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Athletes, coaches honored during 15th Athletic Hall of Fame

The Haverford School honored eight former athletes, one coach, and two teams during the 15th Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 29. Hall of Fame Co-chairmen Henry M. Stringer ’66 and Gerhard T. van Arkel ’79 led the induction ceremony, which was held in the School’s Field House.

Charles Ball ’80, Rick Campbell ’87, Brian Crochiere ’83, Bill Fitzgerald ’80, Ed Garno ’87, John Ibbetson ’78, Matt Mayock ’85, and Peter Mayock ’83 were inducted for their illustrious athletic careers at The Haverford School. Coach Bruce Kennett, former wrestling coach from 1995-2016, the 1957 varsity four crew, and the 1978-79 squash team were also honored for their success during their time at the School.

“Our list of inductees includes coaches, athletes, and teams who set a standard of excellence,” said Headmaster Dr. John Nagl. “Their example continues to motivate and inspire today’s boys.”  

To be inducted into The Haverford School’s Athletic Hall of Fame, the candidate must first be nominated. The eligibility requirements include being a student/coach at the School for at least two years, earning a letter in at least one varsity sport, and earning either All-Inter-Ac or receiving state or national honors in a sport.

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Inductee details:

Charles Ball ’80 earned seven varsity letters in wrestling and tennis during his time at Haverford. Of his many successes, he was the National Prep Champion in both 1979 and 1980. He had an overall wrestling record of 83-9 during his years at The Haverford School, and was undefeated in post-season matches in 1979 and 1980. Ball was named All-Inter-Ac in 1979 and 1980 and earned All-City honors in 1980. He also was named to the All-Main Line teams in 1979 and 1980, and to the All-Suburban team in 1979 and 1980. In both 1979 and 1980, Ball won the Philadelphia Area Private School Invitational and the Radnor Holiday Tournament. On the tennis court, Ball was part of the Inter-Ac Championship team in 1978 and was undefeated during the 1980 regular season.

Rick Campbell ’87 received 11 letters in soccer, squash, and lacrosse. He served as the captain of the soccer team in 1986 and was a member of the 1983 Inter-Ac Championship team. In both 1985 and 1986 he was named All-Inter-Ac, All-Main Line, All-Suburban, and the South East Pennsylvania All-Star Team for his work on the soccer field. He also received All-City honors in 1986. Campbell served as the captain of the squash team in 1986 and 1987 and was named All American during those years. He was All-Inter-Ac in 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987. In the same years, he also won the High School Team National Championship. Finally, he was undefeated without losing a single game in 1984 and 1985. He went on to play soccer and squash at Trinity College.

Brian Crochiere ’83 earned four letters in swimming and diving. He was named a National High School All-American in 1983 and All-Inter-Ac Diving in 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983. Crochiere was a Pennsylvania State Champion in 1983 and in the same year earned a National Silver Medal in the one-meter event and a National Bronze Medal in the three-meter event. Crochiere went undefeated in dual meet season and Inter-Ac Championships in 1980, 1991, 1982, and 1983. Crochiere won YMCA All-American in 1982 and 1983 for the one meter and three meter events. He currently holds all Haverford School diving records. Crochiere was a member of the University of Virginia swimming and diving team.

Bill Fitzgerald ’80 received seven letters in football, basketball, and crew. On the football field, Fitzgerald received All-Inter-Ac, All-Main Line, and All-City honors in 1979. He also was named a National Football Foundation Honoree in the same year. He also received All-Main Line honors for his skills on the basketball court in 1980. Fitzgerald served as a captain of the crew team during the 1980 season. During the same year, he won the Varsity Crew Schoolboy National Championship and competed in the Junior World championships in Belgium. Fitzgerald was also a member of the 1979 team that won the Varsity Crew Schoolboy National Championship. Fitzgerald went on to row crew at Harvard and served as a captain during the 1983-’84 season. He also won a NCAA National Rowing Championship in 1983 with the Crimson.

Ed Garno ’87 received nine varsity letters in football, baseball, and tennis. He was named All Inter-Ac in football (1986), baseball (1987), and tennis (1982, 1983, and 1984). After graduating from Haverford, Garno played football at the University of Virginia.

John Ibbetson Jr. ’78 earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, and track and field. He was the captain of the football team in 1977, the same year he was named All-City, All-Inter-Ac, All-Main Line, and All-Suburban. Ibbetson was also named All-Inter-Ac in 1978 in Basketball. He currently holds the School’s record in the High Jump event with a jump of 6’7.5” and set the Inter-Ac record of 6’6 at the 1978 championships. During his time on the track and field team, he earned All-City in 1978 and was the Inter-Ac Champion for the High Jump Event in 1977 and 1978. Ibbetson played football and indoor track and field at Swarthmore College.

Coach Bruce Kennett was a Haverford School teacher, coach, advisor, and physical education department chair during his time at the School. He was the head wrestling coach for 21 years with a 306-127 record. He coached four Pennsylvania Independent School Tournament Championship Teams (2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006), one Beast of the East Champion, and six top ten placings at Nationals. He also produced thirteen Pennsylvania State Prep Champions and coached the 2004 Inter-Ac Wrestling Champions. He was voted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in April 2018.

Matt Mayock ’85 received ten letters in football, basketball and baseball. He earned All-Inter-Ac honors in 1983 and 1984, All-City in 1984, and All-Main Line in 1983 and 1984. He was also named to the All-Decade All-City Football team for the 1980s. Mayock served as a captain of the 1984 baseball team. During the same year, he was given All-Inter-Ac and All-Main Line honors. He was a three-year starter for Bucknell’s football team and served as a student assistant coach in 1988. He received the Ranear Shield Award in 1984.

Peter Mayock ’83 earned ten letters in football, basketball, and baseball during his tenure at The Haverford School. He received All-Inter-Ac in football (1982), basketball (1983), and baseball (1982, 1983). He also earned All-Main Line (1981, 1982) and All-Suburban (1981, 1982) in football. He served as the captain of the basketball and baseball teams during the 1983 season. He received All-Main Line in 1982 and 1983 and All-Suburban in 1982 and 1983 for his play on the basketball court. As a member of the baseball team, he earned both All-Main Line and All-Suburban honors in 1982 and 1983. He received the Rainear Shield Award in 1983 and went on to play football and basketball at Dickinson College.

The 1957 Varsity Four finished the season as winners of four United States Regattas: American Schoolboy National Championship, Philadelphia City Championship, Stotesbury Regatta Championship, and the Schuylkill Navy Regatta Championship. The 1957 Varisty Four was the only American high school Varsity Four oared crew invited to race at the international Henley Royal Regatta in England and the only Haverford sweep crew to ever advance to the quarterfinals.

The 1978-79 Squash Team finished the season with an overall record of 20-2-1 and went undefeated in Inter-Ac play (8-0). The team also finished as the Choate Invitational Team Champions, making them the number one team in the country. In league competition, the team lost only four individual matches and shut out every team at least once. Notable wins came against Lehigh, Exeter, and Choate. Seven members of the team went on to play collegiately, six of whom played for national championship-winning teams.