CANTON -- St. Lawrence University’s 2017 Robert J. Sheldon Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at St. Eben Holden at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15.
Seven people and one team will be recognized for their athletic achievements.
Kathy Speno '86 (women's basketball), Mike Aubel '92 (football/baseball), Burke Murphy '96 (men's hockey), Greg Acunto '98 (men's basketball), Allison Karkut Wikander '00 (riding), Nicola Reid '03 (field hockey) and Meghan Clement Anderson '06 (women's golf/women's lacrosse) have been selected as individual inductees.
The 2000-01 women's hockey team, which made NCAA history by earning a spot in the inaugural Frozen Four held in Minneapolis, Minn. on March 23-25, 2001, will also be inducted.
The dinner has been named the Robert. J. Sheldon Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in honor of former St. Lawrence coach and athletic director Bob Sheldon.
Sheldon, known to most at St. Lawrence as "Shel," joined the St. Lawrence athletic staff in 1957. As the men's basketball coach, he won 110 games and led St. Lawrence to its first ICAC championship. He also served as an assistant varsity football coach and as the junior varsity football coach. In 1974, he was named the University's athletic director, a post he held for 17 years.
The athletic offerings at St. Lawrence nearly doubled under Sheldon's leadership, growing to 24 teams. During his tenure as athletic director, St. Lawrence teams earned 32 NCAA championship bids, won two teams titles and student-athletes won 28 individual national championships. The St. Lawrence Athletic Hall of Fame's inaugural induction was held in 1979 under Sheldon's leadership.
He retired in 1991, was inducted into the St. Lawrence Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993 and stayed in close contact with St. Lawrence long after his retirement. Sheldon and his wife, Jean, who died in 2004, had seven children: Shandy Sheldon Drechsel, Christine Sheldon Huntley, Kathy Sheldon McHugh, Debbie Sheldon, Gary Sheldon, Bob Sheldon and Susan Sheldon Stratford. Two of his grandchildren – Dillon Huntley and Maclay Stratford, also attended SLU.