COLCHESTER, Vt. - Five former Saint Michael's College men's and women's basketball players have been selected for enshrinement into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. This marks the sixth induction class since the inaugural ceremony in 2002.
Kathy King Bird '89 (Belmont, Mass./Belmont), Liz LeFebvre Bushey '03 (Milton, Vt./Milton) and George Daway '88 (Roxbury, Mass./Boston College HS) are all being honored for their college playing careers, Walter Baumann '63 (Hoboken, N.J./Demarest) is entering due to his coaching success at the institution, and the Hon. Francis B. McCaffrey '58 (Manhasset, N.Y./Chaminade) was selected thanks to his scholarly achievements as a judge in the state of Vermont.
Bird continues to be the lone woman in College history with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She is first in career rebounds (1,039), rebounding average (10.1) and double-doubles (50), and she also owns three of the top four single-season boards totals, including a school-record 383 in 1988-89, when she notched a program-mark 20 double-doubles. A two-time all-conference selection, Bird was enshrined into the SMC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1997. Bird is fifth all time in free throws (266) and eighth in points (1,220).
The 2002-03 NE-10 Co-Player of the Year, during the same season she was named All-America by two organizations, Bushey is first in school history in career shooting percentage (.538), second in scoring (1,553), third in blocks (153) and fourth in rebounds (876). Her 573 points in 2002-03 are still a school record, as is her 40-game streak of scoring in double figures. A Verizon College Division Academic All-District pick her senior year, Bushey was three times all-conference and once all-region. She was inducted into the SMC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
A 1994 SMC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Daway remains the only player in his program's history to record at least 1,000 points and 500 assists. He is first at Saint Michael's in career steals (245), tied for first in field goals (740), second in points (1,893) and fourth in assists (502). A three-time all-conference player, Daway was named All-America by three different organizations during his senior year. The two-time all-region and two-time all-district honoree was named the Mideast Collegiate Conference (MECC) Player of the Year in 1986-87.
Previously an All-America player for the Purple Knights, Baumann led his alma mater to a seven-year mark of 91-88 between 1972-73 and 1978-79. Saint Michael's also qualified for the NCAA Tournament each of his first two seasons, also winning the Green Mountain Conference during those campaigns. A 1991 SMC Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, Baumann scored 758 points during a three-year playing career, including averaging 17.3 points and 12.7 rebounds during his senior season of 1962-63.
Following his playing days at the College, McCaffrey practiced law in the state, eventually serving as a trial judge in the Vermont District Court between 1980 and 2003. McCaffrey's service led to him being honored in 1984 with the College's Colonel Donald G. Cook '56 Award, which is considered the institution's highest alumni honor. As a player, McCaffrey appeared in 49 career contests, helping the Purple Knights reach their first two NCAA Tournaments during his junior and senior years. In 1957-58, Saint Michael's was the national runner-up.