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Kleckner Named To NE Basketball Hall Of Fame

Mel Kleckner was a Husky in the 1950s.

WORCESTER, Mass. (April 25, 2013) --- Former East Windsor High School Basketball Coach and Athletic Director Mel Kleckner, a standout University of Connecticut basketball player in the early 1950s, has been named to the 2013 induction class of the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, June 22, Kleckner  will join other honorees representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at the induction ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. 

A star athlete at Newington High School, Kleckner was a key player for the UConn  basketball program from 1951-1953 under legendary Coach Hugh Greer, including the 1951 squad that went 22-3 and was the first Husky team to play in the NCAA basketball tournament.  

Kleckner became basketball coach and athletic director at East Windsor High School in 1960, eventually retiring in 1989 after compiling 400 wins.  He was named Connecticut's Outstanding Coach for Boys Basketball in 1979 and was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1989.

The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches.  

The event, as much a reunion as a ceremony, has become one of the largest sports dinners in America.  At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sellout.

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