SAINT MARY OF THE WOODS, Ind. – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Athletic Department is proud to announce the creation of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The creation of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Athletic Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the many talents of SMWC’s student-athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters.
“The SMWC inaugural class of the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Athletic Hall of Fame has been a dream of many people for a very long time. The opportunity to truly recognize the accomplishments of our outstanding student-athletes, coaches, administrators and friends, goes well beyond the debt we owe them for all they have done and mean to our blessed institution,” stated athletic director Deanna Bradley. “The inaugural class is special because it honors the ‘roots’ of our namesake and how our student-athletes became the Pomeroys. None of us travel this road alone, and I am grateful to everyone who has played any part in the success of our Pomeroy Athletic Hall of Fame.”
The inaugural class of the SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on February 4, 2017 and will consist of five inductees.
The historic first five inductees are all women who have had a profound impact on SMWC’s Athletic Department. The first is our namesake, Sister Mary Joseph Pomeroy ‘21, who set the example of what an SMWC student-athlete should be on the field of play, in the classroom and in society.
Sister Barbara Doherty ‘53 is also another influential inductee that will be inducted in this class. Doherty served the college as president from 1984-1998. As president, she was a driving force behind the athletic department’s expansion to scholarship teams.
Along with Sister Barbara Doherty, there has been another driving force behind Pomeroy Athletics for the past two plus decades, and that is the current athletic director, Deanna Bradley. Bradley has served as athletic director since 1991 and is currently in her 23rd year as head women’s basketball coach. There hasn’t been a longer tenured member of the athletic department.
“Being inducted was something I truly never expected,” stated Bradley. “I was so overwhelmed when I found out, that I didn’t sleep for two days. The emotional rollercoaster between extremely humble, overwhelmingly grateful and enormously excited sure does drain a person, and thankfully, for all the right reasons. I am blessed beyond any possible measurement, and I thank God for this continuous journey He has assigned me to.”
Two former student-athletes, Tammy Smelcer-Welborn ‘02 from the softball program and Brooke Griffith-Langford ’02 from the basketball program, will also be inducted into the inaugural class as the first student-athletes to become members of the SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame.
Smelcer-Welborn, a three-time All-American, holds 10 career records for the storied softball program, as well as eight single-game records.
“The Woods is dear to my heart, and it was a pleasure to have spent time in an environment so rich in growth opportunity. Pomeroy Athletics was a large part of my SMWC experience,” stated Smelcer-Welborn. “To be inducted into the hall of fame is truly an honor. I remember discussions with coach about legacy and what that would look like for each of us. Although I am delighted to have devoted myself to Pomeroy Athletics and made a mark, the mark it left on me is far greater.”
Griffith-Langford, an all-academic student-athlete at The Woods, is also no stranger to success. She is the basketball program’s second leading scorer at 1,685 career points, and she is in the top five of five career categories and three single season categories.
"I am honored to be a part of the inaugural SMWC Athletic Hall of Fame class,” stated Griffith-Langford. “There have been many excellent student-athletes at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, so being chosen is very exciting. Also, being inducted with my basketball coach Deanna Bradley and teammate/classmate Tammy Smelcer-Welborn makes it even more special."
With the induction of these five individuals, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Athletic Hall of Fame will set a high standard for the department’s highest recognition.