A native of Summit, NJ, Devin Arkison's career began at Summit High School in 1981. Following a three-year high school All-America defenseman career that saw Summit capture the state championships in 1981 and 1983, he was selected to play in the New Jersey High Schools and the National North/South All-Star games in 1983. Arkison continued his stellar career for the four-time Division III National Champions. Hobart College, from 1984-1987. Selected to the All-America Second Team as a sophomore, Arkison was a First Team All-America defensemen during his junior and senior seasons, and was selected to play in the prestigious North/South game in his senior season. Following his collegiate career, he briefly went 'down under' to play with the Sturt Lacrosse Club in Australia before returning to the States to embark on a professional career with the New Jersey Arrows for one season. Arkison then went on to play with the Shearson Lacrosse Club from 1989-90 and the New York Athletic Club from 1991-93, and was selected to participate in the club league North/South All-Star game in 1992. Currently, Arkison is an assistant at his high school alma mater,. Summit, where he has served since 1994.
Boonton, NJ native Cindy Beradino, a 1976 graduate of Montclair State, was an attack with the North Jersey Lacrosse Club from 1975-1976. Following her playing career, she began coaching at Montville Township High School, where she owns a career record of 259-34-9 in her twenty seasons at-the helm. In addition to taking her squad to the State Championship in 1984, Beradino's teams also made appearances in the state finals in 1987 and 1988. Under her tutelage, Montville captured North Jersey Invitational Tournament titles from 1980 - 1983, won the Garden State Girls Lacrosse League title from 1988 to 1991, and won both the divisional and overall titles of the Tri-County Girls Lacrosse League from 1992 to 1994. She has produced six high school All-Americans, and 13 of her former players have gone on to become collegiate All-Americans. The NJSIAA Girls Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1988, Beradino was also named the Scholastic Magazine Lacrosse Coach of the Year in 1989 and the Daily Record North Jersey Coach of the Year in both 1984 and 1989. She coached the North Jersey team of the Garden State Games in 1988 and 1989, winning the championship in 1988. In addition to her coaching duties, she served on the USWLA High School All-American selection committee from 1990-1994 and the NJSIAA lacrosse committee from 1992-1995. In 1993 she received the NFICANJ Distinguished Service Award. More recently, she was selected by the Lacrosse Foundation to coach the North Jersey Senior team at the 1996 All-Star Classic.
Robert Bianchi attended Columbia High School from 1976 through 1979, playing on the 1979 squad that captured the New Jersey State Championships. Named the 1979 Flayer of the Year and the MVP of the 1979 All-Star Game, Bianchi, an attack, tied the state scoring record following his senior season. While at Columbia, Bianchi was named to the All-State team for three consecutive years, in 1977, 1978, and 1979, and was also selected as a First-Team All-American in 1978 and 1979. Following a stellar high school career, Bianchi enrolled at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he also enjoyed a four-year career at attack with the Midshipmen. Bianchi continued to play lacrosse following his Academy days with the club lacrosse, league in Pensacola, Florida, where he was stationed. Robert Bianchi will be honored posthumously.
A 1950 graduate of Springfield College in Massachusetts where he played both attack and defense. Marshall Chambers was the first mentor of the boys lacrosse team at the Lawrenceville School, where he began the program in 1959. In a 31-year career as head coach, he garnered an impressive 354-107 record with his squads, and upon the announcement of his retirement, was honored by the renaming of the lacrosse field, 'Chambers Field'. Named the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1968, the NJSIAA Coach of the Year in 1974, and the Newark Star-Ledger Coach of the Year in 1979, Chambers' teams captured three state championships ('74,'78','80), one coaches championship ('82), six Pitt Division championships ('82,'83,'84,'87,'88','89), and eight Prep championships ('82-'84, '86-'90). He was also selected to coach the South team at the North/South All-Star game at Newark State College (now Rutgers-Newark) in 1971 and at Johns Hopkins in 1985, and served as an assistant coach for the South team in 1975 as well. Outside of his coaching duties, Chambers served as the vice president for the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Association in 1968, and was also a housemaster, admissions officer, and math teacher at the Lawrenceville School prior to his retirement in 1990. Currently residing in Florida, Chambers attended Hillhouse High School in New Haven, CT from 1940-1943, and graduated from Columbia Teachers College in 1951.
