athletics hall of fame
Established in 1991, Pingry’s Athletic Hall of Fame seeks to honor those individuals and teams who have contributed significantly to the school’s great tradition of athletics. The Pingry School believes greatly in the benefits of strong athletics as a part of the well rounded student. Along with athletic prowess, the virtues of teamwork, good citizenship, and integrity are celebrated in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Athletic Hall of Fame has now grown to include players, coaches and teams representing both men and women in virtually every sport offered at Pingry, another testament to Pingry’s excellence in athletics.
Click here to nominate an alumnus/a, coach or team for the Athletic Hall of Fame, or contact Ashley Jesse, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 908-647-7058 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The 2013 induction presentation was held during Reunion Weekend on Friday, May 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm in the Wilf Family Commons of The Carol and Park B. Smith ’50 Middle School on the Basking Ridge Campus.
Christopher Carey II '00
THREE-SPORT ATHLETE SET MULTIPLE RECORDS IN FOOTBALL
Described by Pingry coaches as “perhaps one of the best Pingry football players in 50 years” and “a fierce competitor,” Chris Carey earned nine varsity letters in football, wrestling, and lacrosse.
A football co-captain and two-time team MVP, Chris holds season records of 17 touchdowns (1999), 109 tackles (1999), 201 carries (1998), and 1,561 yards (1998). He also holds Pingry career records of 537 carries, 3,787 yards, and 40 touchdowns. He helped lead Pingry to a combined 15-6 record in his junior and senior years, and the 1998 team won the conference championship.
The New Jersey Football Coaches Association selected Chris for the Top 100 All State Team (1999). He was also named All Conference and All County 1st Team Offense (1998 and 1999), All Area 1st Team Defense (1999), All Area 2nd Team Offense (1998), and All Conference 1st Team Defense (1997).
As lacrosse captain his senior year, he led the team to an 11-7 record and the Waterman Division tri-championship. He was named All State 2nd Team Defense his junior and senior years and received the Richard C. Weiler Lacrosse Award.
Chris also made history at Columbia University. A three-year starter at middle linebacker, he finished his career with 220 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, five sacks, and All-American and All-Ivy Honorable Mentions. He recorded 102 tackles his sophomore year, the most at Columbia and the third highest in the Ivy League that season. His exceptional talents led him to be named the football team’s captain in his junior and senior years—only the second junior captain in the team’s 75-year history.
Allan Donnelly '92
ONE OF THE TOP SCORERS IN PINGRY LACROSSE HISTORY
Allan Donnelly is considered one of the best lacrosse players in Pingry history and is admired by Pingry coaches for his superb athletic skills. He won nine varsity letters during his three years in the Upper School.
With Allan as a tri-captain of the lacrosse team his senior year, Pingry won 14 games, the second-highest total in team history. At graduation, Allan was the 3rd all-time leading scorer (109 points), 3rd all-time in goals (73), and tied for 2nd for most goals in one game (7). Among his honors, he was named to the New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse League All-Star 2nd Team (attack), Pitt Division 1st Team, Star-Ledger All State 2nd Team, and Courier News All Area Team.
Allan also played soccer and basketball and was co-captain of both teams his senior year. He helped lead the soccer team to the Somerset County Championship and the program’s first NJSIAA North Jersey, Parochial B Championship. Allan also helped lead the basketball team to a 17-4 record and the county tournament semi-finals.
At Bucknell University, Allan played four years of lacrosse and was the leading scorer in 1995 and 1996. The 1996 team was 12-0, the most successful team in school history and the only undefeated team in Division I lacrosse that season. Allan was named to the All Patriot League 2nd Team as a junior and 1st Team as a senior.
Formerly the Editor in Chief of FLEX and Muscle & Fitness Hers magazines, Allan operates the National Physique Committee’s web site and returned to Pingry in the 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons to coach soccer and lacrosse.
John Witte, Jr. '78
THREE-SPORT ATHLETE RECOGNIZED FOR SIZE AND SPEED
John Witte won seven varsity letters in football, wrestling, and lacrosse, and achieved success thanks to his agility and coordination. Friends and teammates admired him as a role model and recall his humility, sportsmanship, and support of athletes in other sports. At graduation, John received the Centennial Cup.
A football teammate described him as a “one-man tackling and blocking force to be reckoned with.” Captain of the team his senior year, John was named 1st Team All State Prep (Offensive Tackle).
He spent four years as a varsity heavyweight wrestler, amassing a record of 52-16, and the team could always count on him to secure a victory. John won the Pope Paul Christmas Tournament in 1976, 1977, and 1978. As a junior, he placed 4th in the New Jersey State Prep Tournament, then placed 2nd as a senior after going 19-1 in match competition. John’s pin times were among the fastest in the state.
John made his mark as a lacrosse goalie, maintaining a low GAA (goals against average) in back-to-back seasons. He led two teams to second-place finishes in the state lacrosse tournament, leading The Pingry Record to declare, “The backbone of the defense is goalie John Witte, without whose aggressive play and fine reflexes, many a game would have ended on a different note.”
As a senior, John was named 3rd Team for the All State Prep and Public School Lacrosse Team. John continued to play lacrosse at Hobart College and for various club and summer league teams and, since 2007, has coached boys and girls in basketball and lacrosse.
2000 Field Hockey Team
MOST WINS, GOALS SCORED, AND SHUTOUTS IN PINGRY HISTORY
UNDEFEATED RECORD OF 25-0
Pingry’s first Field Hockey State Championship
Somerset County Champions
Colonial Hills Conference Champions
North III, Group I Sectional Champions
Ranked No. 2 by The Star-Ledger.