Reilly '66, Marois '77, Thurston Cadwell '00 to be inducted into Hall

Jim Marois '77

Jolene Thurston Cadwell '00

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Three Bates College alumni, Russ Reilly '66, Jim Marois '77 and Jolene Thurston Cadwell '00, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 6, in a ceremony at the University of Rhode Island.

Reilly, the longtime men's basketball coach and recently retired Director of Athletics at Middlebury College, will be inducted with a distinguished achievement award. Marois will be inducted in the category of Division III College Male Player, while Cadwell will enter in the category of Scholar-Athlete.

Reilly, Marois and Cadwell join two other Bates alumni who have been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in previous years: legendary University of Rhode Island coach Frank Keaney '11 (in 2002), as well as Emily King '00 in 2004.

Russ Reilly '66

(Photo by Vlad Lodoaba)

Reilly was named assistant men's basketball coach at Middlebury in 1977, when he was serving as an assistant coach at Bates. A native of Weston, Mass., he was hired at Bates in 1969 and also served as athletic trainer and instructor in physical education. At Middlebury, Reilly directed the men's basketball program as head coach from 1979 to 1997, winning the Kodak Division III Coach of the Year award in the Northeast District in 1988. He served as Director of Athletics at Middlebury from 1997 until his retirement in 2006.

Marois graduated as the second-leading scorer in Bates men's basketball history, with 1,198 points. At the time, only Howie Alexander '68 (1,488) ranked ahead of him on the list. In his era, the Bobcats normally played 20 games per season, and they assembled a 37-45 record during his four years. Marois is currently 11th on the all-time Bates scoring list.

A native and resident of Worcester, Mass., Marois was a sharp-shooting, 6-foot-2 point guard at Bates. After a 24-point effort against Maine on Jan. 15, 1977 (a 71-63 Bates loss), Black Bears coach Skip Chappelle noted that "our defensive adjustments were always made to contain him, yet he has always played well against us."

Marois saved some of his best games against the best competition. As a senior he scored 24 points against both the University of Maine and Central Connecticut State.

Marois was a three-time All-CBB Conference selection, as well as team captain in his junior and senior years. His scoring average climbed from 10.3 points per game as a freshman to 12.3 to 17.5, and peaked at 19.3 points per game as a senior. Marois shot over 48 percent from the floor in all four years, including a .507 field goal percentage as a junior. He scored a career-high 37 points against Brandeis in the 1975-76 season. Marois also averaged 4.4 assists per game in his career, including a career-high 5.0 average as a freshman.

Cadwell, a native of Post Mills, Vt., was a NESCAC All-Defensive team member as a guard/forward for the Bobcats in 2000, as well as a First Team All-NESCAC soccer player that year. As a senior she was a prime reason the Bobcats led the NESCAC in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 55.8 points per game. Along with 2000 NESCAC Player of the Year Emily King, Cadwell shared the school record with 100 games played and started. In four years, the duo compiled an 83-17 record with four NCAA Tournament berths.

Cadwell started in 100 games for the Bobcats and won 83 of them.

A chemistry major and economics minor at Bates, Cadwell was a regular member of the Dean's List and the Academic All-NESCAC teams. She was also named to the GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America District I First Team as a junior, earning her a spot on the national ballot. Cadwell resides in Thetford, Vt.

The Friday evening event at the Ryan Center is expected to draw more than 1,000 people, many of them luminaries in the world of basketball. This year's class includes: Jim Larranaga, an outstanding player for Providence College, who recently took his Cinderella George Mason team to the Final Four tournament; Tom Penders, a former men's basketball coach for Tufts University and URI, who excelled as a college player at the University of Connecticut; Satch Sanders, a former member of the Boston Celtics, who later coached at Harvard University; and Jimmy Piersall, former Red Sox centerfielder, who was also an outstanding Connecticut high school player.

"The object of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame is to recognize contributions of various sorts, all of which add up to the wonderful culture of basketball in New England," said Daniel E. Doyle, Jr., Bates Class of 1972, the executive director of the Institute for International Sport, which administers the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

To that end, high school players from every New England state are inducted as well as high school coaches and referees. Other categories include Division I, II and III players and coaches, junior college and prep school players and coaches and those whose academic excellence earns them a place in the Hall of Fame as scholar-athletes.

The Friday evening ceremony kicks off with a reception at the Institute for International Sport for inductees and immediate family members, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at the Ryan Center. The latter event is open to the public. Tickets cost $125 per person and can be purchased by calling Dr. Malcolm Mac Kenzie at (401) 874-2673 or by visiting the Institute's website at

In the coming weeks, the Institute will be announcing other special groups of inductees, among them championship teams from New England and the recipient of an International Basketball Humanitarian Award. Press releases will be issued with these announcements.