Franklin & Marshall Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2022

Franklin & Marshall Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2022

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall College is proud to announce its 10-member class set for induction into the 2022 Athletics Hall of Fame. This class will be officially inducted during the College's TrueBlue Weekend this fall. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 21 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. inside the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center.

The Class of 2022 will be the 40th inducted into the F&M Hall of Fame which was formed in 1969. This large group of deserving inductees raises the total number of members in the Hall of Fame to 269 individuals and 17 teams.

Franklin & Marshall Class of 2022 Hall of Fame Inductees
James "Rusty" O'Brien '70 (football, men's lacrosse)
John Stallings '76 (men's squash coach)
Mary (Kilgannon) Dugan '87 (women's soccer)
Meridith Sandherr '95 (volleyball)
Kara (Silberg) Carlin '98 (field hockey, women's lacrosse)
Vinay Asthana '99 (men's squash)
Keith Hamilton '02 (men's track & field)
Brittany Croll '06 (field hockey)
Margot Phelan '09 (volleyball)
Jennifer P. (Pritchard) Kearney '09 (women's lacrosse)

James "Rusty" O'Brien '70 (football, men's lacrosse)

A two-sport standout for Franklin & Marshall, James "Rusty" O'Brien made a name for himself on the gridiron as a wide receiver and as a strong defensive presence on the men's lacrosse team. During his fall seasons on Williamson Field, O'Brien was a star wideout for the football team despite being limited to just three seasons due to NCAA rules that did not allow freshman to compete until shortly after his graduation. The high-water mark of the team's success with O'Brien lining up for the varsity came in 1968 when the Diplomats went 6-1 in Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) play to tie with Johns Hopkins for the MAC Southern Division Championship. The Diplomats defeated the Blue Jays by a 27-6 score on the road during the second week of that season to help secure the conference crown.

Switching over to the spring, O'Brien continued to play on Williamson but this time did so as an All-American on the men's lacrosse team. Even during an era where defensive stats were not as closely tracked, O'Brien certainly caught the attention of opposing players and coaches as he was voted a third-team All-American. The honor made him the first player in that young program's history to earn this distinction. With O'Brien leading the defense, the Diplomats won a then-program record 10 games during his All-America campaign and finished second in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The team's lone losses were to Lehigh and Delaware, who both now compete at the Division I level. Wins against Penn State, Drexel, and Lafayette filled the schedule and helped to lay the foundation for national prominence in the seasons to come. That was a particularly notable honor for O'Brien as he took a large sense of pride in helping his teammates succeed by spending countless hours with them after practice developing their skills.

John Stallings '76 (men's squash coach)

The all-time winningest coach in program history, John Stallings '76 was a name synonymous with Franklin & Marshall men's squash for 20 years. Stallings finished his career with 239 victories as a head coach, solely leading the Diplomats from 1991 through 2007. He additionally served as co-head coach alongside "Doc" Marshall from 1987 through the spring of 1991 before assuming the reigns of the program while Marshall took on more duties associated with being the Director of Athletics. Prior to being named co-head coach, Stallings spent six years on staff as an assistant to Marshall.

During his time with the program, Stallings helped to coach the program's first All-Americans as an assistant and that success continued throughout his entire tenure. A total of 13 players combined for 30 All-America honors since he joined the coaching staff. That included three players (Morris Clothier '87, Jess Berline '97, and Vineet Asthana '99) who became the program's only four-time All-Americans to those day. The Diplomats won three Hoehn Cups (1991, 1996, 1997) and two Summers Cups (1998, 2003) at the College Squash Association Team Championships under Stallings' guidance. That 1996 Hoehn Cup Championship team was a particularly strong season for the Diplomats as they won a school-record 16 matches against some of the strongest competition on the east coast. An always-challenging schedule was a hallmark of Stallings' legacy as coach. That success came in addition to many other years in which F&M qualified to the Potter Cup, ranking among the top eight teams nationally in the single-division.

Mary (Kilgannon) Dugan '87 (women's soccer)

Mary (Kilgannon) Dugan '87 helped push a young Franklin & Marshall women's soccer program to new heights beginning in the 1983 season, where she ultimately finished as a four-time team MVP at the year-end award ceremony. Dugan graduated Franklin & Marshall as the program leader in both points (108) and assists (26), while leaving the College as the second-leading goal scorer (41). At the time, she also set school records for points (10) and assists (5) in a game. Dugan is one of just two players in program history with at least three hat-tricks in her career.

