Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame
The public unveiling of the Garnet Athletics Hall of the Fame and the induction of its first class took place during the College's 2012 Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration in the Lamb-Miller Fieldhouse.
"Swarthmore has a rich athletics tradition that extends back almost to the College's founding," says Marian Ware Director of Physical Education and Athletics Adam Hertz (left). "We want to honor this history and publicly commemorate the many exceptional performances by Swarthmore's student-athletes and teams, recognizing their athletics accomplishments together with their contributions to the community."
Front row, from left: Gwyneth Jones Cote '84 (lacrosse, field hockey); Danielle Duffy '98 (field hockey, track and field); Heather Kile Lord '02 (basketball, lacrosse); Richard "Dick" Esrey '50 (football, basketball, baseball); Avery "Bunky" Blake Jr. '53 (lacrosse, football); and Richard "Dick" Hall '52 (baseball, track and field, football, basketball, soccer).
Standing, third from left: McWelling "Mac" Todman '77 (soccer, track, and field) and the men's 1984-85 tennis team. Standing from right, Charles "Chip" Chevalier '93 (football) and Patrick "Hondo" Holmes '82 (wrestling).
The 1984-1985 Men's Tennis Team reached the pinnacle of the sport, winning the 1985 NCAA Division III team championship, the NCAA Division III doubles championship, and producing five All-Americans.
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.
The most prolific quarterback in Swarthmore football history, Charles "Chip" Chevalier '93 re-wrote the Garnet record book during his four-year career. Chevalier took the Swarthmore offense to new heights, setting program records for career passing yards (5,376), completions (410), and touchdowns (41).
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. She holds the lacrosse program record for career points (374) and career assists (176) and ranks fourth all-time in career goals (198). 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.
In field hockey, Danielle Duffy '98 led the Garnet to three consecutive Centennial Conference Championships (1995, 1996, 1997), the program's only NCAA Playoff appearance (1996), and the 1997 ECAC Championship. On the track, Duffy was equally impressive, guiding the Garnet track teams to conference titles in 1997 (indoor) and 1998 (outdoor).
Richard "Dick" Esrey '50 was a three-sport star who defined versatility and athleticism. Playing tailback in single-wing football, Esrey was a quadruple-threat option (running, passing, receiving, punting) that few defenses could contain.
A 19-year Major League Baseball veteran who pitched for four different clubs, Richard "Dick" Hall '52 made his professional baseball mark with the Baltimore Orioles, helping the team win the 1966 and 1970 World Series. At Swarthmore, he was a true multi-sport star for the Garnet, lettering in baseball, football, basketball, track and field, and soccer.
One of the finest wrestlers in Swarthmore's history, Patrick "Hondo" Holmes '82 was a four-time NCAA Championship qualifier and a two-time All-American. He finished second in his weight class (134) at the 1980 NCAA Division III National Tournament and fourth in 1981.
McWelling "Mac" Todman '77 was the catalyst of the Garnet soccer team's run to the NCAA Division III Championship Match in 1974. Todman scored a tournament-best five goals in 1974, including the game-winner to reach the championship game. Thanks to his program-best 20-goal season in 1974, Todman was named Second Team All-American, First Team All-Region, and MAC South Player of the Year.
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.
The Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame's inaugral class was also honored at the annual Garnet Weekend Pep Rally in Tarble Pavilion where, from center court, they enjoyed a standing ovation.
Paying homage to its 134-year athletics tradition, Swarthmore College inducted 12 outstanding members of its athletics community into its inaugural Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame class during the 2012 Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend.
The members of the inaugural class are Avery "Ave" Blake, Jr. ’53 (lacrosse, football); Charles “Chip” Chevalier ’93 (football); Danielle Duffy ’98 (field hockey, track and field); Dick Esrey ’50 (football, basketball, baseball); 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 Todman ’77 (soccer, track, and field); and the 1984–1985 men’s tennis team.
The celebration began with a dinner for the inductees, their families, and their friends and guests in Upper Tarble. Gil Kemp '69, chair of the College's Board of Managers, gave the opening remarks followed by President Rebecca Chopp. Each inductee then received a Hall of Fame certificate from Marian Ware Director of Athletics Adam Hertz and spoke to the audience about their time at the College.
Following the dinner ceremony, the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 made its way to Lamb-Miller Field House for the public unveiling of the Hall of Fame display. In a front of an overflow crowd in the field house lobby, Hertz removed a Garnet cloth to reveal plaques to honor each of the inductees and an interactive touch-screen display that highlights them as well as the history of Swarthmore athletics. To conclude the special evening, the Class was honored at the annual Garnet Weekend Pep Rally, where a raucous crowd in Tarble Pavilion greeted the inductees with a standing ovation.
The Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame honors 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 administrators, coaches, and alumni for their significant and distinctive impact on Swarthmore College athletics and the College itself. To nominate a candidate, please complete this nomination form.