By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/5/09
Many Philly lacrosse personalities earned honors in 2008 off the field.
Recently, Princeton University women’s coach Chris Sailer (Haverford High) and former Philadelphia Wing great Tom Marechek were inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame.
Sailer has been one of the nation’s top coaches since taking over the Princeton program in 1986. A three-time IWLCA Division I Coach of the Year, she has led Princeton to 17 NCAA tournament appearances, nine Ivy League titles and national championships in 1994, 2002 and 2003.
Sailer also was awarded the Diane Geppi-Aikens Memorial Award at the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) honors banquet in Florida in December. The award is presented annually, recognizing lifetime achievement in contribution to women’s lacrosse.
During his pro career, Marechek became the Wings’ all-time leading scorer over 12 seasons. He won four championships with the Wings, and following his retirement the Wings retired Marechek’s No. 42 and raised a banner to the rafters of the Wachovia Center to commemorate the achievement. It’s the first and only retired number in Wings history.
Other honorees included:
*Gail Cummings-Danson, the former Temple great, was inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The honor marks the second straight national lacrosse hall of fame induction for Cummings-Danson, who was selected to the U.S. Hall of Fame in 2007.
*Libby Williams, the former Upper Darby and Plymouth Whitemarsh coach, was inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame. Williams had a remarkable scholastic record, coaching 22 undefeated teams in lacrosse, field hockey and basketball at Upper Darby and PW at a time when there were no district or state playoffs for girls’ teams. In her 14 years as lacrosse coach at PW, she was 101-13-3, and 96-6-1 after her first two seasons. Williams also coached the Canadian National Team after retiring from PW.
*Tom Bruder, who has been instrumental in supporting and developing men’s club lacrosse in the Philadelphia area for over 20 years as sponsor of the MAB Paints/Philadelphia LC, was given the Founder’s Award for his contributions to the sport Monday at the 16th Annual Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA) Golf Outing.
Bruder, who brought the first United States Club Lacrosse Association (USCLA) championship to Philadelphia in 2006, also served as the Honorary Chair of the event. The Founder’s Award, normally given every two years by chapter members, recognizes those who have made significant and enduring contributions to the growth and development of lacrosse in Pennsylvania.
*Dr. Tina Sloan Green, the former Temple women’s coach and Hall of Fame member, was honored by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) with a 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.
Sloan Green – who attended Girls’ High in Philadelphia and graduated from then West Chester State College – compiled a gaudy 207-62-4 record with a .758 career winning percentage in 18 seasons, leading the Owls to three National Championships and 11 consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances.
Sloan Green also holds the distinction of being the first African-American head coach in the history of women’s intercollegiate lacrosse.
*North Penn girls’ coach Jami Wilus (North Penn) was inducted into the La Salle College Hall of Fame. Wilus set school records for goals (230) and points (308) and earn the Atlantic-10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2001 while finishing as the 10th most prolific scorer in all of Division I.
*Brian Dougherty, the Philadelphia Barrage goalie and Haverford College assistant coach and graduate of Episcopal Academy, was inducted into the University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame. Dougherty, a three-time Warrior Goalie of the Year in Major League Lacrosse (MLL), was a two-time First-Team All-American and was also named the nation’s outstanding tournament player when he led the Terps to the finals in 1995.
*Brody Bush, an All-American at Penncrest who later starred at Rutgers and helped MAB Philadelphia Paints to the 2006 University States National Club Lacrosse Championship, was inducted into the Media Sports Hall of Fame.
*Brenda Lear, an Upper Moreland graduate who starred in lacrosse and field hockey at the University of Delaware in the 1990s, was inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
*Emily (Ryan) Person, Rosheen Campbell and Bill Haeberlein were inducted into the Haverford High Sports Hall of Fame.
Person, a member of the Class of 1997, was a three-time high school All-American and is Haverford’s lacrosse career scoring leader with 245 goals and 100 assists. She earned first-team All-American honors in 1996 and 1997 while making honorable mention in 1995. She was a three-time All-Northeast Region All-American in lacrosse at Boston College who amassed 132 goals and 41 assists in her four years in Chestnut Hill.
Campbell, of the class of 1989, also starred in hockey and basketball. In lacrosse, she was a two-time All-Central League pick and was a two-time USWLA All-American. Campbell went on to play field hockey and lacrosse at James Madison University where she was a second team All-American in lacrosse. She also was a member of the United States national lacrosse team in 1992 and 1993.
Haeberlein, of the class of 1957, was a standout performer in football and lacrosse.
*Lisa Laskow Adams, a 1974 graduate of Central Bucks East who starred in lacrosse as well as field hockey and swimming, was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame.