|Title:||Class of 2015|
Currently fifth on the all-time scoring list with 1,412 points to go along with 317 assists and 256 rebounds, Tom Bartolomei was a captain, Constitution Athletic Conference first teamer, and Worcester Coaches and Sports Writers Association MVP during the 1990-91 campaign that saw the four-year letter winner rack up 495 points for an average of 19.0 per game.
After a solid freshman season of 7.8 points per game with 54 boards and 38 helpers, he was second on the team in points (416) and points per game (17.3) as a sophomore. He also led the squad with 109 assists and added 48 rebounds. The 1989-90 season saw Bartolomei continue to average double-digit scoring and haul in a career-best 89 rebounds.
“Tom was one of the most intelligent playmakers we ever had,” boasts head coach and fellow Hall of Famer Ken Kaufman. “During his four years at WPI I always felt that he was like a coach on the floor directing the team. It was an honor and pleasure to coach him.”
Bartolomei remains connected to the program; He helped key the acquisition of an automatic shooting machine, which is used quite frequently by the team.
“Tom has been incredibly generous to our program over the years and helped me connect with our men’s basketball alumni from his era when I took over the program from Ken,” comments current head coach Chris Bartley. “I know he enjoyed tremendous success as a student-athlete at WPI and continued his success professionally. I am so pleased he is being inducted and proud to know he cares deeply about the future of WPI and our men’s basketball program.”
A native of Dudley, Mass., Tom graduated from WPI in the spring of 1991 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has lived and traveled extensively overseas while building a career in the global energy sector. He is currently senior vice president and chief commercial officer of NAES Corporation and resides in the Seattle area. As a boating enthusiast, Tom also enjoys spending free time cruising the waters of the Puget; he is a member of the Seattle Yacht Club.
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