Jefferson Inducts Five into 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Class, Retires Bob File’s Jersey

Jefferson Inducts Five into 2018 Athletics Hall of Fame Class, Retires Bob File’s Jersey

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PHILADELPHIA
– The Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Athletics Department inducted five members into its 2018 Hall of Fame Class on Friday, May 4 from the Tuttleman Center Auditorium on campus. J. Thomas Becker, Bill Banks '73, Maribeth (Rogers) McCallion '84, Shaun Babula '99 and Jean-Marie (Reilly) Torpey '04 were all enshrined on Friday evening. Bob File '98 had his jersey retired by the school.

It marks the 20th hall of fame class for the school. To see all 20 hall of fame classes, click here. For our wall of fame, click here.

 

J. Thomas Becker (BIO)
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
J. Thomas Becker, the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, has been a great supporter of athletics during his 28-plus years as a University employee. He currently serves the school as the Associate Vice President for Operations and is approaching three decades at the facilities helm.

Becker managed the largest facility growth in the University's history, which included the Paul J. Gutman Library, the Tuttleman Center, the Kanbar Campus Center, the Arlen Specter Center and the Lawrence N. Field DEC Center. His most impactful contribution to athletics came in construction of the Gallagher Athletic and Recreation Center.

The Gallagher Athletic and Recreation Center opened its doors in August 2006 as an addition to Althouse Hall. It houses Herb Magee court, home to the men's and women's basketball and volleyball teams. The Gallagher Center added two more basketball courts to the building, a state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics studio, racquetball court, elevated track and 251-space underground parking garage as well as the athletic department offices.

Becker plans, navigates and manages all facility upgrades, maintenance, new construction, capital procurements, activities support, lease fit-outs and renovations.

He also initiated an annual scholarship in his family's name to support tuition at the school.

Becker also oversees athletics' on-field and court improvements, upgrades and renovations.

 

Bill Banks (BIO)
Class of 1973
Sport: Men's Basketball

Bill Banks, a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, served as the men's basketball team's tri-captain his senior season in 1972-73, a year he was named the team's most valuable player in his final season of play.

As a junior in 1971-72, Banks led the team with a 20-point scoring average while he was voted a District II Middle Atlantic Conference All-American.

A 6-4 forward, the Philadelphia native was the first Ram to reach 1,000 career points in his first two years of competition. He finished his career with 1,538 points, which still ranks in the top 25 all-time at the school.

Following graduation in 1973, he was the captain of the Gillette USA touring team, traveling to over 40 different countries. He played professional basketball for seven total years across three countries.

Banks went on to spend seven years as an NBA talent scout for the Los Angeles Clippers. He also coached for 15 years in Sweden, which included two championships.

He currently runs international coaching and leadership clinics.

 

Maribeth (Rogers) McCallion (BIO)
Class of 1984
Sport: Women's Basketball

Maribeth McCallion (née Rogers), a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee known for her ball handling and clever passing, played for the women's basketball team from 1980-84 under former head coaches Connee Zotos and Julie Soriero.

Her 654 career assists top the Rams' leaderboard with the next closest coming in at 592. Across 98 career games, she averaged just under 6.7 assists per affair.

McCallion totaled three seasons that rank in the top 10 for assists. As a senior, she dished out 169 dimes after recording a career-best and then program-best 192 as a junior in 1982-83. Her 192 assists that year remain as the third most by a Ram in the single campaign. As freshman in 1980-81, McCaillion assisted on 173 baskets.

She holds the single-game assists record with 15. Scoring wise, she finished her career with 747 points, good for 7.6 per game.

McCallion won Captain Pagano's Player of the Week and Big Five Award seven times and earned Second Team All-Area honors in 1982-83.

 

Shaun Babula (BIO)
Class of 1999
Sport: Baseball

Shaun Babula, a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, played a total of 164 games for the baseball team from 1996-99.

Babula was named to the All-New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) First Team all four seasons as a pitcher and outfielder.

Over his career, Babula owned a .317 batting average, .402 on-base percentage, 177 hits, 26 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs, 77 runs batted in, 140 runs and a program-record 87 stolen bases.

In his junior campaign, Babula hit .361 with a .454 on-base percentage and .600 slugging percentage as he stole a career-best 31 bases.

On the mound, he went 15-14 with a 4.49 earned run average across 194.1 innings with a program-record 216 strikeouts, 20 complete games, two shutouts and one save. His 20 complete games rank fifth in program history while his two shutouts are tied for second. He made 34 total appearances as a pitcher for the Rams with 29 starts to his credit.

Babula was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 16th Round (487th overall) of the 1999 MLB Amateur Entry Draft. He played 13-plus seasons of professional baseball between rookie league, single-A, double-A, triple-A and independent league baseball.

 

Jean-Marie (Reilly) Torpey (BIO)
Class of 2004
Sport: Women's Basketball

Jean Marie Torpey (née Reilly), a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, was a standout point guard on the women's basketball team in the early 2000s before coming back to the team as an assistant coach.

Torpey scored 1,358 points over her four-year career as she left the school ranked eighth on the scoring leaderboard and still sits in the top 10 as of 2018. She was the 19th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

The point guard made 133 career three-pointers, tying her currently for 10th all-time while she connected on 43.0% of her treys, a mark that still stands as the second-best rate in program history.

She was named the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) Co-Player of the Year in 2004.

Her 2000-01 freshman year team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. She helped the team win the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championship in 2002-03 as she was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Torpey also earned All-Conference accolades as a junior and senior as she averaged 17.6 points per game over her final two seasons.

She returned to campus as an assistant coach for the 2009-10 season and continued in that role for four years until her final season on Coach Tom Shirley's staff in 2012-13.

 

Bob File (BIO)
Class of 1998
Inducted into HOF: 2004
Retired Jersey Recipient

Bob File, a 2004 Hall of Fame inductee and 2018 Retired Jersey Recipient, was one of the strongest all-around baseball players in school history.

A three-time New York Collegiate Athletic Conerence (NYCAC) All-Conference Selection, File was named the conference's Player of the Year in 1998 where he also garnered All-American First-Team recognition. In 1998 as a senior, he set numerous single-season records for the program including batting average (.542), hits (90), runs (63), runs batted in (68), home runs (19) and total bases (167).

He holds all-time program career records for batting average (.416), slugging percentage (.687), at bats (712), runs (181), runs batted in (198), hits (296) and triples (17).

He sat atop the Rams' home run leaderboard for 20 years with 37 career home runs, a feat that was just recently broken in 2018.

File was drafted in the 1998 MLB Amateur Entry Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 19th round (561st overall) and went on to appear in three seasons for the Blue Jays with 89 appearances across 111.1 innings. He posted a 4.20 earned run average with 55 strikeouts and a 6-4 record.

He joins Chick Barnes '58 (HOF '84), Herb Magee '63 (HOF '84) and Tammy Greene '94 (HOF '99) as the only four Rams to have their jersey retired by the school.