(L to R - Sallie Stillwell, Ray Rostan)
The following is an extract from the induction speech presented by Linda Southworth for the 2016 Induction Ceremony
Sallie’s involvement with lacrosse began when she was a student-athlete at St. Catherine’s School, where she played during her sophomore, junior and senior years. After graduating in 1981, Sallie headed to the University of Virginia. It was my good fortune to meet Sallie when she showed up to try out for the Varsity lacrosse team, which I was coaching, in the spring of 1982. As most of you know, goalies are not always easy to come by, particularly those who are committed to and passionate about playing that position, so I was thrilled to have another goalie on the team. At that time, Heather Dow was our starting goalie, so Sallie became the back-up goalie and, I must admit, received most of her coaching and knowledge about how to play the position from my assistant coach, Lou Moore, and Heather who went on to become the United States Team goalie for many years and ultimately one of the U.S. coaches. Sadly for me, I only coached Sallie for two years at U.Va., because I returned to Richmond after Sallie’s sophomore year due to family health issues. Sallie became the starting goalie in her 2nd year and continued to play for Jane Miller in her 3rd and 4th years.
In preparation for this presentation, I was looking back at the Year-by- Year results of the women’s lacrosse program at U.Va., and I realized that Sallie was our goalie at a time when women’s collegiate lacrosse programs, both in Virginia and throughout the northeast, were growing in number and in quality. We continued to play in-state rivals such as JMU, William & Mary, and Richmond but were strengthening our schedule by playing teams such as Westchester, Maryland, Loyola, Penn State, and Delaware. As a senior, Sallie was captain of the team that went on to post a record of 11 wins and 2 losses, helping to propel the U.Va. program into national prominence.
In 1987, Sallie began her coaching career at Noble and Greenough School. For the next four years from 1988 until 1991, she moved on to coach at St. George’s School. When I heard that Sallie and Charley were moving to Richmond in 1992, I jumped at the chance to offer her the Varsity coaching position at St. Catherine’s, where I was Director of Athletics. She accepted the offer and coached at St. Catherine’s, the first time around, until 1994 and won the LIS Championship that year.
During the years of 1995-1998, Sallie was an assistant coach at Johns-Hopkins University. Sallie and Charley moved back to Richmond in 1999 when Charley accepted the position of Headmaster at St. Christopher’s School, and Sallie became the Varsity coach at St. Catherine’s for the next 9 years. After taking a two-year break, Sallie returned to St. Catherine’s as a valuable assistant coach of the Varsity team from 2010-2016 with Susan Taliaferro and Holly Moreland. I asked Susan and Holly to give me some comments about the impact Sallie has had on the sport of lacrosse. Susan had this to say, “Having Sallie by my side for 6 years always made me more prepared as a coach. She exudes energy, confidence, positivity and great knowledge of the game. Whether she is on the field as an athlete, coach or parent, Sallie is a lacrosse player at heart and forever. She is passionate about the sport and invests so much time and effort in teaching the game to younger athletes. She added so much value to St Catherine’s lacrosse.” Holly added, “Sallie believes in every player and wants them to "just play" the game for the love of it. Her favorite sayings are "find your intestinal fortitude" and "control the controlables"-- she provides the girls with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed at the game of lacrosse but ultimately it is up to them to put it all together and give everything they have for themselves and their teammates.
The sport of lacrosse is lucky to have Sallie as an ambassador--she's given so much of herself back to the game as a player, parent and coach. Sallie coaches with integrity, respect (for the game and the opponent) and competitiveness...the sport is better off for having Sallie in it.” Julie Dayton says, “Sallie has made significant contributions to goalkeeper development with middle school and high school student athletes. She is well known in the lacrosse community for her character and selfless dedication to her student athletes.”
Sallie has been instrumental in developing lacrosse athletes not only on the secondary and college levels but in the club programs for younger players as well. She coached the grade 3-6 Geronimo teams for a number of years and was invited to be on the Board of the Superstars program that was started by Ned Sinnott. Although not an official coach for the Superstars, Sallie was a mentor to the younger coaches and helped coach during tournament weekends.
