Fanshawe alum inducted to Hall of Fame
The OCAA Hall of Fame is a prestigious distinction honouring athletes, coaches and builders who, throughout their careers, have made significant contributions to the OCAA.
This year, Fanshawe has five athletes inducted into the OCAA Hall of Fame. Four of the five inductees are receiving awards for their contributions to soccer.
The first inductee is Melanie Moulton.
Moulton played for Fanshawe's women's soccer team and greatly contributed with her scoring prowess. In the 1997-1998 season, she not only was the scoring champion (2.20 goals per game), but also was honoured as Fanshawe's Female Athlete of the Year, and named to both the OCAA League All-star team and All-Canadian Women's Soccer team. Additionally, she is tied for ninth place for goals scored in a career (25). In Moulton's four-year career, she helped Fanshawe earned two gold medals, one in 1994-1995 and another in 1997-1998.
Julie Gracey, also a women's soccer player, was inducted into the Hall of Fame. While Gracey is not as decorated as Moulton, she helped Fanshawe earn back-to-back gold medals in 1993-1994 and 1994-1995. In the '94-'95 season, Gracey was honoured by being named to the OCAA League All-star team.
Next inductee is a member of Fanshawe's OCAA championship team in '96-'97. Nick D'Oria helped the Fanshawe team to a gold medal after a two-year drought without a championship. The same year D'Oria led Fanshawe to a championship, he also was named to the prestigious OCAA's League All-star team.
This next person inducted is highly decorated. The amount of awards and contributions this person has made is abundant. This person is the current Men's soccer Head Coach, Paul D'Hollander. As a coach, he earned OCAA Coach of the Year and CCAA Coach of the Year awards as he led Fanshawe to a 9-1-1 record in the '08-'09 season from the dismal '07-'08 season where Fanshawe had a 5-2-1 record. Additionally, he coaches London United U15 soccer teams.
As a player, D'Hollander was the ‘78-‘79 Athlete of the Year for Fanshawe College. Furthermore, he led Fanshawe to back-to-back OCAA championships in '77-'78 and '78-'79. In 1979, he was also inducted into the Wallaceburg Sports Hall of Fame. The awards do not stop there, though. On top of the Fanshawe awards, he also won two OSA (Ontario Soccer Association) Ontario Cups with Windsor Croatia SC and OUA (Ontario University Athletics) provincial soccer championship with McMaster University.
Marie Foran (Murphy), the last inductee, is a special one. Not only is she the only basketball player to be inducted, but she is actually the first person to ever receive Fanshawe's Female Athlete of the Year award, which was introduced in '71-'72 season. Not only that, but Foran was also a member of the '70-'71 Fanshawe team that won provincial championships. That particular season was the first time Fanshawe had ever won a championship for Women's Basketball.
D'Oria, Moulton, and Gracey have not only been entered into the OCAA Hall of Fame, but all three have been put on the Men's and Women's Soccer All-Millennium Teams - a team created in 2000 to give honours to players whom participated in College sports prior to the millennium.
Congratulations to all the Fanshawe alumni for their contributions to Fanshawe and the OCAA.