Jan. 24, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The 2013 induction class to the Varsity Club Hall of Fame was announced today, and nine former student-athletes will be formally inducted during the 38th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Saturday, March 1 at the Connelly Center. In addition to the nine new Hall of Fame members the Jake Nevin Award will be presented to longtime university and athletics administrator Rev. William McGuire, O.S.A.
The members of the 2013 Hall of Fame induction class represent eight sports and each of the inductees has carved out a unique place for themselves among the all-time Villanova greats. The inductees for 2013 are Scott Chisholm (men's lacrosse), Lou Dearstyne (men's swimming & diving), Brian Finneran (football), Doug Nevins (men's soccer), Becky Spies (women's track & field), Chrissy Thomas (field hockey), Jim White (baseball), Alvin Williams (men's basketball) and Tosha Woodward (women's track & field).
Tickets for the Hall of Fame Awards dinner on March 1 are $60 for adults and $25 for children. The honorees of the 2013 Hall of Fame class will also be recognized at halftime of the men's basketball game against Marquette on Sunday, March 2, at Wells Fargo Center.
Below, in alphabetical order, are capsules of each of the 10 honorees.
Scott Chisholm (Men's Lacrosse, Class of 1994)
During his collegiate career Chisholm was a prolific part of the Villanova offense and he compiled totals of 82 goals, 23 assists and 105 points while picking up 143 ground balls. At the time of his graduation Chisholm was among the career Wildcats leaders in both goals scored and points. As a junior in 1993 he was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American after finishing the season with 27 goals and nine assists while averaging 2.77 points and 2.08 goals per contest. Chisholm was presented with the lacrosse team's prestigious Jim Jones Memorial Award as a senior in 1994 and was also chosen to play in the North/South Senior All-Star Game.
Lou Dearstyne (Men's Swimming & Diving, Class of 1990)
A school record holder in both the 100 and 200 yard freestyle, Dearstyne was the first swimmer ever to win the same event at the BIG EAST Championships for four consecutive years. He was a four-time conference champion in the 200 freestyle and as a senior in 1990 set the school record of 1:37.70 in the event. Dearstyne also holds the Villanova mark in the 100 freestyle (44.71 in 1989) and won conference titles in that event in both 1988 and 1989. He also was a four-time BIG EAST relay champion, swimming a leg on the winning 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay in both 1987 and 1989. During his career Dearstyne won several medals in the freestyle events at the Eastern Intercollegiate Swim Championships and was chosen as the Wildcats team MVP in both 1989 and 1990. He was also named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team in 1987 and 1988.
Brian Finneran (Football, Class of 1998)
As a senior in 1997, Brian Finneran won the Walter Payton Award which is presented annually to the top player in FCS football. He was the first person in school history to win the award and remains the only wide receiver to ever win the prestigious honor. Finneran led Villanova to an undefeated regular season in 1997 and finished the year with 96 receptions for single-season school records of 1,389 yards and 19 touchdowns. He was a first team All-American and a first team All-Atlantic 10 and All-ECAC selection as a senior, after also winning those same honors as a junior one year earlier. Finneran holds 14 school records overall, including the career marks for receptions (265), receiving yards (3,872) and receiving touchdowns (34). As a junior in 1996, Finneran tallied 81 receptions for 1,207 yards and eight touchdowns to firmly establish himself as one of the nation's top offensive players. Following his collegiate career Finneran went on to play 12 years in the NFL, including 10 seasons with the Atlanta Falcons from 2000-10.
Doug Nevins (Men's Soccer, Class of 1996)
Nevins was a two-time All-BIG EAST selection during his career, earning first team honors as a senior in 1995 as well as second team accolades as a sophomore in 1993. In addition to the All-Conference nod as a senior Nevins was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year that season, and is the only player in school history to win the award. He was a two-time team captain in 1994 and 1995 and as a senior was named the Villanova Male Athlete of the Year. Nevins holds the school record for assists in a season with 12 and led the team in scoring as a senior despite playing primarily as a defender. During his career he was also named an NSCAA Regional All-American and was the 1994 and 1995 Philadelphia Soccer Seven Academic Player of the Year. Following his graduation, Nevins played professionally for the Jersey Riptide, the Philadelphia Freedom and the Philadelphia Kixx.