In his ten years as the head coach at Columbia High School, Robert Curcio led his teams to two state championships and an overall record of 116-54 from 1975 through 1984. A 1965 graduate of Holy Cross, Curcio played as a middle for the Crusaders for one season. After receiving his masters degree from the University of Maryland in 1967, Curcio joined the staff of Edmundson High School in Baltimore as an assistant coach from 1968 through 1970. He took over the head coaching reins for one season in 1971 before returning north. Curcio took over the head coaching duties at Columbia in 1975, guiding his teams to the Fitch League title for five consecutive years ('79-'83) and state championships in 1979 and 1982. Selected as the New Jersey Coach of the Year following those state championship victories, Curcio also served as president for the New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association in 1976 and 1977. He served as the chairperson for the United States Lacrosse Coaches Association Century Club from 1976 to '80 and as vice-president for the USLCA from 1979 to 1983. He became the first-ever high school coach to serve as president of the organization when he assumed the role from 1983 to 1985. After retiring from coaching, Curcio began officiating, joining the NJ Lacrosse Officials Association in 1985 and the District III Association in 1987. He is the co-chair of the NJ Lacrosse Foundation's Hall of Fame Committee. Currently the Director of Athletics and Student Activities at Columbia High School, Curcio has served as an official at seven NCAA tournaments including the 1995 Division III Championships, two NJ state championships, and eight semi-finals.
Gilbert Gibbs, Jr.
Never a player, Gilbert Gibbs never-the less made an indelible impact on the game of lacrosse as a head coach. A 1957 graduate of Montclair High School and a 1961 graduate of Springfield College, Gibbs returned to his high school alma mater in 1965 to serve as the head coach of the boys lacrosse team. In his 15-year stint as head coach, he compiled a 177-55 record, taking his squads to seven Fitch Division state championships and six New Jersey Coaches Association State Championships. Under his tutelage, Montclair won the New Jersey State Championships twice, in 1975 and 1978. Gibbs brought his 1975 team to England to experience international competition. His coaching skills enabled him to produce 17 high school All-Americans, and eight of his players later went on to become collegiate All-American honorees. Named the New Jersey Coach of the Year several times and selected as the 1977 Man of the Year by the United States Lacrosse Association, Gibbs was the first-ever high school coach to receive this honor from the USLA. A longtime member of the coaches association, Gibbs was also a teacher, administrator, and the head of the physical education department at Montclair High. School. He is being honored posthumously.
Sharon Goldbrenner Pfluger
Named the head coach of women's lacrosse and field hockey at The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in 1985, Sharon Goldbrenner Pfluger has won more national crowns than any collegiate women's lacrosse coach in the nation, and has coached over one hundred national, and over one hundred regional, All-Americans. A 1982 graduate of then-Trenton State, Pfluger began playing lacrosse while at TSC as a defensive wing. She was select ed as a First-Team All-American in 1981, and was named the TSC's 1932 Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year. In her 12 years as the mentor of the TCNJ women's lacrosse program, she has garnered a 130-12-1 record (through 5/1/97); she recently celebrated her 100th consecutive victory, .a streak dating back to 1991. Named the Division III National Coach of the Year in 1987 and the Regional Coach of the Year in 1989 and 1996, Pfluger took her teams to their first national titles in 1987 and 1988, and has since won the title every year since 1991 for a combined eight lacrosse championships. A member of the IWLCA and USWLA, she served as the national chairperson for the IWLCA Division Ill All-American committee from 1986 through 1994 and the Steering Committee from 1996-97. In 1988-89, she served as an assistant for the U.S. Lacrosse team. Pfluger was a member of the NCAA Regional Ranking Advisory Committee from 1987-89 and 1993-95. Highlighted in Sport Illustrated in 1990 for her accomplishments, she is also the recipient of numerous service awards, including the Philadelphia Sports Writers (2x), March of Dimes, Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, and the New Jersey Sportswriters Association Outstanding Achievement Awards, she was also the 1991 recipient of the NCAA Women's Sports 10th Year Anniversary Outstanding Service Award in the sport of Lacrosse.
A women's lacrosse and field hockey official since 1980, Jane Hansen is one of the most highly regarded umpires in the game of lacrosse. A New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Rules Interpreter for lacrosse since 1990, she also serves as a rules interpreter for the West Jersey Lacrosse Officials Chapter 5. Named the 1996 National Federation Interscholastic Athletic Association New Jersey Official of the Year, she was also named as an Outstanding Official by the same organization in 1987. Serving as the chairperson for the West Jersey Local Umpiring Central District for the USWLA since 1985, she has also served as the president of the Weet Jersey Chapter 5 Lacrosse Officials Association since 1987. In 1988, she received the NJSIAA Sports Award for Recognition of Service and Contribution to Interscholastic Athletics, and earned the South Jersey Lacrosse Association's Sea Markwick Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Sport of Lacrosse. Earlier this year, Hansen became the first-ever official to receive the New Jersey National Girls and Women in -Sports Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport, and was also recently selected as the NFIOA National Distinguished Official of the Year for 1997. Hansen has umpired in the NCAA Divisions I and Ill Women's Lacrosse Final Fours in 1987, '89, '91, '92, '94, '95, and '96.
