Oct. 7, 2009
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Included among the 2009 inductees into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame are three people associated with the Navy basketball programs. Navy graduate Hugh Kilmartin, current Navy women's basketball head coach Stefanie Pemper and her assistant coach Julie Veilleux help form this year's hall of fame class that will be feted Friday night during a ceremony held at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.
The hall of fame recognizes athletes, coaches, teams, administrators, referees, organizations and contributors to the game of basketball at the high school, prep school and collegiate levels from the New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Kilmartin will be inducted into the scholar-athlete category, which honors distinguished individuals who had outstanding careers as players or coaches, who excelled in the classroom and, in the case of players, following graduation, have been highly successful in their careers - and in the case of both players and coaches - have made strong contributions to society.
A 1968 graduate of the Naval Academy and a native of West Concord, Mass. (Concord-Carlisle H.S.), Kilmartin was an outstanding high school player before going on to serve as the captain of the Navy team during his senior season in Annapolis. In his three years at Navy, Kilmartin averaged 10.6 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game in 56 career contests. During his senior year, he averaged 13.6 points per game and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game while shooting 43.7 percent from the field and almost 70 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Kilmartin was selected as a Third-Team Academic All-American as a senior. He was the first of three members of the Navy men's basketball program to earn the accolade from the College Sports Information Directors of America during its over 50-year existence.
Kilmartin went on to become a nuclear power engineer and distinguished entrepreneur upon graduation.
Pemper, who guided Navy to a 16-15 record and third-place showing in the Patriot League last year during her inaugural campaign on The Yard, will join the hall of fame in the category of NCAA Division III women's coaches. Prior to her arrival at Navy, Pemper had spent the previous 10 years as the head coach at Bowdoin. During her decade on the bench in Brunswick, Maine, the Polar Bears compiled a 235-48 overall record, won six New England Small College Athletic Conference regular season titles, seven NESCAC tournament crowns and made nine NCAA Tournament appearances. Her tenure at Bowdoin was highlighted by the 2003-04 team that posted a 30-1 record. The lone setback by that year's squad was in the NCAA Championship game.
The 2004 NCAA Division III National Coach-of-the-Year recipient left the school with the fourth-highest winning percentage in Division III history (83.0%).
Veilleux is being recognized for her accomplishments as a high school player at Cony High School in her hometown of Augusta, Maine. Her career saw her garner a trio of first-team all-state accolades to go along with three first-team all-conference honors. After helping Cony win the state title as a sophomore, Veilleux averaged 21.1 points per game as a junior and was selected as the 1999 conference player of the year. Despite missing all but five games of her senior year due to an injury, Veilleux still amassed over 1,000 points in her career.
After graduating from Cony in 2000, Veilleux went on to attend Maine where she was a three-year starter and a member of the program's 2003-04 NCAA Tournament team.