If you know Sallie at all, you know that she is a genuine, fun-loving, positive person with a “can-do” attitude. She is a teacher, an encourager and an eternal optimist, who makes the best of all situations. As a coach, Sallie develops skills, teamwork, a competitive spirit and a sense of fun in her players.
She values and demonstrates honesty, integrity, and doing the right thing. She serves as a wonderful role model for her own children, John, Henry, and Janie, and all of the young women she has encountered in her coaching career.
It is with great honor, love, and respect that I present for induction into the Richmond Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Sallie Cecil Stillwell.
The following is an extract from the induction speech presented by Paul Amos for the 2016 Induction Ceremony
Coach was raised on Long Island. He decided to move on to Courtland State for his education and football career. While playing on the Freshman football team, he became friends with Coach Bill Tierney. Coach Rostan began throwing lacrosse regularly with his new friend and his life began on a path that would end up serving so many individuals and our game as a whole. He was a member of the 1973 Cortland State National Championship team and went on to play professionally in the National Lacrosse League for the 1974 National Lacrosse League Champion Rochester Griffins.
Coach’s career as a head coach began at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) where he coached for 3 years, He then moved to Ithaca for 2 years, coaching both lacrosse and soccer; in 1982, he guided the Bombers to the NCAA Quarterfinals. He then came to Hampden-Sydney, where he has not only been the head lacrosse coach, but has also served as the head water polo coach and the soccer assistant coach.
As a resident of our Richmond Chapter area, Coach was the head lacrosse coach at Hampden-Sydney for 32 years. During this time he won 302 games, reaching the NCAA tournament 7 times with 4 ODAC championships. He was named ODAC coach of the year 5 times and was the first division 3 coach ever to twice win The Frances “Babe” Kraus Award for National Coach of the Year.
In 2015, Coach was awarded the USILA Frenchy Julien Service award that is annually awarded to an individual for a lifetime of service, accomplishments, and contributions to our sport. He was the defensive coordinator for Team USA in 2002 during their wold championship run.
At Hampden-Sydney, he coached 63 USILA all americans, including 5 first teamers, 10 USILA scholar all americans, and 8 ODAC players of the year. To this point 13 of his players has been selected to the Hampden-Sydney hall of fame.
In 2016, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference changed the name for its All Sportsmanship Team awarded after each season to the Ray Rostan Men’s lacrosse sportsmanship team. His 342 victories rank him eighth all time across all divisions in the history of our sport.
The story of Coach Rostan can be obscured by the overwhelming statistics. His story is of the people who he has affected and loved. Coach and his wife, Karen,have been married for 37 years and their love for each other is always evident. Even after being a Coach’s wife for 37 years, Mrs. Rostan could be found on the end of the field cringing with every challenge and cheering with every triumph. They have raised two amazing children who have made great contributions to our game as well. Their daughter, Jamie was a captain of her Mary Washington team. Their son, Jason, was a two time all American at Hampden-Sydney and is now our head coach. They also have 2 grandchildren, Harrison and Carter.
When you ask about his players, he is more proud of them as family men than as players. He speaks often of the accomplishments of his guys beyond the gates of Hampden-Sydney and rarely speaks of their on-field exploits. He has known and practiced the true meaning of coaching the entire person before it ever became a catch phrase or something that people talk about.
Walking around campus with Coach is great experience. It has been said that true character is revealed in how you treat those who cannot do anything to help you. Coach is the embodiment of this. He stops to speak with everyone. He knows their names, their spouses and childrens names, and what’s going on in their lives. This is true of everyone he sees.
At Hampden-Sydney, there is always talk of what it means to be a Hampden-Sydney man. This generally conjures many stereotypes. For me, it’s easy. I strive to follow the example of a Cortland State guy from Long Island who has dedicated his life to serving his family, his community, all of the young men who have come into his care, and the game that we love. We are all better for having known Coach and our game is better because he chose to spend his life teaching its principles that reach far beyond the field.
It is with great pleasure and humility that I get to be the first one to say this. I present to you Hall of Famer, Coach Ray Rostan.