Five Inducted Into Varsity Club Hall of Fame

The Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame Class of 2011.

BOSTON -- Former Harvard standouts Gregory Chang ’96, Kate Felsen DiPietro ’88, Michael Eckert ’96, Amy Reinhard ’96 and Vanya Desai ’93 were inducted into the Varsity Club Hall of Fame May 6. 

The 45th Annual Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at the Harvard Club of Boston, and Mike Giardi ’94 served as master of ceremonies.

Chang, an All-American and All-Ivy League fencer in the men’s foil, was an NCAA finalist in 1996 and competed with the U.S. national team at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the first Harvard fencer to represent the United State since John G. Hurd ’34 in 1936. A two-time All-Ivy and All-America choice, Chang was the recipient of the George Breed Award, which goes to the fencer who has contributed the most to the team. Chang garnered Academic All-Ivy and GTE/Verizon-CoSIDA Academic All-America nods and remained in Boston after graduation, attending Harvard Medical School.
A four-time Major H recipient (1985-88), Felsen helped lead the Crimson women’s lacrosse team to three Ivy League titles and a trip to the NCAA tournament semifinals, the farthest the team had ever gone to that point in program history. She became the eighth Harvard women’s lacrosse player to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors (1988) and earned all-region and All-Ivy first-team accolades that season.
A four-time All-Ivy recipient, Felsen led the Crimson in 1987 with 31 goals and 17 assists and was also a member of the U.S. national lacrosse squad. She completed her Harvard career with 122 goals, good for sixth in program history, and currently ranks fourth in career assists (53) and fifth in career points (175). In addition to her success in lacrosse, she also was a four-year member of the Harvard field hockey team and served as team captain during her senior year.
Eckert, a captain of the 1996 Harvard men’s lacrosse team, guided the Crimson to one of its best finishes in program history that spring. A four-year letterwinner, Eckert was tabbed Ivy Co-Player of the Year and was named to the All-Ivy first team while amassing 47 assists and 72 points. He earned a spot on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America second team in 1996 after receiving All-America honorable mention as a junior in 1995.
Eckert received All-Ivy accolades all four years and was recognized on the All-New England team in three separate seasons. He was also honored as the All-New England Player of the Year in 1996. Several of Eckert’s records with the Crimson still stand, as he ranks fifth in assists (152) and points (243) in program history. In addition, his 12 points against Penn in 1995 is a Harvard single-game record. During his senior season, Eckert helped the Crimson to the NCAA quarterfinals, beating Hofstra, 15-12, in the first round, as the Crimson finished 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League.
Harvard’s first softball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, Reinhard was a four-year starter at shortstop. A four-time All-Ivy selection, including two first-team nods in 1995 and 1996, she set a single-season record in hits (53) and stolen bases (15) in 1994. In the following spring, Reinhard led the Ivy League with 25 stolen bases and garnered three Ivy Player of the Week honors throughout the year.
Reinhard completed her softball career in 1996 as the school’s all-time leader in hits (180), runs (115), RBIs (70) and stolen bases (56). She still ranks in the top ten of thirteen different offensive categories including batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, hits and RBIs. She was nominated for 1996 NCAA Woman of the Year and was awarded an NCA postgraduate scholarship. She earned regional all-academic honors in 1995 and was named to the All-America third team in the same year. Reinhard also served as a guard on Harvard’s first NCAA tournament women’s basketball team.
The WISA individual national champion in 1993, Desai helped anchor one of the most successful college squash teams in the nation during her time in Cambridge. She became Harvard’s sixth female individual national champion and the last All-American in “hardball” squash. A three-time All-American, Desai also garnered three All-Ivy honors and was the Ancient Eight Player of the Year in 1993. Desai was tabbed to the Harvard University Women’s Silver Anniversary Team and helped the Crimson to two Ivy League titles and two WISA team championships in 1992 and 1993. Harvard also claimed the Howe Cup national championship in her final year with the program. Harvard won 96 of 99 matches that season, as the Crimson finished the year undefeated as a team. Desai did not drop a single match, winning all of her games through the individual national championship bracket as well.
The Harvard Varsity Club has been instrumental to the success of Harvard Athletics since it was founded in 1886. The Varsity Club preserves the traditions, fosters the ideals, and advances the interests of Harvard Athletics through a wide range of activities for our 20,000+ members. The selection and induction of Harvard’s finest athletes into the prestigious Hall of Fame is one example of the many functions provided by the Varsity Club.