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Date: 11/14/05

Contact: Michael Letts, Director of Communications

Phone: 610.617.2248



James Auch Jr., honorary alumnus; Eugene Burroughs, III ’90; R. Bixby Bush ’59; James L. Crawford Jr. ’57; Brian Dougherty ’92; Jack Harter, honorary alumnus; Curt Lauber ’63; Thomas Page ’75; Kenneth Smith Jr. ’50; and Alanna Wren ’92
were honored

Merion, PA ­– The Episcopal Academy inducted 10 alumni and honorary alumni into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday night November 11, 2005. The 10 new members join the existing 35 members of Episcopal’s Hall of Fame and are the third class to be inducted. The previous classes were inducted in 2000 and 2002 respectively. This year’s class includes: James Auch Jr., honorary alumnus; Eugene Burroughs, III ’90; R. Bixby Bush ’59; James L. Crawford Jr. ’57; Brian Dougherty ’92; Jack Harter, honorary alumnus; Curt Lauber ’63; Thomas Page ’75; Kenneth Smith Jr. ’50; and Alanna Wren ‘92.

Eugene Burroughs III ‘’90 poses with his Episcopal’s boys basketball coach Dan Dougherty at the Episcopal Academy Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner on November 11, 2005. Burroughs, a basketball standout, was one of 10 former Episcopal athletes and coaches inducted.

Biographies on each of the recipients are below.
James Auch Jr.

In the long and rich history of athletics at Episcopal, there are a few coaches whose names are synonymous with their sport, and in the case of football, that name would be Jim Auch. Amassing 109 wins over 21 seasons as head coach, Jim re-established a tradition of pigskin excellence at the Academy that had last been seen in the glory days of the late 1940’s and early 1950’s. With his 137 total victories (including his three years at Haverford and two at Malvern), Jim is the third winningest coach in Inter-Ac football history. While Jim’s gridiron coaching record at EA is unparalleled, his impact on the lives of his players during the 28 years he was associated with Episcopal goes far beyond the football field. Jim was a dedicated teacher and advisor who took his duties in the classroom as seriously as he took his responsibilities along the sidelines. A look at the list of young men who were coached by Jim over the years reveals the names of many gifted scholar/athletes, a number of whom are already members of the EA Athletic Hall of Fame. It’s been said that a coach needs great players to establish a winning record; those who played under Jim are the first to place the true credit with him with their development into top class, All Inter-Ac caliber players. In the end, Jim shaped an era at Episcopal not just by molding talent, but by building character.

As a coach, Jim won four Inter-Ac football championships, one at Haverford before he left the dark side, and three consecutive crowns at EA (1981-3). His 1981 squad was the last unbeaten and untied varsity football team at Episcopal, and one of only five in the school’s history. But as much as one associates football at our school with Jim Auch, he also had a brilliant career as a player at Malvern and then at West Chester University. Jim was a standout in three sports at Malvern and is a member of the Friars’ Athletic Hall of Fame. He went on to a stellar football career at West Chester University, and has joined fellow former EA football coach Dick Borkowski in that school’s Hall of Fame.
We are proud to honor Jim Auch, a true role model for all who play sports and those who coach our young athletes.

Eugene Burroughs III

Eugene Burroughs is living proof that nice guys don’t always come in last. In fact, in

the four years that Eugene played on Dan Dougherty’s Varsity Boys Basketball team at Episcopal, not only did he not finish last, he won four Inter-Ac Championships, three outright, and one shared. It is also very rare to play Varsity Basketball as a freshman. Not only did Eugene make the team, but also he made an immediate impact. Over his career at Episcopal, Eugene scored 1,563 points, the third highest in school history. But Eugene was known as much if not more for his unselfish play and his defense, attributes that would be also widely recognized at the next level when he played at the University of Richmond. Eugene had a record of 99-8 playing for the Churchmen from 1987-90, averaging 20 points a game in his junior year.

