Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/10/19
Eleven legends were inducted into the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Saturday. at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.
The inductees included:
Women’s Inductees CATEGORY
Cathy D’Ignazio, Contributor
Suzanne Honeysett McKinny (Posthumous), Player and Umpire
Anne Phillips, Coach w/ noteworthy service
Jill Johnson Redfern, Player and Coach
Robyn Nye Wood, Player
Tami Worley Kirby, Player
Men’s Inductees CATEGORY
Kurt Lunkenheimer, Player
Nick Colleluori (Posthumous), Contributor
Jeff MacBean, Player
Jon Heisman, Coach
Jeffrey Pettit, Contributor
The event was organized and run by the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association.
FOUNDERS AWARD SELECTEES (for significant and enduring contributions to the growth and development of lacrosse in Pennsylvania)
Jim DeRose, Coach, Director and Contributor
Chris Goldberg, Phillylacrosse.com Founder and Youth Coach
Thomas Utescher, Long-time Chestnut Hill Local reporter
Harry Chaykun, Long-time Delco Times reporter and recent freelancer for Phillylacrosse.com
Women’s inductees bios:
Catherine D’Ignazio: Outstanding Contributor
Cathy D’Ignazio has made major contributions to the game of lacrosse. As an All-Central League player at Penncrest High School, her undefeated team won the State Championship. At the University of Pennsylvania, she was the Lipstein Outstanding Freshman Player, All-American, All-Ivy. She was also President of the Women’s Athletic Association. Cathy began coaching, first middle school, and then served as Strath Haven High School’s head coach from 1996-2000.
In 1995 Cathy turned to girls’ youth lacrosse. Media Optimists assisted her first venture, which expanded into the Swarthmore Recreation Association. Cathy conceived an umbrella organization and co-founded the Delaware Valley Girls’ Youth Lacrosse, which later became PAGLA (Philadelphia Area Girls Lacrosse Association). At the helm of PAGLA, Cathy joined the USL National Youth Council, the sponsor of U13 and U15 National and Regional Youth Festivals. She oversaw try-outs and coaches for PAGLA’s USL Festival teams, sometimes coaching herself.
Cathy recognized that growth in suburban programs widened the gap in access for city girls. Through Tina Sloan Green’s Black Women In Sports Foundation, for many years Cathy instructed lacrosse at after school programs, mentor training sessions, and numerous LEAPS workshops. In 2003 along with Alayna Green and others, she created BRIDGE Playdays under the auspices of BWSF. In 2006 as PLA’s Girls’ New Start Chair, Cathy supported the Philadelphia School District’s foray into middle school lacrosse. Knowing how hard it is to learn ground balls in uncut grass, she often brought her lawn mower to new programs. In 2010 Cathy procured used equipment from schools and universities, and she and John Benci parceled the supplies to inaugurate six girls and six boys Philadelphia high school programs, which PLA continued to generously support.
Cathy’s dedication to expand access for all girls made a great impact on youth and city lacrosse. She knows how to research and collaborate to get things done. Cathy is a past recipient of the PLA Norman Trienish Award for youth development and recently became a published author with her chapter, “How Did They Compete? The History of Philadelphia High School Girls Sport, 1904-1944” in Philly Sports.
Anne M Phillips
Anne is being inducted into the Eastern PA Lacrosse Hall of Fame this evening as a truly outstanding coach and contributor to the game of lacrosse.
Anne began her high school career at West Chester Henderson and went on to play at Franklin & Marshall College. She was a dual sport athlete and member of the first varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams at F&M in 1976 and 1977.
She had her first coaching experience at Owen J Roberts High School, from ’98 – ’01, winning the state championship in ’01, the same year she was named Philadelphia Inquirer Coach of the Year. During this time, Anne was also the Director of Girls’ Lacrosse for the Keystone State Games.
She next went on to coach at her alma mater, F & M, for the next 6 years. In her first season, she led the team to the ECAC championship. While at F&M, her teams won the ECAC Championship twice, made the NCAA Elite Eight regional finals, were Centennial Conference Champions twice, and won the NCAA DIII National Championships in ’07. That same year Anne was named the IWLCA (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Assoc) Division III Coach of the Year. Her overall record at F&M was 93-24. During her time at F&M, she was also Director of the Blue & White Future Stars Lacrosse Camp in Lancaster.
Anne then moved on to Yale University where she coached from ’08 – ’15. Her team was named an IWLCA Merit Squad team, with a GPA of 3.4. In 2010, she received the IWLCA 100 Career Wins Award. During her time in New Haven, she was a board member of Inner City Lacrosse & served as Chairman of the Ivy League Coaches Committee.
Currently the Head Women’s Coach at William Smith College since 2015, in three seasons her record is 47 -15 with a .758 winning percentage. Again her squad has been distinguished as an IWLCA Merit Squad Team with a GPA of 3.4. From 2015 – 18 William Smith has won the Liberty League Conference Championship and competed in the NCAA Tournament in each of the three seasons she has been at the helm. In 2017 Anne was named the Empire Region Coach of the Year, the ECAC North Coach of the Year and the Liberty League Coach of the Year.
