Four Bears Named To New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Four Bears Named To New England Basketball Hall of Fame

Sept. 29, 2006

Providence, RI - Brown University is pleased to announce that two men's basketball greats Mike Cingiser '62 and Pat Lynch '87, along with Brown women's head coach Jean Marie Burr and former player Tammy Sanchez '95, will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday at the University of Rhode Island.

Cingiser, who will be inducted into the Division I player category, was a three-time first team All-Ivy League selection netting 1,331 points from 1959-1962. He then went on to coach the Bears to an Ivy League title in 1986, posting a 16-11 record, 10-4 in the Ivy, while advancing to the NCAA Tournament against Syracuse.

Lynch, an inductee in the Scholar-Athlete category who was coached by Cingiser, played many great games during his tenure at Brown. Highlights included a 39-point performance against Yale and then a 42-point outburst against Dartmouth. He holds the office of Attorney General of the State of Rhode Island.

Burr has undoubtedly earned a spot in the Hall of Fame as she has led the Lady Bears to four Ivy League crowns as she enters her 18th season as head coach with 261 career wins. She is the winningest coach in Brown basketball history (men's and women's) while compiling a 261-218 record and recording 14 winning Ivy League seasons.

Sanchez, a 1995 graduate who earned All-Ivy honorable mention during her junior season, will be inducted into the Prep School category. While attending Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., Sanchez lettered four years in both basketball and volleyball. She was named to the All-State team twice and was her team's Player of the Year during both her junior and senior years.

Everyone who attends the event will receive a copy of "Our Game: The Story of New Englad Basketball," by Bill Reynolds '68. For more information on the event, visit