CASTLETON, Vt. – This year Castleton is pleased to induct an impressive pair of alumni into the Castleton Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 25 during Homecoming Weekend. This year’s two inductees are former college baseball coach John Mayotte ’65 and Castleton men’s soccer all-time leading scorer Luke Laroche ‘04.
Mayotte has spent the better part of the last five decades as a baseball coach, including over 30 years molding college baseball players into future professionals. Mayotte’s first college head coaching job was at Eckerd from 1978-1990, where he led the Division II team to new heights, securing the national no. 1 ranking multiple times while posting a 473-205 record. He was twice named the Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year and reached the NCAA Regionals six times. He had 15 players drafted professionally during his tenure and in 2013 was inducted into the Eckerd Athletics Hall of Fame. Mayotte then moved on to Troy University, where he won 386 games over 12 years and had 10 players drafted. At Troy he led his teams to four conference titles, earning conference Coach of the Year honors four times and in 1993 piloted the Trojans to a third place finish at the NCAA College World Series. Mayotte also spent five years coaching the Chatham Athletics of the Cape Cod Baseball League, coaching future MLB stars like Albert Belle and Jeff Bagwell and numerous other professionals while securing manager of the year honors in 1985. Mayotte most recently coached the Glens Falls Golden Eagles of the New York Collegiate Baseball League from 2004-2013. He coached over 60 MLB draft picks with the Golden Eagles and in 2012 was inducted into the New York State Baseball Hall of Fame.
Laroche was a four-year standout for the Castleton men’s soccer program, rewriting the team’s record book. He burst on the scene, setting a Castleton freshman record with 48 points from 17 goals and 14 assists. Laroche scored 34 points as a sophomore and then 46 more as a junior in leading the Spartans to their first-ever North Atlantic Conference Championship game in 2002. The team lost but he was named NAC Player of the Year and finished the season with a new Castleton scoring record of 128 points. As a senior he helped the Spartans clinch the program’s first NAC Title, earning Tournament MVP honors while also being named NAC Player of the Year for a second straight season. Laroche finished the year seventh in the nation in scoring and tied the program’s single-season scoring record with 57 points, scoring 22 goals and assisting on 13. He concluded his career with program records of 185 points, 75 goals and 35 assists, finishing with 60 more points than any previous Spartan. Laroche is currently a middle school mathematics teacher at BFA-St. Albans and has served as the BFA-St. Albans varsity soccer coach since 2009. He and his wife Alesha live in Saint Albans with their sons, Nolan and Cam.
These two join an impressive group of Spartan alumni and supporters who have helped Castleton become one of the top athletic programs in the region. They will be inducted in a ceremony that begins at 5:30 pm as part of homecoming weekend activities.
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