Besides her outstanding coaching record, Anne has served the lacrosse community in numerous ways. She has been a speaker at the IWLCA National Convention & the US Lacrosse National Convention. She has served on and chaired the US Lacrosse High Performance Committee, the US Lacrosse U-19 and National Coach Selection Committee and the US Lacrosse National Team Player Selection Committee. Anne has been on the Board of Directors for the IWLCA and the US Lacrosse Coaches Council.
Jill Johnson Redfern
Jill Redfern is being inducted as a truly great player and coach. Redfern played lacrosse for the first time as a freshmen at Ursinus College. Her success included being a four time starter, 2 time All-American and a Div III National Champion in 1986. She was selected as the Most Outstanding Player in the 1986 and 1987 NCAA Tournament. Redfern, with just four years of lacrosse experience, continued her playing career as a defensive standout on the 1993 World Cup Championship team.
The last 10 years, Redfern has been the lacrosse coach at Lehigh University. She was inducted into the Ursinus College Hall of Fame in 1998. She was inducted into the USLacrosse Hall of Fame in 2017. Jill resides in New Jersey with her husband, Tom and children, Cole and Cecily.
Robyn Nye Wood
Robyn Nye Wood, “a truly great player” first established herself in the lacrosse world during her days at Downingtown High School in the 1984-87 seasons. Her talent was undeniable. She was recognized as a High School All American in her senior year. She participated in the USWLA National Tournament on the Philadelphia Schoolgirl 1st team during her junior and senior year, winning the Championship game her junior year. She has been inducted into the Downingtown Area High School Hall of Fame.
She went on to play at the University of Virginia where she became a two time first team All American. As co-captain in 1991, she led the Cavaliers to the NCAA national championship, was named the IWLCA’s Defensive Player of the Year, was selected to the NCAA’s All Tournament Team, and was chosen as UVA’s Most Valuable Athlete……quite a year! In 2002 she was named to the ACC’s 50th Anniversary team, and had her jersey retired (#24) at UVA in 2012. She was inducted into the Charlottesville Chapter Hall of Fame (2012) and the US Lacrosse National Hall of Fame (2017).
After college, she returned to Pennsylvania where she played on the Philadelphia Club and Association teams for ten seasons while she was also involved with the National Team for seven years. She played on the US World Cup team that captured gold in Japan in 1997. In Pennsylvania, she was a Philadelphia Club 1st team All-Star from 1991 through 1995. She gave back to the sport by coaching and teaching clinics for young players.
Tami Worley Kirby
Worley will be inducted as a truly great player. She was a four-time All-American at the Penn State University, earning first team honors in both 1988 and 1989, second team status in 1987, and honorable mention in 1986. She was also a field hockey All-American. In lacrosse, Worley led PSU in scoring three times (1987, 1988, 1989), and finished her career ranked third in both career points (289) and career goals (230). She also led the nation in scoring in 1989 with 78 goals. Worley was the winner of the 1989 Hall Award as Penn State’s top senior athlete and played in the North-South All-Star Game that season. Worley helped lead PSU to four straight NCAA championship games, with the Lions winning the title in 1987 & 1989. She was named to the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary Team in 2006. Worley was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team Program from 1987-1992, and played on the U.S. Touring Team in 1990.
Kurt Lunkenheimer will be inducted into the 2019 Class of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a truly great player in Pennsylvania. Kurt was a defenseman who played for Episcopal Academy from 1993 to 1995. He had a monster year in 1995 when he was First Team All-Inter-Ac, First Team All-State and High School All American as well as MVP of the Inter-Ac League. He also appeared in the High School North South Game.
Kurt attended Princeton University where he was selected Honorable Mention All-Ivy in 1996. That year he also played for the U-19 Men’s US Lacrosse Team which won the Gold Medal. Kurt was selected to the All World Team. Kurt was selected First Team All-Ivy in 1997 and 1998 and Second Team All-Ivy in 1999. Kurt was also Captain of the 1999 team. Princeton won NCAA Division 1 Championships in the years 1996 to 1998. After college, Kurt played for the Boston Cannons in 2001 and for MAB Paints Club from 2000 to 2005.
Jon Heisman is being inducted as a 2019 Class of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a truly great coach in Pennsylvania. Jon launched his playing career at Ithaca College where he was an All ECAC Defenseman from 1977 to 1980 and DIII Second Team All American in 1980. Jon was captain of the team for three years and has been selected for the Ithaca College Athletic Hall of Fame.
After college, Jon was an Assistant Coach at Episcopal Academy in 1982 and then at West Chester East High School from 1983 to 1988. West Chester East won the PA Championship In 1988.
Thereafter, Jon became the Head Coach at Springfield High School from 1988 to 2003, winning a State Championship in 1992. Jon was then Head Coach at West Chester East High School from 2003 to 2009. Jon has been the Head Coach at Bishop Shanahan from 2010 to the present. In 2018, Shanahan won the District 1 Championship and the State Championship.
Jon was selected Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1998 while at Springfield High School, in 2009 while at West Chester East High School and in 2018 while at Bishop Shanahan. John has over 450 career wins in his coaching career.
