Benedictine College Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Benedictine College Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., has announced the recipients of the 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame.  Guy Galley, Sr., Class of ’50, Joe Laffleur, Class of ’69, Tim Parich, Class of ’2000 and the legendary 1974 Men’s Soccer Team will be added to the list of Raven greats on Oct. 18 during the annual Benedictine College Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony on Homecoming Weekend. The induction ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. in the College Dining Hall as part of Homecoming festivities.  Cocktails and dinner precede the ceremony.  Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at http://my.benedictine.edu/bchomecoming14 or by contacting Sue Durkin at sdurkin@benedictine.edu.
 

Guy Galley

Guy Galley, Sr. was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and grew up in the Chicago area graduating from Fenwick High School. He postponed going to college and enlisted in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946. After his honorable discharge, Galley came to St. Benedict’s College, now Benedictine College, on the GI Bill to play football. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. He would be a teacher, coach and counselor for the next four decades.
 

After a brief tenure as a teacher in Victoria, Kan., Guy took a job at Maur Hill Prep School, now Maur Hill-Mount Academy. He went on to serve as an educator, coach, athletic director and guidance counselor at Maur Hill from 1952 until his retirement in 1992. In that time, he coached football, golf and tennis and led the golf team to 4 straight state titles from 1979-1982. During his tenure at Maur Hill, the Raven football team had two undefeated seasons.
 

He and the former Virginia Jimenez were married on Oct. 23, 1961, at Sacred Heart Church in Atchison. The couple raised eight children, six sons and two daughters. He passed away on Sept. 11, 2008.

Joe Laffleur

Joe Laffleur attended St. Benedict's College from the Fall of 1965 to the Spring of 1969, coming from McBride High School in St. Louis where he was a member of the 1964-65 All District Team. An outstanding forward for the Ravens Joe was one of the most prolific scorers of all time. In his four seasons, he started 42 consecutive games at right striker and scored 31 goals. He led the team in scoring his senior year. He was a first team All-Conference player in each of the three years that he was eligible. His teams had a record of 31 wins, nine losses and two ties. He was named one of the Outstanding College Athletes of America in 1969.

Joe was known as a leader both on and off the field. He was an officer in the “B” Club and was known for his ability to encourage underclassmen and help build their confidence. Everyone knew they could count on him and when the game was on the line, the team looked to Joe. Many of the goals he scored were in the  the most important games of the season, including wins against Rockhurst, the Air Force Academy and Colorado College. In addition, his teams had stunning victories in 1967 and 1968 against perennial NAIA National Champion Quincy College. With his leadership and scoring abilities, the Ravens had 4 straight winning seasons and won the Mo-Kan Conference Championship twice. In a 1975 quote from "The History of Soccer at Benedictine College from its Introduction in 1960 through 1974", Joe's coach, Tom Colwell, stated "One young man stands out as one of the better players in all the history of soccer here and that is Joe Laffleur who always scored the big goals for us and who was always at his best in a tough situation.  He was really a quick kid and a tough kid."

During his four years, Joe scored the first goal after soccer became a major sport in 1966 and the first playoff goal in St. Benedict's history in1967.  In addition, he scored the first goal in a Varsity/Alumni game in 1971.  In the Spring of 1969, Joe and his roommate were asked to start the first grade school soccer program in Atchison after he had coached grade school basketball for two years.

Following graduation, Joe was inducted into the Army and spent thirteen months in Vietnam with the 19th Combat Engineers where he earned a Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal.  He later served three years in the Army Reserves in Military Intelligence. He married Karen in 1969 and currently lives in Eureka, Missouri.  They have three children and seven grandchildren.  Their son, Brian, also played soccer at Benedictine.  He graduated in 2000 and his wife, Jaclyn (Lehman) graduated in 1999. Joe retired in 2010 after almost 40 years in the Human Resources field.  He continues to be certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Tim Parich

Tim Parich was an exceptional athlete in Track & Field just as the program was getting started in the late 1990s. As a pole vaulter, he qualified for the NAIA National Outdoor Meet four years in a row and the National Indoor Meet twice. In 2000, he finished 4th in the nation at the Indoor Meet and was named an All-American. He placed in every meet in which he was a competitor, and was named All-Conference in all eight Heart of America Athletic Conference championship meets.
 

Amazingly, he accomplished all this at a time when the college did not have a pole vault ramp or landing pit. Benedictine didn’t even have a track at the time. So his practice was actually limited to his time at the meets. His ability to excel under these trying circumstances speaks to his athletic talent and positive attitude. He was able to clear 16’ 1” in the pole vault, a school record that still stands today.


In addition, Parich was a kicker on the Raven football squad and earned All-Conference honors in that capacity as well. He is in the record books as 7th in Scoring – Kicking and his 147 points would put him at 13th in overall scoring.


 

1974 Men’s Soccer Team

Forty years ago, the renowned 1974 men’s soccer team, under Coach Terry Hanson, made it to the semifinals of the NAIA national championship tournament, finishing third overall in the program’s first trip to the tournament. The team was loaded with talent that included future Hall of Famers Keith Korte, Gordon “Gus” Guzenski, Tom Buergler and Tom Gorczyca, All-American Keith Korte, and future All-Americans Tom Buergler and Jerry DiSalvo. Goalkeeper Dennis Ayer helped this powerful team finish with 11 shutouts that year, including one in the Area II Championship against archrival Rockhurst College.

The season started off miserably, though, with the team going 1-2-2. Then they turned it around and won six straight, making it to post-season play. Their first opponent in the national championship tournament was Keene State University from New Hampshire. Keene was tough, with a future All-American who would go on to record 38 shutouts and an All-American midfielder named Mickey Rooney. The Ravens were able to upset Keene 1-0, moving on to the semi-final round. In the semis, Benedictine drew Davis & Elkins College from West Virginia, a perennial tournament participant and two-time national champion. It was a hard-fought game in the bitter cold, but Davis & Elkins managed to hold on to a 1-0 victory. The Ravens defeated Erskine College in the consolation round to finish #3 in the nation, still the best finish in program history. As a result, Coach Hansen, forwards Mike Buncher and John Schindler, backs Tom Buergler and Keith Korte, and goalkeeper Dennis Ayer were named to the Area II All-Star Team. Keith Korte was named to the All-National Tournament Team and Terry Hanson was named the National Coach of the Year that year.

The 1974 team continued to make contributions to the Benedictine College soccer program as alumni. Several members were instrumental in the creation of the Benedictine Ravens Soccer Boosters, with some serving as officers of the club. Through the years, they have remained perpetual members, donating extensively of their time, talent and finances. Starting small, the organization purchased things like new soccer balls, travel uniforms for the team, team jackets, and other equipment. In time, they were able to help add stadium seating to the soccer pitch, improve the PA system, add new fencing and a new scoreboard, and add lights to the field. Today, the Benedictine College Soccer Complex includes Field Turf and the John Casey Soccer Center, making it one of the best soccer venues in the country.
 

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas.  The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging.  It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship

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