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US Lacrosse Hall of Fame profile: @Radnor_Lax’s Kilgour won 574 games

Thursday, 24th May 2018

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Posted 5/24/18

Phyllis Kilgour, who won a state record 574 games at Radnor High and led the Raiders to the first two PIAA championships, will be inducted into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame as announced Wednesday.

Radnor coach Phyllis Kilgour (far right) led the Raiders to 574 wins and the first two PIAA championships, in 2009 and 2010

Kilgour coached for 44 years and won seven District 1 crowns.

Kilgour won District 1 crowns in 1986, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2008 before the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) began to sanction a state tournament in 2009. Until then, the District 1 champions were considered my most to be state champions.

Radnor defeated Springfield-Delco, 14-7, for its second PIAA title in 2010 and was named the Coach of the Year.

Kilgour reflected back on her career early in the 2008 season in an interview with after winning her 500th game.

“I really have had just tremendous kids,” she said. “I still remember our first state championship team in 1986 and I still hear from some of them.

“A lot of them have gone into coaching, and now I am coaching a lot of their daughters. That’s a lot of longevity, but I have had great people helping me, too, from coaches in the recreational league on up.”

Kilgour has done much more than just win games. She has served as Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association (PASLA) National Tournament Chair, PASLA Treasurer, PASLA League Representative, All-American Committee, and on the US U-19 Team selection committee. In addition, she has helped organized and coach the U-17 and U-19 teams from the area competing in the annual Vail Shootout in Colorado, all of which have represented Pennsylvania extremely well.

She was elected to the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2005. A graduate of J.P. McCaskey, Kilgour graduated from Indiana University and began coaching lacrosse at Radnor Middle School in the late 1960s.



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