Warren Kimber, a 1955 graduate of Hobart College, was a three-year letter winner at attack and midfield. Following his playing career, he went on to become a licensed lacrosse official. A member of the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association since 1960 and the USILA Metro-New York Officials Association since 1969, Kimber served as the chief referee for the NJILOA from 1965 through 1975. He also served as a referee assignor for the NJILOA. Kimber also served as the chief referee for the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Since 1992, he has been the National Coordinator of Lacrosse Officials for the NCAA, which involves organizing coverage for all collegiate games and selecting officials for Final Four participation. The former Chairman of the Board of Trustees for his high school alma mater, The Pingry School, Kimber served in that capacity from 1988 to 1995. He is the president of the Kimber Petroleum Corporation. Kimber and his wife, Barbara, reside in New Vernon, NJ. They have two children and three grandchildren.
In her ten year career as head coach of women's lacrosse at Rowan College, Marino compiled an 36-59 record in 11 seasons at the helm. A 1964 graduate of Beaver College, Marino was a four-year letter winner, playing attack wing. Following her career at Beaver, Marino played in the Philadelphia and Central District Lacrosse Clubs from 1965-1970 and then again from 1972-1975. She also was selected to play for the United States Women's Squad, as a midfielder, from 1965 to 1966, and played as a reserve in 1967. Marino began her coaching career at Eastern Regional High School where she was mentor for seven years, taking her team to the 1985 high school Mohawk Division championship. She assumed the head coaching role of women's lacrosse and field hockey at Rowan in 1987, where she is also an assistant professor. A member of the West Jersey Women's Lacrosse Association and the Lacrosse Club of South Jersey, she served as president of West Jersey from 1976-77 and as vice-president of South Jersey from 1981-87. Marino serves as a selector for the Central District Team, and has also served as a coach for the team. The 1991 recipient of the Sea Markwick Award for outstanding contributions to lacrosse in New Jersey, she was a USWLA national selector for four years, and served as coach for the US Squad for two years. Marino is a member of the IWLCA Rules Committee, and serves on the NCAA's Regional All-American and Ranking Committees. Also a published writer, Marino is the author of 'On Attack' published in 1993.
Called an international diplomat for the game of lacrosse and one of the game's all-time great ambassadors, Tom Hayes recently completed his 24th season at the helm of Rutgers University's men's lacrosse program. In his long and illustrious career, spanning over four decades, Hayes was a highly-decorated scholastic player at Sewanhaka High School on Long Island, an All-American at Penn State, produced six winning seasons at Drexel University in his first coaching stint, and has brought the Scarlet Knight program to the upper echelon of Division I men's lacrosse. In his career at Rutgers, he has compiled the all-time winningest men's lacrosse record with a 179-128 mark, made five NCAA tournament appearances, and produced 55 All-Americans. Combined with his 44-27 record at Drexel University, he owns an over- all coaching mark of 225-155, which places him seventh overall among active Division I men's coaches. Currently the president of the International Lacrosse Federation, Hayes will preside over the next ILF Championship which will be held in Baltimore in 1998. He has also served as the vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and as a delegate of the ILF. A member of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee, he is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and served on the pre-Olympic Lacrosse Tournament Committee for the 1984 Los Angeles games. Also the past president of the US- Lacrosse Coaches Association, he served as chairperson of the USILA Rules Committee, and served as the USA chair of the Lacrosse World Games. Inducted into the prestigious National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1990, he was also selected as the 1974 and 1987 USILA Man of the Year. Hayes is the only active RU coach to be a Loyal Son of Rutgers.
