Hall Of Fame Citation
Discovering one’s niche is often difficult. Richard Phoebus searched for two years before finding his “home” at Washington College. After playing Division I at James Madison University his freshman year and at Towson University his sophomore year, Rich transferred to the “College on the Chester.”
Rich’s dream was to play for a team that could contend for a national championship. Rich’s dream became a reality.
Rich played a major role in the Shoremen’s success during the two years he was at Washington College. He added depth, leadership and maturity that enabled the Shoremen to compile an outstanding 51-10 record and capture two Middle Atlantic Conference championships.
More importantly, he led his team to the Final Four each year, placing third and fourth respectively at the NCAA Division III national championships in 1987 and 1988. In 1987, Rich was one of a record five Shoremen to earn All-America honors. This record still stands.
As an unseeded team, Rich and partner Peter Maller advanced to the quarterfinals of the national tournament. The WC duo defeated two seeded teams en route to the elite eight, thus garnering All-America recognition the “hard way.” This result coupled with a regional ranking of number three assured the Shore tandem as one of the top 16 teams in the nation. Two weeks before, Phoebus and Maller were finalists at the Middle Atlantic Conference doubles championships. Rich’s career doubles record was a stellar 45-17.
Rich was not only an excellent doubles player but also a superb singles player. His career singles record at Washington College was 53-18 for a winning percentage of .716. Despite playing No. 4 singles in a talent laden lineup, he achieved a regional ranking of 12th.
After graduating in 1989 with a degree in business administration, Rich entered commercial aviation as a pilot. He has been flying for 21 years and presently flies for Cathay Pacific Airlines. He resides in Hong Kong with his wife Elly and their two children.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Richard Phoebus into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 30th day of October, 2010.