Philadelphia University Athletics Hall of Fame inducts its 17th class

Philadelphia University Athletics Hall of Fame inducts its 17th class

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Philadelphia University officially inducted its 17th class into the Athletics Hall of Fame Friday night in ceremony held in the Tuttleman Center Auditorium.

The Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2012 is Monica Sortino ’98 (women’s basketball); Vincent Martin Wolanin ’69 (baseball); Janet Trinh (nee Tarpey) ’04, M’05 (women’s lacrosse/women’s soccer), Jim McGilvery ’70 (men’s basketball); and Chris Netzel—who received the Hall’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are honored to celebrate the accomplishments of five individuals,” said Hall of Fame chairperson and Philadelphia University rowing head coach Chris O’Brien. “The Hall of Fame represents the best of the best; Jim, Chris, Monica, Janet, and Vince add even more prestige to an already elite membership.”

A 32-year employee of Philadelphia University, Netzel maintains all of the University’s athletic fields and makes sure that meet NCAA regulations. In the mid-80s Netzel improved the irrigation and water drainage systems at Ravenhill Field—the current home of the men’s and women’s soccer teams and women’s lacrosse—to help make the field ready for competition. He also played a big role in the revitalization of the softball field on the corner of Schoolhouse Lane and Henry Avenue, which included leveling out the field, in 1996.

A three-time All-New York Collegiate Athletic Conference second team selection, Sortino helped the Lady Rams post a 96-29 overall record and qualify for two NCAA Tournament. Entering her junior season, she was tabbed Preseason All-American honorable mention by the Division II Bulletin. In her senior season Sortino earned All-ECAC first team recognition after leading the team to a 25-9 overall record, including a win over nationally-ranked Stonehill in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Sortino is the seventh-highest scorer in program history with 1,573. She is second all-time in with 526 assists and 243 steals.

Wolanin was a star pitcher for the Rams’ baseball team from 1966 until 1968. In his freshman season, Wolanin was the pitcher of record in four of the team’s five wins, including the school’s first-ever win against a major public university—a 2-1 win over Rutgers. A right-handed power pitcher, he led the pitching staff in strikeouts in twice. Wolanin, who is chairman and CEO of PrivateSky Aviation Services , received Philadelphia University’s Lifetime Innovation Award in 2010.

Trinh earned All-American honors in her junior and senior seasons with the women’s lacrosse team. As a junior, she was named to the Inside Lacrosse All-America first team and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America second team. One year later, she was selected to the Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA All-America second teams. Trinh racked up 141 career points, and ranks 11th with 37 assists and 14th with 104 goals. The 2003 and 2005 recipient of the Philadelphia University Athletic Achievement Award, Trinh was a midfielder and a back for the women’s soccer team.

McGilvery was the leader in scoring and rebounding for the 1969-70 national championship basketball team—which entered the Hall of Fame  in 2007. During the 69-70 season, McGilvery averaged 19.5 points and 13.3 rebounds per game for the 29-2 Rams. McGilvery had 19 rebounds and 12 points as the Rams defeated Tennessee State in the national championship game. He is 41st in the career points with 1,101, and grabbed 789 career rebounds. His 412 rebounds in the national championship seasons is third for the most in a single season.

Philadelphia University, founded in 1884, is a private university with 3,600 students enrolled in more than 60 undergraduate and graduate programs. As the model for professional university education, the University prepares students to be leaders in their professions in an active, collaborative and real-world learning environment infused with the liberal arts. Philadelphia University includes the innovative Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce; the College of Architecture and the Built Environment; and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts. PhilaU offers 16 intercollegiate sports competing at the NCAA Division II level: men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, track and tennis; men’s baseball and golf; and women’s lacrosse, rowing, softball and volleyball. The University holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). For more information, go to