A 1994 graduate of Rutgers University, Reid Jackson was a four-year defensive starter for the Scarlet Knights. The recipient of the 1994 Donald Leslie Coursen Award as the Outstanding Male Athlete at Rutgers, he was a three-time All-American and also named the team's most valuable player and scholar-athlete in his final season. He also participated in the prestigious North/South All-Star game. Jackson was honored nationally in 1994 when he became Rutgers' first recipient of the Schmeisser Award, which honors the Outstanding Defenseman in the nation. A scholastic graduate of St.Joseph's in Metuchen, Jackson was a four-year varsity starter and played in the attack, midfield, and defensive zones. Following his collegiate playing career, he served one season as a volunteer assistant coach with the Scarlet Knights, working with the defensive zones. He then returned to playing, joining the Long Island Lacrosse Club in 1996. He helped LI to the USCLA club team championships in 1996, and to the Brognen Cup Championships in September 1996. In his first season playing club lacrosse, he was named First-Team All-Club on defense. Currently working on establishing a youth lacrosse program in the township of East Brunswick, Jackson served as a coach for one of the teams in the program's first year. A native of Milltown, NJ, Jackson has participated in several international lacrosse tournaments, and currently travels to schools in the state to speak to students about the importance of education and about the game of lacrosse. He is employed as a sales representative for Xerox, The Document Company.
The founder and program director of the Randolph Recreation League in Randolph, NJ, Joseph Nazzaro serves as the president of the Randolph Lacrosse Booster's Club. His contributions to the game of lacrosse in the township led to the naming of the Randolph High School Outstanding Team Player for boys' lacrosse as the "Joe Nazzaro" award. The secretary of the New Jersey Junior Lacrosse League since 1996, he was a 1962 graduate of Rutgers University. A two-year letter winner in the midfield, Nazzaro went on to earn his masters from Rutgers in 1969 followed that with a doctorate in education from Seton Hall in 1987. During those years, Nazzaro participated on the New Jersey Lacrosse Club and played in various summer lacrosse leagues. Nazzaro served as the head coach at Hanover Park High School for five years, compiling a 30-20 mark. He then briefly served as an assistant coach at his collegiate alma mater and as the head coach at the County College of Morris. Nazzaro also served a five-year stint as the head coach of the New Jersey Lacrosse Club and enjoyed a 38-12 mark. Nazzaro, who has won numerous business and civic awards for his contributions to business, education, and recreation, is also a member of the New Jersey High School Officials Association and the Metro-New York Lacrosse Officials Association.
A native of Summit, NJ, Leo Paytas still ranks among the top career scoring leaders at the University of Pennsylvania. A 1985 graduate of Penn, Paytas, a middle, was a four-year letter winner. In his career, he recorded 117 points, which is tied for fifth overall. He is also tied for 11th overall with 68 goals scored, and assisted on 49 others, tying him for eight-overall. While at Penn, Paytas was an honorable mention All-Ivy candidate, in 1983, and was selected to the first team in 1985. In his final season, he was also an All-America first team member, and played for the North in the prestigious North/South All-Star game. A 1981 graduate of Summit High School, Paytas was also a scholastic standout. His play led him to be named the 1981 New Jersey Player of theYear. In addition, he led Summit to the 1981 State and Coaches Championships, and was selected to the sectional teams in 1930 and '31. Paytas was a high school All-America selection in 1981. Following his collegiate career, Paytas played from 1986 to 1992 with the Chesapeake/MLC team as a midfielder. He also enjoyed brief stints in professional lacrosse. In 1987, he played with the Washington Wave, and in 1989 saw action with the Baltimore Tribe. President of the Summit Lacrosse Club since 1995, he spent two years coaching fourth and fifth graders, leading his teams to a stellar 16-2 record. Paytas is currently the vice-president of The Garibaldi Group, and serves as a commercial real estate advisor.
The founder of boys lacrosse at Pennington Prep in 1940, Lawrence Pitt served as the head coach of the squad just one year after completing a stellar career at Rutgers University. Armed with a $50 budget in his first season as head coach of the first inter-scholastic lacrosse program, Pitt personally bought some of his first equipment and convinced then-Rutgers coach Fred Fitch and then-Princeton coach Bill Logan to donate old equipment. Because there were no other scholastic opponents, he arranged to play the Rutgers Freshman team in that first season. In 1941, Pitt led Pennington to victory in the first-ever interscholastic lacrosse game against Admiral Farragut Academy. He coached the team until 1942, when the US entered the world war. Following the war, Pitt assumed the position of assistant dean of men at Rutgers in 1947. His lacrosse background, and friendship with Fitch, led to his appointment as head freshman coach under new head coach Al Twitchell, in 1953. In his eleven seasons "On The Banks", he produced only one losing season, and also recorded an undefeated season among his ten winning seasons. Pitt was responsible for preparing inexperienced young men for the varsity squad and did his job successfully, as noted by the development of several eventual All-Americans and Hall-of-Famers. During his own playing career at Rutgers, he was selected to the 1939 New York All-Metropolitan team. During the war years, he also coached the military squads at Bordentown Military Institute. A graduate of Trenton Central High School and currently residing in Highland Park, NJ, Pitt also served as a Chief Referee for both interscholastic and intercollegiate lacrosse from 1942 through 1978.