Playing for the Spiders of Richmond following his graduation from EA, Eugene was named to his league’s All-Rookie team in his freshman year, and earned All-Defensive honors in his junior year. Eugene ranks sixth all-time in steals and assists at Richmond, and has the tenth highest one season total for assists. He was a co-captain of the team in his senior year.
Always a student of the game, it should surprise no one that Eugene chose to stay in basketball as a coach after receiving his degree from Richmond, spending one year at American University as an assistant coach before landing a spot as Jay Wright’s (now head coach at Villanova) assistant at Hofstra for three years. His last season at Hofstra (1999-2000) saw the team amass a 24-7 record and earn an NCAA Tournament berth. After four years as an assistant coach at Marist College, Eugene has found a home at the Naval Academy, reunited with Bob Lange, the Navy Head Coach, who also was an assistant to Jay Wright at Hofstra. Everywhere he goes, Eugene leads by example: work hard, do whatever is needed, and win.

R. Bixby Bush

Look up the phrase “All Around Athlete” in the dictionary and you will probably see a picture of Bixby Bush. One can only wonder how many letters Bix would have won in different sports if he had the variety to choose from that exist at Episcopal today. As it is, Bix received a total of 13 letters in six different sports while attending EA. Soccer was perhaps his strongest suit; he played three years of varsity at Episcopal, and was captain of the team in his senior year (fall of 1958). Bix was a two-time All Inter-Ac soccer player at EA, was selected to the All-City team his senior year and played in the Philadelphia All-Star game that year versus the New York City All-Stars. Bix also earned second-team All Inter-Ac honors in basketball in 1959, and in the spring of that year placed first in the Inter-Ac’s in the high jump and was a member of the winning 440 yard relay team at the Penn Relays. In his junior year, Bix was awarded the Eddie Collins Bat in baseball for the most hits on the team that season. In all, he earned varsity letters in soccer (3), basketball (2), wrestling (2), tennis (2), track (2) and baseball (2). The amazing thing wasn’t that Bix played all these sports, it was that he was genuinely good at all of them!
After graduating from Episcopal, Bix attended Boston University where he enjoyed a sterling collegiate career in soccer. Bix went on to become a very successful teacher, coach and athletic director at Sanford School, Tower Hill, and Wilmington Friends where he is officially retired but continues as a part-time coach of the Varsity Girls basketball team. In the 37 years that Bix has been involved in high school sports in Delaware, his teams have won more than their share of league championships. For his efforts, Bix has been awarded Conference Coach of the Year honors numerous times, most recently being so-honored by the Northern Delaware Coaches last year.
Bix now enters the Episcopal Academy Athletic Hall of Fame where his mentors Fred James ’50, Jack Harter, Hon., George Shafer, George Greenwood, George Munger, Tom Frazier, Hon. and Fitz Dixon ’42 are members. Bix also recognizes and congratulates his wife Lee Spahr Bush who was inducted into the first class of Hall of Famers at Agnes Irwin this year.

Jay Crawford Jr.

Jay Crawford’s name is synonymous with the Episcopal Academy, as an alumnus of the class of 1957, a faculty member, administrator, parent, grandparent, and of course longtime Head of School. What are sometimes overlooked among his other contributions to the school are Jay’s prodigious accomplishments as an athlete and a coach, at Episcopal, St. Joseph’s College (now University) and in professional leagues. While a student at Episcopal, Jay was a fierce competitor in three varsity sports: soccer, basketball and track. His skills on the soccer field earned him the captaincy of the 1956 squad, and a place on the All Inter-Ac and All-City Teams. In track, Jay was the Inter-Ac winner in the high hurdles and set the Inter-Ac record in the low hurdles and the school record for the high hurdles. In all, he won three varsity letters each in soccer and track, and two in basketball, and was awarded the Alumni Gold Soccer Ball in his senior year.

