A pair of former Saint Joseph’s student-athletes, Dan Hilferty ’78 and Muffet McGraw ’77, will be honored at the University’s Leadership Awards Dinner on November 2 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.
For more info and to register, visit http://alumni.sju.edu/lad.
Hilferty, the visionary president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross (Independence), one of the nation’s leading health insurance organizations, will receive the Shield of Loyola. The former vice chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, Hilferty is the 37th recipient of the Shield of Loyola. Since Hilferty became CEO in 2010, Independence and its affiliates have tripled their patient rolls to more than 8.5 million in 25 states and Washington, D.C., including more than 2.5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania, which makes Independence the region’s largest health insurer.
Hilferty was a member of the Hawks’ basketball team during the 1977-78 season.
McGraw, head coach of the University of Notre Dame’s renowned women’s basketball team, will be honored with the Alumni Professional Achievement Award. The winningest single-sport coach Fighting Irish history, McGraw is of six men’s or women’s basketball coaches in NCAA Division I history with 800 wins, seven Final Fours and five NCAA title games. In her 30 seasons, McGraw has compiled a 765-227 record, qualified for the past 22 NCAA tournament, and brought the NCAA Championship title to the South Bend, Indiana, university in 2001. She was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this past September.
One of the founding members of Saint Joseph's women's basketball program, McGraw (nee O'Brien) guided the Hawks' offense from 1973-77 as they began play as a Division I team. During her four years on Hawk Hill, Saint Joseph's posted an astounding 60-11 record, finished third in Eastern Region of the AIAW Tournament in 1976, while placing second in Eastern Region in 1977 and eventually finishing in sixth place at the national tournament.