The Le Moyne College Gold Wave will enshrine three new members of the Gold Wave Hall of Fame on Sept. 26. Softball standout Carol Welch Jones, former men's lacrosse coach Shane Lynch and baseball standout Richard Woodridge make up the Class of 2009.
Welch Jones, a 1993 graduate, started four seasons for former softball coach Christine Rizzeri and played one year of basketball under the direction of Tom Cooney.
She ranks fifth all-time with a .347 career batting average and third on the career charts with a .552 slugging percentage, while posting the highest on-base percentage (.434) in career annals. Also, Welch Jones connected for 11 career triples, the second-highest total in program history. At the time of her graduation, Welch Jones held the career stolen base mark with 19 stolen bases.
In the Dolphins' single-season history, Welch Jones sits atop batting average and on-base percentage charts after hitting at a .486 clip and recording a .534 on-base percentage during her senior year, while slugging .724 to rank second.
In her final collegiate season, Welch Jones led the Dolphins to their then-highest win total in the program's history. Welch, a member of the Gold Wave Executive Committee and Vice President of Finance, has been an Accountant/Auditor for the New York State Unified Court System for the past 11 years.
Lynch, an honorary inductee, served two years as the head coach of the men's lacrosse team before passing away on Jan. 31, 1998, after a two-month battle with cancer.
After inheriting a team that went 4-8 in 1995, Lynch guided the Dolphins to a 5-7 record in 1996. The following season, Lynch earned Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Years honors after posting an 8-5 record (5-0 in league play) and leading Le Moyne to the Northeast-10 Championship in its first season in the league.