Ayres to be Inducted into Springfield Hall of Fame

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Six new deserving members will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 13. Among the new inductees will be Leopard Director of Athletics and Head Women's Soccer Coach Angel (Schofield) Ayres.

Considered the best player in Springfield College women's soccer history, Ayres (nee Schofield) enjoyed a stellar career at Springfield from 1989-1993. And since her time here at Springfield, she has developed into a leader in the world of college athletics.

First, she is the leading scorer in Springfield College women's soccer history. The career leader in goals (51), assists (25), and points (127) she was voted the Northeast-10 Player of the Year twice during her tenure.

In addition, she holds SC single-season records in points (48), goals (19), and assists (10), set in 1992.

In 1992 as a senior, her team finished 17-3 and was the Northeast-10 champion. In 1991 as a junior, her team went 14-4. And in 1989, her squad finished 9-7-3 when it was the Northeast-10 Co-champion. She was a three-time NCAA Division II First Team Collegiate All-American. She was a four-time First Team Collegiate All-New England performer. And she captained her team twice.

She has already been inducted into the Northeast-10 Hall of Fame, and into the Holbrook High School Hall of Fame.

Since 1997, Ayres has been associated with the Wentworth Institute of Technology athletics program in Boston. She has served as the only coach of the women's soccer team, a program she started in 1997, and was an associate director of athletics until being promoted to director of athletics last November. During her time as head women's soccer coach she has amassed 131 wins in 14 seasons and has twice been named Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year.

Springfield College has been inducting new members into the SC Athletics Hall of Fame since 1972, thus making this the 41st Class thus far. There have been 192 athletes inducted to this point.

(Release courtesy of Springfield College)