ORLANDO, Fla. — Former Fighting Irish hockey standout Greg Meredith ’80 was inducted into the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Hall of Fame on Monday evening at CoSIDA’s annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
“I am honored to be named to the CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-America ® Hall of Fame, joining a group of inductees whom I respect greatly for their accomplishments and their character,” Meredith stated to CoSIDA upon learning of his honor. “Recognition carries special meaning coming from an organization dedicated to acknowledging the dual mission of the collegiate student-athlete and the balancing of professional ambition with dedication to community service and support of those who need our time, attention and resources to thrive.”
Willie Bloomquist (Arizona State/baseball), Louise Jandura (MIT/Field hockey, basketball and softball) and Nicole Aunapu Mann (U.S. Naval Academy/soccer) joined Meredith to comprise the Class of 2019. ESPN’s Rece Davis once again served as the event’s emcee.
Meredith becomes the ninth former Notre Dame student-athlete selected for induction into the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame, and the first since Dr. Angelo Capozzi in 2016. In addition to Capozzi, the other Notre Dame inductees include former football players Dr. Bob Burger (2006 inductee), Robert Thomas (1996 inductee), Dave Casper (1993 inductee) and Joe Theismann (1990 inductee), former women’s basketball players Dr. Carol Lally Shields (2011 inductee) and Ruth Riley (2012 inductee), as well as men’s basketball standout John Paxson (2005 inductee).
With nine inductees, Notre Dame has more Academic All-America® Hall of Fame members than any school in the country.
Created in 1988, the Academic All-America® Hall of Fame recognizes former Academic All-Americans who received a college degree at least 10 years ago, have achieved lifetime success in their professional careers and are committed to philanthropic causes. Meredith is an honorary inductee, a designation awarded to a former scholar-athlete whose collegiate career pre-dated the Academic All-America® program in his or her particular sport.
“This award is possible because of the efforts of the people who set me on the path to my endeavors and loved and supported me along the way,” Meredith added. “I would like to accept this honor in memory of my parents, Paul and Dianne; Coach Lefty Smith who recruited me to Notre Dame; and on behalf of my wife, family and the many people who dedicate their lives to working with and supporting men, women and children with disabilities.”
Meredith made his mark at Notre Dame as the program’s all-time Irish leader in goals (104) and power-play goals (43). As a finance major, he carried a 3.82 grade point average at the time of his graduation as a Dean’s List student. Drafted by the Atlanta Flames, he made his NHL debut during the 1980-81 season and scored three goals for the Flames in the 1983 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
A four-year Monogram Winner, Meredith was a two-year captain at Notre Dame and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman. He also earned First Team All-Conference and All-America honors as a senior. He finished his career with 192 points (104 goals, 88 assists) to rank seventh in all-time career points. He also is tied for third in single season game-winning goals (six, 1978-79), fourth in single season points (71, 40 goals and 31 assists as a senior), tied for sixth in career hat tricks (five) and tied for eighth in career game-winning goals (10). He also holds the single season power-play goals record (23 as a senior).
After earning All-America status on the ice at Notre Dame, Meredith went on to become a Rhodes Scholar finalist, NHL player, Harvard Business School graduate, ultra-successful businessman, large-scale philanthropist, devoted husband and father, and one of just 11 former Notre Dame student-athletes to receive the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award.
The Meredith Family Foundation, which he established in 1997, provides support to many agencies dedicated to helping others, particularly young people with disabilities. Organizations supported by the Foundation include the LOGAN Center in South Bend, the St. Joseph County Special Olympics and Camp Millhouse, a summer camp for children with significant intellectual disabilities.
Currently, Meredith serves as Managing Member of Proctor Capital LLC, a private investment and strategic advisory firm located in New York City that he founded and he also serves as Senior Managing Director, Product and Strategy, for financial technology firm LoanStreet.