Jeff Petit is entering the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2019 as an individual who has demonstrated long, dedicated and exceptional service to the game of lacrosse in Pennsylvania.
As a player, Jeff was All-League and All County in high school in Long Island. He then attended Yale University where he was Honorable Mention All-Ivy and Honorable Mention All-New England in 1972 as a senior. He was an Assistant Coach at Villanova University from 1973 to 1975.
In 1987, Jeff founded the Rose Tree-Media Optimist Lacrosse Club which has provided playing opportunities for boys in grades 2 to 8 for 31 years. Jeff has run the Club and coached the Club from 1987 to the present. The B1 team coached by Jeff won the SEYPLA Championship in 1993. Jeff also helped found the Brandywine Youth Lacrosse Club and has operated Laxapalooza-Media, a lacrosse event to raise scholarship funds, from 2006 to the present and Young Warriors Camps, summer camps aimed at new players, from 2007 to the present.
Jeff was the PLA Man of the Year in 1993, and he won the PLA Norm Award in 2007. In 2001, Jeff was a Media Hall of Fame Warren B. Humes Sportsperson of the Year.
Nicholas Colleluori has been selected posthumously to the 2019 Class of the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a talented Pennsylvania player who has made a truly great contribution to society. Nick was a middie and defenseman for Ridley High School from 2001 to 2004 where he was Honorable Mention All Conference and All Delaware County in 2002 and All Conference and All Delaware County in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, Nick was an All-State Honorable Mention and participated in the PA High School Boy’s All Star Game. Nick also played in the summers for the MAB Dawgs from 2000 to 2003.
After graduating from Ridley High School, Nick accepted an athletic scholarship to Hofstra University and played for their Men’s Lacrosse Team. As a freshman at Hofstra, Nick played in all sixteen games.
In April of 2005, near the end of his freshman season, Nick began experiencing hearing problems. Nick was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a blood cancer affecting the lymphatic system. Although Nick was told he would only live for three months because of the aggressiveness of the cancer, Nick battled for fourteen months before succumbing.
During his treatment, Nick recognized a lack of resources for cancer patients and their families, and from his hospital bed, he created the HEADstrong Foundation to raise awareness and funds for cancer by empowering athletes to support his mission. He drew the organization’s logo moments before entering the operating room for a procedure.
His parents are continuing the work of the Foundation. Today HEADstrong Foundation is a national organization that has raised over Ten Million Dollars and provided financial assistance and services to over 14,000 cancer patients to carry out the mission of its founder, Nicholas Colleluori.
Founders Award bios
Chris Goldberg has been covering lacrosse in the region since 1982, having produced nearly 40,000 lacrosse articles and more than 200 million views through stories on his websites, in newspapers and across social media posts. His first experience covering lacrosse came as a reporter for the Review, the student newspaper at the University of Delaware. He wrote for daily newspapers from 1983-89 and then became an educator and began coaching middle school girls’ lacrosse in 1998 when he re-started the program at Gordon Middle School in the Coatesville School District.
Goldberg was an assistant middle school girls’ coach at Interboro from 1999-2007 and in the spring 2018 returned as the head coach. He also was a PIAA girls’ lacrosse umpire for 2 years.
From 1998-2007 Goldberg covered high school lacrosse on a part-time basis as a freelance sports writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Times Herald in Norristown and as sports editor for the Philly region of the SchoolSports online high school website, the first online high school newspaper in the nation and eventually an affiliate with ESPN.com.
Goldberg launched Phillylacrosse.com in January of 2008. That year, the PLA awarded him both the Wakefield Award for women’s and girls’ coverage and the “General Jack” Linehan Award for men’s and boys’ coverage. In 2011, Goldberg was named as Man of the Year for the region by the PLA.
Goldberg’s’ company, Lacrosse Media, LLC, launched TopLaxRecruits.com in December of 2011.
*Began writing for the Delco Times in 1967, focusing on girls’ sports, especially lacrosse.
*Has produced numerous followup stories on Delco players, following the exploits of those players, coaches and referees long after their high school tenures ended.
*Has covered every PIAA championship (10 years) and at least one District 1 championship game since 1977.
*Awarded Carole Wakefield Award for covering women’s lacrosse by the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association
*Covered first World Cup played on US soil in 1986 at Swarthmore College
*Covered several NCAA championship games in the 1990s in which Delco players dominated rosters
– Keystone State Games
– Summer League of SE PA
– Assistant: Springfield HS, Widener
– Head: HS – Strath Haven, Cardinal O’Hara
College – Delaware County Community College, Widener, Williamson College of the Trades
*Played high school lacrosse in Upstate NY in the 1960s
*Began covering lacrosse and other sports for the Chestnut Hill Local in the mid-1970s.
*Did volunteer publicity work for the Philadelphia Women’s Lacrosse Association, and the mid-80’s served as a vice president of the organization. Helped organize and run several U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Association national tournaments held at Germantown Academy.
*Worked on public relations projects with the U.S. National Team program, working with the 1989 World Cup Team, and then accompanying the 1993 World Cup Team to Scotland.
*Has continued to cover lacrosse for the Chestnut Hill Local for the past few decades.