One of the first public school coaches for the game, David Pooley served as the first head coach for Fair Lawn High School in 1962. A three-year letter winner at Rutgers, Pooley graduated from the State University in- 1958 after being selected to play as a defenseman on the North squad for the 1958 North/South All-Star game. Pooley played in a brief stint for the California Lacrosse Club before returning to New Jersey in 1962 to continue his playing and begin his coaching career. While playing for the New Jersey Lacrosse Club as a defenseman, Pooley began the lacrosse program at Fairlawn, taking the team to a 51-9-1 record in his three seaeons at the helm. He then served as the head coach for the Maplewood Lacrosse Club for a single season, garnering a 9-6 record and taking the club to the 1967 New Jersey state championship. Pooley then got his feet wet in collegiate lacrosse, serving as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall (PA) for four seasons. Upon returning to the New Jersey high school teaching and coaching ranks, Pooley began the boys' lacrosse program at West Morris Central High School in 1974, and remained there as head coach until 1973. In his final season, West Morris captured the B Division title of the Garden State Lacrosse League, and Pooley was selected as the 1978 Coach of the Year. Pooley returned to coach West Morris in 1985, and took the team to the Fitch Division championship. Pooley who assumed the position of Director of Athletics at West Morris, remained active in New Jersey lacrosse, serving as president of the NJILA from 1987 to 1989 and was influential in organizing the state into equitable competitive levels. Upon his retirement, he was selected as the 1991 USLCA Man of the Year.
A 1955 graduate of Rutgers, Richard Rizk was a two-year letter-winner. A native of New Brunswick, NJ, Rizk turned his four years playing experience into a successful New Jersey coaching career. Rizk began his coaching career at Boonton High School in 1965. In his 25 seasons at the helm, he compiled a 135-114 career record. His teams captured Fitch Division titles in 1976 and 1980, and went on to win the New Jersey State Championship in 1976 as well. Named the New Jersey Man of the Year by the NJILCA, he was selected as the high school Coach of the Year in 1975 and in 1980 at Boonton. In 1984, he served for single season as the head coach at Stanford University, taking his team to a 9-5 mark. Following his Boonton HS career, Rizk served as the club team coach for San Diego State University in 1990. He then moved to Whittier College to take the position of assistant head coach in 1991, coaching the team to a 20-0 season, the Western College Lacrosse League title, and the NCAA Division III title. Rizk returned to the NJ coaching ranks in 1992, when he assumed the head coaching duties at Richard Stockton College. In six seasons, he has compiled a 52-55 record, earning selections as Coach of the Year in 1994 and 1996. He is a member of the USLCA Century Club, scoring 200+ victories in his career. A past president of the New Jersey .Lacrosse Coaches Association, Rizk also served as chair of the NJSIAA Lacrosse Committee from 1976-1984. A member of the USLCA Ruled Advisory Committee to the NCAA in the 1970's, he was also a NJLCA representative to the USLCA from 1971-1988. A past president and treasurer of the Morris Country Coaches Association, Rizk was honored by the NJLL by having a division named in his honor. He is currently the president of the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation.
The head coach of Shawnee High School's women's lacrosse team since 1979, Susan Rudderow has brought her team to the New Jersey State Championships five times. A native of South Jersey, Rudderow attended Collingswood High School and went on to a stellar career at Glaseboro State College - (now Rowan). She is a 1978 graduate of Glassboro, and played with the West Jersey Lacrosse Club in 1979 and 1980 following her collegiate career. In her 19 years as the Shawnee mentor, she compiled a record of 224-60-3. Her teams captured the Delaware Valley League Championships for three consecutive years (1992, 93, 94), and have been in the finals of the New Jersey State Championships every year since 1989, winning state titles in 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996. From the 1992 season through the 1995 seasons, Rudderow's teams enjoyed a 74 game winning streak. In 1996, she was honored by the NJSIAA for her out standing service to the game of lacrosse. The secretary of the Women's Lacrosse Club of South Jersey since 1994, Rudderow has also served as the NJ Schoolgirls lacrosse representative for the national lacrosse organization. In addition, she was on the New Jersey tournament selection committee from 1994 through 1996 instrumental in founding the South Jersey Boy's Lacrosse Club. A math teacher at Shawnee, Rudderow has also coached field hockey for 13 years and is a West Jersey Chapter 5 official.
