Athletic Hall of Fame

The Moravian Academy Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2015 to honor exemplary student-athletes at the Academy. The Moravian Academy Athletic Hall of Fame honors past student-athletes, teams, coaches, faculty, staff, and friends who have brought distinction through athletics to Moravian Academy and themselves. Consideration will also be given to athletes who display a lasting commitment to the mission of Moravian Academy.

The inductees into the Moravian Academy Athletic Hall of Fame are honored at the John Donmoyer Basketball Tournament each December. The committee welcomes nominations from the greater Moravian Academy community.

2018 Inductees

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  • Member - Kathleen Farrell Connolly '93

    “No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.”  

    This William Blake quote, found on Kathleen’s senior yearbook page, truly illustrates her character and commitment to teamwork on the hockey and soccer fields, as well as on the basketball court.

    Kathleen came to Moravian Academy in 9th grade from St. Thomas More School in Allentown. She was familiar with the campus, as older brother Sean ’91 and several cousins were students at the time.  Her love of sports began while at St. Thomas More, and blossomed while she was at the Upper School. Former soccer coach Kevin Vrabel said, “She had great talents as an athlete and through her positive attitude and commitment to team concepts, she made others around her better athletes and people. Kathleen is one who will be remembered always by her teammates, coaches and opponents.”

    He continued, “Kathleen was the epitome of a Moravian Academy student athlete. She was the most gifted athlete in her class, known as a fierce competitor and the consummate teammate. She was a gifted basketball player who created scoring opportunities for herself and her team but played relentlessly on the defensive end of the court.  She led by example for our soccer program by contributing as a goal scorer and by playing the most challenging position on the field, goalkeeper. It was a tremendous boost to the soccer program during its infancy to have the top athlete in the school be a part of the building process.”

    Kathleen’s success on the basketball court began during her sophomore year when she set a single-season scoring record with 355 points.  She broke that record the following year. During her senior year, with a 60-32 win over Warren Tech, Kathleen became the first basketball player in Moravian Academy history to score 1,000 points.  The 1992 team was also named Penn Jersey League Girls Basketball Champions. She ended her career with 1,327 career points, a record that stood for eight years until she was eclipsed by Hall of Famer Matt Stein ’01. The distinction of being the all-time highest female scorer still remains with Kathleen.

    Of her time at Moravian, Kathleen said, “I thoroughly enjoyed my high school years.  Moravian provided small but dynamic classrooms and hands-on learning. Yes, teachers had their plans but the lessons evolved depending on what individuals brought into the class. That learning style encouraged you to think outside the box and also apply concepts into other areas as well.”

    After earning 12 varsity letters at Moravian Academy, Kathleen received several Division III basketball scholarship offers and ultimately chose to continue her athletic career at Ursinus College, where she majored in communications. She was a four-year player on the varsity basketball team, and the team made it to the NCAA Tournament her sophomore year.  During her sophomore year, she helped to form what would become the school’s first women’s soccer team. The team was granted varsity status her senior year under her leadership as captain.

    Kathleen has called New England home since 1999.  She works for Peppers Artful Events, a catering company in Northborough, MA.

    Ten years ago, she transitioned from their Event Sales & Management team to a part-time position as Staffing & Training Manager.

    She shares, “This allows me the time to volunteer at my children's school and also coach their soccer teams.  It is still a struggle to find the right work-life balance but that is a challenge for everyone, I imagine.”

    She enjoys spending time with her husband, Terry, whom she met in a coed basketball program at the Boston Ski and Sport Club. They reside in Grafton, MA, with sons Joseph, 11; Jack, 9; and Jimmy, 2.  

    “There are many benefits to playing sports: being competitive, teamwork, learning to deal with loss, dedication, determination and strong friendships,” she shared.  Later in life this translates into work and family life. I still play soccer now in an adult league - it is still fun to get the competitive juices flowing and also to socialize after with the team.  I enjoy coaching and playing sports with my sons.  They still haven't really gotten into basketball...but there is still time!”
  • Member - Lynn Iannotta Richardson '85

    Originally from West Chester, PA, Lynn grew up playing field hockey, basketball, softball and lacrosse, developing what would become a life-long love of athletics.  Her father, Steve, worked for Air Products, and moved the family to Bethlehem prior to her freshman year of high school. Moravian Academy was the obvious choice; her mother, Marie (Garbarino), is a 1955 graduate of Moravian Seminary for Girls.