Becky Spies (Women's Track & Field, Class of 1995)
During one of the most successful periods in program history Spies was a top runner for Villanova. She was part of the Wildcats distance medley relay squad that won an indoor national championship in 1995 and was also one of the five scoring runners for NCAA champion cross country teams three straight years from 1992-94. In addition to her success on the national level Spies was a nine-time BIG EAST champion, winning six titles indoors and three more outdoors. She won two titles each in the 1000 meters and the 1500 meters, while also being a part of five conference champion relays. Spies was also a part of six Penn Relays championship teams, including the 4x1500 meter relay three straight years (1993-95) as well as the distance medley relay (1994-95) and the 4x800 meter relay (1995). Overall, Spies was a six-time All-American during her career and was also the ECAC indoor champion in the 1000 meters. She was also a three-time selection to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team and a recipient of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, in addition to being one of just three individuals ever from Villanova to be named a Rhodes Scholar.
Chrissy Thomas (Field Hockey, Class of 1995)
Thomas holds the program record for career shutouts with 26 and is also the single-game record holder for saves with 29. She played 5,248 career minutes in goal for the Wildcats and registered career marks that included a 1.29 goals-against average, an .863 save percentage and 35 victories to go along with the 26 shutouts. As a senior in 1994, Thomas earned second team All-BIG EAST honors. She also was a two-time All-Mid Atlantic Region selection, winning second team accolades in 1991 and first team honors in 1992. During her sophomore campaign in 1992, Villanova posted a record of 12-8, including a 4-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
Jim White (Baseball, Class of 1985)
White was a .361 hitter during his Villanova career and ranks eighth in school history in career batting average. He played in 111 career games and finished his career with 28 doubles, two triples and seven home runs to go along with 116 runs scored, 72 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases in 18 tries. White helped lead the Wildcats to the ECAC South Division playoffs in 1981, when he batted .312 with seven doubles, 26 runs scored and 22 walks. As a senior in 1985 he led the BIG EAST with a .413 average and added 30 runs scored, 21 runs batted in, six doubles and two home runs.
Tosha Woodward (Women's Track & Field, Class of 1995)
Woodward was a top runner for Villanova during her career and graduated as an eight-time All-American and five-time Penn Relays champion. She was a part of NCAA champion cross country teams in 1993 and 1994 and also ran the 800 meters leg of the Wildcats national champion distance medley relay during the 1995 indoor season. At the 1995 Penn Relays, Woodward helped Villanova win Championship of America titles in the 4x800 meter relay, the 4x1500 meter relay and the distance medley relay. Her other Penn Relays titles came in 1993 (4x800 relay) and 1994 (distance medley relay). Woodward ran the third-fastest 800 meters in school history (2:01.69) and also anchored the Wildcats sprint medley relay to a school-record time of 3:45.45 during the 1994 outdoor season. She was also an eight-time BIG EAST champion who won four individual conference titles in the 800 meters as well as four relay championships.
Alvin Williams (Men's Basketball, Class of 1997)
During his standout Villanova career Williams scored 1,423 points and was a part of teams that posted a combined 95-37 record over four years. He was an honorable mention All-American as a senior in 1997, when he also earned first team All-BIG EAST honors. Williams averaged 17.1 points and 3.8 assists per game as a senior and that season became the first Wildcats player in more than 20 years to score 30 or points in consecutive games. He helped lead Villanova to an NIT title as a freshman in 1994, as well as the BIG EAST Championship title in 1995. Williams ranks 29th on the all-time Villanova scoring list and is also third in school history with 553 assists. He led the team in assists three straight seasons and started the final 67 games of his collegiate career. His individual accolades include being named a first team USBWA All-District selection and a first team All-BIG EAST pick. Williams was also the winner of the Geasy Award in 1997. Williams played in the NBA from 1997-2007 with the Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.
Reverend William A. McGuire, O.S.A. (Jake Nevin Award Winner)
Reverend William A. McGuire, O.S.A. was a longtime university and athletics administrator at Villanova and during his time on campus was a passionate supporter of the Wildcats baseball team. He first came to Villanova in 1979 as an Assistant Director of Admission and later in his career was appointed Senior Vice President for Administration in 1998, a position responsible for oversight of the offices of Budget, Finance, Facilities, Public Safety, Human Resources and Auxiliary Services. Prior to being appointed a University Vice President, McGuire was an Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, an assistant director in the Athletics Department and the founding Dean of the Office of Enrollment Management and Continuing Studies.
Father McGuire held his position of Vice President for eight years and worked tirelessly to foster improvement throughout the university's administrative areas. During this time, he also chaired the University's Administrative Planning and Budget Committee, provided valued counsel to the University president and Board of Trustees and was a member of many boards of Augustinian high school and colleges.
Following a sabbatical in 2006, Father McGuire served the Augustinian community as treasurer of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova until 2009. Upon his retirement the alumni and friends of the baseball team created the Reverend William A. McGuire, O.S.A. Endowed Fund to support the program's operational needs. Father McGuire remained a visible presence on campus as a resident of the Monastery and a fixture at basketball and baseball games. Father McGuire passed away in January 2012.