Franklin & Marshall Athletics Inducts 40th Hall of Fame Class

Franklin & Marshall Athletics Inducts 40th Hall of Fame Class

Hall of Fame Program

LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall College was proud to honor its 10-member Hall of Fame Class of 2022 on Friday evening as a part of the College's True Blue Weekend. The event took place inside the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center with the inductees surrounded by their friends, family, teammates, and many more.

The Class of 2022 was 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.

You can click the names of the inductees below to get a full biography of their tremendous career both as student-athletes and in the professional careers.

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 B. Sandherr '95 (volleyball)
Kara (Silberg) Carlin '98 (field hockey, women's lacrosse)
Vinay Asthana '99 (men's squash)
Keith Hamilton '02, MD, FACP, FSHEA (men's track & field)
Brittany Croll '06 (field hockey)
Margot Phelan '09 (volleyball)
Jennifer (Pritchard) Kearney '09 (women's lacrosse)

 

JAMES "RUSTY" O'BRIEN '70 (Football / Lacrosse)

The saying in sports is that a great athlete can make those around them better. That is certainly applicable to James "Rusty" O'Brien '70. A two-sport standout, 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.

The high-water mark of the football team's success with O'Brien lining up on the varsity team 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. His legacy certainly carried on for years to come as his leadership helped paved the way for many Diplomats to follow, which included multiple undefeated seasons.

Known for his explosive speed, O'Brien's talents were on display early when he scored three touchdowns and caught a two-point conversion against Johns Hopkins. He then broke into the record books as a senior with a then-school record 93-yard touchdown reception to defeat Ursinus during the final minute of regulation. Fittingly enough, when football won its MAC Championship in 1968, it was O'Brien who won the "Bulldog" Award for outstanding blocker. Even though O'Brien caught several headlines himself, blocking — albeit important — is not a role that traditionally receives the glory. Perhaps that makes it the perfect award for O'Brien because it signified he would do whatever was necessary to help his team win.

During the spring, O'Brien continued to call Williamson home, but this time as the first-ever All-American on the men's lacrosse team. Even during an era where defensive stats were not closely tracked, O'Brien certainly caught the attention of opposing players and coaches as he was voted a third-team All-American under Hall of Fame coach Ross Sachs.

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. A defenseman by trade, O'Brien proved to be a threat if forgotten about as he scored the opening goal of that historic campaign against Swarthmore and tallied two more assists in transition against Penn State. He punctuated his impact on the lacrosse team by completely shutting out Bucknell's two-time All-American Lou Kissling during the final game of his career.

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 spent countless hours with teammates after practice developing their skills. Just as with football, O'Brien's impact did not leave the team after his graduation; just a few years later, the Diplomats ran off three consecutive undefeated MAC seasons using the same principals O'Brien helped establish.

In his professional career, O'Brien put his leadership skills to use in the U.S. Air Force, where he completed 27 years before retiring as a Colonel in 1998. During that time, he flew fighters in Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Iraq, while being awarded bronze stars and air medals for his service to the country. His impact continues to live on today. There is a mannequin of him in the flight gear he wore on the first night of the Gulf War, along with videos describing his heroic efforts. Following his retirement from the Air Force, O'Brien became the Vice President at Alion Science and Technology before becoming a Defense Strategy Advisor to the Director of the Missile Defense Agency through 2016.

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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, 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 cohead coach, Stallings spent six years on staff as an assistant to Marshall.

With Stallings at the helm, the Diplomats continued their golden era of squash. Stallings' accomplishments with the team are even more impressive when it is taken into account that squash competes under a single division, which pits the Diplomats against the top teams across all three NCAA Divisions. Nonetheless, that did not slow the momentum that Stallings and his Diplomats were able to build.

