Jim Frew, Dave Paulsen, 2003 NCAA Champs & Dick Quinn named to New England Basketball Hall of Fame

2003 NCAA Champions
2003 NCAA Champions

KINGSTON, RI –- Williams basketball alums Jim Frew ’99 and Dave Paulsen ’87, the 2003 Williams men’s basketball team, and Sports Information Director (SID) Dick Quinn will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on October 9th. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT is the site of this year’s induction dinner and ceremony. Tickets for the event are on sale on line for $125 each and can be ordered here.

Paulsen is being honored for his coaching career at Williams (2001-08), while Frew will be inducted as an Eph player. Both Paulsen and Frew played for current Eph Athletic Director Harry Sheehy and Paulsen also served as an assistant to Sheehy at Williams.

Dave Paulsen’s coaching career began as an assistant to Sheehy and he then ventured west to the University of Michigan where he was a graduate assistant for the Wolverines, while pursuing an MBA. Next Paulsen served as an assistant at Cleveland State, before landing his first head coaching opportunity at St. Lawrence University. A stop at Division II LeMoyne College preceded his return to Williams.

Dave Paulsen '87

Paulsen served as the Ephs head coach for eight years (2001-08) compiling a record of 170-53 (.762).  His 2002-03 Eph team was the first New England Division III team to win the NCAA title and the following year he guided Williams to a second place finish.

The 2002-03 Ephs also posted a Williams record 31 wins on the year finishing at 31-1. In 2003-04 the Ephs en route to a 30-2 record set a Williams record with 19 consecutive in-season wins. Another highlight from the 2003-04 season came when Paulsen directed his Ephs to a 78-71 win over Division I Holy Cross, snapping the Crusaders’ 14-game home court win streak.

Paulsen was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) National Coach of the Year in both 2003 and 2004. Three times Paulsen was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year and twice he earned the NABC New England Coach of the Year award.

Four times Paulsen led the Ephs to the NCAA Tournament (2002, 2003, 2004 & 2007) and three times Williams won the NESCAC title (2003, 2004 & 2007). A Phi Beta Kappa honoree at Williams, Paulsen is entering his second year as the head coach at Bucknell University.

“Dave did an outstanding job for us while he was at Williams,” noted Harry Sheehy. “He is a person of high integrity and character. I am happy and proud to see my friend receive this well deserved honor.”

"It's a tremendous honor to be selected for induction, and I'm especially happy to join my coach and mentor Harry Sheehy as an honoree,” stated Paulsen. “More than anything, this is a tribute to the exceptional group of student-athletes I was fortunate to coach and the hard-working assistant coaches who helped to cultivate a team-first culture of excellence."

"I've never been associated with a team at any time or any place that embodied that hard-working and unselfish nature as much as the 2003 Championship team. I'm so excited to have the chance to celebrate their tremendous accomplishments and legacy at the induction ceremony in October."

Paulsen and his wife Kathy and three daughters Claire (14), Sara (10) and Molly (7) reside in Lewisburg, PA.

Jim Frew '99

Jim Frew lettered for four years in both basketball and baseball for the Ephs. He graduated as the Ephs’ all-time leader in assists and currently ranks second all-time.

Frew appeared in all 113 games played by the Ephs from 1996-1999, starting the vast majority of the contests. From 1996-1999 Williams posted an impressive record of 96-17 (.850).

The Eph teams Frew played on qualified for three NCAA Tournaments and the 1997 & 1998 teams were the first two Eph teams to advance to both the NCAA Division III Elite Eight and the Final Four (finishing third nationally both years).

Both the 1997 and 1998 Williams quintets were named the Division III Team of the Year by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and three times the Ephs were co-Little Three champions. The 1999 Eph team won the ECAC-New England Tournament and Frew was named to the GTE District I All-Academic Team.

A 6’2” guard out of Worcester, MA, Frew was often assigned to shut down the opponent’s top backcourt scoring threat as well as score. He even ran the point for the Ephs on occasion.  Relentless is probably the one word that comes to the mind of Eph fans that watched Frew compete. It was not an “official” Williams game if Jim Frew was not on the floor having drawn a charge or diving frequently for loose balls. He never seemed to tire and he never wanted to come off the floor.

Frew notched 1,086 points at Williams, snared 536 rebounds (ranking 7th all-time) and graduated owning the Eph career assist mark of 494. He is currently ranked second all-time in assists at Williams.

In 1998 the New England chapter of the NABC named Frew the region’s Unsung Player of the Year. Along with his usual dogged defense that season Frew added 311 points, 125 rebounds and handed out 130 assists for the 26-4 Ephs.

