David Antonioli and Tony Adams are two of the newest members of Saint Michael’s College Athletic Hall of Fame. Both men, along with four others, were inducted at the 30th Athletic Hall of Fame banquet Friday, Sept. 21.
Antonioli (1996) is the school’s leading scorer in the history of men’s soccer the college and a four-time Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference selection, while Adams is a legendary sportscaster at WCAX-TV in the Burlington area.
A native of South Burlington and 1992 South Burlington High School graduate, Antonioli now lives in Williston and will be the seventh men’s soccer representative in the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He is the only player in program history to be named Northeast-10 Conference All-Conference all four years, still remaining among a select handful in the history of the Northeast-10 to land all-league four times as of 2018 and was also twice named National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-New England.
Antonioli remarked, “I feel this honor is bestowed on all my teammates and coaches who helped me get here. It means that all the things my wife, Jessica, and I tell our kids have an end result,” adding, “I like the ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ philosophy and believe if you put in the time and hard work, it creates opportunities. Hopefully you can turn those opportunities into successes, on and off the field.”
Antonioli, whose father and brother are St. Mike’s graduates, is first in program history with 112 career points and 49 goals; only two others even have 50 points. He also tied for fifth with 14 career assists. As of 2018, he is seventh in the history of the Northeast-10 in goals and ninth in points. He also owns the top three point and goal totals in program history, setting marks each of his first three years of college, and is the lone Purple Knight ever with as many as 10 goals in a season, an accomplishment he achieved three times.
Among many other accomplishments, as a rookie, Antonioli broke an old school record with 11 goals and 28 points, also coming within one assist (6) of a program mark.
In his junior year, Antonioli became the all-time scoring leader in Saint Michael’s men’s soccer history, and three weeks later he scored all four of the Purple Knights’ goals in a 4-2 win over Assumption College, becoming the fourth player in Northeast-10 history to break the 100-point barrier and the first to do it as a junior.
Adams was the sports director at WCAX-TV for 35 years, between 1954 and 1989, and remains a friendly face at local venues during his retirement years. A Manchester, N.H., native who lives in South Burlington, he was a close friend of legendary Saint Michael’s coaches George “Doc” Jacobs and Ed Markey, and always had an eye out for giving the Purple Knights great coverage.
Among his most popular sportscasts were those honoring all-state and championship teams as well as interviewing student-athletes in studio. His nightly signoff of “Good Night, Good Sports” attained iconic status.
In addition to covering the Purple Knights on radio and television for many years, he also handled play-by-play for Saint Michael’s men’s basketball for many seasons, and was the voice of University of Vermont football, men’s basketball and baseball and Dartmouth College football for decades. He was named Vermont Sportscaster of the Year five times by the National Sports Media Association, and was honored with the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Sports Information Directors Association media award in 1978 for coverage of intercollegiate athletics in New England.
In 1989, the year he retired, Adams was named Vermont Broadcaster of the Year.