From 1984-88, Franklin & Marshall was ranked in the top division of college squash. F&M never finished outside of the top six during that time in what would be commonly known today as qualifying for the Potter Cup. That run of success was highlighted by what still stands as the best squash team at Franklin & Marshall. Coming into the 1986-87 season, the Diplomats had been consistently ranked among the top six during the previous three seasons, climbing to as high as No. 3 in the final rankings during the 1985 team national championships. However, there was something special in the air when that 1987 team took the courts as the Diplomats went 15-1, falling only to the eventual national champions during a historic season. They backed that success up with a fourth-place finish in 1988.

By the time Stallings wrapped up his coaching career, the Diplomats had made five Potter Cups, 12 Hoehn Cups, and two Summers Cups. The Diplomats captured three Hoehn Cups at the national team championships (1991, 1996, and 1997) to finish as the No. 9 team in the country during those occasions. Franklin & Marshall also won the Summers Cup during the 1998 and 2003 seasons when it qualified for that division. In summary, that success amounts to an incredible legacy of consistency as the Diplomats never finished outside of the top 17 teams across the entire country with Stallings at the helm.

The 1996 Hoehn Cup Championship team was another 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. Stallings helped to mentor 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 collective group featured three players (Morris Clothier '87, Jess Berline '97, and Vineet Asthana '99) who became the program's only four-time All-Americans to this day. Berline would go on to win the prestigious Skillman Award, which is presented annually to just one senior who has demonstrated outstanding sportsmanship while maintaining the highest level of play in the country. Berline also teamed up with Michael Sabatine to win F&M's first intercollegiate doubles championship.

When Stallings wasn't guiding his players to excellence on the court, he enjoyed a very successful playing career in his own right, highlighted by playing many years on the Berwyn "A" team in the Philadelphia "A" singles league.

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MARY KILGANNON-DUGAN '87 (Soccer)

The impact that Mary Kilgannon-Dugan '87 made on the Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team was immediate. While having the last name Kilgannon certainly helped, it was her speed, skill, and determination that earned her the nickname "killer" on the field and gave nightmares to opposing coaches who had to figure out a way to stop her from continually scoring. Despite the opposition's best efforts, Kilgannon-Dugan kept finding ways to score and the Diplomats continually found ways to win.

Entering F&M in the fall of 1983, the Diplomats were in just their fourth season as a varsity program. By the fall of her senior season in 1986, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) had officially adopted women's soccer as one of its sports and Kilgannon-Dugan immediately had the Diplomats in championship pursuit. Kilgannon-Dugan shares the distinction, with teammate Beth Byrne, as being the first All-Americans in the history of the women's soccer program. During her historic season campaign, Kilgannon-Dugan racked up 11 goals and added four more assists from her spot in the midfield.

With Kilgannon-Dugan leading the way as a four-time Team MVP, the Diplomats posted four consecutive winning seasons, including a 13-3 campaign in 1985 that broke the school's record for wins in a single season. Just one year later, the Diplomats were in the inaugural MAC Championship game where they squared off one more time against a Scranton side who they had tied during the regular season. Although the Royals emerged with a 2-1 victory, the Diplomats certainly proved they could compete with some of the best teams in the country.

That road to the championship match included a win over NCAA Tournament qualifier Methodist as F&M challenged itself with a daunting schedule. Nevertheless, the postseason success was far from finished as the Diplomats advanced to the ECAC Tournament during Kilgannon-Dugan's senior year, where only a defeat to a William Smith side that was one year away from a spot in the national championship match denied the Diplomats from advancing further in the tournament. Prior to the MAC welcoming women's soccer as an official sport, Kilgannon-Dugan and her teammates posted their winning records despite playing against teams that now compete in the Division I ranks, including Penn State, Delaware, Rutgers, Richmond, Army, and Princeton.

Kilgannon-Dugan graduated from Franklin & Marshall as the program leader in both points (108) and assists (26), while leaving the College as the third-leading goal scorer (41). At the time, she also set school records for points (10) and assists (5) in a game. Kilgannon-Dugan is one of just two players in program history with at least three hat-tricks throughout her career.