After graduating from Episcopal, Jay continued to hone his athletic prowess at St. Joe’s, as a co-founder of the college’s soccer team in 1958 and as captain of the team in 1960. Jay received an honorable mention representing the Mid-Atlantic area for the All-America Soccer in 1961. In track, he was the Middle Atlantic low hurdles champion, and was named team captain in (1960). He was named the outstanding athlete in his senior year and is a member of the St. Joseph’s University Soccer Hall of Fame.
In the years before there were professional indoor soccer leagues or the MLS, Jay played professional soccer for two and a

half years. When he returned to Episcopal as a teacher in 1963, he began a very successful career as a soccer coach. Jay was the head coach of the varsity soccer team from 1964-71, with his teams winning the Inter-Ac’s in 1966 and 1971. Under his leadership as Head of School, Episcopal introduced a girls sports program from scratch that quickly became the envy of other schools, but at the same time also enjoyed some of its best years ever in boys sports. In athletics, as in all things, Jay has modeled to teammates, students, coaches and athletic directors the true meaning of “mind, body, spirit” and the embodiment of teacher/counselor/coach.

Brian Dougherty

Brian Dougherty certainly had the pedigree to succeed in athletics at Episcopal, with two successful older brothers (one in the EA Hall of Fame) and a father who is nothing short of a basketball legend. He not only lived up to the Dougherty name, but added substantially to the family lore. A four-year letterman on both the lacrosse and basketball teams, Brian also earned three letters in football. Amazingly, Brian was All Inter-Ac in all three sports his senior year, while also garnering that honor in lacrosse as a sophomore and junior. He was voted a High School All-American in lacrosse his last two years at EA.
During Brian’s four years playing varsity lacrosse, EA won the Inter-Ac title each year, went to the state finals four times, and was state champion his junior year. Additionally, Brian was part of three championship basketball teams at EA, and was 1st Team All Inter-Ac in 1992. As if that wasn’t enough, he was also 1st Team All Inter-AC in football and 3rd Team All-City in his senior year. Among an incredible group of championship athletes, Brian was the cream of the crop.
At the University of Maryland, Brian’s lacrosse career skyrocketed even further. He was the MVP of the varsity lacrosse team in 1994, 1995, and 1996 and served as captain in his senior year. Brian was 1st Team All Atlantic Coast Conference and Division I Goalie of the Year in 1995 and 1996, and was voted the MVP of the NCAA Final Four Championship in 1995, despite not being on the winning team. He is one of only three players to achieve that distinction.
Brian was a member of the Gold Medal winning USA World Lacrosse Team in 1998, one of only two goalies on the squad. As a professional lacrosse player, Brian has had a truly remarkable run. He played for three years with the Philadelphia Wings (1999-2001) winning one professional indoor league championship, and has played five years of Major League Lacrosse (2001-5), most recently with the Philadelphia Barrage. He is a five-time all star with the Barrage and won Goalie of the Year honors in 2003 along with the league championship.

Jack Harter

In the 36 years that Jack Harter worked at Episcopal, no one worked harder to “do the right thing” for the school and no one cared more about its student/athletes. Jack, or “Pop” as he was often called affectionately by his players, did whatever was asked of him as an administrator, a teacher and a coach, and he invariably did it well and with compassion. He was Athletic Director for more than 20 years, and was the Varsity Boys Head Basketball Coach for 20 years. Jack’s tenure spanned several different eras in Episcopal’s storied athletic history, and he served under three different Heads of School, not something many can say at EA. What Jack brought to every task was a deep sense of integrity and a burning desire to succeed. He was a shining example to his players and coaches that one should always bring his “A” game regardless of the opponent or the age of the players on your team. It is a tribute to Jack that not only do his former varsity basketball players remember him with great respect and fondness, but scores of lightweight football players and little league age baseball players will attest to his patient ability to teach a sport while never settling for less than one hundred percent effort from everyone on the team, including his assistant coaches.
As an athlete, Jack pursued basketball and baseball with quiet intensity. He lettered in both basketball and baseball at the Hill School, and went on to a distinguished career in both at Williams College, where he was a two-sport man for four years. Jack was captain of the basketball team in his senior year.
Pop also brought his inimitable style of coaching and teaching to the Chesire Academy in his pre-Episcopal days (1946-9) and to Camp Songadeewin in Vermont where he was camp director for many years.
Jack was the first ever recipient of the Ray Keegan Award for Coaching Excellence at Episcopal. But the most fitting tribute to this great man is that each year when varsity coaches honor their “most improved players” they are presenting the “John A. Harter Improvement Award.” There is no doubt that Jack improved all those around him, and Episcopal Athletics will always be in his debt.

