The Triton Education Foundation, in conjunction with the Triton Regional High School Athletic Department, hosted the 3rd Annual Night of Champions and Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Seaglass Restaurant in Salisbury on Tuesday night. The induction ceremony, led by Triton Athletic Director, Sean McInnis, was held in front of a full house of current and former Triton HS athletes, coaches, administrators, and community supporters.
The event showcased the outstanding achievements of recent team and individual school, league, and state champions this past year, and honored the career accomplishments of several of Triton’s legendary sports figures by inducting five former athletes and a coach into the Triton Hall of Fame.
The HOF ceremonies featured the induction of long-time legendary coach and Athletic Director, Ron Corcoran (Football Coach 77-97, AD 87-2001). Coach Corcoran was fondly remembered by many of his former players and assistants for leading the Triton football program into one of the Cape Ann League’s most premiere programs. His fiery style and dynamic leadership ability were at the core of his success as a coach, and later, as the Athletic Director.
Also inducted into the HOF were former student athletes:
Neil Hickey (’78) Mr. Hickey was a 4-time Cape Ann League All League member, a three-time All-State selection, and was a member of the 1977 All-State Championship team. He also completed his 1976 cross country season undefeated in the Cape Ann League. During his track days, he set the Cape Ann league record for the 1 mile, which he still holds today.
Mark Babcock (’86) Mr. Babcock earned 10 Varsity Letters in his Triton career, the first two as an 8th grader in both soccer and hockey. He was a Cape Ann All-League (both sports), a Cape Ann All-Star (soccer) and Cape Ann Player of the Year (hockey). He was recognized for his stand-out achievement by not only the Newburyport Daily News, but also the Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
Maureen Madigan (’89) Ms. Madigan earned 8 Varsity Letters in her Field Hockey & Track careers at Triton. She was a Member of the Cape Ann League Championship teams in both sports, set many Cape Ann records and still holds the record at Triton in 4 Track & Field events.
Jen MacDonald (’96) Ms. MacDonald earned 11 Varsity Letters over her Triton career in Soccer, Basketball and Softball. She earned the honor of Cape Ann All-Star in all three sports, as well as a Cape Ann All League for 2 years in basketball and one year in Softball. Her basketball scoring record of 1263 points still stands today.
Shane Lee (06’) Mr. Lee earned 6 Varsity Letters in his football and track career at Triton. He was a Cape Ann All League in both sports, and was recognized by the Boston Globe as the football Player of the Week, twice. Mr. Lee set many records at Triton, 7 of which he still holds in football, and 2 of which in track.
The evening’s event culminated with a life-time achievement award presented to long-time soccer coach and teacher, Brad Smith, for his distinguished 30-year career at Triton HS.
“The Triton Education Foundation is once again extremely thrilled to have had the opportunity to sponsor this special event,” TEF President Jane O’Keefe said. “This event is a rare opportunity to recognize current and legacy athletes, coaches, teams, and community supporters who uphold the integrity, excellence, and character of the Triton athletic program. It truly symbolizes the high academic and leadership qualities that have come to represent the Triton Regional School District and the entire Triton community. We couldn’t be prouder of Sean and his team for pulling together this amazing event, and for his efforts in continuing to foster Triton Viking team culture and guiding the future of the Triton Athletic Department in this way.”
The Triton Education Foundation is grateful for the many donations, sponsors, and work of the volunteers that went into this wonderful evening. A special thanks to our corporate sponsors: American BBQ; Rowley Realty; Susan B. Leader, OD-Agawam EyeAssociates; Douglas Shealy, D.D.S; The Winners Circle; and SLS Landscape Design & Development. All funds raised for the event will continue to support the mission of the Foundation to provide further educational enrichment opportunities throughout the Triton Regional School District.
The Triton Education Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 charitable foundation committed to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of all students in the District. For further information on the Triton Education Foundation, please go to www.tritonedfoundation.org
Pictured (left to right): Maureen Madigan, Neil Hickey, Mark Babcock, Jen MacDonald, Shane Lee, and Coach Ron Corcoran.