John Atherton (1993)
John Atherton (1993)
Soccer, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Football
Inducted 2018

John Atherton, a member of the Class of 1993, was a standout athlete at Middlebury who earned 12 varsity letters in four sports.

He achieved All-American honors on the soccer field as a defender, earning All-New England honors three times. Atherton’s teams twice advanced to the ECAC semifinals, totaling a 37-20-4 mark in his four seasons.

On the ice, Atherton was a steady defenseman for the nationally-ranked Panthers. During his first year, the team went 22-3-1 en route to the ECAC Championship. In Atherton’s three years with the team, the Panthers were 61-12-3.

On the lacrosse field, he was a three-time honorable mention All-American selection in four seasons, while also earning All-Conference honors for three years. His sophomore and junior seasons, Atherton’s teams were a combined 21-3, capturing the ECAC Championship in both of those seasons. He also represented the College at the North/South Senior All-Star game.

Atherton also played one season of football, where he made an immediate impact on defense and special teams, recording two interceptions.

He was named the 1993 NECAC (New England College Athletic Conference) Male Athlete of the Year and earned the College’s A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Award, given to the school’s best two-sport athletes.