If there were more familiar faces than usual at the Glens Falls Civic Center this weekend, it was with good reason. Sunday’s New York State Basketball Hall of Fame induction had a local flavor.
Longtime Section 1 coaches Spencer Mayfield, Bob Murphy and Bill Thom were among those honored during the Hall of Fame’s annual ceremony at the Civic Center.
“I’m kind of honored and humbled to be going in with two guys I consider really great basketball minds,” said Mayfield, who has won more than 400 games at White Plains and Tenafly (N.J.), including Class A state title with White Plains in 1994 and 1999.
Murphy was also a state champ while with Poughkeepsie in 1995. He has since won three Section 1 titles at Woodlands and coached the Falcons to the 2015 Class B championship game.
Thom won 395 games in 31 seasons at Croton-Harmon and was an active participant in the Empire State Games and the BCANY Summer Hoops Festival.
“It’s definitely special,” Thom said. “I know Murphy from when I did the Empires and he was nice enough to get the Poughkeepsie guys to come out for the team and let us use their gym. And Spencer, I’ve always had a big admiration for him. He’s one of the great gentlemen in the game.”
Mayfield, Murphy and Thom were three of the 12 new inductees. They will join a number of distinguished coaches and officials from across the state, including many longtime colleagues.
“It’s pretty special,” Mayfield said. “It’s somewhat overwhelming to think that guys I’ve looked up to like Tom Collins and other great coaches I’ve learned so much from. To be mentioned in the same breath as them is pretty awesome.”