Susanne Schooley made her mark in New Jersey women's lacrosse as a player, coach, and official. A 1967 graduate of Glaseboro State College (now Rowan), Schooley was a three-year varsity letter-winner. Following her collegiate career, she played with the North Jersey, West Jersey, and Central District Lacrosse Associations from 1968 through 1978. Schooley assumed the mentorship of the Cherry Hill High School girl's lacrosse program in 1971. Through the 1996 season, she had compiled an overall record of 262-133-6. Since 1975, she has organized and coached in hundreds of lacrosse clinics and several camps across the country, including Massachusetts, Colorado, California, and Arizona. Schooley has served as the head coach for the south team at the Garden State Games four times, bringing home three gold medals and one silver. From 1980 through 1987, she served as a National Squad Coach for the USWLA team, and in 1988 and 1989 was the head squad/team coach for the USWLA team. Schooley also served as the goal-keeper coach for the 1985-86 World Cup Team. In 1996, she was invited to attend the Japan World Cup by the Japanese Lacrosse Association. In 1994, Schooley founded and served as the first, president of the Women's Lacrosse Club of South Jersey, and still serves in this capacity. A member of the USLF Hall of Fame committee since 1991, she has also served as the first and second vice president of the USWLA, as well as the USA Development Chairperson. A USWLA national level umpire, Schooley has received numerous awards for contributions to lacrosse, including awards from the NJSIAA and Rowan College. She is a member of the Rowan College Hall of Fame and the NJSSC Hall of Fame.
Irvin "Buzz" Seymour, the head coach of the men's lacrosse team at Stevens Institute of Technology from 1951 to 1969, compiled a 94-89-5 record in almost 20 years at the helm. He produced 15 All-Americans and five North-South All-Stars. A 1949 graduate of West Chester University, where he was an All-American soccer goalie, Seymour's college years were interrupted a stint with the Army during World War II. He began coaching at Stevens in 1949 as an assistant, having never played the game. He took over the coaching reigns two years later. In 1954, he developed and organized a lacrosse equipment loan pool, and coached in numerous clinics. Outside of his coaching duties, he served as president of the USLCA from 1957-1959, as well as serving on the NCAA and USILA Rules and Championship committees. Seymour also worked on the USILA Awards committee and Divisional Champions Committee from 1962 to 1972, and served as athletic director of the MASC Lacrosse Committee from '71 to '73. He was selected as an assistant coach for the North/South All-Star game in 1956, and was chosen as head coach for the North team in 1957. While serving as head lacrosse coach at Stevens, Seymour also coached varsity squash from 1959-1962 and again from 1969-1971. During those years, he was also and assistant soccer and basketball coach, and served on numerous faculty committees. After completing his tenure as head lacrosse coach at Stevens, he continued for an additional two years as an assistant lacrosse coach. In 1971, he was named Athletic Director and Chair of-the Physical Education Department of Stevens, serving in that capacity until 1989.
A three-year varsity letter winner of 1983 state champion Moorestown High School, Mary McCarthy-Stefano enjoyed highly successful years as a defenseman at Penn State and with the USA National team. While at Moorestown, she was honored as an All-South Jersey player in 1982 and 1983. A 1987 graduate of Penn State, McCarthy-Stefano was an All-American for the Nittany Lions in 1985, '86. and '87. Playing on the defensive wing and as cover point, she helped guide the squad to the 1987 National Collegiate Championships, and was selected to participate in the 1987 North/South All-Star game. She was presented the 1987 Penn State Hall Foundation Award, given to the school's most outstanding female athlete. During her Penn State career, she was selected to the USA National Team, playing on the squad from 1985 to 1993. She played on World Cup and Touring Teams that traveled to Australia, Canada, England, and Scotland, and her teams were World Cup Champions in 1989 and 1993. McCarthy-Stefano also played on the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club from 1988 to 1996 as a defensive wing. The squad won the USWLA Club Nationals four times in her career, in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 1995. In 1994, she was presented the Seth Allen Award at the club nationals by the United State Women's Lacrosse Association. In 1995, McCarthy-Stefano served as secretary for the Philadelphia Club Association. Currently the Director of Physical & Youth Services at the Burlington Family YMCA, she and her husband, Jim, reside in Moorestown.
Inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1963 and named Coach of the Year by the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 1967, Ferris Thomsen was involved in the lacrosse community for almost 50 years. A graduate of the Friends School in Baltimore, MD in 1926, Thomsen spent his first two years of college at Swarthmore. In 1928, he scored 14 goals in a 17-5 rout of Lafayette College, a school record that still stands. Thomsen scored an additional twenty goals in the eight remaining games that year. He enrolled at St. John's College in Annapolis in 1929, scoring 37 goals. That year, his team combined for 128 goals to their opponents' 27, won an unofficial national championship, and placed several players, including Thomsen, on All-America teams. He went on to play for the Mount Washington Club team while beginning his coaching career at McDonogh high school in Baltimore in 1930. In 1934, he became the lacrosse coach at Gilman, also in Baltimore, where he also served as the school's athletic director. In 1946, Thomsen joined the collegiate ranks when he was appointed the head men's lacrosse coach at the University of Pennsylvania. He remained with the Quakers for four years before moving to Ivy League opponent Princeton University. It was the start of a 20-year career with the Tigers, spanning the years of 1951 to 1970, in which he recorded a 115-99-7 record. The winner of the 1967 USILA Morris Touchstone Award as the Coach of the Year, Thomson won the tenth of his ten Ivy League championships that year. Previously, he had taken his teams to two USLIA Championships, in '51 and '53. A former president of the Lacrosse Coaches Association and the coach of the South team in the 1950 North/South All-Star game, Thomson is being honored posthumously.
The head coach of the Rutgers University men's lacrosse program from 1950 to 1961, Albert Twitchell recorded an overall 86-39-1 record while with the Scarlet Knights. In his 12 years at the helm, he also produced innumerable All-Americans. A 1935 graduate of Rutgers, Twitchell was a standout on both the lacrosse and football fields. The 1935 recipient of the Donald Leslie Coursen Award as Rutgers Outstanding Male Athlete, Twitchell was selected as a third team All-American defenseman in his senior season. Following his Rutgers playing career, Twitchell enjoyed a three-year playing career with the Crescent AC Lacrosse Club. Prior to assuming the head coaching reins at his collegiate alma mater, Twitchell began his coaching career as a high school assistant coach and was then elevated to the head coaching position. He remained in the high school ranks for ten years. In 1950, when he took over the Rutgers program, he brought the team to a new level. During his 12 year campaign, the Scarlet squad underwent only two losing seasons. His 1955 team won the Laurie Cox Division Championship, a national divisional championship, which it shared with Hofstra. His 1955 squad also battled Princeton to an epic, double overtime, 14-14 tie, Rutgers first non-loss against the Tigers since 1943, and setting the stage for Rutgers' 1956 victory. His 1956 team, which went 9-1, finished the season ranked third in the nation, and his 9-2 1958 squad was fourth in the nation. Twitchell's accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as he was awarded the USILA's Morris Touchstone Award as the 1958 Coach of theYear. In addition, following his final season in 1961, he was named the USILA's 'Man of the Year. Twitchell holds his place in Rutgers' history as the fourth all-time winningest lacrosse coach. Also the former Director of Athletics at Rutgers, he was named to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1967.
Peter von Hoffman
Montclair HS graduate Peter von Hoffman left his mark in the high school, collegiate, and club circles of competitive lacrosse. A 1975 graduate of MHS, he played on Montclair's 1975 team that won the New Jersey State Championship. An attack, he was named to the all-section team in that same season, and was selected as a high school All-American as well in 1975. Following a stellar high school career, von Hoffman embarked on a four-year varsity career at Bucknell University, from where he graduated in 1979. During his Bucknell career, he was an All-Conference honoree all four years. In 1977, he was selected as an honorable mention All-American, and was named to the All-America Third Team on attack in 1979. As a senior, he also played on the North squad at the 1979 North/South All-Star game. Von Hoffman was named the conference Most Valuable Player in his senior season, and was honored as the 1979 Bucknell Athlete of the Year. Von Hoffman also played on the New Jersey Lacrosse Club and Long Island Lacrosse Club teams for six years, and was named All-Club four times from 1980 to 1984. During this time, he also spent two years each at Lehigh University and then Montclair-Kimberley Academy as an assistant coach for boys' lacrosse. In 1986, he was honored by his collegiate alma mater by being named to the Bucknell Hall of Fame. Currently the head of the trading desk at J.R Morgan Equities, von Hoffman is very involved in youth lacrosse programs. A member of the Montclair Lacrosse Board of Directors, he has been a member of the Montclair Junior Lacrosse program for more than ten years. A native of Montclair, he and his wife, Anne, still reside there with their three children.
