You are cordially invited to attend Immaculata University’s Athletics Hall of Fame induction banquet on Saturday, October 19, 2013 in Immaculata’s Great Hall.
Cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda, followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m. in the Great Hall. Individual tickets are $50 and tables of 10 are $500.
For tickets, please contact:
at 610-647-4400 ext. 3874
Seating is limited.
Former Immaculata University Vice President for Finance and Administration Thomas J. Ford, Ed.D., approved and oversaw the construction of the Immaculata Baseball Stadium and Softball Stadium. During his tenure, the Draper Walsh Stadium and the Mighty Macs Athletic Training Facility were also built. While at Immaculata, Ford oversaw the total renovation of the Alumnae Hall Gymnasium. In addition to monetary support for the Athletics Department, Ford also attended numerous sporting events and the annual Sports Banquet. He was instrumental in securing “Immaculata Night at the Phillies” and establishing a connection with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs Triple A team, a baseball club, which resulted in opportunities for IU students. Although Ford retired from Immaculata University in 2011, his footprint can be seen across the playing fields and on the courts of Immaculata University.
Mel Greenberg is a respected American sports journalist who has spent much of his career focused on women’s basketball. He helped pioneer national coverage of the sport, most notably as a leader in organizing the first Top 25 Women’s College Basketball Poll. For this and other accomplishments, he has been called “The Guru” of women’s basketball. He has covered women’s basketball, including Immaculata’s Mighty Macs, for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1970. Greenberg continues to write about the championship Mighty Macs and the current women’s basketball teams at Immaculata. His blog, womhoops.blogspot.com, covers women’s basketball in general as well as former Mighty Mac players who have moved on to careers as coaches in college or professional basketball. Greenberg was also a strong supporter of the Mighty Macs movie. In 1991, Greenberg received the first media award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, an award that has since been named after him. In 2007, Greenberg was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
As a natural athlete, Molly Lackman excelled on the court and on the field. While a student at Immaculata, Lackman was a member of the field hockey, basketball, and softball teams. She earned All-League status for all three sports. For field hockey, Lackman was honored by the Philadelphia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (PAIAW) as an All-Star in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, she was named First Team All-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. While a member of the softball team, Lackman was named First Team All-PAC in 1993 and 1994. Her career batting average is .497 and fielding percentage is .886. She led the team in RBIs for three consecutive seasons. Lackman enjoyed a successful college basketball career and is still the Mighty Macs’ career leader in both scoring (1,908) and rebounding (1,353). During her four-year career, she started every game but one, helping her team win PAC runner-up in 1993. For four consecutive seasons, she was ranked in the NCAA Division III for scoring and rebounding and was named First Team All-PAC in 1992-1993 and 1993-1994. During her first three seasons, she earned PAIAW All-Star status. Lackman later served as an assistant coach of women’s basketball at Ursinus College.
During her four years as a member of the Mighty Macs women’s basketball team, Letitia “Letty” Huntzman Santarelli scored 1,128 career points and had 955 rebounds, ranking her fourth all-time in rebounds for IU. During the 1985-86 season, she was the team’s leading scorer with 495 points, sixth on the single-season record and was also the team’s leading rebounder with 330, fourth-most in single-season history. In 1984, she led the team with 320 rebounds, ranking her sixth on the list for a single season. In addition, Santarelli ranked fifth nationally for the NCAA Division II in rebounding in 1985; in 1986 she was ranked 13th in scoring and fourth in rebounding nationally. In 1986, Santarelli was named an American Women’s Sports Federation (AWSF) Fast Break College Division II NCAA First Team All-American and that same year was named to the AWSF Fast Break Northeast Region College Division All-Region. She was also twice named a Philadelphia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (PAIAW) All-Star and was named to the Big Five All-Area College Team in 1985. After her successful college career, Santarelli was drafted by the Texas Twisters of the National Women’s Basketball Association. She has coached the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in the Philadelphia area and is an outreach director of Philly Girls Got Game, a non-profit organization.
Sister Marian William Hoben was president of Immaculata from 1982-1992. Prior to becoming president, she was a beloved teacher, administrator, and Mighty Macs supporter. Sister Marian attended most of the legendary Mighty Mac games, both on the road and at home, often traveling with the team. During her presidency, Sister Marian approved and supported the well-deserved 20th anniversary celebration of the first championship team, holding the event on campus in 1992. In addition, Sister Marian has served as a spokesperson for the Mighty Macs and has been interviewed for segments regarding the Mighty Macs for ESPN, CBS News, and countless newspaper articles. Sister Marian still attends functions associated with the Mighty Macs, including the world premiere of The Mighty Macs and the inaugural ceremony for the Immaculata University Athletics Hall of Fame, where she introduced each member of the 1972-1974 championship Mighty Macs teams.