|Induction Class of:||2014|
Mike Raymond was a dominant player and top student leader in helping the Golden Bears rise to regional prominence. He compiled a program best 86-26 record for an impressive 76.8 winning percentage. The Vernon, CT native established a school record for wins in singles competition with a 45-13 mark (77.6%). In doubles action, he posted a 41-13 record (75.9%), including a 32-8 showing at the No. 1 flight. Mike was the recipient of the WNE Phil Sweeney Coaches Award as a freshman and junior, and was the team MVP his sophomore and senior seasons. Mike had a 24-5 record (82.6%) to help the Golden Bears to an 11-2 mark in 2001. Western New England captured the regular season GNAC title and placed second in the conference tournament as Mike won the No. 2 singles GNAC title. Mike had a spectacular senior season posting a 26-5 record (83.8%), which included a 13-3 singles mark (and perfect 8-0 showing at the No. 1 position). He was the GNAC Player of the Year after winning both the conference No. 1 singles title and doubles crown with Chris Gutwaks to help the Golden Bears capture the program’s first GNAC Championship. Mike was the Co-Recipient of the school’s Male Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year Award, a three-time GNAC Academic Team selection, and the first Western New England representative on the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). He also served as an assistant coach with the tennis program for two years. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in Sport Management in 2002 and master’s degree in Business Administration from Western New England in 2004. Presently the men and women’s tennis coach at Lake Forest College in Illinois, Mike and his wife Jamireside in Mundelein, IL with their dogs Baxter and Milo. In the above picture, Mike poses with (from left) University president Anthony S. Caprio, former teammate Bryan Hanson'01 who made the presentation, and athletics director Mike Theulen.