The William Smith College Heron Society will welcome its eighth class of inductees into the Heron Hall of Honor on Saturday, Sept. 22. The Class of 2012 includes six graduates who competed in a total of eight different sports and a former administrator and coach.
The inductees are Beth Flannery Rosenthal ’73, of Shavertown, Pa., Jane Sala McWilliams ’75, of Essex Fells, N.J., Kristen Jensen ’82, of Penn Yan, N.Y., Courtney Hutchinson Hundley ’92, Washington, D.C., Dr. Jaime Van Fossan Kenny ’98, of Webster, N.Y., Rebecca Gutwin Coons ’06, of Colchester, Vt., and Susan Bassett, of Pittsburgh.
Additionally, William Smith will recognize its 1997 national championship field hockey team as a Heron Team of Distinction.
Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the Hall of Honor inductions will be the capstone event of a semester long celebration of the groundbreaking, gender equity legislation.
Beth Flannery Rosenthal ’73
Originally from Greene, N.Y., Flannery Rosenthal arrived on campus before Title IX became law, nevertheless, she was a champion archer and a member of the inaugural Heron basketball team and the swimming team. Flannery Rosenthal won a number of state and national championships as an archer, including the 1970 New York State Archery Association Indoor Women’s Championship. “Although there was no archery program at William Smith and no New York State intercollegiate archery, the William Smith athletic department was very supportive and encouraging, providing a practice area for me and even allowing me to teach archery classes,” Flannery Rosenthal says.
As a scholastic athlete, Flannery Rosenthal competed in field hockey, softball, and volleyball in addition to archery and basketball. After earning a bachelor’s degree in history from William Smith, she took up golf and skiing. Flannery Rosenthal spent a decade on the staff at the World Archery Center and is currently self-employed as an American Contract Bridge League certified Duplicate Bridge Director.
Jane Sala McWilliams ’75
A graduate of West Essex Regional High School, Sala McWilliams was a four-year member of the field hockey and tennis teams at William Smith. A defender in field hockey, she helped the Herons to a 10-3 record and New York State Flight B Championship in 1973. Sala McWilliams was selected to appear in the 1974 “Outstanding College Athletes of America.” As a senior, she earned the field hockey team’s MVP award for a squad that went 8-4-1. During her career, Sala McWilliams and the Herons compiled a 28-13-1 record.
Sala McWilliams was a Dean’s List student, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She remained active following graduation by participating in tennis, golf and paddle tennis. Sala McWilliams works in the manufacturing industry and is an elected member of the Essex Fells Borough Council.
Kristen Jensen ’82
A two-sport athlete, Jensen was a four-year member of the basketball team and played two seasons of varsity soccer. On the court, she helped the Herons to a 45-37 record, including a 16-6 mark in 1978-79. A tenacious defender and a deft passer on the court, Jensen broke the William Smith record for assists, averaging 7.1 assists per game in 1980-81. The following season, she dished out 6.6 assists per game, the third best average in school history. Jensen completed her basketball career with 293 assists, second all-time (currently seventh), and a 3.6 assist per game average, also second all-time (currently sixth). The two-time team captain earned All-State honors in 1980 and garnered the team’s Most Improved Player (1979-80) and Best Defensive Player (1980-81) awards.
On the pitch, Jensen was a member of the Herons’ first varsity squad in 1980. As a senior, she was named William Smith’s MVP. “I sat on the committee to hire Aliceann Wilber, the first, and only, William Smith soccer coach,” Jensen recalled proudly.
A Dean’s List student and a member of Hai Timiai, Jensen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics. A teacher at Marcus Whitman High School, she earned a master’s degree in education from Elmira in 1991.
Courtney Hutchinson Hundley ’92
A native of Crownsville, Md., Hutchinson Hundley is one of the most dominant lacrosse goalies in William Smith history and a forward in field hockey. A two-time lacrosse All-American, she graduated with the Heron career records for goals against average (6.53) and wins (41). As a senior, Hutchinson Hundley backstopped William Smith all the way to the national championship game. For the second straight season, she produced a then school record 15 wins and established new school marks for season save percentage (.732) and season goals against average (3.88). Both of those records still stand. The 1992 North-South Senior All-Star also competed for the U.S. National Team in 1991 and 1992.
In three seasons on the field hockey team, Hutchinson Hundley registered 27 goals and 23 assists. Currently 10th on the career assists list, she was third when she graduated. The two-time all-region pick finished her sophomore season with 11 assists, at the time the second highest total in Heron history (currently 8th).