In reaching the century mark for career points, Kilgannon-Dugan became the third player in the young program's history to accomplish that feat. Today, she still stands as just one of six players in school history to hit that milestone. Over 63 career matches played, Kilgannon-Dugan averaged 1.71 points per contest, a mark that stands as the fourth-highest average in program history to this day.

After graduating from Franklin & Marshall, Kilgannon-Dugan became a Psychiatric Social Worker. At the urging of her friends, she eventually took enough graduate courses to become an accredited Psychotherapist. Kilgannon-Dugan has been working in the field of mental health for the past 30 years, where she takes great pride in helping others. She still carries her dedication and lifelong love of learning that she gained at Franklin & Marshall everywhere she goes in her professional field.

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MERIDITH B. SANDHERR '95 (Volleyball)

The Franklin & Marshall volleyball program has a long and storied history of success and Meredith B. 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, including a 34-4 record inside the Mayser Center.

Named the Centennial Conference Player of the Year in 1994, Sandherr set new school records for kills (468), kills per set (4.54), points (542.5), and points per set (5.27) during that historic season, which resulted in F&M advancing to its first-ever NCAA Tournament. Her single-season records for both kills and points per set still stand as the F&M record nearly 30 years later. Sandherr's kills per set during the 1994 season ranks as the third-highest all-time in the Centennial Conference under that scoring format 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 first-team recognition during her senior player-of-the-year campaign.

While the offensive numbers alone are staggering, Sandherr took great pride in her ability to contribute to the team in a number of ways. She recorded 1,113 digs during her career and is just one of 12 players in program history with 1,000-plus kills and one of just 21 with 1,000-plus digs. Just seven players who have played at Franklin & Marshall can claim to have accomplished both of those feats.

Contributing to the team's success in so many facets, Sandherr's name is littered throughout the Franklin & Marshall record book, as she holds a top-15 school ranking in 12 different statistical categories. Most notable among those were her graduating with the school record in kills (1,304), kills per set (3.55), hitting percentage (.272), service aces (125), and digs (1,113). Her career kills record still ranks her among the top five players in program history.

Sandherr's presence on the court definitely left an impact on F&M volleyball for years to come as that historic 1994 season started a string of five national tournament appearances in six years. She 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. During her final two seasons, she led the Centennial Conference in hitting percentage in conference play as she swung .363 and .338.

After pursuing a professional career in the financial services field following her graduation, Sandherr moved from Baltimore to a 100-acre learning center and working farm. It was through that experience that she found her passion for a career in education. Although she no longer does her teaching on the farm, Sandherr can still be found educating the youth of America at a private school that focuses on children who have dyslexia and other language-based learning differences.

Teaching science to middle schoolers remains her true passion, but Sandherr continues to stay involved in the athletic realm. Along with traditional school lessons, she has taken her students on adventures that include skiing, whitewater rafting, caving, and camping. In order to give her students a well-rounded educational experience, she coaches soccer, basketball, and lacrosse to keep her busy during the year. Adding to her skills in her professional field, Sandherr earned a master's degree in teaching from Goucher College during 2012. She focused most of her studies on elementary school and special education, enabling her to receive a state teaching license. Today, Sandherr can be found teaching seventh grade physical science at Friends School of Baltimore.

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KARA CARLIN '98 (Lacrosse / Field Hockey)

Dual-sport athlete Kara (Silberg) Carlin '98 helped to usher in a new era of Franklin & Marshall women's lacrosse. When Carlin arrived on campus, the Diplomats were a strong team that consistently went to the ECAC Tournament, but were looking for that edge that would vault them back into national prominence. Carlin can certainly be viewed as one of those catalysts, as she ultimately led the Diplomats back to the NCAA Tournament during her senior season.

