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Athletics Hall of Fame to Induct Two on Jan. 10, 2015
Published on December 16, 2014
University of the Sciences will welcome its two newest inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Athletic/Recreation Center.
The ceremony will take place approximately 4:30 p.m. following the women's (1 p.m.) and men's (3 p.m.) basketball games versus Philadelphia University.
Leah Shumoski PharmD’07
Women's Basketball 2001-2006
Leah Shumoski was a four-year starter for USciences on the women’s basketball team from 2001 to 2006. Shumoski left an indelible mark on the program which won 90 games, two Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) tournament championships and earned two berths in the NCAA Division II national tournament. At the conclusion of her career, Shumoski was the Devils all-time leading scorer with 1,924 points and the only player in program history to record 1,500 or more points while pulling down 1,000 or more rebounds. She ranks third on the Devils all-time rebound list and is
currently second on the all-time scoring list. Her 16.4 points per game average is the second highest in program history, and she ranks among the top five in program history in 16 different statistical categories.
A three-time first team all-CACC honoree, Shumoski was also named the conference’s player of the year in 2004 and again in 2006. In addition, she earned Daktronics all-region honors in 2005 and 2006; Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) all-star honors in 2006 and honorable mention all-America accolades by the Women’s Division II Bulletin in 2004.
Shumoski was a dean’s List student during her career at USciences and was named to the CACC’s winter all-academic team for the 2004-05 season. She also was named the Philadelphia Inquirer women’s basketball area all-academic team performer of the year for 2005-06.
Since graduating with a doctor of pharmacy degree in 2007, Shumoski has worked at Riddle Hospital. She has also served as an assistant girls’ basketball coach at Episcopal Academy for six years and was the head coach at Rustin High School from 2012 to 2014. While at Rustin, Shumoski’s teams won two consecutive Ches-Mont league times (their first in school history), and she earned league coach of the year honors both years. Shumoski took her Rustin squad further than any other coach in the school’s history in 2014, advancing to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) AAAA state semifinals in 2014.
Chris Welsh PharmD'03
Chris Welsh was one of the most prolific hitters in the history of the baseball program at the USciences. Welsh was a middle infielder and also played in the outfield and pitched during his four-year career. When he finally hung up his cleats after his four years at the school, he had recorded 124 career hits, second most in school history at the time behind hall of fame player Ken Bevenour.
Welsh was just the third player at that time to record 100 or more hits and is currently ranked seventh on the Devils all-time hit list. He finished his career as one of only two players to hit above .400 (the other being Bevenour) posting a .401 batting average, still the second highest among all players in the history of the program. Welsh ranks in the top five all-time in nine different offensive categories. His .790 slugging percentage is the highest in program history as are his 12 career triples. He finished his career with a .490 on-base percentage, the second best mark in school history.
In 2000, Welsh batted .477 to lead the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and ranked 15th nationally among all hitters from NAIA schools. He set single season school records for home runs (8), triples (5), total bases (83), and slugging percentage (.976). His stellar season earned him team most valuable player honors and all-CACC kudos. In 1998 and 1999, Chris was ranked second nationally in triples per game. As a pitcher, Welsh made 16 career appearances on the mound, including nine starts, compiling a 4-4 lifetime record with 45 strikeouts.
After graduating in 2003 with a doctor of pharmacy degree, Welsh attended Villanova University where he received his MBA. Welsh started his career at Shire Pharmaceuticals where he held positions of increasing responsibility in a variety of medical affairs roles. He is currently a medical director at Orexo Pharmaceuticals specializing in addiction medicine. Welsh resides in Upper Gwynedd, PA, with his wife Bridget and two children (Drew and Raegan).
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