division I Championship in the 3m event, finishing in 26th place at the competition. During her final season, Cleary Eastman won 13 of the 16 diving events that she entered, taking both boards against Boston University, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, Boston College and Columbia, and finished ninth on both boards at the Eastern Championship meet. Cleary Eastman ended her career in possession of four Brown diving records, and was only the second diver to be honored with the Marjorie B. and Stanton H. Smith Award for excellence in Brown Swimming and Diving.


John G. McMahon ’91 (Men’s Lacrosse):  In the storied annals of Brown men’s lacrosse, Jay McMahon stands as one of the top midfielders ever to play for the Bears. Leading Brown to levels of success that have not been equaled, McMahon, a four-year starter, is the second all-time leading scorer among midfielders, tallying 132 points on 92 goals and 37 assists. He also ranks tenth all-time among all players in goals scored. He earned All-Ivy Second Team honors in each of his first three seasons, also garnering Honorable Mention All-American accolades during his sophomore and junior year.  A tri-captain during the 1991 season, McMahon was instrumental in leading the Bears through the most successful campaign in school history, as they finished the regular season with an overall record of 13-0, including a perfect 6-0 Ivy League mark, the only undefeated team in Brown lacrosse history. Brown also claimed its first Ivy League title since 1986. He was named First Team All-Ivy and First Team All-New England, and he was selected to play in the North-South Senior All-Star game. He was selected First Team All-American, one of just eight Bears in the history of men’s lacrosse to be honored with this distinction. McMahon’s career totals ranked him seventh all-time in goals (92) and 15th all-time in points (132) at the time of his graduation.

The Women’s Swimming and Diving Team (1984-1985):  The Brown Swimming and Diving program’s rise to prominence became fully apparent in the 1980s under the guidance of Head Coach Dave Roach, culminating in the performance of the 1984-1985 women’s swim team. During this time, Brown won 33 consecutive dual meets and three consecutive Ivy League titles (1983, 1984, 1985), besting perennial swimming power Penn State in six consecutive dual meets and finishing in the runner-up position at the 1984 Eastern Championship meet, held in Providence.  The 1984-1985 team exemplified this culture of success, producing what Roach proclaimed as “Brown’s best championship performance ever.”  With an undefeated season and an Ivy League Championship under their belts, the women turned their attention to the Eastern Championship meet. Competing against more than 30 teams, the Bears dethroned the Nittany Lions by 21 points, capturing Brown’s first Eastern Championship with 706 points. They finished first in seven events, and Kendall Delgado ’88 was honored as the Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet in a vote taken by the coaches. At the season’s end, twelve Brown swimmers received All-Ivy honors, as Delgado led all Ivy League swimmers, receiving first team honors in three events and second-team honors in two additional events. 


Bruce D. Yeutter ’57, P’83 ’94 -  Paul L. Maddock ‘33 Award:  Bruce Yeutter, a native of Orange, NJ, is an eternal supporter of the men’s soccer program. He began playing organized soccer in the fifth grade at Oradell Jr. High School in Oradell, NJ, and his love for the sport, particularly its legacy at his alma mater, has inspired him to selflessly devote much of his life to the Bears’ soccer program. According to former Brown head coach Mike Noonan, “Bruce has given more of his time, talents and treasures to Brown and the Men’s Soccer Program than any person during my tenure.”  As a freshman on College Hill, he tried out for men’s soccer, and a year later, earned a spot on coach Joe Kennaway’s varsity. Bruce started every game during his last three years at Brown, was chosen co-captain of the squad as a senior, when he helped lead the Bears to a New England Championship. Yeutter competed when formal Ivy League play was inaugurated, and was Brown’s first All-Ivy player, being selected for First Team honors in 1956. Yeutter worked with coach Cliff Stevenson to create the Brown Soccer Association in 1962, and served as its president for 40 years.  Most soccer alumni consider him the “alumni face” of the men’s soccer program.  His loyalty to the school extends well beyond Stevenson Field; he is a former University Trustee and a lifetime interviewer for the Brown Alumni Schools Committee.