Dugan shares the distinction with teammate Beth Byrne as being the first All-Americans in the history of the women's soccer program. Both players earned that recognition following the 1987 season. During her historic season campaign, Dugan racked up 11 goals and added four more assists from her spot in the midfield. That season saw the Diplomats post a record of 16-3 as they went on to capture their first MAC Championship in program history. Those 16 wins still stand as the program record to this day. The Diplomats officially begin Middle Atlantic Conference play during the 1986 season and went 6-0-1 in conference action during her junior and senior seasons, resulting in the first two playoff appearances in program history.

Meridith Sandherr '95 (volleyball)

The Franklin & Marshall volleyball program has a long and storied history of success and Meredith Sandherr '95 was one of the key components of F&M's early dominance in the Centennial Conference. The Diplomats went a combined 98-31 during Sandherr's four years at F&M, including a 34-4 record inside the Mayser Center. Named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 1994, she set new school records for kills (468) and points (542.5) during that season which resulted in F&M advancing to its first-ever NCAA Tournament. Sandherr's presence on the court certainly left an impact on the program for years to come as that season started a string of six national tournament appearances in seven years.

Sandherr's helped the Diplomats make their debut in the Centennial Conference with a bang, winning the first two conference titles during the 1993 and 1994 seasons. She finished her collegiate career as F&M's all-time leader in kills (1,203) and points (1,390.5). During her final two seasons, she led the Centennial Conference in hitting percentage during conference play as she swung .363 and .338, respectively, during those runs to the conference championship. Sandherr's 4.54 kills per set during the 1994 season ranks as the third highest all-time in the conference under the scoring format that was used from 1993 through the turn of the new century. She finished her career as a four-time all-conference player, earning first-team honors during both of her seasons in the Middle Atlantic Conference (1991, 1992) before repeating that honor in the Centennial as a senior.

Kara (Silberg) Carlin '98 (field hockey, women's lacrosse)

Dual sport athlete Kara (Silberg) Carlin helped to usher in a new era of Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse during her time on campus. Honored as a first-team IWLCA All-American following her senior season, Carlin helped to put the Diplomat attack in motion throughout her playing career. Finishing with 90 career assists, that total ranked third in school history at the time of her graduation and still remains just outside of the top 10 after numerous successful runs by the team into the NCAA Tournament. Silberg was also a key contributor in getting the team into offensive transition as she added 174 ground balls and 85 draw controls to her career stat line. Her 96 ground balls during the 1996 season rank as the second-highest total in school history to this day. Silberg's 3.53 draw controls per game that same season are the third-highest total in school history.

Carlin finished her career as a three-time All-Centennial Conference performer in lacrosse, earning first-team honors as a junior and senior after honorable mention recognition during her sophomore campaign. While making the NCAA Tournament has become commonplace for the Diplomats in recent history, Silberg's leadership helped F&M make its first national tournament in four years as a senior after guiding the team to ECAC Tournament appearances during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. She finished her career ranked first in conference history at 1.5 assists per game, still maintaining a spot in the top 20 to this day. Carlin also played field hockey during her first two years on campus, netting a goal and adding an assist during that time.

Vinay Asthana '99 (men's squash)

A two-time All-American selection, Vinay Asthana '99 put together a distinguished squash career at Franklin & Marshall. After transferring into F&M as a sophomore, Asthana went on to earn All-America honors during both his junior and senior seasons. He finished his career with an overall record of 69-23, recording a .750 winning percentage. Competing near the top of the ladder, Asthana's career winning percentage ranks him eighth all-time in program history. He additionally holds the ninth-highest win total despite just three varsity seasons. His 1997-98 season, during which he earned his first All-America recognition, was particularly strong as he posted a 27-5 record. That mark still stands as the fourth-most wins in a single season in program history.

Asthana followed that up with a 17-5 dual record the following year on his way to earning Team MVP honors. Playing in the United States Squash Racquets Association (currently known as U.S. Squash), Asthana was a top-three ranked players in the under-25 division during his senior campaign. In addition to his individual success, Asthana's level of play elevated the entire Diplomat program as F&M won the Hoehn Cup during the 1997 season and followed that up with a Summers Cup Championship during his junior season.

Keith Hamilton '02 (men's track & field)

A true testament to student-athlete success both athletically and academically, Keith Hamilton '02 showcased his talents for the Franklin & Marshall track & field team from the moment he stepped on campus. The defining moment of his accomplishments perfectly summed up his F&M experience as he became just the 10th student-athlete at the College to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Hamilton graduated at the top of his class at Franklin & Marshall with a degree in chemistry and was twice recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American throughout his career. Each of those awards honor student-athletes who have made a truly outstanding impact in their sport, as well as in the classroom.