The recipient of William Smith’s 1992 Marion Harrison Greene ’20 Award, Hutchinson Hundley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned a master’s degree in education from Lesley University in 1995. The Director of Admissions and a physical education, health and wellness teacher at Horace Mann School and a member of the Vestry at St. Columba’s Church, Hutchinson Hundley remains committed to William Smith athletics, serving on the Heron Society Board of Directors from 1997 through 2003, including two years as president.
Dr. Jaime Van Fossan Kenny ’98
An All-American swimmer, Van Fossan Kenny came to William Smith from Warren, Ohio. As a sophomore, she captured the 1995 Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (UCAA) championship in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free and earned the championship meet MVP award. Van Fossan Kenny defended her crown in the 50 and 100 free at the UCAA Championships in each of the next two seasons. During her junior year, she swam with on the 200 medley relay team that set a then school record at the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Championship and then produced an individual school record in the 100 free at the NCAA Championship meet. Van Fossan Kenny capped her career with a record-setting swim in the 50 free at the UCAA Championships and another relay record at the NYSWCAA meet, this time in the 400 medley. A three-time NCAA Championship qualifier, she earned All-America honors in the 50 and 100 free and was a three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-Academic honoree.
Van Fossan Kenny earned William Smith’s 1995 Stephanie Christie Award and 1997 Hazel Nettleship Hardy Award. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned an optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry. Van Fossan Kenny is an optometrist at Eye Appeal Masters In Vision.
Rebecca Gutwin Coons ’06
A two-time All-American, Gutwin was a standout oarswoman for the William Smith rowing team. She was a three-year member of the varsity eight, earning the Liberty League Crew of the Year award in 2004 and 2006. Gutwin and her teammates captured two Liberty League Championships. She and her teammates also earned a silver medal at the 2006 New York State Rowing Championship. Gutwin was nominated for the 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and received William Smith’s Betsy Mitchell ’65 and Evaleen C. Harrison ’19 awards.
Diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer as a first-year, Gutwin worked a part-time job, tutored elementary and preschool age children, and continued to practice with the team all while undergoing daily radiation treatments. She was presented with the 2004 ECAC Award of Valor for her triumph over the disease.
An outstanding student, Gutwin is the only Heron oarswoman to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. She was a two-time CRCA Scholar-Athlete and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and is the business manager for The RehabGYM.
A former coach and athletic director, Bassett’s accomplishments had a lasting impact on Heron student-athletes. As athletics director, Bassett expanded the number of opportunities for women by adding golf, sailing, and squash as varsity sports. She also improved the quality of the athletic experiences for all Herons, growing membership in the Heron Society to record numbers. Bassett also oversaw many facility projects that enhanced existing venues or created new ones. Her tenure with the Herons included dozens of conference championships and a pair of NCAA National Championships.
During her time in Geneva, Bassett served as chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council and was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. In 2004, she received the ECAC Jostens Administrator of the Year Award and the Jean Giambrone Service Award at the WHAM Sportswomen Luncheon.
As a coach at William Smith, Bassett led the swimming and diving team and served as an assistant coach in field hockey and lacrosse.
Bassett is currently the director of athletics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
1997 William Smith Field Hockey Team
The 1997 William Smith field hockey team posted a 20-2 record and won the UCAA championship with an unblemished 6-0 record before marching to the NCAA title. In the postseason, the Herons slipped past Rowan in the first round 2-1 in overtime and breezed past TCNJ in the quarterfinals 2-0. William Smith sweated out another 2-1 triumph in the semifinals, this time needing a 3-1 victory in penalty strokes at championship round host Lebanon Valley, before raising the championship trophy with a 3-0 shutout of Cortland.
Bianca Dupuis, Sue Thibodeau, and Amy Woodland earned All-America honors, while the team also boasted the UCAA player, rookie, and coach of the year in Bianca Dupuis, Shannon Eggleston, and Sally Scatton, respectively.
About the Heron Society
Founded in 1983 to celebrate the many student-athletes and coaches who bring increased recognition to William Smith College for their individual and team accomplishments, the Heron Society works to support the entire athletics program with financial assistance, to increase visibility for William Smith athletics, and to promote camaraderie among William Smith alumnae, parents, and friends.
For more information, visit www.HWSAthletics.com/HeronSociety.