In a time before NCAA selection shows, it was Carlin who received the call from the NCAA that the Diplomats had been selected to the "big show." Unsure of whether the NCAA call was going to go to head coach Kara Tierney's home phone or office line, the team gathered by its coach's home phone while Coach Tierney went to the office. Sure enough, the call came to the house, and it was Carlin who got to break the news to the team that they were headed to the NCAA Tournament, where they eventually finished in the Sweet 16. Serving as a team captain during that historic season, Carlin was honored as a first-team IWLCA All-American in 1998. That recognition had been years in the making as she finished her career with 90 assists, ranking third in school history at the time.

Even with a slew of NCAA Tournament teams coming through F&M since the turn of the century, Carlin's numbers still rank among the best in program history. Her career numbers are still among the top 10 in the College's record book.

Carlin was also a key contributor in getting the team into offensive transition, adding 174 ground balls and 85 draw controls to her career stat line during the team's run to the national tournament. Her 96 ground balls during the 1996 season still rank as the second-highest total in school history. Carlin's 3.53 draw controls per game that same season remain the third-highest total in school history. A three-time All-Centennial Conference performer in lacrosse, Carlin earned first-team honors as both a junior and senior following an honorable mention sophomore campaign.

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 was well-respected throughout the entire athletic department as she received the Michael T.M. Karvasales Senior Athlete Award, given to one female Senior athlete upon graduation by the Athletic Department at F&M. She also played field hockey during her first two years on campus, netting a goal and adding an assist.

Since graduating, Carlin has coached lacrosse at the national, collegiate, and high school levels and was named to the USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2013. She continues to stay involved in the sports she loves, most recently being named the Athletic Director at Friends School of Baltimore in 2017. Prior to that, Carlin served as the Athletic Director at St. Timothy's School, where she coached both field hockey and lacrosse for over a decade following a coaching stint at Division III Goucher from 2000-04. She earned her master's degree in education while at Goucher in 2004, specializing in athletic administration before launching her incredible coaching career in the high school ranks.

As a professional, Carlin has been recognized as the Maryland State (MSADA) District 10 Athletic Director of the Year on three occasions (2011, 2016, and 2021).

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VINAY ASTHANA '99 (Squash)

"Vinay was one of the most exciting players to play at F&M. He possessed a complete game of precision drops and lobs, a deadly overhead into a dead nick and controlled power when required. Vinay wore down his opponent by moving him to the extremes of the court with his shot selection and accuracy. He had a quiet demeanor on the court, but was fiercely competitive with impeccable fairness," said Head Coach John Stallings.

That statement is high praise for any player to receive from a coach with whom he will share the Hall of Fame induction stage. The praise is even higher when you take into account that Coach Stallings mentored 30 All-Americans during his time leading the Diplomats in their golden era of success.

Earning two of those All-America honors under Coach Stallings, Vinay Asthana '99 certainly had a distinguished career. After transferring to F&M as a sophomore, Asthana went on to earn All-America honors during both his junior (second team) and senior seasons (honorable mention). He finished his career with an overall record of 69-23, recording a .750 winning percentage.

Even before reaching the level of All-America status, Asthana found himself gaining notable victories against the likes of national powers from Williams, Penn, Yale, and Dartmouth during his sophomore campaign. The news of Asthana's transfer to Franklin & Marshall was certainly welcomed by the Diplomat community, as he first enrolled at Rochester and handed F&M one of its few defeats on the year while competing against the Diplomats.

Having him in the Blue and White was certainly much more pleasing to the Diplomat faithful as he competed near the top of the ladder from the early stages of his F&M career. Asthana's career winning percentage ranks him eighth all-time in program history. He also holds the ninth-highest win total despite just three varsity seasons. Asthana's 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 was 19-1 in dual meets for the Diplomats that year, highlighted by a win over the No. 2 seed in the USSRA National 25 and Under Championships in Los Angeles, where only his brother and F&M Hall of Famer in his own right, Vineet, could provide him a challenge.