In addition to being the top academic student in his class, Hamilton starred on the track & field team, graduating as the school record holder in both the indoor 500 meter and 600 meter races. Hamilton was also a key part of the Diplomats' relay success, helping to reset the 24-year old school record in the 4x100 relay. Hamilton won a pair of Centennial Conference gold medals alongside his teammates during 1999 and 2002 seasons as a part of the 4x400 and 4x200 meter relays, respectively. The 4x400 conference championship marked the only time the Diplomats have taken home gold in that event at the Centennial Conference Championship. Hamilton was additionally recognized as a Delphic Scholar-Athlete throughout his time in Lancaster and received the William J. Iannicelli Award during his junior season.

Brittany Croll '06 (field hockey)

Brittany Croll '06 etched her name in the Franklin & Marshall field hockey record book during her four years in Lancaster, finishing as the all-time leader in points (127), tying for first in assists (23), and tying for second in goals (52). Croll was honored as an All-American performer following her senior season and was a three-time all-region honoree during her career. A four-time All-Centennial Conference selection, Croll helped lift the Diplomats to a 16-5 record during their 2004 campaign - F&M's best record in 22 years and tied for the most wins in school history at the time.

The 2004 season resulted in the Diplomats' first-ever appearance in the Centennial Conference Tournament where they advanced to the conference championship before falling to Ursinus by a 4-3 score in overtime. F&M was once again back in the conference playoffs during the 2005 season, helping to launch the program onto the national stage where they have been a perennial power ever since. All-time, Croll is one of just two Diplomats to score 16 or more goals in consecutive seasons as just three players in program history have reached that marked more than once throughout their careers. During her All-America campaign, Croll led the Centennial Conference in shots in shots per game (5.35) and was second in shots (91), points (40), points per game (2.35), goals (16), goals per game (0.94), assists (8), assists per game (0.47), and game winning goals (4).

Margot Phelan '09 (volleyball)

Margot Phelan '09 made her mark as the first All-American selection in Franklin & Marshall volleyball history following a spectacular 2006 season that saw her also collect honors as the Centennial Conference Player of the Year. An outside hitter to be reckoned with, Phelan stands as one of the most decorated women's volleyball players in the program with four first-team All-CC honors to her credit. She is one of just seven players throughout the conference to ever accomplish that feat, additionally becoming one of just 15 rookies who have ever earned first-team All-CC accolades. She is still the only volleyball player at F&M to earn first-team all-conference honors during each of their competitive seasons.

Phelan finished her remarkable career towards the top of the school records in every offensive category. Most notably, she is still first all-time with 4,066 attack attempts, while ranking second in kills (1,505) and third in points (1565.5). In addition to being one of the top offensive threats in country, Phelan ranks sixth all-time in program history with 1,372 career digs. The Diplomats made three appearances in the Centennial Conference Tournament during her career, including trips to the championship match during the 2005 and 2006 campaigns. F&M completed a perfect 10-0 regular season in conference play during the 2006 season. F&M additionally advanced to the ECAC semifinals during those two successful playoff runs in 1995 and 1996.

Jennifer P. (Pritchard) Kearney '09 (women's lacrosse)

A two-time national champion and 2009 Honda Division III Player of the Year, Jennifer P. Kearney '09 certainly left her mark on the storied history of the Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse team. After leading the Diplomats to their only two national championships in program history (2007, 2009), Kearney still stands atop both the F&M and Centennial Conference record books as the all-time leading goal scorer (268). She is the only four-time All-American in program history. During the 2009 season when she was named the national player of the year, Kearney scored 68 goals and assisted on 13 others. She scored seven game-winning goals en route to the 2009 national championship, including four goals in the national championship game on just four shots. Her 19 career goals in NCAA Tournament play set a new NCAA postseason record.

The 2007 national championship team went undefeated and it was rare for the Diplomats to experience a loss with Kearney on the field as she helped the team to a 75-8 record that included Centennial Conference Championships during each of her last three seasons. A three-time national attacker of the year, Kearney also scored four times during the second half of the 2007 national championship victory over Salisbury. The Diplomats ran off a program-record 28 consecutive victories spanning the 2007 through 2008 seasons and dropped just one home game and one Centennial Conference game during Kearney's playing career. The Diplomats set a program record with 32 consecutive wins at home from 2006-09, while Kearney was a major part of the program-record 39 game Centennial Conference winning streak that started in 2006 and continued until after she graduated from Franklin & Marshall.