Curt Lauber

Curt Lauber was an astounding success as a skilled and resourceful player and a winning coach at every level at which he competed. His most lasting legacy may well be that his players trusted and respected him. To this day, there is a consensus that his coaching and mentoring had a lifelong effect on many of his players. That is saying quite a lot when you realize Curt coached during the 1970’s at Episcopal.
As a player at EA, Curt played on two excellent varsity soccer teams, winning the Inter-Ac title outright in his junior year and sharing it with a tough GFS squad in his senior year. In both years, Curt was named to the 1st Team All Inter-Ac. While soccer was clearly his dominant sport, Curt also won two letters for his contributions in wrestling and one in baseball.
Curt took his passion for soccer to Duke after graduating from EA, and played on the freshman team his first year. He then was a three-year starter on the varsity, serving as captain in his senior year. That same season, he won the “Mencken Cup” as the team’s Most Valuable Player, and was named to the All-South Team.
Curt returned to Episcopal at Jack Harter’s invitation and took over the full-time varsity soccer coaching duties in 1972 (Curt shared the role with Jay Crawford in the previous year as Jay took on increasing duties with the Upper School). From 1972 through 1981, Curt’s teams went on an unbelievable run, winning five outright Inter-Ac championships, sharing another, and compiling a phenomenal 127-19-27 (wins-losses-ties) record. In 1972 and 1980, Curt’s teams went unbeaten in the Inter-Ac.
In 1982, Curt took over as the head coach of the varsity men’s soccer team at Swarthmore. In his nine-year tenure at Swarthmore, his teams compiled an 88-57-14 record. Curt has mentioned the influences that EA Hall of Famers Fred James, Tom Frazier, and Jay Crawford had on him. In the true tradition of “pay it forward,” at least three of Curt’s former EA players have gone on to coaching careers. The great coaches not only win, they make lasting influences on their players’ lives. Curt’s been on both sides of that equation!

Thomas Page

On June 15, 2001 a virtual who’s who of the squash world attended a beautiful memorial service for the late Tom Page. It was a very fitting tribute that the greatest squash players of our time had come to the Episcopal Academy, long known as a breeding ground of nationally ranked squash players, to honor one of their own. Tom was remembered as one of the most brilliant junior, intercollegiate and professional squash players to ever play (both singles and doubles), and the youngest of four superb squash playing brothers, each a champion in his own right. Tom’s leadership helped perpetuate a 10-year dominance by EA of Inter-Ac squash. He was virtually unbeatable by anyone his age, and his few losses at Episcopal came at the hands of college players many years his senior. Tom was a leader for four years on the varsity squash team.
As a junior player, Tom was U.S. Boys Champion in 1972 and a U.S. Junior Boys Finalist in both 1973 and 1974. While at Princeton in his freshman year, he was an Intercollegiate Finalist in 1976. After he left Princeton, Tom was the U.S. National Champion in 1977 and a finalist in 1979. In addition to these Tom won numerous titles in singles and doubles as an amateur and then as a professional, and held the No. 1 ranking in the World Professional Squash Association in doubles 5 years, the last time in 1989. Tom also represented the USA in the World Team Squash Championships. The joy of watching Tom was his cat-like quickness and his aversion to playing it safe. His games always seemed like a microcosm of his life: played on the edge.
While the squash court was where Tom’s genius shone most brightly, he was also a very talented tennis player, earning four letters on some very dominant teams. Tom also played two years of varsity soccer and ran one season of cross-country. Mostly, when one thinks of Tom Page, one thinks of the very best squash player to emerge during an era when Episcopal was not only the best high school team in the country, but arguably one of the top ten college teams. This breath of athleticism caused Episcopal to award Tom the Jefferson Shield Award for the best athlete of the school in 1975. He was one of a kind, and we’re proud to have him grace our Hall of Fame.

