July 20, 2009
BROOKHAVEN, Pa. - Navy women's lacrosse head coach Cindy Timchal was one of fourteen individuals recently inducted into the Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
The distinguished class of inductees included the late broadcasting legend, Harry Kalas, who was named an Inductee of Distinction, and Vince Papale, the former Philadelphia Eagle who became a special teams leader at the age of 30 and whose story inspired the movie "Invincible."
The 2009 class joins a decorated group of Delaware County products who have greatly impacted the world of sports, including: Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti, legendary basketball coaches Dr. Jack Ramsay and Phil Martelli, as well as former Los Angeles Dodger catcher and current Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia.
"Delaware County has such a rich athletic history and it is a tremendous honor to be recognized as an important part of it," said Timchal. "It was definitely a special evening for all those involved."
Timchal, a graduate of Haverford High, lettered in lacrosse, tennis and track & field at West Chester (Pa.) University before beginning a now legendary career coaching lacrosse at Unionville High School, where she coached field hockey, lacrosse and basketball. In 1979, she joined the collegiate ranks, becoming an assistant lacrosse and field hockey coach at the University of Pennsylvania.
Timchal attributed much of her success to mentors early in her career, "I was very fortunate to have exceptional mentors in people like Steve Juenger (who won more than 400 games as Haverford's basketball coach) when I was growing up and coaches Vonnie Gros and Judy Wohlstenholme while I was at West Chester University."
Delaware County proved to be the launching pad for what has turned into one of the most successful coaching runs in women's lacrosse history.
Timchal's head coaching career got its start with a fledgling Northwestern program in 1982, before heading to the University of Maryland prior to the 1991 season.
While head coach at Maryland, her teams won eight NCAA Division I Championships, including seven consecutive from 1995-2001. A total of 42 of her players have earned All-American recognition under Timchal while a legacy of her former players now patrol the sidelines of their own collegiate programs.
After racking up 260 victories over her 16-year tenure in College Park, Timchal was named the first women's lacrosse coach at the United States Naval Academy on August 5, 2006.
With back-to-back 13-win seasons in Annapolis, Timchal has quickly has laid a successful foundation for a Navy program that is moving quickly up the Division I ranks.
Cindy Timchal - Quick Coaching Facts
Owns 362-95 (.792) career record over 27 seasons ... her 362 wins are the most by any Division I lacrosse head coach (men's or women's) in NCAA history
Won Eight NCAA Division I Championships
The 25th most all-time in any sport by a coach, and fourth most in a women's sport in NCAA history.
Seven-Consecutive NCAA Titles (1995-2001)
Her seven consecutive NCAA Championships are tied for the seventh most in any sport in NCAA Division I history, and the third most in a women's sport. It is the 18th most in any sport in all NCAA divisions.
Two-time National Coach of the Year
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