2014 Thomas Glasser '82 Hall of Achievement Inductees
- Evan Jones '49 - Cricket, Soccer, Track and Field
- David L. Stubbs '77 - Basketball
- Patricia Dinella McMillan '86 - Tennis
- Amanda Figland '88 - Tennis
- Seamus McElligott '91 - Cross Country, Track and Field
Evan Jones made an instant impact on the Haverford men’s soccer program upon his arrival on campus in 1945. Earning a spot as a starting center forward, Jones averaged an amazing 3.25 points per game over the Fords’ eight-game schedule. Jones, a self-described “goal rat,” helped the Fords finish off the program’s sole undefeated campaign with three goals in the season finale against Johns Hopkins University. His standout freshman season earned him second-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) while Haverford was recognized as one ofthe outstanding collegiate teams of the year by the NCAA.
The first year of Jones’ career was just a preview of what was to come as he attained first-team All-America recognitionin 1946 and 1947. Jones, who was referred to in one loca lpaper in January of 1948 as Haverford’s “ace,” ranks fourth in goals (45) and seventh in points (94) in program history, despite playing an abbreviated schedule due to the scarcity of colleges with organized teams at that time. The captain of the squad in 1947 and 1948, Jones still owns the program records in points per game (2.69) and goals per game (1.29).
An all-around athlete, Jones spent the spring season running sprints for Pop Haddleton’s track team and also playing cricket.
After college, Jones served with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), where he spent a year in charge of food distribution to a camp of 30,000 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip. He then went on to graduate from Wadham College, Oxford in 1952 with an Honours degree in English literature.
Returning to the Philadelphia area, Jones began a teaching career with a first stop at the George School. After subsequent teaching stints at the Putney School and Wesleyan University, Jones moved to England to pursue his dream of becoming a writer.
In a writing career spanning more than 50 years, Jones has authored numerous plays, a six-part television documentary series about the abolition of slavery and 15 screenplays for film including the 1981 movie “Escape to Victory’’ that stars Peleand Sylvester Stallone.
Jones has also written poetry, biographies and novels for children. His poem, “The Song of the Banana Man,’’ has become an unofficial anthem for Jones’ native land of Jamaica. Jones resides in England with his wife Joanna, an actress.
David L. Stubbs was a standout performer during some of the brightest and best years in Haverford College men’s basketball history.
The consummate team player, Stubbs did whatever was necessary to assure a victory by the Fords. He ranks among the program’s career leaders in several categories – rebounds (second,871), field goals made (second, 578), points (tied for third, 1,461), free throws made (seventh, 305) and scoring average (eighth, 15.7points per game). The power forward also owns two of the top-10 best single-season rebounding marks in program history with 240 and 238 in 1974-75 and 1976-77, respectively.
Stubbs, who played for coach Tony Zanin from 1973 to 1977,was an immediate factor in the paint for Haverford hoops as he paced the team in points (17.1 per game), rebounds (11.6 pg), field-goal percentage (.496) and free-throw percentage (.765) as a freshman. He went on to earn honorable mention all-conference honors as a sophomore while helping lead the Fords to the 1975 Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) South Finals.
Haverford made history by putting together three straight seasons with double digit wins in 1975, 1976 and 1977 and Stubbs, a team captain in his junior and senior seasons, was one of the key reasons why as he became the fourth player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark in an 88-79 victory over visiting Western Maryland College on Jan. 24, 1976.
Stubbs’ final season in a Haverford uniform proved to be a historic one as he joined forces with classmate Dick Voith to guide the Fords to their second appearance in the MAC South Finals in the three years while establishing a program mark for wins in a season (18). The Fords won five straight down the stretch on their way to a playoff berth and Stubbs was one of the difference-makers as he delivered some of the finest performances in his career. Zanin recalls Stubbs rising to the occasion with one of the “finest span of games by an individual player in Haverford history.”
The Class of 1977, with Stubbs playing an instrumental role, graduated with a program-record 51 victories on its resume.
Stubbs became the first player in program history to surpass 1,000 points and 700 rebounds over the course of his career – a feat matched by just two players since.
After Haverford, Stubbs went on to graduate school at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania to obtain a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He then moved to Stamford, Conn. to start a career with Champion International in the paper industry. A variety of positions in manufacturing, sales and marketing took Stubbs and his family to several different states before they landed back in Connecticut in 1996.
In 2000, Stubbs began working as a Senior Vice President for Kuehne & Nagel, a global logistics company based in Switzerland. Since 2009, Stubbs has been a partner in a small private equity company, Cambridge Capital, which looks to help small to midsize companies with capital and management capability build their businesses.
Patricia Dinella McMillan was a star on the Haverford College women’s tennis team in the mid-80’s under the direction of head coach Ann Koger. Dinella was a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American, a two-time Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Regional All-American, a four time Middle Atlantic States Conference All-Star, and a four-time recipient of the Philadelphia AIAW Most Outstanding Player award.
The four-year letter winner was the recipient of the 1986 Varsity Cup, presented annually to the outstanding athlete in the senior class. She was the first women’s tennis player at Haverford to receive the Archibald MacIntosh Award and just the third woman to be recognized with the honor, which is presented to the top first-year scholar-athlete. She also garnered Intercollegiate Tennis CoachesAssociation (ITCA) and Middle AtlanticConference Scholar-Athlete status in each of her four years at Haverford.
On the court, Dinella was a dominating force. The English major played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles throughout her entire collegiate career. She went 73-17 in singles and her winning percentage of .811 remains the highest in program history. In 1986, her senior year, Dinella won the fourth most singles matches in a Haverford season going 22-5.
