Profiles

Ellis Dwyer

Ellis is a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. His citation is copied below:

Ellis C. (“Ellie”) Dwyer ‘35 was the kind of athlete Washington College needed in the 30s-one who could play any sport.

On the football field, Dwyer displayed an unorthodox style of play at tackle, but he was so dependable in getting the job done that his coaches didn’t interfere. A four-year letterman in football, Dwyer captained the team in his senior year when Washington College fielded its only undefeated team.

Dwyer also was a member of three lacrosse teams-earning varsity letters in 1929, 1933 , and 1934 at either point or counter-point (defense)–and played outfield or catcher for J. Thomas Kibler’s baseball team in 1933.

Earning a degree in mathematics, Dwyer taught math and coached baseball and basketball, first a Chester High (until 1942) and then at Radnor High School. He was head basketball coach and Athletic Director at Radnor when he retired in 1974. Dwyer’s teams had won their basketball league title for 13 years, the district title for seven years, and made the Eastern Finals five years, advancing to the State finals once.

He was honored for his coaching abilities in 1973 with the University of Pennsylvania Watch–Coach of the Year Award.