Kenneth Smith Jr.

Kenny Smith was an outstanding athlete and a four letterman at Episcopal. He was best known for his outstanding play in football that began in his early years at EA on the Inter-Ac winning 105-lb and 120-lb teams and followed through with his three years on the Episcopal Varsity football team. Ken and his teammate, Jack Kistler, were frequently referred to as “Mr. Inside” and “Mr. Outside” harking back to the West Point duo of Davis and Blanchard. Ken, a halfback, was the captain of the Inter-Ac winning of 1949 team that was considered one of the best in the Philadelphia area and one of best in EA’s history.

His football prowess was reflected in being named two years in a row to the All-Inter Ac team and in his senior year to the Philadelphia All-Scholastic team. In addition, he was the recipient of the Maxwell Club Award and the Wilmer G. Crowell Award as the outstanding player in the Philadelphia area his senior year. His Tabula write-up stated “Kenny was, perhaps, the most brilliant football player ever produced at Episcopal.”
In Kenny’s freshman year at EA, he earned a letter in Tennis. He later turned his interests to basketball and track. He was a stalwart of the basketball team and an All-Inter Ac Track team member his senior year. In track, Kenny excelled as a runner in the 100-yd. and 220-yd. dashes and was on the record setting 440-yd. relay team. He was the only dash man to beat teammate and Hall of Famer John Haines in the 100-yd dash (once).
Upon graduation, Ken was a freshman star on the Wesleyan Freshman football team, leading them in overall scoring. He transferred to the University of Pennsylvania after his freshman year to play for EA Hall of Famer, George Munger, on Penn’s teams of the early 1950’s. He excelled at defensive halfback and was key to Penn’s tying Notre Dame his senior year.

Alanna Wren

While her statistics as a midfielder in lacrosse have always placed her among her team’s top offensive players, perhaps Alanna’s greatest attribute is that she is a consummate team player. That is certainly a characteristic that she displayed prominently at Episcopal and continues to model in coaching and athletic administration today.
Before Alanna arrived at Episcopal in eighth grade, she had never played lacrosse, basketball or field hockey. In only one year, Alanna was a good enough lacrosse player to make varsity, and by the time she graduated in 1992, she had earned four letters in lacrosse, three in basketball and two in field hockey. In her senior year at EA, she was captain and MVP of both the girls basketball and lacrosse teams, and was named the most improved member of the field hockey squad. She was named all Inter-Ac in both Basketball and Lacrosse, awarded the Class of 1983 Award for Sportsmanship in 1992, and was voted an All-American in lacrosse. Alanna played on two Inter-Ac championship teams, field hockey in 1990 and lacrosse in 1991.
After graduating from Episcopal, Alanna chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where she has made a name for herself both on the lacrosse team and as a coach/administrator. Alanna made an immediate impact on Penn’s team, and her exploits in lacrosse grew steadily: she was a four-year starter on the women’s varsity team. She was consistently near the top for total points (goals and assists) each year, but earned the even more important reputation as a terrific two-way lacrosse player, choosing when to shoot judiciously (a very high percentage of goals scored versus shots taken) and always helping out defensively. In her senior year, Alanna was named captain of her team, and was voted the MVP at the end of the season.

For more information, call Michael Letts, director of communications, at 610-617-2248.
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Founded in 1785, The Episcopal Academy is an independent college preparatory school for more than 1,100 boys and girls from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade in four units: Lower School at Devon and Lower, Middle, and Upper School in Merion, PA. Founded by the Right Reverend William White, first Episcopal Bishop of Pennsylvania, the Academy is affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Philadelphia and governed by a 32member self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. For more information, visit

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