May 24, 2016

Six alums to enter Athletics Hall of Honor on June 11

A former PA teacher and coach, Olympians, and a professional basketball player are among those to be recognized
by Phillips Academy

Phillips Academy has announced its 2016 Athletics Hall of Honor inductees. The six individuals will be honored for accomplishments in athletics and for the exceptional ways in which each continued to lead lives that embodied the values of Phillips Academy and Abbot Academy. A Hall of Honor induction ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Kemper Auditorium on Saturday, June 11, during Reunion Weekend.

Charles E. Borah '25 (d)

Charles Borah came to Phillips Academy from Phoenix, Ariz., in 1921. During his time at Andover, Borah was a champion sprinter. At a Boston Athletic Association meet in Boston, he was the high scorer for the day and had a winning record-tying time in the 220-yard dash. At a Harvard interscholastic meet, he set a national record in the 100-yard dash.

After graduating from Andover in 1925, Borah went on to the University of Southern California, where he continued to run track. As a Trojan, he twice tied the world record of 9.6 seconds in the 100-yard dash. During his sophomore year, he won the IC4A championships in both the 100-yard and 220-yard events. Borah also won the AAU championships in the 100-yard in 1926, in the 220-yard in 1927, and in the 200-meter in 1928.

At the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Borah was eliminated during the quarterfinals of the individual 200-meter, but went on to win gold and also tie the world record of 41.0 seconds as the third leg of the American 4x100 relay team. Borah graduated from USC with a DDS degree in 1929 and earned an MD degree in 1935.

Borah returned to Arizona in 1936 to practice dentistry with his father. His career—which would continue until his retirement in 1978—was interrupted during WWII, when Borah was called upon to serve in field hospitals under the command of Gen. George Patton.

Borah was inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1961. He passed away in 1980.

Christopher J. Gurry '66

During his years at Andover, Chris Gurry started for four years on the hockey and golf teams; he captained both teams his senior year. That year—1966—the hockey team was ranked No. 2 in the country, and the golf team enjoyed an undefeated season. Gurry went on to play both sports at Harvard and became captain of the hockey team. While playing for the Crimson, he set season and career records for goals, assists, and points for a defenseman. He also earned All-Ivy, All-New England, and All-East honors.

After Harvard, Gurry served his years in the military at West Point coaching both hockey and golf. In 1974 he returned to Andover as an instructor, coach, and house counselor. Gurry taught American history and international relations. He succeeded Ted Harrison ’38 as head hockey coach, a position he would hold for 20 years; he also coached JV football and lacrosse for many years. Gurry retired from Andover in 2014.

In 2011, the American Hockey Coaches Association honored Gurry with the John Mariucci Award. With a gift from an anonymous donor, Andover’s south rink was renamed the Chris Gurry Rink in 2015. The Gurry Rink fittingly sits alongside the Ted Harrison Rink, named for the former athletic director and hockey coach who was Gurry’s coach and mentor since 1955—when Gurry first played for Harrison as a Pee Wee.

Gurry and his wife, Sarah, have four children—Erin, Adam ’94, Charles ’05, and Jonathan—and currently reside in Wells, Maine.

James F. Herberich '81

Jim Herberich was a member of Andover’s varsity soccer and indoor and outdoor track teams. In 1981, he set the school record in the 110-meter hurdles (14.1 seconds), a record that still stands today. In 1980 and 1981, he was a tough competitor in the 110 and 300 hurdles, and 4x100 and 4x400 relays at the outdoor NEPSTA championships.

At Harvard College, Herberich ran varsity indoor and outdoor track for four years. He set school records in the 400-meter (47.21 seconds) and as a member of the 4x400 relay (3:10.96) that still stand today. He was selected to the second team All-Ivy League his junior and senior years and was All-East in the 200-meter his senior year.

Herberich began his professional career as an environmental scientist but, because of his speed, was recruited for the U.S. Bobsled team. In 1988, he made his first of three trips to the Olympic Winter Games as a bobsledder. He finished 16th as a brakeman in the two- and four-man sled races in Calgary that year. He later competed as a driver. In 1994 in Lillehammer, his two-man team finished in 14th place, and in 1998 in Nagano, he finished seventh in the two-man and 11th in the four-man races. He was the No. 5–ranked combined bobsled driver for the 1997 and 1998 World Cup seasons. After retiring in 1999, he served as secretary of the USA Bobsled Federation until 2006. Herberich currently works in environmental consulting. He and his wife, Lori, live in Groton, Mass., and have one son, Chase.

