Five Honorees Inducted Into Maroon Club Hall of Fame
Nov. 18, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Four former student-athletes and - for the first time - an entire Lafayette team comprised a Maroon Club Hall of Fame induction class of 2011. Stefan Ciosici '00, Doug Elgin '73, Bob Kessler '60, Jen Rothrock '97 and the 1980 National Champion Women's Lacrosse team were honored at the Maroon Club Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Nov. 18 at the College's Marquis Hall.
Prior to the Hall of Fame inductions, two outstanding student-athletes were honored as the 2011 Maroon Club Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Swimming & Diving's Alexandra Brannick '12 was the female recipient while track & field's Michael Thompson '12 earned the male honors.
Stefan Ciosici '00 - Men's Basketball
Ciosici, the 1998 Patriot League Player of the Year, led the men's basketball team to two Patriot League regular-season titles, two Patriot League Tournament championships and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 1999 and 2000. The 6-11 center, who was also the 1996 Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player of the league tournament in 2000, ranks fifth in Lafayette history with 1,496 career points and is the second-most prolific rebounder in Patriot League history with 831 boards. He is also among Lafayette's all-time leaders in blocked shots, free throws and field-goal percentage.
After graduation, Ciosici was the 29th overall selection in the United States Basketball League draft and appeared with the NBA's Indiana Pacers in the Shaw's Summer Pro League. The former Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection is currently a substitute teacher in Manatee County, Fla. while pursuing a career as a full-time teacher. He resides in Bradenton, Fla. with his wife, Abby.
Doug Elgin '73 - Football
The Leopards' leader in rushing yards (597) and scoring (eight touchdowns) in 1971, Elgin was a four-year member of the football team from 1969-72. After graduating from Lafayette in 1973, he earned a Master's Degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University in 1975.
Elgin served three-year stints as Sports Information Director both at Lafayette (1977-80) and at the University of Virginia (1980-83). In 1983, he left Charlottesville to become an assistant commissioner at the Sun Belt Conference in Tampa, a position he held for five years. In 1988, Elgin was named the ninth commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference, the NCAA's second-oldest Division I league.
During his long tenure with the St. Louis-based MVC, Elgin has overseen the Valley's rise to prominence as a top-ten conference in men's basketball and in other sports. One key element has been the establishment of its men's basketball tournament - known as Arch Madness - into one of the best in the nation. He and his staff have also made St. Louis a regular stop on the NCAA Tournament trail, hosting a total of 10 NCAA basketball events - including a Men's Final Four, two Women's Final Fours and seven men's Regionals - since 1998. The Valley brand has also been strengthened by the development of a league television package that now includes more than 60 live events annually on Fox Sports, ESPN and CBS. Elgin served on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 1998-2002.
Elgin and his wife, Melaine, live in St. Louis. They have six daughters: Lisa, Jessica, Julie, Anna, Emma and Mary.
Bob Kessler '60 - Baseball and Soccer
Kessler, a former two-sport student-athlete at Lafayette, received regional honors in soccer and baseball on College Hill. As captain of the men's soccer team in 1959, Kessler was named First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference, First Team All-New Jersey/Pennsylvania/Delaware and Honorable Mention All-East. The Leopards went 8-1-1 on the pitch that season - the program's best-ever single-season record at that time.
On the diamond, Kessler was named Second Team All-District II as an infielder in 1959 after batting .419 - the fourth-highest average in single-season history at Lafayette. The College Hill Nine compiled an overall record of 59-31-1 during his career, including a trip to the College World Series in 1958. Kessler's career .396 batting average and .610 slugging percentage rank second and third all-time in program history, respectively.
Following his career on College Hill, Kessler played professional football for the Providence Steamrollers in 1962, where he was among the first to utilize in-step, "soccer-style" kicking now employed by virtually every NFL kicker.
Academically, Kessler went on to receive a Master's Degree at Harvard University in 1961 and earned a Doctorate of Education at Stanford University in 1969.
In addition to his career as an educator, Kessler also served as commissioner of the Cape Cod Baseball League - the nation's premier MLB-sanctioned summer league - and coached high school baseball. He is retired from his post as superintendent of Lake Forest Community High School District 115 in Illinois and currently resides in New Hampshire with his wife, Susan. They have three children: Scott, Cheryl and Mindy.
Jen Rothrock '97 - Softball
A two-time Patriot League Player of the Year, Rothrock holds Lafayette career records for hits, doubles, runs batted in and runs scored. She is also second all-time at Lafayette in batting average, home runs and triples. Rothrock's .415 batting average landed her among the NCAA leaders in 1997, a performance that earned her Second Team All-Mid-Atlantic honors in addition to her conference laurels.
Rothrock, a member of the Patriot League All-Decade Team, was the 1997 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of Year and GTE-CoSIDA All-District Academic All-America as a Biology major.
Rothrock remained on the diamond after graduation as an assistant coach at Notre Dame High School in Bethlehem and later at Franklin & Marshall College.
She earned a Master's degree in Physical Therapy from MCP Hahnemann University (now the Drexel University College of Medicine) in 2000 and continues to work in the physical therapy field. Rothrock is currently a site manager for Good Shepherd in Stroudsburg, Pa. She has been a part of Big Brothers and Big Sisters since 2003.
1980 Women's Lacrosse Team
The 1980 United States Women's Lacrosse Association Division II National Champion women's lacrosse team is the most recent Lafayette team to claim a national title. The squad, which posted a 12-5 record, was coached by Sharon Mitchell and led by captains Pam MacColl '80, Cindy Oaks '80 and Sue Sullivan '80.
After splitting their first 10 games, the 1980 Leopards capped the regular season with three consecutive wins heading into the USWLA Championships in Catonsville, Md. Lafayette knocked off both Cortland State and Boston College in day-one action then ran past Bridgewater, 9-2, in the semifinal round. A 7-4 triumph over top seed and host Towson State, the fourth win in three days and seventh straight victory overall for the unseeded Leopards, claimed the USWLA National Championship. MacColl scored a tournament-best 20 goals, including five in the championship contest, to earn all-tournament honors alongside Margarette Hickey '82.