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Coaching legend Gros to be inducted into Chester County Hall of Fame

Thursday, 11th November 2010

Categories Events, Features, Girl's/Women's, Posted 11/11/10

Former field hockey and lacrosse coaching legend Vonnie Gros will be inducted into the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday at the Banquet & Induction Ceremony at the Inn at Chester Springs.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

The Chester County Hall was created in 2008. The emcee will be former Immaculata basketball great Theresa Grentz.

Gros, an Ursinus College graduate who also taught and coached at Upper Darby, excelled as a field hockey and lacrosse coach at West Chster and Ursinus

After Gros arrived at Ursinus in the mid-50s, she embarked on one of the school’s most celebrated athletic careers. In 1957, she was named the first All-American in both field hockey and lacrosse. She then played on the United States National Field Hockey Team for 13 years after graduating from Ursinus.

But she would go on to make an even greater name for herself as a coach. At West Chester University she coached the field hockey team to a 118-6-13 record. She also coached the lacrosse team, helping develop, among others, standouts such as Tina Sloan Green (won three national championships as a coach at Temple) and Cindy Timchal (now coaching at Navy after winning eight national titles at Maryland). Gros also coached field hockey at Princeton University.

Gros was named to the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002. She was inducted into the Montgomery County Coaches Hall of Fame in 2009.

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