Butler Battaglino '95, Lavietes '36 Named Legends of Ivy League Basketball

Butler Battaglino '95, Lavietes '36 Named Legends of Ivy League Basketball

PRINCETON, N.J. - Former Harvard basketball standouts Tammy Butler Battaglino '95 and Ray Lavietes '36 have been selected as Ivy League Legends of Basketball, as announced by the Ivy League office on Thursday.

Buter Battaglino will be recognized and Lavietes will be honored posthumously for their accomplishments at the Ivy League Tournament March 9-10 in New Haven. The Ivy League Legends are comprised of individuals who have contributed significantly and left lasting impressions on their respective basketball programs and universities. Butler Battaglino and Lavietes are members of the third class of Legends.

When Battaglino finished her Harvard basketball career in 1995, she was remarkably the program's all-time leader in points, rebounds, field goals and free throws. Although others may have since surpassed her numbers, Butler's mark on the program is etched in stone. A three-time first-team All-Ivy selection – twice unanimously – she served as team captain her senior year and led the Crimson to a 19-7 record, a 12-win improvement from the previous season. For her efforts, she was named Ivy League Player of the Year.

Butler Battaglino ranks among the career best in program history in a number of career statistical categories, including field goals made (second, 644), field goal percentage (fourth, .511), scoring average (fourth, 15.6), points (fifth, 1,605), free throws (fifth, 301), steals (eighth, 1.7) and minutes played (10th, 29.5). She was also a two-time team Most Valuable Player, was inducted into the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 2010 and was a member of the Ivy League Silver Anniversary Honor Roll, as a part of the League's celebration of 25 years of Ivy League women's athletics.

Butler Battaglino was as good off the court as she was on, earning multiple academic honors throughout her career, including first-team District One Academic All-America, third-team National Academic All-America and Academic All-Ivy as a senior. As well as serving as a Class of 1995 Marshal, she received the Mary G. Paget Prize, awarded annually by the presidents of Radcliffe and Harvard to the senior student who has contributed the most to women's athletics, and the Harvard-Radcliffe Foundation for Women's Excellence Prize, awarded annually to the senior woman who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent scholarship, character, leadership and athletic ability. She received a post-graduate scholarship from the NCAA and went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Butler Battaglino was the Senior Managing Director and co-Head of Education for EY-Parthenon, a strategic consultancy company based in Boston. While at Parthenon, she was the first woman managing director and worked extensively with companies in the information and education sector, partnering with clients spanning the K12, higher education and corporate training continuum. Butler Battaglino, and her husband Paul, have two children, John and Tara.

Lavietes' name still echoes within the Harvard basketball program, and not just because the Crimson's facility is named after him. 

After competing on the Harvard boxing team as a freshman, Lavietes switched to basketball as a sophomore. He was a two-year letterwinner for the Crimson, and his love of Harvard and Harvard basketball stretched throughout his life. Lavietes remained enthusiastically involved with his alma mater, serving as president of the Harvard Club of Southern Connecticut and council member of the Harvard College Fund, as well as chair of the Friends of Harvard Basketball. After graduating, Lavietes joined the family business, Shelton Basket Company, which later was renamed Shelton Products. He also owned Shelton Plating Company and started Derby Sponge Products.

Lavietes also made an impact on his community. He was the founder and director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. He served as president of the Derby-Shelton Kiwanis Club and director and president of the Shelton-Derby YMCA.

In 1995, Lavietes gave a significant gift to completely renovate Harvard's basketball gymnasium, and Lavietes Pavilion was born. Lavietes will always be remembered for the generosity and love of the Harvard program which inspired the refurbishing of the basketball facility that included a new lobby, new locker rooms and coaching offices for both the men and the women, an on-site training room and a beautiful second-floor lounge that overlooks both the court and the Charles River.

The men's basketball program's Most Valuable Player award is named for Ray Lavietes.  In 1994, Lavietes was honored with the Harvard Medal, for extraordinary service to the University.