Philip J. Ryan
Philip J. Ryan
Sport: Director of Athletics, Coach, Teacher
Enshrined: Inducted September 23, 2011

“Pinky” was hired in 1938 as the College’s Director of Athletics, Head Coach of the basketball and baseball varsity teams, and Instructor of Business Administration.  He is given much credit for expanding and improving the quality of the athletic experience at Saint Michael’s, and then guiding the department through the very challenging era of World War II.  In 1942, he was activated by the U.S. Military to also serve as Director of Physical Fitness for the University of Vermont’s Air Corps Cadets, as well as the legions of soldiers stationed at Fort Ethan Allen who were preparing for deployment.  He was very well-liked in the community and by the local media, and greatly elevated the level of respect for the Purple Knights on and off campus with his warm personality and incredible work ethic.  Despite the many challenges of The War Era, Saint Michael’s made its first statement in athletics on a national scale in 1945, when Pinky led them to a thrilling 64-61 double-overtime basketball victory over Providence College at the Boston Garden. The Knights were ranked #1 in New England for most of the 1945-46 season, tied with Harvard and Yale.  Pinky left Saint Michael’s in 1947 to return to his alma mater, Clarkson University, where he served as an administrator and coach for the next 26 years.  He was inducted into Clarkson’s Hall of Fame as a Charter Member in 1992.

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