WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University Department of Athletics is proud to announce the 2018 induction class into the Joseph M. Linsey Hall of Fame. In conjunction with the September 29th Homecoming Weekend, the Friends of Brandeis Athletics will honor four former student-athletes and one contributor.
E. Melvin “Mel” Nash, Class of 1955, is being inducted as a contributor. Legally blind from the age of 10, Mel Nash was the manager of Brandeis’s first basketball teams, including the 1953-54 squad that was inducted into the Hall in 2004. He has been a constant friend of the program who was a long-time member of the Hall of Fame Selection committee. He received the Department’s Sid Goldfader Award of Valor in 1998 and the Charlie Napoli ’58 Distinguished Achievement Award in 2009;
Tom Haggerty, Class of 1969, is the all-time leading rebounder in Brandeis men’s basketball history. Despite not playing basketball in high school, Haggerty is the only Judge to have surpassed 1000 points and 1000 rebounds in his career, with 1140 and 1004, respectively. He is also the Judges’ career-leader in field-goal percentage (.581) and single-season record-holder in rebounds (335) and FG% (.657), all records that are approaching half a century.
Jim Deschaine, Class of 2000, rewrote the Brandeis baseball record book in just three seasons. The shortstop is tops in school history in batting average (.412), slugging percentage (.799) and home runs (27) despite getting drafted by the Chicago Cubs after his junior season. In 1999, he was named a first-team All-American when he set seven single-season records, including home runs (18), RBI (70) and runs scored (70), as the Judges made it to the Division III World Series for the second time in program history.
Lauren Gregor, Class of 2006, is one of the top scorers in Brandeis women’s soccer history. She is one of only two 40-goal scorers in program history, ranking second in career points with 98. She was especially clutch as well, with 15 of her 40 career goals coming as game-winners. She was twice named first-team All-UAA and led the program to three-straight ECAC Division III New England tournament berths, including a record-tying 16 wins in 2004.
Caitlin (Malcolm) Lennon, Class of 2007, is Brandeis women’s basketball’s all-time leading scorer (1412 points), who also ranks in the Judges’ top five in career rebounds (781, 3rd), blocked shots (73, 3rd) and steals (201, 5th). She was a four-time All-UAA selection who was named an honorable mention All-American in three of her four seasons. Malcolm was part of the winningest senior class in women’s basketball history, as the Judges captured two ECAC crowns and earned two NCAA tournament berths.