A two-time Academic All-NESCAC choice Frew earned Second Team All-NESCAC, NABC All-New England and ECAC-New England honors his senior year. Additionally, he was voted the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year.  Typical of Frew he concluded his senior season with career highs in points (350) rebounds (151) and authored an Eph single season assist mark with 141.

“I'm honored to be part of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame,” stated Frew.  “However, I realize this personal recognition is mostly due to the incredible teams during my time at Williams.  I know without coach Sheehy's leadership and without my incredibly talented teammates, this wouldn't have happened.”

Once an Eph, always an Eph. Frew is married to classmate and former Eph student-athlete Kelly Becker who is a practicing anesthesiologist.

Frew is currently the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for J. M. Huber Corporation’s Energy Sector. The Frews have two boys, Ryan (3) and Alex (4 months) and they live in Houston.

The 2003 Williams men’s basketball team tied school records for most consecutive wins to open the season (14), most consecutive wins in a season (17) and set the Williams mark for most wins in a season with 31.  The 31-1 Ephs led the nation in scoring margin (20.7), rebounding margin (12.6) and won-lost percentage (.969). Point guard Michael Crotty was second nationally in assists per game with 7.7.

The Ephs won the NESCAC title with a 74-70 win over archrival Amherst in Amherst and received a first round bye in the NCAA Tournament.  In the second round the Ephs dispatched of Salem State 94-67 and earned the right to host the Northeast /East Sectional.

A 76-65 win over Hamilton in the Sectional semifinals set the stage for a record fourth meeting of the year with Amherst for the Northeast/East Sectional title and the right to advance to the Final Four. Burying 10 of 12 three-point attempts in the second half the Ephs turned a 34-32 halftime advantage into a 91-75 win and punched their ticket to Salem, Virginia and the Final Four.

At the Final Four in Salem the Ephs posted two come from behind two-point wins to capture their first NCAA title. Williams downed Wooster (OH) 74-72, in overtime on a put-back by Drew DeMuth as time expired in the national semifinals.

In the championship tilt the Ephs fought back from 10 down in the second half and emerged victorious on two clutch free throws from Tim Folan with 2.6 seconds remaining to top Gustavus Adolphus 67-65. Frontcourt standout Ben Coffin won the Most Outstanding Player award at the Final Four and Crotty netted All-Tournament honors.

Highlighting their team-first approach the Ephs had five players who averaged in double figures on the year with the high being 13.6 and the low being 10.4. Ben Coffin topped the Ephs at 13.6, followed by Crotty (11.8), Drew DeMuth 11.6, Tim Folan 10.5 and Chuck Abba 10.4.

With the induction of the 2003 NCAA Champions Williams becomes the first Divsion III school to have two teams enshrined as the NCAA Champs will be joining the 1955 Ephs.

As of today the coaching staff of the 2003 NCAA Champions will be accompanied by 12 of the 17 players that were on the roster.
Eph Coaching Staff: Dave Paulsen, Devin Gotham, and Jim McCarthy

Eph Players:

John Fitzgerald
Drew DeMuth
Tim Folan
Sumant Bhat
Michael Crotty
Chuck Abba
Blake Morgan
Michael Graham
Andrew Newton

SID Dick Quinn

Dick Quinn is being inducted in the Media category and is he first Division III SID so honored. Quinn, entering his 21st year at Williams serves as an Assistant Director of Public Affairs and the SID for the 32 varsity teams Williams fields.

“Dick has done a wonderful job at Williams and is truly deserving of this honor,” noted Sheehy. “His passion for our student-athlete experience is unrivaled and his ability to communicate our message and mission, in such a clear and concise manner, is a great gift to the Williams community and our community at large. I am happy for and proud of my colleague and friend.”

“I view this as a team award,” Quinn said. “It is the result of having had a stellar group of student sports information assistants over the years and the yeomen efforts of assistant SID Kris Dufour. It is a privilege to watch the quality student-athletes at Williams compete under the tutelage of coaches who love and respect them.”

Other media members being inducted in 2009 include:
Arnold Dean, WTIC
Mike Donoghue, Burlington Free Press
Jerry Radding, Springfield Union
Ted Sarandis, WEEI

The New England Basketball Hall of Fame is located in Kingston, RI on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.

Ephs named to the New England Basketball Hall of Fame:

Harry Sheehy ’75, coach and player (2002)

Mike Nogelo ’98, player (2003)

Al Shaw, coach (2003)

Team Award: Williams College, 1955 NCAA Div. I Tournament (2003)

Tim Walsh ’86, Scholar-Athlete (2006)

Kathleen Higgins Sigrist ’99, Scholar-Athlete (2006)

Jim Frew ’99, player  (2009)

Dave Paulsen ’87, coach (2009)

Dick Quinn, SID, media (2009)

Team Award: Williams College, 2003 NCAA Champions (2009)