Erin Potter ’01, Nick Haggerty ’12 to be Inducted as SVC/SJC Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Southern Vermont College Interim Director of Athletics Sharief Hashim announced on Friday that Erin Potter (McEnaney) ’01 and Nick Haggerty ’12 will be inducted as the SVC/Saint Joseph College Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
Potter and Haggerty will be the 29th and 30th individuals selected into the Hall, and they will mark the 31st and 32nd overall inductions.
“We are absolutely delighted to have this pair of former student-athletes representing the 2017 Class for the Hall of Fame,” Hashim said. “They are truly exemplary of the outstanding successes that the Hall recognizes and deserve to have their historical accomplishments glorified in such a manner.”
Erin Potter (McEnaney) – 2001
Potter was a runner for Southern Vermont’s women’s cross country team and head coach Scott Kilgallon in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. She was the first SVC cross country runner from both the women’s and men’s teams to place first at an NCAA race—that showing helping the Mountaineers win their first meet as a team when they defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Potter broke the long-standing team record for a 5000 meter race with a mark of 21:10 at the NCAA New England Regional Qualifier in the fall of 2000; that record stood for two years before being bumped down to second where it stayed for another 11 seasons. While she graduated before SVC won the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) championship in ‘01, Potter was a major factor in helping Kilgallon build the team to a title-winning caliber.
A seventh-place finish at the 2000 GNAC championship race landed Potter on the All-GNAC Team. She then graduated the following May with her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Potter is married to Scott McEnaney ‘01—another former Mountaineer runner who still claims the seventh-best 8k time on the men’s side.
“Erin was an invaluable asset to the young women’s cross country program,” Hashim said about Potter, “and it’s impressive that her name and best 5k mark still stand in the team’s all-time record book. Her contributions to Southern Vermont and the cross country team are more than noteworthy as they helped the Mountaineers eventually win one of the College’s first-ever league championships.”
Nick Haggerty – 2012
Haggerty was a member of a resurging men’s soccer team from 2008-11. In his first year playing for head coach Tim Penrod, Haggerty was part of a crew that went 2-13-1; by the end of his senior season, Haggerty had helped Southern Vermont make it to three-straight New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason tournaments with the latter two resulting in runner-up finishes.
Through 71 career games in the Southern Vermont uniform, Haggerty amassed 51 goals to rank second on the school’s all-time record list; he had the second (17), third (16), and fifth (14) best-ever single season efforts for the Mountaineers in terms of goals scored. He also chalked up the second-most assists in a single campaign when he tallied 13 helpers—just one shy of the top mark—in 2009. That combination allowed him to graduate with 118 career points— just the second SVC player in program history to crack triple digits.
Haggerty’s performance got plenty of notice by the NECC and coaches from across New England. He was named to the All-NECC First Team in 2009, 2010, and 2011 after getting an All-NECC Second Team nod in his freshman season in 2008. He was also selected to the All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference DIII New England First Team in ‘09 before being named the NECC Player of the Year in ‘10.
A 2012 graduate with his bachelor’s in Criminal Justice, Haggerty also etched his name into SVC men’s volleyball history as the program was still getting on its feet. He had the best season ever for a Mountaineer in the digs column as he popped up 325 in 2012—that mark helping him graduate at first and currently ranks fifth on the all-time career digs list. That season, he was voted the NECC Defensive Player of the Year.
“There’s a reason Nick is going into the Hall in his first year of being eligible for the honor,” Hashim said. “He was arguably one of the best-ever soccer players to not only wear the SVC uniform, but play in the New England Collegiate Conference. He helped the Mountaineers make a name for themselves in the newly-established NECC and was part of an athletics revival at Southern Vermont that resulted in us being where we are today.”
Potter and Haggerty will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Monday, May 1 during the College’s annual Athletics Banquet. The ceremony will be broadcasted live through athletics.svc.edu.
“We look forward to formally inducting Erin and Nick at the banquet, and we’re excited to share their stories with friends, family, alumni, and our current Mountaineers,” Hashim said.
To learn more about the SVC/SJC Athletics Hall of Fame and see the complete list of past inductees, please visit: http://svcathletics.com/information/svc_mountaineers_hall_of_fame/inductees.