WEST CHESTER (November 20, 2019) – The seven newest inductees to the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame were recently met with both accolades and a challenge from state Senator Andy Dinniman.
“This is not just about your past achievement. It’s more than that. Today, more than ever, you are needed as positive role models for young people. You are needed to show them all that they can achieve and all that they can be part of both as a team and as individuals in athletics, in academics, in their careers, and in life,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said.
Dinniman made the remarks at the 12th Annual Induction Banquet for the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame recently held at Downingtown Country Club. He also presented each inductee with a special Senate citation in recognition of the milestone achievement.
The inductees were as follows:
- Nakeya Crutchfield – Basketball and Track and Field (Coatesville Area Senior High School Class of 1998). Crutchfield was undefeated in Ches-Mont competition in the 100 and 200 meters for four years. As a senior she won both the 100- and 200- meter championships at districts and states posting top ten national times in both events. Her track career continued at Florida State University where she was a member of the 2000 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Outdoor Championship team. Crutchfield ended her college career among the top ten all-time fastest 200-meter sprinters. She earned a Master of Science degree in physical therapy in 2004 and works at the Coatesville Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center. Crutchfield and her husband, Michael, currently reside in Coatesville.
- Robert “Bobby” Dorsey – Basketball and Track and Field (West Chester Henderson High School and Cheyney University) Dorsey captained Henderson’s 1969 Ches-Mont championship basketball team and was named to the league’s first-team. He ran on three Ches-Mont and Penn Relay 4X400 meter championship relay teams. He held the Ches-Mont 180-yard low hurdles record and won the Ches-Mont 100-meter dash as a senior. Dorsey enrolled at Cheyney University and was a key member of the 1970-71 and 1971-72 PSAC Champion basketball teams. In 1973, he captained Cheyney’s NCAA Regional tournament championship team. An assistant basketball coach at both his alma maters, he served under Cheyney’s legendary coach, John Chaney, and spent 16 years assisting the Henderson Boys Basketball team. Dorsey and his wife Pearl reside in Downingtown.
- Katie O’Donnell – Field Hockey and Lacrosse (West Chester Henderson High School) O’Donnell was a three-time first-team All Ches-Mont and All-Area (2012-2014) lacrosse team member and was twice chosen the Daily Local News Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014. A two-time first-team high school lacrosse All-American in 2013 and 2014), she set the Pennsylvania State scoring record with 430 markers. Recognition for her field hockey play included being named first-team All-State in 2014. O’Donnell’s #5 jersey was retired at Henderson in recognition of her outstanding achievements in lacrosse and field hockey. She continued her lacrosse career at Penn State where she was a three-time Big Ten All-Academic team member and was honored as the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year in 2018. Following her 2018 graduation, she was the fourth overall pick for the New England Command of the Women’s Professional Lacrosse League, winning the league championship in her first season. Katie is a member of the United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team and resides in West Chester. She is the daughter of Jen (Chester County Sports Hall of Fame Inductee 2016) and John O’Donnell.
- Rondell White – Basketball and Football (West Chester Rustin High School and West Chester University). White was chosen first-team Ches-Mont and All-Area in both sports. The Daily Local News named him the High School Player of the Year in basketball and football in 2009 and 2010. At West Chester University, he broke ten career and ten season football records, and led the nation as junior in D-II All-purpose yards in 2012. White became only the second D-II player to have career totals of more than 4000 rushing yards (4,336), 2000 receiving yards (2,221), and 1,000 return yards. He was named the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, received the Maxwell Club’s Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year Award, and earned first-team D-II regional and All-American status in 2013. He coached running backs at WCU, and in 2016 signed with the Nice (France) Dauphins where he averaged 187 yards and two touchdowns per game.
- Robyn Nye Wood – Lacrosse and Field Hockey (Downingtown High School) Nye Wood was voted high school lacrosse All-American in 1987. At the University of Virginia, she continued to play both field hockey and lacrosse for four years, excelling on the lacrosse field. A two-time first -team All-American in 1990 and 1991, Nye Wood was co-captain of the 1991 NCAA National Championship team and was voted the National Defensive Player of the Year that year. In addition, she was voted to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1991 and was the 1991 University of Virginia Most Valuable Athlete. Following graduation, Nye Wood spent ten years as a member of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club, and the United States Women’s National Lacrosse Team winning the 1997 World Cup. For her accomplishments, Nye Wood had her jersey retired at UVA in 2012. She currently resides in West Chester.
- Telisa Young – Basketball, Track and Field, and Cross Country (West Chester Henderson Class of 1989). Young’s Henderson teams won three PIAA Track and Field Championships in 1987, 1988 and 1989. She was the Ches-Mont individual cross-country champion her senior year. Young earned 13 PIAA individual state championships in the 100-meter & 300-meter hurdles, and the long and triple jumps, and in her junior year won gold in all four events at the PIAA Championships. She was a nine-time National High School Champion. At the University of Texas – Austin, Young won two NCAA championships in the long and triple jumps and was a four-time track & field All-American. Following graduation, she was a member of three USA World Championship teams, two Olympic Festival teams, participated in three Olympic trials, and competed professionally for Reebok from 1995 to 1998. She currently resides in Austin, Texas where she teaches elementary school, is a United States certified jump specialist for Young Athletics, and coaches Austin youth with Xtreme Force Track Club.
- Tina Sloan Green – Field Hockey, Lacrosse and Badminton (West Chester University, 1962-1966). Sloan Green competed on the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team from 1969 to 1973 and the U.S. Women’s Field Hockey Squad in 1966. She was appointed instructor/coach at Temple University (serving from 1973 to 1992) and became the first African-American head coach in the history of women’s intercollegiate lacrosse. During her tenure, she amassed a 207-62-4 coaching record while leading the Owls to three National Championships and 11 consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances. In 2008, she received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and the National Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. Sloan Green is co-founder and president of the Black Women in Sport Foundation and is professor emeritus in the College of Education at Temple University. She and her husband Frank reside in Philadelphia and have two adult children.
The Chester County Sports Hall of Fame (CCSHoF) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the rich athletic history of Chester County Pennsylvania. Through its exhibits, public programs, this website, and an annual induction ceremony, the CCSHoF honors athletes, coaches, and community members who have distinguished themselves on the playing field or through dedicated service to community sports at various levels.