    “I am very thankful that my parents gave me the opportunity to attend Moravian,” shared Lynn. “I truly believe Moravian’s philosophy of developing the mind, body, and spirit, and my parents’ support gave me the necessary foundation to be successful as a student-athlete and now an educator and coach. People like Mr. Devey, Ms. Albarelli, Mrs. Bross, and Mr. Trotter were all excellent examples of compassionate educators and coaches. I admired them, and today model my own educational philosophy after their teachings – It doesn’t matter what you know until they know you care.”

    Asked to describe Lynn’s athleticism, former field hockey coach Debbie Bross said, “She’s the type of player coaches like to have around! The Morning Call ran an article about Lynn her junior year with this title. As her field hockey coach, these were my sentiments, and I am sure her coaches in basketball and softball felt the same way. She was highly skilled and positive to her teammates, quickly giving Moravian Academy a reputation for winning.”

    The pinnacle of her high school athletic career was the November 1984 field hockey finals match-up, in which Lynn hammered home the overtime game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Lackawanna Trail. Of the victory, a Sunday Call-Chronicle reporter said, “The Cinderella slipper fit and Moravian Academy is wearing its PIAA Class AA State Championship field hockey crown regally...Little Moravian Academy - with all of 216 students, 110 of them girls - may play an independent schedule and keep its caliber of field hockey a secret for most of the season, but now District 11 and the entire state know just how good the Lions are.” 

    A gifted athlete, Lynn went on to compete at the University of Delaware in both field hockey and lacrosse, earning conference and regional accolades.  It was a déjà vu moment her senior year, when she again scored the winning goal in the 1988 East Coast Conference Championship in field hockey. The team went on to the NCAA Tournament but lost to Penn State in the opening round.  

    Following graduation, with a degree in health and physical education, she coached field hockey at a few schools including Saucon Valley Middle School and Haverford College.  She began her tenure at Polytech High School (Woodside, DE) in 1991 as a health and physical education teacher, and later earned a Master of Education in School Counseling from Wilmington University in 1996.  She is currently one of the school’s guidance counselors and coach of the field hockey team and lacrosse team, a program that she started in 2010.

    Just days before the 2013 lacrosse season, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Throughout the spring and summer, she had surgery and treatments, beginning chemotherapy just before field hockey season.  Yet she persevered, and never missed time on the sidelines.

    “Coaching was probably the best medicine during the course of everything I was going through,” shared Lynn.  “It kept me going…It was a distraction for me.”

    That year, both her lacrosse and field hockey teams made it to the state finals.  Fittingly, Lynn was named the Tubby Raymond Coach of the Year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association.

    She reflected, “The connections and lessons learned through my participation in sports are numerous. Athletics have taught me so much about life. Things like being a team player, commitment, integrity, losing and not liking it, improving through practice and hard work, never giving up, and that communication and attitude are everything.” 

    Lynn currently resides in Wyoming, DE, with her husband, Lenny, whom she met while at the University of Delaware.  Their son, Sean, is a senior at the University of Delaware, majoring in health and behavioral science, and their daughter, Katie, is a junior at Clemson University, majoring in pre-health science.

2017 Inductees

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  • Member - Allison Nicholson ’98

    If you look at Allison’s senior yearbook page, you will see the following Fred Shero quote – “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion.  You must first set yourself on fire.” And by all accounts, she was an athletic inferno, blazing across the field hockey field, the basketball court and the softball diamond.

    A natural athlete, Allison recalls at a young age being the only girl on the boys’ travelling soccer team and Little League baseball team.  It was in 6th grade that she was encouraged to try field hockey, a sport she continued throughout her years at the Upper School.  She also added softball and basketball to the mix.  
     
    "While no doubt exists about Allison's physical prowess as a three sport athlete who earned 12 varsity letters in her four years at Moravian Academy, only those who saw her in person can appreciate her leadership skills on and off the playing fields,” says former Upper School Director Joe Chandler.  Described by many as a “gentle leader” or “reluctant hero,” Allison’s athletic success was not inspired by winning, but by embracing the concept of the team and cherishing the relationships that were made.
     
