Heather Boisvert-Langone '97
The eighth women’s soccer player to be inducted into the Keene State Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame, Heather Boisvere-Langone has the distinction of being the program’s only two-time All-American, earning the honor as a sophomore and senior. "I’ve known a lot of great players who have gone though the program," she said. "The fact that I’m the only one to receive the honor twice is amazing."
Amazing describes Boisvere-Langone’s play during her four-year Owl career (1993–96) that coincided with Keene State’s final seasons playing in the Division II as a member of the New England Collegiate Conference. Beginning her KSC career in style by scoring the winning goal in an ECAC championship game as a freshman, Boisvere-Langone was a maestro at midfield for the Owls, setting up scoring opportunities or doing the honors herself. A four-time All-Region and three-time All- NECC honoree, the West Springfield, Mass., native called herself an instinctive player. "I didn’t intentionally try to do things – they just happened," she said. "I always tried to be an unselfish player. It wasn’t always about the points. It was about winning and playing well as a team."
A gymnast turned soccer player, Boisvere- Langone was a highly decorated player at West Springfield High School, where she was a four-time Western Mass. All-Star and earned All-America honors her junior and senior seasons. Boisvere-Langone credits Terrier Coach Donna Coombs for bringing out her talent. "She was a remarkable coach," said Boisvere-Langone. "She really knew how to get the best out of her players."
The appeal of the campus and the camaraderie of the team drew Boisvere-Langone to Keene State. Her play on the field drew instant notoriety.
Named the MVP of the ECAC Tournament as a freshman, Boisvere-Langone displayed a great feel for the game, with the uncanny ability to make the key pass or go on the offensive. Completing her career with 37 goals, 28 assists, and 99 points, Boisvere-Langone help lead the Owls to three ECAC tournament appearances, including the 1993 title. "Playing with top-level players brought out the best in me," she said.
"Coming out of high school, you never know what to expect, and Keene State was beyond anything I could ever imagine," said Boisvere-Langone. "I tell people every day that it’s the best decision I ever made."
After leaving Keene State, Boisvere-Langone moved on to Springfield College, where she not only earned her master’s and doctorate degrees, but taught and served as a graduate assistant soccer coach. She would also coach at American International College and Westfield State, returning for games at Keene State to coach her team against the Owls.
Boisvere-Langone, who continued to play for several semipro teams in the Pioneer Valley, is currently teaching physics and coaching at Longmeadow High School.
"Being named to the Keene State Hall of Fame means a lot to me," said Boisvere-Langone. "I know you truly have to make an impact to receive this honor, and I’m very grateful."