Field Hockey: Episcopal Academy coach and athletic director Gina Buggy to be inducted into Montgomery County chapter of Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame

Episcopal Academy coach and athletic director Gina Buggy is bound for the Montgomery County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. PHOTO COURTESY OF EPISCOPAL ACADEMY

Episcopal Academy coach and athletic director Gina Buggy is bound for the Montgomery County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
PHOTO COURTESY OF EPISCOPAL ACADEMY

This seems overdue.

Gina Buggy, who doubles as the field hockey coach and athletic director at Episcopal Academy, will be inducted into the Montgomery County chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 4.

Buggy took over as EA’s field hockey coach in 1986 and has claimed 10 Inter-Ac titles and a Pennsylvania Independent Schools

Buggy became the head field hockey coach at EA in 1986 and has been extremely successful as a coach. She has won 10 Inter-Ac titles, one Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state crown and is 361-83 at EA. That’s merely a modest 81.3 percent winning percentage and the EA, led by All-Delco goalie Gianna Pileggi and sophomore sniper Margaux Paolino, have a very good chance of adding the 11th Inter-Ac title and second PAISAA title this year.

Pretty darn good.

“I am truly honored and humbled to have been selected,” Buggy said in a school press release. “To be included in the outstanding group of individuals who will be inducted this year and to become a member of this Hall of Fame is a bit overwhelming.”

The induction will be held at the Radisson Valley Forge Casino Hotel.

EA Press Release says…

Buggy was chosen for her impressive accomplishments both as a player and a coach. A former three-sport varsity standout at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Buggy went on to be a four-year starter in field hockey and lacrosse at Ursinus College—earning All-American honors in both sports in 1981 and election into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Following her stellar college career, Buggy played for the United States in both field hockey and lacrosse. She was a member of the U.S. field hockey team from 1981-1984, playing on the 1982 World Cup team and earning a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics. She also played for the U.S. women’s team in 1980 and 1981.

“We are so lucky to have a person like Gina Buggy leading our field hockey and athletic programs,” said Jim Farrell, EA’s associate athletic director. “She is a tireless worker who is concerned with the success of all our athletic teams. Last year, she completed her 20th year as Episcopal’s athletic director.”

Buggy is part of an impressive 2013 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame for Montgomery County induction class that includes:

• Billy Cunningham, an NBA champion with the Philadelphia 76ers as both a player and a coach

• Tom Fazio, who is widely acclaimed as America’s greatest living golf course architect

• Robbie Wine, a former No. 8 overall pick in the 1982 major league baseball draft who was the head baseball coach at Penn State University for nine years before resigning this past June

• Dennis McKernan, a baseball and basketball star at Kutztown University who was twice picked in the major league baseball draft in the mid-1960s

• Jim Williams, a former basketball star at Temple University in the 1960s who played pro ball in Italy from 1967-73

• Billy Nuttall, a former professional soccer player and coach who served as the play-by-play announcer on ESPN’s first-ever soccer broadcast in 1979

• Tom Schafer, a former professional football player with the Eagles. New England Patriots and New York Jets in the mid-1980s

/End press release

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