Thomas A. McKenna
Thomas A. McKenna
Class: Class of 1968
Sport: Basketball
Enshrined: Inducted September 19, 2008

Tom was a standout member of the men's basketball team during a time in which the Knights were a national College Division power.  He transferred to Saint Michael's from Marist, and played a huge role in the success of the NCAA Regional Championship (Elite Eight) team of 1966-67, averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as the Knights went 23-4.  As a senior the following year, he averaged 23.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, leading the Knights to a 16-8 record.  During his career, the Purple Knights were an impressive 55-22 (.714 winning percentage), and defeated UVM five out of six times!  Tom was a two-time All-State selection, and a First Team All North-East Collegiate Basketball League choice.  He was also named ECAC All-East as a senior, and was selected to play in the prestigious Hall of Fame New England All-Star Game.  He became the program's 10th 1,000-point scorer in 1968 - truly a remarkable feat, as no man had ever (or has since) reached the plateau in so few career games.  He averaged 18.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game over his career, and graduated as the program's #5 all-time scorer with 1,069 points.  After graduation, Tom gave back to his sport for generations, coaching basketball for 33 years at New York City's St. Nicholas of Tolentine High School and Mount St. Michael's Academy.

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