Her best season came as a junior, as the Fords’ top tennis player went 21-5 and received her highest rank from the ITCA. Dinellawas the first women’s tennis player to be ranked in the nation when the national tennis association picked her as the 30th best singles player in Division III. That same year, Dinella went 11-1 in doubles play, which is the best single season winning percentage in doubles action in Haverford history, and earned the duo a No.15 rank in the country. Dinella qualified for the NCAA Championships that year in both singles and doubles.
Dinella was named the Most Valuable Player on the women’s tennis team all four years at Haverford and was selected to be captain during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns. During her time as a Ford, the women’s tennis team never lost more than three matches in a season and went 41-10 in her four years. Dinella posted a career record of 41-10 in doubles, making her .804 doubles winning percentage the second best in school history.
In 1984, Dinella was hired as the first female college tennis professional at The East Hampton Tennis Club and served in the same role for two years.
Following her graduation from Haverford, Dinella worked in financial reporting at Prudential and played tennis on Prudential’s industrial league tennis team. Later, Dinella began a teaching career and spent time as an assistant tennis instructor at the Westfield Indoor Tennis Center. This past year Dinella was named the Bernards High School boy’s assistant tennis coach.
Amanda Figland was a standout on the tennis court from 1985 to 1988 and finished her career with the most victories in Haverford College history. Playing for long-time head coach Ann Koger, Figland won 106 career singles matches, which still stands as the school record, during her tenure with the Fords. The Haddonfield, N.J. native went 106-26 in singles and is the only player in Haverford history to reach the century mark in wins. She graduated as a four-time conference all-star, a two-time ITA All-American,and a two-time Philadelphia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Most Outstanding Player.
During her tennis career, Figland qualified for the NCAA women’s tennis tournament in each of her four seasons at Haverford and was nationally ranked all four years. She went 28-8 in singles action during her senior season and was awarded Haverford’s highest athletic honor, the Varsity Cup. She climbed to No. 9 in the ITCA national poll in 1988, which remains the highest rank for any women’s tennis player at Haverford.
In her junior campaign, Figland captured the Fords’ first, and only, 30-win singles season by going 32-7 and winning the first individual Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championship for the women’s tennis program. As a captain in 1987, Figland directed the team to a program record 19 wins, a record that still stands, and the first MAC team championship.
Figland boasts the top-three winningest seasons in Haverford history. Her 32 wins as a junior is the top mark, with her 28 individual victories as a senior and 25 as a sophomore ranking second and third in the program record books. Her fewest wins in a season of 21 during her rookie campaign is tied for the sixth-most in school history.
The two-time captain and two-time team MVP was also a force in doubles competition. Figland had a career record of 50-19 when playing with a partner and went 18-4 as a sophomore when she joined forces with Patricia Dinella and reached the No.15 rank in the ITCA national poll. She ranks fourth in Haverford women’s tennis history with a career doubles winning percentage of .725.
After graduation, Figland continued to play tennis by joining USTA leagues in the Philadelphia area. She also played league doubles tennis with her college coach, Ann Koger, and is currently playing in a USTA league in New Jersey.
Following her time at Haverford, Figland went to Rutgers-Camden School of Law and received her Juris Doctorate in 1994. For the past 13 years she has been practicing with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, a regional Philadelphia law firm. Figland has focused primarily on family law and insurance defense while practicing in New Jersey.
Seamus McElligott was one of the most decorated cross country and track athletes in Haverford history.
A six-time national champion, McElligott holds the distinction of being the last Division III student-athlete to also earn D-I All-America status (cross country 1990, outdoor track 1991). He captured the D-III cross country title in 1990 and then went on to win both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs in 1990 and 1991, at the outdoor D-III meet. McElligott also won the 5,000 at the 1990 indoor championship.
McElligott, who was posthumously inducted into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's (USTFCCCA) Division III Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame in May of 2013, earned 14 all-America certificates while running for Haverford and set school records that continue to stand in the indoor 3,000 (8 minutes, 10.6 seconds) and 5,000 (14:07.69) and the outdoor 10,000 (29:14.34). Four of McElligott’s performances still rank in the top 10 all-time in D-III history.
A Varsity Cup honoree, McElligott was the MVP of the track team in 1989, 1990 and 1991, and the cross country MVP all four of his years at Haverford during which the Fords captured the Middle Atlantic Conference’s cross country title each season.
In his post-collegiate career McElligott qualified for the finals in the 10,000 at the 1992 Olympic Trials and represented the U.S. at the 1996 World Cross Country Championship in Capetown, South Africa.
McElligott unexpectedly passed away in 1998 at the age of 29. He was a computer consultant who had been accepted by seven law schools and was undecided which to attend at the time of his death.
“Seamus loved to compete and loved to race,” said Haverford cross country and track coach Tom Donnelly. “It never crossed his mind that he might not win a particular race, so he usually went out and did win. He was always totally committed to giving his best effort at all times. It was a joy and privilege to watch Seamus compete.”
Donnelly identifies McElligott as “one of the greatest competitors he has ever coached” in his 39 seasons at the helm of the Haverford cross country and track & field programs.
Many others point to McElligott as a source of inspiration for runners and non-runners alike. He did not miss the opportunity to congratulate a teammate for a new personal best and endeavored to go above and beyond when the team’s success was on the line.
One fellow Haverford athlete from the Class of 1994 reflected “while Seamus’ running talent was unmatched, he also possessed unparalleled perseverance and dedication.” The nominator went on to say, “He was a true superstar, and many in the Haverford community and beyond were in awe of him.”
Haverford began hosting the Seamus McElligott (indoor track) Invitational in 1999 and continues to host the meet where an award is presented annually to the Haverford athlete with the top performance at the Invite.