The Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame announced the election of four new members today, including current Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics Tom Shirley. Joining Shirley as members of the Class of 2007 are the 1970 Men’s Basketball Team, which won the school’s lone national championship, former two-sport standout Melissa DerPilbosian and former men’s basketball player Mike Louden. The inductees will be formally introduced at the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, October 5th, at the University’s Athletic & Recreation Center.
Shirley, who will enter his 19th year as the head women’s basketball coach at the University this season and 27th year overall, has compiled a 537-236 (.695) record. This includes 16 consecutive postseason appearances including a berth in the 2007 ECAC Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament last spring as the Lady Rams advanced to the championship game. During his stellar career, Shirley has coached four All-Americans including 1994 NCAA Division II Player of the Year Tammy Greene, as well as 15 players to score 1,000 points or more in their respective careers. He has also led the Lady Rams to 20 or more victories in 15 of 18 seasons, highlighted by a 27-2 mark in 1992-93 that earned Shirley Division II Coach of the Year honors. As an administrator at the University, Shirley has overseen one of the top NCAA Division II programs in the nation and was instrumental in the University’s opening of the new $18 million Athletic & Recreation Center last fall. In addition, he was honored in June as the AstroTurf Division II Athletic Director of the Year for his efforts with the University.
The 1970 Men’s Basketball Team remains the most celebrated team in the school’s illustrious history, capturing the national championship with a 76-65 win over Tennessee State. Under the guidance of Head Coach Herb Magee, the Rams lost two of their first three contests during that magical season, only to post 28 consecutive victories to finish with a 29-2 overall record. Led by the senior trio of Jim McGilvery, Carlton Poole and captain John Pierantozzi, the Rams’ margin of victory through the NCAA Tournament was 23.8 ppg. McGilvery led the team in scoring and rebounding with 19.5 ppg and 13.3 rpg while Poole added 17.9 ppg to go along with 11.5 rpg.
DerPilbosian was one of the top two-sport athletes in the history of the University, earning women’s lacrosse All-America honors in 1997 and 1998.
She concluded her stellar Lady Rams’ lacrosse career as the program’s all-time leading scorer, compiling 266 points while her 199 career goals also mark a school record. Her 68 goals as a freshman in 1995 is the second-best single-season total in school history while her 30 assists in 1998 as a senior also ranks second in school history. Not to be outdone, the Cherry Hill East (N.J.) High product also put together a solid career on the soccer field as well for the Lady Rams, earning New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC) All-Conference honors as a junior and senior. She capped her soccer career as one of the top defenders in school history, tallying five career goals and four career assists.
Louden was a four-year letterwinner for Magee’s men’s basketball team, helping the Rams to 76 victories during his standout career. He currently holds the school record with 284 career steals while his 669 career assists rank second all-time and his 1,495 career points rank 19th all-time. It was the 1988-89 season, however, that put Louden on the map as he scored a then-school-record 712 points, earning first-team All-America honors. He also added 111 steals that season, which also marked a school-record at the point, helping the Rams to a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament. For his efforts as a senior, the Cardinal O’Hara (Pa.) graduate was also named the Mideast Collegiate Conference MVP for both the regular season as well as the postseason tournament while also being named the Herb Good Small College Player of the Year.
With the induction of the Class of 2007, the Philadelphia University Athletic Hall of Fame is now comprised of 60 individuals and teams representing 11 athletic programs as well as University administration. Tickets for the 2007 Philadelphia University Hall of Fame Dinner are available for $70.00 and may be purchased by calling the University athletic department directly at (215) 951-2720.