    By her senior year at MA, she was a captain for all three teams and earned MVP awards for each sport.  Additionally, she was named to Colonial League second team in field hockey, qualified to play in the VIA All Star Senior Classic basketball game, and hit 4 homeruns during her final softball season.
     
    Former softball coach Kevin Ballard says, “I always told people that Allison was the greatest athlete that ever graced the playing fields and courts at Moravian Academy.  Some of the plays that she made at shortstop had [us] just smiling and shaking our heads.  Our problem was that she was such a good pitcher that we couldn't use her at shortstop enough!” 
     
    A “lifer,” she feels that MA was the right place for her, and loved being a student. “A love of learning was instilled in us from the time we were in Kindergarten, and, because of this, we approached all subjects with an open mind. I knew when I graduated that I was equipped to succeed in whatever field I chose because I had everything I needed at my fingertips. All I had to do was put it into action. Things weren't always easy, but we learned to keep a positive attitude and then anything is possible.” 
     
    She was encouraged by then Athletic Director Betsy Wilson to look at Ursinus College, and was ultimately recruited for field hockey and later added softball.  During her tenure there, she was named a Patriot League Player of the Week, as well as a member of the Patriot League Field Hockey Honor Roll.  
     
    Much to the delight of coach Debbie Bross, after graduating with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, Allison returned to MA as assistant varsity field hockey coach and a long-term substitute post in the Lower School.  She later became an assistant teacher in pre-K, and added softball and girls’ basketball to her coaching responsibilities.  In 2005, she filled the role of Director of Alumni Relations, a position she would hold for five years. Additionally, she fulfilled several terms on the Alumni Association Executive Board, and continues to volunteer as a liaison with the Class of 1998.
     
    Today, Allison enjoys life in Quakertown, PA, with husband Pete and sons Drew, 7, and Alex, 5.
     
     
      
     
  • Member - Matt Stein '01

    Matt came to Moravian Academy in 9th grade for academics, not basketball, but nonetheless became the first 1000+ point scoring boys’ player in school history. He left Moravian with 1393 career points and was the all-time leading scorer until 2014. Always humble, he credits legendary coach John Donmoyer with his scoring milestone and the success of the team.

    Former athletic director Jim Tiernan maintains that Matt was one of the finest student athletes he has ever met, citing his work ethic, steady demeanor, belief in the team, and determination.

    “Of course Matt was a terrific athlete, but what I remember most about him was how good a teammate he was,” says former basketball coach Kevin Ballard. “In fact, [head coach] John Donmoyer and I had several conversations about what we could do to get Matt to be more selfish. He was always more concerned about his fellow players than with his personal statistics and accolades even when we needed him to do more scoring. Matt was the perfect player for Coach Donmoyerthey were both such gentlemen on and off the court.”

    He also excelled on the tennis court, and played in a District 11 doubles final. His senior year, the boys’ tennis team had a 20-0 record. They were Colonial League Champions and won the District 11 Team Championship. The entire squad, including Matt, was named Colonial League All Stars.

    Of his time at Moravian, he says, “I have such good memories, and got things at Moravian that I wouldn’t have been able to get elsewhere. It was a place that allowed me to compete athletically within an environment of learning and academics. I was set up well to do that on the college level, too.”

    After leaving MA, he continued his athletic career at Haverford College, where he was a four year starter on the basketball team and again achieved 1000+ career points. The senior captain finished top 10 all-time in points, rebounds and steals, and top 5 all-time in field goal percentage and blocked shots. He was also a 4-year varsity tennis player, serving as captain his senior year. In 2005, he was named a recipient of Haverford’s Gregory Kannerstein ’63 Award for recognition of outstanding athletic achievement and leadership.  

    He graduated from Haverford College with a B.S. in biology, determined to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. After graduating from NYU School of Medicine, he completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of South Florida, and a sports medicine fellowship through the Rothman Institute and Jefferson University. Through this fellowship, he provided team coverage for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, and Philadelphia Phillies. 

    Today, Matt is in private practice in Saratoga Springs, NY, specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and general orthopedics. Widely published, his work has been presented at both national and international meetings on topics such as distal biceps tears, ACL reconstruction, and cartilage restoration procedures.

    Matt currently resides in upstate NY, and enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, and children—Gabe, Lena, and Eli.
     
