ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – John Hayes '69, Eboni Preston Laurent '08 and Jo Storms Scattergood '98 have earned selection for induction into the St. Bonaventure University Athletics Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019.
The trio will formally join the Athletic Department's most honored group as part of St. Bonaventure's Homecoming Weekend. The newest members of the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame will be formally inducted during a ceremony in the Reilly Center Hall of Fame Room Saturday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is free and open the the public. This year's inductees also will be honored during the Bonnies men's basketball game at 4:00 p.m.
JOHN HAYES '69
A member of one of the most famous St. Bonaventure basketball teams in school history, Hayes joins the Hall of Fame during the program's Centennial Season. The Niagara Falls native was a key part of Bona's "Ironman Five," a starting lineup that hardly ever checked out of the game during an unforgettable 1967-68 campaign that saw the Brown and White finish a perfect 22-0 during the regular season. The squad added a 23rd consecutive victory with an NCAA Tournament win over Boston College to rise to a No. 3 ranking in the national polls.
The third-leading scorer on that team, Hayes shot better than 53 percent from the floor and averaged 13.5 points and 6.8 rebounds that year, behind only Bob Lanier and Bill Butler in both categories. That junior campaign came as a massive bounce back season for Hayes after suffering a devastating knee injury as his sophomore season began. Prior to his injury, Hayes was seen as one of the best prospects in program history – including the legendary Lanier. In his freshman year, Hayes led all freshmen nationwide in scoring with 34.7 points per contest, edging out Lew Alcindor for the national lead.
With his induction, Hayes becomes the final member of the Ironman Five to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining Butler, Lanier, Jim Satalin and Bill Kalbaugh.
Legendary Bonaventure head coach Larry Weise said of Hayes following his career, "As a freshman, nobody on the varsity team could stop him. If he hadn't gotten hurt, he would have been right up there with Tom Stith and Bob Lanier as Bonaventure's best players."
Hayes graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1969 with a degree in business management.
EBONI PRESTON LAURENT '08
Preston Laurent is near the top of every goalkeeper stat category in Bonnies women's lacrosse history.
She is the program's all-time leader in career wins (26) and games started in net (48) and her 540 saves rank third in Bona history. She was honored as the Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year following a senior season that saw her post 12.1 saves per game, leading all Division I goaltenders that season. She finished the year with 170 saves including a conference-best .541 save percentage, a figure that ranked second nationally.
As a junior, she started every game and earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference Second Team honors after leading the A-10 in saves per game (10.47) and ranked third in save percentage (.494). Her 15-save performance vs. George Washington in the semifinals of the conference tournament that year also earned her a spot on the A-10 All-Tournament Team.
In 2006 as a sophomore, she was Honorable Mention All-Conference with a 9-2 record in the cage, standing second in the league with 8.58 saves per contest as she helped the Bonnies to a program-record 14 wins. During her freshman season, she led all A-10 goalies and ranked 12th in the nation with a .531 save percentage.
She received her degree in Journalism/Mass Communication in 2008 and later moved into the coaching ranks, picking up a Masters of Education while serving as a graduate assistant coach at Endicott College. She then coached as an assistant at Emerson College for a season before taking head coaching duties at Sweet Briar College. In 2013, she was named the first-ever Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at US Lacrosse, the national governing body for the sport. Her work there and as a coach led to her selection as one of The Baltimore Sun's "Top 40 Women To Watch" in 2014. Along with her US Lacrosse duties, she continues to serve as a volunteer coach in the Baltimore City Middle School Lacrosse League.
JO STORMS SCATTERGOOD '98
Storms Scattergood turned in one of the top careers in Bonnies women's soccer history.
She ranks in the program's top 10 in career goals (29, sixth) and points (65, seventh) and she earned Atlantic 10 First Team accolades following both the 1994 and 1996 seasons.
A stellar player from the time she first donned the Brown and White, she was the team's Rookie of the Year in 1994 and her 20 points tallied that year rank fifth in school history for a freshman.
A standout in the classroom as well, during her collegiate career her success academically resulted in three straight selections to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team between 1995 and 1997.
Team captain during her senior season, she was a nominee for the 1998 NCAA Woman of the Year award and received one of St. Bonaventure's highest honors when she was named the 1998 Bonaventure Ideal Woman. After exhausting her eligibility on the soccer pitch, she ran cross country during the 1998 fall season as well.
She received her degree in biology and went into a career in teaching as well as coaching where she was named the Abington (Pa.) School District Coach of the Year.