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Four legends to be inducted into inaugural Swarthmore Hall of Fame

Sunday, 16th September 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 9/16/12

Four Swarthmore College lacrosse legends will be inducted into the inaugural Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame.

In its nearly 150-year history, Swarthmore College’s student-athletes, coaches, and administrators have led Garnet teams to record titles, national championships, and All-American honors, bringing distinction to the College community. To pay tribute to this legacy, Swarthmore will induct 12 outstanding members of its athletics community during the College’s annual Garnet Homecoming and Family weekend celebration on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8:45 p.m. in the Lamb-Miller Fieldhouse.

The members of the inaugural class are Avery “Bunky” Blake Jr. ’53 (lacrosse, football); Charles “Chip” Chevalier ’93 (football); Danielle Duffy ’98 (field hockey, track and field); Richard “Dick” Esrey ’50 (football, basketball, baseball); Richard “Dick” Hall ’52 (baseball, track and field, football, basketball, soccer); Eleanor Kay “Pete” Hess (coach/administrator); Patrick “Hondo” Holmes ’82 (wrestling); Gwyneth Jones Cote ’84 (lacrosse, field hockey); Heather Kile Lord ’02 (basketball, lacrosse); Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, Class of 1907 (football, track and field); McWelling “Mac” Todman ’77 (soccer, track, and field); and the 1984–1985 men’s tennis team.

With the approach of Swarthmore’s sesquicentennial in 2014, the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame has been established to honor the student-athletes and administrators who have contributed to the College’s success. The members of the premier class were chosen from more than 100 nominations by a selection committee of College administrators, coaches, and alumni for their significant and distinctive impact on Swarthmore College athletics and the College itself.

Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012

Avery “Bunky” Blake Jr. ’53, a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, is one of the most decorated players in the history of the Swarthmore lacrosse program. Playing for his father, head lacrosse coach

Avery Blake Sr. (1931–1959), Blake helped fuel one of the greatest eras in the history of the program, as the Garnet captured four consecutive Pennsylvania-Delaware League Championships (1950–1953) during his career.

One of the nation’s elite lacrosse players at the time, Blake remains the only student-athlete in Swarthmore lacrosse history to receive All-America honors all four years of his career. Today, he is retired from his position as partner in Media Merchants and lives with his wife, Judy, in Penn Valley, Calif.

Eleanor Kay “Pete” Hess (1924–2011) was a fierce advocate for women’s athletics at a time when women were not provided the same opportunities as men in college sports.

During her 33-year career as an administrator, Hess chaired the Department of Physical Education and Athletics for Women from 1965 to 1979, and then served as the associate chair for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics from 1979 to 1990.

As a coach from 1957 to 1984, she led the lacrosse team to 121 victories, second most in program history, and led the field hockey program to 140 victories, the most by any coach in program history.

One of the best female athletes of her era, Gwyneth Jones Cote ’84 was a force on the Garnet lacrosse and field hockey teams, playing for fellow Hall of Fame inductee Pete Hess in both sports.

Cote holds the lacrosse program record for career points (374) and career assists (176) and ranks fourth all-time in career goals (198). In 1984, she set the Swarthmore and NCAA Division III record for assists in a single season (55), earning First Team All-America honors in the process.

Cote also excelled in field hockey, where she was a three-year starter and was twice named to the Division III All-Region Field Hockey Team. She and her husband, John Cote, live in Westfield, N.J., with their two children. Cote has coached her daughter’s lacrosse team for the last several years.

Heather Kile Lord ’02 carried the women’s basketball program to new heights during her four-year career.

The leading scorer in the history of the program and in the entire Centennial Conference (1,965) until 2012, Lord helped lead the Garnet to its first ever Centennial Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2001. Lord ranks first all-time in career free throws (557), second in field goals (704), second in rebounds (1,263), and third in steals (231).

Lord’s individual accolades include the prestigious Jostens Trophy, Kodak and D3Hoops First Team All-American, GTE Academic All-American, Centennial Conference Player of the Year, and four-time All-Centennial First Team as well as First Team All-Centennial in lacrosse. Today, she is a principal engineer with Comcast and lives in West Chester, Pa. with her husband, Vincent Lord, and son, Will.

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