READING, MA — Austin Preparatory School in Reading will induct five individuals and one team into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
This will be the sixth induction ceremony for the school. The event honors athletes from six decades of Austin Prep athletic history, from the school’s origins in the 1960s through the 21st century.
The inductees are:
Charles “Chuck” Gaudet, Class of 1976
Inducted for: Football, Ice Hockey, Baseball
Currently lives: Burlington
Achievements at Austin Prep: Selected as the school’s All-Around Male Athlete, named to the All-Merrimack Valley Conference Football, Hockey and Baseball teams two years in a row. He helped his team get to an 18-3-1 record while placing second place in the Merrimack Valley Conference, under reigning Coach of the Year Gary Bishop. Played varsity football and hockey at the University of Pennsylvania.
1988-1989 Men’s Ice Hockey Team
Achievements at Austin Prep: Only the second hockey team in the school’s history to win the state championship (Division II). Held a 21-4-1 record with three League All-Stars and two All-Scholastics under Coach Jim McAdam.
Erica Barry, Class of 2002
Inducted for: Softball
Currently lives: Rowley
Achievements at Austin Prep: Four-year Varsity Softball player and co-captain her junior year when the team was the Catholic Suburban League champions, three-time CSL Softball All-Star, two-time All-Scholastic for both the Boston Herald and Boston Globe, was the CSL Softball MVP. Played softball for four years at Babson College on an athletic scholarship. She also has the second most runs batted in over her career at Austin Prep.
Paul Bimmler, Class of 2009
Inducted for: Swimming
Currently lives: Reading
Achievements at Austin Prep: Four-time Catholic Central League Swimming MVP, four-time CCL All-Star, two-time Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic, and Boston Globe Swimmer of the Year in 2009. He was named a Swimming League All-Star from 2003-2009. He was on the team as a middle-schooler and helped the team capture six CCL titles. Holds the fastest time for 10 different races, with 3 of them in relays. Was on the Swim Team (Division I) at Fairfield University.
Paige Christie, Class of 2011
Inducted for: Swimming
Currently lives: Newport Beach, Calif.
Achievements at Austin Prep: MIAA Division II Swimming Champion, two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic, Boston Globe All-Star, two-time Catholic Conference All-Star, Lowell Sun All-Star, and Eagle-Tribune Sportsman of the Year. At the time of her graduation, she held numerous school swimming records, and still holds the record for the 400 M Free Relay. Swam four years at Smith College, Smith College Athletic Woman of the Year, and two-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference. At age 21, she swam the English Channel, and at 23 completed the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim – the youngest to ever complete it.
Inducted for: Contributor
Currently lives: Haverhill
Achievements at Austin Prep: Basketball coach for both boys and girls for more than 20 years. He was one of the first coaches for girls basketball when the school went coed in the early 1990s, and racked up more than 100 wins as a girls basketball coach. He coached the 2003-2004 Girls Basketball Catholic Central Division 2 Champions, going 10-0 in conference matchups. A math teacher at Austin Prep for more than 46 years, he could be seen at countless sporting events every season cheering on AP students when not coaching. He served as Chair of the Mathematics Department, a guidance counselor, Academic Dean and Dean of Studies, and moderated numerous clubs.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Austin Prep.)
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