NINE TO JOIN BC VARSITY CLUB HALL OF FAME
Induction ceremony will take place on Friday, October 6.
June 27, 2017
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – Eight former athletes and a one of the winningest head coaches in football history will be inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame this fall.
The athletes being honored are: Troy Bell `03 (men’s basketball), Scott Clemmensen `01 (men’s ice hockey), Bill Guerin `93 (men’s ice hockey), Dan Koppen `02 (football), Colin McLane `92 (men’s lacrosse), Kate (Antos) Mikkelson `95 (women’s ice hockey), Erik Storz `98 (football), and Tom O’Brien, the former head football coach. Also inducted through the Veteran’s committee is Henry Woronicz `42, who was on the 1940 championship football team.
The honorees will be inducted in a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Welch Dining Room in Lyons Hall. The class will also be recognized at halftime of the Eagles’ football game against Virginia Tech on Saturday, October 7.
Troy Bell ’03 (Men’s Basketball):
Bell is Boston College’s career scoring leader with 2,632 points. A two-time Big East Player of the Year, Bell was the USBWA District I Player of the Year after averaging a conference-best 25.2 points per game his senior season. The 781 points he scored that year is still the program record. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Bell earned Associated Press All-America accolades, averaging 27.8 points per game in Big East play, which set the conference’s single-season record. Bell still holds career records in 3-pointers (300), free throws (810) and free throw percentage (.868). He led Boston College to the 2001 Big East Tournament title and was the tournament MVP. A two-time All-American, and three-time All-Big East First Team honoree, Bell was the 16th overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He played 12 seasons overseas and currently resides in Minnesota with his family.
Scott Clemmensen ’01 (Men’s Ice Hockey):
From the time he arrived at The Heights, Scott Clemmensen made a difference. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Clemmensen earned Hockey East All-Rookie team honors as he posted a 24-9 record in the 1997-98 season. He finished his four-year career with a program record 99 wins and is currently third on the all-time save list with 3,234. Clemmensen still owns the BC record for most career wins (10) and saves (356) in the NCAA Tournament. He was crucial in leading the Eagles to the 2001 National Championship as he was named to the All-Regional and All-Tournament first team in the run. He was the starting goalie in four consecutive Frozen Fours. Clemmensen, a 1997 eighth round selection by the New Jersey Devils, had a 13-year NHL career, seven years with the Devils.
Bill Guerin ’05 (Men’s Ice Hockey):
One of the most dynamic players in program history, Guerin scored 40 goals and had 30 assists for 70 points in just two seasons. A native of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Guerin played for Len Ceglarski on the 1989-90 team that advanced to the Frozen Four. As a rookie, Guerin netted 14 goals, 11 assists for 25 points. The following season, Guerin helped BC advance to the NCAA Tournament and finished the season with 26 goals, 19 assists for 45 points. Guerin helped BC win two Hockey East Championships, advance to the 1990 NCAA semifinal and post an impressive 55-25-1 record. Upon leaving The Heights, Guerin was drafted fifth overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 1989 NHL Draft. He played 18 seasons and won two Stanley Cups as a member of the 1995 Devils and the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins. A member of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Guerin is currently serves as the assistant general manager for the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Champions Pittsburgh Penguins general manager of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Dan Koppen`02 (Football):
Koppen made his mark as the center on Boston College’s strong offensive lines before moving on to start for the New England Patriots. He was a three-year starter for the Eagles and head coach Tom O’Brien from 1998-2002. The Whitehall, Pennsylvania, native earned all-conference honors each of his final three collegiate seasons and helped pave the way for BC attacks that featured a 1,000-yard rusher each year. He was named to the 2001 Rimington Trophy watch list as a junior and was a 2002 finalist for the award, presented annually to the top center in college football. Koppen was member of the team that posted four winning seasons and won three bowl games. He went on to a 10-year NFL career, highlighted by two Super Bowl championships with the New England Patriots and a Pro Bowl selection in 2007. Koppen, who was named to the Patriots All-Decade team, currently works for ComcastSports.net as a football analyst.
Colin McLane ’92 (Men’s Lacrosse):
McLane, a native of New York, was a four-year starter on the men’s lacrosse team. McLane is the all-time leader in goals scored and second to his brother Kevin McLane in total points scored (151). As a freshman, he scored 15 goals and more than doubled the total as a sophomore with 37 goals. As a senior, he was named team captain and finished the season with 42 goals and 10 assists. McLane was named the Team and Offensive MVP honors and became only the second player from the program to be invited to play in the North South All-American All-Star game. An All-New England All-Star, McLane remains involved in the game as he continues to coach youth lacrosse and currently sit on the Tewaaraton Award board.
Kate (Antos) Mikkelson ’95 (Women’s Ice Hockey):
Antos Mikkelson was a member of the club team from 1991-94, which won the AWHCA National Club Championship in 1992 and 1993. She was integral in helping the program upgrade to Division 1 varsity status in 1994-95. Mikkelson, is a native of Farmington, Connecticut, notched 27 goals, 25 assists and 52 points as the team went 15-10-1 in the first ever varsity season. She was the first player in program history to be named ECAC Player of the Week on Jan. 14, 1995. Antos Mikkelson earned the Outstanding Senior Award and was named The Heights Student Choice Athlete of the Year.
Erik Storz ’98 (Football):
A native of Rockaway, New Jersey, Erik Storz was the led the Eagles with 13 sacks along with 40 tackles, 26 assisted. The 13 sacks tied the BC single season record upon his graduation. The outside linebacker is currently fourth all-time with 19 career sacks. The team captain, Storz was named the William J. Flynn Award in 1997, which was presented to BC’s MVP. He also was named Bulger Lowe Award from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston for the most outstanding player in New England. Storz was also an All Big East selection.
Tom O’Brien (Head Football Coach):
Coach Tom O’Brien engineered one of the most amazing rebuilding jobs, as he led a weary program into one that competed in eight consecutive postseason bowl games, with seven straight victories. He became the winningest coach in BC football history with an impressive 75-45 record while five teams ranked in the Top 20. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, O’Brien mentored 23 assistant coaches, had 26 players drafted by the NFL, six first round selections and had 18 players appear in Super Bowls. He coached three consensus All-Americans (Mike Cloud, William Green and Jamie Silva) and three All-Americans (Chris Hovan, Matt Ryan and Paul Zukauskas). O’Brien is currently a college football analyst.
Henry Woronicz ’42 (Football):
Some say the 1940 team was considered the greatest football team in the history of BC football, and Henry Woronicz was a two-way player for the Eagles. The team defeated Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, 19-13, and Woronicz played the full game and had a blocked punt which led to a BC touchdown. A native of Brockton, Massachusetts, Woronicz played defensive end for the 1937 undefeated freshman team but a bad knee injury halted his career as he withdrew from BC. Woronicz returned to the program and was an All-New England honoree. Woronicz is the sixth player from the 1940 team to be inducted into the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame.