Mercyhurst Magazine Fall 2017

2017 inductees include (seated, from left) Coach Tony DeMeo, Christie Turak Foster ’11, Danielle Poole Piser ’03 and Amy Lacey-Plumley ’03. Standing: Joshua Helm ’04, Timothy Latimer ’85, Joshua Shields ’11, Martin Sturgess ’77 and Keith Swanson ’99. ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTS FOOTBALL COACH, 8 ATHLETES Mercyhurst University inducted nine members into its Athletics Hall of Fame during Reunion Weekend festivities on June 10. TONY DEMEO Head Football Coach, 1981-1987 The frst head coach in Mercyhurst JOSHUA HELM Men’s Basketball, 2000-04 TIMOTHY LATIMER Football, 1981-84 A linebacker on Mercyhurst’s

she had 106 goals, 15 assists, 106 groundballs, 92 caused turnovers and 29 draw controls. A business- sport marketing major, she works in product marketing for high- growth technology companies that are building toward acquisition or IPO, a career that has allowed her to travel extensively in America and abroad. Now based in Washington, D.C., she took a sabbatical in 2016 to solo thru-hike the Appalachian Trail (2189.1 miles). She married her wife in 2014. DANIELLE POOLE PISER Field Hockey, 1999-02 Women’s Lacrosse, 2000-03 Danielle was a key defender for both feld hockey and lacrosse. Her biggest athletic accolade was a 2002 First Team All-America

A 6-foot-6 forward from Grove City, Ohio, Josh is among the top performers in team history. He led the Lakers in scoring during each of his fnal three seasons and was named to the All-GLIAC South First Team as a senior, after two earlier Second Team selections. He is ranked fourth all-time in career points and career rebounds, third in made free throws and fourth in total feld goals. After graduation, he played professional basketball in Europe for four years, earning MVP honors in Iceland and frst team All-Netherlands. Now living in Charlotte, North Carolina, he’s regional sales manager for American Seating.

football history, Tony compiled a record of 41-21-2 during his tenure on the Hill and was named EIAA Coach of the Year in 1985. He began his head coaching career at his alma mater, Iona College, which also inducted him into its Hall of Fame. He was a head coach for more than 25 years, retiring in 2010 after six years at the University of Charleston. A proven teacher of the game, he has published numerous books and DVDs and is a popular speaker on the clinic circuit. His most recent book is Commonsense Rules for Everyday Leaders , published by Coaches Choice. Learn more at .

inaugural football team, Tim still ranks seventh all-time with 313 career tackles and second all-time with 260 assisted tackles. He’s tied for 19th in career interceptions (7) and led the Lakers in tackles in 1982 with the second-highest total in program history (111). AMY LACEY-PLUMLEY Women’s Lacrosse, 2000-03 Amy made an immediate impact on the young lacrosse program, playing at both midfeld and forward positions. She was a Second Team All-American as a sophomore and First Team All- American as a junior. In 60 games,


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