Asthana followed that up with a 17-5 dual record as a senior 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 player in the under-25 division during his senior campaign. Franklin & Marshall had quite the powerhouse built during those years, as all three of those top-ranked players were either current members of the varsity team or alumni of the program. Playing in the single division of college squash, the Diplomats' captain had key victories against Rochester, Cornell, Penn, Yale, and Williams, among others, during his senior campaign.

The team's success was equally important to Asthana as he led the Diplomats to a Hoehn Cup Championship in 1997 and a Summers Cup Championship the following year. Following his graduation from F&M, where he earned his degree in accounting, Asthana worked in New York as an Audit Manager for both Deloitte and PwC. He has since moved to the United Kingdom, where he worked for Standard Chartered Bank, before joining the team at Citi. Also spending time in India throughout his professional career,

Asthana currently serves as the Director of Risk and Control Transformation after previously holding the roles of Senior Vice President and Director of Quality Assurance within the Internal Audit division.

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KEITH HAMILTON '02, MD, FACP, FSHEA (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. By the time he graduated, Hamilton had led his team to a conference championship, broken multiple school records, received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, and graduated at the top of his class.

With Hamilton as one of the F&M leaders, the Diplomats reached the pinnacle of the Centennial Conference, winning the team championship despite entering the meet as underdogs. In doing so, they became the only team outside of Johns Hopkins, Haverford, or Dickinson to ever win a Centennial team championship in track & field. Hamilton was right in the middle of F&M's championship success as a member of the school record 4x400 relay. The win allowed the Diplomats to celebrate their team title in style by also claiming the last event of the meet with a time of 3:26.70 that still stands as the school record. He would add another conference gold to his individual haul during the 2002 season as a member of the 4x200 relay team.

Leaving his name all over the track & field record books, Hamilton graduated as the school record holder in the 600 meters, also ranking second in both the 400 meters and the 4x200 meter relay. He displayed a great diversity of skill with top-five marks in both the 55-meter hurdles and triple jump. All of those personal bests still rank among the top 10 in program history. During the spring season, Hamilton graduated with the school record in the 4x100 outdoor relay and was ranked third in both the 110 and 400 meter hurdle events.

Despite these lofty athletic accomplishments, no award more greatly defines Hamilton's impact than when he became the 10th student athlete in the College's history to receive the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Earning a degree in chemistry, he was twice recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Both of those awards honor student-athletes who have made a truly outstanding impact in their sport, as well as in the classroom. Hamilton was further honored as a Delphic Scholar-Athlete and earned the William J. Iannicelli Award during his junior season.

Hamilton went on to use his NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, where he continued to run competitively, placing first in the Olympic Development Division of the Penn Relays during two consecutive seasons. The academic success continued as well, with Hamilton selected as the graduation speaker for his medical class in 2006. Hamilton completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, receiving the highest teaching honor bestowed by the School of Medicine for residents — the Penn Pearl Teaching Award. He was also selected to receive the highest teaching award for a graduating resident, the Maurice Attie Senior Resident Teaching Award.

After residency, Hamilton completed an award-winning Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Penn before staying on as a faculty member, where he continues to serve as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine. With an interest in epidemiology and antibiotic resistance, he has dedicated a significant portion of his time to antibiotic stewardship and serves as the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship maintaining an active research program. Prior to COVID-19, Hamilton had the foresight to establish the Penn Medicine COVID-19 Therapeutics Committee, which he chairs to this day. Through this work, he established some of the first guidelines for the treatment of COVID-19, which have served as a national reference source. For this work, Hamilton was recently named the recipient of the Richard P. Shannon Leadership Award in Quality in Patient Safety, in 2022.

