Former Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse Coach Gillian Rattray to be Inducted Into Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; February 1, 2007 - Former Penn State field hockey and women's lacrosse head coach Gillian Rattray will be inducted into the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame this Saturday, February 3 by the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association (PLA) at its celebration dinner at the Desmond Hotel in Malvern, Pa. Presenting Rattray will be current Penn State field hockey head coach Charlene Morett, a former field hockey and lacrosse student-athlete under Rattray from 1975-79.
The head coach of the women's lacrosse team from 1974-85, Rattray compiled a 143-19-3 career record in her 12 years as coach. The Nittany Lions won three straight USWLA National Championships from 1978-1980 under Rattray, compiling a combined 45-1-3 record over those three seasons. She also led Penn State to two AIAW national tournaments and three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of final fours in 1983 and 1985. She coached a total of 20 U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans and 11 Brine/IWLCA All-Americans during her tenure.
As the head coach of the field hockey program from 1974-86, she compiled a record of 176-49-21 over 13 seasons, giving her a combined career record of 319-68-24 in both lacrosse and field hockey. She led the field hockey Nittany Lions to two AIAW National Championships in 1980 and 1981. The year of 1980 was a particularly impressive one for Rattray as in the span of seven months, she won two national championships, one in May with the lacrosse team and one in November with the field hockey team. Rattray also led the field hockey program to five straight NCAA Tournaments from 1982-1986 and two final four appearances. Those five straight NCAA Tournament appearances would be the first five of 19 straight from 1982-2000. Under Rattray's and now Morett's leadership, the Penn State field hockey program is tied for second in the country for most all-time NCAA appearances with 23.
Rattray, also a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, will be one of eight individuals being inducted into the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame this year. Approximately 300 individuals are expected to attend. She joins former Nittany Lion coaching greats Julie Williams and Susan Delaney-Scheetz and three-time All-American Barb Jordan in receiving the prestigious honor.
The Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame (Eastern Chapter) is maintained by the PLA to honor great players, coaches, officials, promoters and others, both men and women, who have made significant contributions to the game in Pennsylvania and are deserving of the highest recognition. Induction into the Chapter Hall of Fame is a condition for eligibility for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, which is located in Baltimore. The Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame was established in 1998, when it inducted its first class.