Villanova Athletics Announces 2021 Hall of Fame Class
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania. – The next Villanova University Varsity Club Hall of Fame Induction Class was announced on Friday afternoon with the unveiling of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The latter group includes eight former student-athletes and a coach spanning nine different sports as well as the recipient of the annual Jake Nevin Award. These winners will be celebrated at 45e Annual Hall of Fame Dinner in the Finneran Pavilion on Friday February 4th. Registration information for the dinner will be announced at a later date.
Members of the 2021 Hall of Fame class are Ryan mcginty (baseball), Mia’s brickyard (soft ball), Shaun Lyon (Soccer), Joe canuso (male lacrosse), Adrian blincoe (men’s athletics / cross country), Malik Allen (men’s basketball), Charmaine Walker (female athletics), Nicole DiMaggio (field hockey) and Harry perretta (women’s basketball). The 2021 Jake Nevin Prize winner is Dr. Helene lafferty.
Below are career highlights for each of the Varsity Club Hall of Fame inductees.
Ryan McGinty (Baseball, Class of 1995)
Ryan McGinty made his presence known when he took over for the Wildcats. He ended his career with the second best career on a base percentage of 0.493 and a batting average of 0.373 which is tied for eighth in program history. His 95 walks are the 10th in school history, including 49 in the 1995 season alone, the fourth in a single season in team history. His senior year culminated in being one of three Wildcats to win first-team All-BIG EAST team status after a 1995 campaign that saw him start in all 56 games he played, scoring 66 points with 74 hits and a 0.500 base percentage. The Wildcats were 117-73-1 during his career at Villanova for a 0.615 winning percentage and a 1991 NCAA tournament appearance. His career was marked by a 1991 BIG EAST Championship and appearance. at the 1995 BIG EAST tournament.
Mia Brickhouse (Softball, Class of 2000)
If there was an open base in front of Mia Brickhouse, she was going to take it. Brickhouse holds the program record for stolen bases and attempts, ranging from 80 to 88 in his career. She also notched 28 consecutive goals without getting caught in a 59-game stretch between the 1997 and 1999 seasons, a streak that is the third longest in the program’s history. The outfielder was just as dominant at batting as he was at base, ranking second all-time with a career batting average of 0.372 and a career best program of 137 points. She also holds the team’s single-season record with 53 points scored in 1999. Brickhouse was selected twice in all regions in 1999 and 2000 and received the NFCA Academic All-American Award in 2001. During her career Staying at Villanova, the team went 138-76-3 with an appearance in the BIG EAST tournament.
Shaun Lyons (Football, class of 2000)
Shaun Lyons has provided a punch to Villanova’s defense throughout her career. He led the Wildcats in tackles for three straight seasons between 1997 and 1999, totaling 340 in that span. He’s second in program history for career tackles at 410. The linebacker earned All-ECAC first-team status in 1999 and All-Atlantic Conference 10 honors in each of his past three seasons. . He landed in the third team in 1997 and 1998 before being part of the second team of his senior campaign. Lyon helped the 1997 Wildcats to an unbeaten regular season and a number one domestic ranking for the final six weeks of the season.
Joe Canuso (men’s lacrosse, class of 2006)
Joe Canuso holds the CAA all-time career leader with a 7.47 goals-against average and holds the Villanova program record with 672 saves, placing him second in CAA history in this category. The goalie was CAA Co-Rookie of the Year in 2003, before winning CAA Co-Player of the Year in 2004. The four-time All-CAA selection is second in the league. League history with a 2003 goals-against average of 6.07. He is fourth in program history with an average of 11.20 saves per game and seventh with a 0.601 save percentage per game.
Adrian Blincoe (Men’s Track / Cross Country, Class of 2003)
Adrian Blincoe racked up a plethora of champion performances during his time at Villanova, including three NCAA indoor crowns. He anchored the Wildcats to back-to-back QN relay titles in 2002 and 2003 and won the 3,000-meter individual title in 2002. He was seven All-American with five coming during the indoor season, one outdoors and one in cross-country. The eight-time BIG EAST champion left the 2001 Penn Relays with championships in the distance medley relay and the 4xMile relay. He has also been selected three times for the BIG EAST All-Star Team.
Malik Allen (Men’s basketball, class of 2000)
A three-year starter for Villanova, Malik Allen played for two NCAA tournament teams in the 1996-97 and 1998-99 seasons, and had 1,131 career points from 1996 to 2000. A third selection in the USA. All-BIG EAST team in its senior season, Allen is fourth all-time in program history with 191 blocked shots and 25e with 708 career rebounds. He hit eight shots against Notre Dame on Jan. 16, 1999, setting a program record in one game by a junior.
Charmaine Walker (female athletics, class of 2001)
More than 20 years after finishing her career at Villanova, Charmaine Walker still holds the program record in the indoor events of 55 meters (6.9), 55 meters hurdles (7.63), 60 meters hurdles (8, 10) and 100 outdoors. – meters hurdles (13.01). She has been a three-time All-American indoors in hurdles, while also winning six BIG EAST crowns. Three championships were held in the 100-meter hurdles at the outdoor championships in 1998, 2000 and 2001. She won the 60-meter hurdles title at the 2000 and 2001 indoor championships and added the 55-meter hurdles at the 1998 indoor championships.
Nicole DiMaggio (Field Hockey, Class of 2001)
Nicole DiMaggio left Villanova as an All-BIG EAST selection three times, being named to the squad’s second list in 1997, 1999 and 2000, while also earning league rookie status in 1997. She holds still second on the program’s career ledger with 122 points and 56 goals. The forward was ranked among the NFGCA Mid-Atlantic All-Region picks in 1998 and 1999. She was part of the 1998 squad that raced as a finalist in the BIG EAST tournament.
Harry Perretta (women’s basketball head coach, 1978-2020)
Heading the women’s basketball program for 42 years, Harry Perretta coached the Wildcats to an overall record 783-489 to become the most successful coach in Villanova basketball history for men and women. He led his teams to 11 NCAA tournament appearances, the AIAW Final Four in 1982, five BIG EAST Championships, 18 Big 5 titles, and 20 20-game seasons. His 783 victories are the 19e– most by a coach in NCAA women’s basketball history. He is one of four coaches, male or female, to have recorded 300 BIG EAST victories. In his day, he coached 79 All-BIG EAST caps, including 19 first-team winners.
Helen Lafferty (2021 Jake Nevin Award winner)
A Villanova supporter in the classroom and administration, Dr Helen Lafferty has been with the University for over 40 years. She became the university’s first college liberal arts and science professor in 2008. During her tenure, Dr. Lafferty was a long-time professor in the Department of Education and Counseling, currently teaching graduate students of the Concentration of higher education in the graduate program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was also an academic advisor at the Advisory Center, a professor of education at the college, vice-president of academic affairs and vice-president of the university for 16 years. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Dr. Lafferty was also the second recipient of the Earl D. Bader Award for Distinguished Faculty Contributions at the Villanova Center for Liberal Education.