Saint Joseph’s University will honor its newest Hall of Fame class at the 12th Athletics Hall of Fame Celebration on Sunday, November 17. The inductees for the Class of 2013 are: Laura Barry '79 (women's rowing); Hayley Davidson '96 (field hockey); George Todt '69 (men's soccer); Boo Williams '81 (men's basketball); and the 1973-74 women's basketball team. In addition, the event will celebrate the 40 years of women's athletics at Saint Joseph's, and the previous 35 Hall of Fame inductees from women's sports will be honored.
The celebration begins with Mass at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph, followed by brunch and the induction ceremony in the Doyle Banquet Hall in the Campion Student Center. For tickets, call 610-660-1708 or email email@example.com.
Barry spearheaded the formation of the women's rowing club team, which started competition in the spring of 1976. Serving as the team's first captain, she rowed for four years as the Hawks competed in races along the East Coast, including the Head of the Charles Regatta. Barry went on to a successful career as a marketing executive and has also served as an adjunct professor at Saint Joseph's.
Davidson is one of two SJU field hockey players to earn All-America recognition, receiving third-team honors in 1995. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1995 Atlantic 10 Championship as the Hawks captured their only league title in school history. Tied as the all-time leader in career games played (80), she also ranks in the Hawks' top 10 in career goals (6th) and points (9th). The Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1992, Davidson was a two-time selection to both the All-Mid-Atlantic Region and All-Atlantic 10 Teams.
Todt was a member of the Hawks' soccer teams guided by SJU Hall of Fame coach Jack Dunn. As a sophomore in 1966, Todt scored three goals for the team that went 9-3 and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Over his three seasons, Todt helped the Hawks compile a 23-8-4 record.
Williams averaged double figures in scoring all four seasons and finished his SJU career with 1,554 points and 838 rebounds, which ranks 14th and 12th, respectively, on the Hawks' all-time list. A three-time NABC All-District selection and All-Big 5 First Team honoree in 1980, Williams was a member of the Saint Joseph's team that was the runner-up in the 1981 NCAA Mideast Regionals. He recently received the Mannie Jackson Basketball Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, honoring his youth basketball organization in his native Hampton, Virginia.
The 1973-74 women's basketball team was the first varsity team for women at Saint Joseph's. Coached by Ellen Ryan, the team won eight games in a row and finished the year with a 9-2 record. Current Notre Dame coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Muffet O'Brien McGraw '77 was a member of that team along with Rosemary Dougherty '76; Rosemary Eberwine '77; Dee Martino '75, Mary Maley '77, Kathy McDonald '75, Michele McDonald '77; Mary McGroerty '77; Mary Lou Newman '75; and Cathy Ritchie '75.