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Robert Pritzlaff, Jr.

Class of 1965

Robert was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999. His citation is below:

Robert Pritzlaff has left his mark on Washington College in so many ways. Yet it was in lacrosse that he made outstanding contributions. It is difficult to substantiate with statistics just how much this defensemen contributed, but those in the know about lacrosse recognize him as a “coach on the field” and understand that it was Pritzlaff who consistently was assigned to defend against some of the most outstanding attackmen in the country.

During his four years here, Washington College won three division championships and the 1964 team was ranked tenth in the United States, among all institutions playing lacrosse. He was elected captain his junior year and was co-captain his final year. As a junior he was selected to the All-Maryland Team and the Third All-American Team. During his last year of college competition he was chosen to the Strobhar First All-Division team and to the Second All-American Team.

Pritzlaff was active in other areas of college life as well. He was President of the Theta Chi fraternity during his senior year and also served on the Inter-Fraternity Council during the same year.

After graduation, he returned to the College to serve in an administrative position and was appointed assistant coach of lacrosse, working with Don Kelly from 1966 to 1971. When wrestling was revived as a varsity sport in 1967, he accepted that coaching position, which lasted until 1973.

After he left the College he opened The Towne Sporting Goods Store and has been self-employed in this business ever since. He also has been very active in organizing and coaching local lacrosse teams on the club level.

He is married to Debbie Evans, class of 1966, and has two children–daughter, Tracy, who is a 1991 graduate of the College, and a son, Rusty.

Washington College is proud and honored to induct Robert Pritzlaff into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this second day of October, 1999.