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NECC Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2024

Submitted by on February 1, 2024 – 3:34 pm

Haverhill, MA (January 25, 2024) – The Northern Essex Community College Department of Athletics is pleased to announce its Hall of Fame class of 2024. Former cross-country standout Larry Fowle, national baseball player of the year Colby Maiola and men’s basketball standout Sercan Fenerci will be formally inducted on March 20th.

The event will be held in the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill Campus at 6:00 pm. Tickets for the event are available for purchase by clicking here.

Fowle, a Haverhill native, has held the Northern Essex cross country school record since 2001 and is the only athlete to ever break the 27-minute mark for 8,000 meters at the college. His school record performance earned him NJCAA Athlete of the Week honors on October 22, 2001. As a sophomore, he finished 3rd in the NJCAA Northeast District meet and led the men’s cross-country team to their highest-ever team finish of 10th place at the NJCAA Nationals in San Antonio, TX.

Maiola, a North Reading native, was the 2016 NJCAA National Player of the Year after leading the Knights to their first-ever appearance in the National Championship game as the Knights finished runner-up to Tyler Junior College of Texas. A two-time First Team All-Region 21 selection, he led the nation in 2016 in slugging percentage (.932), finished third in on-base percentage at .587 and batted .435 for the season with 29 extra base hits. He went on to play two more years for the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Sercan Fenerci with NECC Head Coach Darren Stratton in 2021

Fenerci, the Turkish native, started the international pipeline to NECC basketball as he starred for the Knights during the 2003-04 season, earning First Team All-Region 21 honors as he finished 4th nationally in rebounding with 13.1 per game on his way to earning a full athletic scholarship to Angelo State University in Texas. Following college, Fenerci has made basketball his career as he currently serves as the owner and CEO of the Providence Pirates of the American Basketball Association. He also previously served as head coach at Lamar College and spent six years as assistant athletic director at Bunker Hill. He was named a Massachusetts High School Coach of the Year in his lone season at Acton-Boxborough.

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will be the fifth induction class since the college created the Hall of Fame in 2019. Tickets for the event will be available until Monday, March 11th.

For more information on the Hall of Fame and induction ceremony, please contact NECC Director of Athletics Dan Blair at or 978-556-3820