|Induction Class of:||2015|
Donald L. Barsalou Jr. ’85
Don Barsalou was a model of consistency and a dominant force at stopper back for four seasons while at Western New England.
Statistics don’t measure the impact he had on the program during his career.
The South Hadley, MA native was an unselfish and skilled player who served as the Golden Bears centerpiece on defense and a starting point on offense.
A two-year captain, Don was a key contributor helping Western New England advance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) District playoffs his last three seasons after the team didn’t qualify for post-season play the previous two years.
He led the team with six assists as a junior and scored five goals with five assists his final campaign as Western New England compiled a 10-6-2 record for its highest win total in six years.
Don also was named to the NAIA All-Conference Second Team his senior year.
The best compliment came from his coach Bill Downes who said that “Don could have played on any team that has taken the field at Western New England.”
A long-time supporter of Golden Bears athletics, Don has sponsored the Don Barsalou Award that is presented to the Rookie of the Year on the men’s soccer team for the past four seasons.
Don, who received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting, serves as the Director of Sales for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company in East Hartford, CT.
He and his wife Tina reside in Longmeadow, MA with their children Kyle (22) and Eric (20) who is a member of the Western New England men’s lacrosse team.