Former UMASS Star Athlete Ray Ellerbrook Passes Away at 65

The University of Massachusetts was saddened to hear the news of the passing of former student an athlete, Ray Ellerbrook on Wednesday night September 16th. He passed away at his home in Pioneer Knolls with his wife Wendy, their two sons Mike and Tom, along with other family members by his side. Elllerbrook was 65 years old.  Ray Ellerbrook was a talented sportsman, playing both baseball and basketball for UMass. He was a two time All-Yankee conference selection in both 1969 and 1970 in basketball along with a third team All-New England Selection in 1968. He was also given the honor in baseball of two time All-Yankee Conference selection in 1968-1970. He was the captain of the basketball team from 1969-1970 and lead the team to a National Invitation Tournament. This was the first invite in school history and that team won three straight Yankee Conference Titles. Ellerbrook remains 22nd ranked on the all time chart for the school with 1,224 career points scored in three seasons. He also was the first baseman for the baseball team and held a career batting average of .299. He was on the team in 1969 when they won the Yankee Conference Title, advancing them to the College World Series by upsetting No. 1 ranked Illinois 2-0. In 1970 Ellerbrook was given the Samuel S. Crossman Two-Sport Athlete Award for his achievements in baseball and basketball. His wife Wendy attended the school and was a swimmer, as did his son Tom who was a catcher for the Minutemen.  He was named one of the top 25 local athletes in the past 100 years in 1999 by The Daily Hampshire Gazette. His athletic abilities and the legacy he left with The University of Massachusetts will not soon be forgotten.

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