Four To Join Maroon Club Hall of Fame

Sept. 25, 2017

EASTON, Pa. -- Charles Harmon Brown '52, Matt Rutt '97, Linda Sansone '88 and George Watts '56 comprise the 2017-18 Maroon Club Hall of Fame Induction Class. The four will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Dinner on Nov. 17, 2017 along with the 1986 and 1987 men's soccer teams.

For tickets to the event, which is set to begin at 6 p.m., please contact Josh Azer, Director of Athletic Development and Maroon Club Executive Director, via email at azerj@lafayette.edu or (610) 330-3116. Adult tickets are $75, which also includes a $15 tax deductible gift to the Maroon Club General Fund, and $20 for children under 12. Please respond by Nov. 10.

Brown's career began at Lafayette where he was a Penn Relay qualifier in the 120 high hurdles in 1951 while helping guide the track and field team to a Mid-Atlantic Conference championship. He went on to win four hurdles titles at the conference championships from 1950-52 and stands as the league's recordholder in the 120 high hurdles and the Lafayette recordholder in the 120 high hurdles and 220 hurdles. He also boasted four top-three finishes at the AAU Indoor Championships (1949-52).

Brown's most notable accomplishments came after his Lafayette career. He served as a U.S.A. Track and Field (USATF) assistant coach from 1954-81, including during the 1968 and 1976 Olympics. Brown also coached four NCAA Div. II champions at East Bay College.

As the chair of the USATF Sports Science and Medical Committee (1985-2007), he helped develop international anti-doping standards with IAAF and established drug testing policy for LPGA. He also participated in influential studies that dispelled notions that women would be harmed by training and physical activity.

Brown was given the IAAF Veteran Pin for "meritorious service to the cause of world athletes" one of 18 awarded since 1928 and earned the Heliodoro and Pat Rico Life Achievement Award from USATF and the USATF Joseph Robinchaux Memorial Award for contributions to women's track and field. The long-time professor at UC-San Francisco died in 2009.

Rutt was a seven-time Patriot League champion in track and field (high jump indoors: '97, high jump outdoors:'96-'97, triple jump indoors: '95-'96, triple jump outdoors: '96-'97), earning All-Patriot League Indoor (1995-97) and All-Patriot League Outdoor (1996-97) honors while also being named to the Patriot League All-Decade Indoor and Outdoor Teams (1990-00).

The four-time All-East selection was a collegiate division champion at the Penn Relays. He still holds four school records (indoor/outdoor high jump and indoor/outdoor triple jump) and his 1997 Patriot League indoor high jump record of 6'11" stood until 2013.

At Lafayette, Rutt was named the Maroon-Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Class of 1913 Award winner. Those two prestigious campus awards come in addition to six awards from the track and field program, capped by the 1996-97 Henry J. Jahn Award, given annually to a member of the track team who has contributed most to the track team by virtue of leadership and ability.

After his collegiate career concluded, Rutt competed in marathons (including ultra marathons) and triathlons. He is currently president of Landcore Engineering Consultants and is married to Megan Cooper Rutt '98.

Sansone was a United States Women's Lacrosse Association's All-America First-Team selection in 1988, an honor given to only 18 student-athletes in the nation. That season, the team was 17-2, advancing to the NCAA Final Four after winning the East Coast Conference title. The Leopards lost their season opener to eventual NCAA champion Temple before reeling off 17 straight victories. Lafayette topped Lehigh 14-0 in regular-season play and then used 19-3 and 10-6 victories over Towson State and Delaware in East Coast Conference Tournament play to win the conference title. Lafayette lost to Penn State, 8-6 in the NCAA Semifinal.

Sansone earned three All-East Coast Conference First-Team selections (1986-88), helping the Leopards advance to the finals in 1986, 1987 and 1988. Her team finished with a 50-21 record from 1985-88 and was 30-6 in Sansone's final two seasons.

Watts was an ABCA All-America Third-Team selection in 1955, adding NCAA District II First-Team laurels in his senior season of 1956. In that season, the team was 21-4-1, beating Lehigh 12-2 and 19-6 while winning its final 13 games.

He was a member of the 1954 team which advanced to the College World Series and a 1955 team that made an NCAA Regional. During his time on College Hill, the Leopards were 54-18-2.

After graduation, Watts signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization and he was a career .305 hitter in the minor leagues.

The 1986 and 1987 soccer teams were a combined 35-5-3. The 1986 installment posted a 17-3-1 record under coach Steve Reinhardt and captain Chris Anderson. The Leopards beat Lehigh and Drexel in the league tournament to win the East Coast Conference championship. That season, they also recorded wins over Boston College, Penn State, Hofstra and Delaware, finishing the season on a 15-1-1 streak while going undefeated in conference play. The team featured ECC Tournament MVP Paul Bernieri and All-ECC First-Team selections Bernieri, Peter Lerner, Matt Lancor, Rick Lehman and Tom Gillan.

The 1987 squad was 18-2-2 overall and captained by Anderson and Bernieri who helped lead the team to a second straight East Coast Conference title. That title came by way of wins over Drexel and Rider in the ECC Tournament. The team outscored opponents 56-19 and registered a win over No. 15 Philadelphia Textile. The Leopards were paced by ECC Player of the Year Peter Lerner, ECC Tournament MVP Lehman and All-ECC First-Team selections Peter Lerner, Mike D'Angelo, Anderson and Bernieri.