The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Drew athletics and who have brought distinction to Drew University and its athletic programs. Located in the Simon Athletic Forum, the Hall of Fame commemorates the accomplishments and contributions of inductees.
This year’s inductees to the Drew Athletics Hall of Fame were recognized at Homecoming 2010.
Read more about this year’s inductees:
Emma Bascom C’96
At a time when women’s basketball was fighting to contend, Emma Bascom was a dynamo on the court for Drew. But for her, it wasn’t about personal statistics. It was—and still is—about the team.
Growing up in Metuchen, N.J., Emma played basketball throughout high school and still ranks as a leading scorer at Metuchen High School. She enjoyed playing on the team and being physically active. When it came time for college, she chose Drew on the basis of its academic strength. She wasn’t looking for Division I play. Continuing to play basketball would be a bonus—but it was Drew basketball that would reap the greater benefit.
Emma played on the team all four years at Drew, scoring 1,567 points (third all-time) and averaging 17.0 points per game (second all-time). She is Drew’s all-time leader in blocks with 224, and is the record holder for both blocks in a season with 75 and blocks in a game with 10. She is a three-time All-Conference selection.
But ask Emma her stats, and she comes up short. What she remembers about Drew basketball, what appealed to her most, is the camaraderie. Her greatest athletic achievement was being part of a team of women that worked hard together and—most importantly—had fun. As a first-year student, she was welcomed into the team by her upper-class teammates, something she, in turn, did as a junior and senior to new players. For her, the team was an instant family, one that significantly improved throughout her years at Drew due in equal parts to a hardworking team and a new coach, Lynne Ust.
Upon graduating, Emma worked in customer service for the New Jersey Nets for a season and a half, until the NBA lockout in 1998. Then she took a turn on her career path toward law enforcement, a field she’d had a taste for since an internship with U.S. Customs during her senior year at Drew. She became a police officer in 2000 and has been with the Franklin Township (N.J.) Police Department ever since.
For a woman who enjoys being physically active and relishes being part of a team, it’s the perfect fit. Emma’s experience playing a team sport echoes in her work as a police officer, where the team atmosphere is crucial. As a cop, she says, it’s not all about you.
Karen Townsend C’00
When Karen Townsend left Drew, the triple-threat athlete was the lacrosse career leader in points, goals and assists—and still holds the record for points with 360. For this and more, she was named the 2000 Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Midfielder of the Year.
But Karen’s love of the game began long before then. As a small child, Karen’s dad encouraged her participation in a variety of sports. By high school, she’d narrowed it down to three—soccer, basketball and lacrosse—which she played throughout her time at Collingswood High School in Collingswood, N.J., a school well known for its athletic success, especially in basketball. Karen played point guard, holding a 1,000-point record when she set her sights on college. She wanted to find a school where she could continue playing her three sports, and she found she could at Drew.
Once in the Forest, the priority shifted from basketball—which she played her first two years, averaging eight points per game her sophomore year—to lacrosse, where she felt she could make more of an impact. And make an impact she did.
Karen holds records for most points in a season with 119 and is tied for most points in a game with 11. She owns the record for most caused turnovers in a season with 45. On goals, she has the third, fourth and 12th most in a season, ranks second all-time with 235 and boasts a career record of 3.34 goals per game. With 51 assists, she left Drew the record holder and currently ranks second. She is a four-time MAC champion and All-Conference selection and a three-time IWLCA National All-American. Karen was 1999 ECAC Tournament Champion, 2000 MAC Most Valuable Player and 2000 Verizon National Academic All-American, in addition to her 2000 IWLCA Midfielder of the Year award.
All the while, Karen played soccer, too, ranking 10th all-time in assists with 12 and scoring 14 goals in her career at midfield. She was a two-time All-Conference selection and, in 1999, was both a MAC All-American Team member and All-Region selection.
After graduating, Karen coached high-school lacrosse and worked as a personal trainer, then took a position as a fundraiser for US Lacrosse. Her experience in fundraising gave way to a new career in outside sales for Hilti, a manufacturer of power tools, a position that fits her like a well worn lacrosse glove. Karen enjoys always being in motion, as she was on the fields and courts at Drew. She lives in Baltimore.
Maureen T. Horan
In her time at Drew, Maureen T. Horan was more than a coach. She was a vital administrator and teacher whose contribution to Drew athletics can be measured in much more than wins.
At Bordentown (N.J.) Regional High School she lettered in four varsity sports and didn’t slow down at the College of New Jersey, where she earned both her bachelor of science degree in health and physical education and a master of education degree, the latter of which she pursued while serving as assistant coach for TCNJ’s field hockey, basketball and women’s lacrosse teams.
