NEW LONDON, Conn. – Two exemplary former student-athletes and one of the institution's most successful teams were recently inducted into the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The class consists of Amanda Clark '05 (sailing), Dwayne Stallings '99 (men's basketball) and the 1998 women's soccer team.
Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017
The most decorated student-athlete in the history of the women's sailing program, Amanda Clark '05 finished her career as a two-time Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women's All-American and a singlehanded national champion. In addition to her individual success, she helped the Connecticut College program place as high as fourth at the ICSA National Championships and advance to the Sloop National Championships during her tenure as a student. Clark's racing success continued after graduation, as she most notably represented the United States in the 470 Division at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China as well as the XXX Olympiad held in London in 2012. After placing as high as eighth in the two-person women's sailing event at the Olympics, Clark also served a four-year term as a sailing representative for the United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council. She continues to race recreationally and coach youth sailors.
Dwayne Stallings '99 is one of the most prolific men's basketball players who led Connecticut College to its best season in program history. He was most notably the team captain and leading scorer for the 1998-99 program which ranked first in the country, advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournament, and posted a 28-1 record during his senior year. Stallings established and still holds single-season program standards for 3-point field goals (86) and steals (64) in 1998-99. He is also the program's all-time leader in steals (168), and he finished his career as a collegian with 1,093 points. For his efforts, the guard was named a 1999 Columbus Multimedia Honorable Mention All-American as well as an All-NESCAC and All-ECAC First Team selection. After graduation, Stallings became the first Connecticut College men's basketball alum to play professionally when he signed a contract with the Westminster Warriors. He has also been inducted into the New London Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1998-99 team. Off the court, Stallings has pursued a career as a financial advisor with a focus on wealth management and retirement planning. The Dean's List student at Connecticut College has been named one of the Top 100 Financial Advisors in America by Bank Investment Consultant magazine.
The 1998 Women's Soccer Team put together one of the most remarkable and memorable seasons that Connecticut College has ever seen in its storied athletic history. Led by three student-athletes who have been inducted into the Connecticut College Athletic Hall of Fame as individuals, the team finished the year with a 12-5 record and made a Cinderella postseason run as the lowest seed in its region by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Camels first defeated top-seeded William Paterson, 2-1, in the opening round before edging second-seeded Williams by a 1-0 score in the regional final, avenging losses from earlier in the season to both opponents which also entered the postseason tournament with undefeated records. The team's 12 victories established a school record at the time, and the program's No. 8 ranking in the final NSCAA national poll is the highest for any women's sport at the institution. The team also boasted an NSCAA All-American, two NSCAA All-Metro Region Second Team selections, and a trio of All-NESCAC honorees who finished the fall as the top three scorers in the league.