Cabrini College



 Athletics at Cabrini College





Dorothy Crowley was the first women's physical education instructor/ director, in addition to being coach and Athletic Association moderator.  She taught classes in archery, badminton, bowling, volleyball, golf, tennis, hockey, and basketball.  Until Sacred Heart Hall's gymnasium was built in 1960, physical education classes and activities were held outdoors or in Grace Hall theater. 




Skirted jumpers were worn for gym classes, intramural games, and even for the local intercollegiate-level contests.  Mother Ursula did not want "her girls" wearing shorts!




Horseback riding instruction could be arranged and tennis was part of the physical education program in the early '60s.  Judith Wachter and Mary Margaret Mitchell, both class of 1963, stand ready for a game.



Helen Goodwin, known as "Goody", succeeded Dorothy Crowley in 1961.  For 30 years, Goody  taught classes in and coached volleyball, basketball, field hockey, and baseball.  She was also the cheerleading moderator.  Teams for intercollegiate competition were organized by selecting top players from classes.

In 1963, Cabrini played in the Philadelphia Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for women.  Immaculata College was then a powerhouse. 




Men's athletics began when the men arrived on campus in the early 1970s.  History professor, Dr. Girard, was recruited by students to coach the men's basketball team in Eastern College's league.  Cabrini won that league tournament.  Dr. Girard stayed with the basketball team, coaching, setting up, and scheduling other intercollegiate league games.  Also as a volunteer, Dr. Girard started cross country and men's soccer.  Math professor, Bob McGee, took over the cross country team and Dr. Carter Craigie coached the soccer team.  Jerry Satlow assisted with basketball and coached the tennis team.  All these faculty members volunteered their time toward the sports effort.

Tom Nerney, '77,  is pictured at left with Dr. Girard after making his 1,000th point during the last basketball game of his senior year.  This stopped the game for congratulations, ceremony, and credit given to others.   Tom was a member of the first men's basketball team, starting in 1973.  Upon their coach's suggestion, the team became the "Cavaliers".  "Lady Cavaliers" was in turn adapted by the women's teams.





The Cavaliers were so successful that it was time to have a full-time basketball coach.  John Dzik started at Cabrini in 1980 and continued to lead the team to further victories and tournaments through the 2005 season.









......and Cavalier fans were always up for it!







Informational sources:

Boggiano, C. (1961). Memories at dawn. Woodcrest, p.56.

Pesotski, C. (1992, Spring).  My how we've grown!   Comment, p.36.

Schepis, r. (1998, Spring).  A look back at 40 years of Cabrini athletics.  Cabrini Comment, p.2.

The sports program at Cabrini is alive and well. (1979, Spring).  Cabrini College Comment, p.2.



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