     
     
     
     
     

2016 Inductees

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  • Member - Mark A. Devey ’81

    A “prolific” goal scorer, Mr. Devey recorded an amazing 58 goals during the 1980 soccer season and appeared in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” after amassing 14 goals in two matches.

    A powerful offensive and defensive force, during his senior year Mr. Devey earned national recognition when he was named to the All-State, Regional All-American, Parade magazine All-American and McDonald’s All-American teams. He was also offered a professional contract with the famed Tampa Bay Rowdies while still in high school.

    Upon graduating from Moravian Academy in 1981, Mr. Devey played every minute of every game as the center forward with the U-23 United States National Soccer Team on an international tour and scored the first-ever goal for the United States in World Cup play.

    That phenomenal goal led to a flood of professional offers. However, he turned down opportunities from the North American Soccer League and the Major Indoor Soccer League to attend The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to further his education. While his college soccer career was marred by several injuries, Mr. Devey was still named All-ACC, All-South, and graduated as the all-time leading scorer at UNC. He is listed as one of The Express-Times Top 100 Athletes of the 20th Century.

    Mr. Devey earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UNC and an MA in Educational Leadership from Columbia University. He thoroughly enjoyed teaching and serving in the administration at independent schools across the country. He recently returned to the area to take on the role of headmaster at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA.
  • Member - Katherine “Katie” Krum ’00

    As an Upper School student, Ms. Krum was a standout on the soccer team. She also played club soccer for FC Delco Fear and represented eastern PA as part of the Youth Soccer Association State Select Team.

    After battling chronic compartmental syndrome 1996-1998 and ultimately having surgery, Ms. Krum returned the next season and traveled to France and Italy with the U.S. Women's Olympic Development Team (under 17).

    In 1999, she was named The Morning Call Player of the Year, helping the team into District playoffs for the first time in the history of the program. She was also featured in the March 1999 issue of Soccer America. In 2000, she was named to both the Girls All-State and Girls All-America teams by the PA Soccer Coaches Association.
    In December 1999, Ms. Krum signed a letter of intent to continue her scholastic and playing career at Princeton University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history, she went on to earn an MS in Integrated Marketing from New York University.

    Ms. Krum is currently the Senior Director of Global Engagement at Under Armour and manages the content and engagement for Under Armour’s Connected Fitness ecosystem. This includes MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and Under Armour Record. She previously held similar positions at Marriott Hotels and Nickelodeon. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Harry.
  • Honorary Member - James "Jim" Tiernan

    Mr. Tiernan served as Moravian Academy’s Athletic Director from 1996 to 2010. Under his tenure, the athletics program was expanded through partnerships and alliances with Notre Dame (Green Pond) High School and Wilson Area High School. He was also instrumental in Moravian’s entrance into the Colonial League.

    He was best known for the great care he took when making his coaching selections. In fact, he hired John Donmoyer, after whom the annual tournament is named.

    Mr. Tiernan once said, "People demand competent teaching, and they deserve competent coaching.” That competence was the key to athletic success with Mr. Tiernan at the helm with accomplishments including:
    • Colonial League and District XI individual and team golf championships
    • Colonial League and District XI singles, doubles, and team tennis championships
    • 2002 boys' tennis team State Championship
    • Colonial League and District XI field hockey championships
    • Penn Jersey League cross country championships
    • District XI track and field championships
    • Several 1,000+ point careers in basketball, including 2001 alumnus Matt Stein’s all-time high of 1,393 (a record held until 2014, when broken by Luke Gutekunst ’14 with 1,496)
    Additionally, Mr. Tiernan was a key figure in researching sites for what is now the Athletic & Wellness Center. Prior to his position at Moravian, he spent 31 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic director at Pen Argyl.
  • Team - 2002 State Championship Boys’ Tennis Team

    In the 2002 PIAA Class 2A state tennis playoffs, the Wyoming Seminary boys' tennis team lost 3-1 to Moravian Academy. Moravian swept all three singles matches to secure the semifinals win. Wyoming won one of the doubles matches, and the second doubles match was halted with the outcome of the overall match already decided. The competition had to be moved to Penn State's indoor facility because of the rain.

    Moravian Academy advanced to the finals with basically the same team that had lost to Wyoming 3-2 in the previous year's state tournament. Samir Ghia, Chris Balshi, and Drew Balshi won in singles for Moravian.

