And the winners…Jan 15th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Features
2009 Athletic Hall of Fame
As part of the College’s recent Homecoming celebration, the Wesley College Alumni Association inducted a record 18 former student-athletes into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover.
Established in the early 1980s by the Alumni Association, the Wesley Athletic Hall of Fame was founded to honor, pay tribute and perpetuate the memory of those individuals who, either through participation, support or interest, have made outstanding contributions in the field of intercollegiate athletics and who have helped bring recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to the College. To be eligible for induction, recipients must receive at least three varsity letters or equivalent accomplishments and demonstrate outstanding success in varsity intercollegiate athletics.
Family members, friends, former teammates and coaches of the honorees were present as each individual award winner received a plaque from the Alumni Association. The celebration continued at a reception following the induction ceremony.
Coming to Wesley after serving the U.S. Army in Vietnam as a chief warrant officer and helicopter pilot, Craig Stephenson ’72 was the football team’s leading tackler and an all-conference selection in each of his two seasons. A team captain and a Dean’s List student, he was named All-American in 1972. He also participated in the National Junior College All-Star Game before transferring to Duke University, where he lettered in football two years and played in the 1974 Blue Gray All-Star Game in Alabama. He has been head football coach and a biology teacher at Dickinson High School for the past 17 years. Stephenson has been selected twice as assistant coach and once as head coach for the state’s Blue Gold All-Star Game. He and his wife Sue and one daughter live in Hockessin, Delaware.
A football standout, Ken Pippin ’92 was the first Wesley student-athlete to be named an All-American after the school joined NCAA Division III, earning the honor in 1990. He was the National Player of the Week as a junior, and former Wesley President Dr. Reed Stewart retired his jersey in 1994. Pippin was a team captain and ranks in the top 10 all-time at Wesley in sacks, tackles for loss, tackles and blocked kicks. He went on to spend three years on the sidelines as an assistant coach for the Wolverines. Pippin is now a national sales manager for LAN Connect, Inc. He and his wife Debbie live in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with their two children.
Basketball honoree Steve Eady ’93 finished his career as Wesley’s all-time scoring leader and is currently third all-time with 1,708 points. As a senior, he rated among the NCAA Division III scoring leaders with an average of 27.9 points per game. He still rates among Wesley’s all-time leaders in steals and assists and holds the school records for points in a game with 49. In addition to various Eastern States Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III “All League,” “All Star” and “All District” team honors, Eady was a team captain and named MVP in 1992. After his Wesley career, he spent four years playing professional basketball nationally and abroad. He now works as a major account executive for Ricoh Business Solutions. He and wife of 11 years, Stacey, live in Upper Marlboro, Maryland with their two children.
During his football career, Rich Renshaw ’93 was named the USA Today National Player of the Week and was also the MVP of the 1991 ECAC Championship. He ranks in the Wolverines’ top five in pass efficiency, passing yards, touchdowns and completions. A team captain, Renshaw earned honors as team MVP and Male Athlete of the Year in 1991. He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Wesley. He has worked for the Nuclear Division of Wackenhut Corporation for the past six years as a certified security specialist. He and his girlfriend Dawn currently reside in Riverside, New Jersey.
In his football career, Chris Furrule ’94 was named an All-American and All-ECAC in 1993, a year in which he was also named the team’s Most Improved Player and Defensive Player of the Year. He ranks in Wesley’s top five in career quarterback sacks and was the all-time leader when he graduated. As the only defensive lineman at the time to have had a sack, interception, tackle for a loss and fumble recovery in the same game, his name was mentioned in Sports Illustrated. A Dean’s List student, he later joined the Wesley coaching staff. As president of The Creative Financial Group of New Jersey, Furrule has earned many accolades in the financial services industry on an individual basis and for his business leadership. He and fellow Wesley graduate Dawn (Flanagan) Furrule ’92 married in 1994 and they have three children.
Men’s soccer honoree Ed Muntz ’94 still holds all of Wesley’s career records with 117 career points, 47 career goals and 31 assists. In 1991, he set school records with 17 goals, 12 assists and 46 points in a season. Muntz was a two-time team captain in soccer and captained the tennis team as well. Upon his graduation, he joined the men’s soccer coaching staff as an assistant and later became the first and only coach the school has had in women’s soccer. As a head coach, Muntz is the winningest coach in both women’s soccer and men’s tennis. He and his wife Jennifer and their two sons live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jimmy Connolley ’95 was an All-American Honorable Mention on the gridiron in 1994 and was also named All-ECAC. At the time of his graduation, he ranked 11th in NCAA Division III history in pass efficiency, was Wesley’s all-time leading passer and is currently third in the school record book in passing touchdowns, passing yards and pass completions. He was two-time football team MVP and named Male Athlete of the Year in 1994. On the lacrosse field, Connolley led the team in scoring in both 1994 and 1995. He and his wife, fellow Wesley alumnus Andrea (Paterson) Connolley ’94, have three sons and one daughter and reside in Warwick, Maryland. Connolley has been employed by Mason Building Group, Inc. for 12 years as a project manager and estimator.
Jonathan Hardy ’95 is the only player in school history to earn All-American honors in the same football season at two different positions, earning the honor in 1994 as both a punter and a free safety. An All-ECAC pick in 1993 and 1994, he ranks among Wesley’s all-time leaders in punting, interceptions, tackles and blocked kicks. He also set a school record with 26 tackles against Thomas More in 1993. Hardy is now a marketing and sales representative for Idearc Media. He resides in Woolwich, New Jersey with his wife Heather and daughter Hannah.
