The New England Basketball Hall of Fame will honor Ed Leyden, head coach of the Suffolk women’s basketball team, during its Class of 2015 induction ceremony on August 8 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Joining Leyden in the New England Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are Rams standouts Ellen Crotty Pistorino ’88 and Christos Tsiotos ’77. And former Athletics Director Jim Nelson will be recognized at the ceremony for his extraordinary mentoring skills.
Leyden, with the team for 21 seasons, has guided the Rams to 16 winning seasons and seven straight ECAC appearances between 2006 and 2013. Under his leadership the Suffolk women have a 329-229 (.590) overall record and 166-69 (.706) Great Northeast Athletic Conference mark.
During the 2007-08 campaign, Suffolk broke the university's record for most wins by any Rams basketball team, men or women, going 20-9. That performance was upstaged in 2012-13 when Leyden's Rams finished 23-8, making the ECAC finals.
Leyden has been chosen GNAC Coach of the Year five times by his peers and is a two-time recipient of the Suffolk University Leadership Award.
Leyden's student-athletes have been rewarded with many individual accolades, including 28 All-GNAC honors and one GNAC Rookie of the Year nod. He guided his now assistant coach Jacqueline Vienneau ’13 to a historic four-year career as a player, as she became the first player in school and fourth in GNAC history to record career milestones of 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 300 assists. Leyden has coached nine of Suffolk's 13 1,000-point scorers, including all-time leader Katie Norton '00.
Suffolk women's basketball excellence has not been limited to the hardwood during Leyden's tenure. His teams have been recognized on two occasions among the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25 Academic Team in the nation and maintained that standard in 2013-14 with a team grade-point average of 3.2.
Athletes to be honored
Pistorino made a name for herself as an outstanding two-sport student-athlete at Suffolk, earning four varsity letters in basketball and softball, while serving as captain of each squad for three seasons and earning Most Valuable Player distinction in each sport her final two years. On the hardwood, Crotty Pistorino is the third all-time leading scorer with 1,346 points. A member of the Suffolk University Athletics Hall of Fame, she was the recipient of the coveted Charles Law Outstanding Student-Athletes Award in 1987 and 1988.
Tsiotos has a special place in the Suffolk men's basketball record book as the only Ram in history to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds. Tsiotos led Suffolk to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (1975-77). Tsiotos was inducted into the Suffolk University Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 2009 and was the 1977 Charles Law Outstanding Student-Athlete Award recipient in 1977.