    Moravian took the 2A title in dramatic fashion, 3-2, over ELCO. Playing in cold and blustery conditions, ELCO and Moravian each took two points, setting up a decisive singles showdown between ELCO's Andy Vo and Moravian's Drew Balshi. After the players split the first two sets, Balshi, a freshman, took control in the third set and won 6-3 to give Moravian its first-ever PIAA team tennis championship.

    Of the win, Drew Balshi said, “Honestly, I didn't want the team score to come down to my match, but it did and everything turned out all right.”

    The team, coached by Tom Schoeninger, included:
    Rakesh Amin ’04
    Andrew Balshi ’05
    Chris Balshi ’02
    Steve Bloom ’02
    Eric Bourassa ’05
    Geoff Finger ’02
    Samir Ghia ’02
    Greg Stepniak ’05
    Jared Surnamer ’05
    Sanjeev Thakrar ’05
    Nick Yukich ’03
    Rahul Yukich ’05

2015 Inductees

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  • Member - John Donmoyer

    John Donmoyer was an incredible District 11 boys' basketball coach with an overall career record of 624-423 over 40 seasons. His 1,047 varsity games coached was also a local record.


    Donmoyer came to Moravian Academy after his “retirement” as a math teacher and basketball coach at Allentown’s William Allen High School. He had been at Allen for eight seasons as the junior varsity coach under the legendary J. Milo Sewards and 23 seasons as varsity head coach. In his 17 seasons as coach, the Lions qualified for the district 11 tournament with a .500 or better record 14 times. He coached six 1,000-point scorers during his tenure at Moravian.

    Donmoyer, a member of the Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame, passed away in August 2014.
  • Honorary Member - Elisabeth “Betsy” Wilson

    Betsy Wilson was the athletic director at Moravian Academy for 14 years. During her tenure, she established solid relationships with local schools, which paved the way for membership in the Colonial League.

    While here, she coached girls' basketball at the Middle School and varsity level, as well as varsity softball. She has been an official for 50 years in field hockey, basketball and softball, and has been inducted into both the Lehigh Valley Softball Hall of Fame and Lehigh Valley Basketball Hall of Fame. She was also the first umpire to be inducted into the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

    Wilson has worked with members of the PIAA staff and Board of Directors for over 25 years particularly in the areas of officiating and field hockey rules interpretation. According to the PIAA Executive Director, “Betsy has unequivocally helped raise the standards of field hockey officiating as we know it today, both on a statewide and national level.”
  • Team - The 1984 State Championship Field Hockey Team

    This team has the distinction of being the only state champion field hockey squad in school history.

    In a November 1984 finals match up, senior powerhouse Lynn Iannotta hammered home the overtime game-winner in a 1-0 victory over Lackawanna Trail. Of the victory, a Sunday Call-Chronicle reporter said, “The Cinderella slipper fit and Moravian Academy is wearing its PIAA Class AA State Championship field hockey crown regally ... Little Moravian Academy—with all of 216 students, 110 of them girls—may play an independent schedule and keep its caliber of field hockey a secret for most of the season, but now District 11 and the entire state know just how good the Lions are.”

    Coach: Debbie Bross

    Players:
    Denise Adomshick Target '85 
    Liz Alberti '86 
    Judi Cassel '86 
    Abby Detweiler '86 
    Jackie Farley Fisher '86
    Lisa Farley Murray '88 
    Kim Figore Michelson '87
    Emilie Heck Petrone '87 
    Courtney Howell McDonnell '87
    Monica Hudimac '86 
    Lynn Ianotta Richardson '85
    Susan McCann Blair '85
    Liz Newton Woolley '86 
    Amy Normington Bowser '87   
    Lisa Rushton '85
    Jennifer Smackey '86
    Wendy Thompson Sheetz '85


Athletic Hall of Fame Induction 2018

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Athletic Hall Fame Awards Categories

Players & Coaches - Must have graduated at least 5 years prior to selection to the Athletic Hall of Fame. Current coaches and staff are not eligible until they have left their active position with the school.

Honorary Member – Athletic Directors, trainers, assistant coaches, equipment managers, any other individuals (including former players) who have made significant contributions or who have provided significant support to Moravian Academy athletics

Team - Must be a specific sport for a specific year (i.e. 1984 State Championship field hockey team) Team must have won state or consecutive district titles.

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