A CENTURY OF COMMITMENT TO NOTRE DAME (video)
As part of the Monogram Club’s ongoing 100th anniversary celebration, some of the Club’s many connections to each Notre Dame program have been highlighted. This latest installment of the “Monogram Club Turns 100” series looks at how the Monogram Club and the Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse program have been connected throughout the years.
Men’s Lacrosse Monogram Moments
The Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team became a varsity program in 1981 and the Irish posted a 6-6 record in their inaugural season.
Rich O’Leary was Notre Dame’s first varsity head coach and he stayed in that role until 1988. O’Leary received an honorary Monogram in 2002.
Former Fighting Irish defenseman Kevin O’Connor (’89) started a two-year term as Monogram Club president in September. O’Connor, who joined the Club’s board of directors in 2001, is the first Notre Dame men’s lacrosse alum to serve as president of the Monogram Club.
Rob Williamson (’93) is another former men’s lacrosse defenseman who is serving on the Monogram Club’s board of directors. Williamson joined the board in 2013 and works with the service committee.
Christina Glorioso (’95, ’99 manager) joined the Monogram Club board of directors last fall. She was the senior manager of the 1995 Fighting Irish men’s lacrosse team that captured the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament win, a 12-10 victory at Duke (pictured). Glorioso currently is the Senior Vice President, Client Solutions at NBCUniversal. She frequently meets with men’s lacrosse student-athletes when they visit New York City for networking opportunities.
Kevin Corrigan (left) has been at the helm of the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse program since 1989 and he received an honorary Monogram in 2000. He isn’t the only Monogram Club member in his family. Kevin’s son, Will (’15) (center), and brother, Tim (‘86), both earned multiple Monograms during their playing days at Notre Dame. Gene Corrigan (right), Kevin’s father, served as Notre Dame’s athletics director from 1981-87 and received an honorary Monogram in 1985.
Kevin Corrigan spoke at the Monogram Club’s pre-game reception prior to last fall’s football showdown with Wake Forest.
Current assistant coach Matt Karweck (’06) was a four-time Monogram winner during his playing days with the Fighting Irish. He joined the Notre Dame coaching staff in 2012.
Notre Dame defenseman Jack Sheridan (‘16) is seen here with former Monogram Club president and director emeritus Marty Allen (’58, manager) during a Monogram Career Network luncheon.
The men’s lacrosse program’s most recent group of first-time Monogram winners are seen here during last fall’s Monogram Jacket Ceremony.
In 2014 the Monogram Club and the Notre Dame athletics department began issuing stoles to graduating student-athletes and student support staff. Members of the men’s lacrosse team’s class of 2014 were the first student-athletes to don the stoles as a special commencement was held on Long Island the Friday prior to their NCAA semifinal showdown against Albany at Hofstra University.
The Monogram Club’s team hosting program helped fund the men’s lacrosse team’s Playing for Peace trip to Chicago in October of 2013 (video below). The event featured a free lacrosse clinic for local youth, service work at three inner-city Catholic schools and networking with Monogram Club members and other Notre Dame alums. The team hosting program provides unique opportunities for Irish teams while on the road.
The Monogram Club hosted an event in Foxborough, Mass. prior to Notre Dame’s semifinal showdown with Loyola in the 2012 NCAA tournament.
In February of 2014, the Monogram Club partnered with the Student Welfare & Development office to host a Google Hangout with three Monogram winners who currently work at ESPN. Mike Golic (’85, football & wrestling), Kate Markgraf (’98, soccer) and Eamon McAnaney (’91, lacrosse) joined the virtual conversation to discuss how Notre Dame helped shape their careers, their experience in the sports entertainment and broadcasting industry, and more about their professional transition after hanging up the jersey for the final time.
Fall ball practices always are a popular stop for former players in town for home football games.
Here are some Monogram Memories from a couple former Fighting Irish players…
From Carl Lundblad (’81):
The captains of the first varsity team in 1981. Left to right – Carl Lundblad (McDonogh School, Baltimore, MD), Tim Michels (St. Paul’s School, Baltimore, MD) and Maurice Beshlian (Massapequa High School, Long Island, NY).
A few of my teammates and me with Kevin Corrigan at the Arlotta Stadium dedication weekend in Oct. 2009, touring the Rich O’Leary (my coach) team room.
From Mike Iorio (’95):
This is a photo of what is easily my favorite moment with the Notre Dame lacrosse team – our program’s first NCAA tournament win against Duke in 1995. The photo is from the postgame press conference. Randy Colley, Will Sutton, (a very young!) Coach Corrigan, and me.