Football honoree Curt Hahn ’96 received back-to-back All-American and All-ECAC selection honors in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. As a member of the 1995 defense that rated second in Division III, he still ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in tackles and tackles for loss. Hahn was named the team’s Rookie of the Year in 1992, Most Improved Player in 1993 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1994. He also received the team MVP award in 1995, the Murray Award in 1996 and was the school’s Male Athlete of the Year both years. He and his college sweetheart, Jennifer (Rutherford) Hahn ’96, have been married for 10 years and currently live in Jamison, Pennsylvania with their four children. For the past 13 years, Hahn has run his own litigation and reprographic support services company out of Center City, Philadelphia.
Jim Horan ’96 is the school record holder in men’s lacrosse with 688 saves during his career. He finished among the national leaders in both number of saves and save percentage in 1995 and 1996. He also holds the school record for career and season save percentage. He served as a team captain during the first years of the varsity men’s lacrosse program at Wesley and was named team MVP in 1993. Now living in Jacksonville, Florida, Horan is a national account manager for Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a leading international company in its industry.
Football honoree Joe Kingsborough ’97 was an All-American and an All-ECAC pick as a senior. He was named the MVP of the 1993 ECAC Championship and played in the National Division III All-Star Game. As a senior, Kingsborough was a member of the defense that ranked second in Division III and he rated in the top 10 at Wesley in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks at the time of his graduation. A two-time team captain, he was also named Male Athlete of the Year and was a Dean’s List student. Residing in Penn Township, Pennsylvania with his wife Denise and two daughters, Kingsborough currently serves as an assistant principal at Garnet Valley High School after 12 years with the school district. Soon he will be finishing a doctorate program at Wilmington University.
Trevor Perkins ’97 was a two-time Academic All-American and a member of the 1995 football team defense that rated second in Division III. At graduation, he ranked among the school’s all-time leading tacklers. A dual sport athlete, Perkins also excelled on the lacrosse field, serving as a team captain for the Wolverines. A Dean’s List student in the classroom, Perkins was named to the CoSida Academic All-District team. Married to fellow Wesley graduate, Michelle (Raley) Perkins ’01, Perkins began a career in construction management and started his own contracting company in 2005. He and his family, which now includes three children, live in Owings, Maryland.
Lacrosse honoree Joe Kline ’98 is the all-time leader in both goals scored and points in a career for the Wolverines. During his time at Wesley, he had multiple seasons which rank in the top 10 in single season points and goals. Kline was a team captain and helped lead the Wolverines to an ECAC Championship. Kline has been in the construction industry, having started his own company, and is currently living in upstate New York.
Kristin Lupo ’98 led the women’s soccer team during its transition from club to varsity status. Despite only spending three years of her career at the varsity level, she is still the school’s all-time leader in assists. She also ranks second in the record books for goals and points. A team captain at Wesley, she received the MVP award in 1997. Upon graduation, Lupo began her teaching and coaching career with the Capital School District. For 11 years now, she has taught chemistry and been the head coach of the girls’ varsity soccer team at Dover High School. In 2006 and 2007 she was selected as Henlopen Conference Coach of the Year.
Michelle (Vincent) Williamson ’98 finished her basketball career as the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. She still rates among Wesley’s all-time leaders in points, rebounds and blocked shots. Williamson was an All-Conference selection as well as a Dean’s List student in the classroom. She served as a team captain and was named team MVP in 1997. Now living in Dallas, Texas, she and her husband recently celebrated the birth of their second son.
Matt Addonizio ’99/’01 was an All-PAC selection and ranks in the Wesley baseball record book in runs scored, stolen bases, at bats, fielding percentage, games played and double plays turned, and was named team MVP his senior year. He was a team captain in baseball as well as the men’s soccer team, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, runner up for Male Athlete of the Year and made the Dean’s List. He later served at Wesley as both an assistant coach and head coach of the baseball program and is the winningest coach in women’s tennis history. Addonizio is now a Corporal assigned to the Patrol Unit of the Delaware State Police and was nominated for Trooper of the Year in 2008. He resides in Kent County with his wife Angelic.
John Maroney ’99 helped lead the Wolverines men’s lacrosse team to a pair of ECAC Championships in 1996 and 1997. He was named MVP for defense the following year. At the end of his career, he rated second at Wesley in career saves and held the record for save percentage. A team captain for two seasons, Maroney went on to become an assistant coach for Wesley’s lacrosse program. He and his wife Tanya reside in Dover, Delaware. He has worked for United Distributors as a sales representative for the past seven years.
Kevin McDermott ’99 finished his lacrosse career among the all-time leading scorers at Wesley College. He still rates second in career goals with 164, third in career points and is in the top 10 in assists. He has the top two single season marks for goals in a season and the third highest single season point total. A team captain and a Dean’s List student, McDermott was instrumental in Wesley’s back-to-back ECAC Championships. Married to fellow alumnus Christine (McGrath) McDermott ’98 with a three-year-old son, he and his family live in Smyrna, Delaware. He is now in his 10th year with the Colonial School District as a physical education and health teacher. W
Wesley College and the Alumni Association have proposed the creation of a Wall of Fame on campus to honor current and future members that have proudly represented Wesley College. We hope that this tribute will showcase the achievements of individual inductees and bring joy to family, friends, teammates and fellow alumni. With $15,000 needed to raise the Wall of Fame, we are seeking contributions that will bring us closer to our goal. Gifts of $100 or greater will be acknowledged with the donor’s name on a plaque displayed among the wall. Please consider demonstrating your support for the Wall of Fame or perhaps making a special tribute gift in honor of a friend or loved one. For a complete listing of Hall of Fame members and information on nominating a classmate click here.