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BRITTANY CROLL '06 (Field Hockey)

Brittany Croll '06 helped to usher in a new era of excellence for the Franklin & Marshall field hockey team, graduating as the school's record holder in points (119), assists (23), and game-winning goals (14), while ranking second in total goals (48). With those outstanding offensive numbers, Croll's athletic accolades were certainly well deserved and headlined by a 2005 second-team National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American honor. A three-time all-region performer and a four-time All-Centennial honoree, what best defines Croll's contributions to the Diplomats was the scoring force that she and fellow Hall of Famer Eileen Keever formed in the mid-2000s.

Even with all of the team's success since Croll's graduation, she still stands as the only player in program history to be named All-Centennial Conference during each of her four seasons, joining Leanne McFalls '83 and Kelly Schenke '95 as the only four-time all-conference performers in program history after both of those players completed at least part of their careers in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The Croll/Keever duo broke a decade-long drought of All-Americans for the program, with Keever first earning that distinction in 2004 before Croll received her national recognition the following season.

During the 2004 season, the then-junior helped lift the Diplomats to a 16-5 record, which was the most wins in program history at the time. The season saw Franklin & Marshall advance to its first-ever Centennial Conference Tournament and resulted in a championship match appearance before falling to national power Ursinus in overtime, 4-3. It was during that season that F&M was able to break into the national rankings, a spot that remains a common place for the team today.

In Croll's senior campaign, the Diplomats were back in the conference playoffs as they began to establish themselves as a perennial power at the conference and regional levels. During that 2005 season, Croll led the Centennial Conference 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). Croll was equally as accomplished in the classroom, where she was named Franklin & Marshall's 2006 Environmental Studies Student of the Year in addition to receiving the John Marshall Scholarship. On top of her play in the field, Croll was further recognized by the NFHCA as a three-time selection to the National Academic Squad while also being named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll.

Working today for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Croll serves as an advisor to the NOAA Chief Scientist and is an additional resource for the United States negotiator for science-related items under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She came to NOAA after a four-year fellowship with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), working alongside the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Water.

Throughout her professional endeavors, Croll has worked on complex environmental policy issues. Those areas of focus include the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, addressing coastal wetland loss, capacity building, and increasing engagement with new partners throughout the private sector. She has served on multiple U.S. delegations for the UNFCCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and World Meteorological Organization. In addition to her environmental studies degree from F&M, she obtained a master's degree in Global Environmental Policy from American University and a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Energy Policy and Climate and National Security Studies.

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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 Centennial Conference Player of the Year honors. An outside hitter to be reckoned with, the four-time All-CC selection stands as one of the most decorated volleyball players in school history.

To give some perspective on the elite company that Phelan keeps, she is one of just seven four-time All-CC players in the 30-year history of the Centennial Conference. During her first season on campus, she became one of just 15 conference rookies to earn first-team All-CC accolades. Phelan is still the only volleyball player at F&M to earn first-team all-conference honors during all four years. She also is one of six players in program history to earn all-region honors during multiple seasons, receiving honorable mention status during her rookie campaign before garnering first-team honors during her All-America campaign.

Phelan's offensive numbers were staggering, as she graduated second in school history in kills (1,505) and still holds that ranking to this day after averaging 3.64 kills per set throughout her Franklin & Marshall career. Having scored 1,656.5 career points, the highest total this century, Phelan also showcased tremendous versatility, as her 1,372 career digs rank third in school history since and eighth all-time.

Opponents were put on notice from the start of Phelan's career that she was going to be an offensive player they needed to shut down. Rarely did that happen as Phelan led the team in kills during each of her four seasons. Just eight times in the now 50-year history of the Franklin & Marshall volleyball program has an individual led the team in both digs and kills during the same season. Fittingly, Phelan and fellow Hall of Fame Class member Meridith Sandherr '95 each accomplished that feat twice to claim 50 percent of those occasions.

Even a decade past her playing career, Phelan's name can be found 30 times in the Franklin & Marshall record book for top single-game and match performances. While most of those instances occurred when she was racking up kills and points on her ascent up the leaderboard, Phelan's famous jump serve was on full display when she registered seven service aces during a 2007 victory over Neumann.