South Jersey’s Williamstown High School was Maureen’s first stop in her teaching career, where she also coached field hockey and basketball, and instituted the girls’ track and field program, all of which achieved conference championships under her guidance.
Maureen arrived at Drew in 1980. When she departed in 2003 she was a tenured associate professor and department chair of health and physical education and had served as head coach of field hockey and women’s lacrosse and as athletic coordinator, overseeing the addition of many new sports and programs.
As coach of the field hockey team on and off from 1980 to 2002, Maureen compiled a 169–95 record, the all-time leader in wins. From 1985 to 1990, her teams had six straight MAC playoff appearances and were MAC champs in 1983 and 1985. Her teams qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament three times (1983, 1985 and 1986) including a National Semifinal appearance in 1985. Her 2000, 2001 and 2002 teams were Freedom Conference champions, and she was Freedom Conference Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2002, the same year she led the team on a successful preseason playing tour of Europe.
Maureen’s field hockey teams own the following records: best winning percentage, .826 (1983); most wins, 19 (1983); longest winning streak, 9 (1985); and unbeaten streak, 11 (1984). Maureen coached a total of seven All-Americans.
As women’s lacrosse coach, a position she held from 1980 to 1989, she’s compiled a 79–47 record, the second all-time in wins. Her 1984, 1985 and 1988 teams were MAC champions, and her 1985, 1986 and 1988 teams made NCAA Tournament appearances. As lacrosse coach she mentored four Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Regional All-Americans as well as a National All-American. She was inducted into the Lacrosse Hall of Fame at Rutgers University in 1998 and served as chair of the NCAA Division III Women’s Lacrosse Committee for eight years.
During this time, Maureen was a head coach of the USA Field Hockey Olympic Development Program, a connection that would bring the U.S. Olympic Committee to consider contributing half a million dollars to Drew for the purpose of building a turf facility.
In 2002, Maureen was awarded the Women’s Sports Foundation’s prestigious Pioneer Award, presented by then-CEO Donna Lopiano, at a ceremony dedicated to the anniversary of Title IX held in Drew’s new field house.
Maureen now serves full time on the kinesiology faculty at Penn State–DuBois Campus, where she served as athletic director and is currently assistant director of academic affairs. She’s a recent recipient of the IWLCA Lifetime Achievement Award and has been named on multiple occasions to Who’s Who Among American Teachers. She is a frequent guest speaker at fundraising and club events. Maureen lives in DuBois, Pa., on Treasure Lake with her greatest team—her three daughters.
Sidney Zwerling C’55
In 26 seasons of intercollegiate play, Sid Zwerling was the greatest basketball player Drew University had ever seen.
Born in Brooklyn, Sid was raised in West New York, N.J., where he earned varsity letters in his junior and senior years at Hudson Memorial High School, a basketball powerhouse in a division where most state championships were played. At 6-feet, 1-inch tall, he was not considered a big man by basketball standards and was used mainly as a starting guard and backcourt/defensive specialist. But that role quickly changed when Sid came to Drew.
Sid entered Drew mid-semester in the spring of 1952 on the advice of his high school coach. In the first few practices, Coach Harry Simester quickly noted Sid’s skills as an outside shooter as well as his vast variety of shots. Despite his size, he was made a forward and during the 1952–53 season tallied 228 points for the Green and Gold.
Sid hit his stride in the 1953–54 season, setting half a dozen records and cutting the nets with a single-season record 320 points in 13 games. He also set a new record for the highest single game total of 37 points and a record-high season average of 24.6 points per game. His totals in field goals and free throws also made tops in Green and Gold annals, and his individual scoring average ranked second among New Jersey colleges that season.
After two and half seasons at Drew, Sid held all but one of the individual scoring records, a four-season mark of 729 points. In only his third year, Sid shattered that record, scoring 280 points in 14 games for a career total of 886 points by season’s end. And in his fourth and final season at Drew (1954–55), Sid became the first player to top the 1,000-point scoring mark with 1,014 points in 53 games, a career average of just under 20 points a game. Coach Simester called Sid “the greatest cager in the history of basketball at Drew.”
After Drew, Sid followed in his father’s footsteps, working as a merchant marine seaman, and subsequently went to law school in New York. He enjoyed a successful practice as a maritime attorney in downtown Manhattan. Sid married his sweetheart from Drew, Nancy Lee Schoonmaker, and the couple had three children, Danny, David and Elizabeth. Sid passed away at the age of 54 in November 1989 and is survived by his wife, children and six grandchildren.