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2004 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Courtesy: SJU Athletic Communications  
Release:  09/01/2004
PHILADELPHIA (8/10/04) - Saint Joseph's University will honor its sixth Hall of Fame Class at its annual Athletics Hall of Fame Gala on Saturday, September 25, 2004 at the Erivan K. Haub Center. The class of 2004 is comprised of Michael Black ('74), Paula (Nicastro) Capone ('88), Richard and Donald Flanigan ('60), George Griffin ('70), Dave Landers ('71), Trish (Brown) Lutter ('85), and Jack McKinney ('57).

Headlining this year's class is legendary men's basketball coach Jack McKinney. A standout on both the basketball and track teams as an undergraduate, McKinney would later spend eight seasons as the University's athletic director and head basketball coach (1966-74). He guided SJU to five postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament, while posting a career record of 144-77. The native of Chester, Pa. (St. James H.S.) then went on to a highly successful coaching career in the NBA, winning a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980 and capturing the league's Coach of the Year Award with Indiana in 1981.

Black, an All-East runner, was SJU's premier sprinter of the 1970s and became the Hawks' first-ever IC4A champion in 1972. The native of Aldan, Pa. (Monsignor Bonner H.S.), set seven school records during his career.

Capone, from Huntingdon Valley, Pa. (Lower Moreland H.S.), was one of the most prolific scorers in field hockey history. The former Paula Nicastro, she currently ranks second on the scoring list with 41 goals and 90 points. An All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection in 1986, she helped the Hawks compile a 46-17 record in her four seasons.

The Flanigan brothers, from Philadelphia (Monsignor Bonner H.S.), were members of the inaugural varsity rowing team in 1959. They rowed for the Varsity 8 that placed third at the 1959 Dad Vail Regatta and second at the 1960 Dad Vail.

Griffin earned honorable mention All-America honors in 1969 as a defensive midfielder for the men's soccer team. The native of Philadelphia (Northeast Catholic H.S.) anchored SJU squads that went 19-7-2 in his two seasons, while posting 12 shutouts.

Landers, a native of Philadelphia (St. Joseph's Prep), is arguably the greatest hitter in Hawk baseball history. The outfielder still holds the SJU record with a .393 career batting average. He was the MVP of the 1971 squad that earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament and finished one game short of the College World Series.

Lutter, from Maple Glen, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt H.S.), was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 and All-Big 5 selection. The former Trish Brown, she graduated in 1985 holding the Hawks' all-time scoring and rebounding records. Lutter captained the 1985 SJU squad that earned the program's first bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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SJU 2004 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME BIO SKETCHES Michael Black ('75) Men's Track SJU's premier sprinter of the 1970s...Set seven school records including indoor 440 and 500 and outdoor 220 and 440...Four-time All-East selection became Hawks' first-ever ICAAAA champion in the outdoor 440 (1972)...NCAA place winner in the indoor 440...Three time Middle Atlantic Conference champion winning the 220 twice and 440...Philadelphia Metropolitan champion in the 440...Inducted into SJU men's track hall of fame in 1977...Native of Aldan, Pa. (Monsignor Bonner).

Paula (Nicastro) Capone ('88) Field Hockey Among the most prolific scorers in SJU history...Ranks second on Hawk career lists with 41 goals and 90 points...Ranks third on Hawk single season lists with 16 goals and 36 points in 1986...Hawks posted a combined record of 46-17 in her four seasons, qualifying for the 1986 ECAC Tournament...Named first team All-Mid-Atlantic Region in 1986...A three-time PAIAW all-star...Native of Huntingdon Valley, Pa (Lower Moreland High School).

Donald and Richard Flanigan ('60) Men's Rowing Members of SJU's inaugural varsity team in 1959...Rowed in Varsity 8 that placed third at the 1959 Dad Vail and then returned to place second in 1960...Helped SJU to a fourth place finish in the Men's 8 at the 1863 Pan American Games...Natives of Philadelphia, Pa. (West Catholic High School).

George Griffin ('70) Men's Soccer Honorable mention All-American in 1969...Defensive midfielder anchored SJU teams that went 19-7-2 in his two seasons, including 12 shutouts...Helped team set then school record with eight shutouts in 1968...Also tallied six goals in 1969...Two-time first team All-District selection and All-Middle Atlantic Conference choice...Co-captain...Native of Philadelphia, PA(Northeast Catholic High School).

Dave Landers ('71) Baseball Arguably the greatest hitter in Hawk baseball history... Right-handed hitting outfielder holds SJU record with a .393 career batting average...Held single season and career records for hits and stolen bases...Three-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection, including MVP in 1971...Named to all-District second team in 1971...Co-captain and MVP of 1971 team that won both the MAC and Philadelphia Big Five titles and earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid, finishing one game short of College World Series...As a pitcher tossed one of just five no-hitters in school history...Selected by Chicago Cubs in 37th Round of the 1970 MLB draft and by Pittsburgh in the eighth round in 1971 before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies...Inaugural inductee into SJU Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997...Native of Philadelphia, Pa (St. Joseph's Prep).

Trish (Brown) Lutter ('85) Women's Basketball The all-time leading scorer and rebounder in SJU history when she graduated...Helped guide the Hawks to their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 1985... The Hawks' captain as a senior was a three-time All-Atlantic 10 selection, earning second team honors in 1983 and first team in 1984 and '85...A three-time first team All-Big Five pick... Led the team in rebounding for three seasons (1982-84) and also paced the squad in scoring during the 1984 and'85 seasons...Pulled down a single game record 21 rebounds... Inducted into the Saint Joseph's basketball Hall of Fame in 1990 and the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1992...Native of Maple Glen, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt).

Jack McKinney ('57) Men's Basketball / Track Head men's basketball coach and athletic director for eight years from 1966-67 through 1973-74, guiding SJU to a 144-77 record and five postseason appearances (4 NCAA, 1 NIT)...Also spent five years as a Hawk assistant and head freshman coach...One of seven former Hawks to serve as head coach in the NBA, winning a title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980 and Coach of the Year honors with Indiana in 1981... Inducted into the Saint Joseph's basketball Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1992...As a player was a three-year varsity performer from 1954-57...Helped SJU to inaugural Big 5 title and school's first-ever postseason berth (NIT) in 1956...Also a jumper on the SJU men's track team winning the Middle Atlantic Conference High Jump title in 1957 and helping team to two MAC titles (1955, 1957)...Native of Chester, Pa (St. James High School).