BENNINGTON, Vt. – Two former Southern Vermont College student-athletes were inducted into the Saint Joseph College/Southern Vermont College Athletic Hall of Fame Saturday in the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2012 is comprised of men’s basketball player Charles Beekman ’02 and Thalia Smith (Hudson) ’00, a former women’s soccer goalkeeper.
SVC Director of Athletics Michael McDonough welcomed the two new additions to the hall and presented them with their plaques being showcased in the MAC's Mountaineer Room. Former women's soccer coach Scott McKenzie sent along video remarks for Smith, his former player, and McDonough read congratulations from Beekman's senior-season coach Ryan Marks.
Family and friends of both inductees filled the Mountaineer Room to celebrate the successes had by the former SVC standouts. Smith holds most goalkeeping records for the Mountaineers and sits second to SJC/SVC Hall of Fame member Denise Welch, (Hall Class ‘01). Beekman is the all-time leading point scorer with over 1,700 in his career.
In Beekman’s four seasons at SVC, he hit more than 140 3-pointers and had over 35 games with at least 20 points. “Beeks” captained the 2001-02 team and averaged 20.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game that season. He was named to the All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference First Team his senior year after being named to the Second Team as a junior. An Amsterdam, N.Y. native, Beekman has worked in the human service field since graduating. He currently works for the New York State Department of Labor. He and Tracy reside in Amsterdam and have two children, Charli and Levi.
Smith has a program-best .543 winning percentage (29-25-5) and the most saves all-time for an SVC keeper with 543. She holds the record for best goals against average with a 1.62, a stat line reached with the help of the best two season GAA’s of any women’s soccer player at the institution; she posted a 0.92 her freshman year in ’96 and a 1.35 in ’97. Smith is second for the most career shutouts with 11.5 and most shutouts in a season with six in ’97; Welch own both records with 12 on her career and seven in ’94. Currently, Thalia Hudson works for the Bennington Police Department, having graduated from the Vermont Police Academy. She is married to Jason Hudson, a former Mountaineer men’s soccer player; they have three children: Brianna, Brady and Carter.
Beekman and Hudson join the previous 22 members of the SJC/SVC Athletic Hall of Fame. Student-athletes need be graduated from the college for five years to be eligible for nomination to the Hall, and former coaches, administrators and special supporters of Southern Vermont College are also potential inductees, as long as they provided such service for at least ten years. Teams as a whole are also eligible, such as the 1995-96 men’s basketball team. The first class to be inducted was in 1994 with Bill Epstein.