The University of Scranton men's basketball program has a storied history that featured some of the nation's best teams in the 1980's, including a national championship in 1983. Bill Bessoir was a central figure in that era with three remarkable seasons for the Royals.
On Tuesday, he became the eighth person from The University of Scranton to be selected to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Hall of Fame.
Bessoir joins his father, Bob Bessoir (Class of 2012) as part of the first father-son duo to be named to the MAC Hall of Fame.
Bessoir played three seasons under his father at The University of Scranton, enjoying an exceptional career for the Royals after transferring in from Division I's University of South Carolina.
He was a three-time National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-American, earning First Team honors in 1984 and 1985 after nabbing Second Team honors in 1983, and was also a three-time MAC All-Star.
In Bessoir's first season at Scranton, he led the Royals an NCAA Division III title in 1983. In doing so, he was named the 1983 NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player.
Bessoir also guided the Royals to three-straight MAC Championships (1983, 1984, and 1985), and was named the 1985 MAC Most Valuable Player.
In his three seasons at Scranton, Bessoir totaled 1,630 career points to average 19.0 points per game while ranking third all-time in program history in scoring. He led the Royals in scoring in each of his three seasons at Scranton.
Bessoir went on to play and coach professionally in Germany for 20-plus years upon graduation in 1985, and also played for the New York Generals.
He was inducted into The University of Scranton Wall of Fame in 1995.
The MAC Hall of Fame was started in 2012. Along with his father, Bob, Bessoir joins the late Joe Bochicchio (Class of 2013), Mike Strong (Class of 2015), Steve Klingman (Class of 2016), Irv Johnson (Class of 2017), and Cedric deSilva (Class of 2018) as inductees from The University of Scranton.
To view the full MAC Hall of Fame Class of 2019, click here.