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Four to Join USciences Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 13

By Marc Caserio

Published on January 25, 2016

University of the Sciences will welcome its four newest inductees into the Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at approximately 2:30 p.m. between the women's (1 p.m.) and men's (3:30 p.m.) basketball games versus Post University at the Athletic/Recreation Center.

Pete DalidowiczPete Dalidowicz C’90, PhD
Rifle 1987-1990

Dr. Pete “PISTOL” Dalidowicz helped lead the Devils to two NRA National Air Rifle Championships, 2 MAC Smallbore, 2 MAC Air Rifle Championships and the first double championship in school history.  He graduated as the school’s all-time points leader (96,000 points in three years) and held 14 scoring records while collecting 17 collegiate rifle records. After college, Pete attended The Ohio State University where he obtained a PhD in organic chemistry. In 1995, he moved back to New Jersey to work for National Starch and Chemical Co. as a senior scientist and was named the assistant coach for the rifle team. Following the promotion of Paul Klimitas to Athletic Director in 2011, Pete assumed the role of head rifle coach.  During his five years at the helm, Pete has guided the team to five MAC Conference Championships. A native of Greenfield, Indiana, Pete currently works as a Senior Scientist for the world’s largest adhesives company, Henkel Adhesives.  He resides in NJ with his dog and USciences team mascot, Luna - a 110lb Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. 

HeatherHeather Coyle Scannell MS’00
Softball 1996-2000

Heather Coyle Scannell played and started in 86 games as a catcher. She missed most of 1997 with ACL injury but returned the following year to hit .547 (ranked third in NAIA and the highest single season mark in program history. She would go on to bat .448 in 1999, the third best average in program history. Heather completed her career, batting.434 which ranks second all-time. She was the Devils all-time hit leader at the conclusion of her career with 111 (now ranked 13th) and still ranks in the Devils top 15 in nine different categories. threw out 28 runners (145 attempts) trying to steal (19.% avg.- second best all time in program history). She was invited to play on the Indoor World Cup team and represent a United States team for both 2000 and 2001, playing with women from around the world. She traveled through Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland on her first trip and France on the second. After graduation, she moved back to N.J. and to start her career as a physical therapist where for the past 16 years has been with Select Medical working under the Kessler Rehabilitation Centers umbrella.  A center manager for the past 13 years, she focuses on outpatient orthopedics but specifically enjoys treating sport specific injuries. She is married to Michael Scannell and together have three children,   Allison (9), Ryan (8), and Jacqueline (5). 

John Poole John Poole P’54, MS, PhD (posthumously)
Men’s Basketball 1950-1954 

A member of the all-millennium team, Dr. John Poole played in 74 games from 1950-54, scoring 1,093 career points and becoming the first 1,000 point scorer in school history. His career 14.8 points per game average, ranks 12th all-time while he has the fifth-highest single season free throw percentage in school history in 1952-53 (83.7%). After graduating from PCP, he received a master’s degree in pharmacy from Temple University, followed by a PhD in pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. John spent his career in research and development at Wyeth and McNeil Pharmaceuticals, where his research team developed the "caplet" after the Tylenol capsule problems. He was an avid golfer, and was always reading a good book. His daughter Lisa Deem said she sent his all-millennium commemorative basketball with him into eternity when he passed away on October 11, 2014. “Dad loved his time at PCP. After one of his basketball games, he saw my mom (who was a Temple student) in the bleachers, and asked her to a fraternity party. They were together for 60 years.”

Gene WillardGene Willard PharmD’07
Men’s Basketball 2001-2005

Four-year starter from 2001-05, Dr. Gene Willard started in 100 of 101 games he played. He would go on to score 1,667 points (eighth all-time) and average 16.5 points per game (seventh all-time). Gene ranks in the Devils top 20 in 16 different categories and in the top 10 in total offensive rebounds, offensive rebounds per game, total defensive rebounds, defensive rebounds per game. Not only did he lead his team in scoring 2001-02 and 03-04, he led the team in free throw percentage in 2001-02, 02-03 and 03-04. Gene was named to Philadelphia Area All-Small College Team in 2004-05. He was the first USciences four-time All-CACC honoree. After graduating in 2007 with a doctor of pharmacy degree, Gene started his career at Crozer Chester Medical Center where he held positions of increasing responsibility before leaving to become the pharmacy manager at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  He currently works as a clinical pharmacist at Paoli Hospital and is pursuing his MBA at West Chester University. Gene resides in Swarthmore, PA, with his fiancée Monique whom he plans to marry this upcoming July.

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