Holy Family inducts five in its hall of fame

Holy Family inducted five into its Athletic Hall of Fame this year. Mike McLaughlin, Catherine Carr, Dan Williams, Allison Maddock and Melissa Murphy are the newest inductees. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

It’s a heck of a class, that’s for sure.

On Dec. 21, Holy Family University inducted five new members into its Athletics Hall of Fame. Two of the new members, Mike McLaughlin and Dan Williams, were very successful basketball coaches at the school, while Allison Maddock (class of 2001, softball), Melissa Murphy (class of 2003, soccer) and Catherine Carr (class of 2011, basketball) were stars in their sport.

The event was held at the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast in front of 160 guests. It marked the first induction since 2010.

“It was an amazing evening highlighting the careers of five individuals that made a huge impact at Holy Family,” said Holy Family athletic director Tim Hamill. “To officially induct them as Hall of Famers is truly an honor.  It was great to see so many alumni along with family and friends. The love and support for all inductees was on full display tonight.”

Here is a look at each member of the class of 2019. Information provided by Holy Family.

Catherine Carr, women’s basketball

The program’s first NCAA Division II All-American, Carr is the Tigers’ all-time leading scorer with 1,995 career points after averaging 16 points per game in her career. During her four years at Holy Family (2007-11), Carr accumulated a number of honors, as she was a four-time All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honoree, CACC Rookie of the Year (2007-08) and CACC Player of the Year (2008-09). She received All-Region honors three times and capped her career with WBCA All-America accolades her senior season. Holy Family appeared in the CACC Tournament all four years of Carr’s career and raised the championship banner in 2008. The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament all four years and were East Region finalists in 2008 and 2010. Carr was inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame this year.

Melissa Murphy, women’s soccer

Murphy was a member of the women’s soccer program from 1999-2002 and a stellar player in net for the Tigers during that span. She is the only goalkeeper in program history to hold a career goals against average under 1.00 (0.99) while recording a program-record 426 career saves. During the course of her career, she compiled a won-loss record of 43-18-4, including a program-record 19 victories in 2000. Murphy is a three-time All-CACC selection and was named the CACC Player of the Year in 2002, the first in program history. She was also selected to the All-Region team in her senior season and was an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention honoree. During her senior season, she led the CACC with 190 saves. Murphy was part of three CACC Tournament championship teams (1999-2001) and appeared in the NAIA Regional all four seasons of her career.

Allison Maddock, softball

Eighteen years after throwing her final pitch, Maddock still ranks as the program’s all-time leader in wins with 74 and with a 1.10 earned run averaged. Over her four-year career, Maddock, who went to Little Flower, appeared in 116 games, including 92 starts and over 658 innings of work, the most in program history. She is also the career leader in opponent batting average (.163), starts, appearances, complete games (84), shutouts (31), wins and saves (3). Maddock is the single season leader in wins after winning 22 games in both 1999 and 2000. She won 18 games in 2001, which is third-most in program history. In 2000, Maddock finished with 22 victories and a career-low 1.17 ERA to go along with 124 strikeouts and nine shutouts. She helped lead the Tigers to a 38-14 season with appearances in the CACC Tournament and NAIA Regional.

Mike McLaughlin (1995-2009) women’s basketball coach

One of the most successful coaches in program history, McLaughlin served as head coach of the women’s basketball team at Holy Family for 14 seasons from 1995 to 2009. During that span, McLaughlin produced over 400 victories (407-61), becoming the fastest women’s basketball coach in NCAA history to reach 400 wins, doing it in 459 games. During his tenure at Holy Family, McLaughlin won six CACC Tournament championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008) and qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament six straight seasons (2004-2009). One of his most successful seasons while at Holy Family came in 2007-08, when he led the Tigers to an undefeated regular season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional final. Holy Family’s only blemish that year came in the regional final versus Franklin Pierce University, as the Tigers finished the season 32-1 overall. An eight-time CACC Coach of the Year, McLaughlin also coached 27 All-CACC honorees, three CACC Rookie of the Years and five CACC Players of the Year. In addition, McLaughlin’s rosters featured three NAIA All-Americans and his teams advanced to eight NAIA Tournaments before Holy Family became a full-time NCAA Division II member. He is now the head coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Williams (1986-2003) men’s basketball coach

The first head coach in the program’s history, Williams is the men’s basketball winningest coach with 375 victories over the course of 17 seasons. Williams built the program from the bottom to one of the elite city college programs during its NAIA era. In his third season, the Tigers finished 30-9 and went on to the KAC Tournament Finals and won the NAIA District 19 championship. As a result, Holy Family appeared in its first NAIA National Tournament. The Tigers would go on to appear in the NAIA National Tournament four more times under Williams in 1996, 1999, 2002 and 2003. The 30 victories in the 1988-89 season are still the most in program history. Williams coached 14 NAIA All-Americans and 18 1,000 career point scorers during his tenure. He was also named Coach of the Year 12 times.