Philadelphia - The University of Pennsylvania Athletic Department has announced the fifth class of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame. Twelve new inductees will join the 147 members of this prestigious affiliation when Penn Athletics hosts the induction ceremony and dinner on Nov. 5, 2005 at the Inn at Penn.
Howard Coonley, C'66 (Princeton, N.J./Deerfield Academy) was a two-sport athlete in squash and tennis. He won the 1966 National Singles Championship in squash, and is still just one of four Quakers to earn that distinction. Coonley finished second at the 1965 Intercollegiate Squash Championships and in the three-years he lettered in the sport, recorded an overall singles record of 25-5, which included an undefeated season in 1966 (9-0). Coonley captained the 1966 squash team and also earned three varsity letters in tennis.
Former track and field student-athlete Earl Eby, W'21 (Chicago, Ill./Calumet), won an Olympic silver medal in the 800m at the 1920 Olympic Games and was a member of the world record mile relay team in 1921. During the year he served as the captain of the 1921 Red and Blue track and field team, Eby became a NCAA Champion (first year of NCAA track championships), IC4A Champion and All-American in the 880-yard. He also won the IC4A title as a junior in 1920 and was an All-American in the 880-yard in 1920 and the 600-yard indoor in 1917.
Three-year football letterwinner Robert Evans, C'53 (Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic) was the first African-American to be named captain of a Red and Blue football team in 1952. He played both sides of the ball, but in 1951, led the team in quarterback sacks. Evans served as the president of Penn's Sphinx Senior Society, another first for an African-American.
Steven Galetta, C'79, GM'87 (Brooklyn, N.Y./Xaverian) was a two-sport student-athlete during his undergraduate days at Penn. Lightweight football and track were his sports of choice, as Galetta earned eight varsity letters and served as the 1978 co-captain of the lightweight football team. He earned All-League honors each year for lightweight football and at the time of his graduation, held every Penn rushing mark in the record book. On the track, Galetta was a three-time All-Ivy League honoree after capturing three Heptagonal Championships in the 4x100m relayand was a two-time NCAA qualifier in the same event. Galetta was named the 1979 Class of '15 Award winner and was a member of Penn's Sphinx Senior Society.
Jane Hall (Carter), C'89 (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial) was a decorated fencer at the University of Pennsylvania. She was a three-time All-American and was an integral member of the 1986 NCAA Championship fencing team. Hall was a three-time All-Ivy League honoree, served as a captain of the 1988 and 1989 women's fencing teams and was named Penn's MVP during 1987 and 1989. Hall was also a stellar fencer outside of Penn, as she was a member of the 1986 US Team at the Junior World Championships. She was the 1987 Junior Individual Pan-Am Champion and was a member of the Junior Pan-Am silver medal championship team. Following her graduation, Hall was also a member of the 1989 World University Games fencing team.
Two-sport letterwinner Karen Kelso, C'85 (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Germantown Academy) was a field hockey and squash player for the Red and Blue. She was named All-Ivy League in squash all four years and held a national ranking at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions during her undergraduate career. She captained the 1985 women's squash team and was a four-time squash All-American.
A rebounding giant, Bart Leach, C'55 (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) still holds four of the top six rebounding performances in a game in Penn basketball history, which includes the top spot with 32 boards against Harvard - an Ivy League record. He is third all-time at Penn with 450 rebounds in a season and is tied for fifth in the Ivy League for the same record. Leach, who also scored 1,033 points in his career, is second in career rebounds at Penn with 1,066. He was voted Team MVP in 1954 and Most Inspirational in 1955. As a first baseman, Leach was named first-team All-EIBL in 1954 and 1955.
Christine Lundy, C'92, V'96 (Shaftsbury, Vt./Mount Anthony Union) was a standout runner for the Red and Blue and was the first cross country runner at Penn to be named an All-America, earning the honor twice - 1989 and 1991. She was a three-time NCAA qualifier and went on to earn All-America accolades in 1992 in the outdoor 3,000m. Lundy was named All-East and first-team All-Ivy League in 1990 and 1991 and is still the school record holder in the 3,000 and 5,000m runs.
A decorated men's fencer at Penn, Chris O'Loughlin, C'89 (Van Nys, Calif./Oakwood North) will also join this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees. O'Loughlin was a member of the 1986 NCAA and IFA Championship Epee team and was a three-time All-American in the weapon. He earned first-team All-Ivy League accolades in 1986, 1987 and 1989. Outside of Penn, O'Loughlin was a three-time Olympic Festival Champion, the 1986 Junior National Champion, a four-time participant in the World University Games, the 1989 Maccabiah silver medalist and a two-time Junior World Championships team member.
H. Raymond "Dutch" Peck, W'20 (Washington, DC/Western) was a member of Penn basketball's only national championship team of 1920. The team went undefeated during the regular season and Peck manned the captain post for the Quakers. The Red and Blue's only loss that year was to Chicago as a best of three championship series. He was a first-team All-Intercollegiate honoree in 1918, 1919 and 1920 and was named All-America in 1920. Peck was also a member of Penn's Sphinx Senior Society and was a 1965 inductee of the Helm's Foundation's Basketball Hall of Fame.
John Baxter Taylor, W'1908 (Philadelphia, Pa./Central) made his mark at Penn on the track. Taylor was the first African-American to be selected to represent the United States internationally in any sport at the 1908 Olympics in London, where he was a member of the gold-medal winning 1,600-meter sprint medley relay. Taylor helped the Quakers to the 1907 intercollegiate championship title with his performance in the 440-yard run, when he set a new meet standard of 48 4/5. He repeated as the IC4A victor in 1908 and captured a gold medal at the 1908 Olympic Games as a member of the 1,600-meter sprint medley team that finished the race in a time of 3:29.4.
Joseph Valerio, C'91 (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley) rounds out this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees. Valerio earned first-team All-America honors in 1990 and was a two-time football All-Ivy League honoree in 1989 and 1990. He was named Penn's MVP as a senior and was a two-time recipient of the Chuck Bednarik Award as Penn's most outstanding lineman. In 1990, Valerio served as the offensive captain and was named All-ECAC. Following his graduation in 1991, Valerio was picked in the second round of the National Football League draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he played all five seasons of his NFL career.
For more information about the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame or to reserve your tickets for this special induction ceremony and dinner on Nov. 5, call the Athletic Development Office at 215-898-4717.