Six New Members Inducted Into the Bridgewater State Athletics Hall of Fame

Six New Members Inducted Into the Bridgewater State Athletics Hall of Fame

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. -- Bridgewater State's 19th induction class was officially enshrined in the Bears'  Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night during Homecoming Weekend festivities.

Multi-sport athletes, Paula Habel ’03, Dave Morwick ’64, and Erika Smith ’04, baseball great, Fred Martin ’98, women’s soccer standout, Kimberly Rhodes Robinson ’05, and baseball coaching legend, Rick Smith, were all officially inducted during the evening's ceremonies.

Paula Habel spent four stellar seasons as a member of the Bridgewater State women’s lacrosse team and three on the Bears’ women’s basketball team from 2000 to 2003.  She was a four-time New England Women’s Lacrosse Alliance (NEWLA) First Team All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003), two-time NEWLA Offensive Player of the Year (2002, 2003), two-time ECAC Division III New England Second Team All-Star (2002, 2003) and was selected to play in the 2003 STX Division III North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Habel, who captained the BSU women’s lacrosse team from 2001 to 2003, currently ranks second all-time at BSU in assists, third in scoring and sixth in goals (184).  She also ranks 15th all-time in Division III with 152 assists.  Habel helped lead the Bears to a NEWLA Tournament Championship and NCAA Division III Tournament bid during her senior season of 2003.

On the hardwood, Paula tallied 152 points, 137 rebounds, 39 assists, 18 steals and 8 blocked shots in 62 career games.  She was also a team captain her junior and senior seasons.

Paula was just recently named as the Bears’ new Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach.  Previously she was the head coach at Plymouth State University (2005, 2006), Allegheny College (2008, 2009) and Emerson College (2010).  Habel also spent time with the lacrosse program at Division I Ohio University before that program was eliminated by the University.

Dave Morwick was a two-sport athlete at Bridgewater State competing on the football and baseball teams from 1960 to 1963.  He was the starting quarterback as a freshman on the 1960 team which marked the beginning of the present day program.  Dave was the signal caller for the Bears for three seasons before an injury at the end of his junior season cut short both his collegiate football and baseball careers.

On the baseball team, Morwick was the starting first baseman his freshman and sophomore seasons and helped Bridgewater capture the Southern New England Coastal Conference championship in 1962.

Morwick returned to Bridgewater State in 1967 and spent the next 40 years as an administrator before retiring in 2007.  He served as the Director of Financial Aid, Director of Administrative Services and finally as Director of Special Projects.  Dave was also the State Union President of the Association of Professional Administrators (APA) for the nine state universities for 12 years.

Erika Smith excelled on both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse fields for the Bears for four seasons from 2000 to 2004.  She is presently the head field hockey coach at Bridgewater State, a position she has held since 2006, and also skippered the BSU women’s lacrosse program from 2006 to 2011.

Smith, who captained the field hockey team for three seasons, was a Little East Conference (LEC) First Team All-Star in 2003 and second team all-star in 2001 and 2002.  She was also a three-time All-MASCAC Field Hockey First Team selection and finished her career with 13 goals and 16 assists for 42 points over 66 games.

In the sport of women’s lacrosse, Erika was a four-time NEWLA All-Star capturing first team honors in 2002 and 2004.  In 2002, she was also named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year and was chosen as an ECAC Division III New England Women’s Lacrosse Second Team All-Star.  Smith captained the team during her senior season of 2004 when she led all of Division III with 95 ground balls and 7.31 ground balls per game.  In 63 career lacrosse games, she amassed 88 goals and 43 assists for a total of 131 points.

Through her first five seasons as the Bears’ field hockey coach, Smith has produced an overall record of 52-44 (.542).  She was named the MASCAC Field Hockey Coach of the Year in 2007 when her squad set the program mark with 16 wins and captured the ECAC Division III New England Tournament championship.

Erika just recently retired as the BSU head women’s lacrosse coach, but not before making an indelible mark on the program.  She is the program’s all-time winningest coach with an overall record of 74-32 (.698).  This past season she was named the NEWLA Coach of the Year after guiding her team to a program record 17 wins. The squad also captured their fourth straight NEWLA Tournament title since rejoining the Alliance in 2008, and advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second straight season.

Arguably the top closer in Bridgewater State baseball history, Fred Martin graced the baseball diamond for the Bears from 1995 to 1998.  He still holds both the BSU career and single-season marks for saves with 15 overall and 10 in 1998.  Fred is also the Bears’ all-time and single-season record holder for appearances with 57 overall and 17 in both 1996 and 1998.

In his four seasons at BSU, Martin posted an overall win-loss record of 12-1 with 105 strikeouts in 116.1 innings of work.  His .923 winning percentage is also a school record.  In 1998, Fred led the MASCAC in saves and tied for second in all of Division III as he was named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Division III All-New England Second Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-New England Third Team.

During Martin’s career, the BSU baseball team captured three MASCAC regular season titles (1996, 1997, 1998) and made three NCAA Division III Tournament Appearances (1996, 1997, 1998).  The Bears won NCAA Division III regional tournament championship and advanced to the Division III World Series in both 1996 and 1997.  The 1996 team posted a third place finish at the World Series.

A four-year women’s soccer standout at BSU from 2000 to 2003, Kimberly Rhodes Robinson was selected to the All-MASCAC First Team in each of her four seasons with the squad and was a three-time MASCAC Player of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003) as well as the conference rookie of the year in 2000.  Kim twice earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas Division III All-New England Second Team honors (2002, 2003) and was chosen to the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England Second Team in 2003.

Rhodes led the MASCAC in goals scored in each of her four seasons at Bridgewater State and topped the conference in both assists and scoring (points) in each of her final three seasons with the Bears.  Rhodes still holds BSU women’s soccer program marks for assists in a game (4 vs. Roger Williams in 2003), season (12 in 2002) and career (33), and also tied single-game record with four goals versus UMass Dartmouth in 2002.

Kim, who is second all-time at Bridgewater in goals (55) and points (143), helped lead the women’s soccer team to back-to-back MASCAC Tournament championships and NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003.

Rick Smith has enjoyed 18 successful seasons as the Bears’ head baseball coach, which has included nine trips to the NCAA regional championships and two trips to the NCAA Division III College World Series in 1996 and 1997.  The 1996 team posted a third place finish at the World Series.  His overall record of 449-242-4 (.649) during that period makes him the winningest coach in Bridgewater State athletics history.  In 2009, Coach Smith became the first BSU baseball coach to reach the 400-win milestone (an 18-8 win over UMass Dartmouth on April 23rd at Alumni Park).

In 1996 and again in 2000, Rick was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) New England Division III "Coach of the Year".  He was also selected the MASCAC "Coach of the Year" in 1998 and again in 2000. Bridgewater has won or shared the MASCAC regular season title nine times during his head coaching tenure.  His teams have also won at least 20 games in 16 of his 18 seasons at the helm, with two 30-win campaigns in 1996 (31-10) and 2000 (30-9).

The induction of Habel, Morwick, Smith, Martin, Rhodes and Smith brings the BSU Hall of Fame's total membership to 120.