Dietrich von Schwerdtner
Dietrich von Schwerdtner had his lacrosse playing career at the University of Virginia cut short by eye problems that had plagued him since childhood, but went on to become one of the most successful coaches of boys' lacrosse at -the Peddle School in Hightstown, NJ. Von Schwerdtner attended Boys' Latin High School in Baltimore, MD. A two-year mid-fielder on the junior varsity squad, he was a defensive anchor on the varsity squad in his senior season of 1948. Following his scholastic graduation, he enrolled at Virginia and earned a varsity spot as a freshman in the midfield, but-was forced to quit in the fall of 1950 when eye problems became too severe. Von Schwerdtner transferred to Towson State, from where he graduated in 1953. In 1958, von Schwerdtner served a one year stint as the first head coach at Towson State. In that first season, the team went 0-3 in scrimmages and 1-2 in varsity games, but helped to establish the program. Von Schwerdtner then entered the high school coaching ranks in Maryland, assisting with the St. Paul's varsity program in 1961 which posted an 8-1 record. The following year, he assumed the head coaching position of the junior varsity squad, leading the team to a 34-3-1 overall record from 1962 to 1965. Von Schwerdtner assumed the mentorship of the boys' varsity program at The Peddie School in 1966. In 15 years, he garnered an impressive 99-63 record, taking his team to the 1969 and 1976 Pitt Division Championships. His coaching career included seven stints as the head coach of the South squad at the North/South All-Stars game, an annual event that he co-founded. In 1967, he co-founded the New Jersey Coaches Association, and also was instrumental in organizing the New Jersey All-State and All-Star teams. Selected as the 1969 New Jersey Coach of the Year while at Peddie, he was also named Peddle's 1972 Man of the Year. The chairperson of the Century Club from 1974 to 1978, which honors coaches who earn 100-plus victories, von Schwerdtner currently resides in Pennsylvania.
A 1962 graduate of Dartmouth where he was an All-American attack player, John Walters began his coaching career as an assistant at the University of Virginia before leaving his mark as the head coach of Mountain Lakes Youth Lacrosse program. While at Dartmouth, Walters was an All-ivy and All New England selection in 1961 and 1962. He was the 1962 National Collegiate scoring leader, and set the all-time Ivy League single game assists and total points mark against Penn with a 2 goal/11 assist game. Waiters was named an honorable mention All-American in 1961, and was selected as a first teamer in 1962. Walters attended the University of Virginia Law School from. 1962 1965; during that time, he served as an assistant coach for the Cavaliers. In addition to playing on, and coaching, various summer lacrosse leagues throughout his collegiate and post-graduate years, Walters began playing with the New York Lacrosse Club in 1966. He served as a player/coach for the squad in 1971-1972. He moved on to an -assistant position at Hamilton College from 1973-75 before founding the Mountain Lakes Youth Program in 1975. In 20 years as a head coach, he saw the program grow from 22 players to over 200. Walters was also instrumental in starting the high school club lacrosse program in 1980. He then organized the Mountain Lakes Summer Lacrosse League for high school, collegiate, and post-graduate players in 1986. Named the USLCA New Jersey Man of the Year in 1995, he is a member of the New Jersey Chapter of the Lacrosse Foundation, and served on the Board of Directors from 1990-1992. A charter member of the North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League and a member of the Board of Directors, he was on the Board of Directors for the National Lacrosse Foundation from 1983-85 after serving on the Hall of Fame committee from 1983-84. Currently residing in Georgia with his wife and three daughters, Walters is senior vice president and general counsel for the John H. Harland Company. His son, Mark, is currently the head coach at Randolph High School.
The first full-time athletic director at Newark State College in 1969, Hawley Waterman did more to expand what was eventually to become the Kean College athletic department than any person in the school's history. Responsible for starting the football, lacrosse, wrestling, women's soccer, softball, and ice hockey programs, Waterman also founded the Kean College Athletic Hall of Fame. The first football and lacrosse coach, he guided the football program in their first seasons in 1970 and 1971 to a 4-2 record, a feat that was truly commendable due to the predominantly female enrollment at the school. He gave up his Football duties after the 1971 season, but continued as head men's lacrosse coach, where he served for 25 seasons. His accomplishments include a 201-127 career record, Four Knickerbocker Conference championships, two Eastern College Athletic Conference championships. and six other ECAC appearances. He coached four players who appeared in the annual North/South game, including the first Knickerbocker Conference player ever to be invited to the prestigious game. He served as the secretary of the New Jersey State Athletic Conference for fifteen years, and personified everything that the Kean "BIG BLUE" stood for, sportsmanship and character, believing that a student-athlete was a student first. Named to the Kean College Athletic Hall of Fame, which he had founded, Waterman ended his tenure at Kean as the Associate Athletic Director in charge of coordinating academic assistance for athletes in 1989.