Mary W. Hulbert '81

A six-time varsity athlete, Mary Hulbert played squash, tennis, and basketball during her time at Andover. In her senior year, she captained the tennis team. Hulbert went on to play squash at Harvard, where she was a three-time All-American and a four-time All-Ivy selection. In addition, she was selected to the U.S. Squash Team in 1983, which placed sixth in the World Championship that year—the United States’ highest finish until 2014.

Hulbert played in the No. 1 position all four years at Harvard. She completed her senior year with a 12–0 record and as champion of the WISA tournament; she was the first Harvard student to win that title. Ranked No. 1 by the College Squash Association, Hulbert received the Betty Richey Squash Award, given annually to the “women’s squash player who best exemplifies the ideals of squash in her love of and devotion to the game, her strong sense of fairness, and her excellence of play and leadership.” In 2000, Hulbert was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame and the College Squash Association Hall of Fame. Hulbert was also an Ivy League Silver Anniversary Team Selection.

Hulbert went on to earn a master’s degree from Antioch University New England, where she focused on both environmental studies and organization and management. From 1989 to 1991, Hulbert coached women’s squash at Dartmouth. Hulbert is the founder and principal of True Directions, a coaching and consulting company that provides executive and life coaching and team and leadership development programs. She lives in Leeds, Mass.

Titus L. Ivory '96

Titus Ivory joined the varsity football team as a receiver after coming to Andover as a postgraduate in 1995. In addition to leading the team to an undefeated season and a New England championship that year, Ivory is still remembered by many for “The Catch.” During the final seconds of the 1995 Andover-Exeter football matchup, Ivory seized a pass to the end zone, securing a victory for Big Blue.

Ivory was also a member of the varsity basketball and track teams. On the court, he averaged more than 30 points per game and led the team to one of the most successful seasons (21–3) in school history.

Recruited by Penn State, Indiana State, and Michigan State for basketball and by Notre Dame for basketball and football, Ivory went on to play basketball at Penn State. During the 2001 NCAA tournament, Ivory posted 21 points against the No. 5–ranked Tar Heels, helping stage one of the biggest upsets in Penn State history and landing the Nittany Lions in the Sweet 16 round for the first time in 45 years. After college, Ivory began an 11-year pro career overseas, during which he won two European League national championships.

In 2013, Ivory suffered a debilitating stroke. With great determination and strength, he worked through physical and occupational therapy, recovering 100 percent. Ivory lives in North Carolina with his wife, Nicole, and their four children—twins Talia and Titus, Nia, and Norrie. Ivory works with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department to help prevent adolescents from making bad choices; he also coaches basketball at a local high school.

John H. Turco '66

John “Jack” Turco came to Andover from Melrose (Mass.) High School as a postgraduate. He played quarterback for the Big Blue football team, center for the undefeated hockey team, and catcher for the baseball team. At graduation, he was awarded the Yale Bowl for academic and athletic excellence and the Press Club Award.

At Harvard College, Turco played football, hockey, and baseball as a freshman, then hockey and baseball his remaining three years. His Crimson hockey team competed in the 1969 “Frozen Four” NCAA National Championships. The baseball team, which Turco captained his senior year, played in the 1968 College World Series (NCAA Championship). In 1974, Turco earned an MD degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and moved to Hanover, N.H., to complete an internal medicine residency followed by an endocrinology fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).

For the next 30-plus years, Turco was a clinician, educator, and director of college health services (including sports medicine) at Dartmouth College; an endocrinologist at DHMC; and professor of medicine at Geisel (Dartmouth) Medical School. A national expert in transgender medicine, he received the Gold Humanism Award for his work with patients and students, including leading Dartmouth medical brigades to rural Nicaragua. Despite his busy schedule, Turco coached many successful youth hockey and baseball teams.

Turco and his wife, Mary, are the parents of Mark ’95, Scott ’96, and Molly ’00, all excellent multisport athletes at Andover and beyond.

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