August 13, 2013

2013 Hall of Fame Class Announced

NEW LONDON, Conn.--The Coast Guard Academy will add five new members to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 17th at the Hall of Fame Banquet at the Officers' Club as part of Homecoming Weekend this Fall.

Former men's basketball and baseball head coach Pete Barry, John Wuestneck ('62), a member of the sailing team, Jesse "Karl" Moore ('88), a four-time All-American swimmer, Pedro Jimenez ('91), an All-American tennis player and Jen Walther (Revelle) ('91), who played basketball, softball, track and rowed crew will all be inducted as the part of the Class of 2013.

The five newest members of the Coast Guard Academy Athletic Hall of Fame will also be introduced at halftime of the Homecoming football game vs. Maine Maritime at Cadet Memorial Field on Saturday, Oct. 19th.

Barry, who coached at the both the high school and college level for a combined 40 years, posted a record of 262-216 (.548) in 19 years as the head coach at the Coast Guard Academy and he finished his collegiate career with a record of 413-315 (.567) in 27 seasons. He is the all-time winningest men's basketball coach at the Coast Guard Academy with 262 wins and a .548 winning percentage and he led the Bears to the Elite 8 in 2007-08 with a school-record 24 wins. That was the only time that a Coast Guard men's team reached the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament in any sport. Barry led the Bears to five conference championships, three ECAC tournament appearances.

He is also the all-time winningest baseball coach by percentage (.496) as he won 115 games in six seasons leading the team to three New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship games and the first postseason win in school history, an ECAC tournament win in 2002.

Wuestneck, who trained for the 1960 Olympic trials, won the 1958 New England Freshman Sailing Championship and led his team to the Timme Angsten Memorial Trophy Championship, the unofficial Fall National Championship in 1959, 1960 and 1961. He led the team to the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Championship in the Spring of 1960 and 1962.

During his senior season, the team won every regatta except one and he was the 1962 North American Intercollegiate Single Handed Sailing Champion and the Bears won the North American Intercollegiate Championship to close out his collegiate career. Wuestneck won the award for the highest point skipper in that final race.

Moore was a four-time All-American in the pool for the Bears. He earned All-America honors in both the 50 and 100 freestyle during both his junior and senior seasons and was the first Coast Guard swimmer to win the Robert B. Muir Award given to the athlete who scores the most points at the New England Championships over four years.

He was All-New England in two events as a freshman, four as a sophomore and the New England champion in the 50 freestyle in 1987. He qualified for two events at the NCAA Championships as a sophomore and set the school and New England record in the both the 50 free (21.01) and the 100 free (46.29) as a junior.

Jimenez, the only ITCA All-American tennis players in Coast Guard history in 1991, was ranked 25th nationally in singles and 11th in doubles, the highest in CGA history.

He reached the quarterfinals of the 1991 NCAA Championship as an unseeded player and was the first Coast Guard freshman to be the Bears #1 singles player.

Walther excelled in four sports while at the Academy. She had a single-season record 440 points during the 1988-'89 basketball season. She led the team in scoring both seasons she played and was an All-conference selection and team MVP after playing two years of basketball and softball at a community college.

On the diamond, she led the nation with 46 stolen bases in 1989, a single-season record and was a second team All-New England selection during the 1989 season.

She was a two-time All-England performer in the 400 meters and an earned All-New England honors in the 4x400 relay in 1991. She also garnered All-ECAC honors in the 400 meters and was the two-time team MVP in track events.

Walther also was part of the lightweight eight crew that won the 1991 New England Rowing Championship and placed fourth at the Dad Vail Regatta in 1991. She was named the 1991 Coast Guard Academy nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year.

"The 2013 CGA Hall of Fame class is extremely strong, with each inductee displaying a tremendous legacy of athletic success in their career as a cadet-athlete and beyond," said Tim Fitzpatrick, Coast Guard Academy Director of Athletics. "Each one achieved excellence in their respective athletic endeavors, reflecting very favorably on the Coast Guard Academy. We look forward to honoring them suitably in October."

 

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