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Sharon Gish

Coach, Administrator:
Field Hockey, Basketball, and Lacrosse (Inducted:1990-91)

Sharon Gish

Sharon Gish was the driving force in developing a far ranging women's intercollegiate athletic program at Lafayette which continues to thrive today.


In 1971, Gish was named the director of women's athletics at the College. She coached five sports in addition to instructing physical education classes. In her nine year tenure, none of her field hockey, lacrosse, or basketball teams ever had a losing season. Her field hockey teams compiled an outstanding record of 61-22-16, while Gish's lacrosse teams were an impressive 41-16-1. In 1977 her field hockey team competed in the regional EAIAW (Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) tournament. Two years later, her lacrosse team finished fourth in the United States Women's Lacrosse Association Division I national championship. Her finest hour as coach was in 1980 when her lacrosse team won the USWLA Division II national championship.

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