With Phelan leading the way, the Diplomats made three appearances in the Centennial Conference Tournament, 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 and additionally advanced to the ECAC semifinals during that same season.

After her graduation from Franklin & Marshall, Phelan entered a career in education through Philadelphia Teaching Fellows, an alternate certification program that allowed her to earn teaching credentials and a master's of education from Chestnut Hill College while working in a high-needs school in North Philadelphia. Phelan taught high school math for 11 years at a variety of schools, including public and charter schools in urban Philadelphia, an international school in Berlin, and independent boarding and day schools in both Vermont and New York.

Since the summer of 2020, she has held an admissions position at Alzar School, a semester boarding school in rural Idaho. Phelan currently serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Alzar School, but continues to aid students in the classroom as mathematics tutor.

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JENNIFER (PRITCHARD) KEARNEY '09 (Lacrosse)

In sports, there is sometimes a debate about whether the most valuable player needs to come from the best team. Jennifer (Pritchard) Kearney '09 left no argument as she checked both boxes while being named the 2009 Honda Division III Player of the Year. While the individual accolades are great, what meant the most to Kearney was being a part of two national championship teams during the 2007 and 2009 seasons. Her athletic accomplishments were spectacular, as she was named the Division III Attacker of the Year three times throughout her career, representing the top offensive threat in the country during three consecutive national championship appearances.

When you include a team trip to the Elite 8 during her rookie season, Franklin & Marshall went an outstanding 76-8 during Kearney's playing career, including a 35-1 record in Centennial Conference play that resulted in three consecutive conference championships (2007-09). All that winning resulted in a school-record 28 consecutive victories that spanned the 2007-08 seasons. There was also a stretch of 32 consecutive home victories that began during the early part of Kearney's first year on campus and carried into her senior season.

Although Kearney would rather talk about team accomplishments, the individual accolades are too numerous not to include. After leading the Diplomats to their only two national championships, Kearney still stands atop both the F&M and Centennial Conference record books as the all-time leading goal scorer (268) and is the only four-time All-American in program history. During the 2009 season, Kearney scored 68 goals and assisted on 13 others. She scored seven game-winning goals en route to the 2009 national championship, capping her career with four goals in the national championship on just four shots. The best players elevate their game in the high-pressure situations and Kearney certainly did that as her 19 career goals in NCAA Tournament play set a new NCAA postseason record.

The 2007 national championship team will always hold a special place in Franklin & Marshall history. In addition to being the first national championship, what made it doubly special is that those Diplomats went a perfect 21-0. To keep that undefeated season alive, Kearney scored four times during the second half of the 2007 national championship victory over Salisbury.

Kearney stands as one of just five players in program history to reach 300 career points, with two of her teammates – Blake Hargest '10 and Shannon Summers '09 – joining her in that exclusive club. She averaged a hat trick throughout her career, with a 3.19 goals per game average that ranks fourth in school history and is the best since the early founding days of the varsity program.

As evidenced during the 2009 national championship, Pritchard was one of the most efficient shot takers in the country, scoring at that pace while taking just over six shots per game. Kearney scored the game-winning goal in 24 of F&M's 76 wins during her career while also establishing a new school record with 234 draw controls and 51 free-position goals. To this day, the three years in which Kearney was named the national attacker of the year still represent half of the top single-season scoring performances at F&M.

After winning the 2009 national championship and playing in the IWLCA Senior All-Star Game, Kearney moved into the technology world where she sold internet systems to companies. Sticking with sales, she then made the pivot to selling healthcare management software systems to major hospitals and clinics around the country. By her 30th birthday, Kearney was exploring entrepreneurship opportunities with an online consumer direct marketing business that focused on eco-friendly solutions. Now the proud parent of a future lacrosse star, Kearney has started her own consulting business and is working with other moms online to help manage their children's sleep patterns, as a certified pediatric sleep consultant.

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