BENNINGTON, Vt. – The Southern Vermont College/Saint Joseph College Athletics Hall of Fame Committee announced on Friday its Class of 2018 with Eva Graham (Burnham) ‘01 and Pat Warrington ‘12 to be inducted to the Hall in late April.
Graham played three sports at SVC, but her real forte was as a four-year player for the Mountaineer women’s soccer team while Warrington was on the baseball squad for all four years of his collegiate tenure.
“We are delighted to welcome the 2018 Class to the Hall of Fame,” said Southern Vermont Director of Athletics Sharief Hashim. “Eva and Pat’s outstanding successes deserve to be recognized. We look forward to welcoming them to this year’s Athletics Awards Ceremony; it will be an exciting opportunity to honor our distinguished alumni in conjunction with the academic and athletic achievements of our wonderful student-athletes.”
The two newest members of the Hall of Fame will formally be inducted on Monday, April 30 at the Laumeister Art Center (formerly Bennington Center for the Arts) during Southern Vermont’s Athletics Awards Ceremony. They will bring the total number of selections to the decorated group to 34.
Southern Vermont College, which was founded as Saint Joseph College in 1926, is located in historic Bennington. SVC is a full member of NCAA Division III and a founding member of the New England Collegiate Conference.
Eva Graham (Burnham) – 2001
The Clifton Park. N.Y. native came to Southern Vermont for the Fall 1997 semester after graduating from Shenendehowa High School. Graham was a four-year player for the women’s soccer program at SVC, and both her athletic ability and willingness to be a team player made way for her to become a three-sport athlete at Southern Vermont.
Graham also played softball at Southern Vermont in the 1998-00 seasons, and she also competed on the Mountaineer women’s basketball team in the 2000-01 campaign during her senior year at SVC. She was named the hoops team’s Rookie of the Year at the annual athletic banquet right before graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
In her tenure as a women’s soccer player, Graham helped the 1999 team make an appearance in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) postseason under head coach and fellow SJC/SVC Hall of Famer Scott McKenzie. That year, she was named to the All-GNAC Second Team after posting the most assists in a season for a Mountaineer (14)—a record which still stands today.
When Graham graduated, she was tied for the most points in team history (65) and the third-most goals for a Mountaineer (21). She still owns the school’s record for most career assists with 23.
Graham followed Coach McKenzie from the soccer pitch to the diamond where she played softball for the first time in her life, and she then participated in another first-time experience in the winter of 2000-01 when she laced up the basketball shoes.
After graduating, Graham married into the Burnham family when she said “I do” to her husband, Carl. They are celebrating 10 years of being a family in 2018 along with her step-son, Tim, who is graduating high school this year.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by the school I love,” Burnham said. “It’s an incredible honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame for playing for a sport I fell in love with as a kid.”
Burnham is now an insider sales trainer and insider sales representative for Mohawk Paper in Cohoes, N.Y.
Pat Warrington – 2012
After the Folcroft, Pa. native graduated from Monsignor Bonner High School in Upper Darby, he enrolled at Southern Vermont for the 2008 fall semester. In his four years as a Mountaineer, he helped the team make its first-ever trips to the playoffs in program history (2009-11); the last in that run saw SVC advance all the way to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship round.
During his career, Warrington charted a .341 career batting average—a mark that was the best-ever for the team and currently sits at second. He amassed the most hits in school history with 196—a record that is still 29 higher than the next closest SVC player. Helping Warrington get there was the 2011 campaign in which he tallied 62 hits for what is still the most in a single season for a Mountaineer. Warrington also sits atop the program record lists for the most career runs batted in (136), runs scored (126), home runs (15), and stolen bases (56).
The Southern Vermont outfielder was selected to the All-NECC Team in both 2011 and 2012, and he was also chosen to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association’s All-Third Team in ‘11. Additionally, Warrington collected accolades for his work in the classroom as he earned NECC All-academic honors for the spring of 2010, ‘11, and ‘12. He was honored for being the SVC communications major with the best grade point average through both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.
Warrington was also highly active on the Southern Vermont campus when he wasn’t in uniform. In his junior and senior years, he served as a residential advisory, and he started recreational flag football and basketball leagues for the College community during his time at SVC. Warrington continues to run a recreational flag football league, the Delco Flag League, in the Philadelphia area. The Delco Flag League has over 150 adult athletes participate each season and proudly sponsors the HEADstrong Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on improving quality of life for those affected by cancer.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the Athletics Hall of Fame,” Warrington said. “My four years at SVC were some of my best. I met great people and made life-long friends. Playing collegiate baseball taught me a lot about the sport and the work ethic and dedication it takes to succeed. I’d like to thank my teammates and coaches, because without them I could not have achieved the success I had while at SVC.”
Warrington moved back to Pennsylvania after graduating in 2012 with his Bachelor of Arts in Communications, and he is currently a risk advisor at NSM Insurance Group.
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