William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy Athletics is proud to announce the 2018 William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Class. 

This year's class includes: John Fairbanks (Baseball & Football, Class of 1952), Joe Crowe (Football, Class of 2006), Rebecca Allen (Volleyball, Class of 2008) and Jed Johnson (Basketball, Class of 2010).

Fairbanks, attended Maine Maritime Academy after a successful high school football career at Old Orchard Beach High School. He had an outstanding football career with the Mariners, playing on both sides of the ball and serving as the team's kicker at times. Upon graduation in 1952 he became a Naval Officer, before attending Stanford University to receive a Master's Degree in Engineering, followed by two years at Santa Clara University. Fairbanks returned as manager of the Technical Department of the Department of Energy in Washington D.C. and was inducted into Maine Maritime Academy Wall of Honor in 2014. 

Crowe, an All-New England Selection and two-time First Team All NEFC selection, helped lead the Mariners to an ECAC Bowl Game as a player and was part of a team that won two Admiral's Cups. The offensive lineman and team captain anchored a line that blocked for fellow Hall of Famer Don Thibodeau. Crowe received a degree in International Business and Logistics and later returned to earn a degree in Marine Engineering Operations. While pursuing his second Bachelor's degree, Crowe joined the football program as an assistant football coach, where he helped guide the Mariners to a NCAA Statistical Championship in 2013, leading all divisions in rushing.

Allen, a two-time NAC All-Academic team selection and 2007 ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America, was named to the NAC All-Conference team three times, and ranked first in the nation in service aces per game in 2007. Allen is the all-time leader in service aces with 329. And ranks second in assists with 2,191 and service aces per set. She holds the singles-season record for attack percentage (63.0) and  service aces p6r set (1.30).

Johnson, the all-time scoring leader for Maine Maritime Academy Men's Basketball with 1,618 points, averaged a career double-double of 18.2 points and 13 rebounds per game while shooting a career average of 54.6 percent from the floor. Johnson ranks first in program history in field goals made (632), free throws made (331), free throws attempted (474), rebounds (1,155), rebounding average (13.0), defensive rebounds (782), defensive rebounds average (8.8), offensive rebounds (373), and offensive rebounds average (4.2). He helped lead the men's basketball team to 1999-2000 North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship and 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 NAC Finals. In his freshman season he was named the NAC Rookie of the Year and to the MCBCA All-Rookie team and earned 2001-2002 NAC Player of the Year and 2002-2003 Co-Player of the Year honors. Johnson was a four-year NAC All-Tournament team selection and a three-time NAC First Team All-Conference selection. In 2002-2003 he was also named to the D3hoops.com All-Region First Team and was the NCAA DIII Rebounding Champion.

The four inductees will be honored during this year's Homecoming festivities at the William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, September 28 and again at halftime of the football game between Maine Maritime Academy and WPI on Saturday, September 29.

For more information about the William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet please contact Riana Sidelinger, Athletic Communications Coordinator, riana.sidelinger@mma.edu.