Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/21/19
From Press Release
US Lacrosse has named Agnes “Aggie” Stegmuller (posthumous) and Tom Flatley as the recipients of the organization’s 2019 US Lacrosse Lifetime Achievement Awards, recognizing outstanding career contributions and impact to the sport of lacrosse.
Stegmuller is a Temple Athletics Hall of Famer and graduate of the former Glen-Nor High School, now Interboro.
Stegmuller, who passed away in 2010 at 87 years of age, is being honored posthumously for nearly five decades of service to the sport. A former four-sport athlete (badminton, basketball, field hockey, and softball) at Temple University, she began her association with lacrosse as an adult and served the sport as a women’s game umpire for 48 years.
A native of Glenolden, Stegmuller was a fixture as a highly-regarded official at Philadelphia-area schoolgirl lacrosse games. She umpired state championship games in Pennsylvania and umpired at the USWLA’s National Tournament. In 1995, she received the PIAA’s award for 25 years of outstanding officiating service. Lacrosse was one of five sports she served as a game official.
Off the field, her service included lacrosse leadership roles for many years on the USWLA’s Umpire Committee as well as on the organization’s executive committee. She also served as an intercollegiate official, including assignments at the AIAW Championships.
Stegmuller earned two degrees from Temple and received the school’s Conwell Society Award in 2001. The award recognizes Temple’s most generous and loyal friends and alumni. She endowed a scholarship for kinesiology students and contributed annually to the Owl Club in support of student-athletes. Additionally, she served as a member of the board of trustees’ athletic committee, and on the board of directors of the Owl Club.
Stegmuller was a four sport letterwinner from 1943 to 1945 at Temple. She was the captain of the softball team, played varsity field hockey and badminton and contributed to the basketball teams’ three consecutive undefeated seasons.
She was selected innumerable times to All-Philadelphia hockey and lacrosse teams.
She became the chairperson of the Health and Physical Education Department at John Bartram High School where she taught for 33 years and coached six sports.
Stegmuller has been inducted into five Hall of Fames, including both the Delaware County Athletics Hall of Fame and the Temple University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984, the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame in 1999.
“It is our distinct honor to periodically recognize outstanding career contribution in lacrosse,” said US Lacrosse CEO Steve Stenersen. “The impact that Aggie and Tom have had on our sport is only exceeded by the humility and selflessness that defined their involvement.”
Primary criteria for US Lacrosse Lifetime Achievement consideration include the following:
Outstanding accomplishment as a player, coach, administrator or official in combination with participation and leadership activities in local, regional, and national lacrosse organizations over the span of a career.
Demonstrated commitment to the sport of lacrosse that exceeds the norm.
Demonstrated passion and vision for the sport of lacrosse through action.
Character beyond reproach.
The US Lacrosse Men’s and Women’s Game Hall of Fame Subcommittees make the selections for the US Lacrosse Lifetime Achievement Award, which must be approved by the organization’s board of directors. Prior recipients of the award are Jackie Pitts, Mat Levine, Elaine Knobloch Upper Merion), and Warren Kimber.